Although JFK might not be Oliver Stone's most celebrated film (that superlative belongs to Platoon or Born on the Fourth of July, though for my money Natural Born Killers is his finest work), the conspiracy theory-laden account of the assassination of our 35th president is certainly the movie we most directly associate with his cinematic ideologies. As a filmmaker, Stone lands someplace between artist and muckraker, eagerly sinking his teeth into ideas steeped in sociopolitical commentary and events fertile in opportunity for "alternative readings." Post-JFK films like Nixon, World Trade Center, and W. all fit this bill. And whatever he does with Edward Snowden, former CIA employee who publicized agency secrets in the name of government transparency.
Stone, as reported by Variety, will be adapting the biography The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man by Luke Harding, journalist for The Guardian. With his usual production partner Moritz Borman in tow, the writer/director plans to begin work on the Snowden picture before the end of 2014.
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The story of the 30-year-old Snowden — North Carolina upbringing, government leaks, and Russian asylum all — seems to be exactly the sort of thing that Stone has been building up his repertoire to take on. Stone says about Snowden's life and work, "This is one of the greatest stories of our time. A real challenge." A challenge that sits happily within the parameters of his usual routine, sure, but a challenge nonetheless.
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The awards, which honour excellence in TV programming outside the U.S., will see BBC spy series Spooks compete in the Best Drama category, while Harry Potter star Julie Walters is in the running for the Best Actress trophy for her turn in A Short Stay In Switzerland.
Reality TV show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! has been nominated for the best Non-scripted Entertainment prize.
Other countries to garner nominations include Brazil with five nods, and the Philippines, Germany and Mexico with three apiece.
The Netherlands, Denmark, Argentina, Japan, China and France all have two nominees, while Thailand landed its first nod for children's programme Lharn Poo Koo E-Joo.
British TV legend David Frost, whose interviews with former U.S. President Richard Nixon were depicted in the Oscar-nominated film Frost/Nixon, will receive the International Emmy Founders Award at the ceremony in New York on 23 November (09).
Here's your complete list of the 63rd Annual Golden Globes nominations and winners.
Best Motion Picture--Drama
Brokeback Mountain Winner!
The Constant Gardener
Good Night, and Good Luck
A History of Violence
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture--Drama
Maria Bello, A History of Violence
Felicity Huffman, Transamerica Winner!
Gwyneth Paltrow, Proof
Charlize Theron, North Country
Ziyi Zhang, Memoirs of a Geisha
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Drama
Russell Crowe, Cinderella Man
Philip Seymour Hoffman, Capote Winner!
Terrence Howard, Hustle & Flow
Heath Ledger, Brokeback Mountain
David Strathairn, Good Night, and Good Luck
Best Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy
Mrs. Henderson Presents
Pride & Prejudice
The Squid and the Whale
Walk The Line Winner!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy
Judi Dench, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Keira Knightley, Pride & Prejudice
Laura Linney, The Squid and the Whale
Sarah Jessica Parker, The Family Stone
Reese Witherspoon, Walk The Line Winner!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture--Musical or Comedy
Pierce Brosnan, The Matador
Jeff Daniels, The Squid and the Whale
Johnny Depp, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Nathan Lane, The Producers
Cillian Murphy, Breakfast on Pluto
Joaquin Phoenix, Walk The Line Winner!
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Scarlett Johansson, Match Point
Shirley MacLaine, In Her Shoes
Frances McDormand, North Country
Rachel Weisz, The Constant Gardener Winner!
Michelle Williams, Brokeback Mountain
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
George Clooney, Syriana Winner!
Matt Dillon, Crash
Will Ferrell, The Producers
Paul Giamatti, Cinderella Man
Bob Hoskins, Mrs. Henderson Presents
Best Director--Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney, Good Night, and Good Luck
Peter Jackson, King Kong
Ang Lee, Brokeback Mountain Winner!
Fernando Meirelles, The Constant Gardener
Steven Spielberg, Munich
Best Foreign Language Film
Kung Fu Hustle (China)
Master of the Crimson Armor aka The Promise (China)
Merry Christmas (Joyeux Noel) (France)
Paradise Now (Palestine) Winner!
Tsotsi (South Africa)
Best Screenplay--Motion Picture
Woody Allen, Match Point
George Clooney & Grant Heslov, Good Night, and Good Luck
Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco, Crash
Tony Kushner & Eric Roth, Munich
Larry McMurty & Diana Ossana, Brokeback Mountain Winner!
Best Original Score--Motion Picture
Alexandre Desplat, Syriana
James Newton Howard, King Kong
Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain
Harry Gregson-Williams, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
John Williams, Memoirs of a Geisha Winner!
Best Original Song--Motion Picture
“A Love That Will Never Grow Old,” Brokeback Mountain Winner!
“Christmas in Love,” Christmas in Love
“There’s Nothing Like a Show on Broadway,” The Producers
“Travelin’ Thru,” Transamerica
“Wunderkind,” The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Best Television Series--Drama
Commander in Chief (ABC)
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC)
Lost (ABC) Winner!
Prison Break (Fox)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series--Drama
Patricia Arquette, Medium
Glenn Close, The Shield
Geena Davis, Commander in Chief Winner!
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer
Polly Walker, Rome
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Drama
Patrick Dempsey, Grey’s Anatomy
Matthew Fox, Lost
Hugh Laurie, House Winner!
