UPDATE 1-Group says ‘American Sniper’ film spurs threats against Muslims

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‘American Sniper’ Triggers Flood Of Anti-Muslim Venom, Civil Rights Group Warns.

The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee said this week that threats against Muslims and Arabs have soared following the release of “American Sniper,” a hugely popular and hugely controversial film.On Friday’s episode of ‘Real Time with Bill Maher,” the host criticized the hit Oscar-nominated film, which tells the real-life story of late U.S. soldier Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper), because he wanted the film to portray Kyle with greater complexity. “‘Hurt Locker’ only made $17 million because it was a little ambiguous and thoughtful,” the TV host said. “And (‘American Sniper’) is just, ‘American hero, he’s a psychopath patriot, and we love him.’” Michael Moore criticized the film in a tweet describing snipers are “cowards,” which drew the ire of fans of the film, including Sarah Palin.

All the fuss over American Sniper – the Oscar buzz, the red-carpet premieres, the political debates – was not real-life sniper Chris Kyle’s thing, says his friend, actor . “It would be absolutely and completely surreal and strange to him,” Cain tells PEOPLE. “And he’d probably want to go fishing. Threats reported to the civil rights group have tripled since the film’s wide opening over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, the committee told The Guardian. “The last time we saw such a sharp increase was in 2010, around the Ground Zero mosque,” said the group’s national legal and policy director, Abed Ayoub, referring to an Islamic center that was going to be located a few blocks from the World Trade Center site. Seth Rogen also found himself under fire when he compared “American Sniper” to a propaganda film, with Alec Baldwin defending Rogen from the backlash. Before American Sniper hit the big screen, there was a messy trail of accusations and bankruptcy litigation involving the business he founded, Craft International LLC, and his widow, Taya Kyle, who was called the company’s “litigation nemesis” in court filings by Craft’s lawyers in US Bankruptcy Court in Dallas. Now, Ms Kyle and Craft’s creditors have reached a settlement under which the company will shut down, the Kyle family can live rent-free until October 30 in their Midlothian, Texas, home, and Ms Kyle will get the rights to Craft’s skull-shaped logo.

He’d want to do anything but be in the public eye.” The Navy SEAL and the former Lois and Clark star became tight when they were paired in 2012 to perform military-style operations on the NBC competition show Stars Earn Stripes. We don’t know if somebody’s serious or if somebody’s joking around, so we take all these threats seriously, especially when they’re talking about shooting bullets into someone’s head.” “American Sniper” tells the story of the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who served four tours in the Iraq War and is credited as the most lethal sniper in U.S. history. The logo, imprinted on Craft apparel like T-shirts, patches and coffee mugs, drove the company’s merchandise sales and is surrounded by these words: “Despite what your Momma told you … violence does solve problems.” “She’s gone through a very hard time and still is going through the grieving process,” said Dallas lawyer Larry Friedman, who represents Ms Kyle. “She has risen to the occasion as a patriot, as a wife and as a mother.” Mr Kyle borrowed about $2.6 million from an investor group to get his business started in 2009. Not for bragging rights, but because I believe the world is a better place without savages out there taking American lives.” “American Sniper” has been a massive box office success, raking in $90 million in the first three days of its wide release — reportedly an all-time record for the month of January. Craft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last May, but hoped to reorganise and continue operating under the ownership of Craft’s investors, who would take a stake in the business instead of loan repayment.

The film “makes me wanna go shoot some f**kin Arabs,” wrote one Twitter user earlier this month, punctuating his tweet with emoticons of guns. “‘American Sniper’ made me appreciate soldiers 100x more and hate Muslims 1000000x more,” wrote another. At one point, Craft’s lawyers said they might sue Ms Kyle for any money she gets from the American Sniper film, which hit cinemas last week and is based on Mr Kyle’s 2012 best-selling autobiography.

A chunk of the royalties from the book could eventually flow to former Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, who won $1.8 million in a defamation lawsuit against Mr Kyle’s estate. We’ll see who is a coward,” he Tweeted to Moore. “Seth…I like your films, but right now, I wanna kick your ass,” he wrote to Rogen. “My first reaction was anger and you know, maybe I could have been more eloquent,” Cain says now. “But it felt like it deserved that kind of response. The case is under appeal. (Mr Ventura also has sued HarperCollins Publishers LLC, a unit of News Corp for allegedly publishing “a false and defamatory story.” A spokeswoman for HarperCollins said the company “will defend itself vigorously and views the suit as entirely without merit.”) Hollywood was surprised by the movie’s phenomenal $107 million box office over the four-day US holiday weekend, making it the largest opening ever for a drama or R-rated film. Kyle and other SEALs to do exhibition shoots at his annual economic summit, letting them detonate explosives at his ranch in front of his Wall Street buddies.

Investors who eventually extended a $2.6 million note to Craft include former Dallas Cowboys great Roger Staubach, golf sportscaster David Feherty and the son of ex-Texas Rangers owner Tom Hicks. By the time that some investors suggested taking over in 2014, Craft executives already were challenging Ms Kyle’s inherited ownership, arguing that Mr. In earlier court papers, Craft officials said that “Taya is unilaterally attempting to usurp control of [Craft] and its assets, capitalising and cashing in on the notoriety of being the widow of a renowned military hero.” In August, Ms Kyle sued Craft for using her dead husband’s name and image — which she said belongs to her and her two children — to sell merchandise.

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