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Oliver Stone Calls NSA Leaker Edward Snowden A 'Hero'

7/5/2013 3:07pm EDT
Oliver Stone
Director Oliver Stone has heaped praise on NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden for revealing the spying programs in the United States.

"It's a disgrace that Obama is more concerned with hunting down Snowden than reforming these George Bush-style eavesdropping techniques,” Stone said to a crowd at a film festival in the Czech Republic.

The outspoken Stone continues, "To me Snowden is a hero because he revealed secrets that we should all know, that the United States has repeatedly violated the fourth amendment. He should be welcomed and offered asylum. But he has no place to hide because every...

Oliver Stone Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

5/13/2013 10:32pm EDT
Oliver Stone
On Sunday, Oliver Stone was honored with a lifetime achievement award at a film festival in Croatia paying tribute to his extensive career.

The Wall Street director became the first recipient of the Wild Dreamer award at the sixth annual Subversive Film Festival, where the star presented his documentary series Untold History of the United States.

During the ceremony, Stone said, "I'm especially proud to be here to show our 10-part series the Untold History of the U.S. I always see a lot of self-criticism in Eastern Europe... and I admire that because we need a little bit more of it in t...

Oliver Stone Urges British Defense Officials To Drop Barbaric Pig Training

12/16/2012 4:15pm EST
Oliver Stone
Moviemaker Oliver Stone has taken aim at Ministry of Defence (MoD) chiefs in Britain over the alleged use of live pigs to train army doctors, branding the practice "barbaric and shameful".

The Natural Born Killers director was horrified to read reports that the beasts are shot with high-powered rifles and operated on at a course provided in NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) facilities in Jaegerspris, Denmark.

He has now written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond and urged him to put an end to British participation in the "cruel" drills.

In the email, Stone - who served in the U....

Oliver Stone Reaches For Salma Hayek's Breasts At 'Savages' Premiere

9/20/2012 9:37am EDT
Oliver Stone
On Wednesday, Oliver Stone was photographed appearing to grab Salma Hayek's breasts at the "Savages" London premiere.

The director and cast walked the red carpet at the Mandarin Oriental hotel to promote the film in which Hayek plays the leader of a Mexican drug cartel.

However, things got awkward when Stone seemed mesmerized by the actress' busty figure, and he couldn't resist copping a feel in front of photographers.

Hayek, 46, who is married to French fashion mogul Francois-Henri Pinault, tried to blow off the odd encounter by laughing uncomfortably. Stone, 66, has been married for 15...

Review: 'Savages' Is Vintage Oliver Stone...Gory, Violent And SO Good

7/8/2012 11:22am EDT
"Savages," directed by the always unpredictable Oliver Stone, has something for everyone...Well almost everyone...Beautiful Califronia beaches, great scenery, beheadings, intense brutal over the top violence, hot sex, three way sex, and...

Some of the best pot grown in the U. S. and her borders.

'Savages' is based on the best selling novel by Don Winslow. He, along with Shane Salerno and Oliver Stone wrote this electrifying script.

Ben (Aaron Johnson) is a peace loving Buddist. He likes to spend his spare time helping the children in undeveloped countries. His BFF is quite the opposite ...

Oliver Stone: 'I'm Thinking Of Getting Into The Marijuana Business'

6/26/2012 4:20pm EDT
Oliver Stone
Moviemaker Oliver Stone is contemplating a career change, he is considering becoming part of California's marijuana rush - because the state produces the best weed in the world and big money is exchanging hands.

The longtime pot advocate briefly spent time behind bars in the late 1960s when he was caught in possession of the drug at the Mexico/U.S. border, but he admits he's often tempted to risk another stint in jail.

The Platoon director tells High Times magazine, "If you appreciate California weed - as I have for many years - you'll realize that we're somewhat close to the money when...

Oliver Stone Uses Weed & Ecstasy, Avoids Cocaine & Prozac

6/14/2012 11:00am EDT
Oliver Stone
In a candid new interview, moviemaker Oliver Stone talks about his drug use, listing the hallucinogenics he approves of and the hard drugs he avoids.

Stone reveals he no longer takes anti-depressants, but he uses Ecstasy and the hallucinogenic juice from rubber tree plants. The "Natural Born Killers" and "Platoon" director has never been shy about his drug use.

I believe the grass (marijuana) is God's gift," he says. "California makes the best in the world now...All my life I've been doing it, off and on. I can stop marijuana...I'm not addicted. I enjoy it. I also enjoy alcohol.

He added...

Oliver Stone's Son Wants To Teach Americans About 'The True Nature Of Islam'

2/21/2012 8:33am EST
Sean Stone
Director Oliver Stone's son is eager to help Americans understand more about the Muslim faith after converting to Islam.

