7 items from 2013
It seems "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" can't get in front of a judge, so to speak. The long, long developing project looked it was finally kicking back to life when earlier this summer Paul Greengrass came on board to direct. But alas, it will once again need to find a helmer. Variety reports that Greengrass has now exited the movie after he couldn't come to terms with DreamWorks over the budget. Penned by Aaron Sorkin, Greengrass first circled the movie all the way back in 2008, and before then, Steven Spielberg had considered and Ben Stiller also kicked the tires at one point. So why has it attracted so much interest? Well, the film will tell the compelling true story of the trial that arose following the 1969 clash between protesters and police outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. Famous folks like Abbie Hoffman and Bobby Seale—roles which would certainly »
- Kevin Jagernauth
DreamWorks is moving forward on their production of the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film The Trial of the Chicago 7. Steven Spielberg has been looking to direct it since 2008, but according to an inside source, no movement has been made. The source explains that “every two months it’s been revisited. The title would come up in conversation at production meetings. But it’s just been hanging.”
Not anymore. The studio is pushing it forward, and according to Deadline, they are looking to hire Paul Greengrass (Bourne franchise) to direct it. Greengrass was also looking to direct it back in 2008 when Spielberg's plate started to fill up with other projects. It's funny to see this news pop up again five years later.
The movie is "based on the infamous 1969 federal conspiracy trial arising out of the protesters vs police violent rioting at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago that transfixed the nation »
- Joey Paur
Don't worry if you forgot but way back circa 2008 Paul Greengrass had kicked around the idea of directing the Aaron Sorkin penned "The Trial Of Chicago 7." This was just after Steven Spielberg seriously considered it (Will Smith was tentatively slated to play Bobby Seale, with Sacha Baron Cohen as Abbie Hoffman and Philip Seymour Hoffman as defense lawyer William Kunstler), but it didn't quite come together. Then Ben Stiller teamed with Sorkin to have a crack at it and they developed it further, but DreamWorks wasn't willing to pull the trigger on the budget. Well, it seems there's been a change of heart. Paul Greengrass is back in the director's chair and is set to make "The Trial Of The Chicago 7" his next movie. Details and deals are still coming together, but should it all work out, the $20-30 million picture (they still make those?) will tell the true »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – Right on the heels of the Trayvon Martin verdict is a new film about a similar divisive and race-controversial event, “Fruitvale Station.” Actor Michael B. Jordan portrays Oscar Grant, a 22 year old African American who was shot in the back during an arrest procedure in Oakland, California.
“Fruitvale Station” refers to the public transportation stop in Oakland where Grant was detained on New Year’s Day, 2009. During his arrest, which he was alleged to be resisting, he was shot in the back by the arresting officer and died the next day. This sparked a citywide protest and a trial that was similar in nature to the Trayvon Martin case.
On Monday, July 1st, two of the actors appeared on the red carpet at the Chicago premiere of the film. Michael B. Jordan and Oscar winner Octavia Spencer – who portrayed Oscar Grant’s mother Wanda – spoke of their relationship with the real life people, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I posted this campaign in early January, so it's not clear to me if he launched a new one, or if this is the same exact campaign. It's end date is set for June 14, which would mean that it's a 5+ month campaign. I wasn't aware that you could set one up that was stretched out that much. Most are usually 30 to 45 days. Not 150 to 200 days. But, in short, Black Panther Party co-founder and Chairman Bobby Seale has launched (or relaunched) an IndieGogo campaign to raise $420,000 to begin production of the cinematic life story of the Black Panthers and Seale, which he hopes to see made this year. Titled Seize The Time, The Eighth Defendant, which is also the title of Seale's »
- Tambay A. Obenson
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
From the press release I received today - in short, Black Panther Party co-founder and Chairman Bobby Seale has launched an IndieGogo campaign to raise $420,000 to begin production of the cinematic life story of the Black Panthers and Seale, which he hopes to see made this year. Titled Seize The Time, The Eighth Defendant, which is also the title of Seale's autobio, a script has already been penned by himself and his partner, Stephen Edwards (a filmmaker and also a former member of the Panthers). Apparently, they'd been shopping around the project as a feature-length doc, but were advised by a exec at Fox Searchlight to make it a scripted, dramatized feature film »
- Tambay A. Obenson
7 items from 2013
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