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Oliver Stone: ‘Joker’ Reminds Me of ‘Natural Born Killers’ Backlash — ‘The Future Is Murder’

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“Natural Born Killers” arrived in multiplexes in 1994 like a molotov cocktail. Despite being dropped by Warner Bros. into the late-August graveyard of release dates, Oliver Stone’s serial-killer satire ended up at number one at the U.S. box office, and has remained a cult favorite since debuting 25 years ago.

As part of Los Angeles’ Beyond Fest, the film will screen in 35mm, in its unrated version, Tuesday night, with director Oliver Stone in attendance at the Egyptian Theatre. In a recent telephone interview with IndieWire, the notoriously prickly director insisted on keeping the Q&a on topic with “Natural Born Killers.” With regards to his upcoming Hollywood memoir slated for 2020, ill-received comments about anti-gay propaganda in Putin’s Russia, or Stone’s relationship to Putin as evinced by his 2017 documentary “The Putin Interviews”: Stone’s answer? “I don’t want to talk about that.”

Okay, then. Shocking to
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Oliver Stone movies: All 20 films as director, ranked worst to best, including ‘JFK,’ ‘Platoon,’ ‘Salvador’

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Oliver Stone movies: All 20 films as director, ranked worst to best, including ‘JFK,’ ‘Platoon,’ ‘Salvador’
Oliver Stone celebrates his 73rd birthday on September 15, 2019. The three-time Oscar winner has courted controversy with a series of technically ambitious, rabble rousing political dramas, chronicling the highs and lows of American history. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1946, Stone served in the Vietnam War before enrolling in NYU film school. He first came to prominence as a screenwriter, winning an Oscar for penning “Midnight Express” (Best Original Screenplay in 1978) before writing “Conan the Barbarian” (1982), “Scarface” (1983) and “Year of the Dragon” (1985). During this same period, he directed the low-budget horror films “Seizure” (1974) and “The Hand” (1981).

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He emerged as a an A-list director when he was 40 years old with a pair of acclaimed war dramas released in 1986: “Salvador” and “Platoon.
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Oliver Stone movies: All 20 films as director, ranked worst to best

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Oliver Stone movies: All 20 films as director, ranked worst to best
Oliver Stone celebrates his 73rd birthday on September 15, 2019. The three-time Oscar winner has courted controversy with a series of technically ambitious, rabble rousing political dramas, chronicling the highs and lows of American history. But how many of his titles remain classics? In honor of his birthday, let’s take a look back at all 20 of his films, ranked worst to best.

Born in 1946, Stone served in the Vietnam War before enrolling in NYU film school. He first came to prominence as a screenwriter, winning an Oscar for penning “Midnight Express” (Best Original Screenplay in 1978) before writing “Conan the Barbarian” (1982), “Scarface” (1983) and “Year of the Dragon” (1985). During this same period, he directed the low-budget horror films “Seizure” (1974) and “The Hand” (1981).

He emerged as a an A-list director when he was 40 years old with a pair of acclaimed war dramas released in 1986: “Salvador” and “Platoon.” Both earned him Best Original Screenplay nominations,
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Oliver Stone to head Zurich Film Festival jury

Oliver Stone to head Zurich Film Festival jury
American director returns to festival for fifth time.

American director Oliver Stone will attend this year’s Zurich Film Festival (September 26 – October 6) as president of the jury.

He will be joined on the International Competition jury by Colombian director Ciro Guerra, Italian director Laura Bispuri, German actor Sebastian Koch, and Swiss producer Tiziana Soudani.

Zurich’s International Documentary Film Competition will this year be chaired by British producer Simon Chinn. He will be joined by American producer Stephen Nemeth, Swiss director Anja Kofmel, French director Maryam Goormaghtigh, and Swiss documentary filmmaker Christian Frei.

The Focus Competition, which selects first, second or third features from Switzerland,
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Oliver Stone to Head Zurich Film Festival Jury

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Oliver Stone to Head Zurich Film Festival Jury
Oliver Stone will serve as the jury president of the international competition at this year’s Zurich Film Festival, it was announced Thursday. The Oscar-winning filmmaker will also present his Showtime documentary series “The Putin Interviews” and the restored version of his 1991 film “The Doors” at the festival.

“Oliver Stone is an edgy Hollywood auteur who continues to create epoch-making masterpieces and manages to broach explosive issues with brilliance,” said festival co-directors Nadja Schildknecht and Karl Spoerri. “We are delighted that [he] has accepted our invitation.”

