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July 20, 2006

World Trade Center, Oliver Stone's New Movie

July 20, 2006 | By | 6 Comments

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World Trade Center “Redemption,” wrote Cal Thomas earlier when he saw Oliver Stone’s movie. Stone may have redeemed himself.

Tonight, Thursday, The Washington Insiders were invited to a private screening of World Trade Center. I got in on a waiver. I would have been easy to pick out of this cool crowd: I was the only one with a bucket of (fattening) buttered popcorn, slurping a giant Coke.

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Your Business Blogger, Charmaine

Melissa and Rob Bluey

Charmaine and I joined Rob Bluey, blog editor at Human Events and his wife Melissa from The Atlantic Monthly and the smart crowd at a Cinema near Charmaine’s office to see Stone’s newest movie.

What it was and what it was not.

It was not a conspiracy movie.

It did not bash Bush.

It was not sappy.

It was not about stupid, church-going nuts.

It did not mock marriage.

It did not blame America.

It did not support radical Islam.

It did not mock Marines.

It did not mock Jesus.

It did not mock cops.

It did not mock family, faith or freedom.

Charmaine says, “It was a Hallmark Hall of Fame special…on steroids.” Jim Pinkerton, from the New America Foundation DID NOT tear up. Me neither.

But the theater was a bit dusty. That stuff can get in your eyes. Or was it dust from the movie?

This is a movie that you will see in a few weeks and you will be glad you did. After the viewing, there was no applause, little talking. At the end, the crowd audibly exhaled, as one.

People moved out as if leaving a wake. Tony Blankley and his significant other were the last, the very last to leave. They were moved.

Laura Ingram moved out quick; she was among the first out. Dr. Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention expected to walk out early and didn’t.

We spoke to Blankley. He was surprised at Stone’s movie, “Good, True, Patriotic, Religious.”

Kate O’Beirne from Nation Review was a bit more skeptical about Oliver Stone, “His other movies don’t sell, nobody goes to them. So he made this to appeal — to sell. He wants to make money.”

And so he will. You must see how Stone can make a movie with Jesus, yes Him, without a smirk. Mel Gibson can do Passion, sure. But Oliver Stone?

Better check the temperature in Hell. The impossible has happened. Oliver is redeemed.

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Thank you (foot)notes:

The movie will be theaters August 9, 2006

Special thanks to Mike Thompson, Senior Vice President of Creative Response Concepts, who coordinated the event for Paramount Pictures.

More on the movie at the jump.

The Raw Story has more. Read the Comments, liberals still believe “9/11 was an inside job no doubt.” And my favorite, “Hey cons, Jesus says watch this film or you’ll go to hell.”

Mudville Gazette has Open Post.

OpFor has more.


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Full Cast and Crew for

World Trade Center (2006)

Directed by

Oliver Stone

Writing credits (WGA)

Andrea Berloff (written by)

John McLoughlin (true story) &

Donna McLoughlin (true story) and

William Jimeno (true story) &

Allison Jimeno (true story)

Cast (in credits order)

Nicolas Cage …. John McLoughlin

Michael Pena …. Will Jimeno (as Michael Peña)

Jay Hernandez …. Dominick Pezzulo

Armando Riesco …. Antonio Rodrigues

Maria Bello …. Donna McLoughlin

Maggie Gyllenhaal …. Allison Jimeno

Donna Murphy …. Judy Jonas

Patti D’Arbanville …. Lynne

Brad William Henke …. Jerry

Lucia Brawley …. Karen

Wass M. Stevens …. Pat McLoughlin (as Wass Stevens)

William Mapother …. Private First Class Dave Thomas

Michael Shannon …. Dave Karnes

Frank Whaley …. Chuck Sereika

Stephen Dorff …. Scott Strauss

Kurt Caceres …. Richie Johnson

Jude Ciccolella …. Inspector Fields

Stoney Westmoreland …. Paddy McGee

Danny Nucci …. Officer Giraldi

Nick Damici …. Lieutenant Kassimatis

Ned Eisenberg …. Officer Polnicki

Dara Coleman …. Officer Brian Boel

Nicholas Turturro …. Officer Colovito

Gary Stretch …. John Busching

Tom Wright …. Officer Reynolds

David J. O’Donnell …. Officer Johnny Kineally

Anthony Piccininni …. JJ Mc Loughlin

Connor Paolo …. Steven McLoughlin

Morgan Flynn …. Caitlin McLoughlin

Alexa Gerasimovich …. Erin McLoughlin

Tiffany Romano …. Bianca Jimeno (as Tiffany Marie Romano)

Peter McRobbie …. Paul

Dorothy Lyman …. Patricia

Julie Adams …. Julia

Tony Genaro …. William Jimeno Sr.

