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The Godfather director will lead the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.
Francis Ford Coppola is to head the jury at the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival (December 4-12).
The director’s latest project Distant Vision, an experimental piece, was trialed at Oklahoma City Community College in June this year.
Coppola has won five Academy Awards and two Palme d’Ors. »
Francis Ford Coppola has been named president of the 15th Marrakech Film Festival. The iconic director follows peer Martin Scorsese, who was president in 2013, and Isabelle Huppert, who was president last year. "The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend,” said Coppola in a statement. “My paternal grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she… »
“The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend,” said Coppola. Added the helmer, “My Paternal Grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she told. All that personal history plus the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Colonies as an independent nation makes me feel most welcome.”
An American film icon, Coppola has won five Academy Awards and is best known for directing “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now.” Coppola also launched his own production vehicle, American Zoetrope, and produced movies directed by George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, John Milius as well as his daughter Sofia Coppola.
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- Elsa Keslassy
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
Richard Gere has enjoyed — and is still enjoying — the sort of hugely successful, long, eclectic career that nearly every actor would kill for. Gere started gathering serious attention in Terrence Malick’s “Days of Heaven” in 1978, but it was his role as the titular “American Gigolo” in Paul Schrader’s now-iconic 1980 film that vaulted him to Hollywood stardom. He went on to sweep Debra Winger off her feet in “An Officer and a Gentleman,” and saved Julia Roberts from a life of prostitution in “Pretty Woman” (reteaming later with Roberts on “Runaway Bride”). Gere tackled song and dance with “The Cotton Club” and “Chicago,” danced around the law as a corrupt cop in “Internal Affairs” and donned armor as Lancelot in “First Knight.” More recently, he’s walked on the seamier side of Wall Street (“Arbitrage”) and stayed over at “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.”
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- Iain Blair
Francis Ford Coppola is among the few living filmmakers to whom "inimitable" truly applies. A recent chat with Insdorf for 92Y's Reel Pieces series spans his life and career, from mounting the titanic production of "Apocalypse Now" to his latest project "Distant Vision," a live semi-autobiographical novella-length film wrought in real-time on the 6,000-square-foot soundstage at Oklahoma City Community College. The live cinema project screened earlier this month. Highlights include a reminiscence of his grandfather, Agostino, an assessment of the future of film and a deep-dive into Marlon Brando, who ran afoul on the set of "Apocalypse Now" and who, as told by Brando himself in Stevan Riley's innovative documentary "Listen to Me Marlon" (July 29), actually took the script from Coppola's hands and rewrote it. Read More: How Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Outsiders' Got Made, with Help from School Librarian »
- Ryan Lattanzio
James Horner, the Academy Award-winning film composer responsible for the unforgettable scores from films like Titanic, Braveheart and Avatar, died Monday in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61. While early reports stated that a single-engine plane owned by the composer had crashed into a remote area, it was later confirmed that Horner was piloting the plane and was the crash's lone fatality.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Horner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja wrote on Facebook (via The Hollywood Reporter). "He died doing what he loved. »
As both a musician and a long-time film score aficionado, it grieves me that my first post as an official contributor for AwardsDaily will be an obituary for James Horner. »
- Marshall Flores
The prolific Oscar winning composer James Horner has died in a plane crash at the age of 61. (June 22, 2015). Variety confirmed the news Monday evening.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
Listen to samples of his genius. James Horner will be profoundly missed.
From James Horner’s bio (Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency):
Having composed the music for more than 130 film and television productions, including dozens of the most memorable and successful films of the past three decades, James Horner was one of the world’s most celebrated film composers.
He earned two Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards for »
- Michelle McCue
Paramount previously delayed Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, what will effectively be the sixth (and final) film in the Paranormal Activity franchise which began with the first film in 2009 and was then followed by Paranormal Activity 2 (2010), Paranormal Activity 3 (2011), Paranormal Activity 4 (2012) and the spin-off feature, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones (2014). Ghost Dimension hits theaters on Oct. 23 and will mark the conclusion of the franchise and producer Jason Blum says all the questions will be answered. "It's coming to an end. This is it, the finale," Blum told USA Today. "We're saying it before the movie opens. We're not going to grind this horror franchise into the ground. This will keep Paranormal Activity as part of this culture and this particular time in a really fantastic way." So what answers will this final installment holdc Well, "All the questions that everyone has asked from the past Paranormal Activity films, »
- Brad Brevet
Richard Gere: “Outstanding contribution to world cinema” award in Czech Republic Photo: Richard Mowe
Actor Richard Gere, 65, is to receive a Crystal Globe for his “outstanding contribution to world cinema” at next month’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival, celebrating its 50th anniversary.
Gere stars in the event’s opening film by Oren Moverman, Time Out Of Mind, in which he plays a homeless person in contemporary New York whose long estranged daughter (Jena Malone from Hunger Games) offers him his only strand of hope - if they can be reconciled. Both will be on the red carpet for the gala opening on 3 July.
The actor's reputation rests on stand-out performances in American Gigolo by Paul Schrader, An Officer And A Gentleman (Taylor Hackford), Cotton Club (Francis Ford Coppola), Internal Affairs (Mike Figgis) and opposite Julia Roberts in his mega-hit Pretty Woman (Garry Marshall).
- Richard Mowe
London — The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading film event, is to honor Richard Gere. The actor will receive the festival’s highest award, the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema.
The festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will open with Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” in which Gere plays a homeless person in today’s New York, whose only hope in an otherwise desperate existence is to try to find reconciliation with his long estranged daughter. Gere will be joined on the red carpet by Moverman and actress Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
Among Gere’s standout movies cited by the festival include his breakthrough performances in Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo” and Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” which brought him his first nomination for a Golden Globe »
- Leo Barraclough
Films that are banned in the UK: The controversial Human Centipede Part III arrives in UK cinemas in a couple of weeks, and has received a certificate for release, but here are 13 films that are banned in the UK.
