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05.08.2008

Entertainment Weekly has your first look at Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Banks as George W. and Laura Bush in their latest issue, which hits newsstands tomorrow. In the fascinating article, Brolin talks about what convinced him to take the role ("We both have well-known fathers. We both grew up in the country. We both have strong mothers."), Stone talks about the President's legacy ("Bush may turn out to be the worst president in history.") and there are rumors that Paul Giamatti may sign on to play Dick Cheney after Robert Duvall turned down the part. When I was in Shreveport, LA for a set visit, Stone and his crew were staying in the same hotel and working hard on pre-production. Now filming is set to begin two weeks and Stone is putting the finishing touches on his vision. The script has come under some early criticism but it'll be interesting to see how Bush lovers and Bush haters (cause there really is no in-between) feel about the film when it's released. You can read an excerpt from the article and view more photos at Entertainment Weekly's website.

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9:17PM on 05/11/2008

WTF!

Why are we making a movie about George W.
Why are we making a movie about George W.
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4:44PM on 05/11/2008
"BLAH BLAH BLAH How can we humanize a WAR-CRIMINAL?! To do such a thing is sinful in itself--Bush is a horrible horrible man and to give him his own biopic is unjustified!"

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"BLAH BLAH BLAH How can we let this socialist hack of a filmmaker portray one of the most misunderstood presidents ever in this way?! Just another example of Hollywood liberals being idiots!"

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"BLAH BLAH BLAH How can we humanize a WAR-CRIMINAL?! To do such a thing is sinful in itself--Bush is a horrible horrible man and to give him his own biopic is unjustified!"

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"BLAH BLAH BLAH How can we let this socialist hack of a filmmaker portray one of the most misunderstood presidents ever in this way?! Just another example of Hollywood liberals being idiots!"

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2:31PM on 05/09/2008

Please...

Why doesn't someone make a film about Oliver Stone and his man crushes on Castro and Hugo Chavez. Why would a man gush over those two guys? If he lived in either of those two countries and tried to make a film like this he would at least be arrested and possibly killed!
Why doesn't someone make a film about Oliver Stone and his man crushes on Castro and Hugo Chavez. Why would a man gush over those two guys? If he lived in either of those two countries and tried to make a film like this he would at least be arrested and possibly killed!
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5:26AM on 05/09/2008

Too Early

Documentary, anyone?
Documentary, anyone?
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2:45AM on 05/09/2008

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LOL? Bush? More like a white Barak...











...you can't see it?
LOL? Bush? More like a white Barak...











...you can't see it?
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10:21PM on 05/08/2008

Petition Oliver Stone

"W" was such a shity president that he should get a movie even before he has left office. Leave it Oliver Stone to glorify criminals. Aside from that Josh Brolin does look good in the role.
"W" was such a shity president that he should get a movie even before he has left office. Leave it Oliver Stone to glorify criminals. Aside from that Josh Brolin does look good in the role.
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9:11PM on 05/08/2008
Brolin looks great, he actually looks like Bush. Like, I can't tell it's Brolin unless I look at it very carefully for several minutes.

Elizabeth Banks looks like Elizabeth Banks. Don't get me wrong, she's great, but I think this role would be better suited for someone else.
Brolin looks great, he actually looks like Bush. Like, I can't tell it's Brolin unless I look at it very carefully for several minutes.

Elizabeth Banks looks like Elizabeth Banks. Don't get me wrong, she's great, but I think this role would be better suited for someone else.
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7:13PM on 05/08/2008

there better be a sex scene!

Between Brolin and Elizabeth Banks!

Fuck that'd be hot!
Imagine Dubyah's dialog, "Oh yeah, Barbara... I likes it like that. I'm about to shock and awe you with my - what you'd call - 'torpedo of love'! There's about to be a nucular assplosion in your virgina!"
Between Brolin and Elizabeth Banks!

Fuck that'd be hot!
Imagine Dubyah's dialog, "Oh yeah, Barbara... I likes it like that. I'm about to shock and awe you with my - what you'd call - 'torpedo of love'! There's about to be a nucular assplosion in your virgina!"
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6:26PM on 05/08/2008
Leave it to Oliver Stone...

I still think Brolin is way too good looking to play Dubya.
Leave it to Oliver Stone...

I still think Brolin is way too good looking to play Dubya.
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6:11PM on 05/08/2008

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The Queen came out nearly ten years after the Diana incident. That's what that movie was about... only someone who didn't see it would even think the movie was a biopic on the Queen of England. In fact, the film was more about Tony Blair than the Queen.

You do make a good case with Primary Colors... however, that film wasn't Bill Clinton himself. Just a characture of him. This film, is apparently an acutal "truthful" biopic of George W. Quite a big difference there.

