Joseph Gordon-Levitt Edward Snowden

Oliver Stone decided over the summer that he wants to make an Edward Snowden biopic, and now he may be closing in on a lead. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is reportedly closing in on the drama, though no deal is set in stone just yet. Hit the jump for more details on the possible Joseph Gordon-Levitt Edward Snowden casting.

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Oliver Stone Making Edward Snowden Biopic

Oliver Stone Edward Snowden

It was inevitable that someone would make an Edward Snowden biopic, and it seems almost as inevitable that that someone should be Oliver Stone. The controversy-friendly filmmaker has just picked up the rights to The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man, written by journalist Luke Harding. Hit the jump for all the details on the story.

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Aronofsky Portman Black Swan

We talk all the time here about new projects for our favorite directors, but today we’re going to talk about two films that have just been dropped by their respective helmers.

According to new reports, Darren Aronofsky has walked away from the thriller Red Sparrow, after circling the picture for months. Meanwhile, Oliver Stone is kicking off his MLK weekend by announcing that he is no longer making an MLK biopic. Hit the jump for updates on both projects.

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Oliver Stone is going back to his favorite subject matter: influential American personalities, particularly those of the past middle century. He’s already chronicled JFK and Nixon (and George W. Bush) and now Stone is in early talks to make a film about Martin Luther King, Jr.

This is one of a few different MLK films that have been in development recently, but the DreamWorks and Warner Bros. co-production have the all-important approval of the King family in addition to the influence of producer Steven Spielberg. The script is by  Kario Salem (Chasing Mavericks) who is reworking a draft by Ronald Harwood (The PianistAustralia).

If things work out, Stone will make the film, and he’ll have his Any Given Sunday actor Jamie Foxx in the starring role.

Update: This week, Stone confirmed that he and Foxx are moving forward with the MLK film. He told the Wall St. Journal “we’re looking for a way to relate to this extraordinary man.”

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One week after Walter White concluded his journey on Breaking Bad, people are still turning over that finale in their minds, and coming to very different conclusions.

On one side, we have the artistic director of the One World Symphony in New York City, who so liked the series that he plans to adapt it into an opera. On the other is filmmaker Oliver Stone, who complained that “Felina” was too violent. Hit the jump for more on these very different Breaking Bad reactions.

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In July, Oliver Stone is going back to his lurid daylight noir style (think U-Turn) with his adaptation of Don Winslow‘s novel Savages. The film features Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson as a couple of pot growers whose business ends up in the crosshairs of a more powerful Mexican drug lord (Salma Hayek). Her henchman (Benicio Del Toro) kidnaps the guys’ shared girlfriend (Blake Lively), which leads to a pretty intense confrontation.

After the break, we’ve got an exclusive behind the scenes video showing the setup and filming of one of the movie’s action setpieces. We’ve also dropped in some of the other videos from the film that have hit in the past couple days. Read More »

Thursday afternoon at CinemaCon, Universal Pictures presented footage, clips and trailers from their upcoming 2012 line-up and beyond. Included in the presentation were clips from Snow White and the Huntsman, Oliver Stone‘s Savages, Seth MacFarlane‘s TED, The Bourne Legacy, Les Miserables, Judd Apatow‘s This Is 40, Carl Erik Rinsch‘s 47 Ronin, Joseph Kosinski‘s Oblivion, and R.I.P.D.. Per usual, I recorded a video blog after the presentation with Alex from FirstShowing and Frosty from Collider. We give our reactions to the footage without spoilers or in depth descriptions. Watch the video blog now embedded after the jump.

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Yesterday we saw the first bit of footage from Oliver Stone‘s new film Savages, in which the girlfriend (Blake Lively)of two pot growers (Aaron Johnson and Taylor Kitsch) is kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel, the better to get said growers to work for the bigger outfit.

The film features the sort of cast you’d expect to see Stone pull together: in addition to the leads there are Benicio Del Toro, Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Demian Bichir, Salma Hayek, Joel David Moore and Emile Hirsch, and it is shot in a style reminiscent of a few of his lurid ’90s entries such as U-Turn and Natural Born Killers. (Speaking of ’90s films, is Salma Hayek cosplaying as Thurman’s Pulp Fiction character Mia Wallace?)

Now we’ve got the full trailer, which sets up the story, offers a little bit of sex and violence, and shoves a knife through John Travolta. Check it out below. Read More »

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