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Los Angeles — A week ago the film world lost one of the masters, legendary director Mike Nichols. Naturally the news sent a shockwave through the tight-knit community as Nichols' reach was pretty deep, the lives he had touched, and certainly, the careers he had affected. One of them was Al Pacino. Pacino starred in Nichols' adaptation of Tony Kushner's Broadway landmark "Angels in America" alongside great actors putting out great work, from Emma Thompson to Meryl Streep to Jeffrey Wright and more. Many of them, including Pacino, showed up on our assessment of the great performances Nichols managed to draw out in his 40-plus years in the business. "That happens in life, where we lose someone and it's palpable," Pacino told me recently. "Everybody feels it. There's a void there. They're gone. I loved him. I just loved him. He was probably the greatest director I ever worked with. »
- Kristopher Tapley
You might consider yourself a Martin Scorsese fan, but you might not know about “Life Lessons,” his contribution to the 1989 anthology film "New York Stories." Francis Ford Coppola and Woody Allen round out the trio of directors who submitted shorts to the project. “Life Lessons” stars Nick Nolte as a successful abstract painter, with Rosanna Arquette as his girlfriend and live-in assistant. We meet Nolte as he is going through a creative lull. On the eve of a major show, he has no inspiration to produce any new work. When it’s reveled that Arquette's character, who recently returned from a trip, lied to him about her whereabouts, it's through this turmoil that Nolte can begin to create great work again. Whats notable in the film is Scorsese's innovative use of steadycam, with the camera frantically sweeping or zooming in through scenes incredibly fast. The Directors Series considers the film »
- Anthony Nicholas
Without a doubt, one of the most important American filmmakers in the history of the medium is Francis Ford Coppola. A third-generation Italian-American, Coppola studied at UCLA and was one of many directors of the era that came up under B-movie maestro Roger Corman before being embraced by the cinematic establishment after winning an Oscar for co-writing "Patton" and directing megahit "The Godfather," often named as one of the greatest films ever. With that achievement, Coppola became the first among the movie brats, which included pals like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, to go onto great success for the rest of the 1970s, with two Best Picture Oscars (plus another nomination), and two Palme D'or trophies at Cannes. The 1980s were more mixed, and the 1990s even moreso, before Coppola took an extended break from filmmaking (though still stood as the scion of a filmmaking family that includes children Sofia and Roman, »
- The Playlist Staff
We're not sure about you, but we're feeling a little depressed after this week's Made in Chelsea. Don't get us wrong, there were plenty of lighter moments - from Sam flinging his tea towel about the place willy-nilly to Jamie's willy jokes, but there were lots of sad misunderstandings and sad faces. It's all got Very Dramatic all of a sudden. Read on for our 23 best bits this week...
"We are the righteous ones!" Lucy declared, and who are we to argue? Unfortunately, Jamie had to take it a little bit far, didn't he? Searching for someone to bitch about he grinned: "Hands up if you think Josh is a dick!" We don't think Stevie was quite ready to joke about it, to be honest.
It probably didn't help when Jamie told him to stop »
The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.
Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.
“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”
Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »
- Scott Foundas
Al Pacino has worked with some truly great directors -- Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, and Sidney Lumet, to name a few -- but the greatest of them all, he says, is the late Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at age 83. Us Weekly caught up with the actor at New York City's 21 Club, where he attended a Peggy Siegal luncheon to promote his movie The Humbling just hours after news broke of Nichols' death. The Godfather star, 74, worked with [...] »
Scream Factory gave many classic horror film fans a Halloween treat with the release of The Vincent Price Collection II, and now Arrow Films is looking to sate the viewing appetites of Price fans in England with Six Gothic Tales, due out on December 8th. Comprised of six Roger Corman movies based on Edgar Allan Poe’s works and starring Vincent Price, Arrow Films has unveiled their collection’s special features:
Press Release - “From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include The Fall of the House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace »
- Derek Anderson
This Thursday sees the release of the third movie in The Hunger Games series of movies, which is also, sadly, the penultimate movie to be adapted from Suzanne Collins’ three books. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 continues the store of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and co, and opens around the world on 20th November.