It’s hard to believe that in this day and age that there are still movies banned from distribution in the UK. The BBFC (the British Board of Film classification) is the body that governs the British film market, and applies the necessary rating to films released in cinemas, on the digital markets, and on DVD and Blu-Ray.
The British Board Of Film Classification
In recent times we’ve actually seen movies have their ratings downgraded by the BBFC as social climates adjust, and the world moves on in terms of tolerance and acceptance. Here are some examples. The original cut of Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola‘s lengthy Vietnam movie »
- Paul Heath
Musical innovators Asian Dub Foundation will perform their latest live soundtrack to George Lucas’ 1971 visionary cult sci-fi classic Thx 1138 at ten venues nationwide in October 2015, following its UK premiere at the Barbican on 19th June.
Retaining much of Lalo Schiffrin’s distinctive score and soundtrack, Asian Dub Foundation’s sparse and beautiful new interpretation creates a memorable live experience to Lucas’ chilling, stylistic dystopian fantasy where mood-stabilising drugs are mandatory, sex is prohibited, and a young Robert Duval rages against the system. Talking about the project for the Barbican podcast, Steve Savale of Adf says, “after the success of Battle of Algiers and La Haine I wanted to find a film that’s technically possible to rescore so that audiences can actually watch the film and experience the music live… it was very important to respect the avant-garde, »
Part time capsule, part black satire, part junked-up party pic, the little-known drug crime-caper was called ‘the most evil film ever’
Every once in a while, behind-the-scenes stories about problems beleaguering a feature film production are so dramatic or weird they deserve a movie unto themselves. The classic example is Francis Ford Coppola’s disastrous experience making Apocalypse Now and the jaw-dropping documentary that captured how wrong everything went for his Vietnam war epic, 1991’s Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse.
Australian cinema’s most sensational case study of a film that went bizarrely off the rails is also one of its least well known. There will never be another film quite like writer/director Bert Deling’s once-lost racy 1975 drama Pure Shit, and nor could the strange circumstances that beset its production and release ever be repeated.
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- Luke Buckmaster
Ron Moody as Fagin in 'Oliver!' based on Charles Dickens' 'Oliver Twist.' Ron Moody as Fagin in Dickens musical 'Oliver!': Box office and critical hit (See previous post: "Ron Moody: 'Oliver!' Actor, Academy Award Nominee Dead at 91.") Although British made, Oliver! turned out to be an elephantine release along the lines of – exclamation point or no – Gypsy, Star!, Hello Dolly!, and other Hollywood mega-musicals from the mid'-50s to the early '70s. But however bloated and conventional the final result, and a cast whose best-known name was that of director Carol Reed's nephew, Oliver Reed, Oliver! found countless fans. The mostly British production became a huge financial and critical success in the U.S. at a time when star-studded mega-musicals had become perilous – at times downright disastrous – ventures. Upon the American release of Oliver! in Dec. 1968, frequently acerbic The »
- Andre Soares
If you happened to attend this year’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in northern Finland — one of those bucket-list destinations for the handful of globe-trotting movie lovers who’ve heard of it — you might have allowed yourself to be hypnotized by all five-and-a-half hours of “From What Is Before,” Lav Diaz’s black-and-white historical epic about the collapse of a barrio in his native Philippines. Then again, you might have opted for the more manageable endurance test of “L’il Quinquin,” Bruno Dumont’s 197-minute comic miniseries about murder in a small French village, or perhaps sampled one of three two-hour installments of Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes’ “Arabian Nights,” a recent critical sensation at Cannes.
These are films that, if you give yourself over to their dense narratives and marathon running times, can dramatically alter how you experience the passage of time. As such, they made for ideal viewing at »
- Justin Chang
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Question: Teen Wolf? Any information? —Sandi
Ausiello: A vague question gets a vague answer, Sandi. While I’m sure you’re still reeling from Aiden’s return in the first six minutes of the June 29 premiere — click here to watch that if you haven’t already done so — you’ll be happy to know he’s not the only member of the show’s fallen faction that receives a tribute of sorts in Season 5’s opening hour.
Actor John Turturro to visit Jerusalem and take part in opening ceremony
The movie’s premiere in Israel will be screened at the Sultan’s Pool on July 9, following its world premiere in Competition at the Cannes Film Festival last month.
The opening ceremony will be attended by John Turturro, who stars in the movie.
Italian maverick Moretti’s latest film, which stars Margherita Buy alongside the director, is a return to the family drama he explored in 2001 Palme d’Or winner The Son’s Room.
This time it’s a mother’s slow decline that sparks the melodrama, leavened by comic touches courtesy of a film within the film featuring a Us actor played by Turturro.
Moretti’s previous film in Cannes Competition was 2011 papal dramedy We Have A Pope (Habemus Papam).
Jff director Noa Regev said the selection »
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Long before the comic book boom of the 21st Century, Hollywood's handling of heroes drawn from the funny pages was a touch and go enterprise. More at home in the serials era of the 40s and 50s, that iconography leaked out onto the big screen in only drips and drabs, a "Superman" here, a "Batman" there. And indeed, a year after Tim Burton brought the latter to unique Gothic heights in 1989, Warren Beatty brought another flesh and blood crime fighter to the big screen with bold expressionistic strokes. Today, "Dick Tracy" stands out as a hand-crafted wonder. Beatty's team was jammed with talent, and it needed to be, for this was an exercise in placing the viewer in a world only slightly familiar. Its extremes — and there were many — were a direct extension of design techniques and flourishes. The film was nominated for seven Oscars, including Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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