Sean Stone, who has appeared in several of his father's films, underwent a conversion ceremony in Iran earlier this month.

The 27 year old has confirmed his Oscar-winning dad is happy with his decision to become a Muslim, but admitted he feared members of Hollywood would be reluctant to work with him because of his new-found faith.

Sean said, "Having people within the film industry express a reluctance to work with me now that I have said a simple prayer... I am sure I...

Oliver Stone Supports His Son's Islamic Conversion

2/20/2012 8:32am EST
Oliver Stone
Famed director Oliver Stone fully supports his son Sean's decision to convert to Islam, but the actor-turned-filmmaker fears others in Hollywood may not be so accepting.

Sean Stone, who has appeared in several of his father's films, underwent a conversion ceremony in Iran earlier this month and he has confirmed his Oscar-winning dad is happy with his decision to become a Muslim.

He tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "My dad said, 'Allah be with you.' My father understands that I am trying to bridge certain gaps and bring about peace."

However, Sean fears others in the movie in...

Oliver Stone's Son Sean Converts To Islam

2/15/2012 2:31pm EST
Sean Stone
The son of revered Jewish director Oliver Stone has converted to Islam after shooting a documentary in Iran.

Actor-turned-filmmaker Sean Stone has revealed he underwent a ceremony in the Iranian city of Isfahan on Tuesday to pronounce the Shahada, the testimony of faith, and has now adopted Ali as his Muslim first name.

The 27 year old, whose mother Elizabeth is Christian, has not detailed the reasons behind his change in religion, but he tells Agence France Presse, "The conversion to Islam is not abandoning Christianity or Judaism, which I was born with. It means I have accepted Mohamm...

Salma Hayek Had To Talk Tough To Win 'Savages' Role

10/6/2011 2:56pm EDT
Salma Hayek
Actress Salma Hayek had to prove she was tough enough to play the head of a drug cartel in Oliver Stone's upcoming movie Savages, because the director feared motherhood had turned her "all soft".

The Frida star has scaled down her work load since becoming a mother to four-year-old daughter Valentina and settling down with her husband Francois-Henri Pinault, and her comfortable home life had Stone worried she wasn't right for the leading role in the crime thriller.

Hayek tells Redbook magazine, "I'm playing the queen of a drug cartel in an Oliver Stone film. He asked if I'd gone 'all sof...

Spotlight: The Beautiful And Talented 'Gossip Girl' Star Blake Lively

9/26/2011 1:00pm EDT
Are all you Gossip Girl fans ready for tonight's premiere? We are, and in anticipation of the season five premiere we wanted to spotlight one of its most beautiful and talented rising stars Blake Lively.

Twenty-four year old actress Blake Lively seems like she has it all- the good looks, the booming career and the hot boyfriend, Leonardo DiCaprio. Who else is jealous? Born and raised in Los Angeles, Blake’s family was in the entertainment business which meant she was destined to catch the acting bug. Blake has said about her family, “My whole family's been in the business. My...

Celebrity Birthdays - September 15, 2011

9/15/2011 3:00am EDT
Heidi Montag
Happy Birthday to

Reality TV star Heidi Montag (1986)

Prince Harry of Wales (1984)

8 Simple Rules actress Amy Davidson (1979)

Franz Ferdinand drummer Paul Thomson (1976)

Football legend Dan Marino (1961)

Movie director Oliver Stone (1946)

Man of the House star Tommy Lee Jones (1946)

Actor Henry Darrow (1933)

Bandleader Cannonball Adderley (1928; d. 1975)

Superman actor Jackie Cooper (1922)

Actress Penny Singleton (1908; d. 2003)

King Kong actress Fay Wray (1907; d. 2004)

Country singer Roy Acuff (1903; d. 1992)

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The Strange And Surprising Career Of Cameron Diaz

6/23/2011 1:00pm EDT
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz is anything but a predictable actor. This Friday, “Bad Teacher” opens and will showcase Diaz’s R-rated comedy skills opposite Justin Timerlake and Jason Segel, an alumnus of the Judd Apatow school of raunchy humor. Directed by Jake Kasdan (“Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”), Diaz stars as the world’s worst teacher who would rather get high in her car than teach her kids anything. While most moviegoers see her as just a pretty face who pops up in mediocre films, Diaz has had an incredibly unique and varied career in Hollywood over the last two decades.

Her breakthrough role ca...

Lindsay Lohan Challenging Blake Lively For Film Roles

4/14/2011 10:59pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Actress Lindsay Lohan is getting serious about making a movie comeback, insisting she's keen to challenge Blake Lively for roles in two new movies.

