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Oliver Stone’s Tough Platoon Shoot Almost Made Charlie Sheen Walk Away

Chances are if you’ve seen an American war film in the last 30 years, the name Dale Dye might ring a bell. Dye is a former Marine captain whose brief cameos and appearances are peppered throughout action films like “Under Siege,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Starship Troopers,” and “Saving Private Ryan.” After his first onscreen appearance in […]

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Prepping For Platoon Was Especially Punishing For Forest Whitaker And Willem Dafoe

It’s not uncommon to hear of actors being put through boot camp to prepare for war movie roles, but when Oliver Stone made his long-gestating, Academy Award-winning Vietnam film “Platoon,” he had his actors undergo training in the real jungle. “Platoon” was inspired by Stone’s true-life experiences as a soldier in the U.S. Army during […]

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David Brenner, Editor on ‘Justice League,’ ‘Independence Day’ and More, Dies at 59

David Brenner, an Oscar-winning film editor who worked on dozens of films like “Justice League,” “Independence Day,” “Born on the Fourth of July” and more, died on Thursday, Variety has confirmed. He was 59.“He was an extraordinary editor and a loving, compassionate family man. In an effort to support David’s family during this terrible time, […]

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Oliver Stone Settles the Score with Cannes Debut ‘JFK Revisited,’ Feels Unappreciated at Home

When you think reliable narrator, Oliver Stone doesn’t exactly come to mind. Since his start as a director in the 1970s, the lightning-rod filmmaker, now 74, has leaned into fiction narratives with political points of view, from “Salvador,” “Wall Street,” and “W.” to Best Director Oscar-winners “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July.” His […]

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Forest Whitaker Joins Tom Hardy in Netflix Crime Film ‘Havoc’

Forest Whitaker has joined Tom Hardy in the upcoming Netflix crime drama film “Havoc,” Variety has learned.The film hails from writer, director, and producer Gareth Evans, the first under a new exclusive multi-year deal to produce and direct films for the streamer.In “Havoc,” after a drug deal gone wrong, a bruised detective must fight his […]

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‘Purple Rain,’ ‘Clerks, ‘She’s Gotta Have It’ Added to National Film Registry

“Purple Rain,” “Clerks,” “She’s Gotta Have It,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter,” “Amadeus,” “Sleeping Beauty,””Boys Don’t Cry” and “The Last Waltz” are among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.The list also includes 1944’s “Gaslight,” starring Ingrid Bergman in an Oscar-winning performance; the 1955 film noir “The Phenix City Story,” based […]

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Here’s What’s New to Netflix in June 2019

Netflix has announced the new titles arriving to their streaming service in June 2019. As always, there’s loads of Netflix Originals which may be good or bad but serve their purpose of being Content. Notable titles arriving in June include Black Mirror: Season 5, Documentary Now!: Season 3, Grey’s Anatomy: Season 15, Neon Genesis Evangelion, […]

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Producer and sales pioneer Arnold Kopelson dies at 83

Kopelson helped start the international sales boom of the 80s and won an Oscar for Platoon.Oscar-winning producer Arnold Kopelson has died of natural causes in Beverly Hills aged 83.Brooklyn-born Kopelson entered the industry as an entertainment and banking lawyer and in 1972 founded Inter-Ocean Film Sales, a pioneer in the then burgeoning business of selling […]

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Arnold Kopelson, Oscar Winning Producer of ‘Platoon’ and ‘The Fugitive,’ Dies at 83

Arnold Kopelson, the Oscar-winning producer of such films as “Platoon” and “The Fugitive,” died Monday at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.Kopelson’s death was confirmed Monday his wife and business partner of 42 years, Anne Kopelson.Anne Kopelson said her husband was a consummate producer who dedicated himself wholeheartedly to every film he produced […]

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