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Director Rod Lurie Joins Twitter Brigade

As of June 13, writer-director Rod Lurie (The Contender, Commander in Chief) is on Twitter. The one-time LA film critic has apparently recognized the importance of interacting on social media, especially when you have dared to remake a Sam Peckinpah classic like Straw Dogs (Lurie’s version, with James Marsden and Kate Bosworth, comes out in September).

One of Lurie’s very first tweets predicted that a new level of stardom will greet another one of his remake’s co-stars, Alexander Skarsgård, best known for the role of Eric Northman on HBO’s smoldering vampire series True Blood. A number of other tweets have had to do with Lurie’s love of the cards:

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Rod Lurie Wants The Politics To Play

lurie.jpgRod Lurie‘s new film, “Nothing But the Truth,” is a round-about depiction of the Valerie Plame scandal that involved New York Times journo Judith Miller. Lurie, a former film critic who has also directed “The Contender,” “Resurrecting the Champ” and “The Last Castle,” is eagerly anticipating the reaction to his film, which comes out tomorrow.

FBLA sat down with Lurie for the inside story:

FBLA: How did you come up with the notion for this film?

LURIE: Obviously, NBTT shares the same situation that Judy Miller found herself in — but it is not at all the Miller character. In the film, Kate’s character personally outs the CIA agent. Miller did not. Kate (Beckinsale) has a child she has to leave behind. Miller has no kids. I could go on but you get the point. In fact, I know very little about Judy’s story and even less about Plame’s – I was just curious what would happen if both the reporter and the subject of her piece had children and they went to school together … I wanted to see where that would lead me.

FBLA: Was this a journalist component or a political one?

LURIE: I had wanted to do a reporter protecting a source story for quite a while now. In fact, I was doing one for my TV series “Commander in Chief” at exactly the moment Steven Bochco replaced me on the show. Of course, he wiped that idea out and most every idea that I was going to mount. The end result was a story that i could turn into a film. You should expect my next thirteen movies to also come out of that unfortunate situation.

FBLA: Did the political situation affect the film?

LURIE: I don’t think that politics affected the film too much. It is really more of a thriller than it is anything else. However, I was careful to not be partisan. For one thing, one of the lessons I learned with my very partisan film “The Contender” is that audiences will turn on you if you seem to be attacking them. For another, the federal shield law — which is the bill pending Congress that would protect journalists — is well supported by both political parties.

Yari’s Distribution Company Going Out Of Business, But He’s Still Producing

yari3.jpgBob Yari Film Group’s distribution arm has taken involuntary bankruptcy even though several films are still in its pipeline, the Hollywood Reporter reported.

That may come as a pleasure or at least satisfaction to Cathy Schulman, who was involved in a bitter lawsuit with Yari over producer credits on the Oscar-winning “Crash.”

Yari was pissed because he didn’t get to go onstage at the Oscars to collect the award.

Yari’s company says “What Doesn’t Kill You” and Rod Lurie‘s “Nothing but the Truth” are moving forward to qualify for Oscar nominations.

“Our goal is to aggressively work towards reorganizing our debt so that we can become a stronger company,” Yari said in a statement. “In the meantime, our production arms are distinct entities with separate financing which remain unaffected by the legal proceedings. We will go on functioning, making new films, covering our payroll and paying for employee benefits.”

Kate Beckinsale as Judith Miller in Nothing But the Truth

plammilg.pngThis is a clip from the Rod Lurie movie Nothing But the Truth, which is about a female reporter faces a possible jail sentence for outing a CIA agent and refusing to reveal her source. Sound familiar? The film is said to be loosely based on the Valerie Plame case with Kate Beckinsale playing Judith Miller and Matt Dillon presumably playing Patrick Fitzgerald. In the clip below they discuss ‘off the record.’

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WGA 07 Strike Week 3: It’s All About Nikki

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Second Life avatars are striking, too. Kiwini Oe alerted us to their presence.

Nikki Finke’s got some hot news about a naughty, naughty showrunner, but banned any speculation by commenters. He was ratted out by an assistant which is a strategy that could so easily backfire.

And Finke’s site will host video shorts by bold-faced names such as Paul Haggis, Rod Lurie, William H. Macy and Sean Penn and many more.

ABC is set to run some webisodes of Lost. Was the network saving these for the “deleted scenes” feature of the DVD?

Alex Epstein is looking for someone to work for free.

Barbara Hall runs a TV quotes quiz.

Ken Levine lacerates more holiday films.

Some woman in Minneapolis finds the silver lining of the strike cloud.

Nora Ephron posts about cooking, but she’s sure been quiet about the strike. A commenter smacks her for talking trash about Mom.

In the Trades: Scorsese Wins, Whedon Ankles

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Martin Scorsese won the DGA award for directing The Departed, making him the one to beat for the Oscar, which he should have won eons ago. In the Best Documentary category, Lithuianian filmmaker Arunas Matelis won for Before Flying Back to the Earth, which got an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film.

Super-producer Rick Rubin, who looks like Santa’s stoner baby brother, might move into a corner office at Columbia Records. He’d have to get out of his Warner Bros. deal first.

The On the Town bloggers heard Woody Allen marveling at Arthur Krim for owning a ranch in Texas (just a guess, but that’s catholic, not Catholic taste). Krim was pals with LBJ , so why the surprise? Woody needs to get out more.

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Joss Whedon is splitting up with Wonder Woman, citing creative differences, as he didn’t see the film as a period piece, but the other script is circa WWII. His fans are, however, working on getting a Hollywood Blvd. star. (And props to his biggest fan, Sherlynn Hicks, who keeps us on our toes.)

Pilot season finds Brooke Shields cast in NBC’s Lipstick Jungle. Two different pilots feature actors in wheelchairs–Norbert Leo Butz in Chicken and Christopher Thornton in I’m with Stupid–and another two are ensemble cop shows, which are so rare on tv.

Rod Lurie will direct the pilot of Page Armstrong, from his script for the CW. Armstrong is the story of “a naive but incredibly bright 27-year-old female congressional aide” who decides to run against her boss, because he’s such a scumbag. Whee.