Lohan, who is currently in talks to portray Victoria Gotti in the upcoming mob film Gotti: Three Generations, reveals she's particularly interested in going head to head with Lively to play a good witch in Oz: The Great & Powerful, opposite pal James Franco, and in Oliver Stone's latest film Savages.

She tells the New York Post, "I think the only role I could play is Glinda (The Good Witch)... I'll only do the movie if I can work with (James F...

Shia LaBeouf To Star In 'Pinkville' Reboot?

1/3/2011 4:35pm EST
Shia LaBeouf
Director Oliver Stone wants Shia LaBeouf to head to the battlefield and lead the cast of his previously shelved Vietnam War drama Pinkville.

The filmmaker's project was due to begin production in December 2007 with Channing Tatum as the male lead, but it was put on hold indefinitely as a result of a strike by members of the Writers Guild of America that year.

However, Stone is eager to kickstart work on the movie and has now tipped his Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps star LaBeouf to feature in the story of the My Lai Massacre in 1968, when hundreds of Vietnamese citizens were killed by ...

Colin Farrell Fell Apart After 'Alexander' Flop

12/31/2010 12:37pm EST
Colin Farrell
Colin Farrell spiraled into a deep depression after his blockbuster Alexander flopped - and even considered turning his back on acting for good.

The Irish actor starred as Alexander the Great in Oliver Stone's 2004 epic, and was crushed by the negative reviews his performance generated. Farrell subsequently fell into a slump and admits he felt the need to apologize to everyone who might have seen the movie.

He recalls, "That was tough. I say tough relative to a charmed life, but I'm not going to apologize for how much it affected me emotionally and psychologically. I was going to walk a...

Did Carey Mulligan & Shia LaBeouf Break Up?

10/17/2010 5:00pm EDT
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan has moved back to her native Britain after cooling her relationship with Shia LaBeouf, according to a new report.

London-born Mulligan relocated to New York last year when she began dating LaBeouf during the filming of Oliver Stone's "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

But Mulligan is now back in the U.K. after putting her love life on hold, reports Britain's Sunday Telegraph.

Mulligan is quoted in the publication as saying, "I'm moving back to England; it's a long story."

She adds, "I am spending more time here at the moment. Just spending time with my family, really."


Michael Douglas MIA As Catherine-Zeta Jones Brings Daughter To School

10/13/2010 12:00pm EDT
Catherine Zeta Jones
This morning Catherine Zeta-Jones walked her daughter Carys to school in New York amid reports Oliver Stone said Michael Douglas' condition was "precarious."

Douglas's publicist has refuted "Wall Street" director Stone's remark, saying, "The doctors are very happy...he's perfectly fine. If Mr. Stone in Berlin knows something different, well, what can I say."

Douglas has been undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatments for cancer. He has not been seen on the school run since Thursday.

Michael was scheduled to complete his cancer treatment last week. In one of his most recent int...

Danny DeVito Accepts Icon Award For Michael Douglas

10/4/2010 3:40pm EDT
Danny DeVito
Danny DeVito stepped up to accept a prestigious award on behalf of his actor pal Michael Douglas at the Zurich Film Festival on Sunday, as the star continues his treatment for throat cancer.

The diminutive funnyman, who teamed up with Douglas in Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile, jetted to the festival in Switzerland to take part in a tribute to Douglas, who is undergoing chemotherapy to beat cancer.

DeVito collected the Golden Icon Award at the festival on Sunday at the final awards ceremony attended by Oliver Stone, Bob Geldof and Czech-American director, Milos Forman.


Review: 'Two Jews On Film' Split On 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' (Video)

9/27/2010 8:15am EDT
Money Never Sleeps
"Money Never Sleeps" is the long awaited sequel to "Wall Street." The film is directed by the always interesting Oliver Stone and it was written by Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff. It stars Michael Douglas, reprising his role as Gordon Gekko, Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin, Frank Langella, and Carey Mulligan. The global economy teeters on the brink of disaster. For some people, that is a very good thing. For others, not so much. It opened in theaters September 24th. Check out our bagel count.

In 'Money Never Sleeps' Greed Is No Good

9/24/2010 10:22am EDT
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Usually it is unnecessary when a film’s writers slip its title into a line of dialogue. “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” has an exact moment like this, although thankfully, the statement is poignant rather than extraneous. In this sequence, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) compares money to a restless mistress that never is satisfied, hence the “Money Never Sleeps” subtitle. What makes this sentence important though is its connection to the theme of greed, which permeates the entire movie.

It is clear that the director Oliver Stone has an objective he is seeking to accomplish by telling...

Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,' 'You Again,' & More

9/20/2010 8:22am EDT
You Again
Last Thursday I went to see “Easy A” starring Emma Stone, who has come into the mainstream with roles in “Superbad” and “Zombieland.” Stone plays Olive, a teenager that discovers the danger of rumors in high school the hard way. Olive unintentionally starts a rumor that she had sex and pretty soon it spreads to the entire school. She establishes a certain reputation among her peers for it, which at first she relishes. Over time though, it seriously alienates her from her friends, and she is forced to confront her choices.

Probably the most interesting aspect of the movie is Olive’s nar...

Happy 30th Birthday, Macaulay Culkin!

8/26/2010 8:32am EDT
Macaulay Culkin
Here's something that will make you feel old - "Home Alone's" mischievous Kevin Mccallister is 30!

That's right, the world's first $1 million child star, Macaulay Culkin, hits the big 3-0 today.

It seems like yesterday since the beloved blond boy wonder was creating mayhem in the first two "Home Alones," and fronting films like "Richie Rich" and "Getting Even with Dad" - but, no, sorry 80s kids; "Home Alone" hit the big screen 20 years ago!

He might have retired at 14, back in 1995, but Mack's still one of the most iconic movie figures of the last century - and we can't wait for him to m...

Fall Movie Preview Part 1: September

8/24/2010 10:00am EDT
the town
This fall, moviegoers have an extremely large and diverse selection of movies to choose from. The abundance of (hopefully) promising films is unlike any year in recent memory as movies of all kind are set to release during the crucial and often divisive awards season.

This September audiences are in for a slew of independent films that are as different as they are engaging. George Clooney will star in “The American” (Sept. 1), directed by Anton Corbijn whose 2007 film “Control” earned strong praise and attention. The movie is a throwback to the international spy thrillers of the 70s and c...

Oliver Stone Apologizes For Hitler Comments

7/26/2010 10:43pm EDT
Oliver Stone
Oliver Stone has apologized for "clumsy" comments he made in an English newspaper, suggesting the Holocaust has become Hitler's most prominent atrocity because of Jewish control of the media.

In an interview with Britain's Sunday Times, the director was explaining how his latest documentary about the Nazi leader and former Soviet dictator Stalin would put the two men "in context."

He added, "Hitler was a Frankenstein but there was also a Dr. Frankenstein. German industrialists, the Americans and the British. He had a lot of support. Hitler did far more damage to the Russians than the Jewi...

Oliver Stone: 'Scandal Won't Affect Mel Gibson's Career'

7/21/2010 10:00am EDT
Oliver Stone
Filmmaker Oliver Stone is convinced Mel Gibson will bounce back from his recent personal scandals - insisting directors will still want the actor to star in their movies.

Gibson's reputation has been badly damaged following the release of several tape recordings which purportedly feature him hurling abuse and vile threats at ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva during phone calls. However, despite the backlash the actor has faced since the accusations became public, Stone is adamant Hollywood directors will still be keen to cast Gibson in their films.

He says, "Everyone is supposed to have a...

Robert Downey Jr. Sets Sights On Directing

6/17/2010 9:45am EDT
After struggling for prominence in Hollywood for over 20 years, Robert Downey Jr. is arguably the biggest movie star in the world right now. According to Box Office Mojo, “Iron Man 2,” the sequel to the movie which finally made Downey a household name, has grossed over $300 million domestically and has become one of only a few successful comic book adaptation franchises. Downey is also set to re-team with director Guy Ritchie for a sequel to “Sherlock Holmes” which had an impressive box office performance late last year and won Downey both critical praise and accolades. As if that wasn’t en...

Juliette Lewis Fights Off 'Diva' Rumors

6/11/2010 8:35am EDT
Juliette Lewis
"Rocker" Juliette Lewis constantly battles pre-conceived notions she is a "diva" after shooting to fame as an actress - but insists she was never pampered on movie sets.

The star has racked up more than 40 film credits since making her acting debut at 14, and had to tackle music critics' bias when she decided to form her own rock band, Juliette and the Licks. However, Lewis is adamant acting is hard work, citing one particularly harrowing stunt she completed in a field of rattlesnakes while shooting Oliver Stone's 1994 action movie Natural Born Killers.

Speaking on Britain's Live from S...

Oliver Stone Planning 'Wall Street 3'

5/13/2010 1:00pm EDT
Oliver Stone
Director Oliver Stone is hoping his upcoming Wall Street sequel is a box office hit - because he is already making plans for a third installment.

The moviemaker has resurrected his Academy Award-winning 1987 film for a follow-up 23 years after the original hit cinemas, with Michael Douglas reprising his role as ruthless banker Gordon Gekko opposite Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin.

The picture, which will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival in France this week, is due for release in September and Stone hopes the audience warms to the story - because he would love to see the characters r...