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Film / The Paper

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The Paper is a 1994 comedy about 24 hours in the life of a New York City tabloid, the New York Sun. Starring Michael Keaton and Glenn Close.

This film provides examples of:

  • The Cameo: A ton of real journalists and reporters (the most well-known of which would probably be Kurt Loder and Bob Costas) make brief cameo appearances as themselves.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Done by Henry when Paul Bladden calls to confront him about stealing the lead off his desk:
    Bladden: "Well, I hope you're satisfied, asshole! You just blew your chance to cover the world!"
    Henry: "Well, guess fuckin' what? I don't really fuckin' care! You wanna know fuckin' why? 'Cause I don't fuckin' live IN THE FUCKIN' WORLD! I LIVE IN FUCKIN' NEW YORK CITY! SO GO!....FUCK YOURSELF!!"
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  • Day in the Life: The film is based around one day.
  • Intrepid Reporter: An entire cast full.
  • I Always Wanted to Say That: A very well-done one occurs when Henry wants to stop the paper from going out bearing an incorrect front-page article:
    Henry: We stop and replate. Go upstairs and write up what you've got. Tell Lou to send down "They Didn't Do It".
    Michael McDougal: Hey Henry, are you going to say it? You gotta say it.
    Henry: Use the same art they used for "Gotcha!"
    Michael McDougal: Come on, how often do you get the chance? You can't just do it and not say it, come on!
    Henry: I - Stop the presses!
  • Local Angle: A Running Gag, foreign news reports will only get published in the newspaper if they involved, or were observed by, someone from New York.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: During the course of their investigation, Henry, Martha and McDougal find out there's more involved than just a couple of white businessmen getting gunned down in Williamsburg. Turns out they may have been the victims of retaliation for losing a fortune in Mob money, with the assassins spray-painting a racial epithet on their car as a Red Herring.
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  • The Paranoiac: McDougal (although it's not a major aspect of his character). To wit:
    Henry: "When did you get so paranoid?"
    McDougal: "When they started plotting against me."
  • Running Gag: Phil and his orthopedic chair.
  • Scandal Gate: One reporter has driven his colleagues mad with his constant assertion that he is about dig up a major story.
  • "Shut Up!" Gunshot: Martha, Carmen, Wilder, Phil, and Janet are all in Henry's office, trying to talk at Henry about various problems. McDougal calmly bulls his way through the throng with two bundles of newspapers and fires a shot into them. After everyone shuts up:
    " husband. Please."
  • Yet Another Baby Panda: The paper always looks for a funny story to end on.


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