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Films that'd get a fairer hearing if they weren't sequels

29 July 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Some sequels are doomed to live in the shadow of the hits that triggered them. Here are a few examples...

Following up a successful movie with a sequel is a tough proposition for any writer or director, and it's often the case that such follow-ups fail to recreate the magic of their predecessors. But sometimes, sequels can offer a different yet entertaining experience of their own, and it's even possible that, if they didn't happen to share the same name as an earlier hit film, they might even have been better received.

This article's dedicated to a few of these kinds of films. They offer lots of excitement, comedy, jolts of terror and a smattering of great performances, and might have fared better with audiences and critics had they not been sequels. At the very least, they attempted to do something a little different than the films they followed. While other examples undeniably remain, »

- ryanlambie

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Love According to 21st Century Movies

27 July 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Love is a many-splendored thing. Love lifts us up where we belong. All you need is love!” so says Ewan McGregor in Baz Luhrmann’s classic romantic tragedy, Moulin Rouge!

It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.

Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.

But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Melissa McCarthy, Jenny McCarthy and Other Celeb Cousins You Never Knew Were Related

24 July 2014 12:15 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The worst part of being a celebrity, undoubtedly, must be family reunions. All those cousins coming out of the woodwork, asking you to pass along their script or snag an autograph or even help Aunt Agatha buy that new hot tub that she desperately needs. Then there are those happy few stars who don't have to face this problem. Because their cousins are famous, too. In honor of Cousins Day - July 24, to be exact - here are several celebrity cousins who don't have to worry about being the only famous person at their family reunion. Jenny McCarthy and Melissa »

- Nate Jones, @kn8

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Mark Duplass & Elisabeth Moss Struggle in 'The One I Love' Trailer

17 July 2014 12:21 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Right now audiences can see Mark Duplass acting awkwardly beside Melissa McCarthy in the thoroughly disappointing comedy Tammy. But later this summer, a much better display of the actor's talent alongside "Mad Men" star Elisabeth Moss will hit theaters in The One I Love. The indie debuted at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, telling the story of of a marriage on the verge of breaking down. In one last effort, Ethan (Duplass) and Sophie (Moss) take a weekend vacation for one last shot at saving their marriage. Both Moss and Duplass have been said to turn in spectacular performances, and the trailer certainly shows that, along with a style like Sofia Coppola meets Wes Anderson with a sense of ominous oddity. Watch it now! Here's the first trailer for Charlie McDowell's The One I Love, originally from Apple: The One I Love is directed by author Charlie McDowell, making his feature directorial debut, »

- Ethan Anderton

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22 Candid Quotes That Might Make You Love Courtney Love

9 July 2014 2:20 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Courtney Love could easily be considered one of the most polarizing women of our generation. Since forming the band Hole in the late 1980s, she has become both a rock legend and a successful actress (even earning a Golden Globe nomination for her role in 1995's The People vs. Larry Flynt) while also influencing fashion trends, advocating for Lgbt rights, and speaking out against rape and domestic violence. Conversely, Courtney drew ire from the public after her husband Kurt Cobain's suicide in 1994 - with many Nirvana fans blaming her for his untimely passing - and has also been the subject of controversy in recent years due to her struggle with substance abuse and her strained relationship with her 21-year old daughter, Frances Bean Cobain. Though some may debate the things she's said publicly throughout her career, Courtney has also made many poignant - yet contentious - statements over the years. »

- Brittney Stephens

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Palo Alto movie review (Edinburgh International Film Festival)

8 July 2014 6:16 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

A meditative contemplation of the boredom of overprivileged, under-aspiring, shallow, spoiled kids. As you’ve been dying to see. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I can’t wait for the day when James Franco finally comes out of the performance-art closet and reveals that almost everything he’s done in the past, oh, ten years or so has been part of an intricate ongoing practical joke to yank celebrity culture and our knee-jerk worship of those who are famous. His turn as the charlatan man behind the curtain in Oz the Great and Powerful was a big clue, I think. He’s waiting for someone — anyone — to debunk the smoke and mirrors of the fame that allows him to churn out increasingly ridiculous pontifical junk. And no one does. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The Voicemakers: A Sound of Reasoning

