Oliver Stone To Debut Director's Cut Of "Alexander"

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Academy Award® Winning Writer/Director Oliver Stone will discuss and screen his new version of the controversial film live in Hollywood on August 2nd.

Although it may seem unusual to restructure a film as dramatically as Stone has for the Director’s Cut of

Three-time Academy Award® winning writer/director Oliver Stone comes to Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ on Tuesday, August 2 with the World Theatrical Premiere of the Director’s Cut of his latest film, "Alexander," it was announced by Gordon Meyer, the creator, Executive Producer and host of the prestigious film series now in its third continuous year at ArcLight Hollywood. Warner Home Video will be releasing both the original theatrical version and Stone’s new Director’s Cut on DVD the same date.

For Stone, this Director’s Cut was more than simply restoring deleted footage. He dramatically re-shaped and tightened several key portions of the film so that this new version is actually 8 minutes shorter than the original theatrical release. “I decided to take another approach to the same story with a different structure that was closer to the original script that I wrote,” Stone explains. “It was a fascinating experiment for me to continue editing for another three months after release. "Alexander" is a complex story and man. We took out 17 minutes, and put back 9 minutes, including new and extended scenes. We also restructured the Third Act extensively. The facts of his life remain the same in both versions." Although it may seem unusual to restructure a film as dramatically as Stone has for the Director’s Cut of "Alexander," there are precedents. “I remember mentions of playwrights such as Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller rewriting parts of a play after it had been produced," Stone said in a recent interview. “Why shouldn’t a filmmaker be able to do so in DVD versions?”

“I’m really looking forward to sitting down with him and discussing not only the challenges of "Alexander," but also the creative journey behind this new version. We’ve wanted to have Oliver come to Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ for a long time,” says Meyer. “We’re especially thrilled that he’s chosen Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ to host the World Theatrical Premiere of the Director’s Cut of his film. He is one of the most honored and provocative filmmakers in Hollywood with three Academy Awards®, eight Oscar® nominations, four Golden Globes® and an Emmy® on his mantle. If that doesn’t qualify him as one of Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™, I don’t know what does.”

“Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ is rapidly becoming the showcase of choice for filmmakers and studios to debut Director’s Cuts of their films” says Nadine C. Hamdan, who along with Meyer and screenwriter John Culton is one of the Executive Producers of the storytellers series. In addition to "Alexander," Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ has also hosted the World Theatrical Premieres of the Director’s Cuts of Antoine Fuqua’s "King Arthur" and Peter Bogdanovich’s "Mask." “In just a few short years, we’ve developed a reputation for quality in programming, presentation thanks in part to our fabulous host venue, ArcLight Hollywood, and the intelligence and appreciation of our audience that makes us increasingly popular with A-List Hollywood as a place to be seen.”

Twice a month, Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ showcases the motion picture industry’s most fascinating Storytellers at ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood. Since its launch in January 2003, Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ has been host to such luminaries as Academy Award® winning writer/director James Cameron, Academy Award® winning actor/director Gary Sinise, director Richard Donner, DreamWorks principal and co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and actor/producer/director George Clooney. A broadcast version is currently in development. Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™, which is open to the public, provides audiences with the opportunity to meet some of Hollywood’s best Storytellers, telling the always-fascinating “Great Stories Behind the Great Stories™Â” and is a production of Hollywood’s Master Storytellers Entertainment. FilmStew.com is the official online home of Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™.

The Hollywood’s Master Storytellers™ presentation of the World Theatrical Premiere of the Director’s Cut of Oliver Stone’s "Alexander" is open to the public. Tickets may be purchased at ArcLight’s box office and online at http://www.arclightcinemas.com.

ArcLight Cinemas, created by Pacific Theatres, represents a new evolution in the movie going experience. The beautifully designed facility, which opened in March 2002, offers an unprecedented combination of technology, amenities, comfort, and customer service. Facilities include the historic Cinerama Dome and 14 state-of-the-art “black box” auditoriums as well as a café bar and a cinema-focused gift shop. Tickets can be purchased online and pre-printed at home, and ArcLight offers a free membership program with purchasing rewards and other members-only benefits. ArcLight Hollywood is located at 6360 W. Sunset Boulevard, between Vine and Ivar.

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