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Things are all wrong

Posted by maribel on 01/06/2015

“Historically, the most terrible things – war, genocide, and slavery – have resulted not from disobedience, but from obedience.” Howard Zinn

Howard Zinn was an American historian, author, playwright, and social activist. He was a political science professor at Boston University. Zinn wrote more than 20 books, including the influential A People’s History of the United States.

What follows is part of a speech by Zinn on the issue of civil disobedience, read by  Matt Damon.

However, I strongly recommend also this reading by actor and writer Wallace Shawn, whom you may know for his role of Vizzini in the 1997 fim The Princess Bride.

Here you heve tha transcript of the whole speech.

Find out more about Howard Zinn here.


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Interview with David O. Russell

Posted by maribel on 19/04/2014



GALLOWAY: Jennifer Lawrence. When did you first meet her?

RUSSELL: I first met her the year of The Fighter, at the AFI lunch, the American Film Institute has a lunch for nominees, or the people they picked as the top ten films of that year. She was in a film called Winter’s Bone that year and she was talking to Darren Aronofsky and me, and he was there with a film called Black Swan. I didn’t really understand who she was. She looked kind of like… an Orange County girl. She was all dressed up in a white dress with big hair, with high heels. And I was like, who is that. And they’re like, that’s Jennifer Lawrence. And I’m like, that’s the girl from Winter’s Bone? And they’re like yeah  And I said, wow, she doesn’t look anything like that.  And I just said hi to her. I remember when I was driving out of that driveway, looking back at her talking, still talking to Darren. Then a year went by and I started to get to make Silver Linings. We had two or three actresses that were very close to getting the role, who had auditioned with me several times. And at the very last minute, we said, well why don’t you read Jennifer Lawrence? I said, well I don’t know if she’s too young for it. Can she come in and read. And they said, why don’t you just read her. She’s in Kentucky and she’ll do it via Skype. And I said OK. And then she did a Skype audition that blew me away.

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