Aixa Maldonado …. Emma Jimeno

Alyssa Emmanuel …. Olivia Jimeno

Lola Cook …. Olivia Jimeno

Douglas J. Aguirre …. P.O.Bavli

Rob Armstrong …. National Guardsman

Francesca Casale …. Neighbor

Rick Collum …. NYC Resident

Jack Fitz …. Wisconsin Cop #2

John Flanagan …. BBQ Attendee

Esther Friedman …. Postal Worker

Sean Hampton …. Doctor

Maria Helan …. Tina

Ed Jewett …. Wisconsin Cop #1

Freddie Johnson …. Firefighter

Russ Klein …. Party Guest

Chad Knorr …. Port Authority Officer

Ket Lamb …. Crying Secretary

Angelo Middione …. FDNY Firefighter

Mitsu …. Asian Office Worker

Aimee Mullins …. The Reporter

Ben O’Rourke …. ESU Worker

LynNita Puma …. NY Paramedic

Stephanie A. Purdy …. K-9 Search and Rescue

Liz A. Randall …. ER Nurse

Richie Rayfield …. Paramedic

Lalo Reyes …. Nurse

Thomas Russo …. Officer Avila

Norman Schleiffer …. Pedestrian

Kimberly Scott …. Dispatch Officer

Loretta Shenosky …. Postal Employee

Anup Sugunan …. Physician Assistant

Ronald Sylvers …. Homeless Man

Dendrie Taylor …. Joy

Klatann Thomas …. ESU Worker

Kevin Watson …. Resident of ground zero

rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Michael Arthur …. Officer J. Stolzman

Tommy Asher …. Himself

Jon Bernthal …. Christopher Amoroso

Amanda Saphire Billingham …. Teenage Junkie at Trade Center

Robert Blanche …. Officer Massi

Lori M. Cincotta …. World Trade Center Survivor

Thomas F. Duffy

S.A. Griffin …. Fireman

Jossara Jinaro …. Nurse

Lalanya Masters …. Nurse #1

John C. McDonnell …. Pittsburgh Officer

Thomas A. McMahon …. Officer Malik

David Mehl …. E.R. Surgeon

Nelson Peña …. Raul, Pickpocket (attached)

Tom Poole …. WTC Employee

Donn Andrew Simmons …. Surgeon

Pete Turner …. Ed

Andrea Bertola …. Tourist (uncredited)

Joey Chanlin …. Commuter (uncredited)

Tawny Cypress …. Injured Woman (uncredited)

Jonathon Downs …. Red Cross Worker/VT Ground Zero Rescuer (uncredited)

Dennis Funny …. Rollerblade hip$ter (uncredited)

Edward M. Kelahan …. Tower By-stander (uncredited)

Samantha Linn …. BBQ Attendee (uncredited)

Maz Siam …. NYPD ESU #4 (uncredited)

Vito Violante …. P.A. Officer Hunsecker (uncredited)

Michael Yates II …. Gound Zero NYPD (uncredited)

Produced by

Moritz Borman …. producer

Chantal Feghali …. associate producer

Norman Golightly …. executive producer

Debra Hill …. producer

Donald J. Lee Jr. …. executive producer

Michael Shamberg …. producer

Stacey Sher …. producer

Oliver Stone …. producer

Original Music by

Craig Armstrong

Cinematography by

Seamus McGarvey

Film Editing by

David Brenner

Julie Monroe

Casting by

Kerry Barden

Billy Hopkins

Shalimar Reodica

Paul Schnee

Suzanne Smith

Mary Vernieu

Production Design by

Jan Roelfs

Art Direction by

Richard L. Johnson

Set Decoration by

Beth A. Rubino

Costume Design by

Michael Dennison

Makeup Department

Marc Boyle …. hair stylist

Carol Collini …. makeup artist

Kimberly Felix …. key makeup artist

Mindy Hall …. makeup department head

Craig Lindberg …. makeup artist

Mary L. Mastro …. hair department head

Suzy Mazzarese-Allison …. key hair stylist

Mike Smithson …. special makeup effects artist

Jay Wejebe …. makeup artist

Production Management

Chantal Feghali …. post-production supervisor

Jan Foster …. unit production manager

Matthew Spiegel …. production supervisor

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Christian Clarke …. second second assistant director

