18 items from 2012
It was a Coppola family affair at the Los Angeles premiere of Four Stories, a short film series sponsored by and featuring W Hotels and Intel Ultrabooks. Roman Coppola curated. Jason Schwartzman and Robert Schwartzman starred in two of the films. And Talia Shire turned out to support her sons and nephew.
Die Again, Undead One is Roman Coppola’s bonus contribution to the slate. It’s part Coppola just having fun with the idea of Hollywood, B-movies, and his cousin (Schwartzman), and part plug for A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swann III (in theaters February 8).
But the »
- Lindsey Bahr
Today we have the trailer for "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III," starring Charlie Sheen, Bill Murray, Jason Schwartman, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza and Patricia Arquette. Check it out below. Plot: Swan (Sheen) is a famous graphic designer who has a charmed life that begins to fall apart when girlfriend Ivana abruptly ends their romance. Swan turns to his fellow travelers Kirby (Schwartzman), Saul (Murray) and sister Izzy (Arquette) when things become difficult. The new movie is written and directed by Roman Coppola, who is the son of Francis Ford Coppola, brother of Sofia Coppola, nephew of Talia Shire and cousin of Nicolas Cage and Schwartzman. It's set to hit theaters on February 8th, 2013, likely in limited release. Trailer: »
They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis: The Maine woods are under attack from corporate profiteers, but when people start showing up dead the suspects range from rogue bears to radical environmentalists to ornery Injuns. Dr. Rob (Robert Foxworth) and his wife (Talia Shire) head to the area to investigate a local lumber company accused of polluting the nearby rivers, and they find a connection between man’s disregard of the environment, some strange aberrations amidst the wildlife and the vicious mutilation deaths. Killer Scene: A father and his two children hike into the woods to camp under the stars, but »
- Rob Hunter
Despite being born into industry royalty — his mother is "Rocky" star Talia Shire, his uncle is iconic director Francis Ford Coppola, his cousin is Nicolas Cage, etc. etc. — Schwartzman had no plans to embrace the family business until Anderson cast him in the lead role of "Rushmore."
It was the start of a prolific career and a long-lasting relationship with Anderson; their fourth feature film collaboration, "Moonrise Kingdom," comes out on Blu-ray tomorrow, 14 years after their first. So if you're a fan of the actor like we are, you can thank Anderson. Jason Schwartzman certainly does.
Wes Anderson obviously has an established — though growing — pool of actors he casts in his movies. Is that a function of pure admiration for the people he's worked with, or is »
- Brooke Tarnoff
With all the fanfare of James Bond's Golden Anniversary, it's been easy to overlook the fact that this year also marks the 40th anniversary of one of cinema's greatest achievements: Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather. In celebration of the occasion, Insight Editions has released The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives, an incredibly detailed tome containing never-before seen stills and production materials, insightful anecdotes and rare, removable memorabilia from all three Godfather films. It's an offer you can't refuse…
Video: Pacino, Walken & Arkin Mix It Up as Stand Up Guys
"I think it's a film that in one way suggests the great days of Hollywood, like Casablanca, that really endured from that period," film historian Peter Cowie, author of The Godfather: The Official Motion Picture Archives, tells Et. "At the same time it is timeless. It's as modern as yesterday's crime … and it has an almost mythical quality, like [link=tt »
About a year ago, we reported that Charlie Sheen signed onto star in "A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charlie Swan III." And today we have the first official photos of Sheen, Jason Schwartzman and Bill Murray. Check them out below. In a plotline that seems to intersect with some of Sheen's real-life persona, "Glimpse" follows a successful graphic designer whose girlfriend breaks up with him and causes his life to head into a downward spiral. The new movie is written and directed by Roman Coppola, who is the son of Francis Ford Coppola, brother of Sofia Coppola, nephew of Talia Shire and cousin of Nicolas Cage and Schwartzman. It co-stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza, and Patricia Arquette, and is set to hit theaters in February of 2013. Photos: (click to enlarge) »
(This article should be avoided by anybody not caught up with the most recent finales of Breaking Bad and Mad Men)
One of the bonus pleasures of watching a great show the night it airs is the great conversations on the Internet in the aftermath. It is tremendous fun to go online immediately after the conclusion of Breaking Bad or Mad Men to react to and discuss the episode’s events or to theorize about what happens next. These discussions can provoke new perspectives or reveal complex meanings and connections not obvious on first viewing. The fans of these shows frequently reveal themselves to be intelligent, insightful and willing to engage intense, troubling dramas on intellectual and emotional levels.
