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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
The 21st Camerimage, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography (Nov 16-23), has revealed the competition jurors who will judge entries at this year’s event in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Jury members of the main competition jury are:
Tom Stern, cinematographer (Million Dollar Baby, Gran Torino, The Hunger Games);Ed Lachman, cinematographer (Erin Brockovich, The Virgin Suicides, I’m Not There);Todd McCarthy, journalist and film critic;Denis Lenoir, cinematographer (Paris, je t’aime, Righteous Kill, 88 Minutes);Adam Holender, cinematographer (Midnight Cowboy, Smoke, Fresh);Timo Salminen, cinematographer (The Man Without a Past, La Havre, The Match Factory Girl);Franz Lustig, cinematographer (Don’t Come Knocking, Land of Plenty, Palermo Shooting);Jeffrey Kimball, cinematographer (Top Gun, Mission: Impossible II, The Expendables).Polish Films Competition
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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.
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Following on from the release of the sneak peak last week, Marvel and 20th Century Fox have released the first full length trailer for upcoming superhero movie event X-Men: Days Of Future Past, bringing twice the Magnetos, twice the Xaviers and twice the emotional impact.
It’s a great trailer, packed with emotion and what looks like any number of major moments of spectacle, if the brief flashes of what we were able to see are anything to go by – and the use of John Murphy’s exceptionally appropriate Adagio In D (which has of course also turned up in trailers for X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Star Trek Into Darkness and most recently for Gravity.)
After seven years, we finally get to see Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen’s modern day X-Men return to the big screen, their world colliding with the “new breed” of the X-Men from 2011′s First Class, »
- Simon Gallagher
Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74. Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi. Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, »
- Associated Press
The veteran television and film actor Ed Lauter has passed away at his home in West Hollywood following a battle with a rare form of cancer. He as 74 years-old. His four decade-long career began with classic television shows like The Streets Of San Francisco and Ironside before moving on to memorable big-screen roles in The Longest Yard (1974) and Magic (1978).
The 1980/90s brought him even more attention in Charles Bronson thriller Death Hunt (1981), Youngblood (1986), Born On The Fourth Of July (1989), My Blue Heaven (1990) and The Rocketeer (1991). All the while continuing as a permanent fixture on a number of hit television shows like The Equalizer and The A-Team.
Through the naughties and beyond, Lauter continued his trend for imposing and authoritative figures on the big and small screen, appearing in a significant recurring role in ER, Gary Ross’ horse racing biopic Seabiscuit and a role in Adam Sandler’s remake of the »
- Craig Hunter
John Rogers, Associated Press
Los Angeles (AP) - Veteran character actor Ed Lauter, whose long, angular face and stern bearing made him an instantly recognizable figure in scores of movies and TV shows during a career that stretched across five decades, died Wednesday. He was 74.
Lauter died of mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer most commonly caused by asbestos exposure, said his publicist, Edward Lozzi.
Whether he was an irascible authority figure, a brutal thug or a conniving con man, Lauter's presence made him all but impossible to miss in any film he was in. That was so even on those occasions when he was playing a character more bumbling than menacing, although menacing was clearly his forte.
- The Associated Press
• Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Ray) is in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Fellow Oscar-winner and biographical film enthusiast Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July) is also in talks to direct. Chasing Mavericks scribe Kario Salem penned the most recent version of the script, and Steven Spielberg will reportedly produce. [The Wrap]
• Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, who have worked together on a number of films including Step Brothers and Talledega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby, are attached to star in the comedy Devil’s Night, reportedly about childhood »
- Lindsey Bahr
Director Oliver Stone is no stranger to the biopic genre, having previously made Born On The Fourth of July, The Doors, Nixon, and more, and now he's getting ready to bring yet another important 20th century figure to the silver screen. According to sources over at The Wrap, the Oscar winning filmmaker is now in negotiations with DreamWorks and Warner Bros. to direct a new film about Civil Rights champion Martin Luther King Jr. What's more, Jamie Foxx is already in talks to play the lead role. This new project is being based on a script by Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks), and the King family has "agreed to lend their support to the movie," but it's worth noting that this isn't the only Mlk biopic in town. Director Paul Greengrass, who will be back in theaters this weekend with the new film Captain Phillips, has been working on a competing »
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
Oliver Stone will present Pen Center USA’s celebrated First Amendment Award to Chris Hedges at the organization’s 23rd Awards Festival on October 14, 2013, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Stone (Wall Street, JFK, Platoon, and Born on the Fourth of July), will present the First Amendment Award to writer Chris Hedges. He says, “In the great tradition of American progressive reporting, now increasingly endangered, Chris Hedges has consistently displayed magnificent courage in speaking out against the abuses of our empire, " Oliver Stone said. "I’m honored to give him this award." Chris Hedges is a best-selling author, notably of War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning, Death of the Liberal Class; and Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt. »
- April Neale
Steve McQueen's harrowing Oscar frontrunner is only the latest film to challenge social issues a little too late
As is becoming its wont, the Toronto international film festival seems to have delivered an Oscar frontrunner. By all accounts, Brit director Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave is a sterling piece of work; but that isn't the only reason it's attracting acclaim. The film is no mere romp like Argo or The Artist, crowd-pleaser like The King's Speech, or thrill ride like The Hurt Locker. According to McQueen, 12 Years is "necessary". (The Guardian's critic agreed that it's a "necessary" film, while a critic at the London Evening Standard found it "truly necessary".)
The film is deemed to be challenging, thought-provoking and powerful, forcing audiences to confront unwelcome but important realities. Understandably, it is therefore "something everyone should be obligated to see".
