Movie that you have to disregard: "The Philadelphia Story."
This is a classic film and, yes, there is some interest in covering Tracey's wedding and Jimmy Stewart plays a journalist and brings along a photographer blah blah blah. But the film works because of Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart and doesn't really register as a journalism film. It's a classic but it shouldn't be included on a list of films about the news industry.
Classic film about the news industry: "His Girl Friday."
Cary Grant again, with ex-wife Rosalind Russell about to get re-married as a story is breaking. This is a journalism movie and a classic film. It's also a remake of "The Front Page" but with one of the reporters becoming a woman.
Worst version of "The Front Page:" "Switching Channel." Christopher Reeves, Burt Reynolds and Kathleen Turner all flounder in this attempt to remake a classic.
Worst movie about the news industry: "I Love Trouble." America hates this movie. Julia Roberts had finally returned to films -- after her drug burn out and other things -- and "The Pelican Brief" was a runaway hit. She followed it by teaming with Nick Nolte for this awful film that was supposed to be a romantic comedy but is completely unbelievable -- especially Julia and Nick.
Best modern theatrical movie about journalism: "Broadcast News." Holly Hunter's amazing. Albert Brooks is someone you genuinely care for. Joan Cusak charms you. Even William Hurt can't bring this film down. Best moment? When Holly Hunter's explaining how the evening news all ignored an important story and instead covered a domino story for the footage. The audience -- news people -- doesn't care. They love it. Holly explains it;s fun but it's not news and yet that's what they heckle her about wanting. So she warns them that they're going to get a lot more like that and one person hollers back, "Good." I really like Holly Hunter in everything but this is her best film role.
Best TV movie ever about journalism: "Rockabye."
This Valerie Bertinelli film tells the truth about how ugly and self-serving journalism can be. Val's child is kidnapped. To get the police to care, she has to rely on a journalist who is just using her.
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