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
Never one to shy away from controversy, it appears that Oliver Stone will be the filmmaker to bring the inevitable feature film portrayal of Nsa leaker Edward Snowden to fruition. The European co-production is based on Luke Harding’s book The Snowden Files, which recounts how the young computer professional breached the National Security Agency to leak evidence of America’s global surveillance. The Guardian reports that Stone hopes to begin production by the end of this year, as a rival Edward Snowden film is in the works based on the book No Place to Hide. Harding and other Guardian journalists will be consulting on Stone’s film. Stone has never been afraid of delving into politically charged material, though it has made for mixed results. JFK and Platoon are fantastic, while films like W. and Alexander fell short of their promise. Stone’s recent output hasn’t been stellar, »
- Adam Chitwood
Last year, with a few competing projects in development, DreamWorks struck the first blow releasing their Julian Assange movie "The Fifth Estate" and ... no one cared. The Benedict Cumberbatch vehicle wasn't well received critically, and did even worse at the box office, flopping hard and taking only $8 million worldwide. That's right, it didn't even hit double digits. And now, another headline-grabbing whistleblower is getting the big screen treatment, but will the result be any different? Well, the folks behind the adaptation of Luke Harding's "The Snowden Files" are hoping the controversial likes of Oliver Stone will get butts in the seats. The director behind "Nixon," "Platoon," "W" and "JFK" has been tasked with helming the project and he's pretty excited. "This is one of the greatest stories of our time," Stone told The Guardian. "A real challenge. I'm glad to have the Guardian working with us." That's right, the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Oliver Stone is no stranger to political filmmaking, whether that be the true story or one from a conspiracy theory perspective. Through films like JFK, W., and World Trade Center, Stone has examined significant events in American history through a very unique lens. Not even factoring in his documentary films, Oliver Stone has made a career out of making polarizing films. His next will continue that trend with one of the most controversial subjects of the last year. Deadline is reporting »
- Alex Maidy
Well, I guess this was just a matter of time... But The Guardian UK is reporting that Oliver Stone, the Oscar-winning director of such conspiratorially minded gems as "JFK" and his bafflingly overlooked documentary series "The Untold History of the United States," is set to bring the story of Nsa whistleblower to the big screen in "The Snowden Files," an adaptation of the book written by Luke Harding.
The thriller will, according to the Guardian's report, follow Snowden, an Nsa contractor who decided to leak thousands of classified documents to a former Guardian columnist in June, 2013, causing the government (and everyone else) to seriously reassess the widespread use of surveillance in the United States and elsewhere. (Snowden is in Russia currently seeking asylum and faces a 30-year prison sentence should he ever re-enter the United States.)
This seems like perfect material for Stone, who has built his career around historical »
- Drew Taylor
By Robert Welkos Billionaire: Arnon Milchan Net Worth: $4.7 billion (Forbes); $4.2 billion (CelebrityNetWorth) Hollywood Connections: Producer began his Hollywood career in 1977 after being introduced to producer Elliot Kastner (“Harper”). Set up New Regency Productions in 1991. Has worked with directors like Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam, Oliver Stone, Roman Polanski and Sergio Leone. Company partnered with Warner Bros. and then 20th Century Fox. One of the producers of this year’s Oscar winning picture “12 Years a Slave.” Films Of Note: “Pretty Woman,” “JFK,” “Fight Club,” “Heat,” “L.A. Confidential,” “12 Years a Slave,” “Noah.” Films In The Works: “Birdman.” Director: Alejandro González Iñárritu. Cast: Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Zach Galifianakis. IMDb logline: “A washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory.” “The Revenant.” González Iñárritu to direct Leonard DiCaprio in »
- Robert W. Welkos
Few recent filmmaker biographies are as comprehensive, insightful or personal as Matt Zoller Seitz's "The Wes Anderson Collection," a phenomenal coffee table book that combined Seitz's essays, interviews with Anderson, detailed photos comparing Anderson's films to those of his influences, and original artwork by Max Dalton into the kind of meticulously detailed work worthy of an Anderson film. Now, Seitz is following up that achievement with a book on multiple Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone. "The Oliver Stone Experience" will cover Stone's life and career, from his upbringing as the son of a Republican stockbroker and formative years in Vietnam to his days as the acclaimed, provocative, often divisive filmmaker behind "Platoon," "Salvador," "Wall Street," "Born on the Fourth of July," "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers." Seitz has spent the past three years conducting interviews with Stone, and his book will include original artwork, analyses and footnotes, plus personal photos, »
- Max O'Connell
If you can.t beat them, join them. Ultra-conservative talk radio host Glenn Beck announced that he his starting a film division at Mercury Radio Arts, the parent company of his radio program. The Hollywood Reporter has the details, explaining that Beck plans to develop three original stories as theatrical releases. "One [is] set in ancient history, one in modern history and a third he considers .faith-based,." the trade reports. Beck says that he has been busy refurbishing The Studios at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas. The 72,000-square-foot facility played host to such films as Oliver Stone.s JFK. The Dallas Morning News reported that Beck bought the studio back in 2013. "We're getting it ready for some big plans," the 50-year-old radio host said. Of course, Beck made headlines recently by criticizing Darren Aronofsky.s Old Testament drama Noah for being "awful." He said: It is not a godless climate »
Conspiracy films can captivate an audience in surprising ways, and Hollywood has a long tradition of bringing these theories to life. In the upcoming film Pioneer, director Erik Skjoldbjærg explores a real life Norwegian big oil cover-up that includes murder, extortion, and diving in the North Sea.
