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Ignition Creative Teams With Jack Abramoff In Reality Series About Bitcoins

Here’s a candidate for the day’s weirdest programming announcement: Content company Ignition Creative says it’s producing a reality docuseries about bitcoin regulation, of all subjects. And it will feature Jack Abramoff — the once-powerful lobbyist who was imprisoned for four years after pleading guilty to fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. The series, to be called Capitol Makeover: Bitcoin Brigade, will show Abramoff giving lobbying lessons to…
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Is the Internet killing the straight-to-home entertainment movie?

Tom Jolliffe on whether the internet is killing the straight-to-home entertainment movie…

Going to the cinema has long been an escape. It’s an event. A special outing. When that was your only option of seeing a film it obviously limited the options the general public had. The business became bigger and bigger. Cinemas spread through towns and cities, widening the options further. Then TV allowed us to watch at home. With that, it also bought TV premieres. Films made especially to bypass the big screen (and indeed offer the option of serials, sitcoms, soaps etc).

Then came the video age. This saw an explosion. A whole new wave. Suddenly the quantity of available films become astronomical. This avenue of distribution meant film-makers could shoot something relatively cheaply and then aim directly for the home market. Alternatively it also gave a theatrical film a second bite of the cherry if
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On Strike! More Than 1,000 Make WGA’s Year-End Strike/Unfair List

The WGA is currently on strike against more than 1,000 companies and individuals, according to the guild's year-end Strike/Unfair List. Many of the companies have been out of business for decades; many of the names are familiar, and quite a few are colorful characters. There's Jack Abramoff, who produced the 1988 film Red Scorpion before becoming a famously crooked Washington lobbyist and spending four years in prison for fraud and tax evasion. He may have paid his debt…
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On Strike! More Than 1,000 Make WGA’s Year-End Strike/Unfair List

On Strike! More Than 1,000 Make WGA’s Year-End Strike/Unfair List
The WGA is currently on strike against more than 1,000 companies and individuals, according to the guild's year-end Strike/Unfair List. Many of the companies have been out of business for decades; many of the names are familiar, and quite a few are colorful characters. There's Jack Abramoff, who produced the 1988 film Red Scorpion before becoming a famously crooked Washington lobbyist and spending four years in prison for fraud and tax evasion. He may have paid his debt…
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John Madden on Releasing Jessica Chastain Political Thriller ‘Miss Sloane’ in Trump era U.S.

John Madden on Releasing Jessica Chastain Political Thriller ‘Miss Sloane’ in Trump era U.S.
British director John Madden’s political thriller “Miss Sloane” went on release in U.S. cinemas in November 25 via EuropaCorp after world premiering at the AFI fest. Starring Jessica Chastain as a ruthless political lobbyist fighting to get a gun-control bill through Congress, the pic has just launched internationally as the Dubai Film Festival’s opener. In Dubai, Madden spoke to Variety about the challenges of releasing this tense Washington-set thriller for American audiences in the Trump era. Excerpts.

There’ve been big changes in Washington since you made this movie. How do you think they will affect its release?

Miss Sloane was finished only six to eight weeks ago, in mid-October. I wanted to get the film out this year because I didn’t want us to get out-of-synch with the politics on the gun issue, which is part of what the film is. I thought that that [gun control] might become a very topical thing.
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Why You Should Skip ‘Devil’s Knot’ and Just Watch ‘Paradise Lost’ and ‘West of Memphis’ Instead

It almost seems too obvious. From the moment that the production of Devil’s Knot was announced, film lovers the world over noted that it was covering material that had already gone well-trodden by documentaries. And it’s not a case like, say, that time a fiction film and a documentary about the Jack Abramoff scandal came out in the same year. The case of the West Memphis Three has been turned into not one but four docs, and they are anything but low-profile. The movies of the Paradise Lost trilogy are among the best-known, most important documentaries of modern times. And West of Memphis struck at just the right time, just as new developments in the case brought it back into the national spotlight. But that doesn’t mean that a good adaptation of this story couldn’t have been made. In fact, the story of the West Memphis Three is so ripe for Hollywood exploitation
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Kevin Spacey Will Play Winston Churchill In Biopic Captain Of The Gate

Apparently, even the White House wasn’t enough. Hot off his acclaimed turn as dastardly politician Frank Underwood on the second season of Netflix’s hit drama House of Cards, Kevin Spacey has signed on to play former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill in a biopic titled Captain of the Gate.

The biopic, which hails from Sierra/Affinity (Oculus, the upcoming Kill the Messenger), will focus on Churchill’s rise to power as he heroically took a stand against Parliament in order to protect England from Adolf Hitler’s powerful Third Reich. The script was penned by Ben Kaplan, who recently worked on the History Channel’s documentary Reagan. Kaplan also wrote episodes of historical documentary series Vietnam in HD and WWII in HD, both also for the History Channel, but Captain of the Gate will mark his feature debut.

