Michael Moore Launches Site for Trump Whistleblowers

Michael Moore Launches Site for Trump Whistleblowers
Michael Moore is trying to make it easier for whistleblowers to share information about the Trump administration.

The documentary filmmaker has launched TrumpiLeaks, a new portal that Americans in government and law enforcement can use to contact Moore with evidence of wrongdoing in the White House and other departments. The move comes as President Donald Trump has vowed to crack down on government leaks. News broke just yesterday that Nsa contractor Reality Leigh Winner was charged with removing classified material about Russian attempts to hack the election from a government facility and mailing it to The Intercept.

In an open letter on the Huffington Post, Moore said whistleblowing was as old as the republic itself, as are efforts by powerful institutions to suppress damaging information.


Michael Moore on Why Donald Trump Will Build a Wall and Ban Muslims

“Courageous American men and women have put their careers, their freedom,
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Film Review: ‘Concussion’

Film Review: ‘Concussion’
Perhaps the most important thing to note about Peter Landesman’s “Concussion” is that, despite some pre-release hand-wringing, worries that it would represent a whitewash of professional football’s concussion epidemic are completely unfounded. Unfortunately, pre-release hopes that it would do for crusading forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu what Michael Mann’s “The Insider” did for big tobacco whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand are equally unfounded, as the film’s attempt to marry an earnest public-health expose with a corporate-malfeasance thriller and a sweet immigrant love story never comes together in a satisfying way. Effective enough as a cautionary tale about willful ignorance and as a showcase for Will Smith — delivering a fine, understated performance as Omalu, the doctor who discovered Cte in former NFL players — the film is let down by its confused and cliche-riddled screenplay, which struggles mightily to take a complex story and finesse it to fit story beats
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10 Films to Watch Before Seeing ‘Spotlight’

There are few people in show business with such enviable careers as Thomas McCarthy. As an actor, he’s worked with everyone from Peter Jackson and Clint Eastwood to Lukas Moodysson and Mike White, in addition to his pivotal turn on HBO’s The Wire. As a writer-director, McCarthy’s output, starting with his debut feature The Station Agent, rarely fails to captivate audiences. Even McCarthy’s critical missteps, such as his comedic fairy tale The Cobbler, are equally compelling for their flaws and miscalculations.

His newest film, Spotlight, has already garnered an immensely positive critical reception, including our review from Venice. The drama is based on the true story of the journalists at the Boston Globe who discovered a child molestation scandal and cover-up within the walls of the Catholic Church.

If you’re interested in thematically-similar films, focusing on journalism, courtroom drama, and David and Goliath battles of moral sacrifice,
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Corporate Greed Is Bad for Your Health and for the Health of Democracy

'The Insider' movie: Al Pacino and Russell Crowe 'The Insider' movie: 1999 exposé of CBS news show barks, but doesn't bite Michael Mann's 1999 movie The Insider quote exchange: "It's old news. ... We'll be ok," says Don Hewitt (Philip Baker Hall), the creator of the CBS news show 60 Minutes. "These things have a half-life of 15 minutes." "No, that's fame," replies 60 Minutes anchor Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). "Fame has a 15-minute half-life. Infamy lasts a little longer." The infamous "things" referred to by Hewitt and Wallace are the series of scandals that erupted in early 1996, when it was revealed that CBS had refused to air an interview with a tobacco company whistleblower because the network feared the (financial) consequences. What Freedom of the Press? Based on Marie Brenner's Vanity Fair article about the events that led up to that embarrassing – and disturbing – incident, The Insider tells the story of scientist Jeffrey Wigand
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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner in St. Louis

Wamg has your free passes to the advance screening of Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Water Diviner.

Academy Award winner Russell Crowe (Gladiator) makes his directorial debut on The Water Diviner, an epic and inspiring tale of one man’s life-changing journey of discovery.

