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First Look at Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Snowden

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Cute hot pocket Joseph Gordon-Levitt is starring in the upcoming film, Snowden and the first image has been released which you can see above.

Snowden is being directed by Oliver Stone and follows the intriguing story of whistleblower Edward Snowden who changed the world as we know it. As you can see from the released photo, the film apparently doesn’t follow just the iconic figure’s leaking of classified NSA information, but also his time spent in the U.S. military. The film has begun shooting in Munich and will also shoot in various other locations around the world.

The film will release on December 25, 2015.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt to Play Edward Snowden in Film

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt, everyone’s fictional boyfriend, has signed on to play Edward Snowden in an upcoming film from Oliver Stone. Personally, Gordon-Levitt is a bit too… handsome to play Snowden but what can you do.

The news was announced earlier today but very little news about the actual film itself has been revealed. What little information we do have is that the film is based on two books, “The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man” by Luke Harding and “The Time of the Octopus” by Anatoly Kucherena. It is also reported that producers chose Stone as director because the movie needed “an independent in the true sense, where political pressures will not come into play.”

Some were surprised that Laura Poitros was not selected for the directing role. She was responsible for finding Snowden and subsequently documented the events that followed in her film Citizenfour.

There is no word yet on when the film will begin production or who else will star.

Pulitzer Prize Winners Announced

Pulitzer_Prize2This year’s winners of the Pulitzer Prize were officially announced Monday. The Washington Post and the Guardian were among the winners in public service for their role in revealing the massive U.S. government surveillance effort.

The stories are based on thousands of documents handed over by NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

The Boston Globe has also been awarded a Pulitzer Prize in breaking news while The New York Times has won two Pulitzers in photography categories.

You can see the full list of Pulitzer Prize winners below:

JOURNALISM

  • Public ServiceThe Guardian US and The Washington Post
  • Breaking News ReportingThe Boston Globe staff
  • Investigative ReportingChris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, D.C.
  • Explanatory ReportingEli Saslow of The Washington Post
  • Local ReportingWill Hobson and Michael LaForgia of the Tampa Bay Times
  • National ReportingDavid Philipps of The Gazette, Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • International ReportingJason Szep and Andrew R.C. Marshall of Reuters
  • Feature Writing: No award
  • CommentaryStephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press
  • CriticismInga Saffron of The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • Editorial Writing: Editorial staff of The Oregonian, Portland
  • Editorial CartooningKevin Siers of The Charlotte Observer
  • Breaking News PhotographyTyler Hicks of The New York Times
  • Feature PhotographyJosh Haner of The New York Times

LETTERS AND DRAMA

  • FictionThe Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Little, Brown)
  • DramaThe Flick by Annie Baker
  • HistoryThe Internal Enemy: Slavery and War in Virginia, 1772-1832 by Alan Taylor (W.W. Norton)
  • BiographyMargaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
  • Poetry3 Sections by Vijay Seshadri (Graywolf Press)
  • General NonfictionToms River: A Story of Science and Salvation by Dan Fagin (Bantam Books)

MUSIC

  • “Become Ocean” by John Luther Adams, premiered on June 20, 2013, by the Seattle Symphony (Taiga Press/Theodore Front Musical Literature)

NSA Can Listen to Xbox Live Communications

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The NSA controversy just keeps getting deeper. The internet’s BFF, Edward Snowden, has released new documents that reveal that the U.S. and U.K. have the ability to eavesdrop on conversations in Xbox Live, and have even placed agents in games including World of Warcraft and Second Life.

According to information from The Guardian, it appears that government agents of both government’s have been paying close attention to online gaming communities since at least 2008.

A September 2008 memo from the NSA’s UK sister agency GCHQ reveals that the organisation had “successfully been able to get the discussions between different game players on Xbox Live,” while agents were put in both “World of Warcraft” and “Second Life” in a bid to monitor gamers “buddylists and interaction.”

There also seems to be no evidence that these invasions of privacy have been successful in stopping any terrorist plots, an analyst apparently referred to them in a report as offering a “target-rich communications network” where potential threats could “hide in plain sight.”

Microsoft hasn’t commented on the controversy while “World of Warcraft” developer Blizzard told the paper it was “unaware of any surveillance taking place. If it was, it would have been done without our knowledge or permission.”

GCHQ hasn’t confirmed or denied the reporting and have only commented that actions were carried out “in accordance with a strict legal and policy framework which ensures that its activities are authorised, necessary and proportionate, and there is rigorous oversight, including from the secretary of state, the interception and intelligence services commissioners and the Intelligence and Security Committee.”