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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
Anjelica Huston arrives at the Carlyle hotel in Manhattan after lunching with Sofia Coppola. It’s the first time she has seen her old friend in over 15 years, and the reunion has put her in a nostalgic mood. Huston and Coppola have a lot in common, not all of it good. “In both cases our fathers were larger than life and gregarious,” Huston says, “and they didn’t understand certain things about how a female emerges from her chrysalis.” It took the 63-year-old a long time to complete the transition from gawky daughter of the legendary director John Huston to Oscar-winner in her own right. “You do feel like you wished you’d had a bigger voice at the time.”
Huston has more than made up for those years of meekness, »
- Emma Brockes
The trend for live-action adaptations of fairy tale movies is in full swing; you just haven’t seen these labors come to full fruition yet because most of the releases have been staggered. After Tim Burton’s “Alice In Wonderland” made more than a billion at the worldwide box-office in 2010, all the movie studios —as they are wont to do for lack of a better idea— decided “hey, a billion dollars is cool, all these fairy tales are in public domain, so we need one of those stat!” So every studio under the sun started tasking writers to come up with their own new spin on fairy tales. Universal gave us “Snow White And The Huntsman” in 2012, as did Relativity with “Mirror, Mirror,” Disney went back to the well once again with “Maleficent” (which is the third highest grossing film of the year worldwide, so the plan is working for »
- Edward Davis
As much as people are talking about the story and science of Interstellar it seems the sound design is getting just as much, if not more attention. In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Nolan attributed the film's sound to "very tight teamwork" among composer Hans Zimmer, re-recording mixers Gary Rizzo and Gregg Landaker and supervising sound editor and sound designer Richard King. "We made carefully considered creative decisions," Nolan said. "There are particular moments in this film where I decided to use dialogue as a sound effect, so sometimes it's mixed slightly underneath the other sound effects or in the other sound effects to emphasize how loud the surrounding noise is. It's not that nobody has ever done these things before, but it's a little unconventional for a Hollywood movie." Nolan cited a specific example in that interview referring to the scene near the beginning of the »
- Brad Brevet
Oscar-nominated writer Jose Rivera (The Motorcycle Diaries) has been tasked with writing the screenplay, which will be a modern-day adaptation based on the Jack London novel. The 1991 movie White Fang was set at the turn of the 20th Century, centering on a young Alaskan man (Ethan Hawke) who befriends a wolf dog during the Gold Rush, as they get into a number of adventures involving starving wolves, grizzly bears, dog fighters and Aboriginal settlers. That adventure spawned the 1994 sequel White Fang 2: Myth of the White Wolf.
The original novel was set in Canada's Yukon Territory, and told through the perspective of the wolf dog and his story of survival. The title animal's rescue from dogfighters by a young man was only »
For many, the news that Disney are breathing life into one of their old titles will evoke the following reaction: great, another dreaded remake! In the case of White Fang, that’s only half-true, with the studio returning to the original source material for a modern take on Jack London’s classic novel.
This will be the second time London’s adventure tome will be receiving the big screen treatment from Disney. Their first effort in 1991 was a mildly-successful version helmed by Grease director Randal Kleiser and starring a young Ethan Hawke. Taking artistic license in a move away from the sprawling book, the original feature focused on Hawke’s young lad during the Gold Rush era after he befriends a wild wolf. The pair inevitably bond and traverse the wild together, which varied considerably from London’s novel.
Will this new update remain loyal to the original narrative? If »
- Gem Seddon
Last year Stockholm world preemed Sofia Norlin’s “Broken Hill Blues,” the first film to come out of the festival’s fund for emerging female directors. “Broken Hill Blues” went on to the Berlin and Tribeca festival, while cinematographer Petrus Sjovik earned a Guldbagge Award, Sweden’s highest accolade.
The Stockholm Film Festival continues to screen female filmmakers. This year 60 out of 200 directors at the festival are women. The second feature to come from the fund is Amanda Adolfsson’s debut, “Young Sophie Bell,” above, premiering at the fest on Nov. 12.
