There are two films coming within six months of each other about Roger Ailes and Fox News. The first, “The Loudest Voice,” coming on Showtime, looks at both the rise of Fox and the fall of Roger Ailes because of sexual harassment allegations. The film, yet untitled from Lionsgate, only covers the fall of Ailes.
Showtime’s version is based on Gabriel Sherman’s book “The Loudest Voice in the Room” and stars Russell Crowe as Ailes. The film centers around Megyn Kelly and stars Charise Theron with Nicole Kidman as Gretchen Carlson, who was one of the women who accused Ailes of sexual harassment, with John Lithgow as Ailes. Naomi Watts plays Carlson in the Showtime version, which doesn’t even include Kelly. Simon McBurney and Malcolm McDowell are cast as Rupert Murdoch in the films. And yes, many other actors playing Fox News personalities are in the casts.
The two films have some similarities but a lot of differences, according to the story. And the two productions are already trying to battle each other in the media presumably to get an upper hand. I liked Sherman’s book, so that one should be worth seeing.
Not a new occurrence. Way back in the 60s, there were two films about Jean Harlow that came out within a year of one another. There was another film about Capote that came out the year after Capote. When two films about the same subject come out, generally the first one to the screen gets the larger audience, though I suspect neither one of these is going to be a blockbuster.
It’s mainly the so-called media watchdogs. Which for some reason seem to be all liberal. Then there are the endless boycotts and advertiser threats. When liberals don’t get their way they become bullies.
In other words, Fox trounces both. MSNBC was on a good roll until the viewers became aware the whole Russia thing was a scam. That took the wing out of their sails. People didn’t like having nonsense peddled to them.