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The 45th Anniversary of The Godfather: 10 Facts You Can’t Refuse

The 45th Anniversary of The Godfather: 10 Facts You Can’t RefuseThe 45th Anniversary of The Godfather: 10 Facts You Can’t RefuseKurt Anthony6/2/2017 11:20:00 Am


2017 marks The Godfather’s 45th anniversary, and we’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.

The Godfather made its theatrical debut in New York City on March 15, 1972 and…bada bing! Francis Ford Coppola’s mob masterpiece was an instant success. The highest grossing film of 1972, The Godfather went on to earn over $245M worldwide, spawned two sequels (The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III) and is often referred to as one of the greatest films of all time.

Now, you just scroll down the page and enjoy yourself, and, uh, forget about all this nonsense. We want you to leave it all to us.

Leave the gun, and take these ten killer facts about The Godfather.
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The 45th Anniversary of The Godfather: 10 Facts You Can’t Refuse

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The 45th Anniversary of The Godfather: 10 Facts You Can’t RefuseThe 45th Anniversary of The Godfather: 10 Facts You Can’t RefuseKurt Anthony3/15/2017 10:58:00 Am


You’ve come here, on the day of The Godfather’s 45th anniversary, and we’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse.

The Godfather made its theatrical debut in New York City on March 15, 1972 and…bada bing! Francis Ford Coppola’s mob masterpiece was an instant success. The highest grossing film of 1972, The Godfather went on to earn over $245M worldwide, spawned two sequels (The Godfather Part II and The Godfather Part III) and is often referred to as one of the greatest films of all time.

Now, you just scroll down the page and enjoy yourself, and, uh, forget about all this nonsense. We want you to leave it all to us.

Leave the gun, and take
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Exclusive: From 'Mozart' to 'Dreamland,' How Music Influences the Coppola Family

Exclusive: From 'Mozart' to 'Dreamland,' How Music Influences the Coppola Family
When it comes to the Coppola family, there’s no shortage of talent. From composer and patriarch Carmine Coppola to his son, director Francis Ford Coppola, and various grandchildren, filmmakers Sofia and Roman Coppola, Jason and Robert Schwartzman and actor Nicolas Cage (né Coppola), and even the youngest generation, including musician Weston Coppola Cage and filmmaker Gia Coppola. The family has earned over 20 Academy Award nominations and nine wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score.

While talent certainly bonds them, it’s the music in their genes that unites them. “We come from a musical family,” Roman Coppola tells Et, referring to his late grandfather, Carmine Coppola, an Oscar-winning composer and flautist, and his great uncle, composer and conductor Anton Coppola, who at 99 years old is actively preparing a new concert for March of 2017. “We have a rich history of music being a tradition in our family,” which extends
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The Black Stallion

It was a winner right out of the starting gate, an instant classic that's still a pleasure for the eyes and ears. Carroll Ballard and Caleb Deschanel's marvel of a storybook movie has yet to be surpassed, with a boy-horse story that seems to be taking place in The Garden of Eden. The Black Stallion Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 765 1979 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 117 min. / Street Date July 14, 2015 / 39.95 Starring Kelly Reno, Mickey Rooney, Teri Garr, Clarence Muse, Hoyt Axton, Michael Higgins, Ed McNamara, Doghmi Larbi, John Karlsen, Leopoldo Trieste, Marne Maitland, Cass-Olé. Cinematography Caleb Deschanel Film Editor Robert Dalva Supervising Sound Editor Alan Splet Original Music Carmine Coppola Written by Melissa Mathison, Jeanne Rosenberg, William D. Wittliff from the novel by Walter Farley Produced by Fred Roos, Tom Sternberg Directed by Carroll Ballard

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Francis Coppola divided audiences with his war epic Apocalypse Now, but in the same
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Nicolas Cage: The Hollywood Flashback Interview

It was August, 2005. I knocked on the double door at the Four Seasons. It opened almost immediately. "Hi, I'm Nic," he said, hand outstretched. Nicolas Cage wasn't who I expected him to be. Like all actors, he was smaller and trimmer in person than he appeared on-screen. Neatly dressed in an Armani suit, Cage also displayed none of the manic fervor in real life as had become his signature on-screen. He was thoughtful, well-spoken and incredibly literate in all seven arts. It's an infrequent experience that you leave an interview feeling you've just met someone that you could hang out with regularly, but I got that with Nic Cage, in spades. He was endlessly fascinating, but also kind of a regular guy. Another of my favorite chats I count myself lucky to have been part of.

Nicolas Cage: Lord Of The Nerds


Alex Simon

It’s an inevitable
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The Criterion Collection announces June Blu-ray releases

The Criterion Collection has announced its new release line-up for June with five new titles set for a Blu-ray release in June.

On July 7, it will release Robert Siodmak’s The Killers (1946) and Don Siegel’s The Killers (1964). On July 14, it will release Alain ResnaisHiroshima mon amour, Jan Troell’s Here’s Your Life, and Carroll Ballard’s The Black Stallion. And on July 21, it will release Stephen FrearsMy Beautiful Laundrette and Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom.

