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By Alex Simon
Mumia Abu-Jamal has been one of journalism’s most outspoken voices for nearly forty years. However, Mumia’s greatest fame has come not from his written work, but from the fact that he is one of the most famous state “employees” in the country: he has been in state prison since 1982, serving on death row until just over a year ago.
Born Wesley Cook in Philadelphia, Abu-Jamal made his name as a tireless writer and journalist during the racially-charged 1970s that often portrayed the City of Brotherly Love as anything but. With his intense coverage of the M.O.V.E. organization, a black empowerment group whose ongoing battle with the police and city hall came to a fiery end in 1985, Abu-Jamal became a constant thorn in the side of the city’s powerful establishment. Things came to a sudden head for Abu-Jamal himself on the evening »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ice Age: The Meltdown screenwriter Jim Hecht will be rewriting Grisby's Go Broke. The project is one of eight unproduced screenplays from the late John Hughes and centers on a greedy family that loses their fortune and are forced to move to... Mulletville. Ouch. They start life over on the other side of the tracks, stripped of all their possessions. Hecht's next project will be a collaboration with Joshuah Bearman on The Big Cigar, which currently has Little Miss Sunshine‘s Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris attached to direct. The story is about Easy Rider producer Bert Schneiders' attempt to smuggle Black Panthers leader Huey Newton to Cuba by building a fake movie around Newton dubbed The Cigar. It's all very...
- Alison Nastasi
Exclusive: Jim Hecht, the Ice Age: The Meltdown scribe who recently signed on to write The Big Cigar (about Bert Schneider’s attempt to smuggle Black Panthers leader Huey Newton to Cuba by faking a movie) has signed on to rewrite The Grigsbys Go Broke for Paramount and producers Joe Roth and Palak Patel at Revolution. He’s stepping into hallowed ground here, because this was one of the last scripts written by the late great writer-director John Hughes, with whom Roth made Home Alone. Hecht is repped by UTA and The Gotham Group. The script is about a family whose greed takes them from a contented life to move to Mulletville, selling all their possessions to do it. Stripped of their wealth, they have to start all over. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
3 items from 2013
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