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Elizabeth Perkins Calls Out James Woods While Advocating for Harassment Victims

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Elizabeth Perkins Calls Out James Woods While Advocating for Harassment Victims
While participating in the Take Back the Workplace March in Los Angeles on November 12, actress Elizabeth Perkins implied that she has been mistreated by fellow actor James Woods. Perkins was photographed toting a white, handwritten sign that read, “James Woods #MeToo.” Representatives for Perkins and Woods have not yet responded to requests for comment.

USA Today reported that a few hundred protestors — a confluence of the Take Back the Workplace March and the #MeToo Survivors March — banded together at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenues, outside the Dolby Theatre, where The Academy’s Governors Awards took place Saturday evening (Perkins, 56, wore a red t-shirt supporting the former, which was organized by The Feminist Majority Foundation, Civican, and We For She).

#TakeBackTheWorkplaceMarch with @mogaffney @MaloneLynne @hannah__jo ✊ #Resist pic.twitter.com/gCLCIM0OZW

Elizabeth Perkins (@Elizbethperkins) November 12, 2017

According to the Take Back the Workplace March’s website, the purpose
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James Woods Says Property Listing Retirement Announcement Was a Mistake

James Woods Says Property Listing Retirement Announcement Was a Mistake
Updated: Actor James Woods, who has said his conservative political views make it hard to get acting jobs, posted a property listing containing an announcement of his retirement from acting on Friday. Woods now says that announcement was in error.

“My career is not going to end in a real estate announcement,” Woods told The Washington Post in an interview.

According to the original statement from real estate agent Allen Gammons, Woods “is retiring from the entertainment industry and hopes to ‘simplify his life’ by selling ‘his many real estate holdings on both coasts.'”

The statement from the agent read that he wanted to spend more time on photography, antiquing and poker. Woods owns four homes in Rhode Island.

According to Woods, he had spoken with Gammons about his property holdings and indicated that he wanted to “simplify by having less property as [he went] toward retirement.” When Gammons read the listing back to him over the phone
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James Woods Is Retiring (From Acting, Not Being a Jerk on Twitter)

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James Woods Is Retiring (From Acting, Not Being a Jerk on Twitter)
James Woods has quietly announced his retirement from acting. Best known for his roles in such films as “Videodrome,” “Casino,” and “Once Upon a Time in America,” Woods has more recently attracted attention for his outspoken, highly conservative remarks on social media.

Read More:Amber Tamblyn Responds to Alleged Creep James Woods: ‘Only You and Your Darkness Know Who You Are’

The actor, who celebrated his 70th birthday earlier this year, has twice been nominated for an Academy Award: in 1987 for his leading role in “Salvador” and again 10 years later for his supporting turn in “Ghosts of Mississippi.” His announcement was nestled in a press release sent out by his real-estate agent about Woods putting up his lake house in Rhode Island for sale.

Read More:‘Call Me By Your Name’ Star Armie Hammer Roasts James Woods on Twitter: ‘Didn’t You Date a 19 Year Old When You Were
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James Woods Bashes CNN Over Hurricane Irma Tweet, CNN Bashes Back

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For film fans and TV viewers, James Woods is best known as the Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning star of such films as “Salvador”, “Videodrome” and “Ghosts of Mississippi”, as well for his CBS legal drama “Shark” and 1989 TV movie “My Name Is Bill W.” Yet for the 70-year-old actor’s Twitter followers, Woods is primarily known these […]
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"Twin Peaks," Episode 13 Recap: What Is This, Kindergarten?

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Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.Much of David Lynch's work is about regression, or regressiveness, about people who are most comfortable when indulging (really, hiding behind) their baser instincts. An acid-jazz saxophonist with murder on his mind might take refuge in the body and soul of a teenage delinquent (Lost Highway), or a midwestern girl who has played and lost the Hollywood game might concoct a candy-colored dream-life in which she finally attains Tinseltown stardom (Mulholland Dr.). But these escapes always prove to be traps, and cyclical ones at that. What goes around comes around. What has happened before will happen again. Even Blue Velvet's Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), finally liberated from her abusive sexual relationship with Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), "still can see blue velvet through my tears.
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Looking back at Oliver Stone's JFK

Robert Keeling Apr 19, 2017

Kevin Costner headlined an all-star cast in Oliver Stone's JFK. It was a film that led to an act of Congress being passed...

