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This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's Women in Entertainment Power 100 issue. Since 1992 Emma Watts & Mentor Oliver Stone Photographed by David Needleman on Nov. 26 at Fox Studios in Los Angeles Reuniting with her former boss on a recent fall day, Watts, 43, recalls the advice Stone, 67, gave her 16 years ago when she left his company for a production job at 20th Century Fox: "If you're going to work for a studio, promise to do it on your terms and don't lose yourself in the process." The maverick filmmaker laughs. "What other piece
- THR Staff
Abel Ferrara is exactly what you want in a grindhouse director. He is opinionated and brash yet respectful, with a thick Bronx accent that reeks of 42nd Street. In other words, he was a delight to chat with about Drafthouse Films’s upcoming rerelease of his 1981 rape/revenge flick Ms. 45. In Ms. 45, a young seamstress is brutally raped by two different men in two disparate events on the same day. The gun she carries begins as a protective measure, but soon devolves into a rampage against the perceived male threat.
I spoke with Ferrara about the good ol’ grindhouse days, the Internet revolution, and porn. Because every grindhouse interview should involve porn.
How did this rerelease come about? Did Drafthouse reach out to you, or were you actively seeking a rerelease?
It came to me out of the blue sky. In a million years it wouldn’t have occurred to me. »
- Alyse Wax
Carey Mulligan is an actress in demand. Nowhere was that more evident than at this year's Cannes Film Festival where Mulligan was on hand to promote two high profile entries, opening night selection "The Great Gatsby," and the Coen brothers' latest "Inside Llewyn Davis," which walked away with the Grand Prix prize. Since nabbing an Oscar nomination for her breakthrough turn in "An Education," Mulligan has stuck to 'auteur-ish' projects from the revered likes of Steve McQueen ("Shame"), Nicolas Winding Refn ("Drive") and Oliver Stone ("Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps"). In "Inside Llewyn Davis" (which opened in select theaters last Friday and goes wide December 20), Mulligan is barely unrecognizable under a mop of long black hair as Jean, the bitter and potty mouthed ex-flame of the titular folk artist, played by Oscar Isaac. Up next for the actress is Thomas Vinterberg's adaptation of "Far From the Madding Crowd." Read »
- Nigel M Smith
Feature Simon Brew 11 Dec 2013 - 06:58
In Jane Hamsher's excellent book, Killer Instinct, the producer charts the difficult path she and Don Murphy had in bringing Natural Born Killers to the big screen. Natural Born Killers was, of course, originally a Quentin Tarantino screenplay, one that changed dramatically when Oliver Stone signed up to direct the movie.
Tarantino sold the rights to the film for $10,000 after he'd tried to set the project up himself - this was before the Oscar-winning success of Pulp Fiction - and would regret the decision. That said, rumours that he held animosity towards Oliver Stone himself were just that. In interviews since, Tarantino has always been respectful towards him.
Back to Killer Instinct, though. There are a couple of »
Cinematographer Phedon Papamichael is finding a new audience of fans with his striking black-and-white camerawork in Nebraska, a father-and-son road trip starring Bruce Dern and Will Forte. With this third collaboration with director Alexander Payne, following Sideways and The Descendants, Papamichael is on a list of potential Oscar nominees. He was recently included in a Hollywood Reporter roundtable of five top cinematographers, a series that often portends year-end award winners. His other work includes James Mangold’s Walk the Line and Oliver Stone’s W. He just completed Monuments Men with George Clooney. Papamichael was born in Athens and studied photography and art […] »
- Rania Richardson
"Scarface" co-star Steven Bauer recalled a decade ago that, during the 1983 premiere for the over-the-top epic of the rise and fall of a violent, foul-mouthed, cocaine kingpin, Martin Scorsese turned to him and said, "You guys are great -- but be prepared, because they're going to hate it in Hollywood" Bauer said he asked why, and that Scorsese replied, "Because it's about them."
Thirty years after the release of "Scarface" (on December 9, 1983), Brian De Palma's glitzy, coke-fueled tale of Cuban immigrant druglord Tony Montana now seems like a landmark of '80s cinema. It provided major early career breaks for a number of stars, from Michelle Pfeiffer to Bauer to F. Murray Abraham, as well as for screenwriter Oliver Stone. Along with fellow gangster Michael Corleone of the "Godfather" trilogy, Tony Montana is the role Al Pacino is most likely to be remembered for. And of course, the movie »
- Gary Susman
The method actor has played the iconic Patrick Bateman in "American Psycho" and re-energized the beloved Batman with Christopher Nolan. He's become almost deathly thin for some films, like "The Machinist," and added dozens of pounds for others, like "American Hustle." With an Oscar under his belt for "The Fighter," Bale hardly has to prove he's more than just a blockbuster star. One of the best actors of his generation, he's now back on the indie scene in the dramatic "Out of the Furnace," opening this Friday, December 6.
