Sunday, October 19, 2014
Glenn Edward Greenwald was born in March 6, 1967, New York, New York and raised in Lauderdale Lakes, Florida, where his grandfather was a city councilman.
Greenwald’s youthful ambition was politics. He became the first teenager on the county parks and recreation board. While a senior in high school, at 17, he ran unsuccessfully for the city council. After graduating from high school, Greenwald enrolled in George Washington University where he majored in philosophy. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1990.
He then attended the New York University School of Law earning a Juris Doctor in 1994. His debate skills helped secure him a job at a prominent law firm that represented rich and powerful clients. Dissatisfied with the work, he came out as a gay man and began his own law firm. Greenwald believed that as social outcasts, gay people tend to be more willing to challenge authority.
In 2005 Greenwald launched a blog, Unclaimed Territory. He focused on unbridled government surveillance versus first-amendment rights. In 2006 he published “How Would a Patriot Act? Defending American Values from a President Run Amok,” which became a New York Times best seller. Four of the five books he has written have been on The New York Times Best Sellers list.
He gained notoriety for providing the international media with classified National Security Agency (NSA) documents illegally obtained by Edward Snowden.
In June 2013 Greenwald became widely known after The Guardian published the first of a series of reports detailing United States and British global surveillance programs, based on classified documents disclosed by Edward Snowden. The disclosure exposed controversial U.S. government surveillance activities.
The series on which Greenwald worked, along with others, won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
When the United States soldier formerly known as Bradley Manning (now Chelsea Manning) was arrested for stealing secret government documents about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and disseminating them to WikiLeaks, Greenwald came to Manning’s defense. He characterized Manning’s intentions as “politically insightful, astute and thoughtful.”
Greenwald published an article praising President Obama for his support of same-sex marriage. For Greenwald the matter was personal. In 2005 he left the United States to pursue a relationship with a Brazilian man, David Miranda. Of Obama’s endorsement Greenwald stated, “It is a powerful message to gay youth that their sexual orientation is neither a flaw nor an abnormality.”
In February 2014 he became, along with Laura Poitras and Jeremy Scahill, one of the founding editors of The Intercept. Greenwald was named by Foreign Policy magazine as one of the Top 100 Global Thinkers of 2013.
“Gay issues are about the same fundamental issues as other civil liberties questions—the rights of the individual.”
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Friday, October 17, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Not only is Austin's film going to be a part of the Austin Film Festival,
My film, STROKER, is screening at the
@austinfilmfest. I'm honored to be included. Come see me in Austin, TX this October. - AUS10
We're very pleased to announce AUSTIN NICHOLS (
Austin will be joining the annual staged script reading that will feature the comedy Flarsky, by Dan Sterling (writer The Office, The Interview) in a live event co-presented by The Black List.
The cast also includes Mike Birbiglia (Sleepwalk with Me), Sarah Chalke (Scrubs), and Austin's former Full Count/Lenexa 10 mile co-star Jason Ritter .
"Flarsky is a romantic comedy about a decent guy, battered by misfortune and his own self-destructive ways, who endeavors to romantically pursue the most powerful woman on earth."
Fred Flarsky is - or was - a progressive opinion columnist at a dying local paper who devoted most of his work to attacking Alistair Wembley, the sinister chairman of a global media conglomerate. Fred is now unemployed, broke, single, getting late into his 30's, and has a worrisome pill and booze habit. He, like the rest of the world, is infatuated with the current United States secretary of state, Charlotte Field. She's gorgeous, charismatic, and far more politically skillful than her embattled, feckless president.
Fred's lived with his Charlotte Field-infatuation longer than most people. Growing up, Charlotte was his baby-sitter. But that was an eternity ago and they haven't seen each other since Fred was a child. She's since become American royalty, married a high profile senator, and no doubt has forgotten who Fred even is. Between that and the counter-assault team that travels with her, she's pretty much the most inaccessible, unobtainable woman on the planet. The only thing Fred and Charlotte have in common at this point is that they're both enemies of Alistair Wembley.
But Fred's friend, Lance, believes there's hope. Lance is a transcendently optimistic person, but he's also sharp, and he sees a narrow but plausible path to victory for Fred. With a combination of relentless insistence and well-meaning trickery, Lance gets the virtually homeless Fred Flarsky to pursue the married, de facto leader of the free world.
Past readings have included staged presentations of unproduced screenplays such as Vince Gilligan's 2 Face, Shane Black's The Nice Guys, Maggie Carey's The To-Do List, and an unaired episode of David Milch's Luck, written by Eric Roth.
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
PR is full swing for Nightcrawler by the looks at the number of interviews with Jake at the moment and it's not slowing down.
Here are a few to choose from:
Jake's interview with E!Online about how he was unaware of how he looked while making in Nightcrawler - E!Online
Jake speaking to Extra - Extra TV
Jake on Access Hollywood talking about Nightcrawler, Broadway, and avoiding calling himself a bachelor - Access Hollywood
Jake was also on Queen Latifah's talk show with his co-star Rene Russo, who made a disclosure that she is bipolar which was unaware to even Jake.
But don't think all of Jake's interviews are only on tape.
Jake's been added as a featured speaker at the Producers Guild of America’s inaugural Produced by: New York event.
"Produced By: New York will feature 12 full conference sessions, panel discussions, mentoring roundtables and networking opportunities designed to address key industry topics and discuss the evolving world of producing."
Produced By: New York will take place at the Time Warner Center in NYC on Saturday, Oct. 25.
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Austin's already in the spirit and celebrating
Self-portrait jack-o-lantern - AUS10
From Austin's carving skills it looks like he capture his self professed "five-head" and a giant grin.
It's likely Austin is smiling that his recent project, Nostradamus, met its Kickstarter goal and now has the funds needed to do their post-production. Wonder who's getting to have dinner with the big guy?
Lot of things to do and to celebrate right now
Monday, October 13, 2014
It was a working weekend for Jake who arrived back in LA sometime before Saturday morning after filming Demolition on Friday in NYC.
Looking a bit tired Jake hit a two day press junket for Nightcrawler Saturday and Sunday and spent his Columbus Day taping interviews.
He also squeezed in the special screening of the movie in Saturday night. Talk about a packed three day weekend.
Commercials are starting to be seen on TV here in the States as the ramp up to open weekend has official begun.
Not to be left out, Nightcrawler also released a new clip for the Internet.
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