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‘The Putin Interviews’: An Excerpt

Oliver Stone (right) conducted a series of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a documentary. Read an exclusive excerpt from the director’s new film and book here.

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Oliver Stone Hopes ‘The Putin Interviews’ Can Ease U.S.-Russia Relations

In a series of historic conversations, the filmmaker humanizes the Russian president while examining the current state of tension in the new Cold War. (Above, the cover of Stone’s new book.)

Posted on Jun 16, 2017 READ MORE



Why Don’t the U.S. Mainstream Media Report Vladimir Putin’s Take on the Ukraine Crisis?

In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russia’s president explains his own perspective—which contrasts with what the American people have been allowed to hear.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE


Oliver Stone on the History of Wall Street Corruption and the Future of American Military Power

The award-winning director speaks with Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in Part 2 of a conversation about filmmaking, Wall Street greed, and the past and future of America’s military exploits. Transcript added.

Posted on May 12, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


Oliver Stone on Interviewing Putin, Documenting Snowden and Making Controversial Choices

“I never did a movie because it was good for my career,” the director tells Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer in a hard-hitting conversation about filmmaking, America’s military exploits, Russia and other topics. (Transcript added.)

Posted on May 5, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Edward Snowden Makes a Surprise Appearance at ACLU Bill of Rights Dinner (Video)

The whistleblower attended the 2016 American Civil Liberties Union SoCal dinner via video stream to honor actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who played Snowden in the Oliver Stone film “Snowden,” as well as to tell Americans, “When systems fall, when things break down ... people remain. Don’t be afraid of what comes next. Be ready.”

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Slams Washington Post for Promoting Punishment of Its Source, Edward Snowden

The newspaper received a Pulitzer Prize for reporting on National Security Agency programs leaked by Edward Snowden. Now its editorial board wants him locked him away.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



A Subtler Oliver Stone Is Back in Top Form With ‘Snowden’

Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s quietly gripping performance, complemented by Stone’s smartly subdued direction, makes for a top-notch treatment of the former National Security Agency contractor’s real-life suspense story.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE



Edward Snowden Makes His Case for a Pardon, Says Leaks Were ‘Necessary, Vital Things’ (Video)

“I think when people look at the calculations of benefit, it is clear that in the wake of 2013, the laws of our nation changed,” the whistleblower and former National Security Agency contractor tells The Guardian.

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Naomi Klein, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, Others Condemn ‘Coup’ in Brazil

“Brazil has only emerged from dictatorship some 30 years ago and these events could set back the country’s progress towards social and economic inclusion by decades.”  (Pictured, Klein and Stone.)

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War ‘Has Become a Permanent Condition’ for the United States

At the annual Veterans For Peace convention, speakers including filmmaker Oliver Stone, historian Andrew Bracevich and journalist Ann Jones discussed public relation campaigns in support of war and the struggles American veterans face.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE



Oliver Stone Warns Against Surveillance Capitalism and ‘Pokémon Go’

The “Snowden” filmmaker believes technology will lead to totalitarianism, and his points about domestic spying and data mining should not be dismissed.

Posted on Jul 27, 2016 READ MORE


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Talks With Ron Kovic About the Continuing Struggle of Veterans

In this week’s “Scheer Intelligence”—the Truthdig editor-in-chief’s podcast on KCRW—Vietnam veteran, author and peace activist Ron Kovic discusses what has changed and what hasn’t since his time in combat.

Posted on Feb 19, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Here’s the Haunting First Trailer for Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’

The dramatic official trailer for the Edward Snowden biopic has arrived, six months ahead of its Christmas release date.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Edward Snowden Reportedly Will Be Played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Oliver Stone’s Biopic

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the lead role in “The Snowden Files,” a film about the NSA whistle-blower directed by progressive filmmaker Oliver Stone, according to Variety.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Oliver Stone Sounds Off on Bradley Manning and ‘Empress Clinton’

The director of such films as “Platoon” and “JFK” appears to be outraged over the conviction of whistle-blower Bradley Manning.

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The Groundwork Obama’s Laying for America’s Future

In an op-ed for the Financial Times, Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone and American University professor Peter Kuznick argue that the National Security Agency’s surveillance program that began during George W. Bush’s administration and has been expanded by President Barack Obama “is laying the foundation for a frighteningly dystopian future.”

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Oliver Stone Urges Action to End ‘Surveillance State’

In a new video produced by the ACLU, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker says it’s time to take a stand for American civil liberties in the wake of the recent revelations about the scope of the National Security Agency’s massive surveillance program.

