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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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- Clifford Coonan

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U2 perform 'Ordinary Love' at the 2014 Oscars -- Video

2 March 2014 7:11 PM, PST | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Beloved Irish rockers U2 completed their hat trick of major media events, appearing onstage at the Oscars to perform their nominated song “Ordinary Love.” The song was written to honor Nelson Mandela, the subject of the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom — and an image of the late Mandela appeared onscreen at one point. Around the two-minute mark, Bono got down on his knees and thrust his arms in the air in a pose that vaguely suggested Willem Dafoe in Platoon. Watch the performance below: »

- Darren Franich

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12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards – Final Results – 2013 Films

2 March 2014 11:40 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards

Here are the results for the 12th Annual Tsr Movie Awards.

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8.29 Gravity

7.54 Frozen

7.43 The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

7.17 The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug

6.91 Iron Man 3

6.5 Monsters University

6.16 Man Of Steel

6.14 Despicable Me 2

6.11 Fast & Furious 6

5.04 Oz The Great And Powerful


7.97 The Wolf Of Wall Street

7.46 The World’S End

7.17 This Is The End

6.67 The Heat

6.66 We’Re The Millers

6.59 American Hustle

6.17 Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues »

- Jeff Bayer

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Oliver Stone: 'Barack Obama biopic more suited to Steven Spielberg'

21 February 2014 12:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Oliver Stone has slated the idea of a film on President Barack Obama, declaring him not interesting enough for the screen.

Speaking on an upcoming episode of Dan Rather's The Big Interview, the Platoon director said the potential for such a story is more suited to Steven Spielberg.

"I don't think [Obama's] that interesting enough, I think that's more of a Spielberg movie because, you know, the first black President of the United States, it's a good story and I'm sure you can sell it on a symbolic level," Stone explained.

The 67-year-old went on to fault Spielberg's "view of exceptionalism" and claims the Lincoln director has a different view of history to his own.

"I fault Spielberg for his view of exceptionalism. He grew up in that America, he has to sell that idea," he said.

"He has a different view of history. He said himself, 'I was born Jewish, »

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Oliver Stone Goes After Steven Spielberg on Dan Rather’s ‘The Big Interview’ (Exclusive Video)

20 February 2014 11:00 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The second season of Dan Rather’s “The Big Interview” starts with a bang: Oliver Stone firing shots at fellow director Steven Spielberg. The Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind “Platoon” kicks off new episodes of the legendary newsman’s hour-long interview series on Axs TV. When Rather asked Stone if he would ever make a President Obama film, he replied: “I don’t think he’s that interesting enough, I think that’s more of a Spielberg movie.” Stone, unprovoked, added, “I fault Spielberg for his view of exceptionalism.” Also read: Oliver Stone Blasts Obama (Again): ‘He’s a Snake »

- Tony Maglio

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Blu-ray Release: The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

19 February 2014 7:24 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: May 27, 2014

Price: Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

Bill  Murray (Lost in Translation) stars in Wes Anderson’s (Moonrise Kingdom) quirky 2004 comedy adventure The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, which makes it’s Blu-ray debut on the venerable Criterion label.

Internationally famous oceanographer Steve Zissou (Murray) and his crew—Team Zissou—set sail on an expedition to hunt down the mysterious, elusive, possibly nonexistent Jaguar Shark that killed Zissou’s partner during the documentary filming of their latest adventure. They are joined on their voyage by a young airline copilot (Owen Wilson, Hall Pass), a pregnant journalist (Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine), and Zissou’s estranged wife, Eleanor (Anjelica Huston, Crimes and Misdemeanors).

The all-star ensemble of Steve Zissou also includes Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Jeff Goldblum (Morning Glory) and Bud Cort (Harold and Maude).

Criterion issued Steve Zissou on DVD in 2005 and has ported over that edition’s bonus features for the Blu-ray edition. »

- Laurence

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Lone Survivor is a classic platoon flick

27 January 2014 7:30 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Peter Berg's depiction of a botched Afghan war mission has upset critics left and right. But whatever its politics, there's no denying its impact

Boy, has the surprise-hit war movie Lone Survivor got 'em up in arms. On the left and on the right, it's the political football of the week. Salon's Andrew O'Hehir (I'm a fan) called it "a jingoistic, pornographic piece of war propaganda", while Amy Nicholson of La Weekly called it "a jingoistic snuff film". I found their remarks a little ripe, if mostly well argued, although Nicholson's characterisation of the characters' default mindset as "Brown people bad, American people good" rather misses the obvious retort: "They wanna kill me, I wanna live." But I felt a little differently after roly-poly multimillionaire Glenn Beck (and which branch of the military did he serve in?) started tearing strips off Nicholson in an egregiously bumptious and sexist fashion. »

- John Patterson

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Berserk Adaptation Coming With Huge Names Attached?

19 January 2014 1:52 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

It was many years ago when I first became familiar with Kentaro Miura's anime Berserk. Actually I was playing Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage on the Sega Dreamcast. A violent warrior swinging a giant sword against hordes of demons? I was hooked! Perfect fodder for a movie.

According to IMDb (so that this with a grain of salt as they're rarely reliable) a movie is coming in 2017 with an impressive list of directors... Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, Brotherhood of the Wolf), Oliver Stone (JFK, Platoon, Natural Born Killers) and Nicolas Winding Refn (Only God Forgives, Drive, Bronson) - apparently all collaborating on the project which was originally conceived as a manga from Kentaro Miura.

Stuart Beattie (I, Frankenstein, 30 Days of Night, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl) worked on the screenplay.

In the adaptation, “The Epic of Guts, a dangerous barbarian who joins »

- Uncle Creepy

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Reflex, the TV gameshow where time stands still

10 January 2014 11:20 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'Where The Cube is austere and intimidating, Reflex borrows Total Wipeout's slapstick shtick'

I don't know about you, but I reckon any gameshow that instructs contestants to "Push the button when you see a dog without sunglasses" is worth a cursory look. For a show sold on its innovative use of state-of-the-art technology, it turns out that Reflex (Saturday, 6.15pm, BBC1) is pleasingly old-fashioned. The hook is that the challenges, designed to test the participants' reaction times, are shot and presented in super slo-mo, but the opening round is still, when all is said and done and filmed on Nac/Ikegami Hi-Motion II cameras, two men in helmets flinging themselves through a window and thumping a button.

Not that the technology is just dressing here; it actually defines the duration of the games, which each last just a few seconds in real time. But we have to watch them slowed down, »

- Daniel Maier

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An Enlisted Education: 6 Things to Know about Fox's Charming New Army Comedy

2 January 2014 8:06 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Atten-tion! Fox will launch its heartwarming new comedy Enlisted at midseason (Jan. 10 at 9:30/8:30c), and TVLine grabbed intel on six scoopy teases ahead of the series’ debut.

Starring Geoff Stults (The Finder), Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars), Angelique Cabral (Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23), Keith David (Platoon) and Parker Young (Suburgatory), the Kevin Biegel/Mike Royce-helmed charmer centers on three vastly different brothers and their misfit colleagues working together on a Florida military base.

Here, Enlisted‘s cast and creators discuss the comedy, which is equal parts heart and humor.

The Brotherly Love You »

- Megan Masters

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