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By Dallas Morning News | December 23, 1991
In Oliver Stone's "JFK," Kevin Costner plays crusading attorney Jim Garrison, who challenged the Warren Commission's report on the John F. Kennedy assassination by bringing New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw to trial on a conspiracy charge.Unlike Mr. Stone, Mr. Costner -- a friend of President Bush -- is reluctant to discuss politics."My politics vary on different issues," says Mr. Costner. "When I was in college, my brother was in Vietnam. The most daring thing I did in college was listen to Mort Sahl.
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By STEVE WEINBERG and STEVE WEINBERG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 4, 2005
A Farewell To Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History Joan Mellen Potomac Books / 547 pages The debate over who assassinated President John F. Kennedy 42 years ago will not end. As hundreds of books on the topic pile up, the authors tend to find common ground on only one major point: The official U.S. government version of Lee Harvey Oswald as a lone assassin working for himself is bunk. Entering the debate is author Joan Mellen, who is simultaneously an unlikely and likely participant.
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By David Robb and David Robb,THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | June 19, 1996
A federal judge in Los Angeles dealt a potentially stunning blow to Hollywood's system of "creative accounting" Monday as he certified a lawsuit over "JFK" that was filed by the estate of Jim Garrison as a class-action suit.If U.S. District Court Judge Robert Takasugi's ruling is upheld on appeal, the case is certain to become the mother of all Hollywood lawsuits, allowing thousands of actors, writers, directors and producers who feel they've been cheated out of net profits from motion pictures to join the plaintiffs as members of the aggrieved class.
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By David Robb and David Robb,THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER | June 19, 1996
A federal judge in Los Angeles dealt a potentially stunning blow to Hollywood's system of "creative accounting" Monday as he certified a lawsuit over "JFK" that was filed by the estate of Jim Garrison as a class-action suit.If U.S. District Court Judge Robert Takasugi's ruling is upheld on appeal, the case is certain to become the mother of all Hollywood lawsuits, allowing thousands of actors, writers, directors and producers who feel they've been cheated out of net profits from motion pictures to join the plaintiffs as members of the aggrieved class.
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By Los Angeles Times | August 28, 1991
With all the hoopla over Oliver Stone's John F. Kennedy assassination movie, a bit of history is in order.Former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the central figure in Stone's "JFK," first sold the rights to his story to the producing-directing team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams (known mostly for comedies like "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun").Team Zucker got interested in Garrison's story in the early 1980s, approached him and subsequently bought the rights to Garrison's life story.
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By Sandy Grady | June 12, 1992
IN THE PIVOTAL scene in Oliver Stone's comic-book movie, "JFK," a military man named "X" is sitting on a park bench in Washington and unraveling the plot to kill John F. Kennedy.The murder, "X" tells Prosecutor Jim Garrison in the film, was masterminded by Pentagon generals and the CIA to scuttle President Kennedy's plans to pull out of Vietnam."Don't take my word," says "X." "Do your own work -- your own thinkin'."Many moviegoers did their own thinkin' and shrugged. Yeah, probably happened that way. Most believers seemed to be young; half of Americans weren't alive when JFK was killed in 1963.
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By STEVE WEINBERG and STEVE WEINBERG,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 4, 2005
A Farewell To Justice: Jim Garrison, JFK's Assassination, and the Case That Should Have Changed History Joan Mellen Potomac Books / 547 pages The debate over who assassinated President John F. Kennedy 42 years ago will not end. As hundreds of books on the topic pile up, the authors tend to find common ground on only one major point: The official U.S. government version of Lee Harvey Oswald as a lone assassin working for himself is bunk. Entering the debate is author Joan Mellen, who is simultaneously an unlikely and likely participant.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 20, 1991
Oliver Stone is the Elmer Gantry of the American left, selling that old-time religion of conspiracy and victimization by dark forces. But even as he's booming so majestically from the pulpit, he's stealing your wallet and trying to make time with your wife.Thus his new movie "JFK" is a work that's easy to like -- I defy anybody to deny the hypnotic grace and slickness of its 3 hours and 10 minutes -- but hard to trust. In fact, I don't trust it any farther than I could throw it.Who killed JFK?
