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Joseph Gordon-Levitt is on a biopic kick. With Robert Zemeckis' 'The Walk,' a dramatization of French tightrope walker Philippe Petit's stroll across the Twin Towers, in the can, the actor is eying up a hot-button true story that will inevitably thrust him into future awards talk. Deadline reports that Gordon-Levitt is currently circling Oliver Stone's untitled Edward Snowden drama, announced by the 'JFK' director this past June. Prepping for a December shoot in Munich, Germany, Stone's film will tell Snowden's whistleblower saga by culling material from two books: "Time Of The Octopus," by Anatoly Kucherena, and "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story Of The World’s Most Wanted Man," by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. The screen story will evidently follow the the C.I.A. document leaker as he awaits Russian asylum amidst a media frenzy. Snowden's unprecedented exposure of the Nsa's »
- Matt Patches
Oliver Stone is looking for the right man to play controversial Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden in his next film, The Snowden Files, and he's reportedly offered the part to versatile actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt. According to Variety, Gordon-Levitt has agreed to sign on, though official negotiations haven't begun.
The film – written, directed and co-produced by Stone – will be based on two books: Time of the Octopus, a novel written by Snowden's attorney, Anatoly Kucherena, which tells the fictional story of an American whistleblower spending three weeks in a transit area of »
No word yet on which if any of the Amazon Pilots have been picked up yet but Netflix has announced yet another original series and this time coming from no less than comedy powerhouse Judd Apatow.
Love will be produced by Apatow and star Community’s Gillian Jacobs in a story regarding a twenty something’s search for love and happiness but avoid commitment. Love will debut in 2016 and although the premise isn’t the most inspiring, along with Apatow the half hour comedy series will also have some talent from Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Office involved too so it could turn out to be as essential as Orange is the New Black one day, we will see…
This week’s titles of note are as follows:
American Hustle (2013)
The fate of one time critical darling American Hustle is perhaps a sign of just how even more political the awards »
- Chris Holt
When we first meet Kevin Costner’s character, Elliott, in Black and White, he’s alone at the hospital after a car accident has killed his wife (Jennifer Ehle). Shattered, he finally says, “I feel so sh-tty,” before going home and crawling inside a bottle of booze. The themes of loss and alcohol will evoke memories of the last time Costner worked with writer/director Mike Binder, 2005’s The Upside of Anger. In that film, Costner got to play a lighter soul, with Joan Allen’s abandoned wife shouldering the darker demons. In Black and White, however, Costner is put through the emotional wringer, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Vincent D'Onofrio has carved out quite a lengthy, successful career for himself. With credits going back over 30 years, which include roles in Full Metal Jacket, Men In Black, JFK, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and much more, one would understand if he'd be hesitant to take on a new show. With 10 seasons of Criminal Intent under his belt, some would think it strange that he's going right back into another television series. But the 6'4 actor sounds downright giddy about his next project: Daredevil, a Marvel production for Netflix.
"Filming has been great. I can’t really talk about specifics. Really," he tells Men's Journal in a new interview. "But I can tell you it’s all working. It’s all gritty. Everything is really impressive. They seem to know what they’re doing over at Marvel. I think ever since Downey and [Jon] Favreau did Iron Man and proved that comic »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
From fizzy drink sizes to video nasties to employment law, we look at the films that had an impact on legislation as well as culture...
Some films appear in the cinema, entertain their audience, make their money, and then dutifully shuffle off into the mists of history, only to be wheeled out now and again on TV. But occasionally, one comes along that has a lasting impact, and every so often, a movie has at least some influence on an eventual change in the law.
Here, we're going to look at a few examples of that, as we examine a selection of films that have had an impact more lasting than how much they made at the box office...
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has begun principal photography on Sea Of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water For Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »
- Michelle McCue
Bloom, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions announced that two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) began principal photography on Sea of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight f Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water for Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Whether or not you agree with his recent comments in Playboy, there's no denying Gary Oldman is one of the great actors of our time.
Ever since breaking out in 1986's "Sid and Nancy" as the self-destructing Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, Oldman has transformed himself from one role to the next. A true chameleon, the actor changes his voice for every part and is nearly unrecognizable in films like "True Romance" (1993) and "The Contender" (2000). Despite his enormous influence among fellow actors, Oldman shuns the spotlight and has only once been nominated for an Oscar. Oldman turns in yet another stirring performance (despite limited screen time) in this summer's "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes".
From his famous ex-wife to his rejection from a prestigious drama school, here are 27 things you probably don't know about Gary Oldman.
1. Gary Oldman was born on March 21, 1958 in London, England to Kathleen Cheriton and Leonard Bertram Oldman. »
- Jonny Black
Cinema Assault episode 3 is here, and we have a very special treat for you in the form of a 4th of July contest! Make sure you listen closely for details on how you can win a limited edition Blu-Ray of JFK.
