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Watch: Oliver Stone Interrogates Hayek, Del Toro, Lively in 'Meet the Savages'

In the first of five cross-examination videos leading up to the July 6 release of Oliver Stone's "The Savages," an offscreen Stone "interrogates" his characters. Cartel queen Elena (Salma Hayek), enforcer Lado (Benicio Del Toro), ex-mercenary Chon (Taylor Kitsch), pot producer Ben (Aaron Johnson) and their girlfriend O (Blake Lively) all share.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 13, 2012 1:24 PM
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Trailer Watch: Oliver Stone's 'Savages' - Movie Stars, Drug Lords, Philanthropists & Threesomes

On July 6, Oliver Stone's "Savages" debuts with its cast of one-time movie stars and potential movie stars, from John Travolta, Salma Hayek Benicio Del Toro and Uma Thurman to Taylor Kitsch, Aaron Johnson and Blake Lively. Among the new trailer's revelations...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • April 5, 2012 3:21 PM
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Now and Then Sees Double: Margin Call/Wall Street and Weekend/Before Sunset

Now and Then Sees Double: Margin Call/Wall Street and Weekend/Before Sunset
With a couple of superb new indies making well-deserved waves, Matt Brennan’s “Now and Then” column pulls extra duty this week by taking on two double features for the price of one: Margin Call vs. Wall Street, and Weekend vs. Before Sunset. Trailers below:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • October 24, 2011 3:53 AM
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Talking Must-See Formula 1 Race Car Doc Senna: Visceral "Three Act Drama"

Talking Must-See Formula 1 Race Car Doc Senna: Visceral "Three Act Drama"
Sundance doc audience-award-winner Senna has been wowing fest crowds and European moviegoers in advance of its August 12 opening (via indie PDA). And motors are gunning on Peter Morgan's Formula 1 race car movie Rush, because low-budget indie doc Senna shows that the sky's the limit on what you could do with a fiction film and a big budget. With new technology, lightweight digital cameras put you inside the action and the visceral danger that this kind of racing is all about. It's inherently dramatic. Thus Ron Howard is chasing Rush, about three-time Formula 1 champion Niki Lauda, who crashed in 1976 but weeks later returned to the track, covered with burns, to compete.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 11, 2011 5:15 AM
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Manhattan Film Fans Should Flock to Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Theater Complex; Will They?

Manhattan Film Fans Should Flock to Film Society of Lincoln Center's New Theater Complex; Will They?
New Yorkers can celebrate the imminent arrival of two new art-house cinemas in a city that has long been underserved by movie theaters. IndieWIRE reports on the Film Society of Lincoln Center's ribbon-cutting for the 17,500 square foot Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on 65th Street, which begins its opening festivities Wednesday with a weekend of free programming featuring Kevin Smith, Oliver Stone and an indie panel moderated by producer Ted Hope, before its official June 17 launch with Andrew Rossi’s hit fest circuit doc Page One: A Year Inside The New York Times (Magnolia), which couldn't be more timely with the changing of the guard at the NYT.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 7, 2011 5:20 AM
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SFIFF 54 Day Seven: A Useful Life, Oliver Stone Tribute, The Last Buffalo Hunt, Attenberg

SFIFF 54 Day Seven: A Useful Life, Oliver Stone Tribute, The Last Buffalo Hunt, Attenberg
Meredith Brody's diary entry for SDIFF day seven: The film-going day begins with inserting a DVD into the player, which I guess means staying rather than going. It’s A Useful Life, a film directed by a former employee of the Cinemateca Uruguaya, Federico Veiroj, about a longtime employee of the Cinemateca Uruguaya in Montevideo (which occasions a notation in the opening credits that the movie does not reflect the actual Cinemateca Uruguaya in any way shape or form). Said rather sad-sackish employee (played by an Uruguayan film critic with the young/old face of an obsessive) has spent a quarter-century doing all that’s necessary in showing films to the public – programming, introducing, talking on the radio, even repairing a seat in the theater.
  • By Meredith Brody
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  • April 29, 2011 6:43 AM
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Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo

Oscar Watch: Director/Picture Splits, Black Swan Promo
- What are the odds of a director winning an Oscar without their film? LAT's new Awards Tracker blog considers the importance of the best director and best picture unity. "Over the past 20 years, the awards for best picture and director split only four times. That's 80% overlap," notes Tom O'Neil, pointing out that being "overdue" is a big factor. Could this happen with Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan), Christopher Nolan (Inception) or and Peter Weir (The Way Back)?
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • November 5, 2010 3:06 AM
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David Poland vs. TOH

Monday, The Hot Blog's David Poland took off after me without realizing at first that the story that so enraged him was written by ex-Variety box-office analyst Anthony D'Alessandro. And both stories he pops off about, my rather sober analysis of what went wrong with Tamara Drewe and D'Alessandro's take on the poor performance of Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, are among TOH's most popular, sparking healthy debate.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2010 7:46 AM
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Names That Command the Moviesphere: Cameron Talks Avatar Sequels, True Lies, Cleopatra

If you run a movie site that seeks to service readers --and build traffic--then you don't have to be a rocket scientist to know what works. Certain names, stars, projects have heat. When you write about James Cameron, David Fincher, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, franchises like Avatar, Inception, Spider-Man, Batman, Superman, Bourne, Twilight or The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (Swedish or American), or hot films like The Social Network (or Mark Zuckerberg), they will come. And despite David Poland's sloppy rant about headlines with numbers in them, guess what? They pull more readers: folks love races, contests, drama, debates, polls, controversy, exclusives (which is why the word is so rampantly abused--there's a difference between a one-on-one interview and an exclusive) and yes, lists.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 20, 2010 4:19 AM
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Five Things that Went Wrong with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Five Things that Went Wrong with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
As a reminder that a strong opening does not always a winning movie make, Twentieth Century Fox is looking at some red ink on the fall sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. This is not necessarily good news for the future of studio adult dramas. Anthony D'Alessandro reports: While Oliver Stone scored his biggest opening ever at $19 million, glossy sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps wound up being more of a bear than a bull at the domestic box office with $47.9 million, coming out slightly ahead of the 1987 original's $43.8 million gross. Inside the average range for a Stone title, it's Shia LaBeouf’s lowest-grossing live-action wide release since his christening as a marquee draw with 2007’s Disturbia. The biggest hurdle for Wall Street 2: it was a sequel to a 23-year old adult drama, not a mass-audience franchise such as Rocky or Star Wars. Even if it was timely, its B.O. prospects were limited from the start. Here are five reasons why Wall Street 2’s stock fell:
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • October 18, 2010 10:15 AM
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