Aaron Critchlow …. dga trainee

Sean Farrell …. dga trainee

Les McDonough …. additional second assistant director

Bradley Morris …. second second assistant director

Maggie Murphy …. second assistant director

Tony Phillippe …. second second assistant director: New York

Darin Rivetti …. first assistant director: splinter unit

Simon Warnock …. first assistant director

Art Department

Paul Baker …. props

Pamela Bertini …. art department assistant: New York

Daniel Boxer …. property master

Eric Bryant …. graphic designer: New York

Clovis Chamberet …. lead man

Brad Douglas …. set dresser

Peter K. Dunbar …. leadman

Gerard V. Engrassia …. set dresser

Regina Graves …. assistant set decorator: New York

Grey Hill …. sculptor

J. Bryan Holloway …. sculptor gang boss

Gregory S. Hooper …. set designer

Charles Kern …. stand-by painter

Hinju Kim …. art director: New York

Erik Knight …. art department coordinator: New York

Bruce C. Knight II …. assistant property master

Al Lewis …. set dresser

Kim Lincoln …. graphic designer

Jeff Naparstek …. set dresser

Nick Olson …. set decorating assistant: New York

Garry Pastore …. set dressing foreman

Michael Riolo …. art department production assistant: New York

Jeffrey Rollins …. on-set dresser

Joel Ruiz …. set dresser

Diana Salzburg …. researcher: set decoration

Angela Stauffer …. art department coordinator

Mike Villarino …. construction coordinator

Randall D. Wilkins …. set designer

Tim Woodruff …. set dresser

Nicole Zaks …. set decorating coordinator

Sound Department

Kelly Doran …. sound utility

Michael Hertlein …. dialogue editor

Michael Keller …. sound re-recording mixer

Linda Lew …. foley editor

Scott Millan …. sound re-recording mixer

John Pritchett …. production sound mixer

David M. Roberts …. boom operator

Greg Steele …. adr mixer

Drew Webster …. digital sound mix technician

Joe White …. utility sound

Jeffrey Wilhoit …. foley artist

Special Effects by

Philip Bartko …. special effects controller

Martin Bresin …. special effects supervisor

Gary D’Amico …. special effects coordinator

Gary D’Amico …. special effects director

Chris Hampton …. special effects supervisor

Jeremy Hays …. special effects

Chris Jones …. special effects technician

Elia P. Popov …. special effects foreman

Ken Tarallo …. special effects crew

Chris L. Ward …. special effects technician

Visual Effects by

Dori Arazi …. animation

Dori Arazi …. camera tracker

Stephen Bennett …. digital paint & roto artist: Double Negative

Jamie Briens …. matchmove artist: Double Negative

Jon R. Brown …. plate coordinator

Nik Brownlee …. digital artist: Double Negative

Darren Christie …. digital compositor

Patrick Clancey …. digital opticals

David Cohen …. modeler

Richard Collis …. digital artist

Hal Couzens …. visual effects production manager: Double Negative

Dan Cox …. technical director: Giant Killer Robots

Will Elsdale …. digital artist: Double Negative

Chantal Feghali …. visual effects producer

Ron Frankel …. previsualization supervisor

Matt Greig …. digital compositor: Animal Logic

Yasser Hamed …. software technical director: Animal Logic

Pete Hanson …. studio manager: Double Negative

Edwina Hayes …. visual effects producer: Animal Logic

Jon Heckman …. digital compositor

John Kilshaw …. digital effects artist

Matt Magnolia …. visual effects coordinator: Double Negative

Ivan Mena …. digital compositor

Michael Meyers …. pre-visualization artist: Proof Inc.

