Jay Roach
American film director
Jay Roach
Matthew Jay Roach is an American film director, producer and screenwriter, best known for directing the Austin Powers films and Meet the Parents.
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The Cinema Year That Was: Zaki's Flick Picks 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It's been a great year for movies, with a diverse assortment of high-profile and smaller scale films, true stories and big surprises, all emerging as some of my favorites for this year. Here's a countdown of my top ten for 2015: (Click the links to read my full-length reviews/features) 10 - Ant-Man After feeling a little bit of "superhero burnout" from Avengers: Age of Ultron last May, I really wasn't sure what to expect from this one. Quirky director Edgar Wright had departed the Marvel Studios pic about the microscopic superhero, and Peyton Reed stepped in at the eleventh hour so the project could keep its release date. Hardly an auspicious place to start. And so I was as shocked as anyone at how Reed and star Paul Rudd were able to subvert the usual Marvel tropes in service of a film that's feels so warm, fresh, and fun, and one that only grows in my estimation upon subsequent viewings. 9 - Trumbo Star Bryan Cranston delivers a tour de force performance as Dalton Trumb ...
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Top Ten Films of 2015
Huffington Post - about 1 year
When you read other Top Ten Film lists, consider that the journalists do not give equal weight to docs, animation and dramatic features, nor foreign versus American indies and studio pictures. Perhaps, they should call their lists "Top Ten Films That We All Generally Write About." 1. Wild Tales (dir. Damian Szifron) Argentine writer-director Damian Szifron has a darkly hilarious confection in these six wonderfully imaginative scenarios. Oscar nominated for Foreign film, Wild Tales also swept through the Argentine Academy Awards, its crazy tales of retribution due to road rage, infidelity at a wedding and the like connecting with the common man and woman. 2. Spotlight (dir. Tom McCarthy) Can Michael Keaton pick them or what? Last year, he headlined Birdman, the best film of the year. Now, he leads a tremendous ensemble cast, including Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Stanley Tucci and Jamey Sheridan, in the story of the Boston Globe's expose of molestation in the Catholic Church. M ...
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The MovieFilm Podcast: Championing <i>Creed</i> + Jay Roach on <i>Trumbo</i>
Huffington Post - about 1 year
Yo! The critically-acclaimed Creed is punching up the nation's box office as we speak, and we go the distance this week to talk up director Ryan Coogler's emotional and engaging Rocky spin-off, starring Michael B. Jordan and Sylvester Stallone. But that's not all, hear Brian's takes some of the movies he missed from last summer, including Pixels and The Man From U.N.C.L.E., as well as my fascinating interview with director Jay Roach about his brilliant biopic Trumbo, starring Bryan Cranston. In addition, we're joined by special guest Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family) to talk up his upcoming comedy writing webinar, and offer thoughts on the trailer for next year's superhero smash-up Captain America: Civil War, and more. Listen below, or via iTunes or Stitcher or TuneIn Radio (and make sure to write us a review!). As always, you can drop us a line at MovieFilmPodcast@gmail.com, or at our our Facebook page to tell us how we're doing! -- This feed and its contents are the pro ...
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"Trumbo": Blacklisted Again!
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Dalton Trumbo is back! The United States' best screen writer, black-listed and imprisoned during the 1950s McCarthy era witch hunts, has returned full of life, politics and attitude in Jay Roach's smart, funny unrepentant film "Trumbo." Trumbo clearly had many lives. In 1939, he won the National Book Award for his anti-war novel "Johnny Got His Gun," the story of Joe Bonham, a young soldier who lost his arms, legs and his face to an artillery shell explosion. Unable to kill himself, Bonham wanted to serve as an example of the horrors of war. Bonham enabled Trumbo to do just this, as the book, read in schools around the world, has been twice made into movies and performed as well in theaters internationally. Beyond his novels and many short stories, Dalton Trumbo was most successful as one of Hollywood's most sought after and highly paid screen writers. Prior to the end of World War II, Trumbo scripted a variety of films including the popular war epic "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo" (1 ...
