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February 7, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
In an old, whitewashed motel, where folklore has it studio executives once brought their secretaries for "lunch," Robert Greenwald, a mercurial man trailed by insults and death threats, leads a small band of filmmakers dedicated to unnerving political and corporate powers with righteous anger and quick-cut editing. Greenwald embodies the populism of George Bailey and the sly delight of a spy handed a secret dossier. His Brave New Films has skewered Wal-Mart, Fox News (Bill O'Reilly despises him)
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February 7, 2014 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
In an old, whitewashed motel, where folklore has it studio executives once brought their secretaries for "lunch," Robert Greenwald, a mercurial man trailed by insults and death threats, leads a small band of filmmakers dedicated to unnerving political and corporate powers with righteous anger and quick-cut editing. Greenwald embodies the populism of George Bailey and the sly delight of a spy handed a secret dossier. His Brave New Films has skewered Wal-Mart, Fox News (Bill O'Reilly despises him)
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April 25, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Since 2002, filmmaker-activist Robert Greenwald has made a string of vital feature documentaries, including the trenchant exposés "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. " His latest, the brief "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State," although vigorously assembled, proves to have less impact. Here, producer-director Greenwald takes on a big topic, zips through some history (Galileo and Copernicus were early whistle-blowers, Frank Serpico and Karen Silkwood more modern examples)
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June 19, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
He brought down an American general. He could brutalize his peers. But Michael Hastings was never accused of not telling the truth. And given the outrage that often accompanied the publication of his stories, that's saying something. Hastings is the Buzzfeed reporter and contributing Rolling Stone editor who died early Tuesday in a one-car crash on Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. Video taken just after the crash shows a mangled car fully engulfed in flames. It looks like something out of a war zone, terrain with which Hastings was already quite familiar.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
With Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" confounding all prognosticators with its record $100-million-plus take at the box office, it's no surprise that Robert Greenwald's "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" has decided to join it on theatrical screens mere weeks after debuting at the top of Amazon's DVD bestseller list.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Three new documentaries -- "Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties," "Unprecedented: The 2000 Election (2004 Campaign Edition)" and "Soldiers Pay" -- take the Bush administration to task on the Patriot Act, the manner in which it took office and the war in Iraq, respectively. Nonny de la Pena's "Unconstitutional" focuses on what the filmmaker contends is widespread abuse of civil liberties carried out in the wake of the USA Patriot Act and other administration policies.
NEWS
October 19, 2006
Thank you for mentioning "Iraq for Sale" [Screening Room, by Robert Abele, Oct. 12]. I saw the movie last week. It is potent and worth seeing. However, maybe I'm being picky, but the word "screed" has a negative connotation, which this film does not deserve. It is far from one-sided. Many of the people in the film were in favor of the war -- they just were unhappy that the American people and soldiers are being ripped off and unprotected. This is as important a piece of filmmaking as Americans can watch in this period.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Uncovered: The War on Iraq" starts in an unusually calm and measured way for a documentary critical of that particular military adventure. All antiwar docs, it turns out, are not cut from the same cloth. Instead of stentorian rhetoric, this Robert Greenwald-directed film begins quietly, with a group of experts matter-of-factly identifying themselves and stating their bona fides.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
He brought down an American general. He could brutalize his peers. But Michael Hastings was never accused of not telling the truth. And given the outrage that often accompanied the publication of his stories, that's saying something. Hastings is the Buzzfeed reporter and contributing Rolling Stone editor who died early Tuesday in a one-car crash on Highland Avenue in Los Angeles. Video taken just after the crash shows a mangled car fully engulfed in flames. It looks like something out of a war zone, terrain with which Hastings was already quite familiar.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 12, 2004 | Elizabeth Jensen, Times Staff Writer
