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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Zayn Malik Is Gone, Pete Wentz Is Sia, and Scott Weiland Is an Asshole

This Week: Zayn Malik Is Gone, Pete Wentz Is Sia, and Scott Weiland Is an Asshole

"When I got signed by Interscope, he literally smashed my hotel room and broke all the furniture because he was so angry I got picked up by a major label. It's only now when I look back at it…
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Film, "Parkland": JFK's Last Day, As Seen by the Little People

"Parkland": JFK's Last Day, As Seen by the Little People

Parkland Peter Landesman's procedural dramatizes the events between the assassination of John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, and his funeral on Nov. 25. The focus is on the staff of Dallas's Parkland Hospital, as well as the local FBI…
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Calendar, Night&Day So Wong It's Right

So Wong It's Right

Voted "Best Comedian" in our 2009 Best of S.F. edition, Ali Wong has since relocated to the sunnier (but not funnier) shores of Southern California. Short for Alexandra, Wong considers herself “a fake Ali,” which might have been a key…
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Film, "Savages": Drug-Trade Drama Settles for Sensation

"Savages": Drug-Trade Drama Settles for Sensation

"Welcome to the recession, boys," says John Travolta's DEA-double-agent profiteer in Oliver Stone's Savages, based on Don Winslow's novel. Savages is a movie of its moment, though both its good guys and bad guys (if there's really even a difference)…
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Calendar, Night&Day Those Summer Nights

Those Summer Nights

Say what you will about John Travolta -- and we have, many times -- the man is a walking miracle of career longevity. He’s successfully (re)invented himself a half-dozen times, all the while preserving his undeniable talents as a hoofer…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist Oliver Stone Gets Political -- and Light-Hearted -- During Film Festival Interview

Oliver Stone Gets Political -- and Light-Hearted -- During Film Festival Interview

Say what you will about Oliver Stone, he's a heck of a good sport. The recipient of this year's Founder's Directing Award from the S.F. International Film Festival was feted last night in the big house at the Sundance Kabuki…
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News, The Snitch Oliver Stone, Zsa Zsa Gabor on Witness List in Gay Grifter Trial

Oliver Stone, Zsa Zsa Gabor on Witness List in Gay Grifter Trial

​Danny Garcia, the 27-year-old alleged San Francisco con man awaiting trial in Palm Springs on murder charges, has produced a defense witness list that reads like a Hollywood A- and B-list.Garcia is representing himself against murder, larceny, and other charges…
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Film,

A conversation with "When You're Strange" director Tom DiCillio

With a résumé that stretches back 30 years, Tom DiCillo knows the highs and lows of independent filmmaking better than anyone. After serving as cinematographer on Jim Jarmusch's first two films, he made beat-inflected movies of his own, starting with…
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Calendar, Night&Day Camelot Revisited

Camelot Revisited

It’s a marvelous thing when fiction, even historical fiction, is trumped by actual factual history. Oliver Stone’s JFK, you’ll recall, hysterically portrayed the murder of our 35th president as the work of an axis of evil frustrated by Kennedy’s resistance…
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Calendar, Night&Day W.

W.

Oliver Stone’s W., which is as much edited as it is directed, working from a script by Stone buddy Stanley Weiser, has a patchwork chronology that takes as its central pattern the run-up to the Iraq War and ensuing search…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>W.</i>

W.

Oliver Stone’s W., which is as much edited as it is directed, working from a script by Stone buddy Stanley Weiser, has a patchwork chronology that takes as its central pattern the run-up to the Iraq War and ensuing search…
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Film, Film Feature

The Son Also Rises

Sitting in the back of the restaurant at New York's überchic Royalton Hotel in an orange polo shirt and khakis, Oliver Stone looks out of place among the bedheaded hipsters otherwise casing the joint (unless, perhaps, he's instigating his own…
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Calendar, Night&Day <i>W.</i>

W.

Oliver Stone’s W., which is as much edited as it is directed, working from a script by Stone buddy Stanley Weiser, has a patchwork chronology that takes as its central pattern the run-up to the Iraq War and ensuing search…
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Film, Bush's Brain

Bush's Brain

W. may be less frenzied than the usual Oliver Stone sensory bombardment, but in revisiting the early '00s by way of the late '60s, this psychohistorical portrait of George W. Bush has all the queasy appeal of a strychnine-laced acid…
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Home Entertainment, DVDish Feeling Feverish?

Feeling Feverish?

Saturday Night Fever: 30th Anniversary Special Collector’s Edition (Paramount) For all its camp-classic status as the ultimate disco-fever dream, John Badham’s movie truly is remarkable — a foul-mouthed, mean-streets masterpiece that just happens to feature a Bee Gees score that…
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Film, One Day in September

One Day in September

World Trade Center is about just that — the attacks on, and the collapse of, the twin towers on Sept. 11, 2001. But 45 minutes in, a viewer might easily forget the movie is set during that nightmarish day. There…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature No Sympathy for the Demo

No Sympathy for the Demo

I remember watching Oliver Stone's outlandish portrayal of the Doors, after having spent numerous hours practicing rock star poses in front of a full-length mirror, and convincing myself of how simple it would be to get a record deal. My…
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Film, Call Him Al

Call Him Al

If you've ever gone line-dancing with a gaggle of amputees on crank and hallucinogens, you know something of the feeling engendered by viewing Alexander. This broad, bold, and ambitious film by Oliver Stone presents itself as a fairly straightforward endeavor,…
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Film, Fight the Power

Fight the Power

From way over here in the West, it's kind of difficult to discern what the Siamese (since 1939, the Thai) people did to piss off their Burmese neighbors so royally, but over generations their epic clashes have become the stuff…
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Culture, Stuff Sly Foxx

Sly Foxx

When he first auditioned for Any Given Sunday director Oliver Stone to play quarterback Willie Beamen, an embittered bench-warmer prone to fits of vomiting before each snap, Jamie Foxx was sure he'd blown it. Stone, as subtle as an ice…
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