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges Featured in ‘I Am Bradley Manning’ Video

The Truthdig columnist is part of a group of celebrities, journalists and activists who are featured in a new video voicing their support for whistle-blowing Army Pfc. Bradley Manning, whose trial for sending hundreds of thousands of classified documents to WikiLeaks has just gotten underway.

Posted on Jun 4, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Oliver Stone Supports Julian Assange

The award-winning director and champion of left-wing causes has defended the WikiLeaks founder against two forthcoming films after revealing that he met Assange at his de facto prison in London’s Ecuadorean Embassy last week.

Posted on Apr 11, 2013 READ MORE



Oops, Time to Adjust the Christian Calendar

Pope Benedict XVI claims that, thanks to a sixth-century monk’s mistake, the most commonly used calendar is off by several years; topless feminists disguised as nuns protest anti-gay marriage in Paris;  meanwhile, mainstream media pile on the same cliches about Israel and Palestine we’ve been hearing for 40 years. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Oliver Stone Slams Obama in New Book

In “The Untold History of the United States,” the director and historian Peter Kuznick criticize the president for, among other things, breaking his campaign promises and perpetuating the policies of George W. Bush.

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Michael Moore and Oliver Stone: Extraditing Assange Would Set a Horrible Precedent

Noting in a New York Times Op-Ed that much of their work has made “the case that the news media in the United States often fail to inform Americans about the uglier actions of our own government,” filmmakers Michael Moore and Oliver Stone argue that transferring WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to U.S. custody would be disastrous for free speech everywhere.

Posted on Aug 21, 2012 READ MORE



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Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE


Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest. Update: Full transcript.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



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Manarchy!

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Code Pink challenges Occupy movement “manarchists,” Oliver Stone talks history and Tariq Ali argues that President Obama is a continuation of President George W. Bush. Plus the winner of our protest song contest.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 READ MORE



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Oliver Stone on Occupy Wall Street: ‘Grab the Power’

The collaboration between director Oliver Stone and one-man political think tank Tariq Ali began not three years ago, but their mind-meld has already produced three projects spanning multiple continents and eras. Stone gave a talk in Los Angeles last weekend … (more)

Posted on Oct 28, 2011 READ MORE


Hedges, Stone and Moore on Hollywood’s Love of War

Who knew that Hollywood and the Pentagon sometimes shoot from the same storyboard, so to speak—one that casts war, and America’s role in same, in the best possible light (not to mention camera angles)? A lot of people, actually, including filmmakers ...

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN



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Wall Street Revisited: Greed Is Good and Dull

The inherent problem with Oliver Stone’s follow-up to his 1987 classic is that it does not have the courage of its own nastiest convictions.

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Oliver Stone Responds to New York Times Attack

“Larry Rohter attacks our film, ‘South of the Border,’ for ‘mistakes, misstatements and missing details.’ But a close examination of the details reveals that the mistakes, misstatements, and missing details are his own.”

Posted on Jun 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Another ‘Wall Street’ Sequel Trailer: Money (Still) Never Sleeps

This “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” trailer is, thankfully, lower on the cheesy scale than its predecessor teaser, and shows more from the human interest angle—also a good idea. Scenery chewing does not a great sequel make, and we’re getting our hopes up for this one. Take a look after the jump.

Posted on Feb 19, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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‘Wall Street 2’ Teaser: Greed Is Good, Legal

“Someone reminded me I once said greed is good,” says Michael Douglas as the infamous Gordon Gekko in this teaser trailer for Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps.” But here’s the kicker, as he observes after spending years in the pokey: “Now it seems it’s legal.” Right you are, Mr. Gekko.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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AP / Andrew Medichini

Chavez Walks the Red Carpet With Stone in Venice

Oliver Stone made quite a dramatic entrance at the Venice Film Festival on Monday for the premiere of his documentary, “South of the Border”—the director was joined on the red carpet by none other than Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, the subject of his film.

Posted on Sep 7, 2009 READ MORE


Wall Street
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‘Wall Street’ Sequel in the Works

What would have happened to the likes of Gordon Gekko, the ultra-sharky villain of Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street,” in the current economic climate? We’re about to find out, as Stone and Michael Douglas, who first brought the unabashedly greedy Gekko to life in 1987, are gearing up to make a sequel to the classic financial cautionary tale.

