BROADCAST NEWS
1987, 20th Century Fox, 133 min, USA, Dir: James L. Brooks

“He personifies everything that you've been fighting against. And I'm in love with you. How do you like that? I buried the lead.” In James L. Brooks’ groundbreaking, astute critique of televised media’s slippery transition from hard news to fluff pieces, Holly Hunter, Albert Brooks and William Hurt make up the three points in a wonderfully complex love triangle. Jane Craig (Hunter) is an endearingly neurotic and talented broadcast news producer, whose close friendship with bright but sparkle-lacking correspondent Aaron Altman (Brooks) is thrown into trouble when a handsome, charismatic and simple-minded rookie anchor (Hurt) becomes the sensation of their show - and a confusing romantic interest for Jane. All three leads were nominated for Oscars, with additional nominations for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay. With Jack Nicholson in an unbilled role as intimidating, god-like anchor Bill Rorich.


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