Access Hollywood has a four minute behind the scenes look at Oliver Stone‘s W. If you ever had a doubt that Josh Brolin wouldn’t be able to do George W, watch Brolin’s delivery of the speech early on in this clip. It’s amazing. Definitely a lot better than the professional George W. Bush impersonator that was in Harold and Kumar 2. There is also more footage of Elizabeth Banks, who looks unbelievably good as Laura Bush. Watch the video embedded above.
Lionsgate has sent us two high resolution versions of the new W. posters which have been seen around Denver. IGN also has a new billboard advertising the film (seen above). The caption reads “Anyone Can Grow Up To Be President”. I’m really digging the outdoor advertising a lot more than the “What a Wonderful World” teaser trailer.
FilmSchoolRejects found some new teaser posters for Oliver Stone‘s George Bush biopic W. The posters were found downtown in Denver, Colorado, right next to the convention center, where not-so-coincidentally, the Democratic National Convention will be held later this month. The tagline on the poster reads “A Life Misunderestimated”. I know the teaser trailer was disappointing, but I really love these posters. Head on over to Rejects to see the whole thing in higher res.
Get ready! AICN has the official teaser poster for Oliver Stone’s George W. Bush biopic W.
The teaser trailer for Oliver Stone’s W. is now online. It basically focuses on Bush’s partying antics. The juxtaposition of “It’s a Wonderful World” over the Bush presidency gives you a good idea of the humorous spin that Stone is taking on this story. Tell me what you think in the comments below.
Lionsgate’s Cannes Film Festival Teaser poster for Oliver Stone‘s W. gives you a very good idea of what you can expect from the upcoming George W. Bush biopic. This won’t be a dramatic retelling of W’s life! But can Human beings and fish really coexist peacefully?
Official Plot Synopsis: Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd President to the big screen as only he can. W takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life — his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.
W stars Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George Herbert Walker Bush, Academy AwardÂ® winner Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, and Ioan Gruffud as Tony Blair.
Posted on Thursday, May 22nd, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
You special kids can stop meddlin’ with your mashed potatoes because the last major bit of casting on Oliver Stone‘s W. is close to a done deal: ass tamale Richard Dreyfuss will play elusive veep Dick Cheney. Wow. There wasn’t any question that Stone was going for the president’s jugular with this biopic, but Dreyfuss adds a bubbly new layer of vitriolic spittle. I wouldn’t be surprised if Dubbya chews dip, in both color and Stone’s signature b&w psycho-vision, for the entire running time. Wait, does one chew dip? I guess one dips it.
Moreover, SAG has shined its light on W., giving the Lionsgate production a waiver that allows filming to proceed if/when the strike goes down this summer. Like a ‘roided bull backing into a stable, it seems W. will arrive in theaters this October no matter what, right before the election (oh, that’s not over yet?). And according to the Hollywood Reporter (no linkage) a DVD release is purposely scheduled for Bush’s exit in January. That’s the sound of Indy’s whip!
Dreyfuss joins Josh Brolin as Dubbya, Elizabeth Banks as the smilin’ First Lady, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer (\m/), Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, James Cromwell as Poppa Bush, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Toby Jones as Karl Rove, and America as Captain Happypants.
Discuss: Who was your choice for Cheney? Does Dreyfuss top it? How successful do you think W. will be at the domestic box office? Is the end near? What will Bush do after he leaves office?
Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!
Someecards has an awesome new ecard which takes aim at Indiana Jones, pictured above.
Up to three “Battlestar Galactica” TV movies might get made later this year. But no deals have officially been signed. [chicagotribune]
BenderSpink and FilmEngine announced they are making a Butterfly Effect 3. Who knew there was even a sequel? [shock]
FirstShowing noticed that The Incredible Hulk CGI has been upgraded in the recent tv spots. The photo on the left is from the first trailer. You’ll notice that they have added a t-shirt and have done a considerable amount of shading work.
Brian Levant (The Flintstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Are We There Yet?) has signed to direct a tv movie prequel to the two Scooby Doo films. [Moviehole]
BadTaste.it has two new italian WALL-E posters, seen above.
TwitchFilm has the first photo of Kevin Costner in The New Daughter.
