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‘Seal Team Six’ DC Screening Back On, Harvey Weinstein Tells Deadline

By | Monday October 29, 2012 @ 1:22pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Forget the postponement announced this morning by Harvey Weinstein and National Geographic that moved today’s premiere of Seal Team 6: The Raid On Osama Bin Laden to Thursday. The film’s playing in DC today after all, with one major change: the screening will be held at 6 PM at the Hay Adams Hotel (where Weinstein is staying, and which is a block away from the White House at 800 16th Street Northwest). Weinstein tells me that the Hurricane Sandy postponement left him feeling blue, and when the hotel manager asked why and learned of the scrapped screening, the manager offered up his 50-inch screen in a ballroom overlooking the White House and the Washington Monument, and Weinstein made a decision. “The show must go on,” he said. “We don’t want anybody to be unsafe, but if you’re just walking across the street or down the block, why not come? I see the lights on in the White House and I’m sure President Obama is working, but if he wants to take a 90-minute dinner break, he should come too. We’ll have food, and Senator Dodd is coming and so is Secretary of Housing Shaun Donovan. I’m extending a bipartisan invite. If you’re around, come and see the film.” He’s got a projectionist pal to run the movie, and his daughter and her friends are setting up tables. All of it is reminiscent of the … Read More »

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‘Seal Team Six’ Director Rips NYT Story Suggesting Muslim Backlash

By | Friday October 26, 2012 @ 3:49pm PDT

The director of the upcoming National Geographic TV movie about the killing of Osama bin Laden is criticizing the New York Times for suggesting in a story that his Seal Team Six risks causing additional backlash in the Muslim world against President Obama and the U.S. John Stockwell told Politico the NYT‘s suggestion that the movie “contains scenes that might be incendiary to the Muslim world, because of the ‘jeopardy to Muslim children during the assault on Osama bin Laden’s compound’ is “nonsensical.” “We went to great lengths to highlight the care and the control that the SEALs showed during the chaos of the raid — not to harm any women and children”, Stockwell told Politico. (The director even provided clips from the movie to illustrate his his point; see them below.) The NYT piece focused mainly on editing that gave Obama more prominence and deleted a scene in which GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney appeared to oppose the raid. Nat Geo is airing the movie November 4, two days before the election.

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