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"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
Today’s film is the 2013 short The Smile Man. The film is written and directed by Anton Lanshakov. The film stars David St. James, Camille Guaty, and Willem Dafoe. Dafoe has been in the acting industry for over 30 years, appearing in movies such as Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Mississippi Burning, The English Patient, American Psycho, and Spider-Man, among many notable roles. His newest feature, titled Out of the Furnace, opens in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Digital Release Date: Dec. 31, 2013, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 14, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $34.99, Blu-ray Combo $39.99
Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay
Inspired by a true story, the movie follows Cecil Gaines (Forest Whitaker, Platoon), who rises up from being a slave boy to a career as a butler serving seven Presidents in the White House. Over the years, he witnesses some of the most tumultuous and defining moments for race relations in the U.S. in the 20th century.
The all-star cast also includes Oprah Winfrey (The Color Purple) as Cecil’s wife, plus John Cusack (The Raven), Jane Fonda (All Together), Cuba Gooding Jr. (Machete Kills), Terrence Howard (Prisoners), Lenny Kravitz (The Hunger Games), James Marsden (Robot & Frank), Alan Rickman (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part »
“The Hunger Games” are painful, but so was Liam Hemsworth’s childhood. The youngest of the Hemsworth brothers, including actors Chris (“Thor”) and Luke, told Jimmy Fallon on Thursday’s “Late Night” that he experienced a real-life Hunger Games scenario when he was shot by Luke. See video: 31 of Jennifer Lawrence’s Funniest, Most Outrageous Moments “My brother Luke, my oldest brother, came up to me with an air rifle and he said, ‘Run,’” Hemsworth told Fallon (above). He then compared the moment he got hit with a lead pellet with the moment Willem Dafoe dies in “Platoon.” “That was »
- Greg Gilman
Chicago – Oliver Stone reached the peak of his fascination with controversy, history, and epic productions when he made 1991’s “JFK,” arguably the masterpiece of the director of “Platoon,” “Natural Born Killers,” “Nixon,” and many more beloved films. “JFK” is a remarkable cinematic achievement, a movie that has lost none of its power 22 years after its release, looking like something that could come out today, especially now that we’re in the peak of Kennedy mania as we approach the 50th anniversary of his assassination, one of the most important events in American history.
Whether or not you believe Stone’s conspiracy-based version of events or not, “JFK” is a masterful film in terms of acting, directing, and every technical element. It is a major accomplishment treated as such in this collector’s edition that includes three other discs besides the Director’s Cut of the film, all feature-length, along with unique physical collectibles. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Two longtime television colleagues are scrubbing in again as they launch a new series.
John C. McGinley worked with executive producer Bill Lawrence for nine seasons as the caustic Dr. Perry Cox on the hospital sitcom "Scrubs." Now the actor plays another slightly off-center mentor as Mr. Mansfield, the self-impressed boss of young bankers in "Ground Floor," a new comedy co-created by Lawrence that premieres with two episodes Thursday, Nov. 14, on TBS.
"When Billy called me up about this, I was just coming off '42,' " the perpetually busy McGinley tells Zap2it, "and I was happily reintegrating myself into doing films. I told him that having had one of the premium experiences of my life, doing the nine years on 'Scrubs' and playing such a damaged and delicious character, I was pretty gun-shy about going back in that pool. And Billy just broke it down for me »
The highlight of the 22nd Annual Whitaker St. Louis International Film Festival (Sliff), held Nov. 14- 24, (aside from the Ray Harryhausen Tribute November 15th) is an appearance by famed writer/director Oliver Stone. A three-time Academy Award® winner, Stone has written and directed more than 20 feature films, among them some of the most influential and iconic films of the last decades. Stone will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, at the Tivoli Theatre, 6350 Delmar Blvd. Directors who have previously been honored with a Sliff Lifetime Achievement Award include Paul Schrader, John Sayles, Michael Apted, and Joe Dante.