Except for when it comes to the protagonists’ wives.
Yep, turns out that while many viewers have no problems following (or even rooting for) philanders, pathological liars, murderers, drug dealers, rapists and all-around toxic human beings, »
- Brendan Foley
On TV this Tuesday: Deadliest Catch pulls up its nets, White Collar’s Neal keeps Peter on the trail of a very elusive criminal, Glee Project learns “the show must go on” and The Godfather Legacy hopes that your first child is a masculine child. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features, linked within, here are nine programs to look out for tonight.
8 pm Deadliest Catch (Discovery) | Season 8 of the fish-for-your-life unscripted drama is drawing to a close, but no need to get crabby: After the two-hour finale, in which a veteran deckhand makes a terrible mistake, stick around »
- Kimberly Roots
Slyvester Stallone’s story has become Hollywood legend. His rise to prominence from someone struggling in the doldrums in his chosen profession mirrored that of his star-making creation, Rocky. Sly’s insistence to take the lead role himself, for his script, despite having no money (and substantial offers for said script) paid off and the rest is history. Sly’s brilliant performance as Rocky promised a lot from him as an actor. His career though took different route and he became part of a breakout new wave of macho action men in the 80s. It was fantastical, flag waving, fist pumping, and a move away from the Westerns of the 60s, and the gritty crime thrillers of the 70s. Beefy bad-asses with a dislike for wearing »
By Allen Gardner
The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion) Director Hiroshi Inagaki’s sprawling epic filmed from 1954-56 is an early Japanese Technicolor masterpiece, rivaling the scope of filmmakers like David Lean and Luchino Visconti. Toshiro Mifune, Japan’s greatest actor, stars as real-life swordsman, artist and writer Musashi Miyamoto, following his growth from callow youth to disciplined warrior. The three films: the Oscar winning “Musashi Miyamoto,” “Duel at Ichijoji Temple,” and “Duel at Ganryu Island” are an incredible story of human growth, tender love and sublime, blood-soaked action. Not to be missed. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson; Trailers. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.
The 39 Steps (Criterion) Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 story of spies, conspiracies and sexual tension put him on the map on both sides of the Pond. Robert Donat stars as an innocent thrust into a deadly plot alongside a cool blonde (Madeleine Carroll »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Jason, you've been quite busy this past year, so its time for a break by celebrating your birthday! Jason Schwartzman, you come from a family of cinematic greatness with your mother Talia Shire, uncle Francis Ford Coppola, and cousin Nicolas Cage. But you still made a name for yourself starring in films like The Darjeeling Limited and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as well as starring on the TV show Bored to Death. We wish you the best in all your success! Happy birthday, Jason Schwartzman! As the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola and cousin of Nicolas Cage, it seems your bloodline runs straight through the land of cinematic stardom. Your Neptune-Moon conjunction foretells of someone fascinated by beauty who would naturally gravitate toward the visual arts. Most memorable in the title role in 'Rushmore,' you've blazed new paths and taken on everything from King Louis the XVI »
- HL Staff
The Moonrise Kingdom star tells all about his acting break, his taste in cassettes and his favourite film of the 70s
You've worked with Wes Anderson many times, do you feel like a staple element of his films?
Oh no, Bill Murray is the staple. And the stapler. He's like the King of Staples. Wes and I are close friends and he's technically a mentor to me. He gave me my first ever acting job on Rushmore when I was 17, so I kind of owe everything to that. But I'm always surprised if he calls me to say there's a part for me in his new film.
How long did you give to Moonrise Kingdom?
