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Bryan Cranston plays blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo as Walter White in 'Trumbo'

Bryan Cranston plays blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo as Walter White in 'Trumbo'

It's 2015 and we've got a self-described Democratic socialist chasing the presidency, so there's something curious about the director of "Meet The Parents" and the Austin Powers franchise tackling McCarthyism.

Jay Roach, reformed heavyweight comedy helmer, continues the crusade for gravitas he started with "Recount" and "Game Change," this time by reaching into the past to dramatize the plight of the blacklisted writers and directors whose communist affiliations prevented them from working in the film industry in the '50s and '60s.

Bryan Cranston is an easy Oscar contender for his turn as Dalton Trumbo—his twirlable mustache,...

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