Held on the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, the program will feature a screening of the director’s cut of Stone’s “JFK.” The evening will begin with a clip reel surveying Stone’s career, the presentation of the award, and a conversation between Stone and St. »
- Tom Stockman
If you missed the critically acclaimed drama Museum Hours last week, the Austin Film Society is bringing you one more chance to catch it on the big screen. You can check it out on Sunday afternoon at the Marchesa. That's also where you'll find a brand-new digital restoration of Chris Marker and Pierre Lhomme's 1963 documentary Le Joli Mai on Tuesday evening and the Essential Cinema screening of Ozu's Floating Weeds in 35mm on Thursday night.
The Drafthouse's new "Tough Ladies In Cinema" series delivers To Kill A Mockingbird this weekend. You can spend Saturday and Sunday afternoons with Scout and Atticus Finch at the Alamo Lakeline and Slaughter Lane locations. Slaugher also has an "Afternoon Tea" screening of Elizabeth on Saturday and a Bonnie and Clyde beer dinner on Sunday (also part of the Tough Ladies lineup).
The Alamo Ritz has a special Mondo Veterans Day presentation of Oliver Stone »
- Matt Shiverdecker
If you aren’t making any mistakes,
it’s a sure sign you’re playing it too safe.
By the end of the 1980s, HBO’s nightmarish headlong collision with The Wall in 1984 was just that; a bad dream fading over time. Even during the tough days, the company had remained a money-maker, and although it was taking more effort and cash to bag subscribers, the service was growing again, HBO original programming was racking up awards and acclaim, and in subscriber homes, the channel was kicking broadcast network ass. During the 1990-91 television season, the service beat all three major networks during Saturday and Sunday prime time hours. The good times were back.
Which did not change the underlying, immutable fact, and the greatest lesson to come out of that horrifying 1984 flatline: that the domestic cable universe was finite. Sooner or later, HBO was bound to hit another wall. »
- Bill Mesce
Ever since President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed on November 22, 1963, many people have wondered: What actually transpired on that Friday in Dallas? Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone? What about the Cubans and the Mafia? Did our government have something to do with it? 28 years later, filmmaker Oliver Stone created the award-winning movie JFK to illustrate his very personal point of view.
What Are Oliver Stone's 10 Best Movies?
Chicago – It’s a weird week at the video store (do they still have those?) or in the New Releases section of your favorite Video On Demand service. There’s some real junk that we’ll get to (“The Internship”) along with some flicks that are just too good not to break out into their own special Blu-ray reviews (“Before Midnight,” “The Conjuring” — both must-sees). And then there’s a unique array of catalog releases and TV seasons. Those could easily fall through the cracks if not for the informative What to Watch. All of these are new to Blu-ray, some for the first time and some in anniversary/special editions. At least one will grab your attention.
Photo credit: Universal
One of Clint Eastwood’s best directorial efforts launches a new line of Blu-rays from Universal under the banner of “1970s Best of the Decade. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
The always interesting, frequently controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone has never come up with a shortage of perspective on key moments in history. We've seen his views in a wide range of films equally acclaimed and criticized for their take on the times--Salvador, Platoon, Wall Street, Born of the Fourth of July, The Doors, Natural Born Killers, Nixon, World Trade Center and W. (Stone’s next film, announced just days after this interview, will focus on Martin Luther King Jr.). As the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy approaches on November 22, the writer-director gives some insight into two of his most colossal undertakings. First, there’s his electrifying 1991 political conspiracy thriller JFK, being rereleased November 12 on...
- Scott Huver
Oliver Stone has criticised superhero movies, claiming that they do not respect violence.
The Platoon director suggested that Batman and Superman's cinematic outings have failed to show violence in an authentic way.
"It's only in the movies that you find this kind of fantasy violence. And that's infected the American culture; you young people believe all of this s**t," he told Forbes.
"Batman and Superman, you've lost your minds, and you don't even know it! At least respect violence. I'm not saying don't show violence, but show it with authenticity."
He added: "I think there might be in Iron Man… there could be some good stories about war profiteering, some good moral tales. I agree. Comics were for that reason, remember? »
Oliver Stone still knows how to get people rankled. The Platoon, Savages and Natural Born Killers director reportedly slammed the finale of AMC’s Breaking Bad while promoting his documentary series The Untold History of the United States.