Er, three days. Which doesn't sound very much, but I didn't want to go home after. He's got so good at establishing this vibe on set. It's much more efficient than when we started, very nimble and agile. »
- Jason Solomons
Former Rooney frontman Robert Schwartzman is breaking out as a solo artist, and with a little help from his famous bloodline (and an undeniably catchy tune), the 29-year-old’s latest music video is getting noticed. “Second Chances” is the lead single off Schwartzman’s independently released solo effort, Double Capricorn, available now via JasonSchwartzman.com. With the newly released music video that accompanies the track, Schwartzman enlists the help of a few familiar faces: Brother Jason Schwartzman and mother Talia Shire (nee Coppola). While Shire appeared once before in a Rooney music video, the new clip marks the first time
- Sophie A. Schillaci
One reason for the longevity of "The Godfather" over the past 40 years is that, behind its gangster plot, is a classic story of an American family, tracing its journey from immigration and poverty toward assimilation and success. In fact, it's not just the story of the Corleone family, but of the Coppola family as well. The movie feels like a personal glimpse into a family album, but it's director/co-screenwriter Francis Ford Coppola's family album as much as it is the fictional Michael Corleone's. True, the characters came from Mario Puzo's novel. But, on screen, Coppola not only invested them with details from his own family history, he even cast several members of his own family in the three movies, often in roles corresponding to their real-life relationships to him. Playing Michael's sister Connie was Francis' sister, Talia Shire. The director's father and mother, Carmine and Italia Coppola, »
- Gary Susman
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
The Godfather: Part II, 1974.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
After watching The Godfather you simply must grab The Godfather: Part II and continue the story. The film consists of two parallel narratives running side by side as we follow Michael (Pacino) and his leadership of the crime family following on from the first film, but also the prequel to the first film and follows the young Vito Corleone (De Niro) as he arrives in America as an immigrant and builds his empire.
Following on from where the first film finished Michael moved the family out to Nevada and began work in the gambling industry of Las Vegas in order to make the family legitimate, »
D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...
The Godfather, 1972.
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola.
The Godfather is the epic crime film that chronicles the Corleone crime family from 1945 to 1955 as leadership passes from Don Corleone (Brando) to his son Michael (Pacino). The film won Oscars for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as being hailed as one of the greatest films of all time.
The film follows the story of the Corleone family from the return home of war veteran Michael for his sister Connie’s wedding. Arriving with his girlfriend Kay (Keaton), the brightest of Don Corleone’s sons explains that he doesn’t want to be a part of family business. As »
It still provides a chuckle
The history of The Academy Awards is littered with strange and inexplicable happenings: Revealed shortcomings, spontaneous pushups, "The winner is Paul Newman," Sandahl Bergman's interpretive dance to "Eye Of The Tiger" (admittedly, one of the highlights of my life).
And of course ... Snow White rolling on the river.
But aside from the odd ceremony moments, and the fashion drama on the red carpet, it's the Oscar errors in judgment that we remember the most.
A few weeks ago we discussed the Oscar nomination Sins Of Omission, so let's now take a look at the performers who actually won, and how The Academy still blew it.
The 2005 nominees for Best Actor were:
David Strathairn in Good Night and Good Luck
Terrence Howard in Hustle & Flow
And The Oscar Went »
Pseudonyms, aliases and stage names are a necessary part of showbiz - especially during those early Hollywood days when budding actors wandered to its gates, their names a concoction of various nationalities, their parents first generation immigrants from Italy, Germany and Ireland.
The trick is no less fashionable today, but it appears as though those who have changed their names have seen their image shaped by it. Of course, one could argue that the name is influenced and charged with meaning by the image, making it impossible to shake certain actors in our minds from the film genres they tend to inhabit. Yet the examples below tend towards it all starting with the name - a new identity - for the actor to carve out their place in cinema...
Martin Sheen – Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez (August 3rd, 1940)
Ramón Antonio Gerardo Estévez was born to a Spanish father, Francisco Estévez, and an Irish mother, »
- Chris Villeneuve
18 items from 2012
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