Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep to lead Steven Spielberg's Pentagon Papers drama
Superstar director Steven Spielberg is assembling a superstar cast for his next movie.
Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep have just been set to lead The Post, Mashable has confirmed. The fact-based drama revolves around the Pentagon Papers, a classified Department of Defense study which detailed the true scope of the U.S. government's dealings in the Vietnam War.
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Leaked by military analyst Daniel Ellsberg in 1971, the documents revealed that the Johnson administration had systematically lied to the public and to Congress to cover up the dramatic escalation of the war in Vietnam. The Pentagon Papers were finally declassified and released in full in 2011.
After the New York Times broke the story open, the Nixon administration tried to force it and The Washington Post to suspend their reporting on the Pentagon Papers. The dispute went all the way to the Supreme Court, which ruled that the First Amendment protected the right of the papers to publish the materials.
Washington Post Publisher Katharine Graham and Execuctive Editor Ben Bradlee leave U.S. District Court in Washington, happy with the ruling the the paper could publish further articles about a Pentagon report on Vietnam.
In the ruling, Justice Hugo Black wrote, "Only a free and unrestrained press can effectively expose deception in government." It shouldn't take a big leap to see how this 46-year-old controversy feels especially relevant today.
Spielberg will direct The Post from Liz Hannah's script, which focuses specifically on the Washington Post's role in publishing the study. Hanks will play editor Ben Bradlee and Streep will portray publisher Katherine Graham, a person with knowledge of the project told Mashable.
Still unclear is when cameras will roll. Spielberg is currently wrapping up post-production on his sci-fi adventure Ready Player One, but has a number of other projects on his to-do list already including The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara and Indiana Jones 5.
Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment will co-finance The Post with Fox, which will release the film in the U.S. Producing with Spielberg will be Amy Pascal and Kristie Macosko Krieger. Deadline first reported the news on Monday.
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SACRAMENTO -- Several people were stabbed Sunday when members of right-wing extremists groups holding a rally outside the California state Capitol building in Sacramento clashed with counter-protesters, authorities said.
Authorities say a total of 10 people were taken to the hospital.
The Sacramento Fire Department says the injured included nine men and one woman ranging from 19 to 58 years old. At least five suffered stab wounds.
California Highway Patrol Officer George Granada says about 30 members of the Traditionalist Worker Party gathered at the Capitol for a rally when they were met by about 400 counter-protesters and a fight broke out around noon Sunday.
Fire officials said on Twitter that the protesters have cleared from the Capitol about three hours after the chaos began.
The injured victims were all present while the protest took place, said Sacramento Police spokesman Matt McPhail.
He said it was still unclear whether and how they were involved.
Sacramento police said in a press release Sunday evening that during the event, police were approached by a citizen who located a loaded handgun on the State Capitol grounds. The firearm was turned over to police custody and was booked as evidence.
The Traditionalist Workers Party had scheduled and received a permit to protest at noon Sunday in front of the Capitol.
Matthew Heimbach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, tells the Los Angeles Times that his group and the Golden State Skinheads organized the Sunday rally.
Vice chairman Matt Parrott, who was not present at the Sacramento rally, says it was a peaceful march and blamed "leftist radicals" for instigating the violence.
Heimbach says that in the clash, one of their marchers had been stabbed in an artery and six of the "anti-fascists" had also been stabbed.
The Southern Poverty Law Center has described TWP as a group formed in 2015 as the political wing of the Traditionalist Youth Network, which aims to "indoctrinate high school and college students into white nationalism."
In a post on their website TWP described the gathering as their "Thermopylae," in reference to the infamous Greek battle site where a small Spartan force stood up to a massive Persian army.
They claimed the purpose of their gathering was a "protest against globalization and in defense of the right to free expression."
The Bay Area Independent reports "members of the Traditionalist Workers Party, Golden State Skinheads, Blood & Honor, National Socialist Movement and Ku Klux Klan," had all planned to attend.
Anti-fascist groups have been preparing a counter-protest, which they say will aim to shut down the "Nazi mega-rally."
It is unclear how exactly the violence at the Capitol began.
A similar violent incident happened at a KKK rally near Los Angeles earlier this year, when Klan members were confronted by counter-protesters and mayhem ensued.
Witness video captured the brawl in an Anaheim park about 3 miles from Disneyland. Several protesters could be seen kicking a KKK member. One Klansman with an American flag used the pole's tip to stab a man.
Officers on scene said they witnessed a Klan member stab a protester with a knife. They found a third counter-protester in a car also stabbed.