‘W.’ Premieres In NYC


Director Oliver Stone premiered his controversial new movie W. at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City last night to a star-studded audience that included the film’s stars Josh Brolin, Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton and more. As you may know, W. is Oliver Stone’s take on the rise to political power of George W. Bush which, I understand, doesn’t really paint the sitting president in the best light. Here are a few pics from last night’s red carpet arrivals:

Try as he might, I don’t think that Oliver Stone is going to be able to explain away the fact that his portrayal of GWB isn’t tinged with just a touch of his political bias. That being said, I know that there are quite a few skeletons in GWB’s closet that are ripe for the exploiting. GWB has gone on the record about his past substance abuse and I understand that that part of his life features heavily in this new film. I think it’s safe to say that fans of GWB, the man and his administration, might want to take a pass on this film as I don’t really believe it is geared for their entertainment. When it comes to Oliver Stone films, it’s kind of hit or miss for me. Some of his films are amazing, others I didn’t really care for. But I am very intrigued by this one. I know I’ll be making my way out to the theater to see this movie once it opens on Friday. Josh Brolin was superb in the Academy Award winning No Country For Old Men so I’m confident he will deliver another amazing performance. Ellen Burstyn is, IMHO, one of those unsung actresses who deserves more credit than she receives (her performance in Requiem for a Dream is stunning). I’m not sure how many of y’all are looking forward to the release of this film but I deffo am. I’m curious to see what Stone will do with the story of GWB. The tagline for the film is “based on a true story”. I can’t wait to see this truth that Oliver Stone speaks of.

[Photo credit: Splash News]

  • Heather

    This movie could potentially be good if it is a serious film, but I have a feeling it’s going to be more along the lines of just “making fun” of “Dubya”. As someone who voted for Bush in 04, I fully recognize the fact that he has run most everything into the ground-BOTH sides of the current election agree on that, and that we need change. But seriously, the jokes and finger pointing are getting a little old-the only place to look now is to the future and the decision we have on our hands now. If the movie is more along the lines of a biography (even an unflattering one), then it’s definitely one I will see. Looking forward to the review Trent! :)

  • CC

    I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while. I agree with you, Trent. While Oliver Stone has made some really great movies, an equal amount are bombs. It will be interesting to see how this one turns out – although with W’s approval rating swirling ever further down the toilet of public opinion, people may get pretty excited about it.
    Oh, and I definitely agree with your feeling about Ellen Burstyn. Requiem For a Dream is still one of those movies I have to mentally prepare myself for. She was so amazingly tragic… esp. in the shock therapy scene…

  • Nikki

    i honestly cant wait to see this movie, it has me intrigued for some reason

  • Panti Christ

    Ellen Burstyn looks fabulous in that ^ photo!

  • coco

    Ooh! I saw this last night at a special premiere. Its REALLY LONG! I thought it was interesting though. It definitely shows a more human side of Bush. I have always been of the opinion that he surrounded himself with corrupt men, while not necessarily being corrupt himself, just under qualified. This definitely portrayed that method of thought. Cheney is portrayed as a complete a$$hole and Carl Rove is a power hungry little pip squeek. So pretty close to my personal opinions of the men. Watch for Thandie Newton’s dead on portrayal of Condi Rice. WOW! Considering there aren’t a lot of stellar performances this year, I would not be suprised to see some awards recognitions for this film. I can’t wait to see what your opinion of it is!

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  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    I didn’t think I wanted to watch it just because it is another hollywood person trying to influence the rest of us with his propoganda but after reading COCO’s review I want to see it now. It does sound interesting.

  • Laynie

    what took so long
    I’ve seen previews, and it looks HILARIOUS.
    but anything mocking DUBYA is funny to me

    i could watch that will ferrel video for hours.

  • bee

    i’m going to the midnight showing when it opens in LA on friday (:

    i’m excited! it should be hilarious.

  • JZ

    Trent, Trent, Trent…

    As much as I love your blog, sometimes I think you don’t do your homework. You’re not that young not to know that Ellen Burstyn is hardly “unsung.” I’m in my early-30s and know that not only did she receive an Academy Award, she was nominated a total of FOUR times, the last in 2000 for Requiem. She’s won a slew of other awards too. She’s had her time in her prime, and now she is making great movies in her golden years. I’m sure she’ll get the gold again before she retires, but the way you worded the article – you would lead one of your readers (who may not be in the know about Ellen) that she’s never won an award. Tsk! Tsk!

  • Josh Brolin did pretty well playing Dubya; reminded me a lot of his cowboy character from No Country for Old Men… over all, i don’t doubt that ‘W.’ will have the effect Oliver Stone desired