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The A-List: LBJ director Rob Reiner
By Iain Blair

Director/producer/actor Rob Reiner has long been one of Hollywood’s most reliable, successful and versatile talents. Over the past three decades he’s created a beloved body of work in a diverse mixture of styles and genres that includes comedy (When Harry Met Sally, The American President), fantasy-adventure (The Princess Bride), satire (This Is Spinal Tap), suspense (Misery) and drama (Stand By Me, A Few Good Men).

Now the co-founder of Castle Rock Entertainment, who first found fame as one of the stars of the long-running hit series All in the Family, has taken on the timely subjects of political in-fighting and civil rights in LBJ. After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on November 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson, with his devoted wife Lady Bird (Jennifer Jason Leigh) by his side, is suddenly thrust into the presidency.

As the nation mourns, Johnson must contend with longtime adversary Attorney General Bobby Kennedy (Michael Stahl-David) and one-time mentor Georgia Senator Richard Russell (Richard Jenkins) as he seeks to honor JFK’s legacy by championing the historic Civil Rights Act of 1964.

In addition to an all-star cast that also includes Bill Pullman, Reiner assembled the below-the-line team of director of photography Barry Markowitz, editor Bob Joyce and composer Marc Shaiman.

I spoke with Reiner about making the film, which is getting a lot of awards and Oscar buzz — particularly for Harrelson’s performance — and his love of working quickly.

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Detroit editors Billy Goldenberg
and Harry Yoon

By Chris Visser

Detroit focuses on the city's 1967 12th Street Riot, and the challenge of adapting that history into a narrative feature film was no easy task. What do you show? What do you avoid?

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Creating sounds for Battle
of the Sexes

By Jennifer Walden

Battle of the Sexes delves into the personal lives of tennis players Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King during the time surrounding their famous televised tennis match in 1973.

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Behind the Title: Start VR producer Ela Topcuoglu

Panasas intros customizable storage solutions for M&E

SMPTE ST 2110 enables
IP workflows

By Tom Coughlin

Red Giant Universe updated, supports Media Composer

Boxx intros workstation with Intel Coffee Lake processors

Jeff Haboush and Chris Newman join CAS board

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