The international competition jury also comprises Colombian filmmaker Ciro Guerra, Italian director Laura Bispuri, German actor Sebastian Koch, and Swiss producer Tiziana Soudani.

Double Oscar-winning documentary producer Simon Chinn has been tapped to chair the festival’s documentary film competition. German producer Thomas Kufus heads the Focus Competition, which is for Swiss, German or Austrian productions from a director making his or her first, second or third feature.
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Oliver Stone to Head Jury at Zurich Film Festival

Oliver Stone to Head Jury at Zurich Film Festival
Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone will lead the jury of the upcoming Zurich Film Festival's international competition. 

Stone will also present a restored version of his 1991 biopic The Doors and his documentary series The Putin Interviews at the 15th edition of the Swiss film fest. 

He will preside over a jury that includes Colombian director Ciro Guerra (Waiting for the Barbarians), Italian director Laura Bispuri (Figlia Mia), German actor Sebastian Koch (Werk Ohne Autor) and Swiss producer Tiziana Soudani (Lazzaro Felice).

"Stone has been a friend of our festival for 12 years now. He was recipient of ...
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Oliver Stone Defends “Misunderstood” Interview With Vladimir Putin Calling Anti-lgbtq Law “Sensible”

You may not be aware of this, but Oliver Stone seems to be pretty friendly with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Not only did the filmmaker feature Putin in a recent series titled “The Putin Interviews,” but Stone recently had the chance to interview the Russian leader yet again. But it’s not so much the relationship with Putin that seems to be drawing the ire of fans around the world.

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Oliver Stone Says He’s Not Homophobic After Calling Russia’s Anti-Gay Law ‘Sensible’

Oliver Stone Says He’s Not Homophobic After Calling Russia’s Anti-Gay Law ‘Sensible’
Oliver Stone has responded to comments he made in an interview with Vladimir Putin published as a transcript by the Kremlin earlier this week. In that interview, the “Platoon” director expressed support for Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law. The law, which Putin signed in June 2013, makes the distribution of “propaganda of non-traditional sexual relationships” among minors an offense punishable by fines.

The two men were talking to promote “Revealing Ukraine,” a new documentary executive produced by Stone (and directed by Igor Lopatonok) that includes interviews with Putin — Stone had previously directed the four-hour Showtime series “The Putin Interviews” that aired in 2017. The Oscar-winner had previously produced Lopatonok’s 2016 documentary “Ukraine on Fire.”

“I don’t know what is going on with the American culture,” Stone told Putin. “It’s very strange right now. So much of the argument, so much of the thinking, so much of the newspaper, television commentaries about gender,
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Jeff Beal (‘House of Cards’ composer) on how Kevin Spacey’s exit affected the season and Claire’s ‘operatic’ journey [Exclusive Video Interview]

Jeff Beal (‘House of Cards’ composer) on how Kevin Spacey’s exit affected the season and Claire’s ‘operatic’ journey [Exclusive Video Interview]
Working on the final season of any series can be difficult, but that was especially true with “House of Cards” given the behind-the-scenes drama that led to the firing of star Kevin Spacey. “One of the real challenges we had in this season was telling our story without our former lead actor on screen at all,” reveals composer Jeff Beal, who was with the show from beginning to end. Watch our exclusive video interview with Beal above.

The sixth and final installment of Netflix‘s landmark political drama shifted the emphasis from Frank Underwood (Spacey), a conniving Congressman turned President, to his wife Claire (Robin Wright), who, as his Vice President, assumes the office following his untimely exit.

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With his music, Beal tried to “keep the ghost of Frank Underwood alive,” and the show’s writers tried to do the same. “All the
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Benicio del Toro joins Oliver Stone’s White Lies

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Benicio del Toro has joined Oliver Stone’s new drama feature, White Lies.

Written and directed by Stone, The story covers three generations and focuses on an intimate exploration of family, loss, and love.

Del Toro will star as a child of divorce now repeating his parents’ mistakes in his own marriage and with his troubled son. Feeling trapped, he embarks on a lust-filled journey to free himself but only becomes more lost. When he meets a woman whose life is the opposite of his own, he begins a journey of rediscovery.

This isn’t the first time Stone and del Toro have worked together. The pair collaborated back in 2012 on Savages.

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Del Toro was recently seen reprising his role of Alejandro in the Sicario sequel, Soldado alongside Josh Brolin. He also recently starred
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Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Godless,’ ‘The Defenders,’ ‘The Tick,’ ‘Putin Interviews,’ ‘Last Tycoon’ or ‘Somebody Feed Phil’?

