Spotlight Movie // Shattered Glass

Shattered Glass Cast Fills Out
  Hank Azaria and Rosario Dawson ("Men in Black II") are negotiating to join "Shattered Glass," says The Hollywood Reporter. The film is based on the real-life exploits of discredited journalist Stephen Glass, a wunderkind reporter who violated all that is sacred in journalism by making up quotes and entire stories. Azaria and Dawson will join Hayden Christensen (starring as Glass), Peter Sarsgaard ("K-19"), Steve Zahn ("Joy Ride"), Maggie Gyllenhaal ("40 Days and 40 Nights") and Chloe Sevigny ("Boys Don't Cry").
Posted: 08/11/02

Greg Kinnear Thwarts Journalism Foe
  Greg Kinnear may join Hayden Christensen in the journalism drama "Shattered Glass," says The Hollywood Reporter. Christensen stars as Stephen Glass, a real-life scoundrel who duped a number of prestigious publications with his fabricated articles in the mid-1990s. Kinnear would play the editor of The New Republic.
Posted: 06/20/02

Darth Fibber: Hayden Christensen Circles Disgraced Journalist Role
  Darth Vader-to-be Hayden Christensen is negotiating to play a different kind of villain in "Shattered Glass," reports Variety. The film is based on the true story of 25-year-old hot-shot reporter Stephen Glass, whose meteoric rise in journalism was facilitated by his exceptionally stupid decision to fabricate quotes and sources. Glass' downfall came in 1998 when a story he had written about computer hackers was found to be completely made up. He was subsequently fired from his position as an associate editor at The New Republic.

Rolling Stone, George magazine and other publications were also burned by Glass. For a sense of just how far his nonsense spread, visit A Tissue of Lies.

As you can probably gather, I've got strong opinions about people who take journalism for granted. That being the case, I feel the need to vent. The following paragraph has virtually nothing to do with the movie and is only printed here as a cathartic editorial exercise. Feel free to move along.

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In the worlds of advertising, entertainment, and politics, people make crap up all the time, but journalists who do this kind of thing get blackballed from the industry--and rightfully so. But blackballing isn't enough. If we lived in an eye-for-an-eye society, people of Glass' ilk would be beaten with tightly-rolled editions of the Sunday New York Times, but, alas, the laws of the United States prevent such measures. It only takes one moron like Glass to tarnish the already diminished reputation of journalists (I'll refrain from discussing Matt Drudge less this become a 4,000-word diatribe). Despite the constant barrage of animosity aimed toward the press (and some of it is certainly warranted in this post-Monica world), there are thousands of reporters, editors, and producers who work their butts off every day. I sincerely hope this film doesn't resort to portraying Glass as a wounded hero who, in the end, finds redemption by doing the right thing--whatever the hell that might be. He should have taken a note from the people working around him by doing the right thing to begin with.

And with that, I'll shut up.
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Posted: 05/17/02