A couple of days ago, Thn caught up with the cast and director of this stunning, four-star rated movie in the series, where they each spoke about the film, and coming to work together for a third time.
Jennifer Lawrence set the scene.
“We’re continuing Katniss’s journey. It’s not really about getting out of the games any more, we’re moving into a real war between District 13 and The Capitol, so things are naturally getting darker story wise, and visually, as we’re underground a lot in District 13. We’re just following her journey. »
- Paul Heath
The famous artist Laurent Durieux has tackled one of the greatest and most critically acclaimed films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather. The officially licensed poster has been put together by Odd City Entertainment and is on sale at www.oddcitystore.com.
Chances are, if you’re an avid consumer of popular cinema from the last half-century—that is, if you regularly frequent this website—you’ve seen James Remar in something. The legendary character actor needs no introduction, but hell, we’re gonna give him one anyway. Remar has been an active bit player for over 30 years, with one of his first credits in Walter Hill’s legendary cult film “The Warriors” as Ajax. He followed this up with parts in “48 Hours” (also directed by Hill), William Friedkin’s “Cruising,” and Francis Ford Coppola’s ill-fated “The Cotton Club.” He’s also been an ubiquitous presence in his more seasoned years, dabbling in everything for voice work for “Ratatouille” and “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” while also finding time for small but juicy parts in “Pineapple Express” and “Django Unchained.” He’s a tactile, endlessly watchable actor who brings a lived-in »
- Nicholas Laskin
I love movies, but I've never been a big memorabilia guy. I've mostly got posters -- though they're no longer on my walls -- as well as commercialized scripts, some coffee table books, and "limited edition" trinkets that come with various blu-ray/DVD packages, which I can never seem to find a legitimate use for. However, for those of you a bit more memorabilia-inclined, and with a little discretionary income to burn through, you could actually live inside a piece of memorabilia, which could be the ultimate display of movie fandom if you ask me, even more so than pimping out your DeLorean Back to the Future style. The New York Post reports the Staten Island mansion where The Godfather was filmed is officially on the market, and it is listed for only $2.89 million, but can you really put a price on a piece of film history such as thisc Sure, »
- Jordan Benesh
File this one under "Classics". Odd City Entertainment has debuted some impressive artwork for a new print they're selling next week for the legendary cinema classic The Godfather. This new print by French artist Laurent Durieux is specifically for The Godfather: Part I (does that mean he'll be releasing Part II and maybe III eventually?) but is being sold in full-size 24"x36" screen prints which I'm sure will look beautiful in person. They're selling 325 prints of the regular edition for $65 each, and 150 prints of the red variant edition for $100 each. Even if this isn't your favorite film of all-time, it's still worth taking a look at the art. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." Here is Laurent Durieux's new print with variant below: Regular Version: Variant Version: Which one are you getting? Additional details: Odd City will be releasing a limited edition screen print for Francis Ford Coppola's film, »
- Alex Billington
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse. (Sorry, I had to). Popular and talented poster artist Laurent Durieux has tackled one of the most iconic films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather. The officially licensed poster will be available for pre-sale on Monday November 17 and, below, you can get all the details on […]
- Germain Lussier
We here at Collider are happy to give you an exclusive early look at artist Laurent Durieux’s limited edition screen print for one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather. The print was created for Odd City and will be on sale in three versions starting Monday, November 17th around 11am Cst. There’s the regular edition, which goes for $65, the variant edition for $100, and a wood edition for $300 with a limited run of 50. A limited number of each version is available so you’ll have to act fast to get one of these on your hands, and after getting a look at the poster you’ll no doubt want to. Take a look at both the regular and variant editions of the poster after the jump. Title: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part I Artist: Laurent Durieux Wood Edition (regular color way): 50 prints, $300 each »
- Adam Chitwood