6 July 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The art of expression in the world of film is not just reserved for “professional” movie reviewers. The accessible flexibility that anyone can comment and show delight or dismay regarding the cinema landscape is quite encouraging because Any voice matters in terms of one’s particular preference. From a famed Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic to a blue-collar plumber with an affinity for vintage films from the golden age of Hollywood anyone can harbor a viewpoint about what constitutes quality or queasy filmmaking.

Thankfully, online venues such as Sound on Sight allow for several degrees of opinion, expertise, insight and analysis when it comes to an array of topical interests that cater to the constitution of escapist tastes in film, television, comic books and podcasts.

No, The Voicemakers: A Sound of Reasoning is not a disguised pat-on-the-back to shamelessly promote this site’s accolades. Quite frankly, the site’s staff, regular »

- Frank Ochieng

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Fox Launches Mentoring Program For Female Directors

3 July 2014 9:51 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It's long been said Hollywood is a boys' club. Statistics back up this cliche again and again, showing that males are 3x more likely* to be represented in movies than females. Men made up 94% of directors who worked on the top 250 films of 2013. And in the entire history of the Academy Awards, only four women have ever been nominated for Best Director at the Academy Awards. (That would be Lina Wertmuller, Jane Campion, Sofia Coppola, and Kathryn Bigelow, who won for The Hurt Locker). Many have blamed an ingrained institutional sexism for such shocking figures. And now an institution is joining the cause to get more female voices heard in Hollywood. Variety reports 21st Century Fox is developing a mentorship program for female filmmakers, in hopes of bolstering the presence of women in film. Called the Fox Global Directors Initiative, this program will accept 20 participants who will be welcomed into »

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Potd: Joshua Budich’s Empire Cover Featuring Steven Spielberg, Joss Whedon, Francis Ford Coppola and More

1 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

You may have noticed the upcoming issue of Empire Magazine Australia has a pretty unique and awesome cover. It’s an illustration of several popular and influential filmmakers, next to images from their films, all to commemorate a special “Director’s Cut” issue. Filmmakers such as Steven Spielberg, David Fincher, Joss Whedon, Francis Ford Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Michael […]

The post Potd: Joshua Budich’s Empire Cover Featuring Steven Spielberg, Joss Whedon, Francis Ford Coppola and More appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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Natalie Portman: "Blooming Bouquet"

26 June 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Oscar winning actress Natalie Portman ("Black Swan") in a new short film by director Sofia Coppola for "Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet" perfume:

"...she's a delicate woman, an overwhelmingly subtle 'Miss'. The perfume she wears is a reflection of her personality: floral and light, it's the distillation of notes creating a veritable ode to freshness. Subtle and velvety, it seems to have been specially composed for her, like a silk dress whose thousand nuances of pink express her unique and complex character.

"Contained in an unmistakable couture bottle, the glass etched with a houndstooth motif and a bow at its neck, 'Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet' offers a soft and springlike variation on the houses very first fragrance, while being inspired by the 'Miss Dior' dresses with their delicate petals as designed by Christian Dior in the past, and by Raf Simons today..."

"'Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet' is a smooth and carefully formed perfume, »

- Michael Stevens

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11 Surprising Celebrity Couples

22 June 2014 1:20 PM, PDT | | See recent newser news »

"Wait... they were together?" That's the reaction you'll probably have to the long list of surprising celebrity couples rounded up by ETOnline , including: Sofia Coppola and Keanu Reeves: Dated in 1992 after Coppola's famous director father worked with Reeves on Bram Stoker's Dracula. Kathy Griffin and Quentin Tarantino: She says they dated briefly in 1995 and never slept together, because Tarantino "wanted to cuddle." Lea Michele and Matthew Morrison: Try not to feel too icky about this one. Though Michele plays Morrison's student on Glee , in real life they dated briefly before working together on the show. Chloe Sevigny and »

