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Oliver Stone: The Savage is Loose

Disinformation author Ed Rampell (Progressive Hollywood) has an exclusive interview with Oliver Stone about his new movie Savages.

The Oscar winning director of Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July and Wall Street discussed film technique, his actors, Mexico’s narco-politics, torture, sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll, at Festival of Films Blog:

FOF: What do you think of the way the Drug War is going in Mexico now?

OS: Aside from the movie business [laughs], it was a tragedy under [President Felipe] Calderon; he militarized it more. I don’t think that militarization works. I think that decriminalization works better, overall. As well as tolerance. But these are very hard qualities to achieve in a modern era.

FOF: Do you think that the [apparent] election of the PRI’s [Institutional Revolutionary Party] candidate [Enrique Peña Prieto] will have any effect at all on the Drug War in Mexico?

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Author Ed Rampell to Announce the ‘Progies’ on Thom Hartmann’s Air America Show

Ed Rampell, author of disinformation’s Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States, is announcing the nominees for the annual “Progie” Awards for Best Progressive Films and Filmmakers on Thom Hartmann’s Air America program at 11:00 a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST, December 29. To hear the nominations at that time log on to www.ThomHartmann.com and click on “Listen Live” or watch the announcement live at airamerica.com/thomvision.

The Progies recognize features, documentaries and filmmakers for their outstanding achievement in promoting human rights and providing a voice for people of color, women, the working class, immigrants, gays, the environment and against war, censorship and political repression.

The Progies are presented by the James Agee Cinema Circle. Participants include: Dan Bessie, culture critic and son of one of the Hollywood Ten; Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner, co-authors of “Radical Hollywood”; Gerald Horne, author of “The Final Victim of the Blacklist” and “Class Struggle in Hollywood”; Bill Meyer, People’s Weekly World reviewer; Luis Reyes, co-author of “Hispanics in Hollywood”; Jack Shaheen, author of “Reel Bad Arabs” and “Guilty”; etc.… Read the rest

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DISINFO AUTHOR ED RAMPELL ANNOUNCES “PROGIES” ON THOM HARTMANN’S AIR AMERICA SHOW

Ed Rampell, author of DisInfo’s “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States,” is announcing the nominees for the annual “Progie” Awards for Best Progressive Films and Filmmakers on Thom Hartmann’s Air America program at 11:00 a.m. PST/2:00 p.m. EST, December 29 on Thom Hartmann’s Air America radio program. To hear the nominations at that time log on to www.ThomHartmann.com and click on “Listen Live” or watch the announcement live at airamerica.com/thomvision. The Progies recognize features, documentaries and filmmakers for their outstanding achievement in promoting human rights and providing a voice for people of color, women, the working class, immigrants, gays, the environment and against war, censorship and political repression.

The Progies are presented by the James Agee Cinema Circle. Participants include: Dan Bessie, culture critic and son of one of the Hollywood Ten; Paul Buhle and Dave Wagner, co-authors of “Radical Hollywood”; Gerald Horne, author of “The Final Victim of the Blacklist” and “Class Struggle in Hollywood”; Bill Meyer, People’s Weekly World reviewer; Luis Reyes, co-author of “Hispanics in Hollywood”; Jack Shaheen, author of “Reel Bad Arabs” and “Guilty”; etc.… Read the rest

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Ed Rampell Interviewed By Prairie Miller On WBAI

Ed Rampell is appearing on the New York Pacifica station two weeks in a row, interviewed by Prairie Miller for WBAI’s “Arts Magazine.” In the first program, Ed and Prairie discuss this year’s Academy Awards and Ed’s recent appearance on an Air America radio program hosted by Roseanne, with co-guests Rosie O’Donnell and rightwing commentator James Hirsen, discussing Oscar politics.

In the second program, Ed and Prairie discuss the new association of progressive film critics and historians.

The programs will air March 11 and March 18 at 2:00 p.m., EST, on WBAI, 99.5 FM.

The broadcasts can also be heard live by logging on to: www.wbai.org. Then click where it says “Listen Live” on the upper right, and follow the instructions.

The programs will be archived for 2 weeks.