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Bryan Cranston's Pin: Trumbo Premieres
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Bespectacled and mustachioed Bryan Cranston as famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, submerged in the bath, his work, smokes and whiskey laid out on a tray bestride the tub is a hilarious image of a writer at work. In Jay Roach's new movie Trumbo, his heyday in Hollywood, testimony before the House UnAmerican Activities Committee during the '50's red scare, prison term, and post-prison career fronting scripts, play like a cartoon of a world gone mad. Surrounding him are a loving family, with wife Cleo (Diane Lane), daughter Niki (Elle Fanning), like-minded friends Edward G. Robinson (Michael Stuhlbarg), Arlen Hird (Louis C.K.), B-movie mogul Frank King (John Goodman) and enemies including gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) who considered him a traitor. But lest this entertainment seem frivolous, some real issues regarding democracy, freedom of speech, rise to the fore. At lunch at 21, Roach and stars Cranston and Lane joined Walter Bernstein for a panel discussing Trumbo's life ...
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Bryan Cranston On The 'Dangerous Period' That 'Trumbo' Showcases
Huffington Post - over 1 year
"Do you want to eat my face?" Bryan Cranston asked as I sat down opposite him in a suite at Manhattan's Waldorf Astoria earlier this week. He passed a plate of cupcakes with his newest character drawn into the icing. I commented on how meta it would be to accept his offer, and he laughed, speculating on what I might exclaim after leaving: "'Do you know what Cranston said to me? It was the weirdest thing!'" Cranston was just as animated throughout the rest of our brief chat. He has no reason not to be these days. How does one follow up four Emmy wins for playing television's most iconic meth kingpin? Quite easily, if you're Bryan Cranston. Since "Breaking Bad" ended its five-season run in 2013, Cranston has won a Tony Award for playing Lyndon B. Johnson in "All the Way," appeared in 2014's successful "Godzilla" reboot and, as of Friday's limited release, portrayed notorious screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who was the face of the 1950s Hollywood blacklist that outlawed entertainers who ...
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‘Trumbo’ Recalls the Hunters and the Hunted of Hollywood
NYTimes - over 1 year
Jay Roach’s film recounts the ordeal of the screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, one of the “Hollywood 10” who defied the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947.
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Jay Roach to Direct Action Comedy 'Mad Dogs' for Warner Bros. (Exclusive)
Yahoo News - about 2 years
Dan Lin ('The Lego Movie') is on board to produce the adaptation of the novel from 'Six Days of the Condor' author James Grady.
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HBO Orders Comedy Starring Tim Robbins and Jack Black to Series
Seattle Pi - about 3 years
The dark comedy focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men - U.S. Secretary of State Walter Hollander (Robbins), lowly Foreign Service officer Alex Coppins (Black), and ace Navy fighter pilot Zeke Callahan (Orange Is the New Black's Pablo Schreiber). Maribeth Monroe, Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show), Geoff Pierson (Dexter) and Esai Morales (Criminal Minds) will also star in the comedy from executive producers Roberto Benabib (Weeds), Jerry Weintraub (Behind the Candelabra) and Jay Roach. The series order comes two weeks after HBO canceled two of its first-year comedies, Hello Ladies and Family Tree.
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Jack Black, Tim Robbins To Star In New HBO Pilot
Huffington Post - over 3 years
HBO is taking Jack Black and Tim Robbins to "The Brink." Robbins and Black will play two of the leads in the upcoming dark comedy pilot. Jay Roach ("Meet the Parents") will direct with a script from "Weeds" executive producer Roberto Benabib and his brother Kim Benabib. Deadline describes the series as an "epic dark comedy focusing on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate and desperate men." Robbins will play the US Secretary of State while Black will play a foreign service officer caught in the middle of the crisis. Aside from starring in the series, Black and Robbins will also serve as executive producers. "The Brink" adds to HBO's upcoming crop of new shows filled with famous faces like "True Detective," starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson, and "Getting On" starring Laurie Metcalf. This is not the first time Robbins and Black have worked together. Robbins directed Black in the Academy Award-winning 1995 film, "Dead Man Walking," starring Susan ...
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Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong In Biopic: See The First Photo!
