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Deadline is reporting that Woody Harrelson and James Marsden have signed on to appear in Shock and Awe, an Iraq war drama from director Rob Reiner, which reteams the filmmaker with his Lbj screenwriter Joey Hartstone.
The site reports that the project follows “Knight-Ridder reporters Jonathan Landay and Warren Strobel, who after the events of 9/11, meet with their bureau chief John Walcott to get to the bottom of who was responsible. They find their sources telling them the Bush Administration is trying to tie Saddam Hussein to the terror attacks, even though there is no evidence to support the claim. As the push for war in Iraq increases, they bring in legendary reporter Joe Galloway to give them the high-level sources to help counter the false narrative of Hussein, al-Qaeda and WMDs. They find themselves one of the only media sources running stories countering the prevailing narrative. In the end, »
- Gary Collinson
Joey Hartstone ("Lbj") penned the script which centers around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein's alleged Wmd's which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public in 2003.
A trio of reporters find themselves one of the only media sources running stories countering the prevailing narrative. In the end, Iraq is invaded and their reporting is proven true.
Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner will produce with shooting to begin later this year.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Rob Reiner is assembling quite the cast for his upcoming Iraq war film Shock and Awe. Already set to star James Marsden and Woody Harrelson, Deadline is reporting this morning that Tommy Lee Jones, Alec Baldwin and Milla Jovovich are also in talks to board the politically-charged project.
Written by Joey Hartstone, the movie will focus on a “group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein’s alleged Wmd’s (weapons of mass destruction), which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and around the world in 2003.”
Reiner’s been developing the project for a while now and if all goes according to plan, it will likely head into production by the end of the year, with Matthew George and Michele Reiner joining the director as producers on the film.
In terms of the casting, it’s still too early »
- Mark Cassidy
Coming off one of the best films of last year, Tangerine, director Sean Baker is going from iPhone to 35mm for his next feature, The Florida Project. We spoke with him about the drama and now it’s recently gone into production, with Willem Dafoe spotted on set. Currently shooting in Orlando, it follows a six-year-old and her group of friends during summer break as they adventure and soar on youth while their parents handle real-life problems. Although there are no details on his role, one could assume Dafoe will play one of these parents. [Page Six]
In other news, Woody Harrelson may already re-team with director Rob Reiner after their recently-shot Lbj with a “politically charged” Iraq war drama titled Shock and Awe, Deadline reports. James Marsden has also been added to the growing cast list. The drama will be penned by Joey Hartstone, who also wrote their last collaboration. The »
- Mike Mazzanti
Exclusive– James Marsden is joining the cast of Rob Reiner’s Iraq war drama Shock and Awe opposite Woody Harrelson. Written by Reiner's Lbj screenwriter Joey Hartstone, which also starred Harrelson, the politically-charged project centers around a group of journalists who asked the tough questions about Saddam Hussein's alleged Wmd's (weapons of mass destruction) which was the way the Bush administration sold the Iraq War to the American public and around the world in… »
Woody Harrelson is in talks to join Rob Reiner’s Iraq war film “Shock And Awe.” According to Deadline, the political charged picture centers on a group of journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction, the reason given by the administration for the invasion of Iraq.
“Shock And Awe” is written by Joey Hartstone, who also penned Reiner’s “Lbj” film and features Harrelson. Reiner has had the project in development for several years and is finally scheduled to start production this year.
Read More: How Rob Reiner Survived 20 Years of Bad Movie Making
Reiner, Matthew George and Michele Reiner are producing, with Jorva Entertainment financing. The company previously partnered with Reiner on his drama “Being Charlie,” which premiered last year at the Toronto Film Festival.
Harrelson has been in a slew of successful films in these past years. Last »
- Liz Calvario
Joey Hartsone, who also penned "Lbj," wrote the script which centers around journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein's alleged weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for invading Iraq in 2003.
