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Governor Jerry Brown, Harrison Ford and Anjelica Huston Celebrate Joan Didion at PEN Center USA Awards

PEN Center USA's 23rd annual Literary Awards Festival at the Beverly Hills Hotel was a dazzling mix of literary Los Angeles and Hollywood, as Joan Didion was winning the Lifetime Achievement Award. Many of the 400 or so attendees, from producer Laura Bickford to authors Bret Easton Ellis, A.M. Homes, Cari Beauchamp, Janet Fitch and Michael Tolkin, were disappointed that the diminutive and frail New York writer was not able to attend, after sustaining a fall. Governor Jerry Brown and Harrison Ford had been friends with Didion for some 40 years, and valued her friendship--and sophisticated dinner parties.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:07 PM
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Why Oliver Stone Let Loose on the 'Breaking Bad' Finale: "The Most Ridiculous 15 Minutes... It Would Be Laughed Off the Screen"

While the much discussed "Breaking Bad" finale had plenty of supporters, director Oliver Stone was not one of them. He told Forbes that he "happened to tune in and saw the most ridiculous 15 minutes of a movie -- it would be laughed off the screen."
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 9, 2013 1:42 PM
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Karlovy Vary Film Festival Appoints Agnieszka Holland as Jury President, Honors Oliver Stone

The 48th Annual Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in Czech Republic announced today that American auteur Oliver Stone will be honored with the Crystal Globe Award for outstanding artistic contributions to world cinema. In addition, thrice-Oscar nominated Polish director Agnieszka Holland will serve as president of the jury.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 23, 2013 2:39 PM
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NRA Chief Blames Hollywood Media for Gun Violence, Names Oliver Stone's 1994 'Natural Born Killers'

Oliver Stone can't get a break. Almost two decades after he directed uber-violent "Natural Born Killers," Hollywood's most famous Liberal remains a fat target for the National Rifle Association, which held a Washington, D.C. press conference Friday interrupted by protests.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • December 21, 2012 2:00 PM
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Oliver Stone Talks 'Untold History of U.S.' at NYFF [VIDEO]

From "Platoon" to "JFK" to "Nixon" and beyond, few filmmakers have done more to challenge the convenient bonafides of US history than Oliver Stone. Judging by the response to yesterday’s sneak peak at his upcoming Showtime series "The Untold History of the United States," the director has lost none of his audacity in his transition to premium cable.
  • By Sheerly Avni
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  • October 7, 2012 4:22 PM
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'SAVAGES' Featurette & Clips: Hayek, Travolta & Del Toro Wipe the Floor with Lively, Kitsch & Johnson

Oliver Stone's "SAVAGES" arrives this weekend and if Blake Lively in a three-way isn't enough to get you to the theaters, there's a handful of featurettes and clips to wet your appetite below...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • July 4, 2012 12:43 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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