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Nicolas Cage To Star As Osama Bin Laden-Hunter In ‘Army Of One’

Nicolas Cage is going to portray Gary Faulkner in a movie.

For context, here’s an excerpt from a 2010 TIME magazine report on Gary Faulkner:

“The 52-year old American was arrested in a forest in northwestern Pakistan while trying to cross into Afghanistan’s wooded Nuristan province, a known lair of Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters. Police thought he was joking about hunting bin-Laden until they searched Faulkner and found a pistol, a 40-inch sword, a dagger, a pair of handcuffs, a small chunk of hashish, and Christian literature (presumably for his own inspiration rather than to convert the al-Qaeda leader).”

You can read the entire TIME article here: http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,1998036,00.html .

Deadline

Nicolas Cage is set to star in Army of One, the bizarre true tale of Gary Faulkner’s mission to single-handedly hunt down Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. Borat‘s Larry Charles is directing the Condé Nast Entertainment and Endgame Entertainment production inspired by a 2010 GQ article about Faulker, the Colorado man who made headlines, and hit the late show circuit, for his quest to take down al Qaeda’s #1. Bob and Harvey Weinstein acquired North American rights to Army of One for their TWC-Dimension label after relaunching it with the international hit Paddington. Pic is scripted by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph (Draft Day). Filming will begin in Q1 of this year.

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Watch Jake Gyllenhall in the Nightcrawler Trailer

If the Jake Gyllenhall character in this Nightcrawler trailer is any indication, the film might just be a morality tale about ambition overtaking decency.

TIME

An extremely-thin, bug-eyed Jake Gyllenhall leaves a creepy impression in the premiere of the Nightcrawler trailer. The 33-year-old actor lost 20 pounds for the role.

Gyllenhall plays a TV crime reporter who is the first on the scene of car crashes and murders to catch footage for the news. It’s not long before Gyllenhall takes things too far and is slamming his hands against a mirror and crying out. “My motto is, if you want to win the lottery, you have to make the money to buy the ticket,” Gyllenhall’s character Lou Bloom says in the trailer.

Eek.

The movie is set to hit theaters on Oct. 17.

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Highland Park High School in Illinois craps all over the First Amendment

Halloween costumes are fine at Highland Park High School in Illinois.

I easily can imagine the halls full of figures like Michael Meyers, Freddy Kreuger, and other sicko characters from slasher flicks.

Costumes are OK — unless you dress up as a First Century Jewish man who was brutally executed by the Roman empire, who is at least remembered as a spokesman for loving one’s neighbor as oneself.

This from Reason magazine’s Brickbats blog:

Highland Park High School in Illinois allows students to wear costumes to class on Halloween. But when Mashon Sanders showed up as Jesus, officials pulled him out of class and made him change. They said some teachers found the costume offensive.

Let’s call this “Coercive Separation of Church and Individual.”

Movies as insight into mass fears and desires

“[Gene] Siskel described his job as ‘covering the national dream beat,’ because if you pay attention to the movies they will tell you what people desire and fear. Movies are hardly ever about what they seem to be about. Look at a movie that a lot of people love, and you will find something profound, no matter how silly the film may be.” – Roger Ebert, from an enriching gallery on the Atlantic’s site

2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

4,329 films were submitted to the 2012 Cannes Film Festival. This blog had 23,000 views in 2012. If each view were a film, this blog would power 5 Film Festivals

Click here to see the complete report.

I finally saw ‘Argo’

 “Argo” was outstanding. As director, Ben Affleck pulled the tension as tight as he could. He also threaded a nice complement of archival news footage throughout the film.

For the acting, however, Alan Arkin nearly stole the show as an older Hollywood heavyweight whose glory has started to fade.

Most importantly, however, this film countered years of the song “Blame Canada,” suffered by our northern neighbors since 1999 when “South Park: Bigger, Longer, & Uncut” was released.

That’s right — for a brief, shining moment, Canadians were our heroes, and “Argo” remembers that, as well as heroic work by our own CIA (during the Carter administration, believe it or not).

 

‘The Dark Knight Rises’ — The myth told within the myth

The Dark Knight Rises

The Dark Knight Rises (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(No worries — no spoilers! Only the vaguest references to what happens.)

Like the last Batman movie, The Dark Knight Rises has a central bad guy who matches or out-matches our hero. Director and co-screenwriter Christopher Nolan reveals the backstory of the bad guy, named Bane, in increments throughout the movie.

What I thought was remarkable about Bane’s backstory is its mythological nature. The characters in the backstory are archetypal. The characters face challenges that are universal, with both real-world and allegorical senses.

Something about this mythological element makes The Dark Knight Rises richer and more resonant. Any story that could be both factual and psychologically or spiritually allegorical will have stick with the reader.

This seems to have an immediate application to writers, whether they are writing stories or backgrounds within stories. Whether a writer begins with the realistic or the allegorical makes no difference. If the final product can bring both together, then the story will have immediacy and resonance — with a deep sense of meaning.