Hollywood Serves A Dose Of History, But Is It True?

Hollywood Manager Nudges Farmiga, Michael Hall to Charity

on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1atyQVF Incorrect please try again A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs This story is part of Nelson Mandela Nelson Mandela through the years Hollywood serves a dose of history, but is it true? Tom Hanks portrays a cargo ship captain whose ship is overtaken by Somali pirates in ‘Captain Phillips’. The film is based on the true story of Captain Richard Phillips. VPC Scott Bowles, USA TODAY 12:39 p.m. EDT October 11, 2013 Hollywood begins its annual parade of true-life stories, despite claims the industry can’t get its facts straight Tom Hanks, right, stars in ‘Captain Phillips,’ the latest in a host of new films “inspired” by true events. (Photo: Hopper Stone, Columbia Pictures) Story Highlights Oscar season sees spate of real-life stories Filmmakers, academics split over importance of accuracy ‘Captain Phillips’ leads string of biopics and true dramas SHARE 8 CONNECT 12 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE LOS ANGELES The following is based on actual events. Of course, Hollywood staged those events, so season with a grain of salt. After dominating last year’s Oscars and generating a healthy dose of controversy, biopics and dramas based on true events will again rule the multiplex and revive the debate over whether the film industry needs to get its facts straight. Captain Phillips, the documentary-style feature about the 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates, opens Friday and already is generating headlines.

Lauren Conrad Is Engaged & More Wedding News from Hollywood

A lot of stuff shows up on my Facebook.com and Twitter.com feeds. Cole: Why did you point your agency toward charity? Rubinstein: I wanted to do something that had some impact, and I saw my friends and my colleagues that worked in entertainment who just got burned out. Everybody goes in with a lot of passion and inspiration. Five years later theyre making money, but theyre asking What am I doing? Cole: What shaped you? Rubinstein: Ive studied Buddhism for years and meditated, and I have a lot of interest in the world of spirituality and self-development, personal growth. I saw that I exist on the planet to make an impact. Even Tortillas One of my teachers said everybody loves something, even if its just tortillas, and he said everybodys heart is moved by something. Cole: How do you help a client make a decision? Rubinstein: Vera Farmiga directed, co-wrote and starred in Higher Ground, a movie about a womans search for religion or spirituality. She said she wanted to show this process with some love, not with the usual judgment, so she made a movie. Cole: What was your role? Rubinstein: I said you could direct this, and she said no thats a lot of work. Then she thought about it. She brought in the original writer of the book.

Hollywood Working on Snowden Film

Lauren Conrad’s Going to be a Bride!: The former reality television star got engaged to boyfriend William Tell. She shared the big news on her blog, writing she was “beyond thrilled” and even shared a photo of her stunning ring. See her sparkler. No “Blurred Lines” Here: Pharrell Williams Is a Married Man!: Williams said “I do” to model and designer Helen Lasichanh in a secret French ceremony in August, but the couple partied it up in Miami on Saturday, according to various reports. Think the deejay played “Get Lucky”? Greg Louganis Weds Johnny Chaillot: The Olympic diver added some more gold to his collection of medals with a wedding band on Saturday. “It was amazing because I have so many people from all facets of my life here,” Louganis said. Dive deep into their love story. More Roses than Guns for Matt Sorum: Saturday rocked for former Guns N’ Roses drummer Sorum, who tied the knot with Adriane “Ace” Harper in Palm Springs as their famous friends looked on. See who made the guest list. Another Laguna Beach Star Got Their Happy Ending: Jason Wahler married model Ashley Slack on Saturday, 11 months after posting her pear-shaped engagement ring on Instagram .

Filmmakers typically acquire the rights to a persons life story, i.e., the rights to portray someone in film or television with safeguards from lawsuits based on defamation, privacy, and publicity rights. Greenwald can bargain to transfer the rights to his book and his personal life-story rights. However, Snowden has not offered up his own life-story rights. Despite this, filmmakers do sometimes go forward without obtaining life-story rights by using the legal concept of fair use. However, lawsuits may still ensue and interfere with production. As for Snowden himself, mere days ago the former government systems analyst surfaced in video footage posted on the WikiLeaks website. In the videos, Snowden characterized the domestic spying program as dragnet mass surveillance that puts entire populations under sort of an eye that sees everything even when it’s not needed and argued that the domestic spying impacts more than just privacy. They [the surveillance programs] hurt our economy. They hurt our country. They limit our ability to speak and think and live and be creative, to have relationships and to associate freely, Snowden said. James Hirsen, J.D., M.A., in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor.