A British reporter got a tip-off about ‘big news’ 25 minutes before JFK was shot

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It’s not an exaggeration to say that the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas on 22 November 1963 is the mother of all conspiracy theories. 

So even small events that preceded the murder, contained in the fresh batch of JFK files just published on the U.S. government’s site, take a sinister, prescient light. 

A memo from the C.I.A.’s deputy director (Plans), James Angleton, refers to an anonymous phone call that senior reporter from local paper the Cambridge Evening News, received just 25 minutes before the president was shot.  Read more…

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‘Will and Grace’ Revival First Look: Still Very Much The Same, With More Fox News Jokes

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Will and Grace have made a miraculous comeback, and it’s all thanks to a “Get Out the Vote” sketch. No one was expecting a late ’90s/early 2000s sitcom about two gay guys and their straight girlfriends to be so relevant in 2017, but a hop, skip, and a Fox News joke later, and we’re as timely as you can get!

The first look at the Will and Grace revival teased new footage from the series return on NBC this month, interspersed with some footage from the good old days when ’90s TV was slightly grainier, and the world was a little less terrible. At least Jack has Grindr now.

Watch the new Will and Grace trailer below.

Current jokes about Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s divorce, Newt Gingrich, and Fox News aside, it feels like Will and Grace never left. The preview features scenes updated for this time period, like the foursome playing Heads Up with a phone app for game night.

“He’s a man, but he has aged into a lesbian,” challenges Will (Eric McCormack).

“Steven Tyler! Jon Voight! Newt Gingrich!” Debra Messing’s Grace guesses, acing it on the last one.

More of your usual jokes from Jack about Will being an old, middle-aged lady, Karen jamming to a song on her headphones only revealing it to be Fox News, and Will’s obvious meta-joke:  “All the other times we’ve done this, we thought it would be different, but we knew it would be exactly the same.”

It’s on the nose, but it gets to the point: Despite updating for the modern era with a few jokes and a refurbished kitchenWill and Grace still feels comfortably the same — and that’s good. I was a casual fan of Will and Grace back in the day — though I admit, I didn’t get a lot of the “queen” jokes — and the tone and characterization is so spot on that it would seem like the sitcom was created in this decade. This benefits Will and Grace as one of the first series in NBC’s planned slate of revivals, as it proves that many of these classic comedies can be updated for modern times. Though it may also be a case of lightning in a bottle, as Will and Grace feels much more adaptable to today’s climate than Arrested Development‘s awkward revival ever did.

Plus, look at all the Grindr jokes you can make.

Will and Grace premieres Thursday, September 28, 2017 at 9 pm ET on NBC.

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Screenwriting News (July 3-July 16, 2017)

The week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Kristina Lauren Anderson sells pitch “Swan Lake” to Universal Pictures.

Scott Beck and Bryan Woods writing-directing “Haunt” for Sierra/Affinity, Broken Road Productions, and Nickel City Pictures.

Mark Burnell writing “The Rhythm Section” for EON Productions and IM Global.

Nell Garfath-Cox and Dave Garfath-Cox option spec script “The Assessor” to Number 9 Films.

Brian Edward Hill sells untitled supernatural horror thriller spec script to Voltage Pictures in a preemptive deal.

Gregory Allen Howard writing untitled Fannie Lou Hamer project for 1492 Pictures.

Leigh Janiak writing-directing “Fear Street” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Barry Jenkins writing-directing “If Beale Street Could Talk” for Annapurna Pictures.

Paul Ian Johnson writing “In The Garden Of The King” for Anonymous Content, Made In Africa Films, and Wise Oake.

Casey La Scala sets up thriller “1974” at Broad Green Pictures with La Scala to direct.

Jason Markarian and John Mirabella sell action comedy spec script “The Armstrongs” to Miramax Films for a reported $ 1M.

Rosalind Ross writing “Kamikaze” for Hollywood Gang Productions.


