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Michael Douglas Credits Oliver Stone's Harsh Criticism For 'Wall Street' Performance

March 7th, 2010 4:00pm EST
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Michael Douglas has tough guy director Oliver Stone to thank for his iconic role as banker Gordon Gekko in Wall Street - he played the character hard and angry after the moviemaker chastised him for his lack of acting experience.

The actor admits he was furious with Stone after the filmmaker confronted him in his trailer on the set of the 1987 movie and blasted his initial poor performance.

Douglas channeled that anger into his character Gekko - and he credits Stone with bringing out the "nastiness" in him to land him a Best Actor Oscar in 1988.

The actor tells Vanity Fair magazine, S...
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Shia LaBeouf Made $500,00 While Doing Research For 'Wall Street'

February 22nd, 2010 6:00pm EST
Shia Labeouf
Shia Labeouf's role in Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is proving financially lucrative for the star months ahead of the film's debut - the actor has made almost $500,000 after learning how to invest his money.

LaBeouf stars as a young Wall Street whiz kid opposite Michael Douglas' ruthless Gordon Gekko in the forthcoming sequel.

He prepared for his part by training at one of the world's largest discount brokers, Charles Schwab. And the 23 year old's extra study sessions have proven a good investment - he's almost half a million dollars richer than when he landed the ro...
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Top 10 Films With Numbers In The Title

September 26th, 2009 1:52pm EDT
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In honor of the recent Tim Burton film 9 we're spotlighting numerals and numbers in film. What they have contributed to movies over the years goes beyond simply differentiating an original from a sequel.

For the most part this list excludes sequels. Sorry. It's just too easy. Also, much too simple are the straight up number films. But the English language loopholes are definitely abused throughout this top ten to reflect the best and, well, most viewed options. Check them out!

1. The First Wives Club.

This is the smartass chick's chick flick with a message. Bette Midler. Goldie ...
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Film's Most Memorable Football Coaches

September 8th, 2009 12:00pm EDT
Knute Rockne Win One for the Gipper
With football season right around the corner, it's time to take a look back at the way Hollywood has immortalized coaches over the years. While most football movies focus on the players, a few have turned their eyes to the men (and women) calling the shots, giving us several good and bad portrayals of coaches.

Tony D'Amato, "Any Given Sunday"

Oliver Stone's let's-throw-it-all-together-and-see-what-sticks football opus has its faults, but one of them is not Al Pacino's performance as the coach of the beleaguered Miami Sharks. Stone coaxes one of Pacino's last great efforts by allowing...
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'Taking Woodstock' Review: Where Did The Music Go?

August 27th, 2009 10:43am EDT
Taking Woodstock
What would the Woodstock Music & Art Fair have been like without the music? Most likely: Three days of 500 thousand wet, drug induced concert goers rolling around in the mud. Well, at least the final act of Ang Lee's "Taking Woodstock" gets that part right. The festival is very much in full force but, strangely, the actual music is no where to be found. Really, were the music rights really that expensive? What "Taking Woodstock" does do is show a microcosm of the entire late 1960's counter-culture movement through the eyes of sleepy upstate New York town of Bethel over a month long period, ...
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Will 'Public Enemies' With Christian Bale And Johnny Depp Make The Top Gangster Movie List?

June 30th, 2009 10:10am EDT
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It's hard to draft this kind of list with "Public Enemies" so close to reaching its port of call at your local theater, since it's bound to shake the list up a bit. But so far as it goes, the Mob genre has a few golden standards that have set the bar high enough to make any director quake in their concrete boots at the prospect of taking the plunge. These films have a built-in mechanism that causes them either to take complete control of the empire or erupt like a car bomb. It's the requirement for these movies to champion the 'bad guy' as the hero of the film, casting them in a sympathetic...
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New Movies On DVD, Feb. 10

February 10th, 2009 8:00am EST
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In W., Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in an Oliver Stone biopic that traces the head of state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian whose belief in religious destiny helped move him to the top ranks of political power. Also on DVD: Nights in Rodanthe, Soul Men, Miracle at St. Anna, Blindness & Frozen River.
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The Best Of A Bad Year: 2008

December 30th, 2008 10:50am EST
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(Truth Justice and Gordon Shumway - weekly column) I'm not going to lie to you, 2008 was a pretty terrible year. But, over here at "TJAGS" we're not going to focus on the bad; instead, let's focus on ten good things that happened during the past year. Not just good things, not just great things, but some may be inclined to call call them the ten "best" things to happen, at least in the world of entertainment, in 2008.

Hey, if you feel I missed something, feel free to add it in the comments. In fact, let's make this one big love fest for what was the year 2008 before we, you know, tell...
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Five Most Overrated & Underrated Political Films

November 14th, 2008 9:57am EST
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We just went through the most fascinating and compelling election season ever in the television age. A lot of people are glad it's over, but there are those who simply can't get enough of the entertainment that is politics.

Unfortunately for the latter group, the only politics on TV right now involves Sarah Palin making the rounds and discussing the matters of a state with a population density that makes the Sahara Desert look like mid-town Manhattan. In other words, it's a snoozer.

