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Glenn Beck Ramping Up A Film Studio, Planning Three Original Features

17 April 2014 10:04 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

If you can.t beat them, join them. Ultra-conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck announced that he his starting a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his radio program. The Hollywood Reporter has the details, explaining that Beck plans to develop three original stories as theatrical releases. "One [is] set in ancient history, one in modern history and a third he considers .faith-based,." the trade reports. Beck says that he has been busy refurbishing The Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The 72,000-square-foot facility played host to such films as Oliver Stone.s JFK. The Dallas Morning News reported that Beck bought the studio back in 2013. "We're getting it ready for some big plans," the 50-year-old radio host said. Of course, Beck made headlines recently by criticizing Darren Aronofsky.s Old Testament drama Noah for being "awful." He said: It is not a godless climate »

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Oliver Stone: China's film-makers need to confront country's past

17 April 2014 8:10 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Stone causes controversy by telling Beijing international film festival audience that Chinese directors fail to make movies about Mao Zedong's damaging legacy

China Film Group part-funds Warcraft film

China may relax foreign film quota

Hollywood's habit of allowing Chinese censors to cut offending material from blockbuster movies has led to accusations of artistic surrender from some critics. But at least one Us film-maker has clearly not been reading the script: Oliver Stone has told an audience in Beijing that the world's most populous nation desperately needs to confront its past on the big screen if its burgeoning film industry is to be taken seriously.

Speaking at the Beijing international film festival, Stone caused huge embarrassment for organisers when he began to discuss the failure of local directors to confront the damaging legacy of the country's revered founder Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution a half century ago. The outspoken film-maker »

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Oliver Stone criticises Chinese film industry over Mao Zedong silence

17 April 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Oliver Stone has criticised China's film industry during an appearance at the Beijing International Film Festival.

The famously outspoken director called upon Chinese filmmakers to properly address Chairman Mao's impact on the country and the legacy of the Cultural Revolution.

"Mao Zedong has been lionised in dozens and dozens of Chinese films, but never criticised," said Stone on a panel about co-production which also included Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and Paramount Pictures COO Frederick Huntsberry (via The Hollywood Reporter).

"It's about time. You got to make a movie about Mao, about the Cultural Revolution. You do that, you open up, you stir the waters and you allow true creativity to emerge in this country. That would be the basis of real co-production.

"You talk about co-production but you don't want to face the history of China. You don't want to talk about it. Three times I've made efforts to »

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Oliver Stone slams co-pros at Beijing

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

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Bjiff: Oliver Stone slams co-productions

16 April 2014 11:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Oliver Stone was characteristically outspoken on the second day of the Beijing International Film Festival (Bjiff), challenging China to rethink international co-productions and start making films that examine its past.

Speaking at the Sino-Foreign Film Co-production Forum, Stone said, “most international co-productions are bullshit”, due to their bad acting and casting, as expecting actors to use a second language usually doesn’t work.

“The international ballgame has gotten bigger and bigger with films like Iron Man 3 and Transformers,” Stone said, referring to the trend of incorporating Chinese elements into studio pictures. “I hope they use China well. But using Chinese actors in the background because you want money is not an artistic approach.”

Stone also said he’s “run into a wall” three times trying to make films in China about Mao Tse-tung, the Cultural Revolution and a documentary around the Beijing Olympics. “Three times I’ve made real efforts to coproduce and come up short »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Oliver Stone Slams Chinese Film Industry at Beijing Festival

16 April 2014 9:15 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Beijing – Oliver Stone caused embarrassment, a little outrage and a fair helping of delight at the Beijing International Film Festival when the Platoon director urged Chinese filmmakers to deal with controversial historical issues such as the painful legacy of the country’s founder Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution he unleashed half a century ago. "Mao Zedong has been lionized in dozens and dozens of Chinese films, but never criticized. It's about time. You got to make a movie about Mao, about the Cultural Revolution. You do that, you open up, you stir the waters and you allow true creativity

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Oliver Stone Spars With Chinese Film Official at Beijing Film Festival

16 April 2014 7:27 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beijing – U.S. director Oliver Stone railed against the notion of international co-productions and warned Chinese filmmakers not to become “bastardized” by attempts to become global.

Stone’s remarks came while taking part in a seminar about international co-productions organized as part of the fourth Beijing Intl. Film Festival.

“Most international co-productions are bullshit. They often don’t work. Money is the dictator,” said the “Wall Street” director. “’Iron Man’? ‘Transformers’? Is it really a Chinese experience?”

Stone said he finds actors performing in languages other than their own to be compromised.

“Chinese actors when they try and act in English, it doesn’t have the same meaning,” he said. “Words are important. I hope you never bastardize yourselves to become American.”

Stone’s remarks later built into a slow-moving, almost surreal on-stage argument with Zhang Xun, the president of China Film Co-production Corp., the moderator of the seminar.

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Beijing Film Festival Aims for International Flavor

15 April 2014 10:09 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Beijing Intl. Film Festival organizers have given this year’s event a stronger international flavor and more high-tech elements, moves that reflect the Chinese industry’s desire to go global. Festival runs April 16-23.

