HOLLYWOOD – Edward Snowden made headlines recently when he joined Twitter, but what many people don’t know is he also joined Google Plus.
Speaking to political Blog The Runtler, Edward Snowden commented for the first time on his foray into social media:
Of course the reason I am on Twitter seems to me obvious. I wish to maintain a high profile online presence and I want to argue for the freedom of the individual and against the oppressive surveillance of the state. But I also obviously am very concerned about privacy and I fear that Twitter will be an intrusive drain on my time. So to address this I’ve also joined Google Plus, which uniquely will give me a place to be alone while I am on the internet.
Oliver Stone who is directing a film on Snowden’s life starring Joseph Gordon Levitt had this to say:
Edward Snowden is one of the most principled men I have ever met and the fact that he is on Twitter is phenomenal. But his joining Google Plus is just more evidence of how dedicated this man is, in protecting himself, like a digital hermit, from the overload of the modern world.
Some however have criticized the erstwhile whistleblower, claiming he is broadening his social media profile in order to publicize his new film WarGames 2, to which Snowden replied, ‘Obvs.’
Snowden will be released in 2016.
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CITIZENFOUR: REVIEW – Imagine the most exciting and depressing, dark and paranoid thriller from the 1970s, The Parallax View or Three Days of the Condor, but imagine it’s true and that’s what we have with Laura Poitras’ Oscar winning Citizenfour.
The documentary Poitras has created gives the audience a ground level entry into the story of Edward Snowden. At the beginning of the film Snowden is an anonymous source who has picked the film maker as a possible outlet for leaked documents. Laura has been picked because she was put on a watch list following her first documentaries. The two are understandably cagey but they meet in a hotel room in Hong Kong along with then Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald. And now you can begin to feel the real electricity of events as together they conspire to release a series of historic revelations.
Snowden himself comes across extremely well. He is articulate and passionate. The man is fully cognizant of the risks to himself and the cost that he is likely to pay, including the estrangement of his family and potentially a life of exile and/or imprisonment. He is also a nerd who faffs with his appearance, but his commitment to protecting the citizenry from the power of the government and the security agencies is real and honorable.
In a world of twitter, instagram and Facebook, it has become fashionable to glibly declare privacy dead, but the consequences of this are revealed in a chilling way by the documentary. We always suspected. As Slavoj Zizek might say, we always knew, but now we know we know. Citizenfour shows just how much Snowden did and how he did it consciously, rationally and knowing full well the likely price he would pay. This is a portrait in genuine courage and genuine patriotism. It is an enduring stain an the international reputation of the US that this man is still wanted for crimes when he should be feted as a hero.
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HOLLYWOOD – First look at Joseph Gordon Levitt as Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s new film Snowden.
The film, which also stars Nicolas Cage, tells the story of the most famous whistle blower of recent years and subject of this year’s Oscar winning documentary Citizenfour. Shailene Woodley is also confirmed as Snowden’s girlfriend Lindsay Mills. Many who saw Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center believe that the film could be part of a CIA plot to discredit the former defense contractor, but there is always a chance that the Oliver Stone who made Salvador didn’t actually die in the 1980s.
Stone is currently filming in Munich, Germany.
HOLLYWOOD – Following fast on the news that Oliver Stone was to write and direct a film based on the life on NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden comes the news that Matthew Broderick has signed on to play him.
The Platoon and World Trade Center director said:
As soon as I begin writing a script, I have to have an actor in mind, and usually that might influence casting but it is rarely the case that an actor comes back to me so quickly and actually ends up playing the role. It happened with Jimmy Woods in Salvador. But Matthew obviously sees a chance to be in an important movie and I was lucky to get him seeing Godzilla has been such a smash!
What made you think of Broderick?
War Games initially. I see Snowden as someone who weirdly has been himself playing a role and that role is David Lightman from War Games. Of course, then I realized he’s also Ferris Beuller from Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. He also took a day off and sang Twist and Shout with a parade band, you know, metaphorically.
