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Jane Hamsher Drops An Elbow from The Sky
Jane Hamsher Drops An Elbow from The Sky
Published: 2009/12/19
Channel: The Young Turks
Rachel Maddow Show: Jane Hamsher on the Conserva-dems
Rachel Maddow Show: Jane Hamsher on the Conserva-dems
Published: 2009/03/25
Channel: heathr456
Jane Hamsher Hits Rahm Emanuel Over the Head!
Jane Hamsher Hits Rahm Emanuel Over the Head!
Published: 2009/12/25
Channel: The Young Turks
Jane Hamsher On Countdown
Jane Hamsher On Countdown
Published: 2006/09/21
Channel: Jamie Holly
Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com on Liberal Institutions
Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com on Liberal Institutions
Published: 2009/09/09
Channel: TYT Interviews
Jane Hamsher on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Jane Hamsher on 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Published: 2009/02/18
Channel: heathr456
Jane Hamsher talks about Hadassah Lieberman
Jane Hamsher talks about Hadassah Lieberman
Published: 2009/12/14
Channel: CTBob
Health Care: Jane Hamsher kicks Bluedog ass on Rachel
Health Care: Jane Hamsher kicks Bluedog ass on Rachel's show this evening
Published: 2009/09/19
Channel: hidnusr10
Countdown - 20 September, 2006 - Firedoglake.com founder Jane Hamsher starts the ball rolling
Countdown - 20 September, 2006 - Firedoglake.com founder Jane Hamsher starts the ball rolling
Published: 2009/12/31
Channel: hidnusr10
Turk Of The Week - Jane Hamsher
Turk Of The Week - Jane Hamsher
Published: 2009/12/19
Channel: The Young Turks
Colin Malone interviews Jane Hamsher
Colin Malone interviews Jane Hamsher
Published: 2006/11/25
Channel: celebvids90210
Jane Hamsher on 2010 Election Results
Jane Hamsher on 2010 Election Results
Published: 2010/11/03
Channel: TYT Interviews
Jane Hamsher: Private Manning Tortured?
Jane Hamsher: Private Manning Tortured?
Published: 2010/12/24
Channel: TYT Interviews
Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com on Public Option/Health Care
Jane Hamsher of FireDogLake.com on Public Option/Health Care
Published: 2009/09/11
Channel: TYT Interviews
Jane Hamsher on Liberals Fighting
Jane Hamsher on Liberals Fighting
Published: 2009/08/20
Channel: TYT Interviews
Spazeboy and Jane Hamsher
Spazeboy and Jane Hamsher
Published: 2007/06/27
Channel: spazeboydotnet
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher, and Bradley Manning friend David House: Manning under extreme duress
Published: 2011/03/04
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Jane Hamsher
Jane Hamsher's Call to Action
Published: 2009/06/12
Channel: bravenewfoundation
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher, Third-Way's Jim Kessler on NewsHour - Hamsher: Obama gets wish; Kessler: shrug
Published: 2010/12/06
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher: DADT repeal - 'It was the outside game that won this time.'
Published: 2010/12/23
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Firedoglake
Firedoglake's Jane Hamsher smacks Obama and host Ed Schultz: 'Gang of Six' plan a dreadful betrayal
Published: 2011/07/20
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FireDogLake
FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher featured on Cenk Ugyur's Cage Match
Published: 2011/02/22
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Manning Arraigned at Ft Meade
Manning Arraigned at Ft Meade
Published: 2012/02/23
Channel: TheAlyonaShow
Announcing JustSayNow.com - Jane Hamsher on CNN: Pot laws unpopular, racist, unfair
Announcing JustSayNow.com - Jane Hamsher on CNN: Pot laws unpopular, racist, unfair
Published: 2010/08/04
Channel: JustSayNowVideos
Firedoglake.com
Firedoglake.com's Jane Hamsher lays out effective alternatives to GOP's symbolic spending cuts
Published: 2011/02/09
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FireDogLake.com_s Jane Hamsher Discusses Legalizing Marijuana [mirror].mp4
FireDogLake.com_s Jane Hamsher Discusses Legalizing Marijuana [mirror].mp4
Published: 2010/07/31
Channel: redcloak676
Jane Hamsher: Obama needs to explain inconsistencies in statements about Manning
Jane Hamsher: Obama needs to explain inconsistencies in statements about Manning's treatment
Published: 2011/04/20
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FireDogLake
FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher: TSA, Chertoff scam stimulus $$$ to buy intrusive, unsafe gadgets
Published: 2010/11/20
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Firedoglake.com
Firedoglake.com's Jane Hamsher defends Bradley Manning's right to a fair trial
Published: 2011/03/16
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
GRITtv: Jane Hamsher: Crisis of Faith in Government
GRITtv: Jane Hamsher: Crisis of Faith in Government
Published: 2010/10/20
Channel: The Laura Flanders Show
Cenk Panel: FDL
Cenk Panel: FDL's Jane Hamsher, with Sam Seder & Wes Clark Jr - Obama versus Romney
Published: 2011/06/07
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Kent Conrad, Eve Gittelson and Jane Hamsher
Kent Conrad, Eve Gittelson and Jane Hamsher
Published: 2009/07/16
Channel: eve1953
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher, and Martha Zoller - Who are the fiscal conservatives?
Published: 2011/01/21
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Cenk: FDLs Jane Hamsher, and GOP flack Josh Trevino - Romney
Cenk: FDLs Jane Hamsher, and GOP flack Josh Trevino - Romney's 'Joe Lunchpail' fail
Published: 2011/06/17
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FireDogLake
FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher: One Nation Rally - Progressives marshal message
Published: 2010/10/02
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher: Obama finally engages Bully Pulpit, gets Liberal (popular) issues passed
Published: 2010/12/23
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FireDogLake
FireDogLake's Jane Hamsher On Stupak Amdendment
Published: 2009/11/11
Channel: TYT Interviews
The Last Word: FDLs Jane Hamsher - Democrats angst with Obama about tepid leadership
The Last Word: FDLs Jane Hamsher - Democrats angst with Obama about tepid leadership
Published: 2010/10/05
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Ratigan: FDL
Ratigan: FDL's Jane Hamsher and Martha Zoller - Enlightenment fail on Gay issues' tragic result
Published: 2010/09/30
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher, and Martha Zoller: Obama seeks reelection boost
Published: 2011/01/21
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
FDL
FDL's Jane Hamsher - Obama unwise to tell Liberals to 'suck it up' at CT fundraiser
Published: 2010/09/18
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
{Rachel Maddow} Conservademed? w/ Jane Hamsher
{Rachel Maddow} Conservademed? w/ Jane Hamsher
Published: 2009/04/01
Channel: Meggion
TOP LINE: Liberal Blogger Jane Hamsher: Health Care and CIA
TOP LINE: Liberal Blogger Jane Hamsher: Health Care and CIA
Published: 2009/09/01
Channel: ABC News
Cenk: FDLs Jane Hamsher, and Katie Halper - Dems have bigger problems than Anthony Weiner
Cenk: FDLs Jane Hamsher, and Katie Halper - Dems have bigger problems than Anthony Weiner
Published: 2011/06/11
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
GRITtv: Jane Hamsher: Time Has Come for Marijuana
GRITtv: Jane Hamsher: Time Has Come for Marijuana
Published: 2010/10/20
Channel: The Laura Flanders Show
Nätrot ´09, bloggseminarium i Almedalen - Netroot
Nätrot ´09, bloggseminarium i Almedalen - Netroot '09 Jane Hamsher & John Aravosis in Almedalen
Published: 2009/07/04
Channel: socialdemokraterna
Jane Hamsher: The problem at the border is not immigration, it
Jane Hamsher: The problem at the border is not immigration, it's the Mexican drug cartels
Published: 2010/08/12
Channel: JustSayNowVideos
Cenk Panel: FDL
Cenk Panel: FDL's Jane Hamsher, with Sam Seder & Wes Clark Jr - Anthony Weiner's prospects
Published: 2011/06/07
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
Jane Hamsher & Ian Masters pt 1 - 14 March 2010
Jane Hamsher & Ian Masters pt 1 - 14 March 2010
Published: 2010/03/16
Channel: Ian Masters
Firedoglake.com
Firedoglake.com's Jane Hamsher: Pres. Obama Should Give Every Taxpayer $1000.00
Published: 2010/11/15
Channel: FiredoglakeTV
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Jane Hamsher
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Born Jane Murphy
(1959-07-25) July 25, 1959 (age 58)
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Residence Washington, D.C.
Education The Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinema-Television
Occupation producer, author, blogger, publisher, and political activist
Website firedoglake.com (2004-2015)
Notes

