Monday, September 26, 2011
Confidential was submitted today for consideration for the Pulitzer Prize in the Biography category. Although the book may initially be mistaken for Hollywood fluff, Pulitzers judges will quickly realize the weightiness of the material and the extensive investigative journalism that is at the heart of this project. We thank the judges for their consideration, regardless of outcome.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
reviews Confidential: "
"...The authors write in a punchy, engaging style and offer up many surprises... interesting and well-written.... Readers interested in the gritty minutiae of intelligence and counterintelligence will be fascinated by Milchan’s exploits and vicariously proud of his achievements. Show business junkies, like myself, will be amazed at how many of their favorite movies of the past few years came into being largely as a result of Milchan’s prodigious efforts. Above all, Confidential is a really good read."UPDATE: Far left UK media outlet Counterpunch, is outraged that The New York Times made light of New Corp. Peter Chernin's comments about Arnon Milchan and "weapons of mass destruction.":
The New York Times tried to make light of it, quoting Murdoch’s former lieutenant, Peter Chernin as saying “Never, never tell jokes about a man with easy access to weapons of mass destruction.” How hilarious.
Friday, September 16, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
"Sodot" can now be ordered directly from Amazon and shipped quickly to your destination, worldwide. Thank you for your patience.We are happy to report that Confidential in the Hebrew language will now be available on Amazon. Many Israelis living outside of Israel have expressed frustration that the book is not available in Hebrew at US bookstores. Fortunately,
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Arnon Milchan Has Long Been a Magnet for Conspiracy Theorists & Anti-Semites in the Darkest Corners of the Internet
When we first began our research on Confidential, we immediately discovered that there is an entire subculture on the Internet spewing vile conspiracy theories and classic anti-Semitisim about legendary Hollywood producer Arnon Milchan. Some of these sites go so far as to implicate Mr. Milchan in 9-11, and even in the assassination of JFK (Milchan was in his teens when JFK was assassinated). Of course, the usual “Zionists control the media” assertions are a given with this crowd.
Our two-year journey of interviewing and researching this project revealed that indeed, Mr. Milchan acted in a covert capacity for his country for many years, from the mid 1960’s to the mid 1980’s. We spell out exactly how and when he was recruited, and by whom. We describe in great detail many of his activities… none of which even remotely involve the kinds of wacky conspiracies and vile anti-Semitisim posted all over the internet in relation to Mr. Milchan.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
According to the Associated Press, Israel's channel 10 TV news chief has resigned because his channel agreed to apologize for a report critical of U.S. casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, a close associate of Israel's prime minister and the owner of Sands International, the parent company of the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, with additional huge operations in Macau and Singapore.
The Haaretz newspaper says Adelson threatened to sue Channel 10, partially owned by fellow billionaires Arnon Milchan and Ron Lauder if it didn't apologize for its profile of his [Adelson's] conduct and business dealings. Israeli newspapers on Thursday published a statement by Channel 10's news chief, Reudor Benziman, saying that in his professional capacity, he "cannot live with the apology".
Israel's Channel 10 is owned by Israelis Yossi Maiman and Arnon Milchan, a Hollywood film producer; and Ron Lauder, another U.S. businessman with close ties to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Page 65 of 'Confidential': Spielberg's Munich Captures a Number of Methods Described in 'Confidential', Along With Some Mistakes
In Steven Spielberg's Munich, a number of characters and methods of operations are accurately described. A character very similar to Rafi Eitan is played very well by Geoffrey Rush (1:06). Eitan was indeed a legendary Mossad agent, and was later Arnon Milchan's superior and the head of LAKAM (Science Liaison Bureau), a top secret Israeli intelligence organization unknown to the United States until 1985. From scene 1:04-1:13, Spielberg accurately describes the kind of secret accounts portrayed in Confidential. One unrealistic scene in Munich, is when an accountant demands of the secret agent played by Eric Bana, to keep all of his receipts. A ridicules request because no one would ask their agent to keep an incriminating paper-trail. And secret accounts were not exactly from "taxpayer funds" as described by the accountant in the movie. Confidential reveals real methods of funding. Non-the-less, those who found Munich an interesting movie (based on a true story), will love the non-fiction Confidential.
UPDATE: Arnon Milchan appoints his daughter Alexandra Milchan to the position of Senior Vice President of Productions of New Regency Films.