David Poland calls the NYTimes story idiotic, insisting that the highest profile spot in the domestic summer will always have an out-of-competition premiere at Cannes because most of the movie critics are there.
Variety has one of the first reviews of Michel Gondry, Joon-ho Bong and Leos Carax’s Tokyo!: “First and arguably best of the bunch is Gondry’s deviously titled “Interior Design,” which opens on a dark and stormy night as young, self-deluded aspiring filmmaker Akira (Ryo Kase) and his supportive but directionless g.f. Hiroko (Ayako Fujitani) arrive in Tokyo. Gondry handles the light intrusion of Cronenbergian body-horror with minimal f/x and old-fashioned visual sleight-of-hand, keeping his camera focused on Fujitani’s engaging performance. The Gallic helmer may have a reputation for dazzling directorial whimsy, but his restraint pays off here in a work at once poignant and slyly Kafka-esque.”
Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and the stars of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull answered questions on seesmic. [Rejects]
Xbox.com is giving away five limited edition Indiana Jones customied XBox 360s.
Vulture says that the Guerrilla Marketing is the Only Funny Thing About The Love Guru.
George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes) announced that he and his long-time partner Brad Altman are now engaged to be married. [trekmovie]
Arcade Fire is not doing the score for Richard Kelly’s The Box after all. [playlist]
Oliver Stone’s W. began shooting in Shreveport on May 12th. [Variety]
Posted on Thursday, May 8th, 2008 by Peter Sciretta
Update: We’ve updated this story with a new photo.
When I first heard that Josh Brolin was cast as George W. Bush in Oliver Stone‘s new film W., I was confused. Brolin is a great actor, but if I were to list 20 actors to play George W, his name wouldn’t have made that list, never mind even come into my mind. Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush was a little easier to see. But the cover for next week’s Entertainment Weekly mkes me wonder why he wasn’t #1 on my list.
Co-starring James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, and Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer. Based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, Stone has compared W. to The Queen and Nixon. The screenplay was written pre-strike by Stanley Weiser, who had co-wrote Wall Street with Stone. Weiser and Stone read 17 books as part of their research for the script. W. began filming late last month in Shreveport, Louisiana. The film is intended to be released for the presidential election in November 2008, or the Presidential inauguration in January 2009.
Entertainment Weekly has an extended look at the production.
Discuss: What do you think of Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks as George and Laura Bush?
Posted on Monday, April 7th, 2008 by Hunter Stephenson
Oliver Stone‘s Dubbya biopic W. continues to stack on cast members like intelligent pancakes, with the latest editions being Iaon Gruffudd (Mr. Fantastic in The Fantastic Four), who’s in the final stages of signing on to play former British prime minister Tony Blair, and British actress Thandie Newton as Bush’s long-time Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. You may have heard that Rice is now in the running to be presidential hopeful John McCain’s VP running mate, so Newton’s portrayal could become that much more relevant.
Newton played it sort of mean and icy in The Pursuit of Happyness and recently starred in Run Fatboy Run. She’ll also appear in Guy Ritchie’s (remember him?) new, um, Guy Ritchie movie RocknRolla. Stone has not filled in Dick Cheney or Karl Rove but Vulture eavesdropped on a coffee talk between Paul Giamatti and the director not too long ago. The film begins shooting shortly, so expect answers to these questions. Remember answers?
W. Casting Rundown: Josh Brolin/George W. Bush, James Cromwell/Bush Sr., Elizabeth Banks/Laura Bush, Ellen Burstyn/Smoking Hot White Haired Barbara Bush.
UPDATE: HR sent the script out to four Bush biographers. Here’s one of the verdicts. Sounds amazing! “It leaves you with the impression that the White House is run as a fraternity house with no reverence for hierarchy, the office itself or for the implications of policy,” said Robert Draper, author of Dead Certain: The Presidency of George Bush. Here’s another snippet from another biographer: “This notion that [Bush’s] schedule is driven by what’s on ESPN is ludicrous.” Yes! Highlight: The biographers were split on the accuracy of some eye-popping details in the screenplay, including scenes in which Bush nearly crashes a plane while under the influence of alcohol…
Discuss: If an animal had to play Condoleezza Rice instead of a human…go!
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