17 items from 2014
Back in the summer of 2013, we heard that MGM was developing a Rocky spin-off called Creed that would focus on the grandson of Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers from the original film franchise) as he follows his natural instinct and talent to get into the boxing ring with champ Rocky Balboa as his mentor. Fruitvale Station director Ryan Coogler and his star Michael B. Jordan were brought aboard the film, and Sylvester Stallone was even going to reprise his role as Rocky. Well, believe it or not, that project is still happening, and Deadline reports they've just landed Dear White People star Tessa Thompson in a role. Thompson will take the female lead in the film, which will likely be akin to the Adrian role played by Talia Shire. The actress showed great potential in her breakthrough performances in the aforementioned provocative, racial satire, a role which actually won her the Gotham Award for Breakthrough Actor. »
- Ethan Anderton
What's even better than buying Don Corleone's coat? Buying the house where the iconic 1972 movie The Godfather was filmed. The estate featured in the film is back on the market for $2.89 million through Staten Island-based Connie Profaci Realty. The 6,248-square-foot mansion, which sits on a 24,000-square-foot open expanse, provided the backdrop to a number of memorable scenes for the Corleone clan. Most notably, the lavish Sicilian-style wedding of Connie Corleone, played by Talia Shire, was filmed outside the house, and the backyard (where there's now a pool) is where Don Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, died of a heart attack while playing with his grandson. »
- Aurelie Corinthios, @acorinthios
What's even better than buying Don Corleone's coat? Buying the house where the iconic 1972 movie The Godfather was filmed. The estate featured in the film is back on the market for $2.89 million through Staten Island-based Connie Profaci Realty. The 6,248-square-foot mansion, which sits on a 2,400-square-foot open expanse, provided the backdrop to a number of memorable scenes for the Corleone clan. Most notably, the lavish Sicilian-style wedding of Connie Corleone, played by Talia Shire, was filmed outside the house, and the backyard (where there's now a pool) is where Don Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, died of a heart attack while playing with his grandson. »
- Aurelie Corinthios
The mansion that stood in for the Corleone family home in "The Godfather" is up for sale, though based on how much cash you're willing to spend, it may or may not be an offer you can't refuse.
According to The Guardian, the Staten Island, New York home is selling for just under $3 million, though the sprawling property -- and place in film history -- seem to make it worth the hefty pricetag. The listing boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two offices, and four garages, along with a saltwater pool in the backyard. And according to a real estate agent, the house's kitchen is "to die for."
That seems appropriate, since the home was the headquarters of a mob family. Though its interior was not used for filming, it was in the background of a number of scenes, including the wedding of daughter Connie Corleone (Talia Shire).
While some film »
- Katie Roberts
Chicago – Jason Schwartzman likes to portray writers – he was one in his HBO series “Bored to Death” – and he portrays one in his latest film, “Listen Up Philip.” He also has played many characters in director Wes Anderson’s universe, and did a fantastic turn as composer Richard M. Sherman in last year’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
The laconic and dryly witty Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, the son of actress Talia Shire (Adrian in “Rocky” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s sister) and producer Jack Schwartzman. He was discovered at age 17 by director Anderson, when he starred in the cult epic, “Rushmore” (1998). He has continued in the Anderson acting company, also starring in “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for the director. He’s also done memorable work in “I Heart Huckabees,” “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
If you're like us, you can't wait for the first day of every month, because you know that Netflix is going to add a ton of new movies and TV shows. You refresh your account over and over again at midnight, hoping that those titles listed in the "Recently Added" section update with something new and exciting rather than the same ol' titles you've been staring at for the last four weeks.
Well, lo and behold, we've gathered the most exciting movies and TV shows being added to America's most popular streaming service, straight from Netflix themselves.
"Rocky" fans will be pumped to know that the first five boxing flicks (sorry, "Rocky Balboa" fans) will be added August 1, joining other '70s, '80s, and '90s movie favorites "Face/Off" (slow-motion doves!), "Mad Max" (apocalyptic leather!), "Spice World" (spice up your life!), "The Birdcage" (Calista Flockhart was in this, »
- Tim Hayne
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
Last week, EW published The 55 Essential Movies Kids Must Experience (Before Turning 13). Predictably, given that we published a post on the Internet whose headline contained a concrete number and the word “essential,” we got some impassioned feedback from readers—many of whom were eager to suggest additional great movies kids should see that we’d left out.
As we noted last week, “This isn’t a list of the 55 ‘best’ kids movies, nor a compendium of hidden gems. Rather, it’s a survival-guide syllabus of films that we all need to know to be able to speak the same pop-cultural language. »
- EW staff
Paramount Home Media Distribution released the mafia classic The Godfather: Part III on Blu-ray, director Francis Ford Coppola's epic conclusion to his critically-acclaimed trilogy. Al Pacino reprises his role from The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, both of which won Best Picture, as Michael Corleone, who tries to find a successor for his criminal empire while freeing his family from this lifestyle. We have a contest lined up where our readers can take home this gangster classic to add to your collection. These prizes will be gone in a heartbeat, so take a look at how you can win today.