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By Los Angeles Times | January 5, 1992
Kevin Costner, who plays New Orleans district attorney Jim Garrison in the Oliver Stone film "JFK," has purchased a getaway home in California's Santa Barbara County.Mr. Costner's permanent residence is in the foothills near Glendale, Calif.His getaway home is a five-bedroom, 6,000-square-foot-plus house in a gated community just south of Montecito, Calif. He paid about $3 million for it, sources say.The year-old home has a guest suite with its own entrance, two children's bedrooms and a large master bedroom with a 40-foot deck facing the ocean.
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By Joan Mellen and By Joan Mellen,Special to the Sun | March 14, 1999
"False Witness: The Real Story of Jim Garrison's Investigation and Oliver Stone's Film JFK," by Patricia Lambert. M. Evans & Co. 352 pages. $24.95.As New Orleans' District Attorney Jim Garrison's biographer, I confess to an interest in Patricia Lambert's "False Witness." Jim Garrison, who in 1969 prosecuted Clay Shaw unsuccessfully for conspiracy to murder President Kennedy, was a complex man and no saint."False Witness," alas, is little more than an unpleasant one-sided diatribe, a belated, curious valentine to the elusive Shaw.
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By Sandy Grady | June 12, 1992
IN THE PIVOTAL scene in Oliver Stone's comic-book movie, "JFK," a military man named "X" is sitting on a park bench in Washington and unraveling the plot to kill John F. Kennedy.The murder, "X" tells Prosecutor Jim Garrison in the film, was masterminded by Pentagon generals and the CIA to scuttle President Kennedy's plans to pull out of Vietnam."Don't take my word," says "X." "Do your own work -- your own thinkin'."Many moviegoers did their own thinkin' and shrugged. Yeah, probably happened that way. Most believers seemed to be young; half of Americans weren't alive when JFK was killed in 1963.
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By Dallas Morning News | December 23, 1991
In Oliver Stone's "JFK," Kevin Costner plays crusading attorney Jim Garrison, who challenged the Warren Commission's report on the John F. Kennedy assassination by bringing New Orleans businessman Clay Shaw to trial on a conspiracy charge.Unlike Mr. Stone, Mr. Costner -- a friend of President Bush -- is reluctant to discuss politics."My politics vary on different issues," says Mr. Costner. "When I was in college, my brother was in Vietnam. The most daring thing I did in college was listen to Mort Sahl.
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By Stephen Hunter and Stephen Hunter,Sun Film Critic | December 20, 1991
Oliver Stone is the Elmer Gantry of the American left, selling that old-time religion of conspiracy and victimization by dark forces. But even as he's booming so majestically from the pulpit, he's stealing your wallet and trying to make time with your wife.Thus his new movie "JFK" is a work that's easy to like -- I defy anybody to deny the hypnotic grace and slickness of its 3 hours and 10 minutes -- but hard to trust. In fact, I don't trust it any farther than I could throw it.Who killed JFK?
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By Los Angeles Times | August 28, 1991
With all the hoopla over Oliver Stone's John F. Kennedy assassination movie, a bit of history is in order.Former New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison, the central figure in Stone's "JFK," first sold the rights to his story to the producing-directing team of Jerry Zucker, David Zucker and Jim Abrahams (known mostly for comedies like "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun").Team Zucker got interested in Garrison's story in the early 1980s, approached him and subsequently bought the rights to Garrison's life story.
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By Los Angeles Times | April 24, 1991
HOLLYWOOD -- Gary Oldman ("Sid & Nancy") as the Welsh poet Dylan Thomas. His real-life wife, Uma Thurman ("Henry and June"), as Thomas' wife. The appeal of the $4.5 million "Dylan," to be produced by London's Harlech Films (a division of HTV International) and distributed by Miramax, was apparent. But a funny thing happened on the way to the screen.Nine days into the late-January shoot, Oldman collapsed on the set in Wales, said by doctors to be suffering from "nervous exhaustion." The production was shut down, in the words of a press release, "until such time as Oldman has regained his health and is available to re-start work."
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December 29, 1991
Was there a conspiracy to murder President John F. Kennedy? The new Oliver Stone movie -- "JFK" -- argues that there was, involving the Secret Service, the CIA, the FBI, the military-industrial complex and just about every other element of the 1960s establishment. Why did they want to kill President Kennedy? Because he had decided to turn soft on communism in his second term, pull out of Vietnam, ease up on Fidel Castro, make friends with Nikita Khrushchev -- in other words, throw the Cold War.The cold, hard fact is, there is no credible evidence of such a conspiracy.
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