jon polito dead

Character actor Jon┬áPolito, the instantly recognizable character actor who lent his unique presence to countless films and television shows, has passed away at the age of 65. While he was never a household name, you’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with a passing interest in popular culture who hasn’t seen him in half a dozen different projects.

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‘Atlas Shrugged’ Trailer

Think back to the biggest development disasters of 2010. High on the list without a doubt, and perhaps topping the list, was Atlas Shrugged. In development for years, by 2009 the Ayn Rand novel was riding a newfound wave of popularity thanks to the economic collapse of late 2008, and also to a sense of post-Obama malaise within the conservative right. There was a point where it seemed like the book might spawn a mini-series, perhaps even with Charlize Theron playing central character Dagny Taggart.

That didn’t happen. By late spring of last year, producer John Aglialoro, who bought the rights in 1992, had to make the film or lose the option. By May, he planned to shoot in June, even though at that point there was no cast in place. Stephen Polk was hired to direct a four-film series based on the book. Two weeks before shooting, he was sacked and replaced with Paul Johansson, who also stars as the pivotal character John Galt. The movie quietly started shooting.

And now, after the break, there is a trailer for Atlas Shrugged Part I. Read More »