Posted on Apr 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Oliver Stone: The Director’s Cut

The renowned filmmaker visited USC’s Annenberg School for Communication on March 3 to talk with Truthdig editors Robert Scheer and Kasia Anderson and their students about “Wall Street,” his 1987 classic—suddenly all too relevant again—and to give a panoramic take on his body of work and what the future holds for the movie industry.

Posted on Mar 9, 2009 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

Stone to Turn Camera on Chavez

After making a movie about President Bush, what’s “W.” director Oliver Stone to do next? Why, he’ll make a documentary about that repeat Bush taunter from Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez, of course!

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


Gordon Gekko
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Greed: Still Good?

What would Gordon Gekko, the ruthless corporate raider from Oliver Stone’s 1987 classic cautionary tale “Wall Street,” have to say about the current state of the American economy? Well, we just might find out.

Posted on Oct 14, 2008 READ MORE


Bush at the White House
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

A Plague Upon the White House

I am not a conventionally religious man, or even a very superstitious one, but I do wish George Bush would stop asking God to bless America. Every time he does, we seem to be visited with another plague, suggesting divine wrath over our president’s evil ways. How else to explain the persistent calamity that has marked this administration?

Posted on Oct 7, 2008 READ MORE


W

‘W’ Teaser: Dubya Went A-Courtin’

Maybe this isn’t precisely how George W. Bush played his cards the first time he met his wife, Laura, or maybe it is, but it’s how director Oliver Stone has recreated the mating dance of the would-be president and his future bride in this scene from Stone’s upcoming film, “W.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN


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ew.com

Stone Gears Up for ‘W’

Entertainment Weekly has released first-look photos of actor Josh Brolin in character for his lead role in Oliver Stone’s new movie, “W.” Portraying the current president is no small challenge, but director Stone, who has been accused of courting controversy in his previous big-screen presidential portrayals, has promised to treat his subject fairly.

Posted on May 8, 2008 READ MORE


Bush
AP photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Stone’s Next Subject: G.W. Bush

Director Oliver Stone has already demonstrated his penchant for making movies about controversial figures and critical moments in world history, so it should come as no surprise that Stone is turning his lens on George W. Bush for his next film, simply and succinctly called “Bush.”

Posted on Jan 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Oliver Stone Preps My Lai Movie

Bruce Willis will star in an Oliver Stone film about the My Lai massacre, perhaps the most infamous atrocity to emerge from the Vietnam War. In other Stone news, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad says he has “no objection, generally speaking,” to the director’s rumored desire to make a biopic about him but that Stone would need to “let me know what are the frameworks.”

Posted on Aug 29, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

To Iran, He’s Just Another Devil

Plans by director Oliver Stone (pictured) to make a film focusing on Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad have met with opposition from the Iranian government, which, according to a spokesperson, considers Stone’s movies to be “part of the ‘Great Satan.’ ”

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


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MoveOn.org Interviews Stone, Kovic in VideoVets Project

Director Oliver Stone’s commercial for MoveOn.org and VideoVets.org, featuring Iraq war veteran John Bruhns, airs on CNN until Thursday.  To commemorate the ad and its subject, MoveOn.org assembled an array of videos featuring Stone (above) and Vietnam vet Ron Kovic, Bruhns and the others interviewed in the project.

Posted on May 7, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


oliver
foxnews.com

Stone Shoots Ad Supporting U.S. Troop Withdrawal

Director Oliver Stone has announced the winning entry, chosen by voting members of MoveOn.org, from a series of videotaped interviews with Iraq war veterans and their families.  Stone has cut the interview with former infantry Sgt.  John Bruhns into a 30-second TV spot, ending with a voice-over by Vietnam vet Ron Kovic saying: “Support our troops. Bring them home.”

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


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foxnews.com

Stone, MoveOn.org Join Forces

Director Oliver Stone is teaming up with MoveOn.org and VoteVets.org for a project called “VideoVets:  Bring Our Troops Home.”  Viewers can vote at MoveOn’s site to pick the winning entry from a series of more than 20 videotaped interviews of veterans and family members speaking out about the U.S. policy in Iraq. Stone will make the top entry into a 30-second TV spot.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


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Oliver Stone on the Future of Political Cinema

In a video interview with Counterpunch magazine, the legendary filmmaker discusses the power of movies to engender social change on a grass-roots level. (Fellow director Tao Ruspoli conducts this street-level interview on the eve of his own Ken Kesey-esque bus trip across America to shoot socially conscious films.) Watch it

Posted on Feb 17, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN


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