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“Suspicious Device Turns Out To Be A Movie Prop - digtriad.com” plus 2 more

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Suspicious Device Turns Out To Be A Movie Prop - digtriad.com

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 01:37 PM PDT

Rayland, OH -- That's no bomb -- likely just a forgotten movie prop. The bomb squad was dispatched after some railroad workers got quite a scare near Rayland, Ohio. They found what looked liked two sticks of dynamite with wires attached.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla says the bomb disposal experts safely detonated the device, which turned out to be harmless. He tells an area TV station (WTOV) it was probably a prop left over from a Denzel Washington movie. The film crew was in the area earlier this year shooting "Unstoppable," a thriller about a runaway train.

Associated Press

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Facebook Movie May Not Be Flattering for Zuckerberg - YAHOO!

Posted: 14 Sep 2010 11:52 AM PDT

Many executives would be thrilled that a major feature film about how they founded their company is about to be released. But for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, an upcoming movie called The Social Network might not exactly become part of his updates to friends.

Scheduled for release in movie theaters on Oct. 1, The Social Network follows the young Zuckerberg -- arrogant, socially out of place, and very bright -- through the days at Harvard when he started what is now the world's foremost social-networking giant. As the tagline for the film says, "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies."

'Arrogant, Confident, Brilliant'

The movie is directed by David Fincher, who also helmed The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, and it was written by Aaron Sorkin, creator of TV's The West Wing. The role of Zuckerberg is played by Jesse Eisenberg, whose credits include Zombieland, and the film is based on Ben Mezrich's best-selling book, The Accidental Billionaires.

Mezrich has told news media that the Zuckerberg character is an antihero "who sweats, is arrogant, confident, brilliant." Along the way toward 500 million friends, the Zuckerberg character gets into conflicts with fellow students and the university administration, among others.

Facebook and Zuckerberg are taking a low-key approach to the impending release. "It's a sign of Facebook's impact," said company spokesperson Larry Yu, "that we're the subject of a movie -- even one that's fiction." He added that it's more important for the company to stay "focused on what we're building."

In an interview last month with Diane Sawyer of ABC-TV, Zuckerberg, now 26, similarly called the movie "fiction," and said that the "real story is just that we've worked so hard for all this time." He said that a movie about all that hard work would be "actually pretty boring."

'Little or No Impact'

According to news reports, unnamed company officials contend the movie is factually inaccurate, and there has been speculation among Facebook watchers about whether the movie could impact the company's growth and branding.

Andrew Frank, research director at industry research firm Gartner, said he doesn't buy the oft-stated idea that "there's no such thing as bad publicity." Noting that he hasn't seen the movie, Frank said it shouldn't affect Zuckerberg's reputation too greatly, "even if it's not so flattering, as long as it doesn't make him out to be immoral."

Frank said it's likely that "only a minority" of Facebook users have any impression or opinion about Zuckerberg. Of those, he suggested, most have probably already made up their minds about Zuckerberg in light of recent criticisms relating to Facebook's evolving position on user privacy.

"At the end of the day," Frank said, "the movie will probably have little or no impact" on the future of the company.

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'Gilmore Girls,' The Movie? - WIBW

Posted: 16 Sep 2010 12:26 PM PDT

Nothing stands the test of time like a loving, old-fashioned mother-daughter relationship.

Lauren Graham, formerly known to the world as Lorelai Gilmore from "Gilmore Girls," told Vanity Fair that a movie based on the long-running series is definitely a possibility.

"What's funny to me is that in all these years, no one ever talked about it except the fans," she told Vanity Fair. "But now people with power, people who could actually make it happen, are talking about it."

However, Graham worries that the movie could be potentially boring, and that the format of the show might not translate to the big screen.

When asked about what misadventures Rory and Lorelai could get into, Graham said it would be hard to say, as "Gilmore Girls" was never a plot-driven television show.

"That is what might be uncovered in a two-hour movie," she said. "You'd be like, 'Wait a minute, they just talk and make fun of things. This is a terrible movie.'"

But, she added, if "Gilmore Girls" is going to be turned into a feature film, it should happen sooner rather than later.

"I think it could be good, but I wonder if we've waited too long," Graham said. "I don't want to be walking around the town square with a cane."

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