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Tiff 2016. Correspondences #9

18 September 2016 5:46 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

MoonlightDear Danny,As I type this final entry in a state of literal suspension—aboard my flight home, between a rainy Canadian morning and a muggy Californian afternoon—I begin to wonder whether my festival choices were too safe. I read your takes on experimental works with pleasure, as well as a hint of envy toward your adventurousness. My sole excursion this year into Wavelengths territory was Sergei Loznitsa’s Austerlitz, which I admired more than you. Concentration-camp tourism understandably dismays the sober director of My Joy, yet there’s a mordant edge to his unbroken views of visitors, including teeming long-shots that resemble Jacques Tati frames. People amble through these zones of unspeakable suffering as if at a particularly prosaic mall, guides barely hang on to their groups’ attention (“Folks, could you not eat in here, please?”), knowledge is shaky and selfie-sticks are ubiquitous. Still, I thought Loznitsa’s »

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Sully Wins Box Office Weekend #2 with $22 Million

18 September 2016 12:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend's box office winner, the hit biopic Sully, squared off against three newcomers in theaters, the horror sequel Blair Witch, the comedy sequel Bridget Jones's Baby and the biopic Snowden. We had predicted that Sully would drop roughly 50% in its second weekend, allowing Blair Witch to take the top spot. That didn't happen, though with Sully dropping much less than expected, triumphing over the three under-performing newcomers to win this weekend with $22 million.

According to Box Office Mojo, Sully dropped just 37.2% this weekend, and its 3,525 theater count was still the widest release of any movie this weekend. This weekend's tally brings its domestic total to $70.5 million, with an addition $23.4 million from overseas territories for a worldwide total of $93.9 million from a $60 million budget. All three newcomers took the second, third and fourth spots at the box office, with Blair Witch taking second with $9.6 million, with a $3,092 per-screen average from 3,121 theaters. »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: Oliver Stone Tribute (video)

16 September 2016 9:36 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Filmmaker Oliver Stone has never been one to shy away from a controversial subject, whether it be about war (Platoon, Born On The Fourth Of July), politics (JFK, Nixon) or recent events (World Trade Center, W.). Today sees the release of his latest film, Snowden, which looks to tackle the thousands of classified Nsa documents leaked to the press by (you guessed it) Edward Snowden. So before you check out... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Matt Zoller Seitz on ‘The Oliver Stone Experience’ and the Decline of American Cinema

15 September 2016 9:21 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

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. »

- Ethan Vestby

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New clip and behind-the-scenes featurette for Oliver Stone’s Snowden

15 September 2016 12:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Coinciding with its Us release tomorrow, a new clip and behind the scenes featurette have arrived online for Oliver Stone’s Snowden; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the Nsa and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, and how he pulled it off makes for one of the most compelling films of the year. »

- Amie Cranswick

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‘Snowden’ Review: Oliver Stone’s Powerful Portrait Of The Nsa Whistleblower Doesn’t Take Sides

14 September 2016 5:01 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Traitor? Patriot? Hero? Villain? Edward Snowden has been called all of these and more, but I went into Oliver Stone’s new biopic about him fully expecting the iconic filmmaker of such movies as JFK, Nixon, W., Natural Born Killers, Platoon, Born on the Fourth Of July and so many others to take sides. Although Snowden is a largely sympathetic portrayal of the man who blew the whistle on the Nsa’s surveillance program, it is decidedly not one-sided but rather a reasonable… »

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‘Snowden’: How Oliver Stone’s Editors Kept the Nsa Whistleblower’s Story Personal and Political

14 September 2016 12:02 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Snowden,” Oliver Stone’s best movie in years, benefits from the same biopic approach as “Born on the Fourth of July,” by giving us the personal story and not just the inner workings of the intelligence community that we gleaned from Laura Poitras’ Oscar-winning “Citizenfour” documentary.

Snowden” is a gripping narrative about the changing perceptions of the whistleblower (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) as he moves from idealism to disillusionment— while remaining a patriot. The film’s editors Lee Percy and Alex Marquez helped to humanize the Nsa contractor’s life and what motivated him to leak thousands of classified documents to journalists, exposing covert global surveillance programs.

While exploring the covert world of spying and complicated computer tech, Stone focuses heavily on Snowden’s relationships, particularly with girlfriend Lindsay Mills (Shailene Woodley), who broadens his ideology, and CIA recruiter and mentor Corbin O’Brian (Rhys Ifans), whose surname was lifted from George Orwell »

- Bill Desowitz

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The Weekend Warrior 9/16/16: Blair Witch, Bridget Jones’s Baby, Snowden, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise

14 September 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out. 

This Past Weekend:

Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood’s real-life drama about airline pilot Sully (Warner Bros.) far surpassed all expectations, making nearly $10 million more than my prediction with an opening weekend of $35 million in 3,525 theaters, also making it one of the biggest openings for a movie opening the weekend after Labor Day. The Screen Gems thriller When the Bough Breaks disappointed compared to some of their similar releases, taking second place with around where we predicted with around $14 million. The lower profile animated film The Wild Life (Summit/Lionsgate) did end up in fifth place behind Don’t Breathe and Suicide Squad, but with a measly $3.3 million in 2,493 theaters. As expected, Relativity’s theatrical return with its own horror/thriller The Disappointments Room »

- Edward Douglas

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Can Blair Witch Scare Bridget Jones and Snowden Away from the Box Office?

