…our collective ass.
"The seventh-biggest Wednesday bow of all time," you know how that sounds? Weak. Seventh? The box office is in trouble, ‘berg, and you were suppose to save it. $21.3 million on Wednesday? That’s, like, so much pocket change to us. We scoff at your $21.3 mill and your attempt to make a socially aware (maybe?) blockbuster. Perhaps you should go back to making Oscar bait.
Well, actually, both David M. Halbfinger at the New York Times and Rachel Abramowitz at the LA Times had the same thought, turning their eyes to the future with fairly similar articles about Spielberg’s next film, which he’s already begun shooting, an as-yet-untitled film about the aftermath of the killing of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Based on a screenplay by "Angels in America" playwright Tony Kushner (his first), the film is already controversial for focusing on Israel’s retaliation to the massacre, a series of assassinations of targeted Palestinians identified as terrorists, as ordered by Prime Minister Golda Meir.
[T]he movie’s terrain is so packed with potential land mines that, associates say, Mr. Spielberg has sought counsel from advisers ranging from his own rabbi to the former American diplomat Dennis Ross, who in turn has alerted Israeli government officials to the film’s thrust. Mr. Spielberg has also shown the script to Mr. Ross’s old boss, former President Bill Clinton…Mr. Spielberg is also being advised by Mike McCurry, Mr. Clinton’s White House spokesman, and Allan Mayer, a Hollywood spokesman who specializes in crisis communications.
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