So while I admire your
The Queen came out nearly ten years after the Diana incident. That's what that movie was about... only someone who didn't see it would even think the movie was a biopic on the Queen of England. In fact, the film was more about Tony Blair than the Queen.

You do make a good case with Primary Colors... however, that film wasn't Bill Clinton himself. Just a characture of him. This film, is apparently an acutal "truthful" biopic of George W. Quite a big difference there.

So while I admire your valiant ways of trying to back up your support for this movie... your arguments are still pretty limp.

Not knocking you personally, just your arguments.

However, I am down with people citing examples of a movie like this, an actual "biopic", with it's same timeleness. But I'm not sure there really are any out there.
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6:07PM on 05/08/2008

Hillarious!!

I think it's so funny how everyone is so "TOUCHY FEELY" about this film. Christ sake it's not even made yet and everyone's vomiting out their feelings about George Bush and Oliver Stone as if the biopic was a holy sacred subject that's being rape. PLEASE ppl, it's just a movie, the real damage is already done. This administration fucked up the economy, made some really bad decisions, not to mention make the world hate us even more for the unjustified imperialism of our government. This movie is
I think it's so funny how everyone is so "TOUCHY FEELY" about this film. Christ sake it's not even made yet and everyone's vomiting out their feelings about George Bush and Oliver Stone as if the biopic was a holy sacred subject that's being rape. PLEASE ppl, it's just a movie, the real damage is already done. This administration fucked up the economy, made some really bad decisions, not to mention make the world hate us even more for the unjustified imperialism of our government. This movie is just a biopic of the man who approved of it all. I don't see what the big deal is. There are a lot of books on the subject and media coverage already, it's a good story of how the man became who he is. If the movie looks good I will watch it, if it looks bad then maybe I'll rent it someday. Oliver Stone is a great filmmaker, Joss Brollin is a great actor, so far this looks good. It's just another drama taking place in the white house, it has been done before.

Some of you kids are so touchy about your conservatism "Oh no! Oliver Stone the leftist filmmaker is making a film about our dear president, we most sabotage that unpatriotic bastard from making that film!". Pleaseee, relax people. This happens every time STONE makes a movie about anything political. So much bullshit.
Get Over it people!
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5:39PM on 05/08/2008

Nobody wants to watch George now for free

I can't imagine paying money to go see someone act like him. I wonder if Stone is going to play it like Alexander and use that red lens... but instead of a battle in India it could be on the floor of Congress... Naw. Can't see this working. In fact, I won't even rent it.
I can't imagine paying money to go see someone act like him. I wonder if Stone is going to play it like Alexander and use that red lens... but instead of a battle in India it could be on the floor of Congress... Naw. Can't see this working. In fact, I won't even rent it.
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5:20PM on 05/08/2008
How about Primary Colors?
How about Primary Colors?
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5:14PM on 05/08/2008

umm...

The Queen? Heard of it?
The Queen? Heard of it?
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5:14PM on 05/08/2008

Way too early

I can't imagine why Stone is rushing to get this movie out. If anyone watches the news, we've been surround by Bush for 8 years and could use a break. I think most people already have strong opinions of Bush, so I don't know what this is trying to accomplish. It's way too early to make a movie about Bush, it'd be like making Tiger Woods biopic, there is still a lot that can be accomplished and to get a complete picture you should wait a few years before making a movie.
I can't imagine why Stone is rushing to get this movie out. If anyone watches the news, we've been surround by Bush for 8 years and could use a break. I think most people already have strong opinions of Bush, so I don't know what this is trying to accomplish. It's way too early to make a movie about Bush, it'd be like making Tiger Woods biopic, there is still a lot that can be accomplished and to get a complete picture you should wait a few years before making a movie.
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5:13PM on 05/08/2008

Way too early

I can't imagine why Stone is rushing to get this movie out. If anyone watches the news, we've been surround by Bush for 8 years and could use a break. I think most people already have strong opinions of Bush, so I don't know what this is trying to accomplish. It's way too early to make a movie about Bush, it'd be like making Tiger Woods biopic, there is still a lot that can be accomplished and to get a complete picture you should wait a few years before making a movie.
I can't imagine why Stone is rushing to get this movie out. If anyone watches the news, we've been surround by Bush for 8 years and could use a break. I think most people already have strong opinions of Bush, so I don't know what this is trying to accomplish. It's way too early to make a movie about Bush, it'd be like making Tiger Woods biopic, there is still a lot that can be accomplished and to get a complete picture you should wait a few years before making a movie.
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5:11PM on 05/08/2008

Brolin looks good

Since Bush and Cheney won't be locked up in prison like they deserve to be, they should at the very least have to suffer through Oliver Stone skewering them on the big screen.

