Hollywood Serves A Dose Of History, But Is It True?

‘Captain Phillips’ and Hollywood’s — and audiences’ — embrace of fact-based dramas

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West, the 36-year-old rap mogul, appeared on comedian Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show Wednesday night where he defended his girlfriend and reality television star Kardashian. While A-list actors appear on the stars that line the sidewalks on Hollywood Boulevard, California native Kardashian, 32, might have been shunned by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who are in charge of those appearing on the monument. “I want to give a shout out to the stars at the Walk of Fame cause they said something about how they’re not going to put my girl on the walk of Fame cause she’s a reality star. It’s like people are so dated and not modern,” West told Kimmel. “There is no way Kim Kardashian shouldn’t have a star on the Walk of Fame. It’s ridiculous concepts.” Kardashian previously spoke up about wanting to appear on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in an interview with V Magazine last year. “I think there was a quote where somebody said that reality stars will never get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Kardashian told V. “So, of course I’m so competitive that I think that it would be a huge achievement and a goal that anyone would want. I would love to break that mold.” Kardashian seemed to approve of her boyfriend’s most recent rant and accompanied him to the show while staying behind the scenes with their 4-month-old daughter, North West. Still, she took to Twitter to give West’s comments her stamp of approval by stating, “This Jimmy Kimmel interview is the truth!” Like us on Facebook

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2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela through the years Hollywood serves a dose of history, but is it true? Tom Hanks portrays a cargo ship captain whose ship is overtaken by Somali pirates in ‘Captain Phillips’. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips. VPC Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 12:39 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013 Hollywood begins its annual parade of true-life stories, despite claims the industry can’t get its facts straight Tom Hanks, right, stars in ‘Captain Phillips,’ the latest in a host of new films “inspired” by true events. (Photo: Hopper Stone, Columbia Pictures) Story Highlights Oscar season sees spate of real-life stories Filmmakers, academics split over importance of accuracy ‘Captain Phillips’ leads string of biopics and true dramas SHARE 7 CONNECT 11 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES The following is based on actual events. Of course, Hollywood staged those events, so season with a grain of salt. After dominating last year’s Oscars and generating a healthy dose of controversy, biopics and dramas based on true events will again rule the multiplex and revive the debate over whether the film industry needs to get its facts straight. Captain Phillips, the documentary-style feature about the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, opens Friday and already is generating headlines. It will be followed on Hollywood’s true-story hit parade by: The Fifth Estate (Oct. 18). Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, the real-life founder of underground watchdog site Wikileaks. TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters “The academy loves” true-life stories, says Tom O’Neil, editor of awards site Goldderby.com.

pubdate:10/10/2013 20:08 EDT! commentPeriod:14! commentEndDate:10/24/13 8:8 EDT! currentDate:10/12/13 8:0 EDT! allowComments:true! displayComments:true! Captain Phillips and Hollywoods and audiences embrace of fact-based dramas By Ann Hornaday , E-mail the writer Autumn has finally come to the multiplex, meaning that spectacles featuring comic-book superheroes and the umpteenth sequel to The Hangover have been banished, at least for the moment. With awards season looming and splashy premieres in Venice, Telluride and Toronto behind them, studios have now started trotting out their more serious films more than ever of which this year seem to begin with the words Based on a true story. This week, Tom Hanks will take viewers on a white-knuckled journey through a harrowing maritime abduction in Captain Phillips, based on the 2009 encounter of real-life merchant mariner Richard Phillips with Somali pirates. Next week, audiences will watch the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch channel enigmatic WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate, and Chiwetel Ejiofor deliver a searing portrayal of Solomon Northup in the historical drama 12 Years a Slave. Superlative Opened: 10/05/2013 Starring: Tom Hanks, Catherine Keener, Max Martini, Chris Mulkey, John Magaro, Maria Dizzia, Michael Chernus, David Warshofsky, Rey Hernandez, Yul Vazquez Rated: PG-13 Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Those are just a few of the fact-based films that have arrived and will continue to crowd into theaters during the next few months, a field that will ultimately include Lee Daniels The Butler, Fruitvale Station , Rush , Parkland , Blue Caprice , The Dallas Buyers Club, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Saving Mr. Banks. In a culture awash in information delivered in a constant shower of tiny bytes and the occasional mind-numbing data dump fact-based dramas have become our de facto digests: nutritional, well-balanced Lean Cuisines to offset the infobesity epidemic. But they serve a higher purpose, as well.