In celebration of Pioneer‘s release today, we are counting down six of the best conspiracy thrillers.
5. Shutter Island (2010)
Perhaps better known for violent-gangster films than conspiracy theories, Martin Scorsese teamed up with Leonardo DiCaprio for the fourth time to stunning effects. Using conspiracy-theory tropes unapologetically, Shutter Island turns the genre on its head and questions the nature of conspiracy theorists within our society.
4. The Insider (1999)
Focused solely on their shareholders, corporations will often go to morally extreme lengths to maximize profits. There is perhaps no better instance of this than within the cigarette industry, where companies denied the harmful effects of cigarettes for years, »
- Phil Wheat
We’ve already had one great documentary spinning theories about Kurt Cobain‘s death (Nick Broomfield’s Kurt & Courtney) and one great dramatization of the last days of the Nirvana frontman (Gus Van Sant’s Last Days), but now there’s a (possibly great?) movie coming out that combines both approaches. Today is the 20th anniversary of when Cobain’s body was found dead, so of course the first trailer for this new docudrama has just arrived online. Titled Soaked in Bleach, it combines interviews with people associated with the case, including private detective Tom Grant, with reenactments featuring actors such as Lost‘s Daniel Roebuck as private detective Tom Grant. Others in the drama side’s cast play Cobain (Tyler Brian), Courtney Love (Sarah Scott), Hole guitarist Eric Erlandson (Kale Clauson), Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan (Tor Brown), Butthole Surfers singer Gibby Haynes (David Daskal), Earth front man Dylan Carlson (August Emerson) and a character »
- Christopher Campbell
The video team here at HitFix constantly impresses me with not only the volume of work that they produce, but also the quality. We've gotten very lucky with the people we've hired, and they make any of our collaborations both easy and fun. Last week, they approached me about a new ongoing feature that they wanted to do, and tomorrow, we're going to shoot the first episode of "Ask Drew," which is exactly what it sounds like. I am constantly asked questions via e-mail and Twitter and in our comments section, and I feel like I never fully answer all of them, something that makes me feel terrible. I am grateful for each and every reader of the work we do here at HitFix, and if I can answer something, I try to. To that end, we are going to try something a little different here starting tomorrow. I want »
- Drew McWeeny
Directed by Peter Landesman.
Set during the days that immediately followed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Peter Landesman’s Parkland examines the impact felt by those directly involved in the shocking event. In his adaptation of Vincent Bugliosi’s novel, “Four days in November,” Landesman concentrates on the implications the shooting caused; changing the lives of the people affected forever.
Many of us have seen the famous “cine-film” footage of that fateful day, November 22nd 1963, when the then President of the United States of America, John F. Kennedy, was shot dead. That footage was filmed by Abraham Zapruder (played by Paul Giamatti) and from the moment he began filming, he would forever be known for that piece of film. Jim Carrico (Zac Efron) was the Doctor to »
- Gary Collinson
Director Peter Landesman credits Paul Giamatti’s involvement in Parkland as one of the key reasons that Abraham Zapruder’s family – consistently silent until now – agreed to collaborate with his film.