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Screenwriting News (May 8-May 14, 2017)

The week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Arash Amel scripted “Ex-Baghdad” set with SR Media Corporation and Talent International Media Group with Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone to star.

Andrew Baldwin and Chris Salmanpour thriller “Retribution” StudioCanal (U.S.), The Picture Company, and Ombra Films with Liam Neeson to star.

Carol Barbee options “Wendy and the Lost” to Paulist Productions and Paul Schiff Productions.

Jade Bartlett adapting “Mad, Bad and Dangerous to Know” for Universal Pictures.

Julia Cox adapting “Something in the Water” for Fox 2000.

Luke Davies adapting “News of the World” for Fox 2000 with Tom Hanks to star.

Benedict Fitzgerald scripted drama thriller “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” with R&R Productions Worldwide with John McNaughton to direct.

Gavin James and Neil Widener adapting war drama “Liberty Road” for Twentieth Century Fox.

Jordan Katz writing “Paramour” for Protagonist Pictures, Vieira Productions, Meredith, and Occupant Entertainment with Kristin Scott Thomas to star.

John Requa and Glenn Ficarra writing animated “Smallfoot” for Warner Brothers Animation.

Wayne Roberts writing-directing drama comedy “Richard Says Goodbye” for IM Global, Johnny Deep to star.

Chuck Russell writing-directing “The Seven Sins”.

Nicolaas Zwart 2015 Black List script “Dreamland” set up with LuckyChap Entertainment, Automatik Entertainment, and Romulus Entertainment with Margot Robbie.


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Facebook’s fake news problem was so bad even Barack Obama talked to him about it

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After a long, confusing, fake news-filled 2016 election in which Donald Trump became President of the United States, Barack Obama was one of the many people to take shots at Facebook’s role in spreading fake news.

But according to a new New York Times Magazine article published online on Tuesday, Obama didn’t just complain about fake news, he also spoke directly to Mark Zuckerberg it. 

In the article, titledCan Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug,” writer Farhad Manjoo investigated Facebook’s efforts to adapt to and fix the problem of fake news on social media. While interviewing Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg for the story, Manjoo asked if he had spoken to Obama about the former president’s complaints. And according to the New York Times Magazine, “Zuckerberg paused for several seconds, nearly to the point of awkwardness, before answering that he had.”  Read more…

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Screenwriting News (April 10-April 16, 2017)

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

David Benioff rewriting “Gemini Man” for Skydance Productions and Jerry Bruckheimer Films & Television.

Dorothy Blyskal adapting nonfiction thriller “The 15:17 to Paris” for Malpaso Productions.

Josh Campbell and Matt Stuecken writing “Scythe” for Universal Pictures.

Neil Cross sells supernatural thriller pitch “Inside” to Twentieth Century Fox.

Philip Gawthorne adapting graphic novel “Chrononauts” for Universal Pictures.

James Gunn writing-directing “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3” for Walt Disney Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Brad Keene writing thriller “Smart House” for Summit Entertainment.

Bo Yeon Kim adapting 2003 Korean horror movie “Wishing Stairs” for Branded Pictures Entertainment.

Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein writing-directing “I Feel Pretty” for Voltage Productions and Wonderland Sound and Vision with Amy Schumer to star.

Chris Morgan writing untitled “Fate of the Furious” spinoff for Universal Pictures.

Nir Paniry sells female-centric action spec script “Princesses” to Pascal Productions and Greymatter Productions.

Eric Roth adapting nonfiction period mystery “Killers of the Flower Moon” for Imperative Entertainment.

Brian Sawyer and Gregg Rossen adapting children’s book “Danny and the Dinosaur” for Branded Pictures Entertainment.


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Star Wars News: Star Wars Celebration, The Last Jedi and More

Star Wars News: Star Wars Celebration, The Last Jedi and More

Star Wars News: Star Wars Celebration, The Last Jedi and More

The purpose of this roundup is to put all the Star Wars news from the last week in one location, including the latest from Star Wars Celebration. If you read this each week, you should be able to converse fluently with any Star Wars fan on everything from the latest Star Wars developments to the latest toys. And maybe you’ll even share with them something that they might have missed.

