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October 20, 2011
Having collaborated with the writer and historian Tariq Ali on the documentaries "South of the Border" and "The Untold History of the United States," the iconoclastic filmmaker Oliver Stone will discuss and sign the new book that also resulted from their time together, "On History: Tariq Ali and Oliver Stone in Conversation. " Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 5 p.m. Sat. (310) 659-3110.
November 20, 2013 | By Hector Tobar
For a few years after seeing Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller "JFK," I was an assassination buff. I bought one of the books on which the film was based: “On the Trail of the Assassins” by Jim Garrison. I reread “Libra,” Don DeLillo's masterful 1988 novel, in which Lee Harvey Oswald, assorted New Orleans spies and underworld figures conspire to kill the president. The assassination is the greatest mystery of our times, and in those books I found clues that left me feeling tantalizingly close to solving it. But 20 years ago I was cured of my conspiracy-theory fever forever.
April 28, 1991
I was hoping that Oliver Stone's new movie on the Doors would tell the truth and show us what Jim Morrison was really like. After reading, in your article, that Stone "plays down some of Morrison's excesses and recut parts of the film to make Val Kilmer's character more likable," I realized that the movie would be nothing more than the truth according to Oliver Stone. You sold out, Ollie! TOM COLWELL Hollywood
February 19, 2013 | By Joe Flint
Many actors are finding easy money in doing voice-over work for radio and television commercials. But it is very unlikely that anyone landed an easier gig than Al Pacino, who didn't lift a finger to get a plum voice-over spot with Chrysler Jeep. The unmistakable voice of Pacino can be heard in the new television commercial touting the Jeep Grand Cherokee. In the spot, Pacino is giving an inspired speech about how life is a "game of inches. " If it sounds familiar, it is. The speech comes from a pivotal scene from the 1999 Oliver Stone movie "Any Given Sunday," which stars Pacino as an aging football coach.
July 30, 2010 | By Abraham Cooper
First, full disclosure: I am the Left Coast representative of the Jewish conspiratorial lobby that Oliver Stone was fretting over in his recent interview with London's Sunday Times. You know, the Jews, whose "domination of the media" prevent Hitler and Stalin from being portrayed "in context." It seems the once and future wunderkind was also frustrated that no one understands that it was the Russians who were damaged more than the Jews during World War II. I think he had the score of 25 million or 30 million to 6 million.
December 19, 2012 | By John Horn and Susan King
The Academy Awards are still two months away, but the surge of critical support for Kathryn Bigelow's “Zero Dark Thirty” is raising a provocative question: How many filmmakers have won two best director Oscars within just a few years? Bigelow became the first woman ever to win the directing Academy Award for  “The Hurt Locker,” which also took the trophy for best picture at the 2010 ceremony. If she were to take home the directing statuette in 2013 for “Zero Dark Thirty,” she would have collected the honor twice in a four-year span, tying the modern mark held by Oliver Stone.
November 12, 2012 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Had Oliver Stone not been involved in "Oliver Stone's Untold History of the United States," which premieres Monday night on Showtime, would the 10-part miniseries have a less hectoring tone? Would voices of actual historians replace clips from Frank Capra and John Wayne movies to make points of fairly grave significance? And perhaps most important, without the regular use of histrionic questions such as these, would the essentially reasonable warning against American nationalist preening have been less condescending and therefore more convincing?
November 11, 2012 | By Scott Timberg, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Artists and writers have been weighing in on political matters for a long time now. But when a filmmaker as controversial as Oliver Stone announces a 10-part television series about American history, it makes you wonder: Do we really want a history lesson from a guy who thinks LBJ had a hand in killing Kennedy? Stone laughs a little when asked how his new "The Untold History of the United States" fits into a feature film career that includes projects like "JFK," which suggested that the Mafia, the CIA and Lyndon Johnson had roles in assassinating the president.
November 4, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 4 - 10 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning Todd Carmichael; Darrell Hammond. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Christina Aguilera; Nathan Turner; Hung Huynh. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael DJ Pauly D. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Meredith Vieira and Richard Cohen; Ne-Yo performs. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Wendy Williams Show Phaedra Parks.
October 29, 2012 | By Liesl Bradner
With the election a little over a week away, it's a good time to brush up on presidents and politics  at a few book signings this week,  starting with Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Maraniss. He will discuss the current commander-in-chief and his book, "Barack Obama: The Story," today at 4:30 p.m. at  Occidental College.  Later this week, historian Walter Stahr will discuss one of President Lincoln's loyal Cabinet members, Secretary of State William Seward, in his new biography, "Seward: Lincoln's Indispensable Man. " Seward initiated the acquisition of Alaska and survived a brutal attack by conspirators the same day as Lincoln's assassination.
October 28, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Oct. 28 - Nov. 3 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     CBS This Morning New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg; Stephen Elop; Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo; Anthony Bourdain. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Professor Brene Brown; Julia Moskin and Kim Severson. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Don Cheadle; Reba McEntire. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Rachel Held Evans.
September 19, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik
It's been a while since Claire Danes appeared on the big screen -- nearly three years, when she had a supporting dramatic part opposite Zac Efron in the niche release “Me and Orson Welles.” Don't expect that to change anytime soon. Danes will make her much-anticipated return to the nation's TV sets when her hit "Homeland" returns for a second season on Sunday (she's nominated for and presenting at the Emmys that day as well). But “Homeland,” along with her and husband Hugh Dancy's pregnancy with their first child, is keeping Danes busy -- so much so that she has no films in the works.
July 21, 2012 | By Cristy Lytal, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Without foley artist Gary Hecker,"Savages"would be a much quieter film. In the new thriller from director Oliver Stone based on the 2010 novel by Don Winslow, the decibels get pretty high when a Mexican drug cartel kidnaps the woman loved by two Laguna Beach pot growers. Whether the actors were loading rifles, typing on computer keyboards or simply walking across a floor, Hecker carefully re-created each sound using a room full of props on the foley stage at Todd-AO in Santa Monica.
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