Jane Hamsher (born Jane Murphy; July 25, 1959) is a US film producer, author, and blogger best known as the author of Killer Instinct, a memoir about co-producing the 1994 movie Natural Born Killers with Don Murphy and others,[9] and as the founder and publisher of the politically progressive blog FireDogLake (2004 – 2015).[10] With Murphy, she also co-produced the subsequent films Apt Pupil (1998), Permanent Midnight (1998), and From Hell (2001).[10][11] A contributor to The Huffington Post, she posts also in liberal Websites and political magazines, such as AlterNet and The American Prospect.[10]

Personal history and education[edit]

Hamsher is a Massachusetts native[4] who lived in Fitchburg[12] and then Attleboro. Her family moved to Seattle when she was eight years old.[3] She attended Roosevelt High School.[13] She went on to attend Mills College in Oakland, California, and studied abroad in London.[14][15] In college Hamsher worked as a reporter covering punk rock and politics for the San Francisco Bay Guardian.[7] She also edited Damage, a punk rock fanzine.[16] After college she moved to Los Angeles, where she was accepted into the Peter Stark Producing Program at the USC School of Cinema-Television. She received her M.F.A. in 1988.[6][17]

Hamsher lived in the Los Angeles area for most of her career as a producer. She sold her Nichols Canyon house in 2004 and moved to Otter Rock, Oregon.[2][18] When she became interested in the 2006 Connecticut Senate race, she rented a small farmhouse in Guilford, Connecticut, where she and other bloggers and reporters could live while covering the campaign.[7] A few months later she raised money for a similar rental in Washington, D.C., called "Plame House", which served as a base for covering the Scooter Libby trial.[19] She now has a residence in Washington, D.C.[5]

Hamsher has had breast cancer three times: 1993,[20] 2004,[5][21] and 2006. She insisted on returning to Washington, D.C., two weeks after her third surgery to blog the remainder of the Scooter Libby trial. Her treatment has been at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica, California.[22][23]

Hamsher took her mother's maiden name. Her family name is Murphy.[1] In 2009, Hamsher told Politico that she dated then-SEIU President Andy Stern for two years.[24] She lives with her poodles Katie and Lucy. When Kobe, her third, died in 2009 she wrote a 5,000-word tribute.[5]

Professional career as film producer[edit]

At USC, Hamsher became friends with Don Murphy, forming a production company, Jane and Don Productions, Inc. For $10,000, they secured an option on the original screenplay for the 1994 satirical crime film Natural Born Killers,[25] written by a then-unknown Quentin Tarantino.[9] However, "the film, directed by Oliver Stone, departed significantly from Tarantino's original screenplay, so much so that Tarantino removed his name from the screenplay credits."[26] The film starred Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Rodney Dangerfield, Robert Downey, Jr., and Tommy Lee Jones. It was co-produced with Thom Mount and Arnon Milchan, and its credited screenwriters included Stone, Dave Veloz, and Richard Rutowski. In addition to co-producing the film, Hamsher also had an uncredited cameo in it as a female demon.[citation needed]

Subsequently, Hamsher and Murphy also co-produced two 1998 films, including Brandon Boyce's screen adaptation Apt Pupil, from the Stephen King novella, directed by Bryan Singer and starring Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, and David Schwimmer, and Permanent Midnight, adapted by Jerry Stahl and David Veloz from Stahl's autobiographical novel and starring Ben Stiller, Maria Bello, and Elizabeth Hurley; and the 2001 thriller From Hell, based on Terry Hayes and Rafael Yglesias' adaptation of the graphic novel From Hell, by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, directed by the Hughes Brothers, and starring Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane, Ian Richardson, and Jason Flemyng. Hamsher also produced or co-produced the 1990 dramatic feature film An American Summer and the 1994 live-action film adaptation Double Dragon, based on Double Dragon, a video game franchise.[11]

