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Rod Lurie (born 1962) is an American director, screenwriter and former film critic. The son of internationally syndicated cartoonist Ranan Lurie, he was born in Israel but moved to the United States at a young age, growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut and Honolulu, Hawaii. Graduating from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984, he served in the U.S. Army as an Air Defense Artillery officer, then became an entertainment reporter and film critic, including stints at Channel 12 in Fairfield, Connecticut, the New York Daily News, Premiere, Movieline, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles magazine, and talk radio shows at KMPC and KABC, where his tactical on-air bets with Martin Landau, Mel Gibson and James Cameron that they would win the Oscar resulted in them having to "pay up" at the Academy Awards ceremony by publicly thanking him in their acceptance speeches. 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1962 calendar). ... The film director, on the right, gives last minute direction to the cast and crew, whilst filming a costume drama on location in London. ... Screenwriters, scenarists or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Film criticism is the analysis and evaluation of films. ... Ranan Lurie (born 1932) is an Israeli and American editorial cartoonist and journalist, a Senior Associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and the editor of Cartoon News magazine. ... Greenwich is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut. ... Honolulu redirects here. ... West Point redirects here. ... West Point painting West Point is a federal military base (and a census-designated place) located in the Town of Highlands in Orange County, New York. ... The Army is the branch of the United States armed forces which has primary responsibility for land-based military operations. ... American troops man an anti-aircraft gun near the Algerian coastline in 1943 Anti-aircraft, or air defense, is any method of combating military aircraft from the ground. ... Fairfield is a town located in Fairfield County, Connecticut, about five miles southwest of Bridgeport on the Gold Coast of Connecticut. ... Daily News Building, Raymond Hood, architect, rendering by Hugh Ferriss. ... KMPC-1540 KMPC-1540 is known to the Los Angeles and Orange County area as 1540: The Ticket. It is owned and operated by the radio division of the Sporting News magazine, although much of the networks daily programming doesnt air on the station, except in certain situations. ... KABC is the callsign of the American Broadcasting Companys three flagship broadcast stations in Los Angeles: KABC AM, 790 kHz KABC-TV, channel 7 (DTV 53) KABC-FM 95. ... Martin Landau in North by Northwest. ... Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson (born January 3, 1956) is an Academy Award–winning American actor, director and producer best known for acting in the Mad Max movie series, the Lethal Weapon series, acting in and directing the Academy Award–winning Braveheart and directing the 2004 blockbuster The Passion of the... James Cameron from Ghosts of the Abyss James Cameron (born August 16, 1954) is a three-time academy award winning American film director noted for his action/science fiction films, which are often extremely successful financially. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent film awards in the United States and most watched awards ceremony in the world. ...


As an investigative reporter in the entertainment industry, his discovery of unethical and illegal practices at tabloid newspapers gained him national exposure on programs such as 60 Minutes, Entertainment Tonight, Larry King Live, Nightline, and Geraldo. His irreverent style, however (he once described Danny DeVito as a "testicle with arms"), often raised controversy and got him banned from screenings. Sixty Minutes was also the replacement for the BBC current affairs programme Nationwide. ... Larry King Live is a nightly CNN interview program hosted by broadcaster and writer Larry King. ... Nightline is a late-night hard news program broadcast by ABC in the United States, and has a franchised formula to other networks and stations elsewhere in the world. ... Geraldo Rivera on the Fox News Channel in 2004. ... Danny DeVito as Louie in Taxi. ...


In 1995, his book, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood: Moviemaking, Con Games, and Murder in Glitter City, was published. ...


