‘The Post’ Trailer: Steven Spielberg Goes to Bat for a Free Press

The Post Trailer

There aren’t many filmmakers who could attach themselves to a movie in March, lock down a cast headlined by the likes of Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, start shooting in May, and have the film locked and ready for awards season that very same year. But Steven Spielberg isn’t your average director, and that’s exactly what he did with The Post, his new film about the controversial publication of the Pentagon Papers back in the 1970s. Hot on the heels of the first images from the movie, the first trailer has arrived and you can check it out below.

The Post Trailer

In addition to power players like Streep and Hanks, The Post has a jaw-dropping cast comprised of excellent actors like Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk, Zach Woods, Alison Brie, David Cross, Carrie Coon, Bruce Greenwood, Jesse Plemons, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Tracy Letts. The film tells the story of a group of journalists from The Washington Post and The New York Times who published The Pentagon Papers in the 1970s, which had a huge effect on the national perception of the Vietnam War. Liz Hannah wrote the screenplay, which marks her feature writing debut. (What a collection of talent to work with right out the gate!)

It’s no accident that Spielberg made this movie this year. Susan Lacy, the director of the recent HBO documentary Spielberg, explained to Metro:

“[The film] is absolutely Steven’s statement about the importance of vigorous and free press in America. Because we have a President that keeps attacking the press…it’s the reason he is making [the film], I mean it is a true story and a historic story, but the reason he chose to make it now is because he feels like it is a message that needs to be out there. I don’t want to speak for him, but I think that’s why he is clearly making this film now.”

And though the president is one of the worst offenders, this isn’t limited to him: Disney banned the Los Angeles Times from covering its films or interviewing talent from its movies because they didn’t like a story the Times published about the company’s business dealings in Anaheim (though they finally pulled back on that ban yesterday). The press in this country is still under siege right now, and they need all the help they can get. Expect this to be a heavy hitter during awards season.

The Post arrives in theaters on December 22, 2017.

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Free Atomos Firmware Update Adds Varicam LT Support and More for Shogun Users

Atomos rolls out new software for Shogun Inferno and Ninja Inferno recorders with new workflow features for filmmakers.

If you’re a Shogun Inferno 4K recorder user, you might want to consider updating to AtomOS 8.4 as it now brings 10-bit Raw 2K 100/120/200/240p to ProRes and DNX, 12-bit Raw to CDNG up to 4K 30p and 10-bit Raw 2K 100/120p to CDNG for the Panasonic Varicam LT. With this release, Shogun Inferno now has raw support for Sony, Canon and Panasonic cinema cameras.

In an earlier firmware update, Atomos added Dual-link and Quad-link 3G-SDI connectivity for ProRes/DNxHD recording as well as 4K Raw 100/120fps burst support for the Sony FS5 and FS700.

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Watch Tom Petty’s classic ‘Free Fallin’ tribute by Coldplay and R.E.M.’s Peter Buck


Tributes are flowing for American rock ‘n’ roll everyman Tom Petty, who passed away at 66 on Monday night after suffering a cardiac arrest.

One notable live tribute came from Coldplay, performing to thousands at The Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Monday.

After opening the show with a minute’s silence for Petty, Coldplay was joined by guitarist and co-founder of R.E.M. Peter Buck for a rendition of Petty’s 1989 classic “Free Fallin’,” the opening track from his solo debut album, Full Moon Fever.

Sing along in your own tribute to Petty, and then crank up these other nine songs in his honour. Read more…

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Learn How to Color Correct in Adobe Premiere Pro for Free

CreativeLive is offering a free 3-hour online class today, covering everything you need to know to color correct your work in Premiere.

Today, from 9 am – 12 noon PDT, CreativeLive is live streaming for free its class “How to Color Correct in Adobe Premiere Pro” with Adobe master trainer Abba Shapiro. The class will cover basic and advanced color correction techniques using Premiere’s Lumetri Color Effects panels, including:

  • Understanding color and contrast
  • Reading video scopes
  • Basic color correction techniques
  • How to use curves for fine-tune adjustments
  • Using the hue/saturation wheel
  • Legacy color effects
  • Creating a look

Want a quick glimpse? Check out the video below with Abba Shapiro taking you on a quick tour of color correction in Adobe Premiere Pro:

To learn more and RSVP for today’s free class, check out CreativeLive’s class description here.

