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Oliver Stone to direct movie adaptation of 'The Snowden Files'

Oliver Stone to direct movie adaptation of 'The Snowden Files'

LONDON, June 2 (UPI) --"JFK" director Oliver Stone plans to direct a movie adaptation of "The Snowden Files, The Inside Story of the World's Most Wanted Man" about Edward Snowden.
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Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King biopic

Oliver Stone drops out of Martin Luther King biopic

HOLLYWOOD, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- Oscar-winning filmmaker Oliver Stone said he is dropping out of a film on the life of U.S. civil rights icon Martin Luther King.

Jamie Foxx shows directing knack in short film 'Eve'

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Jamie Foxx called his stylish new science-fiction short film "And She Was My Eve" the result of his past work with top-tier Hollywood directors.

Cinerama Dome celebrates 50th anniversary with screenings

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Los Angeles' Cinerama Dome is celebrating its 50th anniversary with screenings accompanied by appearances by actors and directors, the theater said.

Oliver Stone protests U.S. naval base on South Korean island

BUSAN, South Korea, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Filmmaker Oliver Stone traveled to Jeju Island in South Korea to protest a planned naval base opponents say is part of a U.S. effort to dominate the region.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says Japan's economy on upswing

NEW YORK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, during a visit to New York, argued for a more active military role for Japan and said Japan's economy is poised for a comeback.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013.
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Stone, Penn mourn death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

Stone, Penn mourn death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez

LOS ANGELES, March 6 (UPI) -- Hollywood filmmaker Oliver Stone and actor Sean Penn are mourning the death of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, a man they call a "great hero" and "friend."
Tarantino, Lee butt heads over 'Django'

Tarantino, Lee butt heads over 'Django'

ROME, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- "Django Unchained" director Quentin Tarantino said he will not respond to filmmaker Spike Lee, who called the movie disrespectful and said he would boycott it.
Kennedy Center comics target Obama

Kennedy Center comics target Obama

WASHINGTON, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- President Obama and some of the seven award recipients were targets of comedians' jokes Sunday night at the Kennedy Center Honors program in Washington.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Sept. 15, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Thursday, Sept. 15, 2011.
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Pacino attends 'Scarface' party

Pacino attends 'Scarface' party

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Al Pacino and other cast members of 1983's "Scarface" met at a Los Angeles party honoring the movie's Blu-ray Disc release.
Film directors ponder new technology

Film directors ponder new technology

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- U.S. film director Oliver Stone said the progression of technology was not necessarily a friend to those who tell stories on film.
Bill Clinton a Chavez ambassador choice

Bill Clinton a Chavez ambassador choice

CARACAS, Venezuela, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, having rejected the U.S. ambassador to his country, named others he would accept -- including former President Bill Clinton.
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Actor Josh Brolin, who portrays U.S. President George W. Bush, attends the world premiere for his new film "W", directed by Oliver Stone in New York on October 14, 2008. (UPI Photo/Ezio Petersen)
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William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946) is an American film director and screenwriter. Stone came to prominence in the late 1980s and the early 1990s for directing a series of films about the Vietnam War, in which he had himself participated as an American infantry soldier. His work has earned him three Academy Awards, and continues to focus frequently on contemporary political and cultural issues, often controversially. His first Academy Award was for Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express (1978). He subsequently won Academy Award for Best Director for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989), both of which were centered on the Vietnam War. He has been described, by the British newspaper The Guardian as "one of the few committed men of the left working in mainstream American cinema."

A notable feature of Stone's directing style is the use of many different cameras and film formats, from VHS to 8 mm film to 70 mm film. He sometimes uses several formats in a single scene, as in Natural Born Killers (1994) and JFK (1991).

Stone was born in New York City, the son of Jacqueline (née Goddet) and Louis Stone, a stockbroker. He grew up affluently and lived in townhouses in Manhattan and Stamford, Connecticut. His father was Jewish and his mother a French-born Roman Catholic. (Stone speaks French with considerable fluency.) As a religious compromise, Stone was raised in the Episcopalian Church, but has since converted to Buddhism. Stone attended Trinity School before his parents sent him away to attend The Hill School, a college-preparatory school in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. His mother was often absent and his father made a big impact on his life; father-son relationships were to feature heavily in Stone's films. His parents divorced when he was 15, due to his father's extramarital affairs with the wives of several family friends. Stone's father was also influential in obtaining jobs for his son, including work on a financial exchange in France, where Stone often spent his summer vacation with his maternal grandparents - a job that proved inspirational to Stone for his movie Wall Street. Stone graduated from The Hill School in 1964.

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