Killer Instinct[edit]

In September 1997, Hamsher published the controversial memoir Killer Instinct recounting her experiences as a producer of Natural Born Killers. The L.A. Times said the book is "chock-full of outrageous firsthand tales."[27] As Entertainment Weekly put it, "Stone is painted as a hard-partying womanizer who pits his underlings against each other and plays mind games....Tarantino gets off less easily. Hamsher charges that he betrayed her and Murphy by going behind their backs to keep them from making Natural Born Killers. She also calls Tarantino a 'one-trick pony,' a wildly overrated director."[9] Hamsher included a full-page reproduction of a suggestive note Tarantino allegedly sent her at the Venice Film Festival.[27] On his website, Murphy says that when Tarantino's former manager, Cathryn Jaymes, "came back with her notes [on the manuscript] my then partner lost it on her, I guess because she didn't want to make changes. There are many reasons why our partnership ended soon after that book, but her treatment of Cathryn was a major factor."[28] Killer Instinct reached number two on the L.A. Times bestseller list.[29] Hamsher was later sued by an attorney who is described in the book as a "creepazoid attorney," "the Kmart Johnnie Cochran" and "a loser wannabe lawyer." The Appeals Court affirmed that colorful language which does not impugn professional abilities is protected by the First Amendment."[30][31]

Firedoglake[edit]

Other organizations[edit]

Jane Hamsher is listed as leading the CommonSense Media Advertising Network,[32] which includes Eschaton, FireDogLake, FiveThirtyEight, and Think Progress. The company filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in the District of Columbia Bankruptcy Court on March 3, 2013[33]

She has been involved with the political action groups Public Option Please,[34] Blue America,[35] Accountability Now[36] and FDL Action.

Related activities[edit]

Jane Hamsher on Bloggingheads.tv.

Hamsher has been a guest on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, the BBC, and Al Jazeera.[37]

On April 7, 2008, she was a guest speaker in the panel discussion entitled "Intelligentsia" co-hosted by Elle and OfficeMax, along with Publisher of Elle Magazine Carol Smith, actress Melora Hardin, Vice President of Marketing for OfficeMax Julie Krueger, Editor in Chief of Elle Magazine Roberta Myers, footwear designer Taryn Rose, and Creative Director of Barneys Simon Dunan, at the Plaza Hotel, in New York City.[38]

Among other blogger conference programs, she participated in the South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Panels, held in Austin, Texas, from March 9 to 13, 2007, in which she also moderated Dan Rather's "Keynote Interview" event on Monday, March 12,[39] and in the panel on "Political Blogging: Macaca Mania" at the BlogWorld & New Media Expo 2008, in Las Vegas, Nevada, on September 20, 2008.[37]

