13 Hours trailer

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Michael Bay‘s Benghazi movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi. Based on the Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya, the story involves the attack which saw the loss of four American lives and created a political firestorm that continues to burn even after official inquiries have been handed down. Watch the 13 Hours trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Michael Bay Benghazi Movie

Michael Bay has shot his Benghazi movie, based on the Mitchell Zuckoff‘s book about the dual 2012 attacks on American compounds in Libya that took four American lives and created a political firestorm that continues to burn even after official inquiries have been handed down. The film, formerly called simply 13 Hours, now has a longer title. It also has a release date, as Paramount will get the film into theaters in January 2016.  Read More »

Michael Bay May Direct Benghazi Movie ’13 Hours’

Michael Bay benghazi

Michael Bay is in talks to direct a Benghazi movie. The film in question is 13 Hours, based on the book 13 Hours: A Firsthand Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by Mitchell Zuckoff. Paramount optioned that book prior to publication, and Chuck Hogan has scripted an adaptation. The deal isn’t set yet, but few things seem like such an appropriately Bizarro World choice as having Bay turn the Benghazi attacks — an awful situation regardless of politics —  into an action movie. Read More »

Paramount Developing Benghazi Film

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Briefly: The attack on the US diplomatic mission and nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 has become a lingering scandal for the Obama administration, with many people unsatisfied with both the White House’s method of dealing with the attack, and the way that information about the event has been doled out in the aftermath.

Now Paramount is buying rights to a forthcoming book, Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi, by Mitchell Zuckoff with the assistance of surviving members of the Annex Security Team who were present during the attack. Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel that became The Town, and co-authored The Strain with Guillermo del Toro, will script a film based on the book. 

The book purports to be a firsthand account of the attack and its aftermath, which left four Americans dead, one of whom was U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Since the book hasn’t yet been released, there’s no knowing how accurate it is, and whether or not it paints the attack and subsequent response in any partisan light.

In this age of disgusting financial misdeeds, it’s good to remember the roots of the art of big-time financial cons. So tip your hat to turn of the century shitbag Charles Ponzi, who refined a fraudulent scheme of creating the illusion of short-term gains by leveraging new investment to pay off other investors. He didn’t invent the con, but perpetrated it on a scale that was previously unheard of. The Ponzi scheme is basically a trademark financial con, and is the root of the scamming that led to the 2008 financial meltdown. Bernie Madoff ran basically the largest Ponzi Scheme ever, bilking people out of $21 billion.

And now Milos Forman, whose career has been seemingly close to dormant for a decade (though he’s never been the most prolific director, with three major films in the ’80s and two in the ’90s) is going to direct a film about Charles Ponzi. Read More »