Tuesday, November 5, 2013

  • Oliver Stone on 50th Anniversary of JFK Assassination & the Untold History of the United States

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    Three-time Academy Award-winning director, producer and screenwriter Oliver Stone joins us for the hour to discuss the 50th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination on November 22, which was chronicled in his blockbuster film, "JFK." A Vietnam War veteran, Stone has made around two dozen acclaimed Hollywood films, including "Platoon," "Salvador," "Born on the Fourth of July," "Nixon," "South of the Border" and "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps." A commemorative edition of "JFK" comes out next week. Most recently, Stone has co-written the 10-part Showtime series, "Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States," and companion book with the same name, co-written by Peter Kuznick, professor of history and director of the Nuclear Studies Institute at American University.

  • Oliver Stone on His Next Project, a Martin Luther King Jr. Biopic with Jamie Foxx

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    Director, producer and screenwriter Oliver Stone discusses his next project, a biographical film of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. starring Jamie Foxx. Stone is writing the film with the cooperation of the King estate. "He was our Gandhi," Stone says. "He spoke out not only for civil rights, but when he crossed over, against militarism, greed, and the Vietnam War." Stone has made nearly two dozen films, winning three Academy Awards. Most recently, Stone has co-written the 10-part Showtime series "Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States."

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