13 September 2016 10:09 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Last weekend, Sully proved that even September movies can put up big numbers at the box office, with an impressive opening weekend of $35 million, earning back more than half of its $60 million budget. This weekend it will go up against three newcomers, Lionsgate's secretive horror sequel Blair Witch, Universal's romantic comedy sequel Bridget Jones's Baby and Open Road Films' Snowden. We're predicting that horror wins out, with the R-rated Blair Witch landing on top with an estimated $22.3 million.

Sully has certainly been a hit with fans and critics (84% rating on Rotten Tomatoes), and it is expected to still have the widest release of any movie in theaters this weekend. It debuted in 3,525 theaters last weekend, and while we don't know the specific theater count for this weekend, it will certainly be much more than all three newcomers, according to Box Office Mojo. Bridget Jones' Baby, starring Renee Zellweger, will debut in over 2,950 theaters, »

- MovieWeb

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Oliver Stone Interview: Why ‘Snowden’ Is His Answer to American Bullies

9 September 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Nobody owns Oliver Stone. I’ve talked with this filmmaker for decades, and he’s consistent to a fault. The Oscar-winning writer-director (“Platoon,” “JFK,” “Wall Street”) has always gone his own way. If there’s an impediment, he’ll find a way around it. Hell, he’ll even con the El Salvador government to give him army soldiers for a movie critical of El Salvador.

Which is one reason why Stone met with Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow, not once, or twice, but nine times. Stone will tell you: You can’t trust the United States government. You can’t trust the Nsa, CIA, or FBI. You can’t trust the Hollywood studios, because those are corporations run by lawyers. And you certainly can’t trust the media.

Related‘Snowden’ Trailer: Oliver Stone And Joseph Gordon-Levitt Take Down The Nsa

So who does he trust? His wife and kids. »

- Anne Thompson

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Oliver Stone Interview: Why ‘Snowden’ Is His Answer to American Bullies

9 September 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Nobody owns Oliver Stone. I’ve talked with this filmmaker for decades, and he’s consistent to a fault. The Oscar-winning writer-director (“Platoon,” “JFK,” “Wall Street”) has always gone his own way. If there’s an impediment, he’ll find a way around it. Hell, he’ll even con the El Salvador government to give him army soldiers for a movie critical of El Salvador.

Which is one reason why Stone met with Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow, not once, or twice, but nine times. Stone will tell you: You can’t trust the United States government. You can’t trust the Nsa, CIA, or FBI. You can’t trust the Hollywood studios, because those are corporations run by lawyers. And you certainly can’t trust the media.

Related‘Snowden’ Trailer: Oliver Stone And Joseph Gordon-Levitt Take Down The Nsa

So who does he trust? His wife and kids. »

- Anne Thompson

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Gotham Independent Film Awards 2016: Amy Adams And Ethan Hawke To Receive Actor Tributes

7 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp) announced today that Ethan Hawke and Amy Adams will be presented with Actor and Actress Tributes, and Oliver Stone will receive the Director Tribute at the 2016 Ifp Gotham Independent Film Awards. The awards will take place on Monday, November 28th at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

Read More: ‘Spotlight,’ ‘Tangerine’ Win Big at 25th Gotham Independent Film Awards

“We are honored to have Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, and Oliver Stone as our Actress, Actor, and Director Tribute honorees at this year’s Gotham Awards,” said Joana Vicente, Executive Director of Ifp and the Made in NY Media Center. “Each with a remarkable body of work that continues to challenge, thrill, and inspire audiences, we are proud to celebrate their numerous artistic achievements and honor their contributions to the landscape of cinema with these Tributes.”

Amy Adams has been nominated for five Oscars for her performances in “Junebug, »

- Vikram Murthi

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Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke, Oliver Stone to Receive Tributes at 2016 Gotham Awards

7 September 2016 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Adams, Ethan Hawke and Oliver Stone will receive 2016 career tributes at the 2016 Gotham Independent Film Awards, the annual ceremony presented by New York’s Independent Filmmaker Project.

At a November gala that is traditionally one of the first awards-season events of the year, Adams and Hawke will receive actress and actor tributes, respectively, while Stone gets the directing honor. The Gothams also hand out an annual industry tribute, with this year’s recipient yet to be announced.