Stone took issue with Breaking Bad as part of a larger critique of cinema violence having become less realistic and more cartoonish over the years. “There’s too much violence in our movies – and it’s all unreal to me,” he said. “I don’t know if you saw the denouement [of Breaking Bad], I happen to not watch the series very much, but I »
- James Hibberd
Willem Dafoe is getting back in the tank. The 58-year-old actor has confirmed he's reprising his voice role as the Moorish idol Gill in Pixar's highly anticipated Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, which recently kicked off production. "Yeah, I've already started," Dafoe told Total Film. "It's even better than the first. It's fantastic. It's good to say I think it's going to be better than the first; that's good advertising!" The former Platoon man remained mum on the plot, which is said to focus on Ellen DeGeneres' Pacific regal blue tang, Dory, and take place about a year or so after the original as she attempts to reunite with her family. Other »
Visitors to the Busan International Film Festival were given leaflets protesting against plans to build a U.S. naval base on Jeju Island, with Oliver Stone prominent among those opposing the construction of the base. The pamphlet showed the director carrying a rainbow banner saying "Peace" during a demonstration in Gangjeong village on the tropical island off the south coast of South Korea. Busan: Why the 2013 Fest Snubbed Hollywood The Wall Street and Platoon director is opposed to American plans to establish its "Asian Pivot" in the region, which will see 60 percent of American naval assets moved to
- Clifford Coonan
In a scene in 2000's "High Fidelity," Jack Black and Todd Louiso's record store clerk characters are coming up with a list of the top five songs about death. Black mentions "You Can't Always Get What You Want," but Louiso reminds him that the song was used in "The Big Chill." "Oh, God, you're right," says Black, and the song is disqualified.
That's how toxic "The Big Chill" was to popular culture -- so much so that even unassailable items that preceded it, like the Rolling Stones classic, were tainted by association.
It's true, of course, that "The Big Chill," released 30 years ago this month (on September 28, 1983), touched a huge raw nerve in the culture and became an enormous mainstream hit as a result. It's also true that it's a very enjoyable movie, full of witty and truthful moments in well-wrought performances by a stellar ensemble of then-rising stars. »
- Gary Susman
The Stephen Sommers adaptation of Den Koontz’s novel Odd Thomas has been in distribution hell since wrapping shooting Two years ago, but now it seems that the film will see the light of day after all. There were some serious financial issues behind the scenes between investors on the film and the distributors, but we’ve heard official word that Image Entertainment has snapped up the rights to the film, and will release it, at least in the Us, in early 2014. Odd Thomas is the first in a series of supernatural seven books, which are actually all pretty decent, and the film deserves to have an audience see it. Anton Yelchin, Willem Dafoe and Addison Timlin star.
Odd Thomas (Yelchin) tells the story of a short-order cook with clairvoyant abilities. Maybe he has a gift, maybe it’s a curse, Odd has never been sure, but he tries to »
- Paul Heath
Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment brand, has acquired all U.S. rights to the thriller Odd Thomas, based on the original, critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling book by Dean Koontz under the same name. Odd Thomas is the first in a series of seven books, six of which have already been released and have sold a total of over 20 million copies worldwide. The set includes Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse and Deeply Odd.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man franchise, Platoon) and Addison Timlin (Californication, Zero Hour). The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan. Budgeted at $30 million dollars, the film uses state of the art visual effects to bring the supernatural elements of »
Odd Thomas is the first in a series of seven books, six of which have already been released and have sold a total of over 20 million copies worldwide. The set includes Odd Thomas, Forever Odd, Brother Odd, Odd Interlude, Odd Apocalypse and Deeply Odd.
The film was written and directed by Stephen Sommers (The Mummy franchise, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Van Helsing) and stars Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness, Fright Night), Willem Dafoe (Spider-Man franchise, Platoon) and Addison Timlin (“Californication”, “Zero Hour”).
The film was produced by Sommers, John Baldecchi and Howard Kaplan. Budgeted at $30 million dollars, the film uses state of the art visual effects to bring the supernatural elements of the Koontz novels to the big screen. »
- Michelle McCue
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