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Friday, March 29, 2013

• • • ‘Atlas Shrugged Part 3′ Greenlit, Hitting Theaters Summer 2014 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |We The Living  | Producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialoro won’t leave their “Atlas Shrugged” franchise unfinished. Today, the producing partners greenlit “Atlas Shrugged Part 3.”

Sunday, March 24, 2013

• • Secrets of Bioshock Infinite 
BioShock  |Atlas Shrugged  | One of the nice things about these games is you can make these little laboratories. When you read Atlas Shrugged Rand is making all the rules. Everything works the way she wants it to. I try to give her a fair shake. I tried to give Ryan a fair shake. Andrew Ryan (the fictional founder of Rapture) is a very successful industrialist and a smart man and he puts his dream into action but things get complicated.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

 ‘Girls,’ Season 2, Episode 1, ‘It’s About Time’: TV Recap 
The Fountainhead  | Hannah goes over to Sandy’s under the pretext of wanting to borrow “The Fountainhead” and when he goes to get it (that’s a huge apartment! What does Sandy do?) she undresses and lies on his bed.

Friday, January 25, 2013

• • • Mike Daisey Tackles Ayn Rand 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Egoism  |Paul Ryan  |Image  | Mike Daisey, the theater monologist who made news headlines last year when it was revealed that some of the incidents in his show “The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs,” detailing Daisey’s visit to the Foxconn factory in China, had been fictionalized, is back with another topical show. “F*cking F*cking F*cking Ayn Rand” opened as part of the Under the Radar Festival at Joe’s Pub, 425 Lafayette St.

Saturday, November 03, 2012

• • Barack Obama Doesn’t Think Ayn Rand is a ‘Fountainhead’ of Ideas 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Paul Ryan  | If you’re thinking of asking President Barack Obama to see “Atlas Shrugged: Part II,” hold on to those tickets. In a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine [...], Obama takes a shot at novelist-philosopher Ayn Rand, the author of “The Fountainhead,” and a favorite thinker of some conservatives.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

• • ‘Argo,’ ‘Here Comes the Boom,’ ‘Sinister,’ ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ ‘Atlas Shrugged Part II’ 

Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  | Give the folks behind “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” points for perseverance, especially since that “Part I” disappointed both critically and commercially. Unfortunately, the film was not screened for critics prior to its release, so we can’t tell you if the second chapter will fare better with the pundits. In this installment, the global economy is near collapse after a number of prominent industrialists and thinkers have gone missing. Check back with Rotten Tomatoes for reviews when they become available.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

• • • Atlas Shrugged, Part II’ Producers Court Eastwood Fans 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Paul Ryan  |Image  | Clint Eastwood’s unorthodox appearance at the Republican National Convention last month wasn’t just a boon for late night comedians. The producers of an independent film adaptation of Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” also are hoping for a boost from the actor’s antics.

Thursday, September 06, 2012

• • • See the Trailer for Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part II’ 

Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Video  | The new trailer for “Atlas Shrugged: Part II” is here, and Speakeasy is one of the first to premiere it. The film, based on the Ayn Rand book of the same name, will be released Oct. 12. From the official synopsis: The global economy is about to collapse, and everyone from artists to industrialists are disappearing inexplicably. One woman, Dagny Taggart, appears to have found a solution to the energy crisis: a motor that may be able to power the world.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

• • • Why Ayn Rand Is So Hard For Politicians to Fully Embrace 
Atheism  |Atlas Shrugged  |Capitalism  |Individualism  |Personal life  |Image  | In 1960, Senator Barry Goldwater wrote to Ayn Rand to thank her for defending the “conservative position” he believed they shared during her famous appearance on “The Mike Wallace Interview,” adding, “I have enjoyed very few books as much in my life as I have yours, ‘Atlas Shrugged’.” [....]She wrote back to Goldwater, excoriating his calls to religious faith in the signed copy of his book, “The Conscience of a Conservative,” he had sent her. When four years later he ran for president, she sent the wife of her chief acolyte to hand-deliver an unsolicited speech she had written on the virtues of capitalism and wanted him to give at Madison Square Garden. When he gave his own speech, she washed her hands of him. Other Republicans had been guilty of “compromise, evasion, cowardice, ‘me-too-ism,” she wrote in her monthly newsletter to followers. Not Barry Goldwater. He simply had “nothing to say.”

Thursday, May 31, 2012

• • From 'The Fountainhead' to 'Game of Thrones,' WSJ Readers Suggest Summer Books 

Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  | Somewhat predictably, a handful of you plan to comb through the works of Ayn Rand.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

 Videogame Developer Ken Levine Talks Bioshock Infinite and Politics 
BioShock  | From its first release late in 2007, Bioshock has become iconic as a critical darling for gamers and first-person shooter fans as well as a curiosity for a mainstream press that often writes videogames off as childish or thoughtless pursuits. The game’s dark, atmospheric approach to story-telling can be seen as a critique both of Ayn Rand’s philosophy of objectivism and the way we play games.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

• • Why Bruce Lee Has More Kick Now Than Ever 
Egoism  |Individualism  | Though Lee was a firm believer in the power of the individual, he was if anything the inverse of the Ayn Randian self-interested superman, contemptuous of the lesser beings around him.