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Join Over 81K Filmmakers to Kick Off This Year’s Free CineSummit Director’s Event

With experts like Martín Rosete, Verena Soltitz, and the legend who created the lightsaber, Roger Christian, this is bound to be the most memorable CineSummit yet.

It’s that time of year again! Tens of thousands of filmmakers from all over the globe are gearing up to take part in the 2017 CineSummit, the world’s largest educational event for filmmakers. If you’re unaware of what CineSummit is and what it’s all about, it’s a two-day event that gives filmmakers of all levels of experience a chance to learn from some of the most exciting, sought-after directors and cinematographers working today. The best part about it, though, is that it’s 100% online and 100% free.

Here’s a promo to get you started:

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Free BlueFX After Effects Templates & $597 Bundle Giveaway

Learning After Effects is a daunting challenge – it’s not quite a Non-Linear Editor, but also not quite Photoshop. In trying to explain or teach After Effects I look back at my own history of learning the program. Once I learned the fundamentals by working through a book – my growth in After Effects came […]

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David Harewood Stars in Official US Trailer for ‘Free In Deed’ Drama

Free In Deed Trailer

“Sometime we have to go through something to get through something.” Gravitas Ventures has debuted the official US trailer for an indie drama titled Free In Deed, which first premiered at the Venice Film Festival back in 2015. It also played at numerous film festivals in 2016, and is just now getting a very small release starting September this year. Free In Deed takes place in the world of converted storefront churches, following one man’s attempt to perform a miracle. English actor David Harewood (from “Supergirl”, “The Night Manager”, “Homeland”, The Brothers Grimsby) stars as a Pentecostal minister whose dedication to God is tested when approached by a desperate mother and her troubled son. The full cast includes Edwina Findley, Kathy Smith, and RaJay Chandler. This looks very powerful and entirely unique, worth a look. ›››

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8 Free Go Into The Story eBooks

One GITS eBook every month in 2017… all of ’em free!

There are over 22,000 posts on this blog. That’s a boatload of content. I decided to do something to make it easier for readers.

Every month in 2017, I’ll be making public a free Go Into The Story eBook.

Think of it as a kind Go Into The Story Greatest Hits collection.

Download them. Read them. Pass them along.

A very special thanks to Trish Curtin and Clay Mitchell who are stepping up to handle the process turning blog posts into eBooks. I could not be doing this without the efforts of these two fine people.

Vol. 1: 30 Things About Screenwriting [95 pages]

Vol. 2: So-Called Screenwriting ‘Rules [58 pages]

Vol. 3: Writing a Screenplay [30 pages]

Vol. 4: Rewriting a Screenplay [36 pages]

Vol. 5: A Screenwriter’s Guide to Aristotle’s “Poetics” [126 pages]

Vol. 6: A Screenwriter’s Guide to Reading a Screenplay [82 pages]

Vol. 7: Everything You Need to Know About Spec Scripts [50 pages]

Vol. 8: A Screenwriter’s Guide to Character Types [66 pages]

A final note excerpted from the eBook’s preface:

The collection contains my reflections and takes on basic tenets of the craft. If any of them resonate with you, great. If not, feel free to ignore them. Each writer needs to figure out their own approach to screenwriting. My hope is to help feed that process and provide writers with inspiration along the way.

For background on this series, go here.

More to come!

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This airline gave a free lifetime pass to a baby born mid-flight


An Indian airline has given its youngest customer the ultimate birthday present.

Jet Airways on Sunday said it awarded a free lifetime travel pass to a baby boy born during a flight from Dammam, Saudi Arabia, to Kochi in southwest India.

The boy is the first baby to be born in-flight for Jet Airways, a spokesperson confirmed by email.

Pilots diverted flight 9W 569 to Mumbai on Sunday after a passenger went into premature labor during what would’ve been a five-hour flight. The airline’s crew members, along with a trained paramedic who was traveling that day, provided immediate medical assistance. Read more…

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