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Monday, March 25, 2013

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In the above video, NBC's Matt Lauer introduces John Ziegler, saying he has been working on a documentary about the Joe Paterno scandal for almost a year. Ziegler interviewed Jerry Sandusky in prison, and shares some clips from the interview in the segment. Ziegler wrote a "preemptive strike" open letter to the media yesterday, and he tells Lauer he wrote it because he knows the media, "and I know I'm gonna get attacked from everybody because nobody wants the truth here." Ziegler said his ultimate goal is to "get Joe Paterno, who he feels was "railroaded", his day in court," and that he is trying to get at the truth of the matter. Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. posted the video today, mentioning Brian De Palma's upcoming Paterno/Sandusky project, Happy Valley. Fleming suggests that the team behind Happy Valley will face challenges similar to those of last year's Zero Dark Thirty.

Fleming wrote: "While Lauer couldn’t match the superb interview Bob Costas did when Sandusky was dumb enough to get on the phone before his trial (Sandusky did not testify on his own behalf and was convicted of crimes that will keep him behind bars the rest of his life), Lauer certainly injected a lot of skepticism in interviewing the filmmaker who is widely described as a conservative who made an unabashedly positive film about Sarah Palin and whose work has been disavowed by the Paterno family. While it is creepy to hear Sandusky from behind bars in any capacity, it will be interesting how the continued reporting influences Paterno’s legacy. As well as Happy Valley, which in a way finds itself in a challenge similar to the one faced by the makers of Zero Dark Thirty. De Palma, Pacino and cohorts are also trying to make a permanent screen document out of a story that keeps changing, where there’s endless spin from partisan parties, and one that will continue to evolve when Penn State higher-ups go on trial."

Ziegler appeared on CNN's Piers Morgan Live later that evening:

Posted by Geoff at 6:50 PM CDT
Updated: Sunday, April 7, 2013 12:32 PM CDT
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Tuesday, March 26, 2013 - 6:07 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

DePalma may make one of the great American films out of HAPPY VALLEY but such grim subject matter will only play in empty cinemas.

Hasn't DePalma learned anything from the outright failure that was REDACTED, finacially and creatively? REDACTED seemed like a film made by a first year film student. De Palma is rightly considered as one of the great film stylist out there but with REDACTED that reputation took a severe battering.

As for HAPPY VALLEY I just think this film won't happen and will go in turnaround. 

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 3:30 PM CDT

Name: "Jeremy O Connell"
Home Page: http://pound4poundireland.wordpress.com/

A LOT of people disagree with you about Redacted being a failure, and I happen to think that Happy Valley, with topical subject matter and Pacino starring, could get quite a bit of mainstream attention should it come off as expected

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 11:10 PM CDT

Name: "Harry Georgatos"

Pacino hasn't had a hit in over 15 years. The last great Pacino film was HEAT. Since then I can't recall one substantial box office hit.

The only selling point to HAPPY VALLEY is the combination of Pacino/DePalma with the reputation of SCARFACE and CARLITO'S WAY.

The other selling point is if DePalma makes a masterpiece and with positive reviews and Oscar nominations may the film recover it's budget.

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 1:50 AM CDT

Name: "Jeremy O Connell"

I have no idea why you are so obsessed with "box office" (other than some kind of misguided concern that lack of a hit will stop him from working, a notion which he has proven 100% wrong in the last 15 yrs)...what I'm concerned about is interesting art. I dont give a damn if his movies make one cent or one billion, they are always interesting

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 8:26 PM CDT

Name: "harry georgatos"

It's only nice manners to recoup the money investors give to directors. It's extremely selfish from artists to go to studios asking them to hand over 50 million or whatever sum and not recioup the studios money.

All these people who want to masturbate about the art of cinema with problematic subject matter are the selfish ones. I'm sure if these type of people where asked to invest in these type of movies they'll have second thoughts!

As long if it's the studios money it's okay. Commerce and art can't exist without the other. I hope I'm wrong about HAPPY VALLEY and it's a masterpiece and a hit for DePalma. God knows DePalma needs a hit in money obsessed Hollywood. 

Saturday, March 30, 2013 - 4:35 AM CDT

Name: "K"

I see this being on HBO such as other Pacino HBO films like 'You Don't Know Jack' and 'Phil Spector'. 

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