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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.
Also on this episode, we talk about Pacific Rim 2, Guillermo del Toro, Ron Perlman living inside a whale, cloning your own JFK, Charlie Hunnam without a shirt, Playboy interview techniques, racist Gary Oldman, Shia LeBeouf chasing homeless people and so much more!
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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
Following news that Eon Productions are gearing up to produce a film based on the story of Nsa lid-lifter Edward Snowden, arch director of conspiracy fiction Oliver Stone has been signed up to make an adaptation of Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files. This is going to be a case of journo against journo, with Guardian scribe Harding going source to source against Us opposite number Glenn Greenwald (whose No Place To Hide informs the other project). Both were instrumental in bringing Snowden’s revelations to the public but now they are involved in what may well become an undignified race to the box office, with Stone’s take set to open first.
It’s one thing when films about asteroids go into production simultaneously, but do we need dual films about Snowden? Stone certainly has form on the subject of political intrigue, but the man who helmed JFK also brought us Savages, »
- Steve Palace
Oliver Stone is to direct a biopic about Edward Snowden.
The Oscar-winning director will adapt The Snowden Files, a book about Snowden and the Nsa scandal written by Luke Harding.
The thriller will focus on the experiences of the American whistleblower, who leaked thousands of classified documents to a former Guardian columnist, Glenn Greenwald, back in 2013.
Moritz Borman will be producing the film, with Harding and other Guardian journalists consulting on the production and story.
"This is one of the greatest stories of our time," Stone said. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have The Guardian working with us."
The 67-year-old's previous films include Platoon, JFK and W. He has also made documentaries on Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, and a TV series called Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States in 2012. »
Like a moth to the flame, Oliver Stone never met a politically-tinged story he wasn't drawn to. The JFK and World Trade Center director has signed on to bring the controversial story of National Security whistleblower Edward Snowden to the big screen.
According to The Guardian, Stone will be adapting the film as a thriller from The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man- which was written by the outlet's very own Luke Harding. "This is one of the greatest stories of our time," the director said in a statement. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us." Indeed, it is a boon to the production to have The Guardian's participation, since they're the ones that broke the original story. Snowden was a contractor of the the Us's National Security Agency who leaked thousands of documents that caused a global uproar over the government's intrusive, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
Ready to reveal the 'untold' truth once again, Oscar-winner Oliver Stone is set to write and direct Sony films' Edward Snowden biopic. Adapted from Luke Harden's "The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man," the film will reportedly begin production late this year, according to a story from The Guardian. Backed up by long-serving producer Moritz Borman, Stone plans to throw down the gauntlet, aiming to beat James Bond producers Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's rival project "No Place To Hide" by Glenn Greenwald to the market.This will be Stone's first film since his 2012 crime thriller "Savages," that was met with mixed reviews. This time around though, one feels he will be in more comfortable territory. This isn't Stone's first foray into the hard-hitting world of politics. Previously he directed "Nixon," "JFK" and "W.," as well as documentaries on Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. »
- Oliver MacMahon
We just recently heard that Sony Pictures was developing a film about notorious Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden with James Bond franchise producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli behind the project. But because this is Hollywood, there has to be a competing project about the same subject material. The Guardian has word from JFK, Nixon and Platoon director Oliver Stone himself that he's attached to direct an adaptation of The Snowden Files, the book by Luke Harding, who is also a reporter for The Guardian. Already hyping the film, Stone remarked, "This is one of the greatest stories of our time." Undoubtedly, this is a headline grabbing story all over again, especially after Snowden's recent interview with Brian Williams. It's tough to say which project will be more reputable or probing. Yes, The Guardian was integral in shining a light on what Snowden was trying to expose about the surveillance »
- Ethan Anderton
Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden has dominated the media since June of last year, when he leaked thousands of classified documents to various outlets in what has been described as one of the most significant leaks in U.S. history since Daniel Ellsberg released the Pentagon Papers. Naturally, multiple studios are chomping at the bit to turn Snowden’s compelling story into an equally compelling (and hopefully lucrative) movie. Now, one is taking shape with JFK director Oliver Stone at the helm.
Moritz Borman, a frequent collaborator of Stone’s, is producing an adaptation of Luke Harding’s The Snowden Files, an account of the Nsa leaks and Snowden’s subsequent experiences. Harding, a writer for British newspaper The Guardian, and other journalists from that same publication, which worked closely with Snowden to release a lot of the leaked information, will be serving as production and story consultants on the film. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Leave it to agent provocateur Oliver Stone to take the reins of a new movie about American whistleblower Edward Snowden. The filmmaker responsible for “JFK,” “W.” and “Nixon” is set to direct an adaptation of “The Snowden Files,” an account of the ongoing Nsa scandal written by Guardian journalist Luke Harding. Stone's thriller will explore what led Snowden to leak thousands of classified documents to former Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald while working as a contractor at the National Security Agency back in June 2013. Also read: Sony, James Bond Producers to Adapt Glenn Greenwald's Edward Snowden Book Stone will write the script and his. »
- Jeff Sneider
Speaking with The Guardian, whom will be consulting on the story, Stone says: "This is one of the greatest stories of our time, a real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us."
Harding was a journalist at the British paper which was involved in the early revelations of the material Edward Snowden smuggled out of the Nsa. Said material exposed the mass government surveillance that was being conducted on U.S. citizens.
Conceived as a European co-production, Moritz Borman will produce the film which is due to start shooting before the end of the year.
- Garth Franklin
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