The films come out of a successful program launched in 2011, when the Stockholm Film Festival introduced the Feature Film Award for female directors, with telecoms giant Telia as the main financier, and also with support from the Swedish Film Institute, Europa Sound & Vision and Dagsljus and with NonStop Entertainment as a distribution partner. In 2012 Swedish Television joined as a supporter. »
- Jon Asp
I know, I know: Halloween is way too early for Christmas marketing. But these charming Gap spots directed by Sofia Coppola don’t beat you over the head with their Christmas-iness. If anything, the unifying theme really seems to be “sweaters,” and that’s something we can get behind in these chilly fall days. Besides, you can think […]
The post Watch Sofia Coppola’s Adorable Gap Holiday Campaign appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
2014 has been a busy and eclectic year for the preternaturally gifted Elle Fanning. The 16-year-old actress has starred in the second highest grossing blockbuster of the year (“Maleficent”) and one of the most successful stop-motion animation releases of all time (“The Boxtrolls”), but she’s kept diversity alive by staring in humanistic Sundance dramas like “Young Ones” and Oscillioscope’s latest, “Low Down.” She’s already been on the radar for top-shelf directors like J.J. Abrams (“Super 8”), David Fincher (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), and Cameron Crowe (“We Bought A Zoo”), and respected auteurs like Sofia Coppola (“Somewhere”), Francis Ford Coppola (“Twixt”), and Sally Potter (the deeply underrated “Ginger & Rosa”). While the general public might not be hip to her yet, the secret is out on Fanning, perhaps the most talented actress of her generation; a young Meryl Streep who just keeps steadily adding to her impressive CV. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Happy Halloween 2014 and welcome to this week's Friday edition of the podcast where we review Nightcrawler and Dear White People and we fill your need for something scary with a movie screening horror story unlike any you've heard before. In addition to that we run down the Marvel franchise movie announcement with the help of Pee-Wee Herman, look over the latest news, answer some of your questions, play some games and just have a good time overall. Join us won't youc If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave »
- Brad Brevet
It’s Halloween and you know what that means: less than two shopping months before Christmas! On the heels of summer’s David Fincher-helmed ads encouraging you to “dress normal,” we now have four Sofia Coppola-directed spots tied to the holiday season. The theme is that you don’t have to “get” your family, girlfriend or other significant players in your life to get them Gap. The shots and vibe are recognizably Coppola’s, the musical selections predictably eclectic. My pick of the litter — the only minute-long spot, the others being 30 seconds long — is embedded above, but it’s a playlist, so […] »
- Vadim Rizov
Gap is going big this year when it comes to its ad campaigns. After landing David Fincher to direct some spots released this summer, now they've snagged Sofia Coppola for their Christmas holiday promos, and they're decent enough. Running with the tagline "you don't have to get them to give them Gap," the spots are simple, highlighting various family gatherings, where you might not always understand the quirks of your relatives, but love them anyway. "We wanted the campaign, and the films in particular, to focus on the best part of the season —family and friends," said Seth Farbman, Gap's global chief marketing officer (via Adweek) While the holidays look different in every home across the country, Sofia has brilliantly translated Gap's snapshots of these authentic family characters to the screen. Our aim was to create a campaign that would be very warm, very honest and very Gap. And even »
- Kevin Jagernauth
If it's someone you would peg with getting the assignment to direct a quartet of heartwarming holiday ads, chances are your mind wouldn't immediately leap to Sofia Coppola, the Coppola daughter responsible for such wonderful (if somewhat gloomy) films as "Lost in Translation," "The Virgin Suicides," and, most recently, "The Bling Ring." But, defying convention, Coppola has authored four spots for the mall staple (seriously - if the Gap ever goes out of business, will there even be malls anymore?) and they are all super charming and wonderful.
