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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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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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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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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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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.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Oliver Stone Says New Cut Of 'Alexander' Will Be "Best Version Yet," Criticizes 'Zero Dark Thirty' & 'The Hurt Locker' & Talks 'Pinkville'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 14, 2013 10:13 AM
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If you hadn't already gathered, Oliver Stone is a stubborn man. This can be a good and not-so-good thing. Confirming what we reported on over a year ago, Oliver Stone discussed his fourth to-be-released cut of "Alexander" at this year's Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (along with some of his other work and advice on writing and editing). As you might remember, the original movie was a critical and commercial flop, with possibly the most positive review coming from Richard Roeper, who wrote, "It's just a wild, glorious, wacky mess that I found really entertaining."

Watch: 36-Minute Discussion Of 'Scarface' With Al Pacino, Brian De Palma & Oliver Stone Plus 1983 Behind-The-Scenes Special

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 8, 2013 11:25 AM
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Ludicrous machismo and the American Dream were never the same once Brian De Palma's “Scarface” landed in 1983, carving shocking setpieces and Tony Montana catchphrases into the surface of pop culture like a reckless chainsaw. But as with any landmark film like De Palma's, it's a worth a look backward; as a series of extended interviews and making-of clips show, the project's roots were hesitant, unknown, and slowly ushered forward into the eventual iconic result.

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