Crowe also stars in the film as Australian farmer Joshua Connor, who, in 1919, goes in search of his three missing sons, last known to have fought against the Turks in the bloody Battle of Gallipoli. Arriving in Istanbul, he is thrust into a vastly different world, where he encounters others who have suffered their own losses in the conflict: Ayshe (Olga Kurylenko), a strikingly beautiful but guarded hotelier raising a child alone; her young, spirited son, Orhan (Dylan Georgiades), who finds a friend in Connor; and Major Hasan (Yilmaz Erdoğan), a Turkish officer who fought against Connor’s boys and who may be this father’s only hope.
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'The Insider' Turns 15: The Real Jeffrey Wigand And Michael Mann Talk With Charlie Rose And More

15 years ago today, Michael Mann's "The Insider" arrived in theaters, and while there's no doubt it received a plethora of critical acclaim, it's staggering to think it was nominated for seven Oscars and won nothing. But time hasn't dampened the intensity of the film, and we figured it was good time to take a look back at "The Insider" and the people who inspired and made it. But first, a bit of context. In 1996, Jeffrey Wigand, who worked in research and development at Brown & Williamson, appeared on "60 Minutes" and made the explosive claim that Big Tobacco had, among other things, knowingly increased the amount of nicotine in their cigarettes. What followed nearly tore Wigand's life apart and provided the dramatic backbone of Mann's film, but it's easy to forget how eye-opening the original report was. Watch it in full right here. As we noted in our Michael Mann retrospective,
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Top 5: Conspiracy Thrillers

Conspiracy films can captivate an audience in surprising ways, and Hollywood has a long tradition of bringing these theories to life. In the upcoming film Pioneer, director Erik Skjoldbjærg explores a real life Norwegian big oil cover-up that includes murder, extortion, and diving in the North Sea.

In celebration of Pioneer‘s release today, we are counting down six of the best conspiracy thrillers.

5. Shutter Island (2010)

Perhaps better known for violent-gangster films than conspiracy theories, Martin Scorsese teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fourth time to stunning effects. Using conspiracy-theory tropes unapologetically, Shutter Island turns the genre on its head and questions the nature of conspiracy theorists within our society.

4. The Insider (1999)

Focused solely on their shareholders, corporations will often go to morally extreme lengths to maximize profits. There is perhaps no better instance of this than within the cigarette industry, where companies denied the harmful effects of cigarettes for years,
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Al Pacino Retrospective - The Insider

Simon Columb continues our Al Pacino Retrospective with The Insider....

Working together on Heat (only four years prior to The Insider) meant that Al Pacino and Michael Mann clearly had chemistry worth exploring. Replacing the action-sequences with political intrigue and tense paranoia meant this could hardly be billed as a follow-up. The Insider tackles the big business of tobacco and the ongoing contradiction of American capitalism – whereby the almighty dollar trumps justice. Except in this case, investigative journalism alongside the justice system mounted a campaign that resulted in a $368 billion settlement between the four largest tobacco companies in America. Suffice to say, Brown and Williamson – the ‘villainous’ company at the centre of The Insider – merged with Reynolds American in 2004 and is still the second-largest tobacco company in the states.

Written by Eric Roth and Michael Mann, The Insider dramatizes the events leading to the aforementioned campaign. Whistle-blower Jeffrey Wigand (Russell Crowe
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The top 30 underappreciated films of 1999

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 21 Nov 2013 - 05:51

The underappreciated films of 1999 are the focus in our last list of 90s overlooked greats...

The year 1999 was a significant year for film in many ways. Apart from being the year that George Lucas began his Star Wars prequels with The Phantom Menace, it also saw the release of The Blair Witch Project, a horror film which became one of the first to use the internet as a marketing tool, resulting in a massive hit. The Matrix ushered in a new age of special effects filmmaking, arguably paving the way for the superhero blockbusters crowding into multiplexes today.

Mainly, though, 1999 was simply a brilliant year for film. Justly lauded movies like Fight Club, The Green Mile and Eyes Wide Shut aside, there were a huge number of films that didn't get the critical or financial success they deserved - so many,
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Inside Mann: William Goldenberg talks about The Insider

Trevor Hogg chats with William Goldenberg about the movie which resulted in him and Michael Mann receiving their first Oscar nominations...

