‘Facebook a gift to intelligence agencies’ – Laura Poitras

 

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Investigative journalist Laura Poitras says she is worried about intelligence agencies using the all-too-easily-accessible data gathered from social networks – as people share their personal information voluntarily and governments only need to ask.

Poitras, who helped NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden expose illegal activities of the organization, still believes that people should be worried about the amount of power governments have to conduct surveillance searches of what they are doing online.

“Facebook is a gift to intelligence agencies. People volunteer all their social information,” she told the Washington Post in an interview.

Users should be wary about the information that the likes of Facebook and Google have compiled on them, Poitras warns. Still she does believe that these technology companies pose less of a threat than governments.

“On technology companies, we should be concerned, but we are consenting to that relationship – and they don’t have the same powers. They can help the government find out who your sources are, but they don’t have the power to investigate people,” she said.

READ MORE: Defiant Apple, Facebook, other firms to inform public of govt surveillance requests

To try and overcome the problem of unwanted government surveillance, she advocates the greater use of encryption tools, especially for journalists, but does understand that they can often be hard to use for those without specialist knowledge of computer systems. Poitras told the Washington Post she believes this could change in the future.

Laura Poitras.(Reuters / Eduardo Munoz )

Laura Poitras.(Reuters / Eduardo Munoz )

“I think what we’re going to see is a market for privacy that’s going to emerge. I think technology companies will come forward and offer tools that are easier to use. I mean, [email encryption tool] PGP is not easy, but it could be, and I think it will be,” she said.

The investigative journalist also touched on the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which was setup in December 2012 to support free speech and the freedom of the press. It also offers encryption tools, which can be downloaded online, as well as a service called SecureDrop.

READ MORE: Facebook demands DEA stop using fake profiles in investigations

SecureDrop is an open-source whistleblower submission system, which any news organization can install to securely receive information and documents from whistleblowers and sources, according to the Foundation’s website. She also says that the organization can give guidance on what products can be trusted and which should be avoided.

“I think one of the really exciting things about the organization is that we have a technology board who has all sorts of experience in the free software movement who actually know how to determine what are the good forms of encryption and how to handle peer review,” Poitras added.

Poitras also talked about the release of her new film, Citzenfour, which potrays the eight days that she spent in Hong Kong with Snowden, after he began leaking sensitive NSA documents. The film opened on Friday in selected cinemas in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles.

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Trent Reznor’s score for Gone Girl recorded with live orchestra

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Trent Reznor’s score for Gone Girl recorded with live orchestra, inspired by “really terrible” massage parlor music

Trent Reznor has divulged details of his soundtrack to David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl, in an extensive new interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Gone Girl marks the third collaboration between Reznor and Fincher, who previously teamed on 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The former earned Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross an Oscar for Best Original Score, while the latter was nominated for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes.

Fincher’s latest film, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thriller, stars Ben Affleck as the primary suspect in the murder investigation of his wife (played by Rosamund Pike). For the corresponding soundtrack, Reznor said Fincher asked him to “think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors. The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.”

The resulting score, according to The Wall Street Journal, is “composed of lilting, haunting synths interspersed with doleful piano melodies and accentuated by the orchestral arrangements.” It marks the first time Reznor recorded with a live orchestra.

The article goes on to describe the musicians’ writing process. Unlike most other film composers, who create music for the film once its complete, Reznor and Ross “often begin talking about the role of music with Fincher even before the first scene has been shot, so that their score evolves in tandem with the movie’s production, operating like an alternate script that shapes the direction of the film as it is in turn shaped by the film.”

The Journal relays an example from The Social Network of how Fincher trimmed 10 minutes off of a scene in order to fit Reznor’s vision.

Gone Girl is set to hit theaters on October 3rd. Presumably, the soundtrack will be released around the same time. Below, watch the film’s trailer.

Gone Girl | Vow TV Spot [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Published on Aug 25, 2014

GONE GIRL — directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn — unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

In Theaters – October 3, 2014

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Scoot McNairy, Neil Patrick Harris

David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ to Open 52nd New York Film Festival

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‘Social Network’ director’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestseller will premiere at fest’s opening night

David Fincher’s Gone Girl, his adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s bestselling thriller about a husband suspected of murdering his missing wife, will kick off the 52nd New York Film Festival. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris and Tyler Perry, is scheduled make its world premiere as the festival’s opening-night selection on September 26th.

Gone Girl is so many things at once,” NYFF Director Kent Jones said in a press release.    “[It’s] sharp as a razor about many aspects of American life that have been untouched by movies, very tough and just as funny, brilliantly acted, and 100% entertaining — a wild ride from start to finish…directed by one of the best filmmakers alive. I’m so proud to have the world premiere of this film as our opening night.”

This is not the first time that Fincher has supplied the festival with a film for its first-night slot; The Social Network, his Oscar-nominated take on the origins of Facebook, kicked off the NYFF with its world premiere in 201o. The festival has long been a launching pad for awards-season hopefuls and big-name fall releases, especially in terms of its opening selections: Pulp Fiction opened the festival in 1995; Clint Eastwood’s Mystic River in 2003; Ang Lee’s Life of Pi in 2012; and Paul Greengrass’ Captain Philips in 2013.

