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Mindy Newell: Ah-Choo!

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Here’s a scenario straight out of a political thriller by Brad Meltzer, a satirical graphic novel by Gail Simone, a seasonal arc of 24, or the warped mind of your columnist:

Reuters is reporting that Vladimir Putin, the Russian dictator president orders denies interference with the 2016 American Presidential election following the hospitalization of Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton for suspected polonium 210 chronic radiation poisoning. It was Polonium 210 acute radiation exposure that killed former Kgb officer Alexander Litvenko in just three weeks. The former Kgb officer had been granted political asylum in the United Kingdom.

In response to this news, Donald Trump has tweeted “Told you she was sick!”

Hoo boy, if I posted that on my Facebook page I’d be the darling of every conspiracy nut in the world. And might even warrant a visit from the Secret Service…or Jack Bauer. (Chloe, you rock, woman!)

I didn’t see
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"The Interview" of 1969

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The Interview and the geopolitical crisis it caused is arguably the most important movie-related story of recent weeks.

The story device featured in The Interview, the idea of a film featuring the assassination of the current ruling leader, is nothing new, and in fact is seen through much of film’s history. In 1941 a German-in-exile Fritz Lang shown an unsuccessful attack on Adolf Hitler in Man Hunt (this story was also told in BBC’s Rogue Male from 1976 starring Peter O’Toole). The Shaw Brothers used the actual newsreel footage of Queen Elisabeth visiting Hong-Kong (then a British colony) in their 1976 martial arts flick A Queen’s Ransom (a.k.a. The International Assassin) starring post-James Bond George Lazenby as an Ira assassin and Angela Mao as a heroine trying to stop him. In fact, the Queen of England might be the most popular assassination target among actual world leaders
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We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks Trailer & Poster

Focus World has debuted the first official trailer and poster for the prolific Oscar-winner Alex Gibney‘s new documentary We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, focusing in on the 2010 leak of the Baghdad airstrike footage. There is, of course, another Assange movie coming this year – Bill Condon‘s The Fifth Estate, with Benedict Cumberbatch stepping into the shoes of the WikiLeaks founder who has already denounced the movie as a ‘massive propaganda attack. As for the upcoming documentary, Gibney’s focus looks to expand beyond Assange/WikiLeaks to examine what the ordeal reveals about the way our world’s governments function in the 21st century. Gibney (Taxi...

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Related posts: Alex Gibney to Make WikiLeaks Documentary Mark Boal to Write Julian Assange Movie, Paul Greengrass to Direct Another One First Look: Benedict Cumberbatch As Wikileaks
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Anthony Lapaglia and Rachel Griffiths Cast in Julian Assange Biopic

Although TV movies are not on our radar, this one is worthy of your attention. Rachel Griffiths and Anthony Lapaglia have been cast in the forthcoming TV movie Underground, based on the early life of Julian Assange as a teenage hacker in Melbourne, Australia. Newcomer Alex Williams has been cast as one of the biggest [...]

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Related posts: Mark Boal to Write Julian Assange Movie, Paul Greengrass to Direct Another One Anthony Lapaglia Has Tossed His Name Into the Django Unchained Gang WikiLeaks Movie: The Most Dangerous Man in the World
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Mark Boal, Maybe Paul Greengrass Involved In Julian Assange Biopics

There is no better time than the present to move forward on a film about Julian Assange, the Wikileaks founder and general rabble-rouser who has garnered an unbelievable amount of media attention both for his legitimate groundbreaking work (leaking state secrets on the Internet for all to see) and his more specious activities (facing rape charges in Sweden). Biographies of Assange and accounts of Wikileaks's actions already abound, and the movie deals haven't' come long after-- just two weeks ago producers optioned the rights to The Most Dangerous Man in the World, a biography by an Australian reporter. Now a slew of other details are coming together too. One of them, as chronicled by Deadline, involves The Hurt Locker writer Mark Boal, and will be based on Bill Keller's account in The New York Times of the paper's work with Assange in publishing leaks. They're calling it The Boy Who
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WikiLeaks: The Movie? Julian Assange book optioned

WikiLeaks: The Movie. Alright, maybe not quite that dramatic, but there is a plan hatching to develop a feature film about The Most Dangerous Man in the World, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

In a world where a movie about the creation of Facebook has won some of the best reviews of 2010, a movie about Assange and his online creation suddenly starts to look attractive.

The genesis of the Assange biopic begins with Andrew Fowler's upcoming biography of the WikiLeaks founder, The Most Dangerous Man in the World. Fowler interviewed Assange several times last year and started putting together his non-fiction book after his subject's infamy with world governments rocketed high with the release of several thousand secret diplomatic cables. Assange has been the subject of a police investigation in Sweden concerning possible sexual crimes. He was released on bail and is awaiting the start of an extradition hearing scheduled for next month.
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Make Sure This Doesn’t Get Out! – Wikileaks Film Being Developed

  • HeyUGuys
The story of Facebook founder Mark Zukerberg’s ascension to the top (and the ensuing drama around his creation) has proved to be a big box office draw, and it also looks like The Social Network may be the recipient of a number of Oscars, come March time.