Brig it on!
Since Bush and Cheney won't be locked up in prison like they deserve to be, they should at the very least have to suffer through Oliver Stone skewering them on the big screen.

Brig it on!
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5:10PM on 05/08/2008

yeah

i agree with nickdoll.. only this country would make a movie about our president while he's still in office. It's horrible.. no wonder other countries have such a bad outlook on us.

I know most people hate George Bush because its the cool thing to do, and he's an easy target... but come on, this man needs to be left alone. I don't hate him or love him, he made a decision that was voted on by the rest of his congress and administration to go to war... now, because we're losing and shit has
i agree with nickdoll.. only this country would make a movie about our president while he's still in office. It's horrible.. no wonder other countries have such a bad outlook on us.

I know most people hate George Bush because its the cool thing to do, and he's an easy target... but come on, this man needs to be left alone. I don't hate him or love him, he made a decision that was voted on by the rest of his congress and administration to go to war... now, because we're losing and shit has hit the fan, people are against it. Bangwagon Bush Haters is mainly what this country is made up of.

I could care less, I just want a new president to sort this shit out.. but leave the fucking guy alone.
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4:06PM on 05/08/2008
So I take it (as I feared) that this is going to be like Nixon without the thirty-year break period.

I think for Stone's sake he's doing this because he knows he knows if he waits until the appropriate time he won't get his shot at it. Is that good? No, but it's a start.

On the other hand, the Bush administration has been the most in-the-media of any, and even their scandals are scripted. They aren't good at hiding stuff so much as they are at bullshitting their way out of a snafu. Like
So I take it (as I feared) that this is going to be like Nixon without the thirty-year break period.

I think for Stone's sake he's doing this because he knows he knows if he waits until the appropriate time he won't get his shot at it. Is that good? No, but it's a start.

On the other hand, the Bush administration has been the most in-the-media of any, and even their scandals are scripted. They aren't good at hiding stuff so much as they are at bullshitting their way out of a snafu. Like when Dick shot his friend, only a well-orchestrated bullshitting from both sides could keep him in office after that.

And Stone, being the history buff that he is, is right to suspect Bush COULD become the worst president in history, not because he's more incompetent, but because he wields more power than any president before him, and doesn't know what to do with it.
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3:50PM on 05/08/2008

Wow...

They both look like they are going to a costume party, not making a Hollywood film. JoBlo's "This is a bad idea" doesn't even begin to describe how horrible an idea this movie is. I love Brolin and Banks, but the casting is just as bad as the script (which I have read, it sucks).
They both look like they are going to a costume party, not making a Hollywood film. JoBlo's "This is a bad idea" doesn't even begin to describe how horrible an idea this movie is. I love Brolin and Banks, but the casting is just as bad as the script (which I have read, it sucks).
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2:57PM on 05/08/2008

waaaaayyy too early for this

The man is still the president for God'a sake. Farengheit 911 was also way inappropriate. Only Americans can do this. I swear, no other country (that I know) would attack their president while he is alive.
The man is still the president for God'a sake. Farengheit 911 was also way inappropriate. Only Americans can do this. I swear, no other country (that I know) would attack their president while he is alive.
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2:52PM on 05/08/2008

yeah

yeah commander 7, it's too soon for this flick.
yeah commander 7, it's too soon for this flick.
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2:50PM on 05/08/2008

Not here to defend anyone...

But can't we all agree that despite what you think about George Bush, this isn't really a great movie idea either way?

I mean, look... the guy might be percieved as in idiot by some, but he still won an election twice (though debatable)... and not a whole lot of people did that.

Also, I don't know how people can claim he was the worst president in history, when realistically it takes about 25 years to 50 years to figure that out. Policies take years to unravel, and the outcomes of
But can't we all agree that despite what you think about George Bush, this isn't really a great movie idea either way?

I mean, look... the guy might be percieved as in idiot by some, but he still won an election twice (though debatable)... and not a whole lot of people did that.

Also, I don't know how people can claim he was the worst president in history, when realistically it takes about 25 years to 50 years to figure that out. Policies take years to unravel, and the outcomes of sometimes controversial events take a while to truly unfold. Hey, I hate the war in Iraq, but let's be honest... who truly knows what the end result will be.

Look at Jimmy Carter. That guy was easily the most horendous President we've had in the past 100 years. He's the one that turned the terrorists on us, and put our economy in a downward spiral in the 80's, amongst a slew of other things. That's why he was massacred by Reagan in his re-election bid.

Yet, where is the movie about Jimmy Carter?

My point is why this movie? It's not like we're keeping Bush out of office again, and it's not like it's going to keep McCain from winning (I hate the guy, but the Dems are destroying their own party). So really, what's the point? Who is this trying to impress, you know?