Adams (“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”) has two buzzy fall titles on the way, including Denis Villeneuve scifi tale “Arrival” and Tom Ford’s thriller “Nocturnal Animals,” both of which recently premiered at the Venice Film Festival. She’ll soon head into production for “Sharp Objects,” the HBO series in which she’ll star.

Hawke (“Boyhood,” “Born the Be Blue”), meanwhile, appears in Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming update of “The Magnificent Seven, »

- Gordon Cox

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says Edward Snowden's 'Old-Fashioned Manners' Surprised Him

2 September 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When it came to bringing the story of Edward Snowden to life on the big screen for Snowden, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and filmmaker Oliver Stone made sure to go straight to the source - even though Snowden now lives in political exile in Russia. In their bid to capture the human motivations that drove the now-controversial intelligence agency insider - who in 2013 exposed the extent that the U.S. government was conducting what he considered overreaching, privacy-violating surveillance on a large percentage of its population, as well others around the world - the filmmaking team made under-the-radar trips to Moscow, »

- Scott Huver

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Says Edward Snowden's 'Old-Fashioned Manners' Surprised Him

2 September 2016 1:10 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When it came to bringing the story of Edward Snowden to life on the big screen for Snowden, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt and filmmaker Oliver Stone made sure to go straight to the source - even though Snowden now lives in political exile in Russia. In their bid to capture the human motivations that drove the now-controversial intelligence agency insider - who in 2013 exposed the extent that the U.S. government was conducting what he considered overreaching, privacy-violating surveillance on a large percentage of its population, as well others around the world - the filmmaking team made under-the-radar trips to Moscow, »

- Scott Huver

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New clip from Oliver Stone’s Snowden featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt

1 September 2016 7:20 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With just two weeks to go until its release, another clip has arrived online from Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic Snowden, entitled ‘How is This Possible’ its sees Edward (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) introduced to the United States National Security Agency’s surveillance program Prism that collects data from Internet communications, which he later went on to expose to the public; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the Nsa and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Runaway Boy and War-Robot Must Ally to Find Lost Father in Sci-Fi short 'A Crimson Man'

29 August 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

   Set in a war-torn land of man vs. machine, Wei, a young runaway in search of his father, must ally with an unstable war-robot named Red or be hunted down by his overseers. This Phillip K. Dick inspired adventure from writer/director Mike Pappa is seen through the gaze of a young boy, touching upon childlike wonder and curiosity, while exploring such themes as fathers & sons, and the invisible wounds of war. Terminator 2 meets Born on the Fourth of July For “A Crimson Man,” Mike Pappa was not only inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick, but from reading stories of veterans dealing with Ptsd, and the childlike wonder and curiosity in the films he loved growing up. He wanted to combine...

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Boy and Machine Must Unite to Find a Missing Father in ‘A Crimson Man’

25 August 2016 10:32 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Here’s your daily dose of an indie film, web series, TV pilot, what-have-you in progress — at the end of the week, you’ll have the chance to vote for your favorite.

In the meantime: Is this a project you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments.

A Crimson Man

Logline: Set in a war-torn land of man vs. machine, Wei, a young runaway boy in search of his father, must ally with an unstable war-robot named Red or be hunted down by his overseers.

Elevator Pitch:

“Terminator 2” meets “Born on the Fourth of July.”

Production Team:

Writer/Director: Mike Pappa (website)

Producer: Jordan Lietz

Cinematographer: Farhad Ahmed Dehlvi

Editor: Shayar Bhansali

Animatronics Lead: Brian Haimes (website)

VFX Consultant/Aritst: Nitant Karnik

Cast:

Daniel Clarkson as Red

About the Film:

For “A Crimson Man,” I was inspired by the works of Philip K. Dick, reading stories of veterans dealing with Ptsd, »

- Steve Greene

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Watch New Film Clip For Oliver Stone's Snowden

25 August 2016 6:58 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Open Road Films has released a new film clip from director Oliver Stone’s International thriller, Snowden which is based on Luke Harding's recent book, "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" and "Time of the Octopus" by Anatoly Kucherena.

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born On The Fourth Of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the Nsa and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is tested in new clip from Oliver Stone’s Snowden

25 August 2016 6:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Another clip has arrived online from Oliver Stone’s upcoming biopic Snowden, which sees Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his fellow CIA recruits subjected to an aptitude test led by a senior intelligence operative (Rhys Ifans); take a look below after the official synopsis…

Academy Award®-winning director Oliver Stone, who brought Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, Wall Street and JFK to the big screen, tackles the most important and fascinating true story of the 21st century. Snowden, the politically-charged, pulse-pounding thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley, reveals the incredible untold personal story of Edward Snowden, the polarizing figure who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the Nsa and became one of the most wanted men in the world. He is considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others. No matter which you believe, the epic story of why he did it, who he left behind, »

- Amie Cranswick

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