Filmography[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pamela Murphy Farr; Jane Hamsher (June 24, 2006). "Greta Hamsher Murphy, 1924–2006" (Blog). Firedoglake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Loren Farr; Jane Hamsher (July 23, 2005). "Happy birthday to you happy birthday..." (Blog). Firedoglake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b Jane Hamsher (August 27, 2009). "Remembering Ted Kennedy: How a 1968 Speech Comforted an 8 Year-Old" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b Jane Hamsher (February 6, 2005). "How to Make the Superbowl (sic) Interesting for the Football Challenged" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  5. ^ a b c d Jane Hamsher (November 26, 2009). "I'm Thankful For Kobe – And You" (Blog). Firedoglake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  6. ^ a b Hamsher, Jane; Douglas Tuber (1988). A proposal for the production and marketing of a theatrical motion picture entitled, Kenneth the first (M.F.A. thesis). University of Southern California. OCLC 51466744. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ a b c Paul Bass (July 4, 2006). "Jane & Her Poodles Get the Story". New Haven Independent. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  8. ^ Tony Romm (December 23, 2009). "Republican Sen. Hatch cites liberal blogger in healthcare speech". The Hill. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  9. ^ a b c Dana Kennedy (September 19, 1997). "Book Review: Killer Instinct". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 17, 2008. 
  10. ^ a b c Jane Hamsher. "Jane Hamsher". The Campaign Silo: FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Archived from the original (Blog) on November 23, 2008. Retrieved November 14, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Jane Hamsher – Filmography – Movies & TV" (Website). The New York Times. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  12. ^ Jane Hamsher (December 23, 2005). "Meme of Fours" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  13. ^ Jane Hamsher (June 15, 2005). "We Teach 'Em, You Kill 'Em? Mmm…Not So Fast" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  14. ^ Jane Hamsher (December 28, 2004). "Susan Sontag: 1933–2004" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 14, 2010. 
  15. ^ Jane Hamsher (July 7, 2005). "BushCo: Blowing Covers is Our Business" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  16. ^ Paul Cullum (November 21, 2002). "The Misfits: Four killer producers on the cutting edge of independent film". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 15, 2010. 
  17. ^ Jane Hamsher (December 20, 2005). "On Image: Part Two" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 20, 2010. 
  18. ^ Jane Hamsher (December 13, 2008). "FDL DVD Salon Welcomes Ed Begley, Jr" (Blog). Firedoglake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  19. ^ Jane Hamsher (February 22, 2007). "About Plame House.." (Blog). Firedoglake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  20. ^ Jane Hamsher (July 16, 2009). "Diane (sic) Feinstein's Office: "Under No Circumstances Will We Meet With Jane Hamsher"" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  21. ^ Jane Hamsher (July 14, 2007). "Saturday Block Party: Weekend Obsessions and Guilty Pleasures" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved May 26, 2010. 
  22. ^ Jane Hamsher (January 16, 2007). "Three Time Loser Winner" (Blog). FireDogLake. Jane Hamsher. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  23. ^ Arianna Huffington (January 7, 2007). "Report from the ICU" (Blog). The Huffington Post. Arianna Huffington. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  24. ^ Ben Smith (December 2, 2009). "Jane Hamsher leads left away from White House" (Blog). Politico. Allbritton Communications. Retrieved May 18, 2010. 
  25. ^ "Killer Instinct, Written by Jane Hamsher: Author Bookshelf". Author Spotlight. Random House. 1998. Retrieved November 23, 2008.  (Full book description.)
  26. ^ Quentin Tarantino (2000). Natural Born Killers: The Original Screenplay. New York: Grove Press. ISBN 978-0-8021-3448-6. Retrieved November 18, 2008.  (Google Books preview.)
  27. ^ a b Patrick Goldstein (September 10, 1997). "A 'Killer' Memoir". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  28. ^ Don Murphy (January 8, 2010). "Cathryn Jaymes, a Classy Lady" (Blog). Don Murphy. Don Murphy. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  29. ^ Times poll of Southland bookstores (September 28, 1997). "Bestsellers". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  30. ^ Ann W. O'Neill (September 26, 1999). "Judge Judy Takes Control, Even as a Witness". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  31. ^ P.J. Boren (September 20, 1999). "Ferlauto v. Hamsher (1999) 74 CA4th 1394". California Courts of Appeal, Second District. Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  32. ^ CSmads.com
  33. ^ "Company Bankruptcy Information for Common Sense Media, LLC". business-bankruptcies.com. Retrieved March 25, 2013. 
  34. ^ Publicoptionplease.com
  35. ^ Firedoglake,
  36. ^ Accountabilitynowpac.com
  37. ^ a b "Jane Hamsher: Political Blogging: Macaca Mania". Eventcosm.com. Blogcosm. September 20, 2008. Archived from the original on September 24, 2008. Retrieved November 16, 2008. 
  38. ^ "Elle" (Press release). Getty Images. April 7, 2008.  (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Elle; Jane Hamsher is standing second from the left. [Reference: 80557275]. Jamd.com
  39. ^ "Dan Rather Keynote Interview; Moderator Jane Hamsher". sxsw.com. South by Southwest. 2007. Archived from the original on January 18, 2009. Retrieved December 10, 2008. The veteran television newsman reflects on how emerging technology has rewritten the mass media landscape. Moderator: Jane Hamsher Publisher, The Fire Dog Lake Company 

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