One big change? This fourth edition features an opening-night screening — something that is standard at other festivals, but which the first three Beijing fests dispensed with, in favor of a pomp and circumstance show befitting the city’s status in the emerging world order and its powerhouse backers, the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television and the Beijing city government.

“The norm for major international film festivals around the world is for the opening film to enjoy a good reputation and respect within the industry. To reflect the international … and market-oriented nature of Bjiff, the organizing committee decided on ‘Beauty and the Beast,’ ” a festival spokesman says. The Franco-German romantic fantasy by Asiaphile French director »

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Top 5: Conspiracy Thrillers

11 April 2014 1:33 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Conspiracy films can captivate an audience in surprising ways, and Hollywood has a long tradition of bringing these theories to life. In the upcoming film Pioneer, director Erik Skjoldbjærg explores a real life Norwegian big oil cover-up that includes murder, extortion, and diving in the North Sea.

In celebration of Pioneer‘s release today, we are counting down six of the best conspiracy thrillers.

5. Shutter Island (2010)

Perhaps better known for violent-gangster films than conspiracy theories, Martin Scorsese teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fourth time to stunning effects. Using conspiracy-theory tropes unapologetically, Shutter Island turns the genre on its head and questions the nature of conspiracy theorists within our society.

4. The Insider (1999)

Focused solely on their shareholders, corporations will often go to morally extreme lengths to maximize profits. There is perhaps no better instance of this than within the cigarette industry, where companies denied the harmful effects of cigarettes for years, »

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Sean Penn to direct Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron in The Last Face

11 April 2014 12:37 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Africa-set drama about a doctor working in famine relief zone set to become Penn's fifth film behind the camera

Sean Penn, Michael Moore and Oliver Stone pay tribute to Hugo Chávez

Sean Penn will return to the director's chair for the first time since 2007's critically acclaimed Into the Wild on the African-set romantic drama The Last Face, reports Variety.

Penn's fifth film behind the cameras stars Javier Bardem and Charlize Theron as a doctor and relief worker who become involved. Bardem, described as a talented and charismatic medic, must eventually choose between romance and dedication to his work saving lives in war zones. Adele Exarchopoulos, the young French star of controversial Cannes Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Colour, has been cast as a journalist.

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What do The Goonies look like now? Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Corey Feldman

7 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Goonies director Richard Donner has delivered the news we've been anticipating for almost three decades - a sequel toThe Goonies is in the works.

And Donner has also revealed that all of the original cast from the cult 1985 movie will "hopefully" be reprising their roles. Relieve your childhood by taking a fond look back at the young stars from the adventure movie - and find out what they have gone on to do since below:

Sean Astin

Sean Astin played the slightly dorky yet bright, braces-clad Mikey - who attempts to leads his fellow adventurers to One-Eyed Willy's hidden fortune upon his discovery of an old treasure map.

The 43-year-old actor has continued to enjoy movie success with his role as Samwise Gamgee in The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Astin also played Lynn McGill in hit Fox TV series 24, provides the voice of Raphael in Nickelodeon's TV version »

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Thoughts on 'The Matrix' 15 years later and 1999 as a great year for movies

31 March 2014 3:40 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On March 31, 1999, Andy and Lana (née Larry) Wachowski's "The Matrix" hit theaters. That's 15 years ago today, and it was a pretty significant event. I think anyone who has read me for any period of time knows my affinity for and fascination with 1999 as an overall annus mirabilis at the multiplex. I've gone so far as to start the process of reporting a book because I can never quite shake how that year just seems to mean something. On one hand, it's personal. It was my first year of film school and going to a double feature of "American Beauty" and "Three Kings" with some fellow classmates one night, that kind of power punch will do a lot to galvanize someone in the early stages of embarking on a career in film. But it was an objectively amazing time. First and foremost, let's pause and consider that for a brief period, »

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We introduce the new show 'Ask Drew' and we need your help to make it work

31 March 2014 12:05 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »

- Drew McWeeny

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1950s Broadway Rock & Roll Miscegenation Musical 'Memphis' Set Up For Film Adaptation. Writer Attached

31 March 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Long-time readers of S&A may remember our coverage of this Broadway musical in 2010, when it was rumored that the musical had drawn Hollywood's interest - specifically, Justin Timberlake was reportedly interested in adapting the musical to film, likely as a starring vehicle for himself; It was also rumored that director Oliver Stone, who was said to be a big fan of the show, had been meeting and talking with David Bryan, one of the show's creators and its composer, expressing his interest in making a film out of it. Those were 2 separate interests, by the way; and I emphasize that neither was officially confirmed. The Tony Award-winning »

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Tom Wilkinson set to join Mlk biopic 'Selma' as President Lyndon Johnson