Churchill has understandably been the subject of countless biopics, including
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Director's Notebook: Alex Gibney on Finding the Truth in 'The Armstrong Lie'

In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Alex Gibney about his latest documentary, The Armstrong Lie (out February 11). Oscar-winner Alex Gibney has made a career in shedding light on the questionable figures in our society. Whether it is the guys who ran Enron or master lobbyist Jack Abramoff or the polarizing Julian Assange, we turn to Gibney for brutal truths about what makes them tick and the acts that led to their astounding downfalls. But he met his match in Lance Armstrong. The Armstrong Lie was supposed to be a different kind of Gibney movie—one of redemption. As the seven-time Tour de France winner was returning to...

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘The Armstrong Lie’ Interview with Writer/Director Alex Gibney

In 2009, cyclist Lance Armstrong wanted to prove his naysayers wrong. He came back from retirement, and touted that he’d win the Tour de France in order to prove to the world that his past seven wins were not boosted by any illegal enhancements. As with other chapters of his fascinating life, this comeback provided a great narrative, one made into a nearly-finished documentary project called “The Road Back,” which had director Alex Gibney and his crew following Armstrong around as he hustled for another Tour de France victory. Matt Damon was signed on to do voiceover, and the project was co-produced by Spielberg’s key producer Frank Marshall.

“The Road Back” was then remodeled into The Armstrong Lie when the truth about Armstrong’s doping began to make its way to the surface in 2012, both through teammate testimonies and a few select moments from Armstrong himself. Initially crafting what
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‘The Armstrong Lie’ Seeks to Understand Why

In 2009, Alex Gibney followed Lance Armstrong to France to make a film about his triumphant return to professional cycling. It was an act of great naivete, an especially interesting move for a director who has already made more than one film about mendacity. How is it that the man who documented the scandal and corruption around Enron, Jack Abramoff and the Catholic Church was taken in by an athlete? The Armstrong Lie is, in a sense, his way of addressing his own blindness. Gibney wants to understand how so many were fooled by the outright lies of the cyclist for so many years, in spite of the growing mountain of allegations against him. He wants to understand why he himself believed the lies. Read More
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Trick or Treat? Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Looks at Deception

Trick or Treat? Indiewire @ Hulu Docs Looks at Deception
In recognition of the "trick" side of the Halloween tradition, Indiewire's latest curated selections for Hulu's Documentaries page highlights films that expose corruption, lies, and the manipulation of truth. Watch these and other docs now for free!Alex Gibney's "Casino Jack and the United States of Money," focuses on notorious DC conservative lobbyist Jack Abramoff and his central role in the 2006 corruption scandal that implicated powerful members of Congress.Gibney's also contributes another film to the list with his Oscar-nominated "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," exploring the rise and fall of the infamous corporation.Corporate malfeasance is also at the core of Victoria Bruce and Karin Hayes' "We're Not Broke," an investigation into corporate tax shelters and the government collusion that allows profits to trump civil society.Vikram Gandhi's "Kumare" finds the filmmaker taking on the role of a fictional Indian guru to expose the absurdity of blind.
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Project of the Day: Who is American Democracy Of, By and For?

Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Of By For" Tweetable Logline: Of By For uncovers the powerful interests that corrode our political system and divide the people. Elevator Pitch: Uncovering the powerful interests that corrode our political system and divide the people, Of ByFor finds that hope for real change still exists – we've just been looking in all the wrong places. Featuring Ron Paul, Dan Rather, Newt Gingrich, Al Sharpton, Ralph Nader, Jack Abramoff and a host of others, the film is a surprisingly honest and incisive exposition of our broken system. Production Team: Director Christopher Kay Producer Chad Monnin Writing & Research Christopher Kay Chad Monnin Aaron Keith Harris Andrew Malone Photography Christopher Kay
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Five Questions with The Armstrong Lie Director Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney, the Oscar-winning director of Taxi to the Dark Side, is not only the most prolific figure within American documentary but also always seems to tackle solely the most complex, fascinating subjects. In recent years, he has put his focus on jailed lobbyist and con artist Jack Abramoff, disgraced politician Eliot Spitzer, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Tea Party funders the Koch brothers, and Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. To this list can be now added fallen sports hero Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor turned seven-time Tour de France winner who, after years of rumors, […]
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Five Questions with The Armstrong Lie Director Alex Gibney

Alex Gibney, the Oscar-winning director of Taxi to the Dark Side, is not only the most prolific figure within American documentary but also always seems to tackle solely the most complex, fascinating subjects. In recent years, he has put his focus on jailed lobbyist and con artist Jack Abramoff, disgraced politician Eliot Spitzer, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Tea Party funders the Koch brothers, and Julian Assange and WikiLeaks. To this list can be now added fallen sports hero Lance Armstrong, the cancer survivor turned seven-time Tour de France winner who, after years of rumors, […]
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Mindy Newell: Lord Of The Sith

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“The megalomaniac differs from the narcissist by the fact that he wishes to be powerful rather than charming, and seeks to be feared rather than loved. To this type belong many lunatics and most of the great men of history.”

