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Movie Review – Fury (2014)

24 October 2014 10:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fury, 2014.

Written and Directed by David Ayer.

Starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Jenke, Kevin Vace and Xavier Samuel.

Synopsis:

April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

War is hell. War is unforgiving. War is unrelenting. War for a soldier is dirty, grim, and each day could be your last. Movies have showed us this to various extents for decades now even if they barely even scratch the surface of what it might be like in reality and I thank God I’ll never have »

- Gary Collinson

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8 amazing rock 'n' roll transformations: From Gary Oldman to Cate Blanchett

24 October 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic All By My Side opens in cinemas today (October 24).

Andre '3000' Benjamin plays the iconic musician in the movie, which depicts Jimi's humble beginnings to becoming possibly the world's greatest guitarist.

This has inspired us to compile our own list of the greatest portrayals of musicians in rock 'n' roll biopics, often going above and beyond mere physical transformation:

1. Andy Serkis as Ian Dury

Andy Serkis was BAFTA nominated for his critically-acclaimed role - played to perfection - as charismatic '70s punk rock singer and songwriter Ian Dury in Mat Whitecross's 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.

To portray Dury's physical condition - he contracted polio as a child - Serkis lost two stone and built up the muscle mass on the right-hand side of his body so the other side was weaker.

He added: "I had a body wax. It's the most »

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Giveaway – Win Natural Born Killers: The Director’s Cut on Blu-ray

23 October 2014 11:45 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Out now on Blu-ray, this Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) 20th Anniversary release of Natural Born Killers contains two versions of the film (Theatrical version and Director’s Cut), a new high-def featurette Natural Born Killers: Method in the Madness, a rare glimpse provided by director Oliver Stone, editor Hank Corwin and technical advisor Dale Dye into the creative process that gave birth to this provocative piece of American cinema. And we’ve got a copy to give away!

This 1994 Venice Film Festival winner captures Stone’s hallucinogenic ride through the minds and exploits of two cold-blooded lovers (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis), and is a powerful, gut-grabbing look at how violence and crime are sensationalised and glamorised in the media.

© 1994 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Available to order on Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1rfnMlC

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- Gary Collinson

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Movie Review: Kill the Messenger

23 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

The history of America’s “War on Drugs” has produced many stories. One of the lesser-known ones is that of the late Gary Webb, an investigative reporter for the San Jose Mercury News who wrote a series of articles about the CIA’s involvement in cocaine trafficking into the United States. The film Kill the Messenger tries to tell the story of Webb and the backlash he faced because of his writing. Unfortunately, despite some good performances, the film falls short of its lofty ambitions.

Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner), a journalist for the San Jose Mercury News, thinks he’s found the story of a lifetime when he discovers information that seems to expose the CIA’s role in arming the Contra rebels in Nicaragua and supporting their trafficking of cocaine into the United States. But after Webb’s expose is published, he becomes the target of a vicious smear »

- Timothy Monforton

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Slideshow: Exclusive Red-Carpet Portraits at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival

23 October 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Previous | Image 1 of 12 | NextFilmmaker and activist Michael Moore introduced ‘Roger and Me.’

Chicago – As the 2014 edition of the 50th Chicago International Film Festival ends on October 23rd, HollywoodChicago.com spotlights the Red Carpet events with a collection of Exclusive Portraits from photographer Joe Arce. Directors are highlighted, as filmmakers ranging from Oliver Stone to Michael Moore are featured.

Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All images © Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com.

CIFF1: Filmmaker and activist Michael Moore introduced ‘Roger and Me.’ CIFF2: Actress Kathleen Turner at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival. CIFF3: Oliver Stone introduced his films ‘Natural Born Killers’ & ‘Alexander.’ CIFF4: Director Taylor Hackford presented his film ‘White Nights.’ CIFF5: Director Richard Lagravenese debuted ‘The Last 5 Years.’ CIFF6: Director Margarethe Von Trotta served on the International Feature Film jury. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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War is hell! 9 brutal war movies to watch before Fury

23 October 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The long and illustrious line of films about war extends this week with the release of Brad Pitt's Fury, a drama about the crew of a WWII Sherman tank fighting for their lives behind enemy lines.

David Ayer's film is brutal and bloody, highlighting the sheer trauma of warfare. In time for Fury's release, Digital Spy takes a look at 9 different war films that will leave you shaken.

1. Paths of Glory (1957)

Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.

2. The Deer Hunter (1978)

Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »

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Win ‘Natural Born Killers’ On Blu-Ray!

22 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Out now on Blu-ray, this Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s (Wbhe) 20th Anniversary release contains two versions of the film (Theatrical version and Director’s Cut), a new high-def featurette Natural Born Killers: Method in the Madness, a rare glimpse provided by director Oliver Stone, editor Hank Corwin and technical advisor Dale Dye into the creative process that gave birth to this provocative piece of American cinema.

