Reel Pieces™ with Annette Insdorf: Rob Reiner

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Moderator Annette Insdorf interviewed Director Rob Reiner after a preview of his film Shock and Awe. Their discussion included movies that inspired Reiner’s political moviemaking, including All the President’s Men, The Best Man and The Candidate.

Rob Reiner is not only a beloved actor (notably as “Meathead” from the classic TV series All in the Family) but the director of such popular movies as This Is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, When Harry Met Sally, Misery, A Few Good Men and The American President.

Reiner also co-stars in Shock and Awe as editor John Walcott. This drama is based on the true story of the Knight-Ridder journalists who were skeptical about the reports of Iraq’s “weapons of mass destruction” that led to war. Woody Harrelson and James Marsden star as the intrepid reporters who questioned George Bush’s planned invasion of Iraq in 2003. Co-starring Tommy Lee Jones, Shock and Awe is a timely reminder of journalistic accountability.