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Oliver Stone's next target: Edward Snowden

The only thing surprising about Oliver Stone making a movie about American whistleblower Edward Snowden was how long it took. The 67-year-old director — who loves nothing more then tackling big, prickly, political topics like Vietnam (Platoon), the Kennedy assassination (JFK), or George W. Bush’s “War on Terror” (W.) — waited a whole year to sign on to adapt the story of Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked thousands of documents to the British newspaper The Guardian back in 2013.

Snowden’s initial act may be a year old, but his impact is still being felt today, just as his status as traitor or patriot is still being debated. READ FULL STORY

Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King Jr. project, takes to Twitter to explain

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With Martin Luther King Jr. Day right around the corner, Oliver Stone announced Friday that he is no longer on board to write and direct a biopic about the Civil Rights leader. Stone took to Twitter to explain that his rewrite of the script, which dealt with “issues of adultery, conflicts within the movement, and King’s spiritual transformation” was not well received by producers. It’s unclear how or if Stone’s leaving will affect Jamie Foxx, who was attached to star in the DreamWorks and Warner Bros production.

Warner Bros. declined to comment on the news. EW reached out to Stone and the studios for further comment, but had not heard back at press time.

Read Stone’s explanation below, ending with a note to King himself:
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Casting Net: Oliver Stone confirms Martin Luther King Jr. biopic with Jamie Foxx; Plus, David Oyelowo, more

 Director Oliver Stone (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has confirmed that he and Jamie Foxx are officially moving forward with plans to make an authorized biopic of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life story. Warner Bros. and DreamWorks will distribute the film, which, according to The Wrap, is being produced by Steven Spielberg. [Wall Street Journal]
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Casting Net: Jamie Foxx in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr., Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly to re-team, and more movie news

• Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx (Ray) is in talks to play Martin Luther King, Jr. in a biopic for Warner Bros. and DreamWorks. Fellow Oscar-winner and biographical film enthusiast Oliver Stone (Born on the Fourth of July) is also in talks to direct. Chasing Mavericks scribe Kario Salem penned the most recent version of the script, and Steven Spielberg will reportedly produce. [The Wrap]

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Oliver Stone on Obama: 'I hope he wins'

Oliver Stone has never been one to mince words when it comes to setting his sharp laser tongue — or film lens — on presidential politics, from 1991’s JFK to 1995’s Nixon and 2008’s W. The director was just as passionately outspoken at a small press dinner that EW attended in Beverly Hills on Monday night, the day before the presidential election, celebrating the Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and On Demand release of Stone’s drug cartel crime thriller Savages on Nov. 13.

“I vote Obama … and I hope he wins,” Stone said when asked by EW about the election. Savages star Benicio Del Toro, also at the dinner, expressed his support for President Obama as well. Stone said he had already voted for Obama by mail.
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Tom Hanks producing film about JFK assassination

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Remember when Tom Hanks “shook” John F. Kennedy’s hand in Forrest Gump?

Well, Hanks is returning to similar, much darker territory as co-producer of a new film about the late president’s assassination.

A publicist for Hanks has confirmed to EW.com that Hanks and his Playtone Productions partner Gary Goetzman are making a film titled Parkland, helmed by first-time director Peter Landesman. The ensemble drama revolves around the events surrounding JFK’s shooting death in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.

Oliver Stone’s 1991 movie JFK was filled with conspiracy theories and cover-up plot twists about Kennedy’s murder, and Stone came under major fire from outlets saying he took too many liberties when it came to facts and historical details.

Hanks has wholeheartedly embraced deeply disturbing history-based flicks and shows, whether dodging bombs playing a World War II soldier in Saving Private Ryan, or executive producing HBO’s blood-and-guts drenched war series The Pacific.

Will Stone offer some pointers to Hanks for Parkland? That remains to be seen.

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Meet the dangerous and troubled women of Oliver Stone's 'Savages' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

Savages — director Oliver Stone’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s best-selling drug thriller — is chockablock with macho posturing and violent bravado, but the story is driven by two very different women. First, there’s Elena (Salma Hayek), the queen of a powerful Mexican drug cartel who wants to muscle in on the dope dealing territory of SoCal pot growers Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch). And second, there’s O (Blake Lively), Ben and Chon’s shared girlfriend who Elena kidnaps in order to get her way.

In two exclusive featurettes, Hayek and Lively talk about their characters, what makes them tick, and the strange connection they share. Check out their stories below:  READ FULL STORY

'Savages': Taylor Kitsch on Oliver Stone's drug thriller, and Blake Lively's unusual role -- TRAILER

Finishing out the Taylor Kitsch high-wire hat trick of 2012, Oliver Stone’s Savages promises no rickety airships, no alien hordes, no massive CG nautical warfare. Instead, the hard-edged thriller, adapted from Don Winslow’s novel of the same name, focuses on a much more earth-bound type of pyrotechnics, with Kitsch and Aaron Johnson (Kick Ass) playing pot dealers who take on a lethal Mexican drug cartel.

“We’re this boutique-y kind of beyond A-grade marijuana dealers that have a low profile, more or less, and keep it that way on purpose,” Kitsch tells EW. “[The cartel] is basically Walmart. They come in, and they’re like, ‘Hey, we want your business.’ I don’t want to give it up. And Johnson, who plays this Buddhist, he wants to give it up — basically, [the] last thing he wants is anything violent to go down. And the first thing I want is to engage.”

Engage, they do. Check out the trailer, and Kitsch’s thoughts on the special romantic arrangement between Kitsch, Johnson, and Blake Lively’s characters, below:  READ FULL STORY

'Savages' clip: Like 'Grand Theft Auto,' but with Salma Hayek and Taylor Kitsch! -- VIDEO

The totally-not-exhausting trend of sneak peeks for trailers which are themselves sneak peeks continues unabated. The latest teaser-for-a-teaser: Savages, Oliver Stone’s crime thriller starring Taylor Kitsch and Aaron Johnson (Kick Ass) as two pot dealers who take on a Mexican drug cartel after it kidnaps their shared girlfriend (Blake Lively). That’s almost more plot that this 15 second clip gives you; mostly, it feels like a live-action version of a Grand Theft Auto ad, and I mean that as a true compliment. Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Oliver Stone talks 'Platoon' and Charlie Sheen on the Vietnam film's 25th anniversary -- EXCLUSIVE

When Oliver Stone returned from Vietnam, the budding filmmaker wanted to capture his harrowing wartime experiences on screen. After years of frustrating false starts with director Sidney Lumet and producer Michael Cimino (and even a very early flirtation with legendary Doors singer Jim Morrison to star), Stone finally stepped behind the camera himself for 1986′s Platoon. His gut-wrenching masterpiece, starring a young Charlie Sheen as Stone’s onscreen alter ego, wound up winning four Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Platoon is being released on Blu-ray today and looks better than ever. We spoke with Stone about his revolutionary film, his fresh-faced leading man, and that strange encounter with the Lizard King.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: When was the last time you saw Platoon?
OLIVER STONE: About five years ago. READ FULL STORY

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