The title of course refers to the term employed by U.S. defense officials to describe their plan for invading Iraq. Production is slated to kick off later this year.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Reiner has been developing the project for several years through his Castle Rock banner. Jorva Entertainment has come on board to finance.
The “Shock and Awe” script, written by “LBJ” screenwriter Joey Hartsone, centers around journalists investigating the assertions by the Bush Administration about Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for invading Iraq in 2003. The film is scheduled for production later this year.
The term “shock and awe” was employed by U.S. defense officials to describe their plan for invading Iraq.
- Dave McNary
Most people would be hard-pressed to think of positive things to say about reviled dictators like Saddam Hussein, Benito Mussolini and Kim Jong-un - but for Donald Trump, it's apparently not a problem. During a campaign event in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday evening, the presumptive Gop nominee praised late Iraqi dictator Hussein for being "so good" at killing terrorists. "He was a bad guy, really bad guy. But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights - they didn't talk, they were a terrorist, it was over. Today, »
- Tierney McAfee, @tierneymcafee
The crew over at MSNBC's Morning Joe continued to deliver the top-notch political analysis we've come to expect when, on Thursday morning, they all agreed that presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump "got his groove back" during two speeches this week, while acknowledging that those speeches continued to contain defenses of Trump's anti-Semitic star of David tweet and reiterations of his longstanding praise for Saddam Hussein. »
- Tommy Christopher
VideosFBI ‘Seacrested’ the Reveal of Clinton Email Findings, Says Trevor Noah
The Daily Show host slammed both the Republican and Democratic nominees on Wednesday in a blistering takedown that referred to them as “Grandma Nixon” and a “traffic cone soaked in raw sewage.” After joking that the decision would be a real Sophie’s Choice, the befuddled comedian suggested that the U.S. skip November’s election altogether if »
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's controversy du jour is his offer of praise for late Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein at a rally in North Carolina. Trump told the crowd that while Hussein "was a bad guy, really bad guy," he added that Hussein "killed terrorists! He did that so good." Trump also called post-Saddam Iraq "the Harvard of terrorism," and if all of this sounds a bit familiar to you, it should. Like the days-long kerfuffle over his refusal to disavow Ku Klux Klan icon David Duke, this episode is a rerun. Trump said a nearly identical thing to CNN's Jake Tapper back in October. »
- Tommy Christopher
Donald Trump offered praise to an unlikely public figure at a North Carolina rally on Tuesday night. "He was a bad guy - really bad guy," Trump said about former President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein. "But you know what he did well? He killed terrorists. He did that so good. They didn't read them the rights. They didn't talk. They were terrorists. Over. Today, Iraq is Harvard for terrorism." One of Trump's most vocal opponents, Democratic counterpart Hillary Clinton immediately took issue with his comments, saying in a statement - obtained by People - from her Senior policy advisor that »
- Naja Rayne, @najarayne
Gawker founder Nick Denton said he “absolutely” regrets publishing some stories, but doesn’t feel the consequences are as serious as a mistake the New York Times made. “I don’t think we’ve ever made a misstep as big as say the New York Times’ reporting of Saddam Hussein‘s weapons of mass destruction,” Denton told Time. “We haven’t gotten anybody into any wars. But we’ve absolutely made mistakes.” “If you’re not making some , you’re probably not doing your job,” he added during the interview. Also Read: Why Nick Denton Didn't Show Up to Gawker's »
- Brian Flood
Jimmy McGovern has made a moving film about Reg Keys, a father on a mission to expose the betrayal that led to his son’s death. Plus: a programme that ignores everything interesting about Wedgwood
I don’t know where Jimmy McGovern gets the emotional energy or resilience from, I really don’t. Watching any one of his dramas based on real life stories – Hillsborough, about the football tragedy, or Dockers, based on the three-year Liverpool strike, or Common, outlining the iniquities of the joint enterprise law, and most other social outrages and miscarriages of justice in between – leaves me broken on the floor, and he just keeps burying himself in the next one and bringing new tales of love, loss, betrayal and devastation to our screens.
