Sunday, July 31, 2005

Soldiers Say 'Over There' is 'Bogus'

Personally I can not say much about FX Network’s new drama series Over There, the latest from NYPD Blue/Blind Justice creator Steven Bochco, about the lives of US soldiers stationed in Iraq since I have not seen the show, nor do I have any desire to in the near future. What I can say, however, is that I find it completely despicable how the Hollywood left can bitch out Halliburton and other corporations to their heart’s content for making money off of violence and bloodshed in an ‘unjust’ and ‘unnecessary’ war while at the same time profiting from the lives of soldiers still stationed in an ongoing conflict through the production and distribution of television series and major motion pictures with not so much as an afterthought of this being a clear act of conflict of interest. If years from now when the conflict in Iraq has ended and democracy has been allowed to fully take root within the battered country I could understand Hollywood wanting to make a film or even a television series about this moment in American military history but not now. According to the Seattle Post - Intelligencer, veterans of the current war in Iraq who were given the privilege of previewing the program have objected to its depiction of US military men and women overseas and declare the show ‘bogus’. You can head on over to Free Republic and join in the discussion about the show if you saw this past week on FX.

Friday, July 29, 2005

Gyllenhaal in Oliver Stone's 9/11 Film


This is unbelievable! First, news breaks that director/communist sympathizer Oliver Stone would be helming the first film entirely focused on the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, and now ‘actress’ Maggie Gyllenhaal, who sparked controversy earlier this year with her statement that America was ‘responsible in some way’ for the attacks, has been added to the cast. I am still waiting for Michael Moore to be added on as executive producer.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Stone: 'Terrorists Are Like Einstein'!

... or Mickey Kaus' further reasons why Oliver Stone should not be allowed to direct a film about 9/11.

Friday, July 08, 2005

9/11 Projects at Paramount & Columbia


Paramount Pictures will finance and distribute an untitled feature about the rescue of two Port Authority police officers from the rubble of the World Trade Center, says Variety. Oliver Stone will direct the film and Nicolas Cage will star.

Andrea Berloff, who recently signed to write Paramount's remake of Don't Look Now, has written the script. The Stone project is on a fast track with pre-production already started in New York.

Paramount isn't the only studio now moving briskly to tell the 9/11 story, adds the trade.

After optioning the Jim Dwyer-Kevin Flynn book "102 Minutes" in February, Columbia Pictures has already received a first script draft by Billy Ray, writer and director of Shattered Glass.

The project addresses the rescue attempts that took place between the moment the first plane hit the World Trade Center at 8:46 a.m. and the collapse of the first tower at 10:28 a.m.

The Stone-directed project will focus on a much smaller story from the fateful day. Cage will portray one of the two Port Authority police officers, Will Jimeno and John McLoughlin, who were among the many rescuers who risked their lives by rushing into the smoking buildings; the duo were among the very few who survived the fall of the towers, thanks to the frantic rescue efforts of other rescuers who pulled them from the rubble before their oxygen ran out.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

Spielberg Starts 1972 Olympics Project


The New York Times reports that director Steven Spielberg started filming his new untitled project in Malta on Wednesday, the same day War of the Worlds hit theaters.

The Universal Pictures drama, opening December 23rd, is about the secret Mossad hit squad that was ordered to assassinate Palestinian terrorists after the massacre of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

The newspaper says Spielberg has sought counsel from advisers ranging from his own rabbi to the former American diplomat Dennis Ross, who in turn has alerted Israeli government officials to the film's thrust. The director has also shown the script to Mr. Ross's old boss, former President Bill Clinton.

Clinton's aides said Spielberg reached out to him first more than a year ago and again as recently as Tuesday. Spielberg is also being advised by Mike McCurry, Clinton's White House spokesman, and Allan Mayer, a Hollywood spokesman who specializes in crisis communications.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Disneyland Trip Report - Day 4: Remember, Dreams Come True