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Sunday, April 07, 2013

 Silent Partner of Penn 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | [Teller] had a cameo, with dialogue, in the recent movie adaptation, Atlas Shrugged, Part II.

Friday, February 22, 2013

• • The Oscar-Nominated Short Films 2013: Animated 
“The Longest Daycare” features Maggie Simpson’s return to the Ayn Rand School for Tots (introduced in the 1992 episode “A Streetcar Named Marge”). Still a 1-year-old two decades later, Maggie is horrified by the spirit-crushing daycare, where she is carried past the gifted students to a room full of paste-eating morons, going head-to-head with a mallet-wielding brat to defend a helpless butterfly.

Friday, January 04, 2013

 Rush makes it into Rock Hall of Fame 
Rush  | By far the biggest story of this year's nominations was the selection of Rush, the divisive yet fiercely supported progressive power trio whose continued absence from the Hall had become something of a running controversy. Though eligible for more than a decade, the group was first nominated this year, following years of fan petitions and protests. The highly virtuosic band is best known for its Objectivism-inspired concept album "2112" and continues to record new material, releasing "Clockwork Angels" this past summer.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

 Rush makes it into Rock Hall of Fame 
Rush  | Public Enemy, Rush, Heart, Randy Newman, Albert King and Donna Summer round out an eclectic group of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which the Cleveland-based org announced today. [....] Though eligible for more than a decade, [Rush] was first nominated this year, following years of fan petitions and protests. The highly virtuosic band is best known for its Objectivism-inspired concept album "2112" and continues to record new material, releasing "Clockwork Angels" this past summer.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

• • • Atlas Shrugged: Part II—The Strike 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |The Fountainhead  |Capitalism  |Individual Rights  |Individualism  |The Fountainhead movie  |Image  | Though the actors this time come with higher-profile track records, they’re surprisingly not much of an improvement, and in some cases (notably Esai Morales as decadent playboy-cum-secret-free-market superhero Francisco d’Anconia), quite the opposite. Of course, with dialogue this clunky and expository, one can hardly blame them; with no attempt at finding a stylistic equivalent to Rand’s heightened worldview (a la King Vidor’s 1949 film of “The Fountainhead”), they’re stuck playing real in a context that feels unaware of its unreality. The mostly blah corporate and hotel settings are in a sense apt, but add no flavor. While “Part II’s” attempt to encompass Rand’s sweeping narrative on a far-below-major-studio budget is admirable, the underwhelming f/x dampen its few opportunities for action sequences.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

• • 'Apes,' 'Super 8' top Saturn Awards 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | One notable winner on the homevideo side: “Atlas Shrugged: Part One” shared DVD/BD Release honors (It tied with “The Perfect Host”) marking the first kudo for the movie version of Ayn Rand’s Objectivist fantasy. Part two is skedded for release in October.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

• • Richard’s Wedding 
Egoism  | Tuna, hitherto the pic’s designated agent provocateur, is quickly upstaged by Russell, whose unpopular espousal of selfishness in general and Ayn Rand in particular proves even more off-putting than Tuna’s smiling tactlessness.

Monday, April 30, 2012

 Offlot feature filming days double in LA 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | A surge in feature shooting has lifted overall offlot activity in Los Angeles, even with TV shooting staying soft. Permitting agency FilmL.A. provided figures Tuesday showing that features shooting last week more than doubled to 172 permitted days with Paramount’s “HH Project” the most active production. Other shoots included “100 Street Ghost,” “Atlas Shrugged Part II,” “Blackjacks,” “Camp Fred,” “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Slayers,” “Lucky Bastard” and “Stand Up Guys.”

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

 More Bookings & Signings 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | Montana booked producers Grace Gilroy on CW’s “First Cut” and Paul Marks on an untitled Jeff Eastin project for USA; exec producer Tim Coddington on an R&D period for Disney’s “Matterhorn”; co-producers Debbie Cass on John Putch’s “Atlas Shrugged Part Two” and Darren Demetre on Sofia Coppola’s “The Bling Ring”; and UPM’s Cecilia Kate Roque, on CBS’ “Golden Boy,” Michele Greco on NBC’s “Chicago Fire” and Buddy Enright on Mikael Hafstrom’s “The Tomb.”