In a season of politically confrontational movies, documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald is aiming to do to the Fox News Channel what Michael Moore is trying to do to the Bush administration with his "Fahrenheit 9/11." A coalition of liberal-minded groups, led by the political action organizers MoveOn.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 25, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Since 2002, filmmaker-activist Robert Greenwald has made a string of vital feature documentaries, including the trenchant exposés "Uncovered: The War on Iraq" and "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism. " His latest, the brief "War on Whistleblowers: Free Press and the National Security State," although vigorously assembled, proves to have less impact. Here, producer-director Greenwald takes on a big topic, zips through some history (Galileo and Copernicus were early whistle-blowers, Frank Serpico and Karen Silkwood more modern examples)
NEWS
October 19, 2006
Thank you for mentioning "Iraq for Sale" [Screening Room, by Robert Abele, Oct. 12]. I saw the movie last week. It is potent and worth seeing. However, maybe I'm being picky, but the word "screed" has a negative connotation, which this film does not deserve. It is far from one-sided. Many of the people in the film were in favor of the war -- they just were unhappy that the American people and soldiers are being ripped off and unprotected. This is as important a piece of filmmaking as Americans can watch in this period.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Producer-director Robert Greenwald has the soul of an 18th century political pamphleteer. An issue burns a hole in his pocket, and he just has to take it on, the sooner the better. But although someone like Thomas Paine wrote pamphlets such as "Common Sense," Greenwald makes films. As hard-hitting and as fast as he can. "Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers" is the sixth of these films Greenwald has produced since 2002.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2005 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Documentarian Robert Greenwald makes no secret about where his allegiances lie. The filmmaker has skewered the Bush administration for embarking on the war in Iraq, the Republican Party for alleged malfeasance in the 2000 presidential election, and Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel, whose take on current events, he claims, is far from "fair and balanced." Now he's taking aim at what he calls a "bipartisan" target: the Wal-Mart chain, which, with 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 8, 2004 | Kevin Crust, Times Staff Writer
Three new documentaries -- "Unconstitutional: The War on Our Civil Liberties," "Unprecedented: The 2000 Election (2004 Campaign Edition)" and "Soldiers Pay" -- take the Bush administration to task on the Patriot Act, the manner in which it took office and the war in Iraq, respectively. Nonny de la Pena's "Unconstitutional" focuses on what the filmmaker contends is widespread abuse of civil liberties carried out in the wake of the USA Patriot Act and other administration policies.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 27, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
"Uncovered: The War on Iraq" starts in an unusually calm and measured way for a documentary critical of that particular military adventure. All antiwar docs, it turns out, are not cut from the same cloth. Instead of stentorian rhetoric, this Robert Greenwald-directed film begins quietly, with a group of experts matter-of-factly identifying themselves and stating their bona fides.
NEWS
November 13, 2003 | Gayle Pollard-Terry, Times Staff Writer
Those moviegoers waiting in line for hours at a Santa Monica theater Tuesday night weren't queuing up for the final installment of the "Matrix" trilogy. They couldn't wait to get into the screening of "Uncovered: The Whole Truth About the Iraq War," filmmaker Robert Greenwald's new documentary. Unlike the glitzy premieres last week in Washington, D.C.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 9, 2005 | Elaine Dutka, Times Staff Writer
Documentarian Robert Greenwald makes no secret about where his allegiances lie. The filmmaker has skewered the Bush administration for embarking on the war in Iraq, the Republican Party for alleged malfeasance in the 2000 presidential election, and Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Channel, whose take on current events, he claims, is far from "fair and balanced." Now he's taking aim at what he calls a "bipartisan" target: the Wal-Mart chain, which, with 1.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 6, 2004 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
With Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" confounding all prognosticators with its record $100-million-plus take at the box office, it's no surprise that Robert Greenwald's "Outfoxed: Rupert Murdoch's War on Journalism" has decided to join it on theatrical screens mere weeks after debuting at the top of Amazon's DVD bestseller list.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 18, 2004 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
Before Sept. 11, director-producer Robert Greenwald was churning out TV movies infused with social messages -- spousal abuse in "The Burning Bed," alcoholism in "Shattered Spirits," teen pregnancy in "Daddy" -- and a few feature films, such as the Abbie Hoffman biopic "Steal This Movie." Like much of liberal Hollywood, he also helped support social programs on the side such as those that address gang violence or runaways.
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