US Magazine - over 3 years
Lance Armstrong -- his movie alter ego, that is -- is wheeling his way on to the big screen. The first photo from Stephen Frears' upcoming biopic of the embattled cyclist has dropped.  Actor Ben Foster -- bald and clad in Armstrong's iconic yellow jersey, with his face conveying a sense of utter determination -- zips past fans as he's mid-race at the Tour de France. Frears' untitled film, scripted by Trainspotting writer John Hodge, is based on Irish sports journalist David Walsh's book Seven Deadly Sins: My Pursuit of Lance Armstrong. PHOTOS: Olympic athletes turned TV and movie stars The StudioCanal-backed biopic will chronicle Armstrong's battle against testicular cancer in the '90s to his meteoric rise after seven Tour de France victories-- and the massive doping scandal that ultimately led to his demise. Following an in-depth investigation helmed by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and led in part by Walsh, Armstrong was stripped of his Tour de France titles in 2012. He admitt ...
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Cranston books a post-'Breaking Bad' movie role
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Cranston books a post-'Breaking Bad' movie role The film, "Trumbo," will be directed by "Meet the Parents" filmmaker Jay Roach from a script by John McNamara.
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Roger Ebert Thought He Went 'Overboard' With This Review
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Roger Ebert, who died on April 4 at the age of 70, didn't suffer fools gladly: The acclaimed Chicago Sun-Times film critic and Pulitzer Prize winner wrote some of the most widely read scathing reviews of the last five decades. "I hated this movie," he wrote of the famous Rob Reiner bomb "North" in 1994. "Hated hated hated hated hated this movie. Hated it. Hated every simpering stupid vacant audience-insulting moment of it. Hated the sensibility that thought anyone would like it. Hated the implied insult to the audience by its belief that anyone would be entertained by it." Ebert didn't always reserve his ire for universally panned features: He slammed beloved films like "Harold and Maude," "Fight Club" and even "Zoolander." Ben Stiller's comedy came out on Sept. 28, 2001, just under three weeks after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, and despite its status as beloved cult classic (Terrence Malick is a fan), Ebert was unamused. "There have been articles lately a ...
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Golden Globes Prove New Direction For TV
Huffington Post - about 4 years
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- The taut political thriller "Homeland," the coming of age comedy "Girls" and "Game Change," the movie about Sarah Palin's rocky campaign for the vice presidency in 2008, were the big television winners in the Golden Globes. The biggest losers? Commercial broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox – none of which aired those shows. One award for PBS saved broadcast television from a complete shutout. Premium cable rivals HBO and Showtime battled for supremacy throughout Sunday night's telecast. In the end, HBO pulled out a 5-4 victory. "It's the only place to have made a show like this," Lena Dunham said backstage after the series she created for HBO, "Girls," won two Globes. "Cable television is the only place where I'm going to get the kinds of stories I want to tell funded." "Girls" was named best comedy and Dunham, who stars as Hannah Horvath in the series about young women in their 20s navigating young adulthood in New York City, w ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jay Roach
    FIFTIES
  • 2008
    Age 50
    He also directed the HBO film Game Change about the 2008 McCain/Palin campaign, which premiered March 2012 as one of the most watched films in HBO history.
    More Details Hide Details The film also gave him his third Primetime Emmy Award. His other directing credits include “Meet the Fockers,” “Meet the Parents,” “Austin Powers in Goldmember,” “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me,” “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” and “Mystery, Alaska.” Roach’s producing credits include the Academy Award®-nominated “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” His latest film was The Campaign (2012), a political comedy centered on competing congressional candidates, starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis. Roach is married to Susanna Hoffs of The Bangles, with whom he has two sons. Roach was raised a Southern Baptist, and converted to Judaism before marrying Hoffs.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1980
    Age 22
    He received a B.A. in economics from Stanford University in 1980 and later earned an M.F.A. in film production from the University of Southern California in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details Jay Roach is a director, writer and producer in Hollywood. His directing credits include the Emmy®-winning HBO film “Recount,” which earned Roach two Emmy® Awards, for Outstanding Directing and Outstanding Made for Television Movie in addition to a DGA Award.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1975
    Age 17
    Roach was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where his father was a military worker. He graduated from Eldorado High School in 1975.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1957
    Born
    Born on June 14, 1957.
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