Head on over to the "Red Widow" thread in the Message Board Forum to see photos and read articles and Tweets from the TCA Winter Press Tour. Here's a sneak peek. === The Hague war court has acquited Croatian Generals Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. A war crimes court in The Hague has overturned the convictions of two Croatian generals charged with atrocities against Serbs in the 1990s. Appeals judges ordered the release of Ante Gotovina and Mladen Markac. In 2011 they were sentenced to 24 years and 18 years respectively over the killing of ethnic Serbs in an offensive to retake Croatia's Krajina region. The men arrived in Zagreb later on Friday to a hero's welcome. But their release was condemned in Serbia. To read more from this BBC article visit the Newsroom on the Message Board.=== === We have posted some behind the scenes photos of Goran from the set of "Red Widow", the series for ABC. that Goran has been filming in Vancouver, Canada in the Newsroom on the Message Board. According to Deadline.com, "Visnjic will play Schiller, a mob boss portrayed in the pilot by "The River’s" Thomas Kretschmann."
While "Dark Hearts" was not chosen as overall Best International Film at the Raindance film festival it is receiving high praise. We've posted several interviews that were done during the festival in the Newsroom to whet your appetite. === Anthony E. Zuiker's Execution Style is now available to watch online. We've posted it in the Newsroom via the link to the left of your screen, on the Message Board, or you may watch it at it's original site here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9y87gkYGV0s Enjoy!=== On May 14th, Goran went to the Hague to support Ante Gotovina at ICTY. Below is his statement which he wanted everyone to see. Addition articles on his visit have been posted in the Newsroom on the Message Board.
In 1990 and 1991 as the wall of communism was collapsing throughout Europe and the communist nation of Yugoslavia was splintering apart, the people of Croatia had incredible optimism for the future because we saw our nation’s independence as a huge opportunity to turn to the West and become a part of democratic Europe. At every Croatian demonstration the rallying cry was communism no, democracy yes.
We counted on the world’s democratic powers to hear our cries and to send a strong signal to Serbian strongman Slobodan Milosevic that a military attack against Croatia would not be tolerated. However that support never came and our nation was plunged into a terrible war. After months of singing “Stop the War in Croatia” our people finally determined that the support we counted on from the West, especially Western Europe, would not be arriving and that we would have to defend ourselves.
At the conclusion of four long years of war we were finally able to build an army and defeat our occupiers to make Croatia free. Croatians take great pride in our freedom and we once again were hopeful to take our place among the democratic nations of the world and a secure position in the European community.
However, once again we were let down. Western Europe, which we have always aspired to be a part of, demanded that for us to be included in their democratic family, we would have to turn in the hero of our liberation, General Ante Gotovina. Although it was incredibly unpopular in Croatia, the Croatian government cooperated with Europe and the ICTY and General Gotovina was brought to trial.
Because we Croatians suffered so much and because we saw firsthand the terror and tragedy that war criminals brought to places like Vukovar and Srebrenica, we understood the need for a court that would make examples of war criminals so that military leaders in other places around the world would think twice before acting in such a barbaric manner as the criminals did in Vukovar, Srebrenica, and other places throughout Croatia and Bosnia.
General Gotovina does not even remotely come close to fitting into that category. It is incredibly unfortunate that any man anywhere in the world would ever have to pick up a gun to defend himself and his people. It is unfortunate, but sometimes it is necessary and so with a court such as the ICTY a determination must be made if a line has been crossed from proper military action to criminal behavior.
As its key determination in finding General Gotovina guilty of criminal behavior this court ruled that his forces excessively shelled the area around Knin and other nearby towns that were occupied by Serb forces. The work of the ICTY is incredibly important and although I am sure that the judges attempted to rule in good faith in the case of General Gotovina, the people of Croatia wonder if it were the military leaders of a larger and stronger Western European nation that shelled its occupying enemy, would those leaders have been held to the same standard as our general? The judgment finds that all of the General Gotovina’s targets were lawful military objectives. It then concludes, however, that because a very small percentage ( approximately 4.5 %) of the artillery effects could not be attributed to a pre-established lawful object of attack, the overall operation constituted an unlawful attack on civilians. Quite simply, the shelling was not excessive.
Honestly speaking, the people of Croatia have lost much faith in the very same Western democracies that we so much wanted to be a part of. The ICTY in its admirable and well intentioned hope to send a signal to military leaders of future conflicts has in my opinion overstepped its boundaries with the ruling of excessive shelling in the case of General Gotovina. The court has unwittingly sent the wrong signal to Croatians and other peoples of small nations that democratic justice is only available for the strong.
With this appeal it is your opportunity to reconsider the signal that you are sending to other military leaders that only wish to defend their people.