Oliver Stone’s epic conspiracy-thriller JFK, surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the case brought about by New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in relation to his murder, was released in 1991 to an astonishing level of critical backlash. Even before JFK arrived in theatres it was being pilloried and attacked by many in the media. The attacks were kick-started by Washington Post correspondent George Lardner, an investigative reporter who wrote a piece called On the Set: Dallas In Wonderland; How Oliver Stone’s Version Of The Kennedy Assassination Exploits The Edge Of Paranoia, which was actually based solely on a leaked copy of Stone’s first draft of the script.

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When Film Recreates History

A comparative video pits reality against cinema.

When it comes to recreating history in film, the medium finds itself in a precarious position: on the one hand it needs to portray the events and people in question with some degree of accuracy, while at the same time, straight facts are for documentaries and narrative filmmaking requires a little more subjectivity and personal filtering for the sake of story. It’s a spectrum, this position, and one in which directors can lean closer to or further away from verisimilitude depending on their intentions. Oliver Stone is a good example of a director who does both: in films like Salvador, Nixon, or Snowden he leans towards historical objectivity; in films like World Trade Center, JFK, or W. he uses history as a basis for a more subjective study.

In the following, really quite cool video from our friend Vugar Efendi, scenes from films depicting historical persons and events — including
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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards
When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes,
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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards

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Trump, Triumph and Speaking Truth to Power: Politics Take a Bow at 2017 Writers Guild Awards
When you think about the Writers Guild of America, which hosted two award ceremonies on Sunday night in two Blue cities, New York and Los Angeles, it’s no surprise that the writers spoke out. (Check out videos of some of the best bits below.)

For example, while accepting his life achievement award, filmmaker Oliver Stone got two standing ovations. After conservative James Woods was targeted at the top of the evening by WGA West Awards show host Patton Oswalt, retaliating by going onstage to steal his shoe, Woods presented the WGA award to the ultra liberal Stone, who starred him in “Salvador,” won three Oscars for “Midnight Express,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and “Platoon,” and penned “greed is good.”

Stone thanked mentors Robert Bolt and Ernest Lehman as well as Wma agent Ron Mardigian. He reminded that when he told Billy Wilder about his “Nixon” running time of 3 hours 10 minutes,
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Oliver Stone to Receive WGA Laurel Award

Oliver Stone to Receive WGA Laurel Award
Oliver Stone will be honored by the Writers Guild of America, West with the 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement, it was announced Thursday.

Stone won an Academy Award in 1979 for his screenplay for Midnight Express, and has been nominated for a best screenplay Oscar on four other occasions. In 1987, he was nominated twice in the category for Platoon and Salvador

Stone's films include JFK and Wall Street and often deal with highly controversial and political subjects. His most recent movie, Snowden, centers on the story of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Previous recipients of the Laurel Award, which is given...
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Oliver Stone to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America West

Oliver Stone to Be Honored by Writers Guild of America West
Oliver Stone, whose films include “Platoon,” “Born on the Fourth of July,” and “Wall Street,” has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2017 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.

He will be honored at the guild’s awards show on Feb. 19 at The Beverly Hilton.

Oliver Stone may be our most committed screenwriter, using an unparalleled sense of conflict and drama to define the past half century,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman. “Stone’s Vietnam trilogy – ‘Platoon,’ ‘Born on the Fourth of July,’ ‘Heaven & Earth’ — not only illuminated the war, but made us face its consequences.”

