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8/24/2011 George Lucas has been promising to make this movie for several years. He's producing, not directing. From the trailer, it looks like it will be a highly fictionalized story of the 332nd Fighter Group, the famed "Tuskegee Airmen." The first trailer was posted earlier this month.

Here's the second trailer:

Flags of Our Fathers

Flags of Our Fathers Poster

Released in the United States October 20, 2006

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Cast and Crew


The Historical Setting

Fateless (2005)

This Hungarian production is being hailed for its emotional impact on audiences. Based on Nobel laureate Imre Kertesz's novel about Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust, it follows the story of a young boy left behind after the liquidation of the Budapest Ghetto and his incarceration in Auschwitz.

Wikpedia, the Free Encyclopedia: Fateless (film)

IMdB: Fateless

Army of Shadows (L'Armeé des Ombres)

Jean-Pierre Melville's story about the French Resistance was first made in 1969, but it's been released to art houses around the United States. Famous among critics for its sense of fear and terror among the maquis, it is better known for its artistic success than its box office or historical accuracy. Still, it's always interesting to see films about the war from countries that were engaged.


9/5/2006 David Frost will be executive producer, Peter Jackson will direct. Part of the controversy over the use of the word "nigger" is being debated on the web. The original movie used the word as both the name of the squadron mascot and the operation. I doubt Jackson will use that word, as he faced some criticism for his treatment of blacks in both Lord of the Rings and King Kong.


8/14/06 TV Guide magazine is reporting that ABC will proceed with the Flory Van Beek miniseries despite Mel Gibson's "meltdown" (their words.) It is scheduled for 2007.

8/2/06 Gibson's recent drunkeness and supposed antisemitic slurs have led to the cancellation of the project by ABC. Supposedly Gibson's Icon Productions had failed to deliver a script, but we all know that it's because ABC didn't want to take on the storm of protest this project would have received.

Battleship Yamato

11/30/05 This Japanese movie will focus on the death of the Yamato and her crew. On April 6, 1945, the ship was sacrificed in an attempt to stop the invasion of Okinawa. Most of the crew perished. I think the film will be an epitaph for that era, as Yamato means “indomidable Japanese spirit.” She was also the pride of the Nihon Kaigun. I think they will use the ship as a metaphor The Japanese have located the wreck and have explored it numerous times. While I don't speak Japanese, the trailer looks interesting if not a little romantic.

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