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Aug 22 2019

Yes No Maybe So: "Bombshell"

On the heels of Showtime's unheralded miniseriesThe Loudest Voice,Lionsgate and director Jay Roach are diving into the zeitgeist withBombshell(formerly titledFair and Balanced).The film details the #MeToo fallout at Fox News and stars three of today's greatest working actresses.For whatever reason,Bombshellis being mostly ignored by many early Oscar prognosticators.

This despite,well...let's dive into that teaser shall we?


• An actresssexual's dream.Charlie Theron,Nicole Kidman,and Margot Robbie in one movie,and here sharing one tension-filled elevator ride.Heavy-hitter cast on display.

• That's not even to mention the rest of the cast: Allison Janney,Kate McKinnon,Connie Britton,Alice Eve,Ashley Greene,Mark Duplass,Malcolm McDowell,and John Lithgow as Roger Ailes.None of them are really seen here but who cares...that's a banger of an ensemble.

• Director Jay Roach has proven himself before when it comes to juicily relevant sociopolitical material (Game Change,Recount),even if it was for the small screen.

• "It's hot in here."Love the marketing's wink-wink acknowledgement of how cool it is to have the big three of Theron,Kidman,Robbie acting in the same movie...even in the same shot.


• Roach's last effortTrumbomay have been a late Oscar surprise in 2016,but the movie itself was no great shakes.

• Zooms.Not a fan of multiple filmmakers commandeering the tired reality-TV/nu-sitcom aesthetic of handheld cameras zooming and panning haphazardly.Adam McKay's doing it already.Would rather not see Roach copy it for the big screen.


• Lionsgate has given it a prime date in December,and while that doesn't likely spell a Best Picture win (especially given the earlier awards dates this year),it definitely spells awards hopes on behalf of the studio,which might mean something of worth coming our way.

With that cast and a subject matter ripe for cinema at the moment,we're firmly a YES.If it's good enough,expect Oscar nominations.

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Very effective teaser.Call me intrigued.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPedro

I have a weird feeling that they're afraid to market this in the Trump era,because that teaser was a mess.The zoom-in -- oof.

Hoping for the best,though,because I love Charlize.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRyan





August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterDAVID

i'm in,because the last time charlize was this unrecognizable...well,you get the point.

also,it cracks me up that the trailer is depending on you to recognize kelly and carlson's hairstyles to figure out what is going on.that said,what fantastic casting.the film may not be great,but i hate fox news and want them to crash and burn so i will take whatever gasoline we can pour.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterCharles O

I cannot wait for this,but I feel prognosticators reticence to predict this is due to the fact that liberals strongly dislike both Gretchen Carlson and (especially) Megan Kelly.Also,Trumbo was kind of awful.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMichael R


August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterFrenchToast

The three xmas ghosts I'd like to visit me in december: Nicole is the Past,Charlize the Present and Margot the Future.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMelchiades

Please,give me now!
I already watch this teaser at least 15 times and still love it!

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterDoug

If we are just looking at the actors than YES,but Megyn Kelly....She's awful and I'm not sure I'm ready for a film that makes her somewhat of a hero.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterBrittani

Looks like more of a "guilty pleasure"to me.I'll probably see it on the day it opens.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterDaniella Isaacs

Not unless it gets raves.I just watched the Roger Ailes miniseries on Showtime and nothing about this feels compelling enough to revisit the material,particularly given how busy late December will be with film releases.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Yes unless it gets panned.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeter

I've seen the Roger Ailes documentary and the Showtime miniseries with Sienna Miller covered in latex so I'm a bit fed up with the subject matter.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

I have no desire to see this if all it does it paint these Aryan fembots as #metoo victims without examining their complicity in one of the most insidiously deleterious rightwing propaganda machines to exist.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

I'll wait for the Matt Lauer,Harvey Weinstein or Bill Cosby project...

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTIm

i almost passed out from joy at this trailer.whomever made charlize look EXACTLY like megyn is probably winning an Oscar?turbo notwithstanding,jay roach is an unbeatable director when it comes to political movies (game change and recount are pretty perfect),and has very left politics,so i can't imagine that it won't be a thorough indictment of all things Fox News?at least that's the hope.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterEricB

I have a feeling the prosthetics will be most talked about,my god does Charlize look like Kelly or what!

