Tuesday, October 23, 2012

NEWSLETTER 10.23.2012: Atlas Shrugged Part II Behind the Scenes; Hot in the Gulch

"I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine." - Ayn Rand

Go Behind the Scenes of Atlas Shrugged Part II

Follow Director John Putch, actors Esai Morales (Frisco) and Jason Beghe (Hank), and the rest of the Atlas Shrugged Part II cast and crew, as we go behind the scenes at Rearden Steel.

Hot in the Gulch

Every week we'll be pointing out some of the hottest conversations happening in The Gulch. If you haven't visited in a while, it's definitely that time.
The Debate Continues (posted by user XenokRoy)
Gulch residents began a discussion a few days ago about what to expect from the 3rd Presidential Debate. The Debate didn't end on the stage.
The Gulch Community Discusses Part II (posted by LetsShrug)
A Gulch member posts a review after seeing Part 2 and the discussion explodes.
Find theaters and showtimes now
Atlas Shrugged Part II is still in theaters. Find tickets and showtimes now.

There's Still Time to Be Part of Atlas Shrugged History

There's still time but you're going to have move quickly. The Atlas Shrugged theatrical run will be over soon!
Get to the theater this week, find the Atlas Shrugged Part II movie poster, say "I am John Galt!", and you might just find yourself on the Atlas Shrugged Part 2 DVD & Blu-ray.

Atlas Shrugged Part II - Behind the Scenes at the Rearden Steel Factory

Saturday, October 20, 2012

NEWSLETTER 10.19.2012: Be Part of Atlas Shrugged History

"Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark. In the hopeless swamps of the not quite, the not yet, and the not at all, do not let the hero in your soul perish and leave only frustration for the life you deserved, but never have been able to reach. The world you desire can be won, it exists, it is real, it is possible, it is yours." - Ayn Rand

Atlas Shrugged Part II Barrels into Week 2
It's week two of the Atlas Shrugged Part II theatrical run and the Taggart Comet is still going strong. Atlas is still in close to 1000 theaters so get your friends and family together and get to the theater while there's still time to crash land in the Gulch!

Find theaters and showtimes now.

Be Part of Atlas Shrugged History
For the Atlas Shrugged Part 1 DVD, we asked you to get in front of your camera and say "I AM JOHN GALT?" We then compiled those videos and coupled them with the official movie soundtrack to create a truly unique DVD & Blu-ray special feature that will last forever.

We're doing it again.

Find out how you can go to the theater this weekend and be on the upcoming Atlas Shrugged Part 2 DVD.

Friday, October 19, 2012

20th Century Fox to Bring Atlas Shrugged Part 2 to DVD and Blu-Ray 2013

Atlas Distribution Company signs with 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

(Hollywood, CA) – October 19, 2012 – Atlas Distribution Company announced today it has signed a distribution deal with Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation for the Spring 2013 release of ATLAS SHRUGGED: PART 2 on Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Download and Video on Demand.

ATLAS SHRUGGED PART II is set in a near future dystopian USA with a global economy on the brink of collapse - unemployment at 24% and gas at $42 per gallon - and brilliant creators, from artists to industrialists, continuing to mysteriously disappear at the hands of the unknown.

“With Atlas Shrugged Part 2 now playing in theaters all across the country, we wanted to give Fox a head start in creating and marketing the DVD for release in Spring 2013. Fox has been a great partner and we’re looking forward to working with them again.” stated Producer Harmon Kaslow.

Ayn Rand’s 1,100 page novel is being distributed by Atlas Distribution Company as a trilogy following the three part structure outlined in the bestselling book. Atlas Shrugged Part 1 is currently available on DVD, and Atlas Shrugged Part 2 hit more than 1,000 theaters on October 12th, 2012.

Theaters and showtimes for Part 2 can be found at the movie’s official website: http://www.atlasshruggedmovie.com/theaters

For the deal, David Bixler and Harris Kane represented Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, and John Aglialoro, Harmon Kaslow and Roger Arar represented Atlas Distribution Company. Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation also handled the DVD distribution for Atlas Shrugged Part 1.

About Atlas Distribution Company
Atlas Distribution Company was formed by John Aglialoro as a motion picture studio to produce and distribute films including those based on Ayn Rand’s epic novel, Atlas Shrugged. For more information, visit http://www.atlasshruggedmovie.com.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Good Ideas Are Not For Everyone

Good Ideas Are Not For Everyone
By John Aglialoro

In three weeks we will be voting in, what many consider, the most important election of our lifetime, the 2012 Presidential election. If you’re reading this article, chances are you’ve already made up your mind who you’ll be voting for. Good. But, what about your friends and family who haven’t? Are you going to take the time to talk to them about their vote?

I would suggest you do - just not all of them.

When Mitt Romney chose Congressman Paul Ryan as his running mate, the media exploded in unison with critical stories of the Wisconsin representative’s appreciation of Ayn Rand - the author of, according to a 1991 survey done by the Library of Congress, one of the most influential books ever written, Atlas Shrugged.

A sample of the detractors’ criticisms...

