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Reviews and acquisitions are heating up at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival, which kicked off yesterday. Three notable acquisitions titles debuted Thursday night: "Under the Skin," "Starred Up" and "Palo Alto." I saw the latter, the impressive debut of young filmmaker Gia Coppola (Francis Ford's granddaughter, born six months after her father Gio's accidental death) which will also play Venice and Toronto. Yet another dark high school drama in "Kids" mode centered on a group of teens with a penchant for finding trouble, "Palo Alto" is adapted from a book of short stories by James Franco, who produced and stars as the predatory coach of a girl's soccer team. Gia Coppola has a strong visual eye for telling details and handles her young stars well, among them a poised Emma Roberts, who holds the screen, and Jack Kilmer, son of Val, who also plays a distracting cameo, along with her mother Jacqui Getty, »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
James Franco's book has been made into a movie, courtesy of Francis Ford Coppola's granddaughter Gia Coppola. Marking Gia's feature debut as a writer and director, "Palo Alto" premiered at the Telluride Film Festival on August 29 -- and Vulture has released a sneak-peek trailer, featuring stars Franco and Emma Roberts.
"In every town," the trailer reads, "there are girls looking for love, boys looking for trouble, men looking for both." The movie concerns a series of intersecting micro-threads, with Franco playing a high school soccer coach who falls for one of his players (Roberts) and Nat Wolff and Jack Kilmer, whose father Val is also in the movie, co-starring as a couple of troubled kids.
The movie could be disjointed, especially considering it's based on a series of short stories, but visually it looks amazing -- and the music is by super-producer Dev Hynes (who produced Solange Knowles »
- Drew Taylor
Franco stars as a football coach in the film based on his own collection of short stories.
Written and directed by Gia Coppola in her feature debut, the movie centres around the lives of various people living in the California city.
Emma Roberts stars as a young soccer player receiving some inappropriate attention from her coach.
Franco debuted the first trailer for his film Child of God earlier in the week.
Palo Alto will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. »
The first trailer for Palo Alto has been released online. Based on a collection of short stories written by James Franco, the film revolves around the lives of a group of people in the titular California city, including a soccer coach (Franco), a teenage babysitter (Emma Roberts), and a pair of troubled kids (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff). Written and directed by Gia Coppola, the film certainly looks peculiar. Franco’s character strikes up a relationship with the younger Roberts, but it appears that she may also be involved with Jack Kilmer’s character. It’s tough to suss out much from this brief trailer, but the appearance of Val Kilmer (yes, Jack is his son) is a highlight. Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, Keegan Allen, Don Novello, and Talia Shire. Palo Alto will premiere at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend. »
- Adam Chitwood
Almost as old as Hollywood itself, nepotism has had the movie industry stitched up for decades and Will Smith's family are keeping up the tradition
Seriousfacing its way into cinemas this weekend, After Earth is the $130m father-son action movie that fans of slightly icky familial relationships have been waiting for. Set on a post-apocalyptic Earth 1,000 years after its abandonment by humankind, the film stars Will Smith and his real-life son Jaden Smith, has a story by Will Smith, and is produced by Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and her brother Caleeb Pinkett. And people say Hollywood is too incestuous.
The Smiths have been cultivating their showbiz dynasty for more than a decade now, ever since a four-year-old Jaden was cast in All Of Us, an autobiographical sitcom produced by his parents. (Layabout sibling Willow was a doddering six-year-old by the time her own acting career began). Still, »
- Charlie Lyne
Directed by Hal Needham
It’s going to take a lot more than skill for Cru Jones to conquer the toughest BMX challenge in the world. It’s going to take a miracle.