Wentworth Miller, Prison Break
Kiefer Sutherland, 24
Best Television Series--Musical or Comedy
Curb Your Enthusiasm (HBO)
Desperate Housewives (ABC) Winner!
Everybody Hates Chris (UPN)
My Name is Earl (NBC)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series--Musical or Comedy
Marcia Cross, Desperate Housewives
Teri Hatcher, Desperate Housewives
Felicity Huffman, Desperate Housewives
Eva Longoria, Desperate Housewives
Mary-Louise Parker, Weeds Winner!
Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series--Musical or Comedy
Zach Braff, Scrubs
Steve Carell, The Office Winner!
Larry David, Curb Your Enthusiasm
Jason Lee, My Name is Earl
Charlie Sheen, Two and a Half Men
Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Empire Falls (HBO) Winner!
Into the West (TNT)
Lackawanna Blues (HBO)
Sleeper Cell (Showtime)
Viva Blackpool (BBC America)
Warm Springs (HBO)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Halle Berry, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Kelly MacDonald, The Girl in the Café
S. Epatha Merkerson, Lackawanna Blues Winner!
Cynthia Nixon, Warm Springs
Mira Sorvino, Human Trafficking
Best Performance by an Actor In a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television
Kenneth Branagh, Warm Springs
Ed Harris, Empire Falls
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Elvis Winner!
Bill Nighy, The Girl in the Café
Donald Sutherland, Human Trafficking
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Candice Bergen, Boston Legal
Camryn Manheim, Elvis
Sandra Oh, Grey’s Anatomy Winner!
Elizabeth Perkins, Weeds
Joanne Woodward, Empire Falls
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Naveen Andrews, Lost
Paul Newman, Empire Falls Winner!
Jeremy Piven, Entourage
Randy Quaid, Elvis
Donald Sutherland, Commander in Chief
Patrick Stewart, who has played Starship Enterprise Captain Jean-Luc Picard for almost 16 years now, said the events of Star Trek: Nemesis are appropriate closure for The Next Generation crew, Reuters reports. Stewart was in London for the European premiere of the film, the 10th installment in the Star Trek movie franchise. "I'm sure this is our final curtain," Stewart said. "All of us are sensitive about not wanting to outstay our welcome." The British actor added that there is no reason for the franchise should not go on indefinitely, but noted, "certain of us will fade out and move on." Although Nemesis opened to disappointing box office figures in the United States, the 10 movies have grossed more than $1 billion at the box office.
Elizabeth Hurley turned down the yearly payments of $159,900 her former beau, millionaire film producer Steve Bing, offered to shell out for their baby boy until he reached 18, Reuters reports. Hurley responded in a statement, "The money is not wanted or welcomed. Damian and I are managing very well by ourselves." After learning of Hurley's response, a spokeswoman for Bing said, "Stephen will make the payments into a trust for his son if Miss Hurley refuses to take them."
Bette Davis' Best Actress Oscar for the 1935 film Dangerous sold at an auction by Sotheby's in New York last weekend for $207,500, The Associated Press reports. The statuette was among the memorabilia sold by the Planet Hollywood restaurant chain, which has emerged from bankruptcy protection. The company will use the $1.2 million the auction generated to pay off a lender.
Rap entrepreneur Sean "P.Diddy" Combs will open boutiques for his Sean John label in malls nationwide with a flagship store in Manhattan, the New York Post reports. The line has been in hot demand since it was launched in 2000 in Bloomingdale's department stores. Combs has been nominated for the Council of Fashion Designers of America awards for the past three years.
Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon and Danny Mozes, her boyfriend of 15 years, welcomed their second child Monday in New York, People.com reports. The boy, Charles Ezekiel Mozes, weighed 7 lbs. 10 oz. A spokesperson for HBO said everyone is doing fine, including Nixon, who is currently on hiatus from the show.
Sopranos star James Gandolfini is in negotiations to star opposite Ben Affleck in Surviving Christmas for DreamWorks. According to Variety, the film follows a wealthy young man (Affleck) who, stricken with a variety of neuroses that prevent him from having a normal family life, hires a family with which to share the holidays. Gandolfini is set to play the family patriarch.
The 1984 "mockumentary" This Is Spinal Tap is one of 25 films that will be preserved this year by the National Film Registry, the AP reports. Others films on the list include the children's classic The Black Stallion, the surf classic The Endless Summer and the sci-fi groundbreaker Alien. The registry now contains 350 films, which are recognized for their importance in American film and cultural history. Making the list ensures that the films will be preserved for all time either through the library's preservation program or through collaborations with other archives, motion picture studios and independent filmmakers.
Warner Bros. Pictures will start production on its first Chinese-language film, Turn Right, Turn Left, on Dec. 26 in Taiwan and then continue in Hong Kong and mainland China, Variety reports. The film is based on the best-selling illustrated love story of the same name by author/artist Jimmy Liao. Warner Bros. will distribute the picture, which stars Takeshi Kaneshiro, worldwide.
Liza Minnelli and her husband David Gest are going ahead with a $10 million lawsuit against cable music channel VH1 over the cancellation of their planned reality series, Liza & David, Reuters reports. The suit, which also names Viacom and its unit MTV Networks, alleges that VH1 breached their contract to do the show and that an anonymous Viacom employee defamed Gest in an interview. In October, the network said in a statement it was canceling the show because "we were not given the cooperation and access that we were promised."