C. Michael Neely …. previs animator

Alban Orlhiac …. texture artist: Double Negative

Jason Porter …. compositing supervisor

Will Reichelt …. 3D lead: Animal Logic

Georgia Scheele …. visual effects coordinator

John Scheele …. visual effects supervisor

Serdar Simga …. senior digital matte painter

Tom Steadman …. matchmove artist: Double Negative

Christopher Sweet …. studio assistant: Double Negative

Andy Taylor …. visual effects producer: Double Negative

Paul Taylor …. video operations technician

Scott Taylor …. roto/paint artist: Double Negative

Nowell Valeri …. lead matchmove artist: Giant Killer Robots

Chris Van Dyck …. compositor: Animal Logic

Alexander Vegh …. pre-visualization artist

Eugénie von Tunzelmann …. digital artist: Double Negative

Stunts

Roy T. Anderson …. stunt driver

Brian Avery …. stunts

Rick Avery …. stunt performer

Todd Bryant …. stunts

Jeff Chumas …. utility stunts

Doug Coleman …. stunt coordinator

Roy Farfel …. stunt driver

Jeremy Fitzgerald …. stunt double

Meegan Godfrey …. utility stunts

Tad Griffith …. utility stunts

Chris Guzzi …. stunt double: Jay Hernandez

Gene Harrison …. stunt performer

Cort Hessler …. stunt driver

David Hugghins …. stunt rigger

Michael Hugghins …. stunts

Scott Leva …. stunts

Brian Machleit …. stunts

Robert Marrocco …. stunts

Derek Mears …. stunts

Anthony Molinari …. utility stunts

Carl Anthony Nespoli …. utility stunts

Chris Palermo …. stunts

Allen Robinson …. stunts

Allen Robinson …. utility stunts

David Shumbris …. stunt driver

Derrick Simmons …. stunts

Matthew Taylor …. stunts

Pete Turner …. utility stunts

Thom Williams …. utility stunts

Other crew

Rachel Aberly …. publicist

Sasha Adkinson …. extras casting: Los Angeles

Bill Almeida …. rigging gaffer: New York

Sebastián Almeida …. assistant camera

Eric Amundsen …. second assistant camera: “a” camera

Shelley Andagan …. assistant to accountants

Hernando Bansuelo …. production assistant

Art Bartels …. key grip

Michael A. Becker …. craft service

Ernest Belding …. key assistant location manager

Angela Bellisio …. assistant camera

Benjamin H. Bernard …. production assistant

Danielle Blumstein …. assistant production coordinator

Eric Bradley …. singer

Melissa Braun …. background casting associate: New York

Dawn Bridgewater …. key set assistant

Jeff Brinker …. rigging grip

Trisha Burton …. script supervisor: splinter unit

Bruce Callahan …. driver

J.C. Cantu …. casting associate

Steven W. Carbajal …. assistant location manager: second unit

Budd Carr …. music supervisor

Tal Chayon …. set production assistant: New York

Justin Cheatham …. rigging electrician: New York

Bruce Chimerofsky …. best boy grip

Judy Cook …. extras casting: Los Angeles

Marcy Craig …. costumer

Jimmy Cullen …. key costumer

Frank Dauro …. production assistant

Jack Davison …. company grip

Julian J. Delacruz …. assistant camera: second unit

Jennifer DeLia …. travel coordinator

Jason DeMeo …. office production assistant: Los Angeles

Dhamarata Dhiensuwana …. key rigging grip

David Diaz …. transportation dispatcher

Jon Donahue …. utility stand-in: Los Angeles

Chris Drechsler …. electrician

Jim Duggan …. dolly grip: “b” camera

François Duhamel …. still photographer

Matt Dunkley …. conductor: choir

Matt Dunkley …. orchestrator

Brent Ekstrand …. video and computer engineer

Craig Fehrman …. transportation coordinator

David Fischer …. staff production assistant

Erica Fishman …. production assistant

Jay Floyd …. clearance administrator

Lowell Freedman …. set production assistant: New York

Lauren Fritz …. location scout

Shilo Frontierro …. additional set production assistant

Kevin Funston …. location scout

John Gilgar …. rigging electrician: New York

Jack Glenn …. dolly grip

Oscar Gomez …. best boy rigging grip

Irvin Gourgue …. extras casting assistant

Lindsay Graham …. casting assistant

David Gross …. production assistant

Larissa Grudt …. key set production assistant: second unit

Larissa Grudt …. production assistant

Joe Guest …. location manager: second unit

Lauren Guilmartin …. set production assistant: New York

Arturo Guzman …. set production assistant

Jessica Heyman …. production assistant

Gary Hildebrand …. generator operator: New York

