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A larger-than-life figure and a veritable force of nature, Christopher Coppola takes pleasure in repeating Philip Kaufman’s greeting when the venerable San Francisco director saw him on the street in North Beach: “There goes the pirate of the Coppola family.” Christopher Coppola isn’t the type to stand in anyone else’s shadow, although he’s had to get used to being identified as Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew, Sofia Coppola and Roman Coppola’s cousin and Nicolas Cage’s brother. He’s a filmmaker, above all, with several iconoclastic features to his credit and a spate of projects with titles like Sacred Blood and Biker MacBeth on various burners. An impassioned champion of digital technology and arts education, among his multitude of interests, Coppola also chairs the film department at the San Francisco Art Institute and sits on the California Arts Council. We conversed over the din in »
According to Amy Nicholson of La Weekly, Tom Cruise's Maverick was a phony in Tony Scott's 1986 film Top Gun. Nicholson released a video essay called "Why You're Wrong About Top Gun," and she seriously makes some very interesting and valid points that makes me see this movie in a completely different light. In her opinion, Maverick wasn’t actually a tough guy in the the story, he was just a scared kid who was trying to be a tough guy.
Nicholson wrote a book called Tom Cruise: Anatomy of an Actor, which is described as follows:
The Anatomy of an Actor series takes ten roles by a single actor, each studied in a dedicated chapter, and identifies the key elements that made the performances exceptional - carefully examining the actor's craft for both a professional audience and movie fans alike. This title looks at Hollywood icon Tom Cruise. »
- Joey Paur
Riga, Latvia — The Berlin Film Festival is to present its Berlinale Camera award, which goes to personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted, to food activists and Slow Food founders Alice Waters and Carlo Petrini.
The presentation will take place on Feb. 8 as part of the kickoff of the fest’s Culinary Cinema section.
In 2006, the Berlinale introduced the subject of cinema’s relationship with food — the first A-festival to do so. Among others, Waters and Petrini discussed this relationship with young film professionals at the “Hunger, Food & Taste” workshop of the 4th Berlinale Talent Campus.
“Waters and Petrini gave the Berlinale in 2006 not only new ideas that led to the creation of the Culinary Cinema section in 2007, but also inspired ‘Food & Film’ events in many other countries,” festival director Dieter Kosslick said.
Author and cook Waters, described by the New York Times as a “food revolutionary,” named »
- Leo Barraclough
The best story ideas are often the simple and pure ones. It's little wonder, then, that so many filmmakers and storytellers start by making short films - after all, if you can tell a good story in just a few minutes, you might be talented enough to make a feature.
Cinema history is full of stories about young filmmakers getting their start by making low-budget shorts. James Cameron famously made Xenogenesis, a sci-fi short which contained lots of things that would appear in his later feature films: a giant robot with big tank tracks, a cyborg, and a heroine at the helm of a hard-hitting mecha.
The short films below vary wildly, from two-minute chillers to 30-minute post-apocalyptic science fiction, but each of them are watchable for their own reasons, »
The past two “Hobbit” movies earned three Academy Awards nominations apiece. If there’s justice in the world, “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” will get more that that. But there is no guarantee of justice in the Oscar world.
Peter Jackson’s third “Hobbit” film is easily the best of the three: fast, action-packed, beautiful and touching. And it’s an artisans showcase, with across-the-board great work that deserves attention.
But after the three “The Lord of the Rings” movies earned 30 Oscar nominations and “The Return of the King” swept the ceremony with 11 wins, voters have been cooler on the “Hobbit” movies. There is a vague sense in the industry that it’s more of the same, that it’s a kids film, or that Jackson and his team don’t need to win awards.
The first two are wrong. It’s a very different tone than the other two “Hobbit” movies, »
- Tim Gray
20. Love/Chloe in the Afternoon (1972)
Directed by: Éric Rohmer
Originally titled “Love in the Afternoon,” but released in North America as “Chloe in the Afternoon,” this Rohmer film is a tale of possible infidelity, seen through the eyes of a conflicted man. Frédéric (Bernard Verley) is a successful young lawyer who is happily married to a teacher named Hélène (Françoise Verley), who is pregnant with their second child. While Frédéric is in a considerably good place in his life, he still struggles with the loss of excitement he had before he married, when he could sleep with whomever he chose. It wasn’t so much the sex that thrilled him, but the chase itself. Still, he feels that these thoughts and fantasies, paired with his refusal to act upon them, only proves that he is completely dedicated and in love with his own wife. That is, until he meets Chloé »
- Joshua Gaul
A film’s first shot, its first image, is one that’s obsessed over by many directors. But how many put as much care into its first sound? Francis Ford Coppola did, along with sound designer Walter Murch, when constructing the opening of Apocalypse Now. The famous helicopter sounds actually enter over black — they are the first input of any kind an audience member receives. And, of course, those weren’t just any helicopter sounds. In the video above — a section of a documentary commissioned for the Paramount 2006 home video release and made by Zoetrope’s former head of post, Kim […] »
- Scott Macaulay
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
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