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As good as some directors are, it’s really difficult to maintain a level of quality over the course of several films. Even the best directors seem to have one or two stinkers in between their classics. For example, during the six year span from 1993 to 1998, Steven Spielberg made Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, Amistad, Saving Private Ryan… and then The Lost World: Jurassic Park is right there in the middle, to muck it all up. Yes, the culprit often involves a director making a sequel to one of their previous films, which inevitably brings down their entire filmography.
But sometimes the stars align and directors get on a really good streak, churning out masterpiece upon masterpiece. It’s impressive enough for filmmakers to have five amazing movies to their name over the span of a twenty year career, but it’s another thing entirely when you come across one »
- Audrey Fox
"Palo Alto," the impressive debut of 27-year-old filmmaker Gia Coppola, has been playing the festival circuit, from Venice and Telluride to Toronto, Tribeca and San Francisco, where grandfather Francis turned out. Tribeca Film is releasing the film May 9. 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 ("American Horror Story," daughter of Eric and niece of Julia), who holds the screen, and debuting actor Jack Kilmer, son of Val. (His father has a distracting cameo, along with Gia's mother Jacqui Getty, who raised Gia after her father Gian-Carlo died »
- Anne Thompson
Written and directed by Gia Coppola
Regardless of the actual quality of Palo Alto, there’s likely to be some backlash against it similar to the one described here with respect to the television series Girls. Palo Alto writer/director Gia Coppola is Francis Ford Coppola’s granddaughter. The leads are played by Emma Roberts (Eric’s daughter/Julia’s niece) and Jack Kilmer (Val’s son). Val Kilmer himself is in a small role. Janet Jones-Gretzky and her daughter also have small roles, as does Talia Shire (Francis Ford Coppola’s sister). A number of Coppolas can be seen amongst the various crew. Palo Alto may not be strong enough to overcome that backlash, but it’s got more than a few moments that indicate a bright future for Gia Coppola.
Roberts’ April is a popular enough girl in her Palo Alto high school, but she »
- Mark Young
In the very opening scene of Rocky (1976, costume designer Robert Cambel), we see the title character in the ring, bare chested, hands encased in boxing gloves, the picture of sporting violence and masculinity. But this is no more than a surface assumption. Not two minutes later, we see Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) shrug on his faded brown towelling dressing gown, with “The Italian Stallion” embroidered on the back, and things start to shift. This is not a macho film concerned with the fight alone, but an exploration of masculinity in all its guises – the assumptions, the pretence and the reality. Clothes play an important part in this, both as items we believe the characters select for themselves on a daily basis, and as literal costumes chosen for performance in the ‘show’ of the boxing ring.
The aforementioned dressing gown is perfect in that it’s reminiscent of the flashy boxing stereotype, »
- Lord Christopher Laverty
Undoubtedly one of the biggest -- and unique -- actors of his generation, Nicolas Cage got his start in 1982's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" in a part so small if you blink you'd miss it. Then, after changing his name from Coppola to Cage, the actor's career took off and he's been a leading man ever since.
This week, Cage stars in David Gordon Green's "Joe," as a hot-tempered, but protective ex-con in a role that has critics raving about the actor's restrained performance. Whether or not you're a fan of the intense star, there's no denying he's a cinematic force to be reckoned with.
1. Born Nicolas Coppola, the actor chose Cage as his stage name to honor comic book superhero Luke Cage.
2. Inspired by Superman's birth name, »
- Moviefone Staff
Now it’s gettin’ good, right? This section of the list begins to get into the portion where “you’ve heard it before.” A number of the films below have been universally acclaimed for one reason or another, but the focus here is on the writing. Some are innovative, some are unexpected, and some completed changed the way films were written, creating a new style or sub-genre. After all, isn’t that what makes for good writing?
30. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.
Before he was one of the more recognizable directors in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino was a screenwriter just trying to make enough money to get the films he wanted to make off the ground. »
- Joshua Gaul
Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...
"RoboCop was a smash hit 27 years ago … And it has become an iconic touchstone of pulpy, provocative, giddily violent mainstream cinema, so much so that news of a remake – which reaches our screens this week – prompted widespread howls of dismay in the fan community, as if sacred ground was being trampled on."
Read the full article here.
Prompting these howls may be a sense of loss. The inevitable loss of credibility a film has when optioned for remake status. Watching The Godfather last night, I realised the film could never be remade. Of course, in the warped mind of a film studio perhaps we will see a foolhardy statement claiming the remake is under consideration, but it’ll never happen. Considering the purpose of remakes, I don’t believe The Godfather fits the bill. »
- Gary Collinson
Perception versus reality is a perpetual rivalry that comfortably overshadows the epic battles between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed. With Sylvester Stallone hobbling back into the boxing arena for his latest effort Grudge Match, now seems a fitting time to reexamine Rocky, the movie that propelled him to stardom in 1976, scored 10 Oscar nominations and became firmly embedded within the tapestry of modern culture. But almost four decades on, can it still land a knockout blow?
When one thinks of Rocky, an array of iconic moments, sounds and feelings are instantly evoked. The triumphant theme music; the fists furiously pounding animal carcasses in the meat freezer; the training montage that sees the Italian Stallion run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and punch the air. Then there are the desperate cries of "Adriaaaan" after the climactic fight, which to this day continues to cause countless sore throats as »
17 items from 2014
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