Oliver Stone

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Snowden Should Be Fascinating. It's Not

Critics appear to love or hate Oliver Stone's film

(Newser) - Director Oliver Stone brings us Edward Snowden's side of the story of his NSA leaks in Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the man himself. Critics seem to either love it or hate it. Here's what they're saying:
  • This is "Stone's best political work to date,
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Oliver Stone to Write, Direct Snowden Movie

Bond producers making rival Snowden film

(Newser) - After tackling issues including the Vietnam War, the assassination of JFK, and the presidency of George W. Bush, Oliver Stone says he's taking on another of the "greatest stories of our time": Edward Snowden's National Security Agency whistleblowing. Stone will write and direct an adaptation of Guardian... More »

Oliver Stone's Son Converts to Islam

Filmmaker Sean Stone becomes a Shiite

(Newser) - Oliver Stone's filmmaking son has converted to Islam in Iran, reports AFP . "The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with," 27-year-old Sean Stone told the news agency. "It means I have accepted Mohammad and other prophets." In the... More »

Gekko's Still Got Juice in Money Never Sleeps

Michael Douglas is Wall Street sequel's best (toxic) asset

(Newser) - "Greed is good," Gordon Gekko famously said in Oliver Stone's 1987 Wall Street, but maybe not in film directors. Critics say Stone crams too many story lines and sermons into the sequel, Money Never Sleeps, though Michael Douglas is still deliciously slimy as the ex-con stock trader.
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Douglas Walks Red Carpet

While fighting cancer, actor attends 'Wall Street 2' premiere

(Newser) - Michael Douglas didn’t let cancer stop him from attending the premiere of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps . Douglas walked the red carpet at last night’s New York City premiere, the AP reports. Co-star Shia LaBeouf calls Douglas a “wolf,” and director Oliver Stone says that... More »

Stone: Oops, Sorry, Jews Don't Dominate Media

Director backpedals after he enrages Jews

(Newser) - Movie director Oliver Stone has been doing some hasty backpedaling after some Mel Gibson-esque remarks about the Holocaust enraged Jewish groups. The director has apologized for telling the Times of London that "Jewish domination of the media" in the US is the reason why Jewish deaths in the Holocaust... More »

Oliver Stone, NYT Critic Feud Over Bad Review

Filmmaker issues rebuttal, and critic issues his own

(Newser) - Oliver Stone and a New York Times movie critic are feuding over a scathing review of Stone's documentary on Hugo Chavez, South of the Border. It began when the Times' Larry Rohter wrote this piece , in which he accuses Stone of "mistakes, misstatements, and missing details." Stone fired... More »

Stone Rips JFK Assassination 'Fairy Tale'

People in power are in denial, director charges

(Newser) - Film director cum pot-stirring historian Oliver Stone has blasted the official version of JFK's assassination as a "national fairy tale." To this day, "many key Americans in power are in total denial about this story," Stone told a group of students in Thailand. "They don't... More »

Oliver Stone: 'Hitler Was a Scapegoat'

Maybe Stalin wasn't so bad, either, says Hollywood bad boy

(Newser) - Bad boy lefty film director Oliver Stone is stirring up the pot again, this time with his controversial comments that Adlof Hitler was a "scapegoat." Hitler "is an easy scapegoat throughout history and it's been used cheaply," he said at a press conference with critics where... More »

Chavez: Obama's 'Smell of Hope' Beats Bush's Sulfur

(Newser) - Hugo Chavez paid President Obama a high compliment at the UN today, asserting that he doesn't have the same satanic odor as George Bush. "I don't smell sulfur anymore," the Venezuelan leader told the General Assembly. "It's gone. Now it's the smell of something else—it's the... More »

Stone Takes on 'Secret History of America'

Director will look at 'under-reported' events in Showtime series

(Newser) - Oliver Stone is nothing if not ambitious. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the director is prepping a 10-part documentary series entitled Secret History of America, which promises to examine important but under-reported events from the past 60 years. Stone, who will provide the narration himself, calls the Showtime project “... More »

Gordon Gecko Returns: Wall Street Sequel Is a Go

(Newser) - Will Gordon Gecko have a change of heart? The fictional Wall Streeter who famously declared that "greed is good" in 1987 is returning to the big screen, Access Hollywood and Variety report. Michael Douglas and director Oliver Stone have signed on for the Wall Street sequel, which will catch... More »

La. Prosecutors Clear Brolin in W Bar Brawl

But feisty actor still has fightin' words for Russell Crowe, critics

(Newser) - Louisiana prosecutors have agreed to drop all charges against Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright for a July barroom brawl the two allegedly got into while filming Oliver Stone’s W. Brolin and Wright, along with five members of the film’s crew, faced misdemeanor charges from the fight, People reports.... More »

Stone Shooting Chavez Flick

Director sticking with politics for follow-up to W

(Newser) - Controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone is following up his Bush biopic with a documentary on Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez and the new wave of Latin American leftism, Variety reports. Stone, who joined Chavez earlier this year in an effort to broker a deal to free hostages held by Colombian rebels, has... More »

Low Approval Ratings Greet W.

Stone's third presidential biopic his weakest

(Newser) - If early reviews are any indication, Oliver Stone might want to avoid waving a “Mission Accomplished” banner. His George Bush biopic, W., is “a gutsy movie,” writes Kirk Honeycutt of the Hollywood Reporter, “but not necessarily a good one.” The movie comes too soon to... More »

Stone's W. Aims for the Center

Portrait of the president is for the 60% of folks with an 'open mind'

(Newser) - Oliver Stone is looking to attract the political center with his new movie, W., about the life our 43rd president, USA Today reports. The film, a satirical biopic starring Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, is neither hagiography or damning indictment. “I'm not interested in that radical 15% that... More »

Brolin, Others in W Cast Busted in Bar Brawl

Assorted actors filming Oliver Stone's movie released on bail in La.

(Newser) - Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, actors filming Oliver Stone's W in Louisiana, were among the cast and crew members arrested after a barroom tussle, reports the Shreveport Times. The busted thespians had interfered with police attempts to subdue a fellow patron, and were charged with interfering with police. Brolin was... More »

Inside Oliver Stone's Leaked Bush Biopic Script

Slate looks at some key W moments

(Newser) - The script for Oliver Stone’s biopic about George Bush has leaked to the press, and Juliet Lapidos picked through it to find some choice lines for Slate:
  • The future president’s proudest moment at Yale? Pouring “cheap vodka into a large garbage can” while another frat pledge “
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Dutch Brace for Terror Before Koran Shredding

Right-wing pol vows to air anti-Muslim film

(Newser) - The Dutch government expects violent protests in response to an anti-Muslim film—said to include images of the Koran being shredded—that a right-wing lawmaker has vowed to make public this month. Geert Wilders, one of nine members of an extremist party in the Dutch lower house, aims to expose... More »

Director Rips Bush in Colombia Hostage Drama

Rescue undermined by US, says Stone

(Newser) - Maverick Hollywood director Oliver Stone had a front-row seat on the scene of the failed hostage rescue mission in Colombia last month—and has returned blaming that nation's government and President Bush. "Shame on Bush,” Stone told the Guardian. Colombian rebels reneged on a deal to free two... More »

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