Network (MGM, 1976). Nearly three decades after its release, Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky's Oscar-winning black comedy about W seems like a nightmare come true.
Television news director Max Schumacher (William Holden) learns that corporate bigwigs at the multinational behemoth that's swallowed his struggling network have put entertainment executive Diana Christensen (Faye Dunaway) in charge of his division, and when an alcoholic anchor (Peter Finch) goes on-air with a suicidal rant, Christensen and the board decide these antics are good for the corporate bottom line. The motto here is, "All the news that's fit to profit." ****