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- Dariel Figueroa
To break up some of the monotony between your third hot dog and second viewing of Independence Day while you wait for this evening's fireworks, 20th Century Fox has released a brief new 4th of July-themed Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer. It’s an excellent piece of marketing, as it seamlessly blends the celebration of our American holiday with the dire future of our country glimpsed in the Apes sequel. An excerpt from President John F. Kennedy’s Independence Day speech from 1962 plays over terrifying footage of the titular apes taking a stand in a nearly abandoned metropolis, and the result is quite chilling. Early word on the film is terrific, and I can’t wait to experience the pic myself next weekend. Hit the jump to watch the new Dawn of the Planet of the Apes trailer, and have a happy Fourth everybody! Directed by Matt Reeves, »
- Adam Chitwood
This year, the Fourth of July holiday is oddly devoid of blockbuster entertainment, with a handful of smaller movies (including Warner Bros' "Tammy" and Screen Gems' "Deliver Us From Evil") heading to the multiplex instead of the usual onslaught of spectacle and bombast. This maybe was a response to last year's disappointing turn from Disney's mega-budgeted "The Lone Ranger," which suffered in the primo slot, handily out-earned by those weird yellow minions in "Despicable Me 2."
This year, the big guns are pulled the week before the holiday, in form of Paramount's "Transformers: Age of Extinction," the fourth (!) entry in the based-on-the-plastic-toys franchise that began way back in 2007 with a relatively straightforward (and fun) tale of a teenage boy and his first car, which turns out to be a robotic alien shape-shifter. Ah, those were simpler times.
- Drew Taylor
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
In his thirty two year acting career, Gary Oldman has played madmen of many makes and models, literature’s most famous vampire, punk rock royalty, the man who shot JFK, beleaguered spies and policemen, and falsely accused wizards; he’s worked with the likes of Christopher Nolan, Oliver Stone, Alex Cox, Tony Scott, Luc Besson, and Alfonso Cuarón. Even taking into account the misses that come part and parcel with his (far more numerous) successes, describing the man’s filmography as “distinguished” feels like a massive understatement.
Unless, of course, you’re Gary Oldman, in which case the compliment elicits a roll of the eyes. Turns out that Oldman is his own number ...
- Andy Crump
Kevin Costner is back on the big screen this week in action-thriller 3 Days to Kill. It's not a classic Costner film by any stretch (he's essentially playing Liam Neeson in Taken), but the film is arriving right in the middle of a career revival for the actor who headlined big hits two decades ago. With Man of Steel, Draft Day, Jack Ryan and 3 Days all under his belt over the last 12 months, we're experiencing something of a Costnaissance (to swipe a term coined for Matthew McConaughey).
As a screen star Costner was never blessed with dynamic range or the ability to transform himself like a Daniel Day-Lewis can, but what he can deliver is a performance of earnestness and honesty that connects with an audience. He is frequently the glue that holds a film together, a movie star with the everyman appeal of someone like James Stewart. If anything, Costner »
Oliver Stone is to base his biopic about Edward Snowden on a novel by the American whistleblower's Russian lawyer.
Time of The Octopus, by Anatoly Kucherena, will be published later this year and centres on a Us whistleblower who flees to Russia where he meets a lawyer and looks back on his life.
Stone and his producing partner Moritz Borman have bought the movie rights to Kucherena's novel and will also adapt The Snowden Files, a book about Snowden and the Nsa scandal written by Luke Harding.
The director said in a statement: "Anatoly has written a 'grand inquisitor'-style Russian novel weighing the soul of his fictional whistle-blower, Joshua Cold, against the gravity of a '1984' tyranny that has achieved global proportions.
"His meditations on the meaning of totalitarian power in the 21st century make for a chilling, prescient horror story."
Kucherena added: "The more I engaged in the Edward Snowden case, »
We previously reported that Oliver Stone (JFK, Natural Born Killers) had gotten the ball rolling on an untitled adaptation of Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files, which tells the story of Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden as he’s hunted by the U.S. government after leaking information about the organization’s invasive spying techniques. Now that Stone, also directing, has sat down and began to write the screenplay, however, he’s turned to another popular book that will help him in plotting out the story: Anatoly Kucherena’s novel Time of the Octopus.
Though the book itself is fictional, the author’s close ties to Snowden – Kucherena was the whistleblower’s Russian lawyer - inspired him to write Time of the Octopus. He recently said as much in an official statement, explaining:
“The more I engaged in the Edward Snowden case, the more I was impressed by his story. To understand Edward and his actions, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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
Oliver adapts Guardian hack's book. Director Oliver Stone could be taking on his most controversial subject yet - a biopic of notorious American cyber-leaker Edward Snowden. Stone, who has previously tackled corporate greed (Wall Street), dodgy American politics (Salvador, JFK, Nixon) and mass murder (Natural Born Killers) is reported to be adapting Guardian journalist Luke Harding's book The Snowden Files. »
The only thing surprising about Oliver Stone making a movie about American whistleblower Edward Snowden was how long it took. The 67-year-old director — who loves nothing more then tackling big, prickly, political topics like Vietnam (Platoon), the Kennedy assassination (JFK), or George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” (W.) — waited a whole year to sign on to adapt the story of Snowden, the former Nsa contractor who leaked thousands of documents to the British newspaper The Guardian back in 2013.
Snowden’s initial act may be a year old, but his impact is still being felt today, just as his status »
- Nicole Sperling
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