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. http://www.booksoup.com.
February 18, 2011 |
Sadly, there was no shortage of contenders in 2010 for the "Top 10 Anti-Semitic Slurs" list we put out at the Simon Wiesenthal Center each year. Taken together, the comments suggest that a bold new kind of anti-Semitism is emerging around the world. Our list of offenders includes a journalist, government leaders, a historian, a banker and even a prominent Hollywood director, all of them regurgitating the same worn-out themes that have led to hatred and bloodshed through the ages.
January 10, 2011 |
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, the massive annual expo in Las Vegas devoted to the hard sell of high tech, it's just assumed that the next big thing is always better than what came before. That's why director Oliver Stone managed to sound lonely in a crowded room Saturday when he suggested that, for cinema, the future just doesn't look so bright. "Watching my children and friends look at a computer screen with a movie ? with the lights on, with interruptions, trying to multitask ?
December 23, 2010
January's annual International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas is where tech companies roll out new gadgets. The Blu-ray disc was introduced at CES in 2004, and the Xbox debuted there in 2001. Going back further, there was the Nintendo Entertainment System (1985), Pong (1975) and the VCR (1970). The 2011 edition will undoubtedly have plenty of new toys, but participants also will have a chance to stop and think about how these devices have changed the nature of entertainment.
September 27, 2010 |
For the second weekend in a row, it was experience over youth at the box office, as a film aimed at adults defeated one targeted toward kids. "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," Oliver Stone's follow-up to his 1987 financial-world drama, was master of the box-office universe over the weekend with what 20th Century Fox said was a $19-million haul. The movie beat the far younger-skewing 3-D animated film "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole," director Zack Snyder's interpretation of a children's fantasy series, which grossed $16.3 million despite higher ticket prices, according to studio estimates.
September 24, 2010 |
Wall Street is notoriously close-mouthed about its arcane wealth-producing ways, but when Oliver Stone came knocking last year, doors swung open. Stone's new film, "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," includes cameos by Warren Buffett and short-seller James Chanos. The filmmaker shot on Wall Street trading floors given over for the purpose. And he plumbed the wisdom of numerous kings of finance. When Stone first asked financier Dave Molner to serve as an advisor on the film, Molner said, "That's not what I do, and you couldn't pay me enough to make it worth my while.
September 12, 2010 |
It could be 1987. Hundreds of socialites, dripping in tulle and silk, lean over decadent flower centerpieces to whisper into each other's diamond-decorated ears. Their tuxedo-clad husbands look appropriately bored to find themselves at a dinner for a charity they can't remember the name of but for which they wrote handsome checks. And in the middle of it all, Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen are going at it once again. Although chances are, 23 years ago Sheen had learned his lines a bit better.
August 4, 2010
Fighting fires Re "Winds hamper fire battle," July 31 TV reporters seemed surprised when the Crown fire jumped the California Aqueduct and moved toward Palmdale last week. No one should be surprised when a brush or forest fire makes a run across a supposed natural or man-made barrier; these fires create their own firestorm. In 1961, one of L.A. County's worst fires, the Bel-Air fire, moved west from Stone Canyon. Observers noted that the fire would be stopped when it reached the four-lane Sepulveda Boulevard and the eight-lane San Diego Freeway.
July 30, 2010 |
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.
July 27, 2010 |
It's such a quintessentially American thing to do that I'm surprised that someone hasn't already engraved it on our $20 bills: If you shoot off your mouth and hurl stupid insults at innocent people, the best thing to do is to apologize as quickly as possible. It's why Oliver Stone isn't going to become Mel Gibson, even though Stone's crackpot remarks about the "Jewish domination of the media" and the Holocaust sounded just as bad as anything Gibson said in his infamous drunken rant about the Jews after he was picked up by Malibu police for drunken driving.