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The Films Of Oliver Stone: A Retrospective

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 5, 2012 11:05 AM
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Oliver Stone loves his country, but he is also its loudest critic. Whether tackling history head-on in films like "Platoon" or "Born On The Fourth Of July," or profiling presidents in "JFK," "W." and "Nixon," and even in seemingly genre-centered material like "Natural Born Killers" or "Any Given Sunday," Stone views America in his own unique, if sometimes contradictory ways. His track record is certainly marked by tremendous highs, definite lows and curious middles (mostly with genre excursions like "U-Turn," "Any Given Sunday" and "The Doors") but he is never one to sit still. For evidence of Stone's constantly changing priorities one can look to his last few films — "World Trade Center," "W.," "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" — and truly get a sense of a director driven both by passion and finance, and by a love for his country that is also pained by its failings.

Discuss: 'Prometheus' Takes $1.1 Million From Secret Cinema Screenings, But Is It A Moviegoing Revolution Or A Gimmick?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 3, 2012 2:50 PM
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It's no secret that Hollywood have been running scared the last few years. Falling admissions, the ever-present threat of piracy, a collapse in the DVD market...these are dark times for the major studios. But there has been a glimmer of hope, thanks to certain exhibition techniques with both large-screen IMAX and 3D becoming virtually requirements when it comes to major tentpoles, with the subsidies on ticket prices as a result helping to boost grosses for many major movies, and giving others -- like rereleases of "Titanic" and "Star Wars" -- a new lease of life. Hell, theaters are even trying to make an extra dollar or two with D-Box vibrating seats, of all things.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Tom Cruise Performances

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  • July 3, 2012 11:00 AM
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Tom Cruise turns 50 today, and he's probably had better birthdays. His latest film, "Rock Of Ages," was a box office disappointment, and on Friday, it emerged that Katie Holmes, his third wife, and mother of his daughter Suri, was filing for divorce. Just as things were seemingly starting to get back on track after a difficult half decade -- last year's "Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol" was his biggest hit ever -- it looks like the actor is hitting another rough patch.

Discuss: Can Taylor Kitsch's 2012 Be Saved By 'Savages?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 3, 2012 10:03 AM
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From a brand perspective, actor Taylor Kitsch has had an unfortunate 2012. With the movie industry dealing with a rocky past few years, Hollywood has had to adjust its strategy, moving to a familiar, but relatively new spending plan. With A-list stars demanding huge salaries or major backend deals with little assurance that their popularity will translate into box-office gold, Tinseltown has looked inward, almost akin to the old studio system, in an attempt to cultivate its own new (less-expensive) would-be stars.

Discuss: Does 'Magic Mike' Prove That Female Audiences Are Now More Reliable Than Hollywood's Staple Teen Boy Targets?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 1:54 PM
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For those who follow that sort of thing, this weekend was one of the more interesting in a while at the domestic box office. There were four films that broke the $25 million barrier in the same weekend, a first in history, for instance. There was the unusually precipitious drop for "Brave," a worrying sign for the once-untouchable animation factory. There was the usually impressive expansion for "Moonrise Kingdom."

The Top 10 Films To See In July

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 10:59 AM
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There are people, we're told, who just rock up to the theater on Friday night and see whatever is coming on next. We, and we suspect you, have never been those people. We scan the release calendar weeks, even months in advance, in order to check out what's coming to theaters, so we know what we're queueing up for, and when we'll be seeing it.

5 Stars Who Could Be In The Running To Play Tom Cruise's Next Wife

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 2, 2012 10:20 AM
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Some surprising news broke late Friday night which has had Hollywood abuzz all weekend. No, not another big-budget movie cancellation or high-profile reshoots, but instead a major high-profile bit of recasting. For the past five years, Katie Holmes has been playing the role of Tom Cruise's wife,' one of the most widely sought-after parts in Hollywood. Her 5-year contract was up, and while a renewal was widely expected, negotiations appear to have fallen apart at the last minute, with Holmes, like previous incumbents Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, exiting the part at the age of 33.

5 Things You May Not Know About 'Do The Right Thing'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 2, 2012 8:31 AM
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On a weekend where record temperatures were being recorded in New York City, and elsewhere in the U.S., it's appropriate that two of the best films in theaters, "Magic Mike" and "Take This Waltz," both revolve around long, hot summers. And it's doubly appropriate that Saturday also marked the anniversary of perhaps the definitive heatwave movie: Spike Lee's "Do The Right Thing." Of course, Lee's masterpiece isn't just a look at Brooklyn over a boiling hot summer day, it's also one of the greatest American films in the history of the medium, one whose critical reputation has only grown since Kim Basinger's protestation on stage at the Oscars the following year that it was the best film of 1989, and yet hadn't been nominated (although Danny Aiello got a nod, as did Lee's screenplay).

Noah Baumbach Talks ‘Kicking And Screaming’ On The Eve Of BAMcinemaFest 17th Anniversary Screening

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  • June 29, 2012 4:41 PM
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That internet movie legend is false: filmmaker Noah Baumbach’s debut feature, “Kicking And Screaming,” was never almost accepted to the Cannes Film Festival and then rejected because the director refused to cut fifteen minutes from the film as requested.

5 Directors Who Could Helm Marvel's 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 1:39 PM
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After much speculation, it seems that we now know the identity of Marvel's secret film that's been long targeted for a May 2014 release. And it's not "Ant-Man," or "Black Panther," or "Runaways," or "Doctor Strange." It's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," the cosmic adventure that was a favorite in the 1970s before being revived recently.

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