- Evann Gastaldo

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A24: The House of Star-Altering Performances

18 June 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Lionsgate was a pioneering label for brooding dramas, compelling imports and insightful nonfiction until it partnered with Tyler Perry, Jigsaw, and a certain Ya book series. Miramax was the flagship of envelope-pushing American indies until the Weinsteins became better known for re-cutting films than for supporting filmmakers. Focus Features was the home of young early-aughts visionaries like Sofia Coppola, Michel Gondry and Joe Wright until CEO James Schamus was ousted to “broaden its portfolio.” As indie distributors and studio subsidiaries refocus their efforts towards studio-sized earnings, their previously coherent brand identities as vessels of imaginative filmmaking quickly fade out. Since the indie boom of the ‘90s gave way to the ‘00’s bottom lines, it’s been increasingly difficult and frustrating to rely on name distributors to continually devote their efforts toward risky films. All of which makes it all the more incredible that A24 has made itself into a distributor dedicated to anything but convention – and, at »

- Landon Palmer

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Casting: Davenport, Pejic, Barth, Ikhile

18 June 2014 10:10 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Nest

Madison Davenport ("From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series") and John Leguizamo have joined Jason Moore's comedy "The Nest" starring Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Filming on the Universal Pictures production is now underway in New York City.

Fey and Poehler portray childish adult sisters who, upon learning that their parents have sold their family home, have one last blow-out party before the house changes hands. Davenport will portray Fey's artist daughter resentful of always having to play the parent. [Source: Variety]

The Little Mermaid

Australian catwalk star Andrej Pejic is reportedly joining the cast of Sofia Coppola's new live-action take on "The Little Mermaid".

The androgynous male model has found most success modelling women's clothing. He has worked for Jean Paul Gaultier and appeared on the cover of Brazilian Vogue. [Source: The BBC]

Ted 2

Jessica Barth has closed a deal to reprise her role as teddy bear Ted's girlfriend »

- Garth Franklin

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Arthouse Audit: 'The Rover' and 'Signal' Open Soft; Sundancers 'Ivory Tower' and 'Hellion' Ok

15 June 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Fresh from Cannes, both "The Rover" and wider release "How to Train Your Dragon 2" opened this weekend. Just a year ago enterprising A24 opened "The Bling Ring," but the comparison ends there. "The Rover" opened to only a fraction of the initial returns that Sofia Coppola's film received, and, despite decent reviews and previously successful directing and acting elements, the film fell well below expectations. The same company's "Obvious Child" showed some promise in its second weekend expansion, but the overall specialized market is lagging behind healthier grosses over recent months. Opening "The Rover" (A24) - Criticwire: B; Metacritic: 66; Festivals include: Cannes 2014, Sydney 2014 $70,000 in 5 theaters; PSA (per screen average): $14,000 Placed in five top New York/Los Angeles theaters, backed with strong A24 marketing, "The Rover" looked positioned to be a potential strong opener. Australian director David Michod's followup to "Animal Kingdom" features well-reviewed »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Exclusive: Dive Into Taissa Farmiga's Mind in This Sultry Music Video for Thriller 'Anna'

10 June 2014 10:15 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Last year Taissa Farmiga (debatably) played a sociopath in Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring." Her mental state is once again questioned in "Anna," a dark thriller co-starring Mark Strong. Until you see it, check out this seductive music video for "Say Goodbye," a track that appears in the film. Read More: Taissa Farmiga On Stepping Into the Spotlight for 'Anna' and Turning to Her Sister, Vera, for Career AdviceSung by Natalia Safran, "Say Goodbye" is a sultry, Bond-like tune that definitely suits "Anna's" mood. The music video shows scenes from the Jorge Dorado-directed film, which is about a man who is able to enter people's memories and is hired to determine whether or not a young girl is a sociopath or a victim of trauma.  Anna" was released in theaters on June 6. It's also now available to view on video-on-demand platforms. »

