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Bryan Cranston to Bring Hollywood’s Great, Notorious Screenwriter Back to Life

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Now that summer blockbuster season is over, it’s time for some real-life heroes. Dalton Trumbo, one of America’s greatest screenwriters who chose jail rather than ratting out his friends, will be brought brilliantly back to life this November when Trumbo, starring Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, opens in theaters. The movie tells the story of Dalton Trumbo, a central figure in the “Hollywood Ten”—a group of screenwriters who were blacklisted from the motion picture industry from 1947 to 1960. Before the McCarthy era, the scribes were charged by the House Committee on Un-American Activities for their links to the Communist Party. Trumbo, who openly defied the committee, wound up serving 11 months in a federal penitentiary for contempt of Congress in…

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