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Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day Edition of KCRWs The Business

Skipping Commercials, forming a Community, GI Joe postponed, War Movies: 'The Tillman Story' and 'The Hurt Locker'

War Movies: 'The Tillman Story' and 'The Hurt Locker'
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For Memorial Day weekend we revisit interviews about two recent war movies: The Tillman Story and The Hurt Locker.

The Tillman Story is the 2010 documentary about Pat Tillman, the former NFL star turned soldier who died in Afghanistan. The original story from the military about Tillman's death turned out to be a fabrication. Filmmaker Amir Bar-Lev made the movie with the Tillman Family, which sought to tell the true story of Tillman's life and death.  The movie was given an R-rating for language. Bar Lev and the Weinstein Company unsuccessfully appealed.

The Hurt Locker was an Iraq war movie that no one in Hollywood wanted to make. Then it went on to hit it big at the Oscars, including winning for Best Picture. We talk with Mark Boal, the reporter-turned-screenwriter who also produced the film and faced many many no's on the road to the screen.

Today's Banter Topics:
- FOX and NBC file lawsuits against Dish Network over Auto-Hop and Dish counter-sues. Massive e-mail and blog auto robot responses. Free TV is not will programs be paid for?
- Sony Pictures Television fires Dan Harmon off of Community, the NBC show he created. Harmon vents on his blog. Will Community survive without its creative center?
- Paramount Pictures pushes GI Joe from its planned 2012 release to next year. 3D and a hot summer of releases by other companies blamed for the delay.
Interstitial music post-Banter:  "Intro" by The XX
Midshow:  "Intro" by The XX
Outro music: "Land of 1000 Dances"
Banner image: Brandon Wade/Getty Images

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