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Jamie Foxx to Star in Bank Robber Drama “Blink”

Jamie Foxx

According to Variety.com, Atlas Entertainment has hired Jamie Foxx to star in Noam Murro’s drama “Blink” with production starting this fall.  Murro will direct from a Black List script written by Hernany Perla.  Atlas Entertainment’s William Green and Aaron Ginsburg are producing with Atlas’ Jake Kurily in place as an executive producer.  Highland Film Group is negotiating international sales at the Cannes Film Festival.

Foxx will play a hospital worker tasked with caring for a mysterious victim of a bank robber. As the two become closer, it’s revealed Foxx’s character has ulterior motives of his own.

Murro recently directed Warner Bros.’ “300: Rise of an Empire,” starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green and Lena Headey.  Academy Award winner Foxx recently starred as villain Electro in “Amazing Spider-Man 2” and updated Daddy Warbucks character Will Stacks in the 2014 “Annie” remake.

article by Lori Lakin Hutcherson (follow @lakinhutcherson)

BOOK REVIEW: Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘David and Goliath’ Champions the Underdog

Malcolm GladwellWhat if we lived in a world where the weak were really strong, and all of our disadvantages could easily become advantages?  In his new book, David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, best-selling writer Malcolm Gladwell (The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers) tells us we’re already living in that kind of world. Even something as debilitating as dyslexia can be an ambitious man’s ticket to success.

“The one trait in a lot of dyslexic people I know is that by the time we got out of college, our ability to deal with failure was very highly developed,” says Gary Cohn, a man of humble origins whose bold decisions take him to the top of the U.S. financial industry. “I wouldn’t be where I am today without my dyslexia.”

Gladwell, a staff writer at the New Yorker, has sold a ton of books explaining seemingly counterintuitive and complex arguments about psychology and the social sciences to a mass audience. In David and Goliath his mission is to show us how our thinking about power, influence and success is often misguided and wrong.  “We have, I think, a very rigid and limited definition of what an advantage is,” Gladwell writes. “When we see the giant, why do we automatically assume the battle is his for the winning?”

As always, Gladwell populates his pages with insights illustrated by one memorable character study and anecdote after another. He can be an efficient and persuasive storyteller, and in this book his cast of “Davids” include French Impressionist painters, undersized basketball players and civil-rights marchers; his “Goliaths” include the French art establishment, basketball traditionalists and segregationist police chiefs.

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