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Chicago – Love him or not, Oliver Stone is one of the most important directors of the last generation. The creator of “Born on the Fourth of July,” “JFK,” “Platoon,” “Nixon” and “Any Given Sunday” was at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival to introduce his director’s cut for “Alexander” and “Natural Born Killers.”
Oliver Stone at the 50th Chicago International Film Festival
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com was on the Red Carpet – with photographer Joe Arce – to get a few questions with the amazing Mr. Stone, and as usual he delivers the goods.
Oliver Stone: The festival idea from [Founder] Michael Kutza means that Chicago was the forerunner of other big city film festivals, »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Is the Hollywood forecast calling for 500 Days of Snowden?
According to Variety, Joseph Gordon-Levitt has been offered the role of Edward Snowden in Oliver Stone’s upcoming film about the Nsa whistleblower, The Snowden Files. No official deal has been made between the two parties, but it seems the Don Jon star has agreed to play the part of the former U.S. intelligence analyst responsible for the largest leak of classified documents in American history since the Vietnam War.
Stone is no stranger to the political genre, having directed W., Nixon, Born on the Fourth of July, and more »
- Jake Perlman
After The Princess Bride made Robin Wright a star, she shocked Hollywood by saying no. No to The Firm and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves. No to Jurassic Park, Dirty Dancing, Born on the Fourth of July, and Batman Forever. She even said no to the cover of Vanity Fair.
It's startling, then, that she's said yes to Ari Folman's (Waltz With Bashir) The Congress, an overeaching, half-animated, sci-fi cartoon that keeps a foot in reality long enough to accuse her — yes, Robin Wright herself — of sabotaging her career. Robin Wright plays Robin Wright, an actress and single mother of two, who could have been this generation's Grace Kelly if she hadn't made all the wrong moves. Wright hasn't headlined »
The Supporting Actress Smackdown of '89 arrives on Sunday August 31st, two weeks from now. We'll be celebrating 1989 here and there until then as "the year of the month". You need to get your votes in, too, (instructions at the end of the post). If you've wandered in from elsewhere and are like, "What's a Smackdown?," here's how it started and here's last month's entry on 1973 with its companion podcast. The year in question this time is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
no, these ladies are not the panelists
The Smackdown Panel for August
Without further ado let's meet the voices who will be watching and discussing the '89 hits Steel Magnolias and Parenthood. They'll also be sounding off on the Oscar-winning bio My Left Foot and the underseen actressy curio Enemies: A Love Story. Stay tuned.
Kevin B Lee
Kevin B. Lee is a filmmaker, film critic and »
- NATHANIEL R
Warner Bros.' home entertainment division have announced some details and dates on a pair of blu-rays that action fans are sure to want to pick up. The first is a newer title in Tom Cruise's surprise blockbuster, Edge of Tomorrow, and then we have details on a special 25th Anniversary Edition of Tim Burton's classic Batman film starring Michael Keaton. Come inside to check out all the details on both these titles and when you'll be able to pick them up!
Live, Die, Repeat when “Edge of Tomorrow” arrives onto Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD on October 7 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Directed by Doug Liman (“The Bourne Identity,” “Mr. & Mrs. Smith”), “Edge of Tomorrow” stars Oscar® nominee Tom Cruise (“Born on the Fourth of July,” “Jerry Maguire,” “Magnolia”) and Emily Blunt (“The Devil Wears Prada,” “The Adjustment Bureau”).
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The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »
- Nate Jones, @kn8
The subject of this week's quiz is Tom Cruise. Born on the third of July, Oscar-nominated for Born on the Fourth of July, he turned 52 this week. That doesn't stop him from appearing in action movies, though: he is currently visible in theaters with Edge of Tomorrow, and it is ironic that the film explores a topic of endless repetition, as indeed did his previous film Oblivion. For Tom often looks exactly the same between films, and actually consistently acts the same way too. And yet, and yet... It would be so easy to dismiss him, and each new film starring him, but he manages to pick collaborations with an impressive array of interesting directors. He also isn't afraid of the odd self-deprecating cameo,...
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After 25 years fans of Clive Barker's Nightbreed will at long last get to see the fabled Cabal Cut (review) of the film courtesy of the fine folks over at Scream Factory.
Read on for full release details, including a statement from Barker himself and even news about a spin-off TV series currently in development!
