This may sound a settled issue in the U.S. and Europe, but The Punch‘s Sam Cleveland is announcing the death of newspaper movies to his Australian readers. He’s right, of course. We’ll never see another one.
“No longer will Hollywood stars loosen their ties and roll up their sleeves as scoop-hungry newspaper reporters,” he writes. “No more will veteran character actors bring knowing splashes of avuncular charm to the stock role of the grizzled editor. [And] no longer will the movie news be broken in print.”
State of Play opened in Australia in late May but Cleveland only recently saw it, which explains why he’s how stating that Kevin McDonald‘s film “marks the end of an era simply because 21st century audiences assume, correctly or not, that news now happens online.”