"Out of the Furnace," Scott Cooper's follow-up to 2009's award-winning "Crazy Heart," stars Bale in a contemporary tale of heartbreak set against the backdrop of the Rust Belt. Bale plays Russell Baze, a mill worker in a »
- Jonny Black
This summer’s biggest sporting event, the 2014 World Cup, kicks off in Brazil, which means big business for FIFA and the networks selling advertising space. While the event is still over six months away, the first big commercial has already been released. This World Cup TV Ad is directed by Oliver Stone and shot by Rodrigo Prieto on Red Epic & MōVI – and features Stone, David Luiz, Sergio Aguero and Radamel Falcao promoting DirecTV’s overage of Brazil 2014. Watch it below. Enjoy!
The post Oliver Stone Directs World Cup 2014 Ad appeared first on Sound On Sight. »
We are just over six months from the first kickoff in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, which means that the advertising onslaught for one of the biggest sporting events in the world is now underway. And while soccer stars and celebrities are usually expected to lend shine to the campaigns that will be launched, it's rare that an actual director will become a centerpiece for an entire ad. And yet, that's the case for DirecTV Sports, who nabbed Oliver Stone to helm and appear in a spot. And no conspiracy theories here, just Stone's thoughts on what he hopes the experience will be like for everyone watching at home next summer. Check it out below followed by a Making Of featurette for this ad shot on Red Epic. [No Film School] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
For the past few months on Oscar Beat, we’ve been taking a detailed look at the Oscar race to come. We saw frontrunners emerge out of the fall film festival circuit, and now we’re starting to see each category come together. However, for this holiday weekend we thought it’d be fun to take a look at awards seasons past; specifically, films that were considered strong Oscar hopefuls until for one reason or another they dropped out of the race entirely. This year we’ve already seen a couple of potential Oscar contenders fade from the race once critics got their first look—namely The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, which now feels destined to be more of a commercial hit than a serious Oscar contender. After the jump, we examine five films from the past decade that looked like they had the goods for Oscar glory but »
- Adam Chitwood
San Francisco board supervisor, fearless gay rights activist, and all-around inspiration Harvey Milk is still a heroic figure 35 years after his murder at the age of 48. When he and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were murdered by Dan White, who was only convicted of manslaughter, outrage and grief rippled through the city. In 1984, the Academy Award-winning documentary The Times of Harvey Milk effectively chronicled Milk’s life and death, and because of that film we have indispensable insight into the mind of one of our pioneering gay rights leaders.
And yet, there are still facts about Milk that we either forget or overlook. Here are 10 facts about the man you might not know — some are funny, some are pop cultural, and some, particularly the one about Dan White, are unsettling. But 35 years on, it’s a joy to think about Harvey Milk, whose life was a terrific source of hope, »
- Louis Virtel
When I spoke to directors Joe and Anthony Russo about Frank Grillo's role in Captain America: The Winter Soldier at San Diego Comic-Con this past summer they couldn't have been more complimentary. Calling him "an amazing actor with incredible intensity" and noting his personal skills as a trained boxer, the filmmakers talked up the actor's performance and likened his part as Brock Rumlow/Crossbones to being an interesting and exciting character that you would find in an Oliver Stone film. From their words I got the sense that we can expect something very cool in Grillo's performance, but judging from recent comments made by the actor the Captain America sequel may just be a launching pad. Speaking about the blockbuster comic book flick with Crave Online while promoting his new film Homefront, Grillo suggested that The Winter Soldier won't be the last time that we see his character involved »
Hollywood producer gives interview in which he confirms earlier claims that he was an arms dealer
The Hollywood producer behind box office hits including Fight Club, Pretty Woman and La Confidential has spoken about his life as an Israeli secret agent and arms dealer, saying he was proud of working for his country.
Arnon Milchan gave a lengthy interview to the Israeli documentary programme Uvda, broadcast on Monday on Channel 2, confirming claims made earlier in an unauthorised biography that he worked for an Israeli agency that negotiated arms deals and supported Israel's secret nuclear weapons project.
Milchan, who was born in Israel, was recruited as a young businessman to the Bureau of Scientific Relations – known by its Hebrew acronym, Lakam – by Shimon Peres, now Israel's president, in the 1960s. The bureau, which worked to obtain scientific and technical information for secret defence programmes, closed in 1987.