Rad, made three years after Nicole Kidman’s BMX Bandits, remains the most popular BMX film to date; which isn’t saying much since there have only been a handful of BMX films ever made. A product of the 80′s, Rad seems more interested in ramping up as much product placement as it could squeeze in, than in character development or plot – but longtime Stuntman-turned-director Hal Needham (Smokey and the Bandit, Cannonball Run) does the best he can with the script given to him. In fact, Rad fits so well into Needham’s oeuvre that it’s no wonder he offers a stunning opening 8 minute BMX montage and »
- Ricky da Conceição
Pope Movies (photo: Anthony Quinn in ‘The Shoes of the Fisherman’) [See previous post: "Pope Francis Movie in the Works?"] Now, do we need another Pope Movie? Well, actually there haven’t been that many. Most notable among the Pope Movies of decades past are Michael Anderson’s widely lambasted The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968), with Anthony Quinn as what one pundit called "Zorba the Pope," and Nanni Moretti’s widely acclaimed comedy-drama We Have a Pope, with Michel Piccoli as a cardinal who reluctantly is elected chief of the Catholic Church. Here are a few more: Rex Harrison hammed it up as Pope Julius II to Charlton Heston’s equally risible Michelangelo in Carol Reed’s The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965); Liv Ullmann played the title role in Michael Anderson’s critically massacred Pope Joan (1972), about the alleged medieval female pope; and Finlay Currie reverentially incarnated the official first pope, St. Peter, in Mervyn LeRoy’s dreary (and »
- Andre Soares
Producers today confirmed plans to bring a big-budget musical version of the Oscar-winning movie to Broadway in 2014. The show, conceived by Stallone himself (who earned an Oscar nomination for the screenplay in addition to starring in the film and five sequels), had a well-received world premiere last fall in Hamburg, Germany.
- Thom Geier
As we’ve just posted our essay about Meryl Streep’s Burberry trench coat in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979), it seems fitting we have a round up of the best coat related posts in the Clothes on Film archive. This is coats purely as outerwear too. So, even though lounge suit jackets are traditionally referred to as coats, here they stay as jackets. Likewise Victorian frock coats; that is a round up for another day. Click the image to read the article.
The plush fur-trimmed coat worn by Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins in 1920/30s set The Changeling (2008). Jolie referred to her costumes as “dolls’ clothes”, which is more costume designer Deborah Hopper’s unwavering commitment to the period than anything else.
Gwyneth Paltrow as middle class fashion icon Margot Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). That toffee coloured fur coat is by Fendi, real mink and will set you back around $4,000 – if you can find one. »
- Chris Laverty
When you're born into a family of filmmakers where everyone is involved in some aspect of the movie business, it's inevitable you'll follow suit, which has certainly been the case with Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, cousins within a family that includes Francis Ford Coppola (Roman's father), Sofia Coppola (his sister), Talia Shire (Jason's mom) and Nicholas Cage (cousins to both of them). With the famous family name of his father always hanging over him, Coppola directed music videos throughout the '90s as well as making the 2001 indie Cq , but in recent years he's become more known for the movies he co-wrote with Wes Anderson, 2007's Darjeeling Limited (co-written by Schwartzman) and the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom . As a teenager, »
Fun stuff to know about Thursday's Oscar nominations:
Golden Age: At 85 years old, Emmanuelle Riva of "Amour" is now the oldest best actress nominee, while 9-year-old Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" is the youngest in that category. The oldest nominee across all acting categories remains Gloria Stuart, who was 87 when she received a supporting actress nod for 1997's "Titanic," and the youngest is Justin Henry, who was 8 when he was nominated as supporting actor for 1979's "Kramer vs. Kramer."
Veterans Day: Nine of the nominees, including all of the supporting actor nominees, are previous winners: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field and Tommy Lee Jones of "Lincoln," Denzel Washington of "Flight," Alan Arkin of "Argo," Robert De Niro of "Silver Linings Playbook," Philip Seymour Hoffman of "The Master," Christoph Waltz of "Django Unchained" and Helen Hunt of "The Sessions." Jessica Chastain, up for "Zero Dark Thirty," is the »
Contributors: Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
It was a morning of Oscar surprises . both shocking and welcomed. Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards® were announced today (Thursday, January 10) by this year’s Oscar host (and nominee) Seth MacFarlane, and actress Emma Stone. Minus the usual podium, MacFarlane and Stone humorously unveiled the nominees at a 5:38 a.m. Pt live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Wamg and the various outlets were greeted with a golden breakfast, strong coffee and Jamba Juice.
The nominees for best motion picture of the year are:
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12 items from 2013
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