Lurie's first foray into filmmaking, as writer and director, was the low-budget political thriller Deterrence (1999), with Kevin Pollak as the first Jewish President of the United States. His second was the critically acclaimed The Contender (2000), written for Joan Allen and co-starring Gary Oldman and Jeff Bridges. His next effort (directing only), The Last Castle (2001) with Robert Redford and James Gandolfini, was a commercial failure; as was Line of Fire, his 2003-04 TV series about the FBI's Richmond, Virginia office, starring David Paymer as a mob boss. Deterrence ALOHA!! is a means of controlling a persons behavior through negative motivational influences, namely fear of punishment. ... Kevin E. Pollak (born October 30, 1957 in San Francisco, California) is an American actor and comedian. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination of these attributes. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... For the reality television series of the same name, see The Contender (television series). ... Joan Allen in a scene from The Contender Joan Allen (b. ... Gary Oldman Gary Oldman (born March 21, 1958) is an English actor, born Leonard Gary Oldman in New Cross, London, England. ... Jeff as The Dude in The Big Lebowski. ... The Last Castle is a 2001 movie starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. ... Robert Redford Charles Robert Redford Jr. ... James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano James Gandolfini (born September 18, 1961) is an American actor of Italian descent. ... Line of Fire is a political drama television series that was broadcast on ABC for 11 episodes in the winter of 2003-2004. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Flag Seal Nickname: River City Motto: Sic Itur Ad Astra Location Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates , Government Country State County United States Virginia Independent City Mayor L. Douglas Wilder Geographical characteristics Area     City 62. ... David Paymer (born 30 August 1954) is an American actor, seen in such films as The In-Laws, Crazy People, State and Main, Payback, Get Shorty, Carpool, City Hall, and Into the West. ... Organized crime is crime carried out systematically by formal criminal organizations. ...


Lurie is currently working on Resurrecting the Champ, a boxing drama, as well serving as creator and executive producer of Commander in Chief, starring Geena Davis as America's first female President. Commander in Chief is a television drama focusing on the presidential administration and family of Mackenzie Allen (portrayed by Geena Davis), the first female President of the United States(Higly unlikely), who ascends to the role after the previous chief executive, Teddy Bridges (played by Will Lyman), dies in office... Virginia Elizabeth Geena Davis is a Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Motto: (1789 to 1956) (Latin for Out of many, one) In God We Trust (1956 to present) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City Official language(s) None at federal level; English (de facto) Government Federal Republic  - President George W. Bush (R)  - Vice... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ...


Lurie places sly tributes to his alma mater in his shows: Deterrence had an aide-de-camp to the President admitting he had to settle for the United States Air Force Academy because he couldn't get into West Point; also, the aide's name was Nick Coddington who was one of Lurie's roommates at West Point. The characters of President Jackson Evans (The Contender), prison inmate Lt. Gen. Eugene Irwin (The Last Castle), FBI agent Paige Van Doren (Line of Fire), and Vice Presidential nominee Gen. (ret.) Warren Keaton (Commander in Chief) are all notional graduates of the "Long Gray Line". Deterrence ALOHA!! is a means of controlling a persons behavior through negative motivational influences, namely fear of punishment. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, (, ), is an institution for the undergraduate education of officers in the United States Air Force. ... The presidential seal was used by President Hayes in 1880 and last modified in 1959 by adding the 50th star for Hawaii. ... For the reality television series of the same name, see The Contender (television series). ... The Last Castle is a 2001 movie starring Robert Redford and James Gandolfini. ... The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is a Federal police force which is the principal investigative arm of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). ... Line of Fire is a political drama television series that was broadcast on ABC for 11 episodes in the winter of 2003-2004. ... The Vice President of the United States is the second-highest executive official of the United States government. ... A Commander-in-Chief is the commander of a nations military forces or significant element of those forces. ... West Point redirects here. ...


Lurie lives in Pasadena, California, with his wife, Gretchen, and their two children, Hunter and Paige. Pasadena is a city located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. ...


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Rod Lurie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (393 words)
Rod Lurie (born 1962) is an American director, screenwriter and former film critic.
Lurie's first foray into filmmaking, as writer and director, was the low-budget political thriller Deterrence (1999), with Kevin Pollak as the first Jewish President of the United States.
Lurie places sly tributes to his alma mater in his shows: Deterrence had an aide-de-camp to the President admitting he had to settle for the United States Air Force Academy because he couldn't get into West Point; also, the aide's name was Nick Coddington who was one of Lurie's roommates at West Point.
Rod Lurie @ Filmbug (427 words)
Rod Lurie wrote and directed last year's widely praised political thriller The Contender, starring Joan Allen as a senator whose confirmation as Vice President is threatened by rumors of a sexual indiscretion in her past.
Lurie's upcoming projects include the thriller Scenes of the Crime," starring Jeff Bridges and Noah Wyle, on which he serves as a producer.
Lurie graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1984 and went on to serve for four years as a Combat Arms Officer in the U.S. Army.
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