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Neal Boortz hosting ‘Atlas Shrugged’ screening

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Neal Boortz, over more than 40 years on the radio, always loved Ayn Rand’s book “Atlas Shrugged” and would cite its virtues (though at times,  he said it was so scary, maybe they shouldn‘t read it.)

Rand’s 1957 opus, which features entrepreneurs fighting against an increasingly oppressive government,  fits Boortz’s worldview.

Boortz, who is heard on more than 250 stations nationwide including 750AM and now 95.5 FM News/Talk WSB, said in an interview this week he was glad to finally see  a film version finally come out. (There are plans for three parts since the book is more than 1,000 pages long.)

Originally, Atlanta was not one of the cities that was going to show the film opening day April 15 so he offered to hold a screening.

About 200 fans who won tickets in a contest will be at Regal Medlock Crossing Stadium Theatre Friday evening. You can buy tickets for other showings at the theater here.

Boortz saw an advance version of the movie and was impressed with the production values.

“It was very surprising,” Boortz said. “For the most part, the acting is good. Some people are going to say the actors are a little two dimensional. But the characters are that way in the book. They are all business in the book and in the movie.”

“Progressives,” he added, “are going to be irritated to no end. They’re going to go nuts.”

Although Boortz thinks anybody will enjoy the film, reading the book first will help.

Boortz said encroaching government regulation stifles business development. He sees Pres. Obama’s health-care changes and the Frank/Dodd financial reform acts as examples of this. “A lot of people are going to say, to hell with it, I’m dropping out,” he said. “That’s basically what happened in ‘Atlas Shrugged.’ ”

He said some politicians are trying to cut back regulations. In Florida, where Boortz lives part-time,  Gov. Rick Scott is trying to drop licensing of interior decorators. But interior decorators are balking, Boortz said, some claiming it will cost tens of thousands of lives since they help make people’s homes safer.  “That’s the type of hyperbole that comes right out of ‘Atlas Shrugged,’ ” he said. “Someone recognizes the onerous regulatory burden, tries to lighten it up, then people get in his face and start screaming.”

Boortz would love to get a part in part two or three of the film – as long as his character doesn’t get killed. (He said he did a few acting roles in the 1970s where his characters died, but when he was told he had to join the Screen Actors Guild, he balked.) He predicts the film will become a cult classic.

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By Rodney Ho, rho@ajc.com, AJCRadioTV blog

17 comments Add your comment

Mindless

April 14th, 2011
1:25 pm

It fits a lot of peoples worldview not just Boortz…..reality has a tendency to do that.

Im luvin it

April 14th, 2011
1:48 pm

They dropped the “AND NOW 95.5 FM” a few weeks a go.

Jim

April 14th, 2011
4:14 pm

hmm, interesting that Rusty Humphries, heard 3-6 on 640 WGST and NOW on 640 WGST, is also promoting the movie on his show and giving away a bunch of tickets. No word of that here. WSB is owned by who? Rodney works for who? Interesting indeed.

Wazineh Suleiman

April 14th, 2011
4:53 pm

Oh, yeah. Can someone help me pronounce my first and last names?

SnideWizard

April 14th, 2011
8:36 pm

As a creative person, when will Boortz take a cue from Rand and go on strike?

tvBoy

April 14th, 2011
9:04 pm

rodney i’m hearing ‘the mark arum show’ tonight on am 750 and NOW 95.5 fm news talk wsb. where is erik erickson?

tvBoy

April 14th, 2011
9:18 pm

never mind – erik says he’ll b back friday on his twitter page

Rodney Ho

April 14th, 2011
10:55 pm

@tvBoy. Probably on vacation if it’s Mark subbing in.

Rodney Ho

April 14th, 2011
11:20 pm

@Jim. No conspiracy here Jimbo! I just didn’t know Rusty was doing that. Someone sent me a note about Neal’s promotion, else I wouldn’t have known about it either.

2nd Cup

April 15th, 2011
10:07 am

7% at Rotten Tomatoes. That’s enough to keep me from shelling out $10.50 to watch doggerel made for Tea Partiers to suckle.

Tomato

April 15th, 2011
10:47 am

Oh, well if it only got 7% on Rotten Tomatoes then it MUST be crap. Mindless drone.

Blssful

April 15th, 2011
5:21 pm

Best description ever: “There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old’s life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs.”

tore

April 15th, 2011
9:20 pm

I would like to see a reverse Atlas Shrugged, where we tell all the multi national corporations to go f*ck themselves.

nativeatlantan

April 16th, 2011
8:25 pm

tore – atlas shrugged is precisely about what happens when the multi national corporations are told to go do that – give it a read.

tore

April 17th, 2011
8:20 am

Hey native I did, and it was probably the most poorly written book I have read. Most jobs are not provided by these multi national corps. They are provided by small business’ that are gobbled up by your hero’s and then sent over seas for less wages. Wake up out of your shell, and why don’t you give your real name. Too ashamed?

boortz is poop

April 18th, 2011
2:03 am

Rand is blazing back as an icon of the Tea Party, which overlooks her atheism, amorality in romance and vigorous support for abortion.

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