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. It will be followed on Hollywood’s true-story hit parade by: The Fifth Estate (Oct. 18). Benedict Cumberbatch plays Julian Assange, the real-life founder of underground watchdog site Wikileaks. TRAILERS: Coming soon to theaters “The academy loves” true-life stories, says Tom O’Neil, editor of awards site Goldderby.com. “They usually have a socially conscious message and the ‘warm and fuzzies’ that voters like to feel after the movie.” As for feeling smarter? Not so much. The industry hasn’t exactly aced its history lessons of late. Last year’s dominant Oscar contenders, Argo, Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty, all centered on true stories and all were hammered for their veracity (though Argo marched unimpeded to a best-picture win). Tom Hanks, who plays the real Capt. Richard Phillips, understands the lure of fact-based stories and the pitfalls of telling them. “These stories answer what humans can do in certain situations,” he says. “But it still has to fit within a cohesive story, which may mean deciding what part you want to get right.” What’s right is another matter, even in non-fiction films. Several members of the Maersk Alabama, the hijacked vessel, are suing the shipping company, alleging Phillips ignored radio warnings of potential piracy.
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The actor listed the home, located high in the hills near Mulholland Drive, for $4.5 million on Thursday. According to the official listing, double walnut doors open up to a home with an open floor plan, fireplace and custom kitchen. There are four bedrooms and 3.5 bedrooms, and the master suite leads into the backyard. Outdoors, there’s a pool with a swim machine and spa, as well as a built-in barbecue and loggia to take in the city views. The home sits in a gated compound surrounded by ferns and other foliage, which along with the security cameras, make the property a hidden fortress. The Bling Ring teens broke into the property in July 2009 and made off with rolex watches, designer dresses and purses. In a 2010 interview with Vanity Fair , Bling Ring member Nick Prugo said the group was drawn to Bloom’s home because one of them wanted “Victorias Secret model clothes” (Bloom was dating Kerr at the time). Bloom’s security cameras caught the group of teens making multiple trips to and from his home, carrying away large bags of his belongings. In 2012, when director Sophia Coppola decided to turn the Bling Ring saga into a movie, Bloom turned down Coppola’s request to do a cameo in the film. “She asked me to cameo in the movie, but I said it was too close to home for me to want to be involved,” Bloom told Britain’s Hello! magazine . Real estate blog Redfin.com , which first reported on the listing, notes that Bloom had been renting out the home since Aug. for $16,500 a month. Now it appears that Bloom is looking to make a permanent break from the property.
But Hollywood has found another way to promote the unpopular healthcare law . Theyll soon be promoting ObamaCarein television plot lines : Coming soon to your favorite TV shows: plot lines about the Affordable Care Act. Hollywood Health & Society , a program with the USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center got a $500,000 grant this week from The California Endowment to help TV writers tell better stories about the new health insurance law. Why try to get your public health message into fictional story lines? People learn from TV,says Marty Kaplan, the director of the Norman Lear Center. Even if they know it is fiction, even if they know if writers can make stuff up, especially in the realm of medicine and public health, if a doctor says something to a patient, people tend to think that someone has checked that, that its true, Kaplan says.  And thats appealing to The California Endowment, which gave the $500,000 grant. Hollywood Health & Society will reach out to TV writers and editors says Daniel Zingale, Senior V.P. of Healthy California at The California Endowment. Theyll be giving them content, storylines, information, so that people watching those programs will learn about Obamacare and useful information about how to get enrolled. The group has a lot of experience working on plot lines and ensuring that medical aspects of shows are accurate. Their resume includes some of the best and most popular shows on television , including 24, Bones, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and NCIS. The grant, half of which will be used for Spanish-language television, will also be used to create public service announcements to go along with the plot lines that deal with healthcare, according to Deadline . So this is propaganda, more than anything else, and its the latest development in the Obama Administrations courting of Hollywood to help sell ObamaCare to a skeptical American public . What Hollywood likely wont mention is how ObamaCare is dramatically increasing the cost of health insurance or how employers are cutting hours and taking other steps to scale back benefits for employeesto avoid rising healthcare costs.
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In those cases its very important that something becomes public at the right time. Often people will wait if they have a new movie thats about to come out or for whatever reason they dont want the media distraction. It doesnt matter to me what the timing is, and Im always happy to work with a manager, a publicist or a business manager to find the best time. What I wont do is work entirely with a persons assistant. Ive had people have their office managers call me up and say, so-and-so is really busy, so just have the papers ready for him to sign. That doesnt work for me. I need to be the one who sits down with a client to figure out what they think or need, no matter how busy they are or how famous their face is, otherwise I wont take the case. Do you have problems where clients, particularly clients with celebrity spouses, go jurisdiction shopping to find a court in a part of the country with laws that favor their position? Yes, but that happens most frequently in sports cases where an athlete is playing in one city or state, but living with their wife and child in another. Sometimes a spouse will relocate to a state like California where theres a good chance shell receive some of the highest child support in the United States. If they do that even though my client is a basketball player in Texas, it immediately raises a red flag. Has the Supreme Courts recent decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act change the way you deal with same-sex break-ups? In some ways. Were still waiting on some clarity on how the federal decisions will impact what happens in California, but the fundamentals remain the same regardless of a clients sexuality. Youre always dealing with people who live together and who once shared assets and children and trying to find the best way to help them through a difficult time. Do you think that people deal with divorce better today than they did twenty years ago?