Over the past few years, more and more high-profile film directors have been fleeing the uncertain world of cinema in favor of longform television shows. David Fincher, Cary Fukunaga, Steven Soderbergh, Woody Allen, David O. Russell, the Wachowskis, Baz Luhrman, Jonathan Nolan…pretty soon, it’s going to be difficult to name a filmmaker who hasn’t made the jump to the small screen.
Oliver Stone (Wall Street, Platoon) already has a made-for-TV documentary coming to Showtime containing interviews with Russian president Vladimir Putin, and now the director is expanding his TV resume by making his first foray into scripted television. And since this is a Stone project, you knew it wouldn’t be without some controversy: it’s called Guantanamo and set at one of the world’s most infamous prisons. Learn all about the Oliver Stone Guantanamo series below.
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Here’s something I didn’t see coming: director Oliver Stone (Platoon, Wall Street) sat down with Russian president Vladimir Putin to interview him for a documentary called The Putin Interviews, which will air on Showtime as a four-hour, four-night event. Watch the first teaser trailer and read all about the new doc below.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 by Jack Giroux
Commentaries for sports movies are great for a variety of reasons. One of the biggest reasons why, of course, is hearing stories about whatever legendary actor is playing the coach. More often than not, directors are excited to talk about those iconic actors. Want to know how so-and-so gave a famous locker room speech such bravura? Then check out the audio commentary.
Another reason to listen given them a listen is to learn how much of a pain it can be making actors, locations, and everything else look like the real deal. The attention to detail in some of the films featured below is remarkable and more often than not subtle. If you want to see what filmmakers put them through to make a sports picture, then maybe give a listen to one of our audio commentary recommendations.
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Posted on Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Jacob Hall
Sometimes, all you need to do is put a bunch of interesting personalities in the same room, turn on the camera, and watch a fascinating conversation unfold. The latest Director Roundtable from The Hollywood reporter finds Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight), Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge), Denzel Washington (Fences), Oliver Stone (Snowden), and Mira Nair (Queen of Katwe) all talking about their work and it’s always fascinating to see such a varied group of talented folks having an upfront chat about their experiences.
Watch the 2017 directors roundtable chat below.
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Fall is just around the corner, which means awards season isn’t too far away either. The first film out of the gate that could be a major contender at the Academy Awards next year is Snowden. The biopic from director Oliver Stone tells the story of the former CIA employee Edward Snowen (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who became a whistleblower when he leaked classified information about the NSA to the media that revealed the agency was spying on unknowing citizens of the United States. Now you can see it early thanks to a special Fathom Events engagement that includes a live Q&A with Oliver Stone and Edward Snowden himself.
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It’s a bit baffling that we still have to ask people to have the common courtesy to turn off their cell phones and keep them put away in a movie theater. It’s extremely frustrating to hear a ringtone go off during a movie or see a bright screen pop up in the darkness. There are even people who think it’s appropriate to take a selfie with the flash on during a movie (something I’ve personally experienced). It’s just sad.
Thankfully, the discourteous behavior of rude people has resulted in at least some form of amusement when we get a PSA (usually from the Alamo Drafthouse) about keeping your cell phone off during a movie. But today, we get an Oliver Stone PSA from Open Road Films inspired by the forthcoming film Snowden where he not only asks you to turn your cell phone off, but also warns us that this little device will be the downfall of humanity. It’s exactly what you’d expect from Oliver Stone. Read More »
Snowden was the odd man out at San Diego Comic-Con. While most filmmakers and actors visit the convention generally to promote a comic book movie or an adaptation of some kind, director Oliver Stone and Open Road Films brought a biopic about Edward Snowden (played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) to Hall H. The oddity in the lineup was an hour-long discussion almost entirely dedicated to privacy, surveillance, and only briefly, Pokémon Go and totalitarianism.
Below, read our Snowden Comic-Con panel recap.
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Oliver Stone‘s Snowden may seem like an odd fit for Comic-Con, but the controversial filmmaker and his cast took the stage at Hall H earlier today to premiere a new trailer for his Edward Snowden biopic and engage an audience of nerds on topics that are a bit more heated than your average pop culture discussion. The full panel was apparently a weird one (for starters, Stone said that Pokemon Go was a big step toward totalitarianism), but movie itself looks like a fairly straightforward examination of Snowden and his controversial actions. This movie is going to ruin a few family dinners no matter its stance on its subject, so start arming yourself for the inevitable screaming match between you and the people you love by watching the new trailer below.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Few films have the capacity to completely derail a family gathering quite like Oliver Stone‘s upcoming Snowden, which tells the true story of the NSA contractor who leaked classified documents, exposed the shocking extent of government surveillance, and promptly fled the country to avoid arrest and charges of treason. Everyone has an opinion on Edward Snowden and the mere mention of his name is enough to turn pleasant conversations into verbal brawls. The question of whether he’s a hero or a traitor continues to be debated by millions of Americans. It’s a touchy subject. A controversial subject.
Which means it’s perfect material for Stone, who is usually at his best when he’s given the opportunity to rile people up. The new Snowden trailer is here and while it doesn’t look as extreme as JFK, it certainly looks like it has more political bite than W.
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Posted on Friday, February 19th, 2016 by Angie Han
For a spell, it looked like Oliver Stone‘s Snowden could be a contender in this year’s awards race. It had a timely hot-button topic and an all-star cast, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Shailene Woodley. Maybe most telling of all, it also had a primo release date: December 25, 2015. But those hopes were dashed when Open Road yanked the film off its 2015 calendar into summer 2016.
Or maybe not. Open Road Films has just pushed back Snowden a few more months into fall 2016, right at the start of prestige pic season. Read More »