The Hunting Party (2007) WORK
All the while, Simon's looking for a story big enough to propel him back to the realm of credibility. He tells Duck that, through a source, he has located Bogdanović, who is now wanted for war crimes with a US$5 million bounty on his head, and that he'd be interested in trying to score an interview with the fugitive. The Fox is assumed to be in the village of Čelebići, in the Serbian entity of Bosnia, near the border with Montenegro, with various stories circulating about him, such as that he enjoys fox hunting (hence the nickname) and that the head of his security detail is a ruthless psychopath with a tattooed forehead.
The Hunting Party (2007)
The CIA orders the journalists to board an airplane bound for the US, but they run away to carry out their plan to catch the Fox. They capture him while he is hunting in the woods without his guards. The journalists then release him, with his hands securely bound, in a village called Polje filled with the surviving family members of victims of his war crimes, where he is lynched by the vengeful mob.
Before going into Čelebići, the party of five journalists first came to the nearby town of Foča, where they inquired about the safety of their trip among the locally stationed UN personnel. They soon caught the eye of a well-connected local UN officer from Ukraine who became convinced they were a covert crew sent in to apprehend Karadžić and decided to help them out by putting them in touch with a supposedly high-ranking Serbian secret police officer. The journalists decided to play along, and after returning from an uneventful visit to Čelebići, they arranged a meeting with the Serbian secret policeman who, too, was convinced they were a CIA Black Operations team. He also claimed to have an intimate knowledge of Karadžić's movements and whereabouts, and in return for ratting him out he wanted American passports for himself, his wife, and their four kids, as well as a cut of the bounty prize.
Welcome to the Z-movie-party. I know, I know, it's a silly film, and many thriller fans may not enjoy it. But somehow it uses its trashy charme to its advantage, making it a cool ride. That and the "fact" that only the most ridiculous parts of this film are true.
The Hunting Party was co-financed for an estimated $25 million by QED, German based Intermedia and Cherry Road Films. The Hunting Party was also to be a co-production with Warner Independent which would distribute the pic in the US, but Warner Bros. Pictures prexy of production Jeff Robinov denied WB Independent from going ahead with the project and replaced Mark Gill who was running WB Independent. The Weinstein Company quickly took US rights after WBI dropped the project. QED pre-sold all major territories at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which would limit their exposure to the budget. The Weinstein Company co-distributed The Hunting Ground with MGM and opened the film in 4 theaters to a disappointing $39,609 with a not very promising $9,902 per screen average. TWC and MGM planned on expanding the pic the following week to 600 theaters, but changed their release strategy after the soft start. The Hunting party expanded to 40 locations in its second weekend to a poor $98,851 with a $2,471 per screen average and had a further third weekend expansion to 329 theaters to $365,661 with a $1,111 per screen average that killed off any chance for a wider release. The Hunting Party ended its US run with only $969,869. The film was mostly dumped overseas and cumed a weak $6.6 million across numerous distributors and went straight to video in France. Recorded domestic home video sales were $3.3 million.
LYNN, a Montana resident, was a hunting outfitter licensed by the State of Montana. LYNN was hired by Mississippi resident C.W. to provide outfitting services for a deer hunt in Montana. C.W. was in Mississippi when he arranged the hunt with LYNN. C.W.'s hunting party included his father and two brothers. All four individuals were from Mississippi.
Executive Order: Facilitation of Hunting Heritage and Wildlife Conservation White House News By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the lawsof the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:Section 1. Purpose. The purpose of this order is to direct Federalagencies that have programs and activities that have a measurable effect onpublic land management, outdoor recreation, and wildlife management,including the Department of the Interior and the Department of Agriculture,to facilitate the expansion and enhancement of hunting opportunities andthe management of game species and their habitat.Sec. 2. Federal Activities. Federal agencies shall, consistent withagency missions:(a) Evaluate the effect of agency actions on trends in huntingparticipation and, where appropriate to address declining trends, implementactions that expand and enhance hunting opportunities for the public;(b) Consider the economic and recreational values of hunting in agencyactions, as appropriate;(c) Manage wildlife and wildlife habitats on public lands in a manner thatexpands and enhances hunting opportunities, including through the use ofhunting in wildlife management planning;(d) Work collaboratively with State governments to manage and conservegame species and their habitats in a manner that respects private propertyrights and State management authority over wildlife resources;(e) Establish short and long term goals, in cooperation with State andtribal governments, and consistent with agency missions, to foster healthyand productive populations of game species and appropriate opportunitiesfor the public to hunt those species;(f) Ensure that agency plans and actions consider programs andrecommendations of comprehensive planning efforts such as State WildlifeAction Plans, the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, and otherrange-wide management plans for big game and upland game birds;(g) Seek the advice of State and tribal fish and wildlife agencies, and,as appropriate, consult with the Sporting Conservation Council and otherorganizations, with respect to the foregoing Federal activities.Sec. 3. North American Wildlife Policy Conference. The Chairman of theCouncil on Environmental Quality (Chairman) shall, in coordination with theappropriate Federal agencies and in consultation with the SportingConservation Council and in cooperation with State and tribal fish andwildlife agencies and the public, convene not later than 1 year after thedate of this order, and periodically thereafter at such times as theChairman deems appropriate, a White House Conference on North AmericanWildlife Policy (Conference) to facilitate the exchange of information andadvice relating to the means for achieving the goals of this order.Sec. 4. Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Resource Conservation Plan.TheChairman shall prepare, consistent with applicable law and subject to theavailability of appropriations, in coordination with the appropriateFederal agencies and in consultation with the Sporting ConservationCouncil, and in cooperation with State and tribal fish and wildlifeagencies, not later than 1 year following the conclusion of the Conference,a comprehensive Recreational Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Plan thatincorporates existing and ongoing activities and sets forth a 10 year agenda forfulfilling the actions identified in section 2 of this order.Sec. 5. Judicial Review. This order is not intended to, and does not,create any right, benefit, trust responsibility, or privilege, substantiveor procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against theUnited States, its departments, agencies, instrumentalities, or entities,its officers or employees, or any other person.GEORGE W. BUSHTHE WHITE HOUSE,August 16, 2007.# # # 041b061a72