28 March 2014 1:02 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's quite a lot of firepower already stacked up behind Ava DuVernay's Martin Luther King Jr. biopic "Selma." Brad Pitt and Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner are producing (hot off a Best Picture Oscar win for "12 Years a Slave") along with Oprah Winfrey, and today, a new actor has been announced for the cast. The Wrap reports that Oscar nominee Tom Wilkinson ("In the Bedroom," "Michael Clayton") is in early talks to play President Lyndon B. Johnson in the film, which will star David Oyelowo ("Lee Daniels' The Butler") as King in the story of the landmark 1965 voting rights campaign. This is one of three Mlk films that have been in the works, the others being "Memphis" (penned by Paul Greengrass with Scott Rudin producing) and an Oliver Stone/Jamie Foxx project set up at DreamWorks that has the backing of the King family. Those projects were very slowly coming together, »

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6 Actors Quietly Enjoying A Career Renaissance While Everybody’s Been Watching McConaughey

28 March 2014 10:31 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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After years of appearing in a succession of truly terrible movies from How to Lose a Guy In 10 Days to Failure to Launch to Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Matthew McConaughey has done an amazing job of reinventing himself in the public imagination as a hugely talented and in-demand actor. Finally fulfilling the promise he showed in the early days of Dazed and Confused, McConaughey’s run of films involving Killer Joe, Mud and Magic Mike resulted in an Oscar last month for Dallas Buyers Club.

This so-called “McConaissance” has generated plenty of column inches and enormous amounts of media discussion, but the Interstellar star is not the only actor to have hit a rich vein of form of late after years of uninspiring films. While critics and the Academy have been falling over themselves to shower McConaughey in praise, these six actors have been quietly enjoying their own career renaissances. »

- Jack Gann

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Beijing Festival Unveils Starry Jury for Deja-Vu Competition

27 March 2014 1:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hong Kong — The Beijing International Film festival has put together a festival of festivals-type competition selection with titles that have gathered awards at other events through the past year.

The line-up will be judged by a powerhouse jury to be headed by John Woo. He is joined by Irish director Jim Sheridan, India’s “3 Idiots” screenwriter, Italian actress Maria Grazia Cucinotti, leading Chinese director Lu Chuan and Sinofile French director, scriptwriter and producer Philippe Muyl.

The festival will kick off with a screening of Christophe Gans’ “Beauty And The Beast,” starring Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux.

Beijing, now in its fourth year, has been a jumping off point for high level East-West meetings. This year’s seminar of co-production will involve Oliver Stone, Alfonso Cuarón, director of Gravity; Christopher Dodd, president of the Motion Picture Association of America; Frederick Huntsberry, COO of Paramount Pictures; Russian director Timur Bekmambetov and Peter Ziering, »

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Beijing Film Fest Confirms Chris Dodd, Alfonso Cuaron, Oliver Stone to Attend

26 March 2014 11:22 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Organizers of this year’s Beijing International Film Festival have lined up a range of top industry figures for the Chinese capital's top cinema event, including Paramount Pictures COO Frederick Huntsberry, Gravity director Alfonso Cuaron and Frozen producer Peter Del Vecho. Other attendees taking part in panel discussions at the fest, which runs from April 16-23, include Motion Picture Association of America president Christopher Dodd, directors Oliver Stone and Timur Bekmambetov and British producer Peter Ziering. French director Jean-Jacques Annaud, Taiwanese film scholar Peggy Chiao, Chinese director Xue Xiaolu and “two other guests of great influence” are yet to

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New Scarface will be 'Mexican hustler in La'

25 March 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Producers of forthcoming film want to cast 'an authentic Latino' in the role, and seem set to hire Chilean director Pablo Larraín

The latest manifestation of Scarface will be a Mexican hustler working his way up on the streets of Los Angeles, according to The Wrap.

Universal has been working on a second remake of the classic gangster story since at least 2011, with Harry Potter's David Yates at one point in talks to direct. The studio now looks set to hire Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín, best known for the Oscar-nominated political drama No, to oversee the new iteration.

Paul Muni took the central role of Italian newcomer Antonio "Tony" Comonte in the 1932 Scarface, a tale of warring Chicago gangs which teamed Howard Hawks with the legendary producer Howard Hughes. Al Pacino played Cuban drug baron Tony Montana in Brian de Palma's 1983 remake, which was critically panned on release but »

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A 'Scarface' Reboot Might be the Perfect Way to Test Today's Cinema

24 March 2014 12:09 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1932's Scarface, Howard Hawks' prohibition era tale of a gangster's rise and fall was loosely based on the life of Al Capone and starred Paul Muni in the title role. In 1983, Brian De Palma directed a remake from a script by Oliver Stone and starring Al Pacino as a Cuban immigrant. Unlike the first film's focus on bootlegging, this one used cocaine to tell it's story of how power and greed corrupts. Both films are products of their time, both cinematically and socially. Now, another remake is in the works at Universal Pictures with Pablo Larrain (No) aboard to direct with a screenplay from Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco) who rewrote David Ayer's (Training Day, End of Watch) original draft. Word is the story will center on a Mexican immigrant and his rise in the criminal underworld, set in present day Los Angeles. The lead character will keep the first name Tony, »

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