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Weekend Box Office: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Easily Clips Legend of the Guardians, You Again

There's life yet in the adult drama, as Oliver Stone's Wall Street sequel easily outscored the weekend competition. Anthony D'Alessandro reports.
  • By Anthony D'Alessandro
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  • September 26, 2010 4:30 AM
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Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Stone in Mainstream Studio Mode

Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is Stone in Mainstream Studio Mode
Like the 1987 film, this Wall Street installment is Oliver Stone in mainstream studio mode. Sure, his political slant on the financial crisis comes through loud and clear--the son of a Wall Street broker is preaching to the choir at this point--and he uses cigar-chomping alpha male Josh Brolin, who played George W. Bush in W., as this film's embodiment of Wall Street greed and villainy, Master of the Universe Bretton James. But James, who is part of a sprawling ensemble, is less fleshed-out and articulate than Douglas's Gordon Gekko in the first film. He's a caricature.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 24, 2010 12:19 PM
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Michael Douglas Fights Throat Cancer

Michael Douglas, 65, has been diagnosed with a tumor in his throat, reports People Magazine. The veteran actor will undergo eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy. We wish him the best.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 16, 2010 8:13 AM
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Post-Cannes Fest Landscape: What's Real?

Post-Cannes Fest Landscape: What's Real?
The Cannes Film Festival unfolds in two parts: what gets seen during the festival itself--and what happens afterwards.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 12, 2010 3:30 AM
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From South of the Border to Restrepo, Docs Fill Media Gap

There has never been a richer time for documentaries, nor a greater need of them.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 6, 2010 12:08 PM
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Eliot Spitzer Has High Cannes Profile: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Inside Job

Eliot Spitzer Has High Cannes Profile: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and Inside Job
As president Obama tries to push through financial reforms, the worldwide financial crisis is a hot topic at the Cannes Film Festival, from popular fiction Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps to Charles Ferguson's widely-hailed doc Inside Job.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 22, 2010 6:26 AM
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Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour

Stone Talks Wall Street Dysfunction and South of the Border Tour
Fox conducted Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps interviews at the Hotel du Cap cabanas by the Mediterranean on a grey day with drizzle in the air. I have always enjoyed talking to Oliver Stone. An unashamed liberal, he's a well-informed, gifted visual storyteller who, like Clint Eastwood, keeps hungrily filling his head with knowledge and churning out movies. Saturday Stone sat with a group of international press and expounded on his fave obsession, the dysfunctional world financial system--and he also excoriates the International Monetary Fund.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 16, 2010 10:40 AM
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review
Friday morning's 8:30 AM press screening for Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps was packed and earned applause as journos ran out of the Lumiere before the movie had finished to get into the press conference. Stay to the end and you had no shot of getting in. The Robin Hood press conference was less imperative.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 14, 2010 8:54 AM
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Bonjour Cannes: Ramping Up

Finally, I got out of JFK four hours late on a nine-hour non-stop to Nice, along with Oliver Stone (sporting a neat mustache), USA Today's Anthony Breznican, the NYFF's Richard Pena, Richard and Mary Corliss, Village Voice's Jim Hoberman, Moving Pictures Magazine critic Aaron Hillis, indieWIRE critic Eric Kohn, Hollywood Elsewhere's Jeffrey Wells, Wash. Post critic Ann Hornaday, Boston Globe's Wesley Morris, and Screen's Howard Feinstein.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 11, 2010 9:14 AM
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News Update: Grand Ole Opry Flooded, Spielberg Picks War Horse, Stone Tours South America

Flood damage to the Grand Ole Opry House was reportedly topic number one in the Nashville music community Monday. At least three feet of water encroached on the historic venue, whose stage is considered hallowed ground in country music. This weekend's shows have been relocated to the Ryman Auditorium downtown, an equally revered venue that fortunately was unaffected. Heavy rains and the rising waters of the Cumberland River devastated middle Tennessee over the weekend.
  • By Amy Dawes
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  • May 4, 2010 1:26 AM
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