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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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Box office report: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' scores $140 million in six-day debut

That’s a lot of cash caught in Spidey’s web!

Sony’s $220 million reboot The Amazing Spider-Man debuted atop the box office with $65 million over its first weekend and a big $140 million in its first six days. The 3-D blockbuster played in 4,138 theaters and earned a $15,708 per theater average over the Friday-to-Sunday period. Of that $140 million, $14.3 million came from IMAX screens. Worldwide, the tentpole has already earned $341.2 million after two weekends of international release. READ FULL STORY

Box office update: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' stays on top with $20.7 million on Friday

Following its record-breaking opening day on Tuesday, it should come as no surprise that Sony’s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man will top the box office in its first full weekend in theaters.

The $220 million web-slinging adventure netted an estimated $20.7 million on Friday, which lifts its four-day total to $95.7 million. The Andrew Garfield/Emma Stone feature is headed for a weekend in the $65 million range, which would lift its six-day total to $140 million. Sure, that total is less than the $151.1 million that Spider-Man 3 earned in its first three days, but it’s a very strong start for a reboot. Batman Begins started with a humble $48.7 million, while X-Men: First Class zapped up $55.1 million during its opening weekend. Sony should be breathing a sigh of relief. READ FULL STORY

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

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