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Kevin Costner knows how to play the studio game as well as anyone, from directing 1991 Best Picture winner "Dances with Wolves" and his streak as a major movie star in such hits as "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," "Bull Durham," "Tin Cup," "Field of Dreams" "JFK" and "The Bodyguard," not to mention the infamous "Waterworld," which made a lot more money and is a better film than anyone remembers. (Watch the official trailer for "Black or White" after the Q & A, below.) What a career! He doesn't lack for confidence, and has always had a maverick streak--he loves his westerns, from "Open Range" to TV's "Hatfields and McCoys." Heading toward 60, Costner takes on character roles in "Superman: Man of Steel" and carried the recent football drama "Draft Day." But the guy has always been a maverick, and when director Mike Binder kept plying him with roles »
- Anne Thompson
Happy December! Its hard to believe the holiday season is really here, but, with Christmas only a few weeks away now, it seems like time is just ticking away. And if you’re still in need of some gift ideas, thankfully there are a handful of Blu-rays and DVD’s coming out this Tuesday that would make perfect gifts to go under the tree (or tucked in the stockings) this year.
Scream Factory is giving horror fans a double dose of terror this week with their Tales From the Crypt/Vault of Horror Blu-ray and sci-fi fans can finally bring Caesar and all his primate friends home, as 20th Century Fox pulling out all the stops with a stunning collector’s edition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes too. A few Star Trek: The Next Generation titles are also getting a high-def release on December 2th and »
- Heather Wixson
"Divergent" star Shailene Woodley is about to get political. The actress is reportedly in talks to join Open Road's untitled drama based on Nsa whistleblower Edward Snowden, from director Oliver Stone ("JFK," "Platoon," "Savages") Woodley is in talks to play the girlfriend of Snowden, who will be played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt ("The Dark Knight Rises," "Looper") according to The Hollywood Reporter. The controversial Snowden dominated the news cycle over the last year or so, after leaking classified information from the U.S. National Security Agency in 2013, and is currently living in asylum in Russia. The film will be based on Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" and the upcoming "Time of the Octopus," written by Snowden's Russian lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena. Snowden is also the subject of the acclaimed new documentary "Citezenfour." After starring in this year's "The Fault in Our Stars," Woodley can currently be seen in Gregg Araki's »
- Dave Lewis
Levitt’s casting as Snowden was announced on Monday. The casting for the film, which will follow the former Nsa contractor as he leaks information on the U.S. government’s mass surveillance programs, was revealed by the film’s backers to the U.K. Guardian.
Stone, whose past films include Platoon and JFK, purchased the rights to The Snowden Files, by Guardian journalist Luke Harding and Russian lawyer Anatoly Kucherena’s Time of the Octopus. The 68-year-old filmmaker has reportedly already put together a script based on both writings.
According to Stone, Snowden’s journey “is one of the greatest stories of our time.”
Stone’s The Snowden Files is slated to begin production in January in Munich, Open Road Films and Endgame Entertainment told the Guardian.
Oliver Stone has directed movies about three American presidents with JFK, Nixon and W. Would he give the same treatment to Russian President Vladimir Putin? While a narrative feature is not in the cards, “I would do an interview with (Putin) to show a point of view that Americans don’t want to hear,” Stone said in an interview with Russia’s Ria-Novosti news agency. “I would like to do a documentary about him.”
Stone made the comments while in Moscow, putting finishing touches on the script for his upcoming movie about Edward Snowden. He said he’d met with Snowden who sought asylum in Russia after leaking confidential Nsa documents. Stone hopes to begin filming early next year. Joseph Gordon-Levitt stars in the movie, which was just acquired by Open Road.
Putin is aware of Stone’s intentions. “We are aware of Stone’s desire to do a film, »
- Nellie Andreeva
Here’s a bittersweet win for the 59-year-old Kevin Costner: The American Association of Retired Persons will pay tribute to the "Dances with Wolves" and "JFK" actor during their annual Movies for Grownups Awards. He’ll receive the organization’s Career Achievement Award at the noteworthy ceremony, taking place on Feb. 2, 2015 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Making this a slightly bigger deal than it seems, news comes in from Relativity Media that Costner’s Oscar-hopeful "Black or White" has a solid date before year’s end, bumping him into the awards contenders pool. Relativity made it clear when they picked up the Toronto Film Festival premiere that an awards push was in the cards, and now it’s official: "Black or White" will open in a limited engagement on Dec. 3, 2014. Our review of Mike Binder’s racially charged drama didn’t have too many kind things to say »
- Matt Patches
In a career that spans six decades, Donald Sutherland has traversed all mediums and genres, thanks to talent, preparation and, by his own admission, sheer luck.
He discovered the extent of his latest professional good fortune about three years ago in, of all places, a doctor’s office.
“I was at my dermatologist, and she asked me what I was doing next,” Sutherland recalls. “I told her I was about to do something called ‘The Hunger Games.’ She gasped and started calling everyone into the room, and they all came running. That was my first inkling it might be something big,” says the actor, who wasn’t familiar with Suzanne Collins’ popular sci-fi trilogy when he first read the script.
Thanks to his steely turn as President Snow, the 79-year-old actor has attracted a new generation of fans. He’ll reprise his role as Katniss Everdeen’s nemesis in the series’ third film, »
- Jenelle Riley
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, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on The Sea of Trees, which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), 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.). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black).
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the 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, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will »
Two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has wrapped principal photography on "The Sea of Trees", which filmed on location in Japan and Massachusetts, starring Oscar winner Mathew 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 Drive). The cast also includes actors Katie Aselton (star of FX's The League) and Jordan Gavaris (Orphan Black). Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the 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, Arthur encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms »
- Press Release
"Masters of Sex" has wrapped up another season. I spoke with showrunner Michelle Ashford about various decisions that went into this year's stories, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I have all the gravitas of a toothpaste commercial... "God, what if you just let go of everything you thought your life would be? What if we both did? What then?" -Libby Season 1 of "Masters of Sex" built to a very public display of Bill and Virginia's work that got an ugly reception, followed by Bill being open about his feelings to Virginia. For a while, season 2 seemed like it was building to a parallel of that with the taping of the CBS News segment, but instead "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" is the opposite of last year's finale. Bill conspires to kill the CBS feature before it can air because he's paranoid of repeating history, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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 »
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.
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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