Veterans Day movies on TCM: From 'The Sullivans' to 'Patton' (photo: George C. Scott in 'Patton') This evening, Turner Classic Movies is presenting five war or war-related films in celebration of Veterans Day. For those outside the United States, Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which takes place in late May. (Scroll down to check out TCM's Veterans Day movie schedule.) It's good to be aware that in the last century alone, the U.S. has been involved in more than a dozen armed conflicts, from World War I to the invasion of Iraq, not including direct or indirect military interventions in countries as disparate as Iran, Guatemala, and Chile. As to be expected in a society that reveres people in uniform, American war movies have almost invariably glorified American soldiers even in those rare instances when they have dared to criticize the military establishment. »
- Andre Soares
By Alex Simon
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar after setting box office records the previous year all over the world. Paradiso had a rough journey on its road to glory, however, with the then-32 year-old writer/director being forced to cut nearly 30 minutes from its original running time and facing critical excoriation and box office indifference upon its original release in Italy. It’s a fitting metaphor for a film that has become a classic tale about fate, perseverance, and destiny.
Set in Sicily beginning in the years just after Ww II to the late 1950s, and framed by modern-day flashbacks of a renowned film director (French actor/director Jacques Perrin) returning to his Sicilian town for the first time in 30 years, Tornatore’s hero (and alter-ego) is pint-sized Toto, who finds himself obsessed with the movies, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Maureen O’Hara, now 94, took time to fondly remember the Hollywood greats from her past such as John Wayne and John Ford. Legendary Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki said he was just happy to be in the same room as Maureen O’Hara. Masterful screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere gave a moving tribute to Hollywood’s “forgotten” writers. And Harry Belafonte, winner of the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, galvanized the industry crowd by asking them to aim higher.
Yes, it was quite a night for the four honorees of the Sixth Annual Governors Awards of the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Quite a night. And the Academy got this awards season off to a roaring start with this blessedly non-televised celebration of the greats in this business who may not have always been given their due. It has also become a night for major schmoozing and networking among Academy voters and the huge numbers of Oscar hopefuls. »
- Pete Hammond
Howard Hughes movies (photo: Leonardo DiCaprio as Howard Hughes in 'The Aviator') Turner Classic Movies will be showing the Howard Hughes-produced, John Farrow-directed, Baja California-set gangster drama His Kind of Woman, starring Robert Mitchum, Hughes discovery Jane Russell, and Vincent Price, at 3 a.m. Pt / 6 a.m. Et on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Hughes produced a couple of dozen movies. (More on that below.) But what about "Howard Hughes movies"? Or rather, movies — whether big-screen or made-for-television efforts — featuring the visionary, eccentric, hypochondriac, compulsive-obsessive, all-American billionaire as a character? Besides Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays a dashing if somewhat unbalanced Hughes in Martin Scorsese's 2004 Best Picture Academy Award-nominated The Aviator, other actors who have played Howard Hughes on film include the following: Tommy Lee Jones in William A. Graham's television movie The Amazing Howard Hughes (1977), with Lee Purcell as silent film star Billie Dove, Tovah Feldshuh as Katharine Hepburn, »
- Andre Soares
Hollywood is full of all kinds of fun and interesting stories, and I have a bit of trivia here that you may have never heard before. In an interview with Yahoo, Robert Englund, the actor who famously played Freddy Krueger the A Nightmare on Elm Street films, shared the story of how he helped Mark Hamill land the role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Englund explained that his early career and Hamill's road to Star Wars started out with Englund auditioning for a surfer role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now. The actor didn't get the part because he was too old for the role, but Coppola thought he might be right for another part in a film being directed by his good friend George Lucas. So an audition was set up for Englund to audition for the part of Han Solo. He didn't fit the role though »
- Joey Paur
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