Wednesday 11 November 2015
Zachary Leeman, PopZette

The “Atlas Shrugged” Trilogy — Produced by businessman John Aglialoro, the films essentially act like a CliffsNotes version of Ayn Rand’s book broken into three parts. The story concerns a world very much similar to our own — a growing and oppressive government takes more and more away from the people and the prosperous in the name of good. The individual has become a taboo idea, and the idea of “we” has taken over.

The story of “Atlas Shrugged” is a reminder about the essential need to let individual prospers. Imagine a world where people like Steve Jobs are villains, not heroes. “Atlas Shrugged” asks the question: What if the dreamers of the world suddenly had enough and decided to disappear?

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 11 Nov 2015
Thursday 05 November 2015
Todd Seavey, Splice Today

No sooner had libertarians begun to forget the pain of the terrible recent Atlas Shrugged film trilogy (those few of us who saw it, that is) than it was announced there’s a TV miniseries version in the works, one taking surprising liberties with the plot, given the notorious rigidity of author Ayn Rand’s intellectual estate.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2015
Wednesday 04 November 2015
Kayla Hawkins, Zap2It

Gunzelman, who supposedly loves “Star Wars” … tries to defend it by sticking up for the return to the original trilogy and its classic “good versus evil” storyline, but Shimkus and Cavuto shoot that down as “cliche.”

Good vs. evil is too cliche? Even “Atlas Shrugged: Part 2” had “good” forces trying to thwart “evil” ones.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 05 Nov 2015
Monday 02 November 2015
Matt Brennan, Indie Wire - Thompson on Hollywood

After acquiring the rights to Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel, with its tortured development history, Ruddy hopes to make a “six- or eight-hour” version for TV. We offer a few casting suggestions.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2015
Joey Clark, The Libertarian Republic

Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged” rightfully sits upon many a libertarian’s bookshelf as a testament to the influence of Rand’s fiction on the liberty movement. With its sweeping…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2015
Sunday 01 November 2015
Michael Cieply, New York Times

It took a while — more than 40 years, actually.

But Albert S. Ruddy, a movie and television producer who does not like to quit, has landed rights to make his passion project: a screen version of “Atlas Shrugged,” Ayn Rand’s Objectivist bible.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 02 Nov 2015
Thursday 29 October 2015
Broadway World

…Nick Nolte in the Taylor Hackford film Parker, and Atlas Shrugged Part 2 with Samantha Mathis. Mr Gilman is familiar to TV audiences as a series regular on “Studio 5B” with Jeffrey Tambor, “Nurses,” “Closeup News…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 29 Oct 2015
Thursday 22 October 2015
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club

Imagine a world where the decades-long process of bringing Ayn Rand’s epic 1957 ode to heroic self-interest, Atlas Shrugged, did not conclude with the tome being adapted in the saddest, most rinky-dink manner imaginable. Then the final installment would be a source of great celebration, if not a bona fide pop-culture event.

In that alternate world, each entry would be the source of intense public interest. Kids everywhere would dress up like heroes Dagny Taggart, Hank Rearden, or John Galt for Halloween. Objectivism would skyrocket in popularity. And the long-awaited finish of a book that took over a half-century to reach the big screen would be the subject of midnight viewings all over the world.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2015
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, The Onion A.V. Club

…begins to look a bit like the Hasbro equivalent of Atlas Shrugged, Part III. Its one saving grace is that Chu’s direction is so wildly inconsistent that it manages to produce a handful of genuinely gorgeous…

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 22 Oct 2015
Thursday 08 October 2015
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club

Objectivists are forever going on and on about the eternal timeliness of Ayn Rand’s writing. To them, Atlas Shrugged is not an insane, paranoid right-wing fantasy of a deranged future that could never happen, but rather a subtle amplification of the world we currently inhabit. They feel that Atlas Shrugged doesn’t take place in the distant future: It takes place tomorrow, albeit a tomorrow that cannot function without a robust and all-important train system.

For people morbidly fascinated by Objectivism and Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged is perpetually timely for a much different reason. For me, it’s because there will always be some right-wing asshole sounding out a Randian plea to the populace. This plea claims that the innovators, businessmen, and renegade capitalists Rand revered and romanticized are being dragged down by what Rand and her heroes called looters and what Donald Trump calls “total losers”—government bureaucrats, establishment politicians, welfare recipients, leftist protesters, illegal immigrants, legal immigrants, Mexicans, and any other group that can be easily and popularly scapegoated.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 08 Oct 2015
Wednesday 07 October 2015
Catherine Gee, The Telegraph (London)

…Coronation Street’s Matthew Marsden has appeared in films such as Atlas Shrugged and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 07 Oct 2015
Wednesday 09 September 2015
Pat McLeod, Folio (FL)

Stopped at a traffic light just the other day, I was totally surprised by the license frame on the car in front of me, which proclaimed “The Ayn Rand Institute” on top with the web address on the bottom. I hadn’t even known there was such a thing!

Stupid me, of course. In a culture where people subscribe to Scientology as a religion, Rand’s objectivist philosophy makes incomparably better sense.

Nonetheless, I was intrigued enough to revisit the film version of The Fountainhead, the critical reputation of which has risen over time. And I wasn’t disappointed.

Posted over 3 years ago Publication date: 09 Sep 2015