Chris Jensen …. digital colorist assist: EFILM

Timothy Jipping …. company grip

John Kouromihelakis …. production assistant

Christian Labarta …. set production assistant

Eric Leach …. rigging grip

Lucia Lettini …. set costumer

Rafael Lima …. location assistant

David B. Lyons …. assistant location manager

Joe Macaluso …. company grip

Kathryn Malone …. assistant: Mr. Lee

Danielle Mana …. office production assistant

Tracy A. Martin …. production assistant

Matthew Mason …. set production assistant: New York

Paul C. McKenna …. crane technician: Technocrane

Jeremy Mohler …. set production assistant

Kathryn Moïse …. production secretary: New York

Buckley W. Morgan …. production assistant

Matthew Morrissey …. computer/video supervisor

Len Murach …. location manager

Sam Nainoa …. set production assistant

Ann Nicol …. office production assistant: Los Angeles

Mario Nila …. production assistant

Sean Oliver …. adr loop group

W. Scott Passey …. production assistant

Jannie Penvari …. set production assistant

Kabkeo Phothivongsa …. lamp operator: New York

Antonio Ponti …. assistant camera

Andrew Poppoon …. unit location assistant

Joaquin Diego Prange …. assistant location manager

Jon Pray …. costume supervisor

Jimmy Price …. location scout

Mike Prisco …. lamp operator: New York

Stephanie A. Purdy …. animal trainer

Damien Quinn …. costumer

Liz A. Randall …. technical advisor

Scott Rathner …. first assistant camera: “a” camera

Michael A. Rizzo …. key production assistant: second unit, New York

Brett Robinson …. set staff assistant

Kathleen Rodriguez …. set production assistant

Ryan Rodriguez …. lamp operator: New York

Peter Rosenfeld …. camera operator: “a” camera

Peter Rosenfeld …. steadicam operator

Kyle Rudolph …. second director of photography

Kyle Rudolph …. unit director of photography

Nicholas Ryan Rumpf …. production assistant

Peter Russell …. lamp operator: New York

Darren Ryan …. video assist operator

Howard Samuelsohn …. dialect coach

John Sanchez …. assistant production coordinator

Nick Schepisi …. set production assistant

Michael J. Schwartz …. rigging electrician

Michael Serrano …. set production assistant

Sean Shinneman …. company grip

Tom Shinn …. rigging best boy: New York

Wayne T. Silva …. assistant accountant

Daryl Sledge …. production assistant

Darrin Smith …. best boy

Marny Smith …. casting assistant

Anthony Steinhart …. set production assistant

Hans Georg Struhar …. dresser: Nicholas Cage

Matt Summers …. assistant: Norm Golightly

Larissa Supplitt …. second assistant camera: “b” camera

Diana Taffolla …. construction accountant

Vich Thiensuwana …. rigging grip

Kathryn Francis Tucker …. production assistant

David Urich …. transportation captain

Rob van de Laar …. production assistant: New York

Justin Van Fleet …. company grip

John Velez …. gaffer: New York

David Venezky …. set decoration buyer

Kyle Villegas …. location coordinator

Randy Woodside …. chief lighting technician

Elizabeth Woodward …. stand-in

Teddy Yoon …. location scout

Harry Zimmerman …. first assistant camera: “b” camera

Alexander Zweig …. location assistant

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Comments

  1. Thanks for the review Jack, and your list of what it’s not. Guess I’m gonna have to go see this one now. Have to admit I’m surprised.

  2. Wow…great review of the movie. Since it now has the Yoest seal of approval, I’ll have to see it now.

    However, I have one comment about your post aside from the above comment, which is clearly obvious….

    You’re such a name dropper! LOL…

  3. Stacy, thank you for your kind words.

    And as for the name dropping part, I asked Charmaine about that…

    Ooopps, there I go again.

    Name dropping. You’re right.

    Thanks for visiting,

    Jack

  4. Stacy L. Harp

    Very funny wise guy! But I have to tell you this, it made my day….it’s been a long one!

  5. Please give credit to Sgt.Thomas, a Black portrayed as a White in the film “WTC” by posting something at the start of the film.

  6. Please give credit to Sgt.Thomas, a Black portrayed as a White in the film “WTC” by posting something at the start of the film.

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