The ads are only tangentially holiday-related (those sweaters), the best of which features a little kid lip-syncing to an old chestnut. It perfectly figures into the new ad campaign, which is, "You don't have to get him/her/them, to get him/her/them Gap." Coppola, of course, follows in the footsteps of fellow American auteur David Fincher, who helmed a series »
- Drew Taylor
Zoe Saldana knows how to play ass-kicking, universe-saving, unusually colorful heroes like Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, Neytiri in Avatar, and Uhura in Star Trek. But for her new AOL web series, Saldana turned the camera on everyday people who play the role of the hero. In My Hero, which debuted yesterday, Saldana and some of her fellow celebrities—including Julianne Hough, Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos—pay tribute to the people they cherish via short, touching vignettes. "People are generally very grateful to the people around them that keep them together, that supported them, that encouraged them to »
- Carolyn Todd
Multiple reports surfaced Friday that Warner Bros. was angling for a female filmmaker to direct Gal Gadot in “Wonder Woman,” which is slated for 2017. The obvious choice might be Kathryn Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty”), as she's the only woman to ever win a directing Oscar, but she's far from the only qualified candidate. See photos: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Other named contenders include Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Julie Taymor (“Frida”), Mimi Leder (“Deep Impact”) or Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”). But what about “Lost in Translation” auteur Sofia Coppola or “Clueless” director Amy Heckerling? They, »
- Travis Reilly
Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir
Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly Reichardt’s 2013 title Night Moves) after its premiere at Sundance and snagging Elle Fanning a Best Actress award at the Karlovy Film Festival, Low Down is otherwise a rather unremarkable treatment of a slipping down life, bright lights dimmed by the self-induced depravity of drugs and alcohol. Told from the perspective of the teenage daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany, the film is the first time feature from Jeff Preiss, heretofore a music video director (Mariah Carey’s “Emotions”) and a documentary cinematographer. Perhaps this explains why much of the film feels concerned with superficial detailing of a vintage time and era rather than it does as a chapter in a young woman’s life growing up with troubled yet notable parental figures.
In 1974 Hollywood, »
- Nicholas Bell
If Bill Murray isn't part of your holiday traditions already, he is now.
If Bill Murray isn't part of your holiday traditions already, he is now.
In addition to his 1988 film Scrooged that has become a must-watch movie in the month of December, Murray disclosed on Wednesday's The Ellen DeGeneres Show that he's also planning on doing a Christmas special with Lost In Translation director Sofia Coppola -- but he could have shown a bit more enthusiasm when promoting the project.
"Well, I guess you said it on TV -- that’s not helping me," Murray told the daytime host after she asked about the reports that he was doing a special. "It’s kind of a nice, it was sort of [Sophia's] idea and I think we’ll have to do it. I guess we’ll have to do it."
Video: Bill Murray Dances to 'Turn Down For What?'
When DeGeneres digs for more details from the »
Bill Murray has heard of Tinder, but doesn't really need it, which makes total sense, because he's one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. The “St. Vincent” star stopped by “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday and talked about the online dating app that he finds “amusing.” Also read: ‘St. Vincent’ Review: Bill Murray Wallows in Feel-Good Clichés “I think it could be amusing, but I can't imagine doing it,” Murray said. “I feel like I have lived that life and I can live that life any moment.” See video: Bill Murray Talks Christmas Special With Sofia Coppola: »
- Greg Gilman
Tokyo — Disney Animation’s “Big Hero 6” got a very Japanese send-off Wednesday at an event on the eve of the film’s world premiere as the opening night movie of the Tokyo International Film Festival.
The well-attended event was carefully stage-managed and, aside from a little spontaneity, there was little chance of anything being lost.
Photographers snapped when they were told to and halted exactly when directed. A coterie of black-clad assistants proffered microphones on bended knees, and a pair of on-stage interpreters never fluffed a line.
“Big Hero 6” is set in a fictional San Fransokyo – a mash up of San Francisco and Tokyo – and co-directors Don Hall and Chris Williams fell over themselves to pay repeated tribute to their long-standing appreciation of Japanese animation icon Hayao Miyazaki, »
- Patrick Frater
Bill Murray is doing a Christmas special with Sofia Coppola, though to hear him talk about it with Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday's show, he's become reluctant about the whole thing. In his classic deadpan style, Murray proved he wasn't going to make it easy for DeGeneres to get any information out of him. When she asked him if the special was happening, he said, “Well, I guess you said it on TV — that's not helping me.” See photos: 10 of David Letterman's Most Memorable Guests He did finally explain their approach to the special, which they intend to film in a club. »
- Jason Hughes
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