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By Michael P. Orsi
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Topic - Cyrus Nowrasteh
"SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden," a new film about the 2011 military raid that killed the terrorist mastermind, is set to debut on the National Geographic Channel on Nov. 4, two days before the election. The following day, the movie will be available on Netflix.
It turns out Team Obama suddenly wants the 2012 presidential campaign to be about foreign policy rather than the economy. Such a pivot might not be surprising given that by President Obama's own test, he has not cut unemployment to the point where he deserves to be re-elected.
It was practically preordained that Hollywood would greenlight a remake of "Red Dawn." The new film is due out later this year, but MGM's attempt to retell the story in a post-Soviet world, this time with Red China as the aggressor, is already facing its own controversy.
In the wake of this weekend's spate of actual and attempted car-bombings in the United Kingdom, I watched the uncut version of "The Path to 9/11" — ABC's dramatic portrayal of the events that contributed to, and culminated in, the deadliest attacks on U.S. soil to date. As the brilliantly crafted segments (written by Cyrus Nowrasteh) rolled by showing addled thinking, failed policies and missed opportunities to prevent those attacks, I kept thinking: What mistakes are being made today that will form the backdrop to the next, possibly far more horrific, terrorist strikes in this country?
"I think it can have an influence, but it depends on how broad the audience is," says Cyrus Nowrasteh, a screenwriter and the filmmaker behind the 2006 ABC miniseries "The Path to 9/11." "I mean, how many people are going to watch a National Geographic movie?"
Writer-director-producer Cyrus Nowrasteh says foreign sales are always a concern for studios and distributors.