So the last respite for these political junkies is the political movie. But which to choose? Th...
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Oliver Stone's 'W': Is This Movie Necessary?

October 17th, 2008 9:40am EDT
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Turn on any television lately and it is near impossible to avoid the immense amount of political coverage being offered -- which is not necessarily a bad thing, considering the magnitude of this years election. One of the few refuges from the pundits and wonks was the local Cineplex, this all changes this weekend with the release of Oliver Stone's W.

The question is: Is this movie necessary? Well, maybe. It is an interesting dynamic that this movie is being released -- thanks to a rush production job; they started filming in May! -- while George W. Bush is still very much the President...
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Opening October 17: W.

October 14th, 2008 12:01pm EDT
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Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in this Oliver Stone biopic that traces the head of state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian... Continue summary

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Josh Brolin, Others Arrested In Bar Brawl

July 13th, 2008 9:00am EDT
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SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) - Actors Josh Brolin and Jeffrey Wright, along with members of a crew filming an Oliver Stone movie, were arrested during a bar fight Saturday morning, police said.

Shreveport police Sgt. Willie Lewis said Brolin, Wright and five others were arrested just after 2 a.m. at a club called the Stray Cat bar.

A call to deal with a rowdy patron drew interference from other patrons, Lewis said.

The Times of Shreveport reported that Brolin was booked and posted $334 cash bond to be released. Police could not say Saturday night whether he or the others had been rel...
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5 Best & Worst Angelina Jolie Movies

July 10th, 2008 8:49am EDT
Angelina Jolie
She's a humanitarian, a mother to four children (with two on the way), a partner to one of the sexiest men alive, and arguably one of the most beautiful women in the world. Angelina Jolie is a force of nature and has come a long way from the wild woman with vials of her husband's blood to the UN's Goodwill Ambassador she is today. With a variety of awards under her belt, including an Oscar, she is an acclaimed actress with some impressive -- and horrifying -- work to be proud of. Here is a list of the five best and worst Angelina Jolie movies in no particular order.

The Best

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'Alexander' Makes Basic Cable Premiere On AMC; Win The DVD!

June 18th, 2008 7:45pm EDT
Alexander
Alexander, starring Colin Farrell, will be making its basic cable premiere on AMC this Saturday, June 21st at 8pm/7c.

The fourth film to chronicle the life of fourth-century B.C. ruler Alexander the Great, Oliver Stone's Alexander stars Colin Farrell as the titular Macedonian conqueror. The film follows the young king as he leads his forces on a bloody empirical conquest across the known world, taking large parts of Asia and the Middle East to amass a giant empire, all by the time he turned 25.

Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Ptolemy I along with Rosario Dawson as Roxane, Angelina Jo...
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In Honor Of Memorial Day Weekend: Our Favorite War Movies

May 23rd, 2008 8:30am EDT
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Memorial Day commemorates members of the armed forces who died in war or any military action. Americans often celebrate Memorial Day by watching the Indy 500, going shopping, or having family picnics. Why not spend this Memorial Day thinking about the soldiers who gave their lives to the United States by watching a war film?

The staff here at Starpulse.com got together and came up with a list of some of our favorite war movies. Here they are in no particular order:

Band of Brothers (2001) - Yes, we know it's technically a mini-series, but it's so good we had to include it. The ...
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The Best & Worst Films By Quentin Tarantino

April 24th, 2008 8:30am EDT
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The serendipitous career of eccentric movie producer, director and writer Quentin Tarantino is a complex one. Tarantino has made a name for himself by creating nonlinear storylines and filming multiple perspectives from different characters in his movies - a technique that strays from the more commonly used straight-time storyline.

His films are not off the wall, but they invoke an element of surprise that comes from the small details within a scene that catches one off guard and by adding mysterious elements that never get explained. A good example of this was in Pulp Fiction when M...
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Borat & Simon Cowell Have The Biggest Balls; Tom Cruise Needs 'Em

February 15th, 2008 4:16pm EST
Simon Cowell
"You've got balls!" While it may appear to be an insult, it's really a grudging compliment -- an off-color testament to a person's confidence, fearlessness and take-no-prisoners approach to life.

To mark the premiere of its uncensored and very "ballsy" new sketch comedy series, "The Whitest Kids U' Know," the IFC cable network asked Americans a direct and unprecedented question -- to name the politicians, political pundits and entertainment stars they think have the most major cojones...and those who are most in need of more testosterone in their public lives!

So which politicians...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 15

September 15th, 2007 3:00am EDT
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Happy Birthday to 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), "Murder on the Orient Express" author Agatha Christie (1890; d. 1976), 27th President of the Uni...
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Tom Sizemore Opens Up On VH1 Series

January 3rd, 2007 10:36am EST
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For the last 15 years, actor Tom Sizemore has led an A-List life, working with such acclaimed film directors as Steven Spielberg, Oliver Stone, and Ridley Scott. But underneath it all, Tom's life was combusting.

The documentary series "Shooting Sizemore," premiering January 7 at 10:30 p.m., chronicles the harrowing, intimate journey of a talented actor as he attempts to redeem himself and get both his life and career back on track while fighting the demons of his past.