“His unofficial and extraordinary history of the 1960s and 1970s — from ‘JFK’ and ‘The Doors’ through ‘Nixon’ and ‘Wall Street’ — wove a coherent narrative from incoherent facts,” Rodman continued. “His dialogue is always memorable: think of Gordon Gekko’s ‘greed is good,’ or Tony Manero’s 182 ‘f—s’ in ‘Scarface.
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Exclusive Interview: Oliver Stone discusses his career and new film Snowden

Paul Risker chats with Oliver Stone about his career and his new film Snowden

Oliver Stone has been the consciousness of not only modern America, but of the modern world. He has vehemently explored questions on subjects with a captivating drama that have been offset with his trademark insight. His cinema has spanned such subjects as South American civil war (Salvador), the Vietnam War (Platoon), speculative capitalism (Wall Street), the assassination of John F. Kennedy (JFK), as well as media, violence and the celebrity culture (Natural Born Killers).

The phrase that an actor was born to play a character has often been repeated and Stone may be the storyteller whose fate it was to bring the story of whistleblower Edward Snowden to the screen. Snowden touches upon the modern day angst of civilian mistrust towards intelligence agencies and government in the western world, particularly the U.S and the U.
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Los Cabos: Oliver Stone cautious, optimistic on 'rebel' Donald Trump

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Los Cabos: Oliver Stone cautious, optimistic on 'rebel' Donald Trump
The president-elect can avert a potentially catastrophic cyber warfare if he translates his business skills to the geopolitical stage and cuts deals with Russia and China, filmmaker Oliver Stone said on Friday.

Speaking prior to the screening of Snowden at the Los Cabos International Film Festival, Stone was in a typically contrarian mood when asked to reflect on Donald Trump’s shock Us election victory and essentially said he had the power in his hands to prevent World War Three.

“I don’t think anyone knows what’s going to happen… everybody is so terrified of Trump; they’ve said that all over Europe and all over the world,” he told festival director Alonso Aguilar Castillo during an on-stage conversation.

“It might not be quite as dramatic as that. It will be a lot more consolidated and conservative at first. He’s a rebel: in some areas we can look optimistically. He’s a smart
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Snowden film review

The life and times of whistleblower Edward Snowden are the subject of Oliver Stone’s new drama. Here’s our review of Snowden...

Is Edward Snowden a patriot or traitor? Ever since the former CIA employee managed to disclose thousands of intelligence files in 2013, he's remained a controversial figure; to some, he's endangered national security in the Us and elsewhere, while to others, he's justifiably brought the mass surveillance of billions of citizens to the world's attention.

Director Oliver Stone makes no secret of which side of the argument he comes down on, and Snowden depicts its subject as a kind of modern folk hero: a whistleblower willing to sacrifice his comfortable lifestyle and even his safety to hold the Us government to account. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the perfect choice to play Snowden: initially a 20-something who's invalided out of the army after injuring his legs and displays an
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Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' is a return to form for Hollywood's master of agit-prop

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Review: Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' is a return to form for Hollywood's master of agit-prop
At first glance, there is little about Snowden that would seem to distinguish it from some of this year’s other “I’m not sure there’s a movie in that true story” based-on-a-true-story movies like Sully and Deepwater Horizon, especially in the wake of the Wikileaks film The Fifth Estate or the exceptional documentary Citizenfour. But Snowden has a secret weapon, and it’s one that I wasn’t expecting: a fully-engaged and on-his-game Oliver Stone. And when Oliver Stone is on his game and fully engaged, there are few filmmakers who are more interesting or provocative. I have been a fan of his work for most of the time I have been a film fan, even before I knew fully who he was. I was drawn to films he had written, and when he made the jump to directing full-time with the back-to-back accomplishment of Salvador and Platoon,
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Matt Zoller Seitz on ‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ and the Decline of American Cinema

It’s safe to say Oliver Stone isn’t exactly fashionable these days, a matter apparent in how the trailer for Snowden instantly became a punching bag on this writer’s Twitter feed. Yet film critic Matt Zoller Seitz’s behemoth of a book, The Oliver Stone Experience, should, with any luck, shift the conversation. Framed as a series of interviews with Stone conducted over the past half-decade or so and interspersed with everything from personal photos to studio-executive notes to archival reviews, this feels like the definitive text on someone once at the center of American cinema. It might not change anyone’s mind on Stone’s films, but with the man being such a raconteur, you’ll still find yourself tearing through it.