Like I said, I'm not defending anyone, but personally, I think it's at least 10 years to early for this film.
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2:49PM on 05/08/2008
Personally, I think bioPics should only be made based on people who are dead. This just seems silly. I liked JFK, as skewed as it was, but this? I don't think so.
Personally, I think bioPics should only be made based on people who are dead. This just seems silly. I liked JFK, as skewed as it was, but this? I don't think so.
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2:38PM on 05/08/2008

giamatti an awesome cheney!!

He had plenty of practice in SHOOT'EM UP!

Otherwise, the whole idea of a movie on Dubyah is nothing but Bad Idea.
He had plenty of practice in SHOOT'EM UP!

Otherwise, the whole idea of a movie on Dubyah is nothing but Bad Idea.
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2:38PM on 05/08/2008
Brolin looks pretty good... But I'm not sure sure about Elizabeth Banks? This should be interesting.
Brolin looks pretty good... But I'm not sure sure about Elizabeth Banks? This should be interesting.
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2:37PM on 05/08/2008

omg

people don't want to see this crap on the big screen. we want to get away from it ala escapism.
people don't want to see this crap on the big screen. we want to get away from it ala escapism.
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2:30PM on 05/08/2008

dare to tell why Bush did 9-11

I bet even so called liberal Stone wont dare tell about why the neocons masterminded the bombing of their own people. Nixon might have been a crook, but Bush is something beyond definition.
I bet even so called liberal Stone wont dare tell about why the neocons masterminded the bombing of their own people. Nixon might have been a crook, but Bush is something beyond definition.
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1:35PM on 05/08/2008

ehhh

I think its way too early. I'm very moderate with my views (even tho I'm def. all for Obama).. but I see too much liberal propaganda everyday everywhere, so this is just another piece of it.
I think its way too early. I'm very moderate with my views (even tho I'm def. all for Obama).. but I see too much liberal propaganda everyday everywhere, so this is just another piece of it.
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12:37PM on 05/08/2008
He looks like John Larroquette!
He looks like John Larroquette!
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12:32PM on 05/08/2008

This movie is going to be awesome

Screw Batman and Indiana Jones, Finally they are bring George W. Bush to the screen, I see this as the beginning to the best new action series. Me and my Frat bros are going to rock out at this badazz flick

Bush for world King!
Screw Batman and Indiana Jones, Finally they are bring George W. Bush to the screen, I see this as the beginning to the best new action series. Me and my Frat bros are going to rock out at this badazz flick

Bush for world King!
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12:30PM on 05/08/2008

Should be interesting

Stone is treading on thin ice, the convservative pundit hacks will eat his asshole out for this. Brolin and Banks look good, and hopefully the flick won't be all spin and preaching. It would be interesting to see a legitimate biopic of G.W., but this may be too early. We all know the real story, and the reality of it sucks.
Stone is treading on thin ice, the convservative pundit hacks will eat his asshole out for this. Brolin and Banks look good, and hopefully the flick won't be all spin and preaching. It would be interesting to see a legitimate biopic of G.W., but this may be too early. We all know the real story, and the reality of it sucks.
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12:29PM on 05/08/2008

hey...

I'm an in-between Bush liker and hater. On the other hand, yes, this movie will be very much liberal propaganda. Heck he (Stone) even said he wanted to get it in theaters before election day, didn't he?
I'm an in-between Bush liker and hater. On the other hand, yes, this movie will be very much liberal propaganda. Heck he (Stone) even said he wanted to get it in theaters before election day, didn't he?
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12:20PM on 05/08/2008

Banks

Looks a little young to play Laura. I don't think this is a joke, actually. But, I am sure it will wind up being more Liberal propaganda.
Looks a little young to play Laura. I don't think this is a joke, actually. But, I am sure it will wind up being more Liberal propaganda.
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12:18PM on 05/08/2008
yeah i'm with jekkie, is this a joke?
yeah i'm with jekkie, is this a joke?
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11:59AM on 05/08/2008
No offense to the actors, but they both look appropriately vacuous.
No offense to the actors, but they both look appropriately vacuous.
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11:51AM on 05/08/2008
Elizabeth Banks as Laura gives me the chills. And while I'm sure Brolin will knock this outta the ballpark, right there he looks more like Alex Trebek.

Giamatti should be Karl Rove.
Elizabeth Banks as Laura gives me the chills. And while I'm sure Brolin will knock this outta the ballpark, right there he looks more like Alex Trebek.

Giamatti should be Karl Rove.
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11:39AM on 05/08/2008

Um

Kinda late for April Fool's right?
Kinda late for April Fool's right?
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11:39AM on 05/08/2008

Josh

I think you mean Josh Brolin not James. Good likeness, he's a great actor.
I think you mean Josh Brolin not James. Good likeness, he's a great actor.
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