Broderick himself told Studio Exec EXCLUSIVELY that he was overjoyed to be working with Oliver Stone.
The man is a savvy political commentator but he also has an eye on the Zeitgeist and can exploit it to produce hugely popular mass entertainment. Just look at Alexander!
Anyway he’s obviously seen that there’s a hunger for these contemporary political pictures. See how well the Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate did.
But that movie performed really badly at the box office.
Ah. I knew you were going to say that, but Oliver told me that those figures are basically invented and put up by the Illuminati and the Bilderberg group to make political film makers feel disenchanted. They did the exact same thing with the Oscar winning Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.
Edward Snowden’s Day Off will be released in 2015.
RUSSIA– The planet’s most wanted fugitive Edward Snowden has controversially agreed to star in the next exciting installment of the Mission Impossible franchise.“I met with Edward in the Airport,” said a grinning Tom Cruise.
I brought him a change of underwear, some toothpaste and a couple of paperbacks. He was really pleased with the copy of the new Stephen King but said The Day of the Jackal was a little bit too heavy considering the circumstances.
The plot for the new film is a closely guarded secret but the website WikiLeaks has released a document claiming it will revolve around a former NSA contractor who blows the whistle on a global spying network and goes on the run. It’s then up to Ethan Hunt and his team of agents to track the contractor down and return him to American soil. Dead or alive.
Although the film has a scheduled release date and the sets are in the process of being built in a Moscow studio, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assangeclaims it’s all a mirage. “There is no film,” said an adamant Assange.
It’s an NSA plot. They should call it Argo 2, not Mission Impossible. They’ve concocted this whole movie idea with the sole intention of kidnapping Snowden. One day he’ll be asked to stand in front of a green screen to perform the dramatic capture scene and he’ll be chloroformed, cuffed and airlifted to the US on Cruise’s private jet.
Both Cruise and Paramount Pictures strenuously deny Assange’s accusation. “Julian is just angry that he auditioned but didn’t make the grade,” said Cruise.
We wanted him to play the Editor of a website that leaks government documents and mysteriously ends up being murdered with an ice pick. We tried to run through the scene but he was nervous and said he needed a lie down. Next thing we know he’s jumped on a plane to Ecuador!
Mission Impossible 5 is due for release…probably never.
HONG KONG – Edward J. Snowden, heroic whistleblower/traitor, has landed the lead role in Disney’s forthcoming WarGames 2: Electric Boogaloo, a sequel to the 1983 John Badhem directed movie which gave Matthew Broderick and the threat of geeks to the world.
The film will also represent a return to fiction cinema for director Michael Moore after his previous unhappy disaster Canadian Bacon actually killed people it was so unfunny.
Moore told the Studio Exec:
I’m a great admirer of Edward Snowden and what he managed to do with computers and stuff against the dark and powerful machinations of the secret government, and at the same time, I was in a meeting with all these Disney suits and we were talking about a sequel to Bowling for Columbine, but then one of them mentioned the WarGames 2 property and it clicked. Computers, geeks, taking over the world, the world in crisis! The military! Amazing. And Snowden would be perfect.
Why cast a non-actor like Mr. Snowden?
Originally they were looking at Julian Assange, but chances are he’d be in Ecuador by the time we actually got to filming and Edward was in Hong Kong so I phoned him and he said, ‘I’ve got nothing better to do’, which is exactly what you want to hear as a director.
What about the story Mikey?
The story is about David Lightman (Snowden), a computer geek who manages to tap into the computers of the CIA, the NSA and Kayne West. He publishes all the material and gets into loads of trouble and there are chases and what not. However, when Ally Sheedy (playing Jennifer Mack once more), who now works for the government realises what has been going on, she rescues David and he is celebrated as a hero.
Do you think that’s what will happen to Edward Snowden?
Are you kidding? We’re rushing through preproduction to get to filming before Edward is killed in a [uses finger quotes here] car accident.
WarGames 2: Electric Boogaloo will start filming under secret conditions in the Hong Kong Hilton, room 125.