Landesman had reached out persistently to the relatives of Zapruder, the man who had witnessed the shooting of JFK through the lens of his little 8mm camera, but was turned away on numerous occasions.
“I’d go back to them and say, ‘no, really we want to tell his inner story.’ And there’d be silence. So I’d go back again because I just didn’t want to take ‘no’ for an answer,” says the director.
“I was starting to think that it would never happen, but then, when Paul Giamatti agreed to play Abraham Zapruder, we were able to present them with one of the finest actors of our generation – or of any generation for that matter. »
- Gary Collinson
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of comedic legend, John Candy. One of Canada’s most successful film and TV exports, Candy rose through the TV comedy circuit in Canada alongside contemporaries like Rick Moranis, Harold Ramis (sadly no longer with us now), Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy. Throughout his film career, Candy would continue working on and off with many of the stars he rose with.
Candy has remained a popular figure, both among the audiences who grew up in the 80’s on a staple diet of his comedy films, and from new audiences who rediscover such greats as Planes, Trains and Automobiles. What really made Candy stand out, more than just his physical size and presence, was the warmth and likeability the man projected in virtually every character he played. Often playing the bumbling fool with his heart in the right place, »
- Gary Collinson
With his sly, Cheshire cat grin and twinkling, half-mast eyes hidden behind owlish glasses, Harold Ramis always gave the impression of a guy who was guarding the punchline to the world’s funniest joke. And it’s quite possible he was. After all, if anyone had the merry-prankster genius to conceive it, polish it into a jeweler-precise gem, and deliver it with crack comic timing, it was Ramis, who passed away early Monday morning at age 69 from complications of autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis, a rare disease that involves the swelling of blood vessels.
Although Ramis became a familiar face on both »
- Chris Nashawaty
Kevin Costner is the "All-American Man" and the world loves him for it.
From "Dances with Wolves" to "The Untouchables" to "JFK," one simply needs to watch Costner's filmography to capture the essence of America and understand its past. Let's face it, the man stars in Westerns and baseball-related movies like he's contractually obligated.
It all started over 30 years ago, when Costner got his first break in Lawrence Kasdan's "The Big Chill" and, while his part was eventually cut, the director didn't forget him. After getting cast in Kasdan's next project, "Silverado" -- a Western, of course -- the actor's career took off and helped make him the international talent he is today.
Even if you're familiar with Costner's work, there's still some mystery about the well-established actor. From his surreal encounter with Richard Burton to his musical endeavors, here are 17 things you probably don't know about Kevin Costner. »
- Jonny Black
Based on the book I Heard You Paint Houses by Charles Brandt, The Irishman has been a movie lovers dream ever since it was announced a couple of years ago, bringing director Martin Scorcese together with Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, and Joe Pesci to tell the true life tale of Frank Sheeran, an alledged assassin for the Italian Mob whose wild claims include that he murdered Jimmy Hoffa and that the assassination of JFK was a mob hit. While nothing about the project is concrete, De Niro, who is reportedly playing Sheeran, has been quite vocal about it, letting slip details about it a few months back on The Graham Norton Show. In a recent interview with art publication Flatt, the actor talked about the project yet again, saying, "We have been trying to do the film for the last few years, and I think we will do it »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Kevin Costner is one of those actors who you tend to forget has been a part of some truly remarkable films. From Dances With Wolves to Bull Durham and even JFK, the man has an impressive career. With his strong performance in last year’s Man Of Steel, it is great to see that the actor is back in the spotlight. And with this weeks 3 Days To Kill, he plays a hired killer who must take on one last job to save his own life. Sitting across from this iconic actor/director was a »
Most of this year's Oscar contenders are based on historical events – and there are academics waiting to pounce on every slip-up and blunder. But there is more to a great movie than getting the facts straight
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It's Oscars time again, and this year many of the big contenders have one thing in common. Two thirds of the contenders for best film are based on historical events. History also picks up four out of five best actor nominations, two out of five best actresses, and three out of five directors. So fierce has the competition among historical films become that it was reported that academic "history assassins" were paid handsomely by marketing consultants to spot errors in other studios' films. These errors would then be filtered out subtly through blogs, undermining rivals' Oscar hopes.
It was rumoured that sniping about the liberties »
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