“The process was similar because it is the same director but I remember reading the script that he and Eric Roth [Forrest Gump] wrote, and thought at that moment of my career that it was the best script I had ever read,” recalls William Goldenberg who earned the respect of Michael Mann for his film editing work on Heat (1995) that he was hired again for The Insider (1999). “When they got Al Pacino [Serpico] and Russell Crowe [Man of Steel], I thought even before the movie started that there was a chance that it would be phenomenal.” Crowe was particularly impressive in the movie chronicling the CBS 60 Minutes scandal which resulted in a news item being pulled off the air due to corporate intervention. “If he did 15 takes they were all great. It was which great one to use and why?
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Greenwald's Latest Documentary Exposes U.S. Government's War on Whistleblowers

Greenwald's latest doc exposes war against those who bring to light the U.S. government's dirty deeds If you want a good example of how the lofty intensions of a new president inevitably give way to the bitter realities of an intractably crooked and selfish world, here’s an old quote in regard to whistleblowing from the web site of the U.S.'s current commander-in-chief: Barack Obama will strengthen whistleblower laws to protect federal workers who expose waste, fraud, and abuse of authority in government. Obama will ensure that federal agencies expedite the process for reviewing whistleblower claims and whistleblowers have full access to courts and due process. Pictured above: a stifled Lady Justice. Some of that statement is true. Mostly the prepositions. The rest, as director Robert Greenwald tells us in his latest documentary, War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State, has been forgotten as
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Blu-ray Review: Michael Mann’s Masterful ‘The Insider’ Makes HD Debut

Chicago – There are still a stunning number of films from the ’90s and ’00s not on Blu-ray but Bvhe recently corrected one of those oversights by releasing the stellar “The Insider,” one of the best films of arguably the best year for cinema in the last two decades — 1999. In a year that included “Magnolia,” “American Beauty,” “The Matrix,” “Three Kings,” “Fight Club,” “Toy Story 2,” “The Iron Giant.” “All About My Mother,” “Princess Mononoke,” “Election,” “Being John Malkovich,” and many more, “The Insider” went overlooked by too many people and certainly by history. With perfect technical elements, stunning performances, and perfect direction by the great Michael Mann, this is a spectacular film.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

The film has actually been digitally restored, not just transferred to the HD form, and it looks great. I forgot how detailed Dante Spinotti’s Oscar-nominated work was here or how tight William Goldenberg’s editing (he
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Blu Review: The Insider

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Cinelinx gets the truth from the new Blu-ray for Michael Mann's The Insider.

The Set-up

A tobacco executive (Russell Crowe) has his life turned upside down when he exposes the dirty secrets of cigarette companies to a 60 Minutes producer (Al Pacino) and Mike Wallace (Christopher Plummer). Based on true events.

Directed by Michael Mann 

The Delivery

Michael Mann's account of Dr. Jeffrey Wigand's efforts to expose big tobacco earned seven Oscar nominations in 1999, including Best Picture, but didn't win a single one. American Beauty may have been the big winner that year, but The Insider deserves much more credit than it received.

It has been a number of years since I sat down and watched my DVD of The Insider, but after five minutes of popping in the Blu-ray, I remembered why I bought the movie in the first place. This is an outstanding film that hasn't
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Blu-Ray Releases: Feb. 19

Welcome to another preview of some great upcoming Blu-Ray releases! This week, the much-talked about Argo hits store shelves, Sinister will convince you to never watch home movies again, and Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome lands on Blu-Ray with some science-fiction style.

Ready for this week’s Blu-Ray releases? Then read on.


Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Kyle Chandler, Clea DuVall, and Chris Messina.

Director: Ben Affleck

An American thriller film directed by Ben Affleck and based on the true story of a 1979 CIA operation. The film has won a number of awards and is nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin).

Plot: During the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, a CIA ‘exfiltration’ specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador.

