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The Paper

Director:Ron Howard
Cast:Michael Keaton, Glenn Close, Marisa Tomei, Randy Quaid, Robert Duvall, Jason Robards
Screen Writer:Ron Howard
Genre:Comedy, Drama

At Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium at Towson University Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

By Jack Purdy | Posted 11/17/2004

Newspaperman, playwright, and screenwriter Ben Hecht confessed that, while working as a reporter for the Chicago Daily Journal, hed fabricated a story about an earthquake ripping the Windy City, even going so far as to dig a fissure in Lincoln Park to corroborate his account. Alas . . . those days of rogue newspapering are gone forever. Now papers actually try to get the story right (or at least not tell preposterous lies), which makes them far less fun as subject matter for movies, as 1994s The Paper plainly shows. Director Ron Howard, one of the few Hollywood big names actually interested in the real working world, tries manfully to resurrect the vanished, once-staple genre of the newspaper picture, but the script, by David and Stephen Koepp, packs in so many plots and subplots that Howard has to work harder than a one-armed juggler to keep them straight. As metro editor of a New York tabloid, Michael Keaton tries to get a big story right while also dealing with a job offer from a bigger paper, a pregnant wife whos near hysterics (Marisa Tomei), an executive editor with prostate cancer (Robert Duvall), and a managing editor whos a shrew (Glenn Close), not to mention his own perpetual shortage of change for the Coke machine. And thats all in one day! The Paper just isnt worth subscribing to.

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