Silent no more
We newspaper folks love a good journalism yarn, so we’re excited at the news that Sony Pictures Classics bought the rights to the Watergate-era drama “The Silent Man” and set it for a September release, according to Deadline Hollywood. Liam Neeson stars as the late FBI official Mark Felt, better known as Deep Throat, the secret source who helped Washington Post reporters topple the Nixon administration. “The distributor expects recent political turmoil to spark renewed public interest in Felt’s story,” the website reports — as in fired FBI Director James Comey. The film is from writer/director Peter Landesman, the former New York Times Magazine correspondent who also wrote and directed Will Smith’s “Concussion.” Here’s the trailer:
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▪ With the success of Keanu Reeves’ “John Wick 2,” a third installment is speeding along, and the script is already underway, says Collider.