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Third Time's The Charm? 'Atlas Shrugged: Part 3' Coming In Summer 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 26, 2013 4:20 PM
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They say that the definition of madness is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result, but sometimes movies are made for a simple reason: because you can. It certainly doesn't hurt when funding comes from multi-millionaire John Aglialoro, who has the rights to Ayn Rand's famed "Atlas Shrugged," and seemingly has no problem continuing to lose money on the feature film trilogy. There's probably an an objectivist lesson in all of this, but we'll let Aglialoro figure it out himself. At any rate, the third installment in the series no one cares about is coming.

'Atlas Shrugged: Part 1' DVDs Recalled Due To Non-Objectivist Blurb

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 14, 2011 12:18 PM
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This is one way to get publicity. In a screw-up that Freud would have had a field day with, someone at Atlas Productions screwed the pooch big time on the DVD packaging for Worst Film of 2011 front-runner, “Atlas Shrugged: Part 1,” by describing the film as “Ayn Rand’s timeless novel of courage and self-sacrifice…”

'Atlas Shrugged Pt. 1' Heads To DVD/Blu-Ray In Fall, Producer Insists Sequel Will Arrive In 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2011 4:00 AM
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Oh, "Atlas Shrugged." Promoted as being some kind of fiercely independent film that would find an audience with die hard Tea Party types, it ultimately played for virtually nobody, scraping a mere $4.6 million (on a budget of $20 million) during its five week run this spring, along with plenty of scathing reviews to go with it. Hardly surprising for a film that was launched not as any grand artistic endeavour, but mostly because the rights were about to expire unless something was cobbled together and throw up on screen. No surprise then that the result was an adaptation we called "soulless" and "cut-rate" no matter where you stand on Ayn Rand and her politics. Indeed, it even seemed like the filmmakers had thrown in the towel, with the muted response seemingly killing plans for the planned sequels with producer and financier John Aglialoro saying, “Critics, you won. I’m having deep second thoughts on why I should do Part 2… Why should I put up all of that money if the critics are coming like lemmings? I’ll make my money back and I’ll make a profit, but do I wanna go and do two? Maybe I just wanna see my grandkids and go on strike.” But keep hope alive Randians because another cheapie, rushed movie might on its way to you soon!

Great Job, Movie Critics: 'Atlas Shrugged' Producer Scrapping Plans For Pt. 2 & 3, Blames Reviews

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 27, 2011 1:32 AM
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  • 34 Comments
God damn, we love writing about "Atlas Shrugged." Even more than "Twilight"-related stories, or the persistent commenter who insists that Scarlett Johansson is the product of stolen DNA, nothing brings out the frothing-at-the-mouth zealots like stories about the long-awaited, independently-produced adaptation of Ayn Rand's magnum opus. Self-financed and distributed by millionaire businessman John Aglialoro, the film was rushed into production to prevent the rights from lapsing, with a decidedly D-list cast and crew, but it did have relevance on its side: with the Tea Party movement, who are perhaps more in step with Rand's beliefs than any major political movement in decades sweeping the nation, could the film find itself becoming a runaway hit? Would we spend the next few years writing about the second and third installments of Aglialoro's dream project?

Weekend Box Office: 'Rio' Defeats 'Madea' Before The Summer Onslaught Begins

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 24, 2011 4:56 AM
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Hollywood doesn’t really recognize the seasons as clearly as you. Which is why even though you’re in school, summer begins in May, and even though you still have a full month of spring, that period usually closes in Hollywood around this time every year. In 2011, “summer” is beginning even earlier with next week’s release of “Fast Five,” sure to be the year’s biggest opener, which means that “Rio” effectively gets its licks in before the hot season begins, scoring a second straight weekend at #1 with a $26 million take.

Box Office: 'Rio' First 2011 Release To Crack $40 Million Opening Weekend; 'Scream' Goes Quiet

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 17, 2011 6:18 AM
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There’s no way to sugarcoat this: it’s been a dismal year at the box office. Studios have their fingers crossed in regards to a tepid-looking summer schedule, but many were hoping the season could be kick(punch)-started early with a strong April, as two new films were tracking well over $40 million this weekend. And it looks like those hopes are for naught, as the number one movie for this period looks to be Fox and Blue Sky’s animated “Rio,” clocking in juuuust about at $40 million for the three day weekend. Yes, Hollywood, it's taken more than four months to register year's first $40 million opening weekend.

Review: ‘Atlas Shrugged: Part I’ A Stiff, Soulless, Cut-Rate Adaptation Of Ayn Rand's Epic Novel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 8:21 AM
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It’s difficult to discuss Ayn Rand and "Atlas Shrugged" without touching on the countless attempts to produce a filmic adaptation of the work, beginning with producer Albert S. Ruddy’s plan in the early ‘70s, which fell apart when Rand insisted on final script approval. From there the highlights include an adaptation by Rand herself, which was unfinished at the time of her death in 1982; passing interest from Clint Eastwood; a TNT miniseries scrapped after the AOL Time Warner merger of the late ‘90s and, perhaps the most interesting attempt of all, a planned two-part adaptation from director Vadim Perelman ("The House of Sand and Fog") with a cast list rumored to include Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Charlize Theron, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway.

Watch: Trailer For Ayn Rand Adaptation 'Atlas Shrugged Part 1' Hilarious On So Many Levels

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 14, 2011 3:06 AM
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For the moment, let's try to leave aside the politics and philosophy of Ayn Rand -- after all, only so many words can really be expounded on a point of view that ultimately comes down to not giving a shit about your fellow human beings. There's a reason that it's taken over half a century for a film adaptation of Rand's magnum opus, "Atlas Shrugged," to reach screens; as well as being an awful sociopath (her ideal man was a convicted murderer who kidnapped, disemboweled and chopped the legs off a twelve year old girl), Rand was also a terrible writer, whose books are full of leaden prose, heavy-handed metaphor and very little drama.

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