This 1994 Venice Film Festival winner captures Stone’s hallucinogenic ride through the minds and exploits of two cold-blooded lovers (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis), and is a powerful, gut-grabbing look at how violence and crime are sensationalised and glamorised in the media.

Available to buy from Amazon today: http://amzn.to/1rfnMlC

© 1994 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.

To be in with a chance of winning the Blu-ray, just tell us…Who directed Natural Born Killers?

A: Timothy Pebble

B: Betty »

- Dan Bullock

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Interview: Oliver Stone on the Red Carpet at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival

22 October 2014 9:16 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Love him or not, Oliver Stone is one of the most important directors of the last generation. The creator of “Born on the Fourth of July,” “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Nixon” and “Any Given Sunday” was at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival to introduce his director’s cut for “Alexander” and “Natural Born Killers.”

Oliver Stone at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com

HollywoodChicago.com was on the Red Carpet – with photographer Joe Arce – to get a few questions with the amazing Mr. Stone, and as usual he delivers the goods.

HollywoodChicago.com: What is it about Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival that is ideal to showcase your director’s cuts of ‘Alexander’ and ‘Natural Born Killers’?

Oliver Stone: The festival idea from [Founder] Michael Kutza means that Chicago was the forerunner of other big city film festivals, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Adff to honour Bouchareb, Pressman

21 October 2014 3:14 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Days of Glory director and American Psycho producer to receive career achievement awards.

Abu Dhabi Film Festival (Adff) (Oct 23-Nov 1) is to honour French-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb and Us producer Edward Pressman with Career Achievement Awards for their outstanding contribution to world cinema.

Both awards will be presented at the festival’s opening event on Oct 23 at Emirates Palace.

Bouchareb is best known for directing Dust of Life (1995), Days of Glory (2006) and Outside the Law (2010), all of which were nominated for Best Foreign Language Film awards at the Oscars.

His latest feature, Two Men In Town starring Forest Whitaker as an ex-convict and a Muslim convert, will screen as part of the Adff Showcase.

The film played in competition at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year. Adff will also host a public conversation with Bouchareb on Oct 24, where he will discuss his life and career as a director and producer.

Us producer »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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50th Chicago International Film Festival Review – Natural Born Killers (1994)

18 October 2014 1:01 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Natural Born Killers, 1994.

Directed by Oliver Stone.

Starring Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr, Tommy Lee Jones, and Rodney Dangerfield.

Synopsis:

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Natural Born Killers was selected as a special presentation at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival as the movie celebrates its 20th birthday, but what made revisiting this classic bloodbath barrage of violence so fun is that the message director Oliver Stone wanted to get across still exists in our world today. Oliver actually introduced the film in person, and described the production as him sick and tired of the media, venting out his frustrations by “throwing up on-screen”. Truthfully, there probably isn’t a better assessment of Natural Born Killers.

It is chaotically frenetic to the point where sometimes it actually feels over-stylized. To this day it is »

- Robert Kojder

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Salvador | Blu-ray Review

14 October 2014 7:15 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a long time since Oliver Stone made anything with as much punchy political grit as Salvador. As the first of two films (the other being Platoon) produced by John Daly (and released mind-bogglingly within months of each other in the spring of 1986) that reckoned with war and all of its cultivated cruelty, its recklessness and the underlying romanticism being ravaged from within. Stone’s film took up the, at that time, still active El Salvadoran peasant revolution and the Us funded murder and suppression of such an uprising, as its volatile subject, all through the eyes of a true-to-life conniving Hunter S. Thompson-esque photo journalist named Richard Boyle, who co-wrote the screenplay along with Stone and who’s on the ground experiences served as inspiration for the film. An Academy Award nominee for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor, raw in its depiction of the ugliness »

- Jordan M. Smith

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50 Years of the Chicago International Film Festival

13 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

This year marks the 50th anniversary of North America’s oldest competitive international film festival. From Oct. 9–23, Chicagoans can take in a vast array of stories old and new, long and short, near and far. Best of all? Tickets for the Chicago International Film Festival start at only $7 per film. “There are a couple of different things we’re doing this year,” festival programming director Mimi Plauché told Backstage. “One is a much larger number of retrospective, repertory screenings.” Hits such as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” which had its world premiere in Chicago in 1975, will be screened alongside entries for the New Directors Competition. Award-winning director Oliver Stone, whose student film premiered at the festival at the beginning of his career, will present “Alexander: Ultimate Edition” and a director’s cut of “Natural Born Killers,” as well as participate in talkbacks with audiences. “A lot of »

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War Films at the Oscars

13 October 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Set during the final months of World War II, Fury follows a tank commander (played by Brad Pitt) and his crew as they head into Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ final push. The film also stars Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, John Bernthal and Michael Pena. The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy said the film is “a modern version of the sort of movie Hollywood turned out practically every week back in the 1940s and 1950s.” Fury opens Oct. 17.