Monday, September 12, 2011

• • • Ayn Rand Gets Her Own App (Plus Exclusive Photos) 

Ayn Rand Archives  |Atlas Shrugged  |Personal life  |Image  | Penguin Group will launch a new iPad app of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, “Atlas Shrugged,” combining the unabridged text and rarely seen photos from Ayn Rand’s archives. The app, which will be made available on iTunes starting tomorrow, will include videos and audio lectures given by Rand, original manuscript notes, an illustrated timeline of Rand’s life, and other features. Speakeasy has an exclusive preview of the images in the timeline.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

• • • Atlas Shrugged’ Producer Hopes for Round Two 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Image  | “Atlas Shrugged” producer-financier John Aglialoro isn’t giving up on the famous Ayn Rand property he spent nearly two decades trying to bring to the big screen. Though box-office momentum for his independently financed “Atlas Shrugged – Part I,” the first of a planned trilogy, stalled in its second weekend, dropping a considerable 47.8% even after adding 166 theaters, Aglialoro is staying committed to the project and trying to learn from his mistakes.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

• • • What would Ayn Rand have said about ‘Atlas Shrugged’? 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Personal life  | It’s safe to say that [Ayn Rand] would not like John Aglialoro’s “Atlas Shrugged: Part I.” The philosophical speeches are missing or truncated, the cast is obscure, and the plot—so carefully constructed and rollicking in the book—is murky. But she would love the movie, too, if she could forget that it was based on her creation: shots of trains and forges and factories and towering offices representing America’s industrial might always thrilled her, and watching the grim determination of those she liked to call “the best” to prevail against the machinations of the incompetent and unworthy always raised her spirits, right up to the end.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

• • • Atlas Shrugged’ earns $1.7 million at weekend box office 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | Did conservatives make “Atlas Shrugged – Part 1,” a low-budget adaptation of Ayn Rand’s famous 1957 novel, a box office hit? While the film’s opening weekend sales didn’t reach blockbuster levels, earning $1.7 million from about 300 theaters, the film’s backers are enthusiastic about the results. “We’re at the upper edge of our expectations,” said “Shrugged” producer Harmon Kaslow. “And we’re a way above what the industry expected us to do.” [....] Whether the movie does break out or not, evidence of its potential impact can be felt on the increasing popularity of its source material: As of Sunday, Plume’s paperback edition of “Atlas Shrugged” was the No.4 bestselling book on Amazon.com.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

• • • Will conservatives make ‘Atlas Shrugged’ a hit? 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | While advance interest in the film may be high among the film’s conservative base, reviews have been terrible. For example, Rotten Tomatoes lists more than 5,000 user ratings with a total of 86% saying they “like it,” while the critics’ average is a disastrous 7%. (Only two movies, “Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son” and “The Roommate” rate lower.) “We expected that the critics would have a fear of embracing this film,” says [executive producer Harmon] Kaslow. “We knew that there was a substantial likelihood that they would not view the film as to whether we got the message right, but would look at it comparing it to what Hollywood would have done. I don’t think our audience is persuaded at all by those reviews.”

Monday, February 21, 2011

• • Ayn Rand’s ‘Atlas Shrugged’ heads to theaters after long wait 

Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Video  | The backers of “Atlas Shrugged Part I” are encouraging fans to push theaters to book the movie, and are trying to generate excitement about the film’s themes. “Ask yourself: What would happen, if our producers disappear – Steve Jobs, Sergey Brin and other industrialists fall off the radar, their companies shuttered and their creative genius no longer powering America?” the movie’s website reads. “The answer lies in Atlas Shrugged Part I.” The trailer has been viewed online more than 600,000 times so far.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

 Fable III isn’t legendary 
I really wanted to like this game, which is out in stores today, but I couldn’t get myself immersed or lost in a world that offers far too many faux life choices and has a windup longer than an Ayn Rand novel.

Friday, June 25, 2010

• • • Ayn Rand’s ‘Ideal’ debuts in New York City 
The Fountainhead  | Ayn Rand, author of “The Fountainhead” and inventor of the philosophy of Objectivism, was also a dramatist. “Ideal,” about an idealistic actress accused of murder, will have its New York premiere June 23, 66 years after Rand penned it. It runs through July 3 at 59E59 as part of the “Americas Off Broadway” Festival. Jenny Beth Snyder, 24, directs. Speakeasy talked to Snyder about the production.