Labor MP Tom Watson, who has been leading the attack in Britain's Parliament on News Corp and its British subsidiary News International over the phone hacking charges, has lashed out at Rupert Murdoch, his son James, and the News Corp brass and has suggested that their license to operate BSkyB, the country's largest commercial broadcaster, be revoked. "It is a company sick with corruption and criminality from top to bottom," the BBC quoted him as telling a Labor Party conference. "That much has been proved. The Murdochs and their minions have consistently and blatantly lied to our courts and our Parliament." Watson predicted that News Corp will not be able to keep the scandal contained to News of the World , the Sunday tabloid that it was forced to shut down in the wake of the hacking allegations. "Ask the editor of the Sun ," Watson said, referring to another News Corp-owned newspaper, "and if he gives you an honest answer, he will tell you that it is only a matter of time before we find the Sun in the evidence file." Also on Monday, Deadline.com disclosed that Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger may star as a Murdoch-like character in a movie titled Tabloid that appears to be based on the News of the World shenanigans. The movie, written by Josh Olson ( A History of Violence ), is being produced by Jagger's Jagged Films production company and by Steve Bing's Shangri-La Entertainment, which is financing the project.
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This would've been bloody marvelous had two-thirds of the animated anthology Batman: Gotham Knight not stunk. Made to promote the summer's most hotly anticipated film The Dark Knight, the anime-style anthology isn't so much a segue between Christopher Nolan's first and second Batman films as it is a PG-13 revamp of the old animated series. Gotham Knight consists of six 15-minute short films -- each by a different director, writer, and illustrator. But as intriguing as it sounds to have so many brains devoted to this project, only two of the directors do justice to the Batman legend.
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The writers of CAPOTE and SYRIANA tied at the annual University Of Southern California Scripter Award, which honours the year's best film adaptation of a book, novella or short story.
Capote, based on the biography of Truman Capote by Gerald Clarke with a screenplay by Dan Futterman, and SYRIANA, adapted from journalist ROBERT BAER's book See No Evil with a screenplay by Stephen Gaghan, achieved an equal number of votes at the 17th annual awards.
A second ballotting procedure will go ahead to determine the winner, to be announced on Wednesday (18JAN06).
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Viggo Mortensen (in a welcome return to acting after too much time barking orders in elvish and swinging a broadsword from horseback) plays Tom Stall, a family man who runs a diner in a small Indiana town. He's not originally from the town, but he's been there long enough that everyone has long ago accepted him as one of their own. It's a normal life, Tom's young daughter has nightmares and his geeky teenage son Jack gets picked on at school, but other than that, things are good. Then the killers come into the diner right before closing, and just as they're about to execute a waitress, Tom springs into action, gunning them both down in spectacular fashion. Tom becomes a local celebrity but seems traumatized by the whole affair, wishing it could just be put behind him.
Continue reading: A History Of Violence Review
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