- Eric Eidelstein

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Francis Ford Coppola Predicts ‘Live Cinema’ at Produced By Conference

8 June 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The prevailing wisdom might be that Francis Ford Coppola peaked as a filmmaker with “Apocalypse Now,” but he was undoubtedly the star attraction on Sunday at the PGA’s sixth annual Produced By Conference. The 75-year-old writer-director-producer held court in a packed Steven J. Ross Theater on the Warner Bros. lot, waxing nostalgic about the early days of Zoetrope in 1969-70 as well as the Hollywood of today, which he feels harbors an embarrassment of riches.

But those riches, he says, are mostly confined to the voices of filmmakers who take a more personal approach to the medium — the David O. Russells, the Alexander Paynes, the Wes Andersons and, yes, the Sofia Coppolas of the world, versus what he called the makers of “industrial films,” or franchise tentpoles, largely being shepherded by the major studios.

The man who once talked about filmmaking completely converting to digital more than three decades »

- Steve Chagollan

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‘Palo Alto’ a fine debut feature for another talented member of the Coppola family

29 May 2014 9:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Palo Alto

Written and directed by Gia Coppola

USA, 2013

The disaffection of youth is a familiar theme in modern American cinema, and one of its most recognizable creators is Sofia Coppola. It’s hard not to think of her films, from The Virgin Suicides to The Bling Ring, while watching Palo Alto, the debut feature from her niece, Gia Coppola. In fact, it would be extraordinarily easy to claim nepotism throughout the production, from Coppola to two of her leads, Emma Roberts and Jack Kilmer. But thankfully, in spite of these various ties to older generations of Hollywood luminaries, Palo Alto is a well-crafted ensemble piece about how teenage disconnection rarely shifts that dramatically from era to era.

Roberts plays April, who’s best known among her social group as being the good girl. (Here, at least, “good girl” is a term with a flexible definition, as even before her various romances begin, »

- Josh Spiegel

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Exclusive 1:1 Interview: Maleficent Star Elle Fanning!

29 May 2014 5:41 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

In Maleficent, the incredible Angelina Jolie plays the “evil queen” to the young and innocent Aurora played by Elle Fanning. After watching this magical recreation of the Walt Disney classic Sleeping Beauty, it struck me just how gifted the Fanning family is. Elle – who was outstanding in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere as well as J.J. Abrams Super 8 – is a perfect princess in this modern tale. She is delightfully charming and gives a sense of »

- JimmyO

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'Maleficent' and the Rise of the Grim Fairy Tale

29 May 2014 8:05 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The trailers teased glimpses of Sleeping Beauty's iconic villainess, accompanied by a gothic cover of "Once Upon a Dream." Gone were the 1959 animated film's Technicolor wonders, replaced with shades of blacks and blues, while Lana del Rey's vocals enveloped Mary Costa and Bill Shirley's airy duet with jazz-club smokiness. Even when the sneak peek appeared to throw a bone of sympathy towards the titular evil character, it brooded with the faux-angst of 9th grade poetry. This was what you could expect from  Maleficent — Disney's early bid for summer-film dominance, »

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Line-up announced for Edinburgh International Film Festival 2014

28 May 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th June. In total, 156 features from 47 countries will be screened, with 11 world premieres, 7 European premieres and 95 UK premieres.

The festival opens with the world premiere of British drug trafficking thriller Hyena from writer-director Gerard Johnson, starring Peter Ferdinando, Stephen Graham, Neil Maskell, and MyAnna Buring. The closing night gala is the international premiere of romantic comedy We’ll Never Have Paris, directed by husband and wife team Jocelyn Towne and Simon Helberg (best known for The Big Bang Theory). Written by and also starring Helberg, it features Melanie Lynskey, Maggie Grace, Zachary Quinto, and Alfred Molina in its cast.

We’ll Never Have Paris

The American Dreams strand highlights cutting-edge new works from American independent cinema. Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring featured last year, and now Gia Coppola »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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