McQueen's film is certainly harrowing: people are thrown into carts like objects, »
- David Cox
Oliver Stone, like Steven Spielberg, Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese and Frank Darabont in relatively recent times, is making a foray into television with The Untold History of the United States. Long praised/derided for looking into Us history and offering his own perspective on JFK’s assassination, Nixon’s presidency, Dubya and of course the Vietnam War, Stone is taking a fascinating look at what he considers to be under-reported events (or at least events that are under-reported from a particular perspective).
His take on Us history is polarising to say the least. Whilst most people consider JFK to be more of a stylistic triumph than a debate-clinching argument, there is a compelling power to his best films that if nothing else provide plenty of food for thought and discussion, even if you disagree with his conclusions or political stand-point.
Historical dramas may be what he is best known for, »
- Dave Roper
Little is known about X-Men: Days of Future Past, Bryan Singer’s return trip to the mutant-superteam franchise. Actually, wait, scratch that: Almost everything is known about Future Past at this point, since the movie stars pretty much everyone who can act playing pretty much every X-Men character ever, with a plotline that will take place in every conceivable time period — including, hopefully, a better universe where everyone saw The Wolverine and nobody has ever heard of X-Men: Origins–Wolverine. But there was one question about Future Past left unanswered by Bryan Singer’s Twitter feed: Would James McAvoy »
- Darren Franich
Kolkata, Aug 18: Hollywood legend and triple Academy Award-winner Oliver Stone paid a quiet four-day visit to the metropolis in June. He was here to drop his daughter Tara at the Missionaries of Charity for a five-week voluntary service.
The 66-year-old Stone -- known for creating such celluloid masterpieces like "Platoon", "The Doors", "Born on the Fourth of July", "Wall Street", and "JFK" -- arrived in the city on June 19 and left June 22 morning.
Three days later, he tweeted: "Travelled to Kolkata, India last week after Shanghai (China). My daughter Tara volunteered for the Mother Teresa Mission."
Stone's twitter. »
- Amith Ostwal
The beginning of every month sees additions to (and sometimes subtractions from) Netflix streaming's library. Here is a quick list of new movies that you might be interested in.• Best Worst Movie, the 2009 documentary about the trash cult classic Troll 2.• Born on the Fourth of July, the 1989 Oliver Stone movie starring Tom Cruise.• The Breakfast Club, the 1985 John Hughes Saturday detention classic.• Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, the 1968 Dick Van Dyke–starring children's movie about a flying car.• Clockers, the 1995 Spike Lee joint based on the Richard Price novel.• Days of Thunder, the 1990 Tom Cruise auto racing movie.• Desperado, the 1995 Robert Rodriguez–directed sequel to his low-budget hit El Mariachi.• A bunch of James Bond movies that have previously been added then removed then added then removed from Netflix.• Do the Right Thing, the 1989 Spike Lee classic.• Event Horizon, the 1997 demonic space-horror movie starring Sam Neill and Laurence Fishburne•Night Watch, »
- Vulture Editors
At the movies the past is merely a digest of recognisable tropes, offering the comforts of home – like some bad cruise liner
The Lone Ranger begins with a scene in which Tonto (Johnny Depp), now 100 years old and making a living at a traveling wild west show in San Francisco, runs into a little boy dressed as the Lone Ranger and decides to tell him the real story.
The film's producers might as well have held up a big sign outside the theatre that says: "We are worried about the fading demographic appeal of this story to the eight-year-old at whom our merchandisers say we must direct our film." Smelling fear as swiftly as a pack of wolves, the critics have pounced.
"Indigestible swill," said Screen Daily. "A catastrophe of tone," judged HitFix. "Delivers all the energy and spectacle audiences have come to expect from a Jerry Bruckheimer production, but »
- Tom Shone
Politically outspoken director Oliver Stone called Edward Snowden a "hero" during a Fourth of July appearance at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The Oscar winner also blasted President Barack Obama for his "George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques," calling the controversies a "disgrace."
"To me, Snowden is a hero, because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the Fourth Amendment." Stone said. "He should be welcomed, and offered asylum, but he has no place to hide because every country is intimidated by the United States. ... Everyone in the world is impacted by the United States' Big Brother attitude toward the world."
Stone attended the festival to screen episodes of "Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States," his 10-episode documentary series that depicts the country from World War II through the War on Terror. The event also screened "Scarface," which Stone wrote, »
- Matthew Jacobs
The Fourth of July means many things: family, food, sun, shouts of “Amurrica!” and maybe a mosquito bite or four. But more than anything, it’s fireworks that symbolize Fourth of July celebrations around the country — from the lakeside pier to sparklers in the backyard to the Statue of Liberty and under the Golden Gate Bridge. Movies, music videos, and TV shows have captured fireworks moments for generations, both to show emotion (sparks fly!) and of course to represent the holiday. We’ve put together a list of some of the most memorable firework moments in pop culture history below »
- Sheridan Watson
This week, you've got four whole days to celebrate the birth of our country. But besides watching endless fireworks and eating more BBQ than your belly can handle, why not spend some time with a movie, too?
The perfect way to stay out of the heat and sport some American pride is with a classic 4th of July flick, and we've made a list of the best Independence Day-themed movies available to stream right now. Get historical, get musical, or get scared with these Fourth favorites.
"The Patriot" (2000)
A Revolutionary War film by Roland Emmerich starring Mel Gibson and Heath Ledger, "The Patriot" is the perfect addition to your Independence Day weekend. If that's not epic enough, did we mention that Gibson's Benjamin brutally kills 22 redcoats with a Tomahawk in one scene? "The Patriot" brings a ton of red to your white and blue.
Stream It On: Vudu, Amazon »
- Erin Whitney
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