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Watch: Oliver Stone's Controversial Fidel Castro Documentary 'Comandante' In Full

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 4:40 PM
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Comandante
No stranger to controversy through films that have delved into American history and politics, often blurring the lines reality between and fiction, Oliver Stone's little seen 2003 documentary "Comandante" was another one that stirred up debate. Called everything from "an opportunity frustratingly squandered" to "a backslapping love-in" to something "that Stone is bending...for his own personal interest," many believed that the filmmaker wasn't able to make an objective documentary on the controversial Cuban leader. Well, now you can judge for yourself.

Michael Bay Says He Wants To Make A Movie About African Elephants Plus More Director News

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2014 11:05 AM
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Michael Bay, Transformers: Age Of Exctinction
While his passion for explosions and Victoria's Secret models suggests that Michael Bay is a total bro at heart, it would seem that he's got a soft spot for endangered animals. With the director spending much of the last several years making branded toys clang and crash, he also took a detour to make the (relatively) smaller movie "Pain & Gain" last year, and it would seem he's toying with an idea for another effort that will not involve Hasbro or CGI.

Oliver Stone To Direct Inevitable Movie About Edward Snowden

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 12:10 PM
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Oliver Stone Snowden Files
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?

Watch: Oliver Stone's Low Budget Horror Film Debut 'Seizure' In Full

  • By Ben Brock
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  • February 18, 2014 11:03 AM
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Seizure Credit Oliver Stone
Did you know Oliver Stone's first movie was a 1974 horror quickie called “Seizure”? Probably not, especially given that he doesn't want you to know that (hell, even we skipped over it in our retrospective of the director in 2012) . The official story is that Stone got famous writing screenplays in the late 70s and early 80s — “Midnight Express,” “Conan the Barbarian,” “Scarface” — but he made “Seizure” and 1981's “The Hand” (with Michael Caine!) first. He wasn't exactly proud of the work, though, and though it did come out on VHS, “Seizure” has never had a DVD release: Stone has bought the rights to ensure it never happens. But thanks to the interwebs, you can still get a (blurry) look at the whole thing.

Oliver Stone Exits Martin Luther King Biopic, Says Estate Wouldn't Approve His Warts And All Script

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 4:48 PM
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Oliver Stone Jamie Foxx Martin Luther King Jr.
The Martin Luther King Jr. movie seems to be the white whale of biopics. No less than three different attempts to bring the iconic civil rights leader to the big screen are currently underway, but one of them has just lost a director. Last fall, DreamWorks revealed they were putting together an MLK project and eyeing Oliver Stone to direct, with Jamie Foxx in the lead role, and none other than Steven Spielberg putting his weight behind the movie as a producer. But it seems that once again, the King estate has kiboshed a film that won't show the man in anything less than a perfect light.

Watch: Oliver Stone Directed & Starring World Cup Ad

We are just over six months from the first kickoff in Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, which means that the advertising onslaught for one of the biggest sporting events in the world is now underway. And while soccer stars and celebrities are usually expected to lend shine to the campaigns that will be launched, it's rare that an actual director will become a centerpiece for an entire ad. Read More »

50th Anniversary: 8 JFK Assassination Films That Revisit History

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • November 20, 2013 2:09 PM
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8 JFK Assassination Films
50 years ago this Friday, an open-top car rounded a corner, a bullet left a gun and history changed. The assassination of President John F. Kennedy is a landmark event of which it’s hard to overstate the importance—retrospectively we can see just how much U.S. politics and society altered from that point on, making hyperbole about its impact difficult. Perhaps the only event to which it can be likened, for those of us not yet born in 1963, is 9/11, in terms of how shocking, scarring and indelible it felt to witness, and not just that, but how eerie, how uncanny, how chillingly surreal. A little like one of those cartoon moments when the scurrying critter looks down to discover it ran out of cliff a while ago, it felt, according to those who lived through it, like the ground was giving way, and having glimpsed the drop below, suddenly the nation was in freefall, all the old certainties vanishing. And when the inconceivable has happened right before your eyes, who’s to say there aren’t monsters under the bed too?

Oliver Stone Eyed To Direct Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic Starring Jamie Foxx

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 10, 2013 7:44 PM
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Oliver Stone Jamie Foxx Martin Luther King Jr.
With "JFK," "Nixon" and "W." under his belt, Oliver Stone knows his way around (controversial) biopics of famous American leaders. But even with that said, he's not the first guy we'd think of for a movie about Martin Luther King Jr.

Oliver Stone Says 'Breaking Bad' Finale Was Too Violent & "Ridiculous"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 9, 2013 9:04 AM
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Oliver Stone has been no stranger to scenes of explicit violence. To call "Natural Born Killers" controversial would be an understatement, while Brian De Palma's "Scarface" (which he wrote) basks in its own gratuitous glory. And Stone's last feature, "Savages," featured attractive young people having sex and killing people. So it's safe to say the director has a wide measure of tolerance for onscreen violence, but it seems "Breaking Bad" (of all things) pushed his buttons too far.

Watch: 7 Clips & 'Siskel & Ebert' Review For Oliver Stone's 'JFK,' Theatrical Re-Release Coming In November

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2013 1:27 PM
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When Oliver Stone's "JFK" dropped over two decades ago (damn, has it been that long?), it created nothing short of an explosion both at the multiplex and the pop cultural sphere in general. A box office hit, earning over $200 million worldwide, and an awards season player (eight Oscar nominations, and two wins for Editing and Cinematography), it was also highly controversial and stirred up a conversation about the assassination of the president that hadn't been had in ages. And now you can live that experience all over again.

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