The rest of the New York Film Festival’s lineup is expected to be announced within the next month. Gone Girl will hit theaters on October 3rd.

Gone Girl – Das perfekte Opfer – (engl.)

Something’s afoot in the first trailer for David Fincher’s upcoming mystery thriller, Gone Girl, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel of the same name. The new clip finds Ben Affleck as Nick Dunne, reeling in the aftermath of the disappearance of his wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), amidst search parties, candlelight vigils and incessant television coverage. The mood, however, soon shifts when we’re shown shots of the couple fighting and detectives scouring the Dunne residence for clues. The clip ends with a smarmy sounding Nick telling a TV interviewer: “I did not kill my wife. I am not a murderer.”

While Elvis Costello’s devotional “She” provides the trailer with its eerily fitting soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross are behind Gone Girl‘s score. Over on the film’s website, you can get a taste of the duo’s latest collaboration, a serene but disconcerting ambience of woodwind-like synths. The full soundtrack and score will be available this fall; Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3rd.

Reznor and Ross have scored two other Fincher films in the past: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for which they picked up a Golden Globe nod, and The Social Network
, which earned the pair an Oscar for Best Original Score. In other Fincher-related news, the director will no longer helm the upcoming Steve Jobs biopic that would have reunited him with Social Network writer Aaron Sorkin and producer Scott Rudin, according to The Hollywood Reporter. During negotiations, Fincher was reportedly seeking $10 million up front in fees, as well as significant control over marketing, like he was given for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. But that number did not jive with the film’s studio, Sony, who are looking to be more fiscally responsible after a disappointing 2013. Fincher could re-enter negotiations, but an industry source said he would have to scale back that $10 million, calling the figure “ridiculous,” and adding: “You’re not doing Transformers here. You’re not doing Captain America. This is quality — it’s not screaming commerciality. He should be rewarded in success but not up front.”

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While Elvis Costello’s devotional “She” provides the trailer with its eerily fitting soundtrack, Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and longtime collaborator Atticus Ross are behind Gone Girl‘s score. Over on the film’s website, you can get a taste of the duo’s latest collaboration, a serene but disconcerting ambience of woodwind-like synths. The full soundtrack and score will be available this fall; Gone Girl hits theaters on October 3rd.

Reznor and Ross have scored two other Fincher films in the past: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, for which they picked up a Golden Globe nod, and The Social Network, which earned the pair an Oscar for Best Original Score.

Video: James Franco Talks ‘Palo Alto’ and River Phoenix

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Palo Alto
Gia Coppola, 2013
USA | Format: DCP | 98 minutes

Artistic Teddy (Jack Kilmer, son of Val) cannot articulate his feelings for April (Emma Roberts, niece of Julia), who fills the void left by her distracted parents via a relationship with her soccer coach (James Franco.) Meanwhile, the erratic behavior of Fred (Nat Wolff), Teddy’s best friend with father issues of his own, spirals increasingly out of control when faced with the prospect of being left behind, as school “slut” Emily (Zoe Levin) searches for love the only way she knows how.

Adapted from the short story collection by James Franco, writer-director Gia Coppola (granddaughter of Francis, niece of Sofia) connects the lives of these affluent but troubled teens in this mesmerizingly assured debut. Combating listlessness and uncertainty with sex, drugs, and acts of self-destruction, the kids of Palo Alto exist beyond the film’s titular California city—they’re in every high school in America.

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“A formidable debut that shows amazing promise, and care.” —Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment

“One of the best movies ever made about high school life in America.” —David Ehrlich, Film.com

“Luminous… Coppola is a talent to watch.” —Jon Frosch, The Atlantic

Venue: Walter Reade Theater, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center

 

 

James Franco recently stopped by the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a Q&A following a screening of Palo Alto, the debut feature by Gia Coppola based on his book of short stories. The movie also stars Franco, along with Emma Roberts, Nat Wolff, and Jack Kilmer (son of Val, who also makes an appearance).

April (Roberts) deals with her parents’ neglect by entertaining advances from her soccer coach (Franco). Meanwhile, troubled teen Teddy (Jack Kilmer) can’t bring himself to confess his feelings for April, and constantly gets into trouble with erratic best friend Fred (Wolff).  Each teen deals with coming-of-age in Palo Alto the best way they know how—which isn’t always best. The film, which screened at the Venice, Telluride, Toronto International, and Tribeca Film Festivals, gained attention with its show of promise from first-time director Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford).

Franco discussed the inspiration for his book, based on stories from his own upbringing in the affluent title city in Northern California. He also talked about the process of collaborating with Coppola to adapt the book into a film. Of course, this wouldn’t be a James Franco interview if it didn’t touch upon any of his other ambitious projects. But you’ll have to watch for yourself to hear about those…

Live: Catch Goldfrapp on ‘Tales of Us’ 2014 Tour

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‘Tales of Us’ is a unique cinema event marking the return of one of music’s most breathtaking and critically acclaimed artists. A never before seen film inspired by the remarkable new album, followed by an intimate live performance exclusively for cinema audiences, results in a stunning state of the art audio and visual cinema experience. Coming to cinemas worldwide with recorded screenings for a limited time only.

 

 

 

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