Saturday, October 29, 2011

• • Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried star in ‘In Time’ 

A tightrope walk between inspired high-concept storytelling and near-agonizing obviousness, Andrew Niccol’s “In Time” takes place in a retro dimension where everyone is 25 ‘til the day they die. Time is money as the rich measure their wealth in centuries while the poor scrape by for a few extra minutes, all painfully aware that life ends the second their accounts run empty. [....] What other studio director would have the nerve to counter Ayn Rand on her own turf, packaging a sure-footed lefty parable as genre entertainment?

Monday, September 12, 2011

• • Pacific Northwest Pictures nabs ‘Atlas’ 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | Pacific Northwest Pictures has acquired all rights for Canada to “Atlas Shrugged Part 1” and will distribute through its Cross Country Releasing. Deal was announced Saturday at the Torono Film Festival. [....] Pacific Northwest Pictures VP Emily Alden said, “Ayn Rand’s philosophy still resonates strongly with people today. Tea Party organizations from all over the world remain hungry for Rand’s message and we are proud to have Atlas Shrugged Part 1 as Cross Country’s first project.”

Sunday, April 17, 2011

• • ‘Rio’ expected to fly over ‘Scream’ at box office 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | According to online ticketing service Fandango, “Scream 4” is scaring up 24% of ticket sales as of Thursday afternoon, with “Rio” only a shade behind at 23%. The indie adaptation of classic Ayn Rand tome “Atlas Shrugged,” from Rocky Mountain Pictures, bowing at 299 locations, surprisingly ranks third with 15% of the site’s advance ticket sales.

Monday, April 11, 2011

• • • Atlas Shrugged: Part I 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  |Image  | A monument of American literature is shaved down to a spindly toothpick of a movie in “Atlas Shrugged,” a project that reportedly once caught the eye of Angelina Jolie, Faye Dunaway and Clint Eastwood. Part one of a trilogy that may never see completion, this hasty, low-budget adaptation would have Ayn Rand spinning in her grave, considering how it violates the author’s philosophy by allowing opportunists to exploit another’s creative achievement -- in this case, hers. Targeting roughly 200 screens, pic goes out hitched to a grassroots marketing campaign, hoping to break-even via by-popular-demand bookings and potential Tea Party support.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

 Patricia Neal dies at 84 
The Fountainhead  | After starring in “John Loves Mary” onscreen, she made two films with Gary Cooper, “The Fountainhead” and “Bright Leaf”; her public affair with Cooper brought her more attention than her performances, but she ended up on the verge of a nervous breakdown when Cooper refused to divorce his wife.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 Pinch of patience pays off 
Atlas Shrugged movie  | GSK & Associates bookings: [....] costume designers Jennifer Soulages on Paul Johansson’s “Atlas Shrugged,&rdquo.

Monday, June 14, 2010

• • • Cameras roll on ‘Atlas’ 
Atlas Shrugged movie  |Atlas Shrugged  | The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow. Cameras began rolling over the weekend on a five-week shoot for “Atlas Shrugged Part One” with Paul Johansson directing from Brian Patrick O’Toole’s script. Aglialoro would have lost the feature rights if the film wasn’t in production by Saturday. A spokesman for Aglialoro -- the CEO of exercise equipment producer Cybex -- said there will be at least one more “Atlas Shrugged” shot after the current film’s completed. Rand’s massive novel is divided into three parts, each consisting of 10 chapters.

Sunday, May 09, 2010

 Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage 
Growing respect and admiration for Rush's musicianship rarely translated into appreciation for their songs, as Lee's high-pitched voice and Peart's flirtation with Ayn Rand-inspired lyrics proved hardest for critics to swallow.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

 Epix inks deal with Larry Charles 
[Pay cable network Epix is] developing a mini based on Ayn Rand's epic novel "The Fountainhead."

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

 Mr. & Mrs. Fitch 
There are smirks to be had as [playwright Douglas Carter] Beane slathers on nods to everything from "Auntie Mame" to "Sweeney Todd" to "The Music Man," Beckett to Mamet to Neil Simon, Edith Wharton to Ayn Rand to Maya Angelou, "Moby Dick" to "The Valley of the Dolls" to "The Brady Bunch."

Saturday, August 29, 2009

 Nader goes Hollywood 
[Ralph] Nader, tireless crusader for the consumer, perennial presidential candidate and author of many nonfiction books taking on everything from General Motors to the government, has made his first foray into fiction. "Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us!" due out Sept. 22, centers on 17 rich icons with a political bent, including Warren Beatty and Warren Buffet, and their fictional plan to turn the country's fortunes around back in the year 2006. The book, from Seven Stories Press, is what Nader calls his "answer to Ayn Rand."