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July 20, 2006

World Trade Center, Oliver Stone's New Movie

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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.

more on WTC

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

Posted by Jack at July 20, 2006 10:29 PM

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Comments

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.

Posted by: Mike at July 21, 2006 12:43 PM

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...

Posted by: Stacy L. H arp at July 22, 2006 12:19 PM

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

Posted by: Jack Yoest at July 22, 2006 12:56 PM

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

Posted by: Stacy L. Harp at July 25, 2006 01:13 AM

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.

Posted by: Phinehas Pratt at August 20, 2006 12:59 PM

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.

Posted by: Phinehas Pratt at August 20, 2006 01:00 PM

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