My Thoughts:
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Michael Mann, David Frankham talk HBO's 'Witness'

The Internet may be taking its toll on print journalism, but war photography is alive and well. Last week, Michael Mann (The Insider, Ali, Heat) and documentary director David Frankham launched a four-part documentary series on HBO called Witness, which follows seasoned war photographers through some of the most dangerous conflict zones on earth. Eros Hoagland, whose father was killed during his own work as a war photographer, takes viewers to Juarez, Mexico, and the favelas of Rio de Janeiro; French photojournalist Veronique de Viguerie, notorious for embedding with the Taliban, leads us through the jungles of South Sudan; and Michael Christopher Brown,
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Hot Trailer: Russell Crowe In ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’

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Hot Trailer: Russell Crowe In ‘The Man With The Iron Fists’
Russell Crowe is going in all different directions as he reengages in film starring roles. He’s playing Noah for Darren Aronofsky, is a corrupt ruthless mayor in Broken City and sings as Javert in Les Miserables. Perhaps no Crowe choice left people scratching their heads more than The Man With The Iron Fists, a kung-fu flick for Universal that stars RZA. I’m always hoping to see Crowe play characters as memorable as Bud White in L.A. Confidential, or Maximus in Gladiator, or Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider or John Nash in A Beautiful Mind. His turn as Jack Knife in Iron Fists seems more in line with his role in The Quick And The Dead, but it is certainly good to see Crowe slimming down and going after it again. There are few actors who bring such intensity and testosterone to the screen.
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The Details: Mann and the Ear

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As Michael Mann has ventured into digital territory—or, in some cases, into a hybrid of digital and celluloid—there has been an unexpected and unusual compositional focus on the ear. Mann doesn’t so much glamorize the cosmetics of the ear but rather makes it an intractable fact of life in so many of his images. It’s almost always there on the edge of the frame in both dialogue scenes and set pieces, either just barely out of reach of the lens’ focal length or indeed the lone focal point, a stray ear in an expansive frame. Due to Mann’s increasingly regular use of wide-angle lenses at atypical moments—a tendency that cuts across his collaborations with various Dp’s (Dante Spinotti, Dion Beebe, Paul Cameron, Emmanuel Lubezki, Lukas Strebel)—there’s a heightened awareness towards objects in close proximity to the camera (and thus an uncanny
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Lowell Bergman on Why Mike Wallace Really Hated 'The Insider' (Exclusive)

Lowell Bergman on Why Mike Wallace Really Hated 'The Insider' (Exclusive)
Mike Wallace hated Michael Mann's "The Insider" complaining that the film took too many dramatic liberties with the story of CBS' decision not to air a "60 Minutes" segment on tobacco whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand over fears of a lawsuit.  Lowell Bergman, the producer on the Wigand segment and a consultant on Mann's film, tells TheWrap that what bothered Wallace the most was that the movie pulled back the curtain and revealed that the people behind the camera, and not the legendary newsman, did the bulk of the dirt digging on "60
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Michael Mann Wanted Mike Wallace to Play Himself in 'The Insider' (Exclusive)

Michael Mann Wanted Mike Wallace to Play Himself in 'The Insider' (Exclusive)
It turns out Christopher Plummer was not the first choice to play Mike Wallace in "The Insider."  Michael Mann, the director of the Oscar-nominated 1999 drama, wanted the legendary "60 Minutes" correspondent to play himself in the film about his interview with tobacco whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, according to Lowell Bergman. Bergman, a former producer on the CBS news program, told TheWrap that before filming took place he arranged for Mann to meet Wallace at the Beverly Wilshire hotel to discuss taking the part.  However, the conversation never happened and Wallace left the hotel before
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'60 Minutes' Mike Wallace interview highlights, from Ronald Reagan to Roger Clemens

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Longtime "60 Minutes" anchor Mike Wallace passed away over the weekend at the age of 93. He died surrounded by family in a care facility in New Haven, Conn. Saturday evening (April 7) and his death was announced on "Face the Nation" Sunday morning.

CBS has put up videos of some of Wallace's most memorable interviews. Above is the very first "60 Minutes" broadcast, which aired Sept. 24, 1968. Below are the Ronald Reagan interviews that Wallace did between 1975-1989; the interview with Secret Service agent No. 9 (Clint Hill, the agent who jumped onto the back of President Kennedy's limo that day in Dallas), which Wallace has called the saddest interview of his career, because Hill was so full of grief over what happened.

Below that is Wallace's 1996 interview with Jeffrey Wigand, the whistle-blower on big tobacco and the subject of the 1999 Russell Crowe movie "The Insider," and Wallace's 2008 interview with former baseball player Roger Clemens.
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