News Bits: Masculinity, Liminal, Osama, Guardians

Screen Masculinity
For almost a year, Graffiti with Punctuation editor Blake Howard and I have been discussing doing a series of essays about a topic of mutual interest – portrayals of masculinity on screen. The aim is to explore our favorite elements of the topic, to get quite personal and to come up with something hopefully compelling.

That journey continues today with the second piece by myself, arguably one of the most personal pieces of writing I’ve ever done for the site and sets a tone for promising reading to come. I urge you to check out the piece in our features section, or by clicking here and to leave feedback on it if possible.

Fox 2000 has acquired the supernatural psychological thriller “Liminal” with Christopher Landon set to direct. Landon will also write the script based on a story by Adam Robitel. Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson are producing. [Source: Deadline]

Osama’s 11
Studio 8 has acquired the rights to the Daily Beast article “Osama’s 11” and has set “Breaking Bad” scribe George Mastras to pen the script. Lloyd Braun, Andrew Mittman, Dan Halsted and Nate Miller will produce.

Written by Geoff Manaugh, the true story tale deals qith a bank robber who, after being arrested for several bank robberies in Los Angeles, was recruited by the U.S. government to plan bank heists against Al Qaeda. [Source: Variety]

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Chris Pratt has released the second of his Omaze videos promoting the charity contest which will give the winner a behind-the-scenes visit to the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” film set in Atlanta with Pratt serving as your tour guide. The video was shot a while back, right when production on the film was kicking off.