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Bitch stole my part.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth Banks

Is a yes for me.
I hate that zoom effects but i LOVE when a trio of competent actresses stars a story full of tension and intrigue.Having Janney,McKinnon,McDowell and Lithgow in the cast sounds irresistible.
If the tone of the movie is dark comedy it would be a perfect film for me.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterCésar Gaytán

I wasn't particularly interested in this movie but I thought it was a really well cut teaser and now I'm all over it.Charlize's Megyn Kelly look is something else!

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAnya

Charlize would win Snatch Game no contest.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commentermarkgordonuk

Unless this gets great reviews,I am a strong no.They seem to be hiding the fact that it's about Fox News and Roger Ailes,which was also a Showtime miniseries.And are these really the best roles for women now?Yikes.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJono

Charlize in the elevator in this teaser is the big dick energy I aspire to have when I grow up

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAllen

I'm a yes,sight unseen — Charlize,the chameleon,strikes again!— though the subject matter is not my cuppa.

That these ladies literally are going down (to level two),is this some kind of subliminal message?You could infer that someone's headed to meet Roger Ailes,but surely his office wasn't on the second floor...or maybe I'm just reading way,way too much into this.;-)

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Hmm.Not getting the December release.If it was any good it would be in film festivals.Maybe on a plane.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTom Ford

A lot of the comments here seem to indicate that Kelly and Carlson will be painted as heroes.I'm not sure that will be the case.

Roach was able to make a compelling film,Game Change,where the lead character was never the hero.I also think Kidman and Theron will play their roles with complexity.I'm excited to to see Theron and Kidman portray these women as the vipers we know them to be in front of the cameras,as as real people dealing with sexual harassment behind the scenes.

I hope Lithgow gets some buzz for this too.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJoe

watched it without the sound first,and the tension is impressive.A definite "YES"

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterforever1267

It's Nicole,Charlize and Lithgow.Not even a question.All in.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I'm leaning towards a maybe though part of me wants to go Yes because of Kidman,Robbie,and Theron.That's a fucking power trio.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterthevoid99

This is my absolute favorite kind of trailer/teaser.I wish this was the only kind we ever got.Just a hint of the film,from a single scene.maybe my fav trailer this year

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterNATHANIEL R

The screening reports I've read (at awardswatch,possibly) suggest that Megyn Kelly is indeed portrayed as a hero in this film.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterSuzanne

Amen.Don't you love Kidman's little head tilt when she walks into the elevator?

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

Who knows how good or bad the movie might be but one thing is for sure,they sure know where their strength lies.Putting these actresses together in an elevator with barely any speech.they have all of us on our knees.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterTony T

I thought THE LOUDEST VOICE was terrific,so I'm all for exploring this from a different angle,especially with this cast.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterAbe

Directed and written by straight white men.Ew.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterWTF

Wow,what a teaser!Loving what Charlize and Nicole are doing here with subtle gestures / looks.Brilliant.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJones

Been here done this.Theron would be my only reason to see this.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterrdf


Very agree with you.I feel most of the trailers very invassive givng you a lot of information about the story.

What about a best trailer category for the Film Bitch awards?

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterCésar Gaytán

@Mareko,I love Kidman's little head tilt,it's everything,Oscar nod for the tilt alone.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterYavor

If Kidman burps,you all think she deserves an Oscar!!!!!

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

Feels tabloid-y,so it's either cheap or camp.I hope it's camp/glam.But they nailed the Fox News esthetic.


August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterG.ShaQ

Charlize has me shook - she even has the same mannerisms as Megyn!I was unnerved watching this...that's acting!

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterBia

rdf,you are the same way with Streep.Glass houses...

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterbrookesboy

I think you need to read back on my comments...I like Streep but not to the point of distraction...You have made it a point to follow up on me.And to me you may know a lot (?),but to the point of sanctimonious knowledge>


August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

BTW...my post above was to brookesboy....

August 22,2019 | Unregistered Commenterrdf

What Troy said,but I really don't want to see this current political era memorialized in pop culture until I can spit on its grave.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterArkaan

brookesboy: High Five!!!

suck it,you,Nicole is more my favorite too!

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMeryl Streep

OMG YES!!This is a brilliant teaser

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterRich

It has a vibe of terror.I am not liking this trend of portraits of terrible women,like Meghan and Phyliss Schafly,unless it's camp.

August 22,2019 | Unregistered CommenterJane

"Terrible"is subjective,and did you not see Game Change?Because you can approach the subject of "terrible women"in an insightful,nuanced way,which is why it's catnip for many actors.

August 23,2019 | Unregistered CommenterMareko

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