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Posts Tagged ‘Mark Boal’

Oprah on OWN: ‘I’m Not Doing the Hula Yet…’

Oprah Winfrey adorns one of four different covers for The Hollywood Reporter‘s special year-end double issue hitting newsstands today. She’s part of a compilation of 2012 “Rule Breakers,” the kind of framing and terminology that editorial director Janice Min is an expert at. The content seems just that much more compelling than if it were sitting under a “Top 11″ headline, which is the total number of profiled entities.

A year ago, media critics were writing Oprah Winfrey’s OWN obituary. But with Tyler Perry on the exclusive horizon and Rihanna in the rear-view mirror, the 58-year-old mogul’s conversation with reporters Lacey Rose and Stacey Wilson suggests this holiday season’s New Year’s resolutions will be a little less panicked:

“I’m not doing the hula yet… but compared to a year ago, it feels like a sigh of relief,” says Winfrey between sips of iced tea on her sprawling estate…

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Reporter Ponders Status of Hollywood Project Kill Bin Laden

Veteran Hollywood Reporter staffer Borys Kit filed a quick overnight report about how the historic events of May 1st in Abbottabad, Pakistan might impact a gestating project reuniting Oscar winning director Kathryn Bigelow with her The Hurt Locker screenwriter Mark Boal (pictured).

The action thriller – tentatively titled Kill Bin Laden – was reportedly going to tell the story of a failed Black Ops attempt to assassinate the al-Qaida leader. That of course is now ancient history. Per Kit:

The Bigelow movie could stay more or less the same, gaining momentum as Sunday’s events give its subject matter added weight, context and timeliness. Or perhaps the project will do a 180-degree turn, with a new story line and focus. We can’t imagine the events surrounding Bin Laden’s ultimate killing not being incorporated into the script in some fashion.

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Rolling Stone: ‘Kill Team’ Operated in Open

Rolling Stone has obtained more information about the Bravo Company “Kill Team,” that was charged with murdering innocent people (including a 15-year-old kid) while stationed in Afghanistan. Mark Boal explains that the killings – which had been widely panned by the government as being conducted by only a few “rogue” soldiers – were actually done by many soldiers, and the entire Stryker Brgade knew about it:

A Stryker vehicle in the photos, for example, bears identifying marks that are clearly visible in the image. And according to a source in Bravo Company, who spoke to Rolling Stone on the condition of anonymity, the two unarmed men in the photos were killed by soldiers from another platoon, which has not yet been implicated in the scandal.

‘Those were some innocent farmers that got killed,’ the source says. ‘Their standard operating procedure after killing dudes was to drag them up to the side of the highway.’

There’s much more to this story, and if you dare, there are pictures. In them, you can see soldiers smiling while posing with dead bodies, among other disturbing images.

2009 Oscars: A Victory for Freelance Writers Everywhere

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Yes, we may not qualify for unemployment checks. Yes, some of us marry just for health care. Sure we still dodge questions from our parents and former classmates as to why we don’t have a real job/future. But not last night! Last night, one of our own – Mark Boal freelancer turned screenwriter turned Oscar winner got his moment so all of us can wear our jammies a little prouder this morning.

Congrats Boal.