GB News, a 24-hour free-to-air news channel that will compete with the likes of the BBC and Sky, goes live this month.
On December 23, 2005, ITV’s underfunded ITV News Channel shut down, with Alistair Stewart (who would be doing a weekday show on GB News) saying goodbye to viewers with a final goodbye. We’ll have to wait and see how the GB news does.
Insiders have long questioned the reality of many depictions of the TV newsroom, which has long been a fixture of both television and film.
Long Shot (2019) and Tom Hardy’s Venom (2019) are two recent examples of cinema embracing video-blogging and Vice-style journalism (2018). I’ve put together a list of 10 movies that might inspire you to tune in to GB News when it launches in the near future:
1. Bombshell (2019) – STARZ PLAY, Amazon Rent/Buy
Charlize Theron (as Megyn Kelly), Nicole Kidman (as Gretchen Carlson), Margot Robbie (as Kayla Pospisil), and Malcolm McDowell (as Rupert Murdoch) round out Roach’s impressive ensemble.
Jabba the Hutt-style fat suits and Droopy-like jawlines accompany John Lithgow’s portrayal of Ailes in the Showtime mini-series, The Loudest Voice.
2. Nightcrawler (2014) – Netflix, Amazon Rent/Buy
As shown in Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a thieving sociopath who sells harrowing footage of accidents, thefts, and violent crimes to ratings-driven channel director Nina, the dark side of American local news is on full display (Rene Russo).
People who expect Gyllenhaal’s vile character to finally be punished will be disappointed by Nightcrawler.
3. Morning Glory (2010) – Netflix, Amazon Rent/Buy
As an amusing workplace comedy, the film’s plot revolves around an upbeat female professional battling male colleagues’ ingrained beliefs in the early to mid-1960s.
Becky Fuller (Rachel McAdams) is an atypically compassionate TV producer who turns around an ailing network morning program and gets the respect of curmudgeonly co-host Mike Pomeroy (Harrison Ford), a seasoned journalist who was pressganged into presenting to fulfill the conditions of his contract.
Pomeroy, played by Ford, displays his more pleasant side and cooks a frittata live on air, which is a shift from his normal chosen topics of terrorism and political corruption, in this gentle dry run for Apple+’s The Morning Show.
4. Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) – Amazon Rent/Buy
Even after all these years, the beloved Will Farrell spoof of 1970s regional news in the US continues to entertain, unlike the lesser 2013 sequel (The Legend Continues), which I have seen at least twice but can’t recall any significant details from.
Co-anchor and love interest Veronica Corningstone and Farrell’s Scotch-loving Burgundy are the film’s driving force (Christina Applegate). As the credits begin to roll, make sure to stay for the hilarious outtakes between the two actors.
At the very least, we can expect that one of the GB News presenters will demonstrate Ron’s mastery of the jazz flute. Ofcom, on the other hand, will undoubtedly be on the hook if any of the staff make an Anchorman-style joke with the teleprompter.
5. Live From Baghdad (2002) – full movie available free on YouTube
the first Gulf War (1991) is vividly depicted in Mick Jackson’s (The Bodyguard) hbo movie, which praises CNN’s groundbreaking coverage of the events.
Helana Bonham Carter portrays CNN producer Robert Wiener, who stayed in Baghdad to cover the conflict alongside colleagues Ingrid Formanek (Michael Keaton), Robert Wisdom (Robert Wisdom), Peter Arnett (Bruce McGill) and John Holliman (John Carroll Lynch). The rival networks were forced to use CNN’s live feed to report on the conflict.
6. The Insider (1999) – full movie available free on YouTube or Amazon Rent/Buy
“The Man Who Knew Too Much,” a 1996 Vanity Fair piece on the aftermath of CBS’s 60 Minutes interview with Jeffrey Wigand, is the inspiration for Michael Mann’s gripping thriller (Russell Crowe).
Critics are generally pleased with the performances of Crowe and Al Pacino (as 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman), but Christopher Plummer’s portrayal of Mike Wallace, a respected journalist, stands out for me.
Michael Gambon, Rip Torn, and Phillip Baker Hall are just a few of the older actors featured in The Insider.
7. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) – Amazon Rent/Buy
Pierce Brosnan’s second 007 outing, along with Daniel Craig’s Quantum of Solace (2008), is better than many critics expected when it was released in theaters.
As Elliot Carver, a media billionaire akin to Rupert Murdoch, Jonathan Pryce has fun delivering Purvis & Wade’s subpar language with panache.
It is Carver’s goal to incite a conflict between the United Kingdom and China in order to enhance his show’s ratings.
Is Bond capable of stopping the thief? That’s something I’m sure you already know.
Foreshadowing Michael Steele’s infamous Trump dossier, the Mao-suit sporting mastermind offers the following command to a subordinate: “Mr. Wallace, please phone the President.”‘ The footage of him with the cheerleader in the Chicago motel room will be released if he doesn’t sign the law lowering cable costs.’
We’re spared the likes of Madonna, CGI tidal wave surfing, and an invisible car in TND, as well as Denise Richards’ Dr Christmas Jones (‘I thought Christmas only comes once a year’) and Robert Carlyle’s blundering accident-prone former KGB assassin ‘Renard’ from the preceding The World is Not Enough (TWD) (1999).
Weapons of Mass Distraction, starring Ben Kingsley and Gabriel Byrne as rival media moguls, aired on HBO the same year as Tomorrow Never Dies.
8. Up Close & Personal (1996) – Disney+, Amazon Rental only
In Up Close & Personal, Robert Redford plays a Miami TV news director Warren Justice and Michelle Pfeiffer plays his protégée Tally Atwater, a role reminiscent of the May-December manner of The Way We Were (1973).
In the person of Michelle Pfeiffer’s Atwater, the movie portrays a heavily sanitized portrait of Jessica Savitch’s terrible life on NBC.
John Gregory Dunne (with Joan Didion) was so fed up with the script’s repeated revisions that he questioned now disgraced producer Scott Rudin what Up Close & Personal was about.
Rudin chimed in, ‘Two movie stars.’
The film grossed $100.7 million on a $60 million budget, so at the very least Rudin must have been pleased with the results.
9. Hero (1992) – Amazon Rent/Buy
Dustin Hoffman stars as Bernie LaPlante, a low-life crook who rescues survivors (including TV reporter ‘Gale Gayley’, Geena Davis) from an air disaster in Stephen Frears’ satirical comedy-drama, also known as Accidental Hero.
John Bubber (Andy Garcia), a telegenic impersonator, takes advantage of LaPlante’s outstanding arrest warrants to receive the $1 million reward from the Davis TV channel and the accompanying media adoration.
10. Broadcast News (1987) – Disney+, Amazon Rent/Buy
If you’re looking for a romantic comedy-drama about the TV news industry and you haven’t seen James L. Brooks’s Broadcast News, you’re missing out.
William Hurt as a slick but not particularly educated newsreader, a cameo by Jack Nicholson, and Albert Brooks’ on-camera flop sweat and characteristic snark are among the film’s many iconic moments.