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Oliver Stone Unearths Treasure Trove of Vietnam War Photos

This is really cool. This afternoon, via Twitter and his website, filmmaker Oliver Stone shared a heartening discovery.

Digging through a closet recently, he came across seven envelopes of old 35mm and 126 Kodak cartridge negatives from a Vietnam trip tour of duty he took way back completed in 1968. Blogs Stone:

It is an amazing moment when something lost reappears after more than 40 years. I developed 100+ of these pictures at a shop in Los Angeles that could actually handle the 126 format. Not everything came out by any means, but there were certainly some colorful, well-preserved images of the war.

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Lauren Berger Writes New Book for Young People Entering "Real World"

Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.

Author Don Winslow on How He Boarded the Train to Literary Success

With the release of Oliver Stone’s new film Savages, a broader audience is set to discover the wondrous fiction of source author Don Winslow.

Winslow has already received much critical praise and royalties for a series of books framed around the notorious drug-dealing past of Laguna Beach. Before Savages and the just-released prequel The Kings of Cool, there was the author’s debut 1997 effort. As Winslow explains in today’s must-read OC Weekly cover story by Nick Schou, he cranked out that work from a very unusual perch:

Everything changed with The Death and Life of Bobby Z, which led to a three-book deal that allowed him to become a full-time writer. Winslow wrote the book on the train between San Juan Capistrano and downtown LA’s Union Station, during his commute to and from his day job.

Each leg of the journey took just more than an hour, and Winslow wrote one chapter per trip, two per day. “When I’d hear the conductor say, ‘Union Station, 10 minutes,’ whatever was happening in that chapter, I’d wrap it up,” he recalls. “It worked miracles.”

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A-List Turnout for Kathy Freston’s Vegan Book Party


For most of us ink-stained wretches, throwing a book party in Los Angeles during a torrential downpour would whittle the attendees down to single digits. But when Arianna Huffington and Wendi Murdoch (yes, wife of Rubert) host such an event, everyone grabs an umbrella and braves the rain.

Friday night’s event, hosted at Arianna’s Brentwood home, was held in honor of Kathy Freston‘s newest book, “Veganist: Lose Weight, Get Healthy, Change The World.” Notable guests included Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban, Moby, Frances Fisher, Lorne Michaels, and Rob Reiner. So naturally, there was plenty of starfuckery going on. This fishie was making polite conversation with an elderly gentleman when he abruptly shoved me out of the way to get to Marla Maples. Remember her? Other 90′s flashbacks in attendance included Elizabeth Berkley, Tracey Ullman, Candice Bergen, and Oliver Stone.

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Three Journos on Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs List

This is definitely an awards season Top Ten List no one wants to be on.

LA’s Simon Wiesenthal Center has unveiled its Top Ten Anti-Semitic Slurs compilation for 2010, and the saddest part of it all is that three – count ‘em, three – journalists are there alongside Oliver Stone, a German government official, a Palestinian Information Ministry mouthpiece and others.

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Robert Greenwald’s Brave New Interview World

Documentary filmmaker Robert Greenwald and team continue to quietly build his Charlie Rose iteration, posting conversations that can be accessed on a sliding scale subscription basis. Last week, interview subjects included filmmaker Oliver Stone and Andy Bichlbaum, co-director of a documentary described as “Bruno meets Michael Moore.” He spoke with Greenwald colleague Christopher Sprinkle.

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Morgan To Tackle Tony Blair Again

morganp.jpgPeter Morgan — whose “Frost/Nixon” is not only filling theaters around the country but is in line for plenty in the statuette department (as in Golden Globes and Oscars) — is setting up his next politco project which looks to create (or re-create, as it were) the “Special Relationship” between former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and departing U.S. President George Bush.

Variety reported on what will be the third film by Morgan about Blair. Previously, he had written “The Deal” about Blair’s stratospheric rise in British politics, followed by “The Queen” about the thorny relationship with Queen Elizabeth II.

Without trying to be too much like Oliver Stone, Morgan takes on Brit politics without the sledgehammer approach that Stone is so often fond of when it comes to things political.

Morgan will rely on actor Michael Sheen, who is gaining amazing fame as David Frost in “Frost/Nixon, to take on the Blair role. He played Blair in both earlier incarnates about the PM.

Bush is still a question mark. But Morgan, as he’s directing as well, could always at least approach Josh Brolin, who did stellar work as Bush in Stone’s “W.”

Tarantino Nabs Morricone To Score ‘Basterds’

ennio2.jpgQuentin Tarantino, who only likes to score his films with two kinds of music — surf tunes and Ennio Morricone.

The “Pulp Fiction” director was able to nab Morricone (who scored all those great Spaghetti Westerns) on his 80th birthday to score his new film, “Inglorious Basterds,” according to a film blog chud.com (Cinematic Happenings Under Development).

Tarantino couldn’t be reached for comment, but it’s pretty clear that he’s turning cartwheels, or as Oliver Stone put it in “Wall Street,” “bagging the elephant.”

Zenovich And Doc Subject Polanski Expected To Meet In Italy

Marina Zenovich, a Los Angeles-based director who created “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired,” a doc about the notorious statutory 1977 rape case against the famed director of such films as “Chinatown” and “Rosemary’s Baby,” will finally get to fully meet her subject at Italy’s Turin Film Festival in mid-Novemberpolanski.jpgmarina.jpg.

Zenovich tells FBLA that she tried and tried to secure him for an interview for the doc, but was only allowed a passing accidental meet. But she still persevered over more than five years and the film screened earlier this year on HBO.

Oliver Stone, fresh off of the domestic release of his Bush-pasting “W,” will also attend, according to Variety.

W. Gets Beat By a Three Week Old Chihuahua

rottentomotoes.pngWhat does it say about the 43rd President of the United States that even a movie associated with you tanks to new levels? Every time Dubya goes on TV, the stock market plunges. Now Oliver Stone‘s latest film finishes FOURTH in weekend box office receipts…It got beat out by Beverly Hills Chihuahua for crying out loud.

We went and watched W. in a theater this weekend. It was like having your town destroyed by a tornado then escaping into a theater to watch Twister. It wasn’t the subject of the movie that was maddening and frustrating – it was the fact that after we left the theater the rubble was still falling.

Is that a recommendation? No. An explanation? Perhaps.

LAT In 90 Seconds

40497430.jpgW. The Movie: As local screenwriter Chris Farnsworth says of the upcoming Oliver Stone film about George W. Bush, “I can’t imagine going to see a movie about that guy after living through the last 8 years. Although, covered with dirt and beat up … I can get behind that.”

37644350-08192548.jpgNinth Box-Office Hit for Pixar: With Wall-E’s whopping success – $62.5 million opening, thank you very much – we have to wonder: What would Disney do without Pixar? By the way, anyone else think the film is basically Idocracy with a better ending?

40559766-30105719.jpgLindsay Lohan Might Have an Illegitimate Half-Sister: And we’re sure Michael Lohan‘s supposed illicit love child will be just as classy as the rest of his offspring.

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