Once at the top of his game, Sizemore's career came to a screeching halt when in a matter of months his methamphe...
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Columbian Rebels Ask Stars To Help Foster a Prisoner Exchange

November 10th, 2006 1:35pm EST
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A Colombian rebel group has appealed to actor Denzel Washington and filmmakers Oliver Stone and Michael Moore to advocate a deal with the U.S. government to swap imprisoned guerrillas for American hostages. The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) addresses a letter to several left-wing figures besides Washington, Stone and Moore, including activist Reverend Jesse Jackson, scholar Noam Chomsky, writer James Petras and abolitionist Angela Davis.

FARC spokesman Paul Reyes says, "To the people of the United States, we ask for your always generous solidarity to pressure President...
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Oliver Stone To Receive 'Hollywood Director Of The Year' Award

October 18th, 2006 11:12am EDT
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Hollywood screenwriter, producer, and director Oliver Stone is to be honored by the Hollywood Fest with the "Hollywood Director of the Year Award." A celebratory retrospective of his films, followed by "A Conversation With" the auteur and his guests, will be showcased during the festival. Films include Salvador, Platoon, Born on the Fourth of July, and World Trade Center.

The 10th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, co-chaired by Paula Wagner and presented by Starz, will honor Stone. The award will be bestowed upon him as part of the Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on ...
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Hispanic Group Honors John Singleton, Wilmer Valderrama & Others

October 2nd, 2006 11:33am EDT
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Acclaimed film director John Singleton, actor Michael Pena of World Trade Center, Wilmer Valderrama, of Fast Food Nation, and singer/songwriter Fanny Lu will be the featured guests at the Tenth Annual "Noche de Gala" dinner benefiting the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) in Washington, D.C., on October 3.

Film director, producer and screenwriter, John Singleton will receive the NHFA's 2006 Raul Julia Award for Excellence. Named after the late actor and activist, the award is presented each year to the individual or organization whose work most advances the presence of L...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 15

September 15th, 2006 3:00am EDT
Amy Davidson
Happy Birthday to 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), "Murder on the Orient Express" author Agatha Christie (1890; d. 1976), 27th President of the Uni...
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Opening August 9: World Trade Center

August 8th, 2006 2:56pm EDT
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Director Oliver Stone once again offers a powerful and provocative story based on real-life events in this drama. John McLoughlin (Nicolas Cage) and William J. Jimeno (Michael Pena) were two police offers assigned to New York City's Port Authority who were working their beats on a quiet day in early fall when they received an emergency call for all officers to return to the dispatching office.

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Cast and Crew:

Nicolas Cage - (John McLoughlin)

Michael Pena - (William J. Jimeno)

Maggie Gyllenhaal - (Allison Jimeno)

Maria Bello - (Donna M...
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Actress Spotlight: Claire Danes

July 4th, 2006 11:41am EDT
Claire Danes
Since 1994, audiences have watched as Claire Danes has matured from awkward teen to one of the most popular actresses of her generation. Whether portraying the angst-ridden Angela Chase on My So-Called Life or trailer park trash in Oliver Stone's U-Turn, Danes has consistently displayed an uncommon maturity and insight in her performances that belies her relative inexperience.

Her ability has won over countless critics and fans and has allowed her the opportunity to work with luminaries ranging from Jeanne Moreau to Jodie Foster and Francis Ford Coppola.

Danes' most recent films:...
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Oliver Stone To Get Special MGM Award at Cannes Film Festival

May 12th, 2006 10:52am EDT
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Oliver Stone will receive the first annual Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Leo The Lion Award on May 21 at the Cannes Film Festival. The award has been established to recognize and encourage artistic excellence in individuals who, through significant contributions to filmmaking, have made an indelible impact on the overall value and merit of the library of MGM released films as well as on the world's movie going public.

Oliver Stone's Platoon, the Vietnam War film starring Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger and Forest Whitaker, will have a special screening at the Palais des Festival. "Plat...
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Controversy Surrounds Oliver Stone's 9/11 Film

January 31st, 2006 9:29am EST
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Oliver Stone has hit out at reports his new 9/11 film will have a political agenda, insisting it will focus on two American civilians' fight for survival. Stone's film, which has been given the working title of "World Trade Center," will feature Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage in the lead role.

The movie maker has courted controversy in the past with politically-charged Vietnam war films such as Platoon and Born on the Fourth of July.

He says, "This is not about the motives of the terrorists, or who the terrorists were, or the politics of 9/11 in any way. This film is the story of ...
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James Woods To Guest Star On ER

November 18th, 2005 1:01am EST
James Woods
Multiple-award winning actor James Woods ("Casino," "Nixon") will guest star on NBC's "ER" (Thursdays, 10-11 p.m. ET). Woods will play Dr. Nate Lennox, a patient suffering from ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) who was once a professor of Dr. Abby Lockhart's (Maura Tierney). The episode featuring Woods is scheduled to air on Thursday, February 2, 2005 at 10:00pm (ET/PT).

Woods, the son of a US Intelligence officer, completed a degree in political science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Upon completion, he headed off to New York to pursue an acting career. After appearing in numb...
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