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Thursday, January 14, 2016

That Richard Nixon/Elvis Presley Movie You Ordered is On Its Way

I can only imagine how this Hollywood pitch meeting went. A bunch of middle-aged white men sat in a room and said with gusto (and hopefully after drinking heavily all afternoon), "You know what would be cool? If we did a movie about that time Elvis Presley had a meeting with Richard Nixon!" And, as the Hollywood bigwigs often did when they hear a ridiculous pitch, enthusiastically threw millions of money their way and obliged the offer. Gawd bless America.

Interestingly, the movie is actually directed by a woman, Liza Johnson (Hateship/Loveship). Though I still think the film, aptly titled ELVIS & NIXON, only has one thing going for it: Kevin Spacey and Michael Shannon (I guess that's technically two things, but whatever). The rest, well here's the description:

On a December morning in 1970, the King of Rock ’n Roll showed up on the lawn of the White House to request a meeting with the most powerful man in the world, President Nixon. Starring Academy Award® nominee Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley and two-time Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey as Richard Nixon, comes the untold true story behind this revealing, yet humorous moment in the Oval Office forever immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives.

I'm assuming one of you will be psyched for this...

Here's the trailer:

ELVIS & NIXON is in theaters April. 


Brittani Burnham said...

I love this trailer, and I'm excited for the film. Give me all the Michael Shannon

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