Milchan, 68, is the chairman of New Regency Productions, »
- Harriet Sherwood
Arnon Milchan’s double life as a Hollywood producer and Israeli spy reads like a script for a film he produced.
After years of speculation about his past, Milchan admitted he had worked as an Israeli spy and arms dealer, even after coming to Hollywood, in a report on Israel’s investigative TV show “Uvda.” The Israeli businessman-turned-Hollywood producer behind “12 Years a Slave,” “Fight Club” and “L.A. Confidential” admitted to buying arms that were going to be used by Israel to build nuclear bombs.
“I should have been aware of that, of what I’ll go through, and said, ‘F**k you. You know what? I did it for my country, and I’m proud of it,’” Milchan said about the industry’s disapproval of his past activities.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Next year’s X-Men ultra-sequel has officially cashed in on the Killing Kennedy craze. Just one week after bookshelves and TV schedules were flooded with memorials for the 35th president of the United States, Days of Future Past has just released a new video offering a new theory: Maybe Magneto did. The video proffers the idea that Magneto was present on the grassy knoll on November 22, and that he used his powers to “bend” the bullet. This ridiculous idea still makes more sense than anything in Oliver Stone’s JFK, so watch the video below:
Now, here’s where things get fun. »
- Darren Franich
With the anniversary of the JFK assassination in Dallas just a few days ago, I’m not entirely sure if this is in very good taste, to use the former President’s death as some kind of gimmicky viral video for your movie. But it sure is timely — and heck, if you subscribe to the “magic bullet” theory, then it certainly makes sense that ol Magneto would be involved, right? He is the master of magnetism, after all. I know this for sure, though: Oliver Stone is probably rolling around in his grave right about now. Here’s the gag: Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of contention between humans and the mutants ever since. Check out the viral video below. The film itself, starring Hugh Jackman, »
Over the summer, word surfaced that Marvel was courting Aaron Taylor-Johnson and then Elizabeth Olsen to join their Cinematic Universe. Joss Whedon’s hugely anticipated Avengers: Age of Ultron was in need of a Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, and they were the two in contention for the parts.
For months, it’s been expected that they had joined the project, and all that was left was the crossing and dotting of ts and is. Now it looks like we weren’t wrong, with the studio officially confirming the two for the sibling roles.
It won’t be the first time that Taylor-Johnson and Olsen will be starring alongside each other, with both appearing in Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla, due out in May 2014. (Another reason to look forward to Edwards’ similarly anticipated blockbuster, as if we needed one.)
James Spader was the first new cast member for the sequel to be officially »
- Kenji Lloyd
Last week saw the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President Kennedy. We at Thn commemorated the event with a retrospective look back at Oliver Stone’s classic film JFK. Fox however went down a different route, investigating the ‘bent bullet’ conspiracy, placing X-men mutant Magneto, played by Michael Fassbender, into the spotlight. How pivotal will this plot point play in Singer’s X-men: Days Of Future Past?
This clip sees the marketing machine kick-it-up a notch. The video is a stroke of viral genius, edited together like a documentary, blending real world images with X-verse footage seamlessly. Watch the viral video here alongside the secret documents proving Lee Harvey Oswald was no lone shooter via the intriguing new website:
“Half a century ago, Magneto was implicated in the mutant plot to assassinate President John F. Kennedy. The events of that fateful day in November have been a point of »
- Kat Smith
We've already known for awhile that Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have been cast in Joss Whedon's Avengers: Age of Ultron. But today Marvel made it official with a press release announcing that they will be playing Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, respectively. Johnson and Olsen are both great actors, and I think they are going to be fantastic in the movie! I wonder how many films they signed on for.
Here's the press release:
Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen have officially joined the Avengers family as the brother-sister duo of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch in Marvel's "Avengers: Age of Ultron," the highly-anticipated sequel to 2012's smash-hit "Marvel's The Avengers"! "Avengers: Age of Ultron" arrives in theaters May 1, 2015.
Taylor-Johnson broke out with his roles as Dave Lizewski in the "Kick-Ass" franchise and with his portrayal of a young John Lennon in "Nowhere Boy," for which he won an Empire Award for Best Newcomer. »
- Joey Paur
Directed by Peter Landesman.
Timely released to co-inside with the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, there’s no more poignant time to release Parkland, a film which tells the story of multiple real characters on the day of and few days following that event which changed the course of history. That doesn’t save it from being little more than a made-for-tv or History Channel movie.
I like the film’s intentions to tell a well-known story from the perspectives of the people whose names aren’t so well known, but whose actions are of vital importance. »
- Gary Collinson
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