What made her books controversial is … an extremist vision of America that celebrated greed and selfishness...” - Gary Weiss, CNN

Really? Well... that just sounds horrible. I too would take issue with this author. The thing is, I can’t figure out which book he’s referring to - and I’ve read most everything Ayn Rand wrote.

This is the problem with most, if not all, of the Left’s arguments. Their arguments are rarely anchored in reality, or on what they’ve read themselves, or on any type of empirical evidence or data. Their arguments are founded primarily on assumption and their emotional response to those assumptions.

So, how do we combat an emotional response to a false premise egged on by the refusal to think for oneself critically? Ayn Rand once said, “Reason is not automatic. Those who deny it cannot be conquered by it. Leave them alone.

Was Ayn Rand suggesting that we simply remove ourselves from the discussion entirely? No. What Ayn Rand was suggesting is that we don’t waste our time trying to convince the inconvincible, e.g., Gary Weiss is not interested in having a rational discussion - he’s looking to enforce a position. There is no conversation to be had.

There’s a wonderful quote from Atlas Shrugged: “When I disagree with a rational man, I let reality be our final arbiter; if I am right, he will learn; if I am wrong, I will; one of us will win, but both will profit.” This is where our fight is - the mind of the rational man and rational woman.

You have friends, family, and co-workers, who will not listen to reason and will be voting November 6th. Identify them but do not waste your time. You will not influence them. Who we must focus on however are those individuals that, although tending to lean on their emotions, are ready and willing to engage in serious rational discourse. They are the undecided, the concerned, the curious and they understand that their vote counts. They want to understand the issues and they want to make the right decision.

Find the time to take them to lunch. Invite them to dinner. Take them to a movie (Atlas Shrugged Part 2!). Talk to them.

Talk to them about the fact that there are now 47 million American citizens on food stamps - more than a 60% increase in beneficiaries in the past three and a half years. Talk to them about the fact that only 53% of Americans pay income tax. Talk to them about the facts and only the facts.  

Ask them what their priorities are in life. Ask them what their major concerns are. Ask them what they think the solutions are. Chances are, they are already very close to finding the answers themselves. All that may be required at this point, is the gentle hand of clarity reinforced by some succinct elucidation.

Here is the most important thing to remember: good ideas are not for everyone. They’re only for those actually interested in ideas to begin with.

Recently, my producing partner Harmon Kaslow was asked whom Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged would appeal to:

"While Ayn Rand’s heroes speak to the individual in all of us, they do not speak for everyone. Ayn Rand’s heroes are men and women from all walks of life - sculptors, musicians, plumbers, steel workers, architects, industrialists - if you enjoy your work and do it well, if you constantly strive to be better, if you work hard every day, you will LOVE Atlas.
“However, if you feel a sense of entitlement - as in the government owes you something - simply because you exist, Atlas [Shrugged] is not a story for you. You are whom we are warning against."

There are those that want to hear our ideas and those that don’t want to hear any ideas. Know the difference and you might just have a shot at making a difference.

The truth is not for all men, but only for those who seek it.” - Ayn Rand.

John Aglialoro is the Producer of Atlas Shrugged Part 1 and Atlas Shrugged Part 2.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NEWSLETTER 10.16.2012: Atlas Shrugged Part II Ticket Offer; ASP1 Live Stream

Regal Cinemas Exclusive ASP2 Offer

For those of you heading out to the theaters this weekend to see Atlas Shrugged Part 2 for the first time, or for those of you looking to see Atlas Shrugged Part 2 again, Regal Cinemas is offering a "Buy Two Get Three" tickets exclusive to Atlas Shrugged fans.

Join Us Wednesday for a Live Streaming Event Featuring Atlas Shrugged Part I

Join us this Wednesday, October 17th, at 8:00 PM ET for a live streaming event that will include a never before seen 20 minute behind-the-scenes featurette from Atlas Shrugged Part 2 followed by the full length feature film, Atlas Shrugged Part 1 with a special introduction from Producer Harmon Kaslow!

So you want to help get the word out about Atlas Shrugged 2?

Thank you all for the incredible outpouring of support this weekend. We've heard from so many of you asking how you can help get the word out that we decided to drop into this week's newsletter a quick and easy way that you too can get involved and make a difference.
We've authored a simple email that you can send to your friends and family to help spread the word and fill the seats. All you need to do is click on the link below, fill out the "To" field and hit send...

Friday, October 12, 2012


Our friends at FreedomWorks have invited us to take part in their upcoming "FreePac" event at the Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ, Saturday October 13th 2012.

We're looking for a few volunteers to join us and help hand out t-shirts and posters. You may even run into one of the Producers of the Atlas Shrugged Part 2 movie...

Come on out and join us for what is sure to be a fun day.

FreedomWorks "FreePac" Event

Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, October 13th, 2012. 12 PM - 7 PM.

Click here to sign up now.

IMPORTANT: There will be some moderate box lifting so you must be in good physical health. You must provide your own transportation. You will not be monetarily compensated.

Sign up to be an Atlas Shrugged volunteer now.