A reconsideration of the ruling will also send a signal to the peoples of smaller nations that justice and democracy is within their reach and that it is a prize worth achieving.
Goran Visnjic === The "Dark Hearts" Website has been updated with photos of the cast, and other details on the film. Watch the Message Board for more info as we get it, in the meantime, here's a glimpse of Goran from the film:
=== Head on over to the Newsroom on the Message Board for the link to watch "Anthony Zuiker Presents, the YouTube series that Goran recently completed an episode for. The series debuted on Friday, April 13th, no word yet on when Goran's episode, Execution Style will post. Here's a glimpse of Goran in action. === Head over to the Newsroom on the Message Board and check out an old commercial Goran did for a perfume called Scarlet.=== Here's the first official still from Goran's new film K-11. Keep following the K-11 thread on the Message Board for more news as we get it.=== Goran and Ivana stepped out together on the purple carpet at the Independent Spirit Awards yesterday afternoon where Goran presented the lead-in to announce "Beginners" as one of the Best Film nominees. === While the film itself did not win, we would like to offer our congratulations to Christopher Plummer for his Best Supporting Actor wins at The Academy Awards tonight, and the Independent Spirit Awards, yesterday and his recent BAFTA. Details, pictures and more can be found in the "Beginners" thread in the Newsroom on the Message Board.=== Word came out today too, that Goran will be presenting one of the awards at the Independent Spirit Awards in February 25th, links for viewing are in the Beginners thread on the Message Board.=== Goran hit the red carpet to accept the Best Supporting actor award on Christopher Plummer's behalf at the AARP Magazine's 11th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards Gala, here'sw just one of the photos we've posted on the Newsroom on the Message Board: === Screencaps have been posted in the Newsroom on the Message Board from Goran's new film K-11, here's a preview: === Visit the Newsroom on the Message Board for the photo details, the film's website, and more. === In addition to the "Beginners" CD, Mike Mills has also released his new book, "Drawings from the Film Beginners" both are must haves for those who enjoy this film.=== From Focus Features, the official photo of Goran as Andy in "Beginners", enjoy!
The trailer from "Beginners"as well as links to the Official Website, and Writer/Director Mike Mills' Blog, have been posted in the News section to the left of your screen. To view the trailer full screen, click the button to the top of left of the screen as the trailer opens. The trailer and caps of Goran's character "Andy" have also been posted to the Newsroom on the Message Board. === Click on the News link to your left to view three clips of Goran and the 8 minute trailer from "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", to watch fullscreen, just double click on the icon on your screen. The film is in theatres now, and premieres on DISH Demand March 20th. === Our special thanks go out to Goran and Ivana for sharing with us exclusively, four new photographs of baby Vigo. Click the pictures link to the left of your screen, then head to "Family Visnjic", for the big reveal. === Goran, Ivana, Tin, and baby Vigo were featured in the September 21st issue of Story magazine. Scans of the article have been posted on the Message Board.=== The Croatian press has recently printed multiple articles about the photos of Vigo in our Image Gallery. They have stated that the pictures came from Goran himself, as well as claimed that the comments on those pictures that were written by me were his. Both statements were wrong. I feel it is necessary to remind said reporters of the disclaimer on our site which states that this is an unofficial fansite with no connections with Goran Visnjic himself or anyone related to him. In the future we would hope that said media outlets would contact us to obtain the correct information before printing inaccurate statements. === Filming has been completed on "K-11," directed by it's co-writer, Jules Stewart. Goran's character is a successful young record producer who wakes up after a three-day binge in a special unit of L.A. County's Men's Central Jail dedicated to vulnerable prisoners.=== Our congratulations go out to Goran and Ivana on the birth of their new son, Vigo Leo Visnjic. Vigo was born on 7/7/11, weight 8lbs, height 19.5in. For more details visit the Newsroom on the Message Board.=== Variety picked up the news on Dark Hearts, and listed it as a "noir indie" film on the 4th, they were soon followed by breaks from many other sources, including at long last, imdb. According to a tweet by the make-up artist on FB filming finished the 5th, so, now, we wait and watch for release information.