Following that film’s success and the current thirst to capitalise on contemporary news stories, it comes as no surprise to learn (via The Wrap) that a biopic of Julian Assange (the man who recently caused a near world-wide PR meltdown with site Wikileaks) is in the works.

Michelle Krumm (a former Weinstein Company executive) has teamed up with Josephson Entertainment to option the yet-to-be-published biography of Assange, entitled The Most Dangerous Man in The World. Written by Australian journalist Andrew Fowler, the book is scheduled to be released later this year.

The creator of Wikileaks is currently being held in custody over here,
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Documentary and Separate Biopic Planned About Wikileaks’ Julian Assange

Being one of the more polarizing public figures of the modern era kid of puts you on a fast-track to a movie about your life, either in the form of a documentary or biopic. But, if you’re extra special, like Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, you get both.

According to Deadline, the founder of the document-leaking, politician-infuriating organization has caught the attention of both Alex Gibney and Universal Studios, who’ve agreed to fund a documentary for him to direct. His past work, which includes Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer and Casino Jack and the United States of Money makes him a great fit for the headline-occupying material (I love hyphens!).

The big question is at the moment is Assange’s involvement; in the past the filmmaker has often gotten his reviled subjects to tell their side of the
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Julian Assange, Founder of Wikileaks, Will Be Subject Of Big Screen Thriller

It was inevitable, of course, that Julian Assange, freedom of information campaigner and the “front man” of Wikileaks would at some point be depicted on the big screen. What is a surprise, however, is the speed and avarice with which his life story has been seized upon by the Hollywood machine.

With so much of the Assange story yet to truly unfold before, inevitably, by hook or by crook, the CIA finally get their man, one would think that producers and screenwriters would be waiting with pens poised for Assange’s nascent martyrdom for democracy. – Not so, it would appear. Keen to steal a march on potential competitors, Michelle Krum and her production company have optioned an as yet unreleased biography of Assange entitled The Most Dangerous Man in the World.

The book, written by Australian journalist Andrew Fowler details Assange’s early life and rise to the founder and
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Universal Buys Doc About WikiLeaks Founder

Universal Pictures has acquired a documentary about controversial WikiLeaks founder and political activist Julian Assange with Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney set to direct and produce.

Assange founded WikiLeaks, an international non-profit organization, in 2006 as a means to publish private, secret, and classified documents about world governments and businesses. The organization came under fire more recently when, in July 2010, they released the Afghan War Diary that compiled over 76,000 documents about the ongoing war in Afghanistan.

The Australian journalist is currently under house arrest in England awaiting an extradition hearing for a Swedish arrest warrant and allegations of sexual assault. Meanwhile, members of the U.S. government, as well as reality TV star Sarah Palin, continue to hammer Assange with rhetoric calling him a “high-tech terrorist.”

It’s unclear if Assange will participate in Gibney’s documentary, but given his policy of speaking openly about his practices and the mounting costs of his legal defense,
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Alex Gibney Making WikiLeaks Documentary; Separate Julian Assange Biopic Also Planned

Alex Gibney Making WikiLeaks Documentary; Separate Julian Assange Biopic Also Planned
One of the first big pieces of news out of Sundance is that Universal will fund a documentary about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, directed by Alex Gibney (Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, Casino Jack and the United States of Money). Together with the biopic of Mr. Assange that is about to go into development at a different company, that would make him quite the man of the moment -- if he hadn't already been the man of the moment thanks to the actions of WikiLeaks over the past months. [Update: Deadline [1] says that HBO is also developing a film about Mr. Assange. This one would be a co-production with the BBC based on Raffi Khatchadourian's June 7, 2010 New Yorker article [2] called No Secrets: Julian Assange’s Mission for Total Transparency.] More detail on each film after the break. Deadline [3] confirms the deal with Universal but isn't able to say whether
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Universal Picks Up Doc On Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange To Be Directed By Alex Gibney

Universal Picks Up Doc On Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange To Be Directed By Alex Gibney
Enron, Eliot Spitzer, Jack Abramoff, Hunter S. Thompson, Guantanamo Bay and now Julian Assange. Documentary director Alex Gibney has found the subject for his next film and he's lined up a major studio to back the production. Deadline reports that Universal has picked up the rights to a documentary about the notorious Wikileaks founder that will be directed by Alex Gibney. The news come hot on the heels of reports that surfaced yesterday that a feature film treatment was in the works based on the upcoming biography “The Most Dangerous Man in the World” by journalist Andrew Fowler. While it's…
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Julian Assange Movie Coming: Who Should Play Him?