From the Press Release
On October 28, 2014, the horror home entertainment brand Scream Factory, in collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., will finally unleash the highly sought-after Director’s Cut of Clive Barker’s classic tale of terror Nightbreed!
Perfectly timed for Halloween, Nightbreed will be available in two retail versions: a 5,000-unit Limited Edition 3-Disc Blu-ray set and a Special Edition DVD and Blu-ray Combo. Written and directed by visionary filmmaker Clive Barker (creator of Hellraiser) and based on his popular novel Cabal, the cult-classic film stars Craig Sheffer (Hellraiser: Inferno »
- John Squires
Nightbreed fans everywhere were excited to hear that Scream Factory would be bringing the movie to Blu-ray when it was first announced last year at Comic-Con. Since then, things have been relatively quiet, but Scream Factory, Morgan Creek, and Clive Barker have officially announced Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut. Not just a Blu-ray version of The Cabal Cut, Scream Factory was able to locate the previously missing original film elements from Warner Bros.
It has been revealed that Scream Factory is prepping Nightbreed: The Director’s Cut for an October release and will also be offering a limited edition set with a number of exclusive items. Here’s a look at the official press release and cover art:
“On October 28, 2014, the horror home entertainment brand Scream Factory™, in collaboration with Morgan Creek Productions and Clive Barker’s Seraphim, Inc., will finally unleash the highly sought-after Director’s Cut »
- Jonathan James
The Tom Cruise movie that immediately came to mind in the opening scenes of Edge of Tomorrow, the entertaining Groundhog Day-meets-Starship Troopers movie that opened Friday, wasn’t one of his previous science-fiction blockbusters. It was A Few Good Men.
In the new film, directed by Doug Liman, Cruise plays Major William Cage, a charming, TV-ready spokesperson for the global military who’s successfully recruited millions of volunteers for the war against invading aliens. But he’s hardly a soldier — he coasted through Rotc and then ran an advertising agency — and the commander in charge (Brendan Gleeson) of »
- Jeff Labrecque
After the curious case of Edge Of Tomorrow’s surprise critical popularity, Rob investigates a strange Hollywood happening…
The release of Edge Of Tomorrow - which opened in the Us this past weekend, following its bow in the UK a week earlier - has brought, not for the first time, a strange Hollywood trend to light. And it's this: do we trust big stars to make decent movies anymore?
Many people, this writer included, took a lot of convincing to venture out and see Tom Cruise in a hugely expensive sci-fi spectacular (notwithstanding the fact that Cruise has fine form in science fiction). The film in question, Edge Of Tomorrow, is directed by Doug Liman of The Bourne Identity, and based on a graphic novel with a cool title. So surely this should have been a movie which audiences were enthusiastically anticipating? Yet It didn’t seem that way, »
Never one to shy away from political or controversial issues, Stone’s career heights have seen him tackle the Vietnam War (Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July), Us Presidents (JFK, W., Nixon), Cuban leader Fidel Castro (Comandante, Looking for Fidel), and Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez (South of the Border).
Recent efforts like Savages and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps have largely been regarded as minor works from the renowned filmmaker, and taking on a project like Snowden’s story has ignited hope that Stone is about to return to form.
The writer-director has a history of working with some of the biggest names in the industry, and all eyes are turning to who he »
- Kenji Lloyd
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a real A-lister, and that happens to be Tom Cruise. For some, he’s become just an aging action hero, while others long for the days when he still did drama. Personally, I’m still enamored with the star power of Cruise in anything he does. He also happens to be an underrated actor, which you wouldn’t have believed just a decade ago when he seemed poised to finally win an Oscar. Yes, he does seem mostly geared towards action these days, but Cruise built his career working with A-list filmmakers. He got to the top by acting in the movies of the best in the business. Cruise has worked with a lot of top notch directors over his career. Names like J.J. Abrams, Paul Thomas Anderson, Brad Bird, Cameron Crowe, Brian De Palma, Stanley Kubrick, »
- Joey Magidson
The actor dished on one of his most memorable horror stories at last week’s Variety Studio, where he was joined by fellow TV funnymen Max Greenfield of “New Girl,” “Trophy Wife’s” Bradley Whitford, Simon Helberg of “The Big Bang Theory,” “House of Lies” star Ben Schwartz and Pablo Schreiber of “Orange is the New Black.”