Ed Rampell is the author of “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States” (DisInfo) and, with Luis Reyes, of “Made In Paradise, Hollywood’s Films of Hawaii and the South Seas” and “Pearl Harbor in the Movies” (Mutual Publishing).… Read the rest

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DISINFO AUTHOR ED RAMPELL INTERVIEWED BY PRAIRIE MILLER ON WBAI

Ed Rampell is appearing on the New York Pacifica station two weeks in a row, interviewed by Prairie Miller for WBAI’s “Arts Magazine.” In the first program, Ed and Prairie discuss this year’s Academy Awards and Ed’s recent appearance on an Air America radio program hosted by Roseanne, with co-guests Rosie O’Donnell and rightwing commentator James Hirsen, discussing Oscar politics.

In the second program, Ed and Prairie discuss the new association of progressive film critics and historians.

The programs will air March 11 and March 18 at 2:00 p.m., EST, on WBAI, 99.5 FM.

The broadcasts can also be heard live by logging on to: www.wbai.org. Then click where it says “Listen Live” on the upper right, and follow the instructions.

The programs will be archived for 2 weeks.

Ed Rampell is the author of “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States” (DisInfo) and, with Luis Reyes, of “Made In Paradise, Hollywood’s Films of Hawaii and the South Seas” and “Pearl Harbor in the Movies” (Mutual Publishing).… Read the rest

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Roseanne Hosts Air America Oscar Debate With Ed Rampell

Roseanne Barr is hosting an Oscar debate between Ed Rampell, author of DisInfo’s Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and Jim Hirsen, author of Hollywood Nation.

The left versus right post-Oscar discussion is being broadcast live on Air America radio as Roseanne and Johnny Argent guest host for Richard Green’s Clout! program.

When: Between 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Monday, February 25, EST.

Where: On Air America radio.

(The program will air on Los Angeles’ KTLK, 1150 AM, later that night between 1:00 – 3:00 a.m., PST.)

Listen Live Online: Log onto: www.AirAmerica.com and click on “LISTEN” in the upper left.

In addition to Progressive Hollywood, Rampell co-authored Pearl Harbor in the Movies and Made In Paradise, Hollywood’s Films of Hawaii and the South Seas. L.A.-based Rampell is currently a film critic for the Los Angeles Journal and has written on film/TV for: Variety, L.A. Times, L.A. Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, TruthDig, Chicago Sun-Times, AlterNet, The Nation, TV Quarterly, Cineaste, etc.… Read the rest

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ROSEANNE HOSTS AIR AMERICA OSCAR DEBATE WITH ED RAMPELL

Roseanne Barr is hosting an Oscar debate between Ed Rampell, author of Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States and Jim Hirsen, author of Hollywood Nation.

The left versus right post-Oscar discussion is being broadcast live on Air America radio as Roseanne and Johnny Argent guest host for Richard Green’s Clout! program.

When: Between 8:00 – 10:00 p.m., Monday, February 25, EST.

Where: On Air America radio.

(The program will air on Los Angeles’ KTLK, 1150 AM, later that night between 1:00 – 3:00 a.m., PST.)

Listen Live Online: Log onto: www.AirAmerica.com and click on “LISTEN” in the upper left.

In addition to Progressive Hollywood, Rampell co-authored Pearl Harbor in the Movies and Made In Paradise, Hollywood’s Films of Hawaii and the South Seas. L.A.-based Rampell is currently a film critic for the Los Angeles Journal and has written on film/TV for: Variety, L.A. Times, L.A. Daily News, San Francisco Chronicle, TruthDig, Chicago Sun-Times, AlterNet, The Nation, TV Quarterly, Cineaste, etc.… Read the rest

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Ed Rampell on Portsmouth, NH’s 106.1 FM Discussing Alternative Oscars: “The Progies”

Ed Rampell, author of the Disinformation book “Progressive Hollywood, A People’s Film History of the United States,” will be interviewed about the “Alternative Oscars” called “The Progies” on Portsmouth, New Hampshire’s 106.1 FM at 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., EST, Thursday, Feb. 14. In addition to discussing the Motion Picture People’s Prizes on the “PORTSIDE” program hosted by Burt Cohen, Rampell will also talk about the new association of progressive film critics and historians that is being formed. To listen live to the big broadcast, log on to http://mail.wscafm.org/_/index.php and click on “Listen Live” on the upper left. The program will also be heard at 5:00 p.m., EST, Feb. 14 on the Progressive Radio Network at www.prncomm.net on Internet radio. Happy Valentine’s Day, film lovers!

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