Best Main Title Theme Music: Will Emmy go to ‘Godless,’ ‘The Defenders,’ ‘The Tick,’ ‘Putin Interviews,’ ‘Last Tycoon’ or ‘Somebody Feed Phil’?
The 2018 Emmy nominees for Best Main Title Theme Music are so wholly unique that it is impossible to mistake one for another. The nominees include the themes from “Godless” (Netflix), “The Last Tycoon” (Amazon), “Marvel’s The Defenders” (Netflix), “The Putin Interviews” (Showtime), “Somebody Feed Phil” (Netflix) and “The Tick” (Amazon). Emmy voters truly went their own way in this category, with “Godless” being the only show to earn a corresponding Best Series nomination.

From a rollicking Western tune to a jazzy big band number to a cheesy throwback to sitcoms of old, this category has everything you could want in a TV theme song. So which main title theme song will emerge victorious? After reading our breakdown of each of this year’s Emmy nominees, be sure to make your predictions.

Godless” — Theme by Carlos Rafael Rivera

Carlos Rafael Rivera’s theme for “Godless” feels like an authentic Western theme without being too derivative,
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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs

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Bruno Mars Scores Emmy Music Nod; John Legend, Pasek and Paul Could Win EGOTs
This year’s Emmy race in the music categories takes on greater interest because a win in the song category could instantly give songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul an Egot, having already won Oscar, Tony and Grammy awards.

Pasek and Paul — whose “La La Land,” “Greatest Showman” and “Dear Evan Hansen” songs have catapulted them into the front ranks of American songwriters in the past two years — are nominated for their new song, “In the Market for a Miracle,” written for Fox’s “A Christmas Story Live,” an adaptation of their 2012 stage musical.

They are just two of 28 first-time nominees in the six music categories, announced Thursday morning by the Television Academy for 2017-18 programs. Nearly 60 percent of all the music nominees are newcomers to the Emmy race. Ironically, several musicians were nominated for non-music categories: Donald Glover (“Atlanta”), John Legend and Sara Bareilles all received acting nods — and
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Could Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score to ‘Vietnam War’ Doc Be an Emmys Contender?

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Could Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ Score to ‘Vietnam War’ Doc Be an Emmys Contender?
Could a documentary score win a prime-time Emmy, competing against music from some of the biggest dramatic shows on television?

The answer is yes. It’s happened twice in the past seven years. Last year alone, four documentaries were nominated for their music, and seven others were nominated in the decade prior.

Emmy rules don’t specifically disqualify a score just because it’s been written for a non-fiction film, so composers in that field are eligible to enter the prime-time competition, in either the “composition for a series” or “composition for a limited series, movie or special” categories.

Notes Trent Reznor, who with Atticus Ross composed the score for Ken Burns’ “The Vietnam WarPBS doc: “With ‘Vietnam,’ there was heightened awareness that this was precious material that needed to be treated with absolute dignity, which elevates it beyond a story someone created for entertainment purposes.

“We just try
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Streaming Services Jump Into the Unscripted Series Game

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While streaming services have offered subscribers access to documentaries and unscripted series for some time, it’s only fairly recently that streamers have been making original unscripted and docuseries, such as Amazon’s “The Grand Tour” and Netflix’s “Wild Wild Country,” “Chef’s Table” and “Fastest Car.”

But it was less than 18 months ago when Netflix launched an initiative to make more of its own original unscripted shows, resulting in hits including “Queer Eye,” “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman” and “Nailed It.” In May, Netflix signed a multi-year deal with Higher Ground Prods. — a company formed by former President Barack Obama and wife Michelle — that will include unscripted and docuseries and scripted content.

“We have, what, 125 million accounts with Netflix, and that sort of equates closer to 300 million active sets of eyeballs when you think about multi-user households,” says Lisa Nishimura, Netflix’s VP of original documentary and comedy programming.
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Showtime’s 2018 Emmy Fyc mailer introduces voters to red-hot contenders ‘The Chi,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Showtime’s expansive 2018 Emmy Fyc mailer will soon be arriving on the doorsteps of the TV academy membership. While the premium network previously shipped three series-specific mailers back in April for drama series “The Chi,” comedy series “Smilf” and limited series “Twin Peaks,” they’ve now sent out a fourth mailer featuring all of their eligible Emmy submissions. See photos above and below.

See Emmys 2018 exclusive: Showtime categories for ‘Patrick Melrose,’ ‘Smilf,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ and more

Included is recent Emmy winner “Shameless,” two-time champ for Best Comedy Stunts and four-time nominee for William H. Macy as Best Comedy Actor. Former Best Drama Series winner “Homeland” (2012) is also back in action after concluding its seventh season last month. Look for Emmy favorite Claire Danes and repeat nominee Mandy Patinkin to be major players again in the acting categories, along with Lesli Linka Glatter for directing the drama series.