We were lucky enough to chat with Seitz over the phone about his undertaking, as well as some thoughts on American politics and cinema in general.
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Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' to Get Europe Premiere at San Sebastian Festival

Oliver Stone's 'Snowden' to Get Europe Premiere at San Sebastian Festival
Oliver Stone's biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Nsa whistleblower, will get its European premiere at the 64th edition of the San Sebastian Festival. The film will screen in the Spanish festival's official selection in an out-of-competition slot. The cast also includes Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, Divergent), Melissa Leo and Nicolas Cage. It will be Stone’s seventh visit to the festival, but the first time one of his films has been included in the official selection. In 1986, he brought Salvador to the event for a screening that marked the first at the big Velodrome, where

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Will MacMillan, Actor Known for The Crazies, The Enforcer, Dies at 71

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Will MacMillan, Actor Known for The Crazies, The Enforcer, Dies at 71
Actor Will MacMillan, known for his role as David in George A. Romero's 1973 cult favorite, The Crazies, has died at 71, his family announced Thursday. MacMillan appeared in a streak of films from the ’70s through the ’90s, including Robert Zemeckis's Used Cars (1980), Oliver Stone's Salvador (1986), and across from Clint Eastwood in The Enforcer (1976). He played Boris Roskov in the early years of General Hospital (credited as William MacMillan) and later put in guest appearances on The West Wing, Matlock, NYPD Blue, Three's Company, and several other TV shows. MacMillan was also a stage actor, performing in productions of Brigadoon, 1776, and Pippin, and the artistic director of Psychic Repertory Theatre, which toured America to put on shows for children with special needs from 1976 to 1990.Born in Steubenville, Ohio, on November 25, 1944, MacMillan grew up playing for his high-school football team. He later received a BA from Washington & Jefferson College
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Will MacMillan, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 71

Will MacMillan, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 71
Actor, director and producer Will MacMillan died Dec. 2 in Burbank, Calif. He was 71.

A member of the Screen Actors Guild, MacMillan was active in television, film and stage. On television he was well known for his role as Boris on “General Hospital,” as well as for guest appearances in shows including “West Wing,” “Las Vegas,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “NYPD Blue” and “Three’s Company,” among others.

His film credits include a co-starring role in George Romero’s “The Crazies” (1973) along with roles in the third installment of “Dirty Harry” (“The Enforcer,” 1976) and “Salvador” (1986).

MacMillan was the artistic director of Psychic Repertory Theatre, which toured the country for special needs children for nearly 15 years, and made on-stage appearances in “Brigadoon,” “1776,” and “Pippin” in theaters across the country.

A recent achievement of MacMillan’s was winning the Sierra Silver award at the Yosemite Film Festival for “The Gift,” a short film that he wrote,
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Will MacMillan, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 71

Will MacMillan, ‘General Hospital’ Actor, Dies at 71
Actor, director and producer Will MacMillan died Dec. 2 in Burbank, Calif. He was 71.

A member of the Screen Actors Guild, MacMillan was active in television, film and stage. On television he was well known for his role as Boris on “General Hospital,” as well as for guest appearances in shows including “West Wing,” “Las Vegas,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “NYPD Blue” and “Three’s Company,” among others.

His film credits include a co-starring role in George Romero’s “The Crazies” (1973) along with roles in the third installment of “Dirty Harry” (“The Enforcer,” 1976) and “Salvador” (1986).

MacMillan was the artistic director of Psychic Repertory Theatre, which toured the country for special needs children for nearly 15 years, and made on-stage appearances in “Brigadoon,” “1776,” and “Pippin” in theaters across the country.

A recent achievement of MacMillan’s was winning the Sierra Silver award at the Yosemite Film Festival for “The Gift,” a short film that he wrote,
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