Entertainment: Movies with a Message

ONE HOLLYWOOD PRODUCER HAS HIGH HOPES HIS FILMS WILL CHANGE THE WORLD

By the time Jeff Skoll, CEO of the newly formed film company Participant Productions, got the script for Good Night, and Good Luck--about the showdown between heralded 1950s news anchor Edward R. Murrow and infamous communist witch hunter Joseph McCarthy--it had been turned down by every studio in Hollywood. "Once I started to learn about McCarthyism and about what Murrow did, the story struck me as very relevant to what's going on today with this Administration and things like the Patriot Act," says Canadian-born Skoll. Nonetheless, Skoll also passed on making the script, which George Clooney had originally cowritten as a...

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