More shows to
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Oliver Stone to head Busan Film Festival New Currents jury

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Oliver Stone to head Busan Film Festival New Currents jury
Jury also includes Bahman Ghobadi, Agnès Godard, Lav Diaz and Jang Sun-woo.

Award-winning Us filmmaker Oliver Stone is set to head the 22nd Busan International Film Festival (Biff)’s jury for New Currents, the competition section for up-and-coming Asian directors.

The winner of Oscars, Golden Globes and a Berlinale Silver Bear for directing films such as Platoon and Born On The Fourth of July, Stone was recently at the Sarajevo film festival to receive an honorary award and screen a showcase including his latest documentary, The Putin Interviews.

Speaking with Screen there, he expressed concerns about the Us stance on North Korea and the possibility of doing a project focused on the hermetic country.

Stone will be joined on the Biff jury by Kurdish-Iranian director Bahman Ghobadi, whose films include Cannes Camera d’or winner A Time For Drunken Horses and No One Knows About Persian Cats, which won the Cannes Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize
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'Scary Mother' triumphs at Sarajevo Film Festival

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'Scary Mother' triumphs at Sarajevo Film Festival
Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things takes best director and best actor.Scroll down to see the full list of winners.

Ana Urushadze’s Gerogia-Estonia drama Scary Mother has won the top prize at this year’s Sarajevo Film Festival, which concludes today (Aug 18).

The film took the Heart of Sarajevo for best feature film, which comes with a financial award of €16,000. It stars Nata Murvanidze as a 50-year-old housewife who experiences family struggles as she tries to complete her first novel.

The main competition saw Romanian director Emanuel Pârvu take the Heart of Sarajevo for best director for his film Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things, which comes with €10,000.

Best actress went to Ornela Kapetani for Daybreak and best actor went to Şerban Pavlu for Meda Or The Not So Bright Side Of Things.

The jury, led by Michel Franco and featuring Mark Adams, Gordan Bogdan
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Founder and CEO Stuart Ford forced out at Im Global

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Exclusive And Updated: Shock departure due to shareholder dispute.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford has been forced out of the company he founded 10 years ago, Screen has learned.

It is understood the departure happened over the weekend following ongoing disagreement with the shareholders over the direction of the company and matters had escalated in recent weeks to the point of rancour.

Tang Media Partners (Tmp), which acquired a 60% stake in Im Global last year, notified Im Global staff on Monday morning at the company’s West Hollywood offices. Im Global employs around 60 people and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.

Im Global was riding high in its tenth anniversary year. Among the company’s typically robust volume of films was recent Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge. Besides a busy sales business, the company’s growing roster of self-produced and financed features includes three that had been put
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Im Global founder Stuart Ford departs

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Exclusive And Updated: Shock departure due to shareholder dispute.

Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford has departed the company he founded 10 years ago, Screen has learned.

It is understood Ford was forced out following a disagreement with the shareholders over the direction of the company and matters had escalated in recent weeks to the point of rancour.

Tang Media Partners (Tmp), which acquired a 60% stake in Im Global last year, notified Im Global staff on Monday morning at the company’s West Hollywood offices. Im Global employs around 60 people and has offices in Los Angeles, New York, London, Munich, Mumbai, Mexico City, Beijing and Shanghai.

Im Global was riding high in its tenth anniversary year. Among the company’s typically robust volume of films was recent Oscar winner Hacksaw Ridge. Besides a busy sales business, the company’s growing roster of self-produced and financed features includes three that had been put into production in the last
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Oliver Stone to be honoured at Sarajevo Film Festival

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Oliver Stone to be honoured at Sarajevo Film Festival
Platoon director to attend 23rd edition of festival.

This year’s Sarajevo Film Festival (Aug 11-18) will pay tribute to Us director Oliver Stone, who will receive the event’s honorary Heart of Sarajevo award.

The three-time Oscar-winning writer, director and producer has more than 20 feature film credits, including Born On The Fourth Of July and Platoon.

His recent work includes Edward Snowden biopic Snowden and The Putin Interviews, a four-part series with Us network Showtime in which he interviewed Russian president Vladimir Putin.

As previously reported, John Cleese will also receive an honorary Heart of Sarajevo at this year’s festival.

Sarajevo will also host a tribute to documentary filmmaker Joshua Oppenheimer (The Look Of Silence).
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