=== Caps have just been added to the Pictures thread on the Message Board of Goran from his 1997 TV Film: Tesko Je Reci Zbogom, stop on in for a look. === Stop into the Forum to meet "Little Goran", a "peaceful and sweet little boy", in the Playpen facility at Orangutan Foundation International. Again, quoting the article on their website, "Goran and his wife Ivana are fervent advocates of animal welfare and animal rights who have supported OFI and its Care Center and Quarantine over the years. To honor the Visnjic family, we named one orangutan “Ivana” (already released to the wild and currently pregnant). Once we got to know Goran Visnjic himself, we were very impressed by his quiet charisma. We named an orangutan infant who came to the Care Center as a tiny baby, “Goran.” It seems appropriate that the orangutan Goran reflects the Zen calmness and strength of his namesake." We couldn't agree more. === Goran also spoke to members of Congress in Washington in May on behalf of IFAW about the issue of whaling. According to a Washington Examiner article, At a young age, Croatian-born "ER" hunk Goran Visnjic was smitten with the sea. "I spent all my childhood on a boat," the actor gushed Wednesday. So it was easy enough for the International Fund for Animal Welfare to snap him up and have him represent one of its pet causes -- whales -- this week in Washington. The actor told Yeas & Nays many people he meets don't realize whaling is still a problem in the world and that a big concern is that countries may be allowed to, again, commercially whale. "People think that if it's not happening in the states, it's not happening in the world," Visnjic said. You'll find the rest of the article in the Newroom on the Message Board.=== Photos and information have been posted in the Newsroom on the Message Board regarding the mini-series "Tito", which aired on HRT Television in Croatia in March of 2010. Goran appeared as Andrije Hebrang.=== Screencaps from “Apocrypha” directed by Russian writer-director Andrei Zvyagintse and staring Goran and Carla Gugino have been posted in Pics of the Day on the Message Board. While you're there, stop into the New York, I Love You thread in the Newsroom for another surprise.=== "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" is available for sale in your local Hallmark store. If you don't have access to a store, copies may be ordered for worldwide delivery, through this site. Prices and ordering information are available in News, under the Information heading on the left side of your screen. === The DVD for the documentary "Searching for A Storm" is also available for sale, for more information visit our Newsroom or the Official website link:http://searchingforastorm.com for details.=== Photos and video footage of Goran at the 30th Annual Gift of Life Celebration for the National Kidney Foundation have been posted in the Image Gallery here on the Website as well as in the Newsroom on the Forum. ===Thanks to Hallmark Hall Of Fame, and photographer Kenny Felt, we've added a total of seven "Irena Sendler" premiere pictures of Goran and Ivana to our Image Gallery here on the Website.=== === "After singing stop the war in Croatia for a couple of months we realized nobody was going to give us a hand and we had to do this on our own." Goran Visnjic, in "Searching For A Storm"
Director Jack Baric's, "Searching for a Storm".
"Searching for a Storm" is a documentary film that asks if the UN is guilty of using its international war crimes court to justify UN failures during the war in the former Yugoslavia. Critics charge that the UN's International War Crimes Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) is attempting to create a narrative which justifies the UN wartime position that the conflict in the Balkans was a civil war and not a war of aggression by Serbian president Slobodan Milosevic.
This charge is especially relevant to the current war crimes case of Croatian general Ante Gotovina, who has been indicted as a war criminal by the UN court. Gotovina is a hero in Croatia for leading Operation Storm, a military operation that liberated the country after four years of Serb occupation. However, many crimes were committed in the operation's aftermath and Gotovina is being tried as a war criminal for his command responsibility.
Juxtaposing current interviews with archival footage, Searching for a Storm examines UN wartime policies to learn if they may have contributed to the war's tragedies and the film asks if Gotovina is guilty or a political scapegoat for UN failures during the war.
In the documentary's search for the truth about what happened before, during, and after Operation Storm, the filmmakers interviewed people with a wide variety of opinions about the war and Gotovina's case, which is currently under way and will conclude in the summer of 2009. These interviews took the crew on a whirlwind tour of Europe to Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Paris, London and The Hague and included diplomats, human rights activists, journalists, clergy, soldiers, prosecution and defense staff, and lay Croats, Serbs and Bosnians, including Croatian actor Goran Visnjic.
For more on the film, and a link to the website, visit the Newsroom on the Forum.=== Thanks to Hallmark Hall of Fame, we have a Behind The Scenes Video, and 2 film previews, to the 3 new video interviews and photos of Goran from "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" already on the website. All six videos may be seen on the website News page until they reach their permanent home in Videos. Click on News below the Information heading on the left of your screen. They will appear in the center window of the main page. They are too big for the whole image to fit, so there is a sliding bar beneath them, you can center that and you see the green arrow, hit that and they play. Scroll down to see all six new videos. We have also added print interviews with the actors and writer/director John Kent Harrison in the Newsroom on the Forum. The film premiered on CBS Sunday, April 19, 2009, 9-11 PT/ET. === In the year ahead, let's all find what's most beautiful in ourselves, our lives, our hearts, and pass it on. Let's believe at least one impossible thing every day -- then let's make it absolutely possible. Let's refuse the words no, can't, don't, give up. Let's spread the word that cancer can be defeated. Let's remember those we've lost and loved, and those still in the fight. And let's make a difference every day. When we stand up to cancer.
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