Let’s get to it!


The Last Jedi News and Rumors

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Han Solo News and Rumors


Episode IX News and Rumors


Rogue One News and Rumors

Honest Trailers – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story


Television News and Rumors

Star Wars Forces of Destiny First Look | Disney


Anthology News and Rumors


Around The Web

“THE FORCE AWAKENS: A Bad Lip Reading” (Featuring Mark Hamill as Han Solo)


Books


Video Games


Attractions


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This startup wants Uber drivers to help deliver breaking news footage

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Your next Uber driver could deliver you and some breaking news.

An Australia startup aims to enlist drivers in the delivery of real-time news footage, according to the Financial Review.

Uber drivers can be found all over the city, so when an event occurs, NewsCar will help news networks direct nearby members to the scene. From there, they can shoot TV-ready footage from their smartphone using the company’s app.

There are thousands of cameras out there — in pockets and on dashboards, but no one’s making use of them, founder Adam Walters told the outlet. NewsCar will help newsrooms get breaking news footage quickly, and in the right high definition, widescreen format. Read more…

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We don’t need April Fools’ Day anymore because we’re living a fake news nightmare

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I remember the halcyon days when April Fools’ Day was a bit of harmless fun. We’d read fake stories from the newspaper over our cornflakes and have a good chuckle. Fake news was just something that happened once a year. But, those days are gone

We are now living in the age of fake news; where mistruths are presented as truths, and believed at face value. Fake news is no longer a once-yearly event, it’s a 365-day-a-year news cycle. And, that’s why April Fools’ Day needs to die. 

“April’s Fool Day is a day when you have to constantly engage the critical and sceptical part of the brain so you don’t get duped,” says Claire Wardle, Director of Research and Strategy of First Draft News. “Now that we are increasingly encountering information that has been fabricated, manipulated or is downright misleading, we need to be engaging those same parts of our brains every day and questioning what we’re seeing in our social feeds.” Read more…

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Screenwriting News (March 13-March 19, 2017)

This week’s writing deals and movie project news.

Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger writing animated project “Luck” for Skydance Productions and Ilion Animation Studios.

Max Carlson and Shawn Austin scripted coming-of-age drama “Princess of the Row” with Odd Box Films.

Damien Chazelle’s thriller spec script “The Claim” optioned by Motion Picture Capital, Oceanside Media, Route One Entertainment.

Adam Cozad writing “Suicide Squad 2” for Warner Bros.

Ingrid Eskeland-Adetuyi sells action comedy spec script “Twin Blades” to Cristal Pictures and The Donners’ Company.

Susanna Fogel and David Iserson action comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me” with Lionsgate and Imagine Entertainment, Fogel to direct.

Harris Goldberg writing-directing “Quick Draw” for di Bonaventura Pictures, Content Media, and Greenlit Creative with Common to star.

John Krasinski writing-directing thriller “A Quiet Place” for Paramount to star Emily Blunt.

Daniel Kunka sells spec script “Space Race” to Universal.

Cory Miller writing “City on Fire” for Mandalay Pictures.

David Scarpa’s 2015 Black List script “All the Money in the World” with Imperative Entertainment, Scott Free Productions, and RedRum Films with Ridley Scott to direct.

Ian Schor sells science fiction spec script “Infinite” to Paramount.

Andrew Stern sells drama pitch “That Others May Live” to Paramount.

Lloyd Taylor adapting children’s book series “Darkmouth” for Alcon Entertainment.

Hillary Seitz adapting mystery novel “The Woman in Cabin 10” for CBS Films.

Jeff Wadlow, Christopher Roach, and Jillian Jacobs horror project “Truth or Dare” with Blumhouse Productions.

Linda Woolverton writing an untitled animation project for Skydance Productions and Ilion Animation Studios.


Screenwriting News (March 13-March 19, 2017) was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

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