Could Fury score a best picture nomination at the 87th Academy Awards? Both war biopics and fictional war films — about real wars or battles — have historically done well at the Oscars; however, the current projections show that the race will be a tight one. Here’s a look at some of the fictional war films that scored nominations for best picture:

War-themed best picture winners »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Reeve Receives Standing Ovation at Oscar Ceremony (Video)

10 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »

- Andre Soares

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Watch: Trailer for Edward Snowden Documentary, 'Citizenfour'

10 October 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Laura Poitras' documentary Citizenfour will play the New York Film Festival today and ahead of that premiere the first trailer has arrived via HuffPo. The doc offers up a first-person look at how Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald first met with whistleblower Edward Snowden in Hong Kong where he gave them documents showing widespread abuses of power by the National Security Administration. Here's the official, full synopsis: In January 2013, filmmaker Laura Poitras (recipient of the 2012 MacArthur Genius Fellowship and co-recipient of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service) was several years into making a film about surveillance in the post-9/11 era when she started receiving encrypted e-mails from someone identifying himself as "citizen four," who was ready to blow the whistle on the massive covert surveillance programs run by the Nsa and other intelligence agencies. In June 2013, she and Greenwald flew to Hong Kong for the first of many meetings »

- Brad Brevet

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10 Must-Sees at the 50th Chicago International

10 October 2014 1:47 PM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the Chicago International Film Festival, is making a special effort to mark the occasion, with a gala gathering of name talents (Liv Ullmann, Oliver Stone, Kathleen Turner and Isabelle Huppert, among others) and many retrospective classics to spotlight the festival’s storied history. But I am, as always, more intrigued by what new and exciting discoveries are to be found in the competition lineups; after all, this is the longest-running competitive festival in North America, and its lineups have routinely yielded films that end up on my top ten lists (last year: The Missing Picture; the year before: Consuming Spirits). The three major competition lineups for this year each yielded two clear standout titles, adding up to my six must-see films of the festival. They may not have the collective star power of the festival’s marquee events, but then again, they don’t need it. »

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Daily | Chicago 2014

9 October 2014 7:34 AM, PDT | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

The 50th anniversary edition of the Chicago International Film Festival, running from October 9-23, will feature, as Ray Pride notes, "notable appearances and master classes, including Michael Moore presenting his restored version of Roger & Me, a film that was nearly lost; producer-turned-online distributor Ted Hope talking about his memoir-manifesto, Hope For Film, and Oliver Stone, with a director’s cut of Natural Born Killers and Alexander: Ultimate Edition, a fourth version of his 2004 epic, reportedly with a warm handful of homoerotic content restored to its 207-minute duration. An Isabelle Huppert tribute will trail four features, including Michael Haneke’s The Piano Teacher and Claire Denis’s White Material, both shown in 35mm." » - David Hudson »

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Oliver Stone's Edward Snowden Film Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt Goes to Auction

8 October 2014 11:38 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Edward Snowden the famed whistleblower, who made public classified information from the National Security Agency, is getting the Oliver Stone treatment, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to portray him. A select number of studio heads will be looking over Stone's script this Friday, TheWrap has learned. Also read: Oliver Stone to Write and Direct Edward Snowden Movie The film was developed by Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman, who will produce alongside Eric Kopeloff. Representatives for Gordon-Levitt and Stone have not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. The film is based off of the novel “Time of the Octopus, »

- Jason Hughes

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Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden Spec Auctions Friday; Joseph Gordon-Levitt Stars As Whistleblower

8 October 2014 4:29 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Around the same time that the Edward Snowden documentary Citizenfour premieres at the New York Film Festival on Friday, studio heads will be reading the drama script that Oliver Stone and producing partner Moritz Borman have been working on about the hot-button subject of a leaker some call gutsy while others call a traitor. Stone will direct Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the role of the American who fled to Russia seeking asylum after making public more classified documents than anyone since Daniel Ellsberg leaked the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War.

The film starts in Munich in January, with Borman producing with Eric Kopeloff. Deadline revealed last month that Gordon-Levitt would play Snowden; he just played Philippe Petit in the Robert Zemeckis-directed The Long Walk for TriStar and now is shooting Xmas with Seth Rogen at Sony.

As Deadline has reported, Stone and Borman have a deal with Snowden’s Russian lawyer, »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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Film News: Sneak Peek at the 50th Annual Chicago International Film Festival

7 October 2014 6:29 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the finest places in the world to witness its best cinema is the Chicago International Film Festival, which is now hitting its golden year of 50. This year’s festival boasts a lineup of top tier entries from world renowned filmmakers, packaged in the distinct Chicago flavor that keeps the city on a level all its own.

The festivities begin on Thursday, October 9 with a presentation of Liv Ullman’s “Miss Julie,” an adaptation of the August Strindberg play starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain. With the film playing at Chicago’s Harris Theater, Ullman and Farrell are scheduled to walk the red carpet, along with “The Fugitive” director Andrew Davis and Academy Award-nominated actress Kathleen Turner.

A delicious lineup of films from around the world, adored at previous festivals and now ready for Chicago audiences, begin their presentation the next day (Friday October 10) with all festival screenings »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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