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Aaron Sorkin calls Sony hack media scavengers 'morally treasonous' and 'dishonorable'

14 December 2014 6:46 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I've sort of just sat back in muted horror all week as a lot of entertainment journalists have finally gotten their moment in the sun, to act like the Fourth Estate in the wake of the Sony hack, to act as if bitchy emails and spreadsheets documenting famous people's salaries somehow equate to The Pentagon Papers. I've read my computer screen, mouth agape, as writers have tried to explain it away as an unprecedented gray area, when all I see is fundamental black and white. The ethical ickiness has been shrill and it's been shrieking. It seems "The Newsroom" creator Aaron Sorkin (no stranger to hot button issues, he) feels similarly. Sorkin wrote the script for an upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that made for much of the early fodder in this mess as it was chewed over in private emails between producer Scott Rudin and Sony co-chair Amy Pascal. Taking »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Watergate Editor at the Movies: From 'President's' to Supporting Role in 'Born Yesterday'

6 November 2014 6:11 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Ben Bradlee movies: From 'All the President's Men' to 'Born Yesterday' (photo: Jason Robards as 'The Washington Post' executive editor Ben Bradlee in 'All the President's Men') Former Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee aka Benjamin C. Bradlee, best known for his key role in the Watergate scandal that destroyed the Richard Nixon presidency, and who was later played by Best Supporting Actor Oscar winner Jason Robards in Alan J. Pakula's film version of All the President's Men, died of "natural causes" last October 21, 2014, at his home in Washington, D.C. Bradlee, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease, was 93. The Washington Post of the 21st century may look increasingly like a more pedantic version of the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid New York Post, but things weren't always like that. Back in the days when the American media — at least some of the time — actually bothered reporting news »

- Andre Soares

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Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Biopic Eyes Joseph Gordon-Levitt

22 September 2014 11:04 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Oliver Stone wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to star as Edward Snowden in his upcoming biopic The Snowden Files.

This version of the asylum-seeking CIA leaker's story is based on the novel Time of the Octopus, by Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena. The story tracks the American whistle blower as he heads to Russia, and the conversations between him and his lawyer as he awaits his request for asylum to be considered by the country. Oliver Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman also have the righs to Luke Harding's novel The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man, which will serve as a secondary basis for the movie.

The Snowden Files will begin shooting this December in Munich, Germany.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt recently wrapped production on the Philippe Petit biopic The Walk, for director Robert Zemeckis, which follows the tightrope walker's daring Twin Towers stunt. Joseph Gordon-Levitt »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Circling Edward Snowden Role In Oliver Stone Film

21 September 2014 1:49 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Oliver Stone has set his sights on Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play asylum-seeking CIA leaker Edward Snowden in the movie that Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman intend to shoot beginning in December in Munich. It becomes the latest intriguing role for Gordon-Levitt, who wrapped playing Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed The Walk for Tom Rothman‘s TriStar and is now shooting Xmas with Seth Rogen at Sony. It hasn’t happened yet, but stay tuned.

As Deadline has reported, Stone and Borman have a deal with Snowden’s Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, for film rights to his novel Time Of The Octopus. That is the basis for the story of an American whistle blower who heads to Russia and the back and forth between the leaker and his lawyer as he waits while that country considers his request for asylum. Stone and Borman also bought the »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Oliver Stone Options Novel by Edward Snowden's Lawyer for New Biopic

10 June 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Oliver Stone has acquired the rights to the novel Time of the Octopus, written by Edward Snowden's Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena to use as source material for his planned biopic we first reported on last week.

The novel appears to be a fictionalized version of the lawyer's experience with Edward Snowden, with the story centering on a Russian lawyer and an American whistleblower as he waits for the Russian government to consider his request for asylum. Deadline suggests that the book deal may be the closest thing that Oliver Stone and producer Moritz Borman can get to Edward Snowden's life rights.

Our original report from last week revealed that Oliver Stone acquired The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World's Most Wanted Man, a new book from The Guardian journalist Luke Harding for the currently-untitled biopic. Oliver Stone plans on using both The Snowden Files and Time of the Octopus, »

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