Bertrand Russell

Why Is It Always About You? The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism:

1. Shamelessness: Shame is the feeling that lurks beneath all unhealthy narcissism, and the inability to process shame in healthy ways.

2. Magical thinking: Narcissists see themselves as perfect, using distortion and illusion known as magical thinking. They also use projection to dump shame onto others.

3. Arrogance: A narcissist who is feeling deflated may reinflate by diminishing, debasing, or degrading somebody else.

4. Envy: A narcissist may secure a sense of superiority in the face of another person’s ability by using contempt to minimize the other person.

5. Entitlement: Narcissists hold unreasonable expectations of particularly favorable treatment and automatic
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Filmmaker Alex Gibney Accuses Pope: 'Sexual-Abuse Scandal Goes to the Top of the Vatican' (Video)

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Filmmaker Alex Gibney Accuses Pope: 'Sexual-Abuse Scandal Goes to the Top of the Vatican' (Video)
Alex Gibney is ready to take on the Pope in his new documentary, "Mea Maxima Culpa:  Silence in the House of God," which opens this weekend. Gibney, who has taken on hot topics from lobbyist Jack Abramoff to biking champion Lance Armstrong to Enron, digs into a new aspect of the sexual-abuse scandal in which deaf children in Catholic boarding schools were preyed upon by pedophile priests. One of those children, now grown, has sued the Pope. The film raises the tantalizing question of whether private individuals can sue the Vatican, which
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Casino Jack DVD Review

In the early nineties Kevin Spacey rose to prominence in Hollywood. He did so by playing some notable villains, and did a nice line in slimy businessmen. Once he became popular, of course, they made him into a good guy, and he was never quite the same again. Now, however, he has returned to his forte, this time as a slimy lobbyist in George Hickenlooper’s political satire, Casino Jack.

Spacey plays real life political lobbyist Jack Abramoff. With ambitions of being a successful businessman, Abramoff finds himself seduced by the lure of easy money when an opportunity comes his way. He facilitates a new casino built on a Native American reserve, clearing a path through red tape and competition in return for huge commissions. Thanks to Abramoff’s increasing greed and dishonesty, however, his simple plan inevitably starts to crumble as his dodgy dealings begin to catch up with him.
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The HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-Ray Release Round-Up – 16th July

Last week brought Woody Harrelson’s career-best performance in Rampart to the shelves, Oren Moverman’s brilliant follow-up to the Oscar-nominated The Messenger, and this week sees another great new selection of films getting their DVD/Blu-ray debut, as well as a host of classics getting the Blu-ray treatment.

Prepare for Mark Wahlberg, Kevin Spacey, Cameron Crowe, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the Devil.

My picks of the week:

Baltasar Kormákur’s Contraband & Cameron Crowe’s We Bought A Zoo & George Hickenlooper’s Casino Jack.

And the Blu-ray release of Doug Liman and Jon Favreau’s Swingers.

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Contraband has all you could ask for from an action/crime film: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster, and a bit of Giovanni Ribisi and Lukas Haas.

The film took just shy of $100m. earlier this year, and if you’re a fan
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Jack Abramoff Lands a National Radio Show

Jack Abramoff Lands a National Radio Show
Jack Abramoff is the new host of a weekly talk show on Xm radio, Premiere Networks announced on Wednesday. "The Jack Abramoff Show" debuted June 24, but it must have been the radio equivalent of a soft opening since Premiere, which syndicates the likes of Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck, made the announcement this week. Abramoff is one of the most notorious Washington lobbyists in recent memory. He served almost four years in prison for mail fraud, tax evasion and conspiracy to bribe public officials. He was the subject of both a
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Gavin Newsom, Fareed Zakaria and Amy Goodman on Real Time with Bill Maher

HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher June 29 edition will see Gavin Newsom, Fareed Zakaria and Amy Goodman as guests. Bill Maher's crackling Friday Night Salon continues its tenth season June 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m. live Et/tape-delayed Pt), exclusively on HBO, with an instant replay at 11:00 p.m. following the live presentation. Allowing Maher to offer his unique perspective on contemporary issues, the show includes an opening monologue, roundtable discussions with panelists, and interviews with in-studio and satellite guests. The roundtable guests this week are radio host Amy Goodman, Lt. Gov. of California Gavin Newsom and journalist Fareed Zakaria; author and former lobbyist Jack Abramoff and author Lizz Winstead are interview guests. Bill Maher has been favorite of subscribers since
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