Atlas Shrugged: The movie

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What I find fascinating is the weeny little budget, as does Dave Weigel.

The long-brewing feature version of author Ayn Rand's "Atlas Shrugged" has begun shooting in Los Angeles as a $5 million indie produced by John Aglialoro and Harmon Kaslow.

Five million? That's it? Let's put this into perspective. Former Half-Gov CheckMeOut McWannabe's attempt at cable stardom would cost about $1 million per episode. Simon Cowell was offered approximately $100 million to stick it out for another year on American Idol.

So who's starring in this low-budget effort? Paul Johansson ("One Tree Hill") was cast as John Galt, Dagny Taggart will be played by Taylor Schilling ("Mercy) and the part of Henry Reardon went to Grant Bowler ("Ugly Betty").

I find that amusing. Especially the "Ugly Betty" reference.

Michael Lerner ("A Serious Man") was given the role of lobbyist Wesley Mouch, Nick Cassavetes plays Richard McNamara.

And Glenn Beck as The Beaver.

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