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WATCH: ‘Bombshell’ director Jay Roach on being a closet case at Fox News

Bombshell hits cinemas this December 13, bringing with it a whole lot of, well, bombshells.

As directed by Jay Roach (Meet the Parents, the Austin Powers series) and written by Charles Randolph (The Big Short), the movie recounts the toxic work environment at Fox News in the leadup to the 2016 Presidential Election. Anchors Gretchen Carlson (Nicole Kidman) and Megyn Kelly (Charlize Theron) fight to survive in the male-dominated environment overseen by media mogul Roger Ailes (John Lithgow). Ailes has an agenda to push right-wing outrage, rumors and political talking points…and to take advantage of ambitious young women like Kayla (Margot Robbie) who’s career goals allow Ailes to thrive as a sexual predator. The film also stars Kate McKinnon in a dramatic role as Jess, a closeted lesbian trying to survive at Fox.

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We caught up with Roach & Randolph just ahead of the Bombshell release to chat about the film’s virtues, its observations and combining fact with fiction. Bombshell arrives in theaters December 13.