Opening Night! -2014 Fall Season - Paramus

10/6 - KILL THE MESSENGER

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Kill The Messenger - FOCUS FEATURES. A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA's role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.

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Cast:
Jeremy Renner,
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, 
Michael Sheen, 
Ray Liotta,
Rosemarie DeWitt, 
Barry Pepper,
Oliver Platt,
Tim Blake Nelson

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Director: Michael Cuesta
Produced by: Scott Stuber, Naomi Despres, Jeremy Renner.
Executive producers: Peter Landesman, Pamela Abdy, Don Handfield, Michael Bederman.

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Guest: Director Michael Cuesta.

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Michael Cuesta

In 2006 Cuesta directed the pilot episode of the Showtime series, Dexter. The show reunited him with former Six Feet Under star Michael C. Hall in the lead role, Dexter Morgan. Cuesta joined the production staff for the first season and also directed further episodes including the season finale. He left the crew at the end of the first season.

He also directed the second season finale for the HBO series True Blood which was created and executive produced by Alan Ball, creator and show runner of Six Feet Under.

Cuesta would have executive produced Babylon Fields, a television series about zombies proposed for the 2007–2008 season. The show was not picked up.

Cuesta directed and executive produced the pilot episode for CBS drama Blue Bloods in 2010.[2] The series was created by Robin Green and Mitchell Burgess and focuses on a family of New York police officers. He returned to direct the eighth episode of the first season "Chinatown".

He was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for directing Homeland's Pilot episode.

In 2011, he directed the film Roadie starring Ron Eldard as a man who returns home to Queens, NY after twenty years on the road with Blue Öyster Cult. Co-written with his brother Gerald Cuesta and featuring supporting roles by Jill Hennessy, Bobby Cannavale, Lois Smith and David Margulies, the film was screened at the Stony Brook Film Festival, Vancouver International Film Festival and Austin Film Festival in 2011. It was released by Magnolia Pictures on January 6, 2012. wikiP

Host: David Edelstein

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