Julian Assange Movie Coming: Who Should Play Him?
AP/HuffPost:

An upcoming biography of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange isn't even in stores yet, and it's already been optioned into a feature film.

Plans are under way for Andrew Fowler's book, "The Most Dangerous Man in the World," to be turned into a movie. The Australian reporter first interviewed Assange last May, and his investigative biography is due out later this year.

Josephson Entertainment and Michelle Krumm Productions jointly optioned the movie rights.

Assange, 39, is the founder of WikiLeaks, a whistle-blowing website that revealed classified information. He's in London, where he's battling extradition to Sweden over sex-crime allegations.

Who would you cast as Assange? If you have better ideas, leave them in the comments and we'll add a few more.

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Julian Assange's Biography to Become a Movie?

If you've been following current events, you've likely heard of Julian Assange. He's the founder of Wikileaks, one of the more controversial sites on the web. Whether you think what he's done is right or wrong, the fact remains he's had quite the life.

However, the guy is in quite a bit of legal trouble, and needs money. So Julian took a deal where he'd get $1 million for his autobiography. Which of course caused more controversy, with people saying he's profiting from leaking government secrets and all that stuff. To make things more interesting, there was another biography written about Assange called The Most Dangerous Man in the World, which has also been optioned for a movie.
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Other Web Sites Besides WikiLeaks and Facebook That Should Be Movies

Photo by Espen Moe.Film producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm have optioned the rights to The Most Dangerous Man in the World, the forthcoming biography of WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange. Both book and movie are sure to contain a lucrative combination of intrigue, rebellion, politics, ambition, and betrayal. Add a haunting score and punchy, hyperliterate dialogue, and WikiLeaks: the Movie may even rival the last great Internet movie, The Social Network. If touchscreen-to-big-screen really is the next filmmaking trend, what other Web sites might have cinematic stories? Some suggestions:
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Movie News Quick Hits: Bond, Hitchcock, Lucas & More!

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New set photos of Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Niccol's 'Now' have emerged.

According to The Sun (a source that always requires a handful of salt), the new James Bond film will be called 'Red Sky At Night' and that the film's producers want Rachel Weisz to play Bond's arch enemy.

A book about the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, titled 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World,' has already been optioned for the big screen.

'Easy A' director Will Gluck will produce (though likely not direct) a remake of the '80s comedy 'About Last Night...' through his Olive Bridge Productions.

'The Iceman,' based on the life of famed hitman Richard Kuklinski is off to a great start by casting Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Benecio Del Toro as his mobster
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Movie News Quick Hits: Bond, Hitchcock, Lucas & More!

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

New set photos of Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried in Andrew Niccol's 'Now' have emerged.

According to The Sun (a source that always requires a handful of salt), the new James Bond film will be called 'Red Sky At Night' and that the film's producers want Rachel Weisz to play Bond's arch enemy.

A book about the life of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, titled 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World,' has already been optioned for the big screen.

'Easy A' director Will Gluck will produce (though likely not direct) a remake of the '80s comedy 'About Last Night...' through his Olive Bridge Productions.

'The Iceman,' based on the life of famed hitman Richard Kuklinski is off to a great start by casting Michael Shannon as the titular killer, Benecio Del Toro as his mobster
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Julian Assange Wanted For Biopic

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A biography of Julian Assange, founder of Wikileaks, is being shopped around for a feature film version.

Variety reports the biography, written by Andrew Fowler and titled "The Most Dangerous Man in the World" details Assange's life and the 2006 launch of his controversial website. The book is set to be released later this year.

Fowler is an Australian reporter who has interviewed Assange multiple times during the whole controversy. 

The producers, already attached to a film version, are looking for a whole team to bring the biography to life on the screen.

Now, the real question is - who should play Assange?  We vote Paul Bettany. See the resemblance?
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Julian Assange Biography Optioned For A Movie

One of last years most intriguing people was undoubtedly Julian Assange. Whether you thought was he was doing was right or wrong, there was no way you weren.t hearing about him and everything he.s allegedly done. To help pay for his ever mounting legal fees, Assange took a deal in which he would receive $1 million in exchange for his autobiography. There was a lot of controversy around this, as people immediately called him out for profiting on the secrets of the government and blah blah blah people complaining about stuff they don.t need to complain about. Anyway, another biography was written by Australian reporter Andrew Fowler called The Most Dangerous Man in the World, which THR says has been optioned - though that.s as far into the process they.ve gotten. Producers Barry Josephson and Michelle Krumm landed the deal, but they have hired no screenwriters,
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'WikiLeaks: The Movie' -- Founder Biopic Being Planned

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Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

Andrew Fowler's biography on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been optioned for the big screen. Bill Hader should be pleased. 'The Most Dangerous Man in the World' -- which is being developed into a drama-thriller already being compared to 'All the President's Men -- is set to publish later this year and follows Assange from childhood to the events leading up to the WikiLeaks controversy.

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