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Friday, 31 October, 2008

This week - ahead of the presidential election - Newsnight Review is in New York.

Matt Frei will be reporting on how American culture has changed in the Bush years and we will be reviewing the new movie about George W Bush - 'W'

More about that and other features in Newsnight Review below.



'W' is on general release on 7 November

Oliver Stone's biopic of George W Bush is the first film about a president to be released during his term of office.

It stars Josh Brolin as the President desperately seeking the approval of his domineering father.

It covers his life from college days, through his struggle to find a role in industry, battles with alcohol and drugs and his marriage to Laura (Elizabeth Banks) right through until the invasion of Iraq.

Stone's previous works include JFK, Nixon and the 2006 film World Trade Center which looked at the terrorist attacks of 2001.

For our New York special, Kirsty talked to him about his intentions in making W and his attempt to show a "fair, but true portrait of the man".

W is on general release from 7th November.



Generation Kill is the latest television work from the creative team behind The Wire, the cult series depicting Baltimore.

Writer David Simon and his fellow producer Ed Burns have adapted the award winning book Generation Kill by Evan Wright into a seven part miniseries.

Both book and film follow the first forty days of a troop of Marines as they enter Iraq in 2003.

Wright was embedded with the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion to report for Rolling Stone magazine.

The series explores the Marines' struggles with kit shortages, conflicting orders and difficult on the ground decisions and how the invasion refuses to fit with their pre-conceived ideas about war.

Generation Kill will air on the FX channel in the UK in January 2009.



Toni Morrison speaks to Kirsty

Toni Morrison is an American author and academic.

Her works include The Bluest Eye, Song of Solomon, Jazz, Love and her 1987 work Beloved, which won her the Pulitzer Prize.

She was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993 - the first black woman to receive the award.

The new novel is set in 17th century America and traces the lives of Jacob, an Anglo-Dutch trader, his wife Rebecca and the slaves they collect - Lina, Sorrow and Florens all of them inventing their selves and roles in the American wilderness.

The troubled relationship between Florens and her mother and its effect on her life and choice of lover is central to the work.

And it also marks a move away from her previous work - highlighting the fact that the slave trade did not just force African Americans into servitude. In Friday's programme Kirsty Wark asks her whether she sees a link between the "post-racial" themes of her novel and Barack Obama's presidential candidacy.

A Mercy is published by Random House.

Josh Brolin on playing Bush in biopic
23 Oct 08 |  Entertainment


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