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Richard Jewell: The Movie

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by JayFarrar, Feb 4, 2014.

  1. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    So it seems that Jonah Hill will be playing Richard Jewell and Leonardo DiCaprio his attorney in an upcoming movie about the Olympics bombing.

    The film will be based on this Vanity Fair article, http://www.vanityfair.com/magazine/archive/1997/02/brenner199702

    It was written by Marie Brenner and a genuinely good read. Dave Kindred made a brief appearance and it was one I suspect he'd like to forget.

    I had forgotten many of the details of the story. The FBI decided one day to wreck this guy's life all because Louis Freeh thought they should.

    The story is also a primer on how great journalists perform terrible journalism.

    On side note, I watched the Summer Olympics at my mom's because, like Jewell, I was a loser living at home and trying to figure out my life as I was thinking about a career in law enforcement.

    And I remember watching the live feed coverage on her big satellite dish on the farm and it was amazing to see. They'd go to break and Karl Ravech would hop up from the desk, shorts on, with a suit coat and tie, and smoking cigarettes one after another before they came back from the commercials.
  2. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    I'd be delighted to have a cameo in my real-life role as night manager at the adjacent press center.
  3. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    The 30-for-30 short was good. Still takes the breath away to see such horrific journalism.
  4. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Just watched the 30 for 30. Well done. Horrific abuse he endured.
  5. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    I also watched the 30 for 30 last night. I was struck by how the AJC claimed Jewell was a public figure and since he was a public figure because of their shitty reporting, they weren't libel for their shitty reporting because he was a public figure.

    That is one helluva trick to pull off.
  6. Mark2010

    Mark2010 Active Member

    When is this movie supposed to be in theatres? Having lived and worked there at the time, I would be interested in seeing it. (No, I'm not Richard Jewell and have never met him.)
  7. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    It would be pretty difficult to meet him these days.
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