Ferguson said he ran into some trouble while auditioning for an iteration of “Band of Brothers.”
“I’m just not comfortable saying dirty words about lady vagina parts,” Ferguson explained, adding, “I think I actually stopped myself and said ‘I’m going to leave now’ and they didn’t stop me.”
Whitford followed suit and gave his own example of an ill-fated audition for helmer Oliver Stone. »
- Andrea Seikaly
In 1986, peaceniks were mad at Tom Cruise. That year, the Navy thanked Top Gun for boosting enlistment another 20,000 recruits. Since then, he's made more critiques of military than advertisements, most of which (Lions for Lambs, Born on the Fourth of July, The Last Samurai, Valkyrie) j'accuse bad leadership of wasting the lives of a few — or a million — good men.
With Edge of Tomorrow, Cruise comes full circle. He plays Lieutenant Colonel Bill Cage, a medaled propagandist who goes knock-kneed at the sight of a paper cut. In peacetime, he was an ad man who had dabbled in Rotc. Now that Earth is under siege from the Mimics, whirling space monsters that look like dreadlocked wigs dipped in steel, he's been drafted to serve »
"A Cutting 'Edge' Sci-Fi Spectacular"
Directed by: Doug Liman
Over the course of his impressive 30-plus year career, Tom Cruise has played a wide variety of characters, and all of them extremely well. Among his best performances: a good son who comes of age ("Risky Business"), a daredevil fighter pilot ("Top Gun"), a dim-witted pool hustler ("The Color of Money"), a paraplegic Vietnam vet ("Born on the Fourth of July"), a sleazy motivational speaker ("Magnolia"), a sports agent with a heart of gold ("Jerry Maguire"), a skilled ...
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There’s little sense arguing that the summer movie season isn’t already tremendously overstuffed (it’s so overstuffed, in fact, that even two years from now, the summer season of 2016, feels too crammed with highly hyped films to appropriately process the wannabe-blockbusters that lay in wait for us then, but I digress), but that doesn’t mean that there’s not room for a star-studded and action-heavy feature to emerge as an unexpected favorite. In fact, this is the season that basically demands it, because “star-studded” and “action-heavy” are sort of the only things that can make a great summer blockbuster popcorn flick, especially an unexpectedly solid one — like Edge of Tomorrow. The Doug Liman-directed feature is essentially Groundhog Day spliced with an alien invasion film, a war production, a feminist-friendly outing, and real Tom Cruise vehicle. Sound tired? It’s not. You’re going to love it. We »
- Kate Erbland
This isn’t the first time we’ve had this conversation. The much-anticipated futuristic thriller ‘Edge Of Tomorrow’, starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt, is out in UK cinemas on May 30th and Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures are offering five lucky readers the chance to win exclusive merchandise packs!
The epic action of “Edge of Tomorrow” unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world.
Major William Cage (Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again.
But with each battle, Cage becomes able »
- Dan Bullock
Universal Pictures (UK) have joined forces with The Royal British Legion, the nation’s largest Armed Forces charity, to promote a range of DVDs that will raise money for the charity, with 50p from each unit sold going to the Legion for one year. Included in the range are…
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And, thanks to the lovely folk at Universal, we’re offering one Flickering Myth reader the chance to get their hands on the entire collection!
You can purchase the DVDs here.
To be in with a chance of winning, firstly make sure you like us on Facebook (or follow us on Twitter)…
…Then complete your details below, using the subject heading “Universal”. The competition closes at midnight on Saturday, May 24th. UK entrants only please. »
- Gary Collinson
Thn are big supporters of this charity, so we’re very happy to share the news that Universal Pictures (UK) are joining forces with The Royal British Legion, the nation’s largest Armed Forces charity, to promote a range of DVDs that will raise money for the charity, with 50p from each unit sold going to the Legion for one year.
To mark the announcement, ex-Serviceman gathered together outside The Cenotaph memorial in London in a range of Army uniforms to depict soldiers through the ages. Uniforms included First and Second World War infantry, alongside Raf and the Royal Navy and right through to current day combat attire. The ex-Serviceman depicted the scope of war that is represented throughout the range of Universal Pictures (UK) DVDs selected to raise money for the charity.
The Royal British Legion’s Director of Fundraising Charles Byrne said:
“The Royal British Legion was founded »
- Dan Bullock
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