- Lucy Mangan
Nb: The following contains spoilers for Batman V Superman, Captain America: Civil War, The Dark Knight Rises, Spectre, Iron Man 3, Zootropolis, Frozen and Watership Down. We may have made the last one up.
"I am the author of all your pain," Christoph Waltz's incarnation of Ernst Stavro Blofeld told Bond in last year's Spectre. It was a moment designed to bring all of Daniel Craig's previous Bond missions into one conspiracy: Casino Royale's Le Chiffre, Quantum Of Solace's Dominic Greene and Skyfall's Raoul Silva were all secret agents for Blofeld's global organisation.
The revelation placed Blofeld back at the top of the tree as the franchise's uber-villain and Bond's arch-nemesis. If the twist felt like a curious retro-fit at the time, »
London — The Karlovy Vary Intl. Film Festival, which plays July 1-9, will put the spotlight on the current generation of Mexican female directors, and also plans to run a tribute to Otto Preminger.
Festival artistic director Karel Och said: “Kviff’s special tributes will once again become an exciting meeting point between the modern and the classic. The festival will highlight the vital creativity of contemporary Mexico’s young female directors, and will remember, three decades after his passing, the visionary genius of Otto Preminger, a fellow Central European who conquered the United States with his overpowering charm and unflagging advocacy for freedom of artistic expression.“
The focus on women directors from Mexico includes nine films from the past five years. The festival highlights the founding of the Imcine film institute in 1983 as of “undeniable importance to the increase of female directors in Mexico.” It was this organization, the fest says, »
- Leo Barraclough
El Clásico review: When love and football collide, the result is an adventure of epic proportions
There are two moments in El Clásico –firstly when Alan (Wrya Ahmed) steps out on to his hotel balcony, telling Gona (Rozhin Sharifi) that she wouldn’t believe where he was at that moment and secondly, the loud whoop whoop whoop of blackhawk rotors spinning overhead – that bring back memories for me of a phone call from Baghdad. Albeit surreal, being spoken to 100 metres away from where Saddam Hussein was being held (at that time) and hearing about a roadside bomb experience, it was a description of and surprise at how incredibly beautiful Iraq’s changing landscape and inhabitants were, that had resonated most.
Director Halkawt Mustafa’s story of life in modern-day Iraq is a reiteration of those sentiments I heard about more than a decade ago. What I like about the film »
- Sacha Hall
If Disney’s Burbank headquarters suggests the look of a whimsical, post-modern Parthenon, with columns styled as giant “Snow White” dwarves, then a sixth-floor screening room might be the building’s most sacred shrine. At least to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.
It’s to a modest, three-row theater that the man who oversees Disney’s hit-making factory retreats to get an early look at the would-be blockbuster movies of tomorrow, from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Captain America: Civil War” to “The Jungle Book” and “Finding Dory.” Horn comes to the theater carrying only two possessions: a totemic brand of pencil (more on that later) and a notepad. “I get to look at the very, very first cut,” he says, pausing to relish the thought. “That is heaven for me.”
The humble trappings belie the status of one of the most powerful figures in media. His position at the forefront of U. »
- James Rainey
At some point during this film from deep inside Iraq’s many wars, one asks oneself, shattered: “Do I need to watch this?” Jihadi executioners clear a pavement opposite a marketplace and shoot a suspected informer while he kneels, hooded, then kick the body casually. Next, the Islamist fighters are hanging alleged looters from a rafter by their bound wrists so that their quarry dangles there – “like piñatas”, says the commentary – before bullets rip through them. And there is worse to come, in a different way, from the less fervent but more arrogant cruelty of American soldiers.
And the answer is: yes, we absolutely do need to watch this film. For the violence is not gratuitous, quite the reverse: it propels a searing film-essay by the cameraman and subject of the piece, »
- Ed Vulliamy
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