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    Red face 'Atlas Shrugged' Producers to Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Complete Trilogy

    The irony is overwhelming!


    'Atlas Shrugged' Producers to Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Complete Trilogy (Exclusive)


    6:00 AM PDT 9/23/2013 by Paul Bond

    The Hollywood Reporter
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    “The day we launch the Kickstarter campaign," says producer Harmon Kaslow, "haters are going to come alive. They’re going to come after us in droves, attacking us everywhere online."

    For the first time, the filmmakers behind the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy will raise production and marketing money through a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign.
    The campaign is scheduled to kick off Monday and is designed to raise $250,000 of the film’s $10 million budget.

    Filmmakers also said Monday that the movie has been officially titled, Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt?

    Filming is set to begin in the fall and, as with the first two installments, Who is John Galt? will get its theatrical release at a politically relevant time: in 2014 just ahead of the mid-term elections.

    The first installment was released on Tax Day 2011 and made $4.6 million domestically while the second was released a month prior to the most recent presidential election and made $3.3 million domestically.
    (Wow! Boffo box office results! )

    Despite the disappointing box-office numbers, producers Harmon Kaslow and John Aglialorovowed to press on with Part 3. The filmmakers don’t necessarily need an extra $250,000 but they intend to ride the Kickstarter campaign to some free marketing, especially from detractors of Ayn Rand’s politically controversial story that is exceedingly popular with advocates of a smaller, less intrusive government.

    “There is an incredible amount of vitriol out there and we have every intention of capitalizing on it this time around,” Kaslow tells The Hollywood Reporter. “The day we launch the Kickstarter campaign those haters are going to come alive. They’re going to come after us in droves, attacking us everywhere online. To them, we say, thank you.”

    In Rand’s book, the U.S. is close to financial collapse and government officials blame the calamity on the most productive, wealthy and successful people in the country. When some of those scapegoats disappear, things only get worse. John Galt is a mysterious figure who may or may not be involved with the disappearances.

    FILM REVIEW: Atlas Shrugged Part II: The Strike

    In their mission statement for the Kickstarter campaign, the producers wrote: “Atlas Shruggedwas written over 50 years ago as a warning to future generations. This movie is being produced to alert those same generations.”
    Kaslow also cut a 4-minute video for the Kickstarter campaign, embedded below, that includes footage of Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, John Stossel and Dennis Miller.

    As with all Kickstarter campaigns, contributors do not profit financially, though they do get something for their money. The rewards for Who is John Galt? range from a simple thank you at the website to a ticket for the world premiere. Other rewards include being an extra in the movie and having your named carved into John Galt’s fictional house in a way that it will be visible on the screen to moviegoers.

    In Part 1 of the Atlas Shrugged movie trilogy, protagonists Dagny Taggart and Henry Rearden were played by Taylor Schilling and Grant Bowler, respectively. In Part 2 they were played bySamantha Mathis and Jason Beghe. The filmmakers have not yet revealed who will star in or direct Part 3. Like the second installment, Part 3 will be distributed by Atlas Distribution Co.

    Paul Bond email: Paul.Bond@THR.com




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    At the end of her life, suffering from lung cancer as a result of a two-pack-a-day nicotine addiction, Rand quietly renounced her philosophy of selfish self-reliance. According to the Oral History of Ayn Rand by Scott McConnell, founder of the media department at the Ayn Rand Institute, after the American capitalist medical system had wiped her out financially, she used her married name, Ann O’Connor, to apply for and receive Social Security and Medicare.

    Yes, in the end, when Ayn Rand found herself in the unfortunate position of those she’d built a philosophy, not to mention a career, castigating — when it was she who was elderly, broke and ill — she availed herself of the crown jewels of American socialism. -- Gore Vidal

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    .......In addition, Justin Raimondo has observed similarities between Atlas Shrugged and the 1922 novel The Driver, written by Garet Garrett,[16] which concerns an idealized industrialist named Henry Galt, who is a transcontinental railway owner trying to improve the world and fighting against government and socialism.....
    Brings tears to my eyes. What a beautifull story. The usofa duznt get much better than this.
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    ..........As the novel opens, protagonist Dagny Taggart, the Operating Vice President of Taggart Transcontinental, a railroad company originally pioneered by her grandfather, attempts to keep the company alive against collectivism and statism. Her brother, James Taggart, the railroad's President, is peripherally aware of the company's troubles, but will not make difficult decisions, and seems to make irrational decisions, such as preferring to buy steel from Orren Boyle's Associated Steel, rather than Hank Rearden's Rearden Steel, despite the former continually delaying delivery of vital rail. In this as in other decisions, Dagny simply continues her own policy; but is herself disappointed to discover that Francisco d'Anconia, her childhood friend and first love, appears to be destroying his family's international copper company, which has made him one of the richest and most powerful men in the world.

    Hank Rearden, a self-made steel magnate, has recently developed an alloy called Rearden Metal, now the strongest and most reliable metal in the world; but keeps its composition secret, sparking jealousy among competitors. As a result of this, pressure is put on Dagny to use conventional steel; but she refuses. Hank's career is hindered by his feelings of obligation to his wife, mother, and younger brother. Dagny also becomes acquainted with Wesley Mouch, a Washington lobbyist initially working for Rearden, whom he betrays; and later notices the nation's most capable business leaders abruptly disappearing, leaving their industrial businesses to failure. The most recent of these is Ellis Wyatt, the sole founder and supervisor of Wyatt Oil, and one of the few men still loyal to Dagny and Hank's efforts against government control, who leaves his most successful oil well spewing petroleum and fire into the air (later named "Wyatt's Torch"). Each of these men remains absent despite a thorough search by ever-anxious politicians.

    While economic conditions worsen and government agencies continue to enforce their control on successful businesses, the citizens are often heard reciting the street phrase, "Who is John Galt?", in response to questions to which the individual can find no answer. It sarcastically means, "Don't ask important questions, because we don't have answers", or more broadly, "What's the point?" or "Why bother?". Having demonstrated the reliability of Rearden Metal in a railroad line named after 'John Galt', Hank Rearden and Dagny Taggart become paramours; and later discover, amongst the ruins of an abandoned factory, an incomplete motor that transforms atmospheric static electricity into kinetic energy, of which they seek the inventor. Eventually this search reveals the reason of business-leaders' disappearances, when Dagny pursues a scientist to 'Galt's Gulch', where the character John Galt is leading an organized "strike" of business leaders against their constraint by the government.

    Reluctant to forsake her railroad, Dagny leaves Galt's Gulch; but Galt follows Dagny to New York City, where he hacks into a national radio broadcast to deliver a long speech (70 pages in the first edition), serving to explain the novel's theme and Rand's philosophy of Objectivism.[24] As the government begins to collapse, the authorities capture Galt; but he is rescued by his partisans, while New York City loses its electricity. The novel closes as Galt announces that they will later re-organize the world....



    Wow -- bizness leaders on strike. Bankers refuzing to bank. Stock traders refuzing to trade.
    Wow -- a motor that gets kinetik energy from the atmosphere.
    Wow -- a new stronger and more reliable steel.

    Most of the aktion iz in a gulch. No mention of injuns yet. Karnt wait for the fake night-time scenes filmed during day.
    Then again any and all daytime filming in the usofa haztabe fake, koz the usofa iz fake.
    mac.

    Ayn musthavbeen a hellova writer.
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