The Killers

Ernest Hemingway’s simple but gripping short tale The Killers is a model of economical storytelling. Two directors adapted it into unforgettably virile features: Robert Siodmak, in a 1946 film that helped define the noir style and launch the acting careers of Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner; and Don Siegel, in a brutal 1964 version, starring Lee Marvin, Angie Dickinson, and John Cassavetes, that was intended for television but deemed too
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Couple of Coppolas, Gael García Bernal, and 'Mozart in the Jungle'

Get ready to unwrap a very special present this holiday season when the much-anticipated new series, Mozart in the Jungle, launches December 23rd.

Based on the memoir by New York Symphony musician Blair Tindall, Mozart in the Jungle: Sex, Drugs, and Classical Music, the original series was created by cousins Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman, whose grandfather, Carmine Coppola, was a flautist and an orchestra conductor before he went on to compose music for his son’s films — including the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now.

Growing up surrounded by musicians and performers, the Coppola cousins embraced Mozart as an opportunity to shine the spotlight on the upstairs-downstairs lives of world class musicians. Through the eyes of a young oboist named Hailey (Gone Girl's Lola Kirke) and brash new maestro, Rodrigo (Motorcycle Diaries’ Gael García Bernal), we get to see the glamour and grit, the excitement and the struggle,
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Melissa McCarthy, Jenny McCarthy and Other Celeb Cousins You Never Knew Were Related

Melissa McCarthy, Jenny McCarthy and Other Celeb Cousins You Never Knew Were Related
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
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10 Directors Who Somehow Made 3 (Or More) Masterpieces In A Row

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
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If the film is remade, it's not a 'classic'

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb...

In an article praising Paul Verhoeven’s original RoboCop, Tim Robey writes…

"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."

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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.
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Music in Film: Shirley Walker

Feature Ivan Radford 31 Jul 2013 - 06:22

The work of one of cinema's unsung talents, Shirley Walker, comes under the spotlight in this week's Music in Film...

When I started this soundtrack column, I knew I wanted to talk about some of the most overlooked people in the soundtrack industry: female composers.

Not dissimilar to directing, there are surprisingly few females compared to the number of men in the scoring field, but they’ve done some superb work. Les Mis wouldn’t have happened without Anne Dudley's additional music, Never Let Me Go’s gentle tragedy stemmed in a large part from Rachel Portman, while Lisa Gerrard co-wrote arguably the most influential score of modern times: Gladiator. Lisa won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe for her work with Hans Zimmer. The Oscars, on the other hand, only nominated Hans.

But it’s impossible not to start with the one
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After Earth: keeping it in the family

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,
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10 Best Movies To Receive No Oscar Nominations

Oscar buzz is inevitable every year, usually around the holidays. But when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) announces the nominations, lots of people are left unsatisfied with snubs. At this year’s show, the biggest snub was arguably Ben Affleck for “Argo” in the directing category, despite the film winning for Best Picture. But then there are omissions, films that are not recognized by the Academy at all.

Nominations alone are honorable for filmmakers and studios. It’s something to put on a resume, and it’s highly marketable. Posters and Blu-Ray/DVD box covers with accolades like “5 Academy Award Nominations including Best Picture” will catch the attention and possibly hook the mouth of the average moviegoer. The way I see it, there are two ways of ranking the titles; worthiness of a specific category, or the movies themselves. I’m going with a third option: alphabetical.
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85th Academy Award Nominations – Lincoln Leads With 12 Nods

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.

Let.s get right to it. Steven Spielberg.s Lincoln scored the most nominations with 12, followed by Life of Pi with 11, and Les Misérables and Silver Linings Playbook at 8 apiece.

The nominees for best motion picture of the year are:

Amour” Nominees to be determined “ArgoGrant Heslov, Ben Affleck and George Clooney, Producers “Beasts of the Southern WildDan Janvey, Josh Penn and Michael Gottwald,
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The Return of Abel Gance's "Napoleon"

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"The cinema event of a lifetime," promises that trailer up there. No doubt. It's an event we've been banging the drum for the past couple of weeks — see, first and foremost, Adrian Curry's marvelous collection of posters.

Today and tomorrow, and then again next Saturday and Sunday, the San Francisco Silent Film Festival will present the latest restoration of Abel Gance's epic Napoleon (1927) at the grand Paramount Theater in Oakland. Historian Kevin Brownlow, who's devoted much of his life to reconstructing the original version, has overseen this newest 330-minute version. The original original is believed to have run for nine hours when it first screened in Paris over two days before it was cut down to varying lengths for domestic and international distribution. As Manohla Dargis notes in her must-read piece for the New York Times, MGM cut one of the shortest for the Us: 70 minutes, "a butchering that
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Great dynasties of the world: The Coppolas

Ian Sansom on a clan inextricably linked to the Godfather films

As director and writer of The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish, The Cotton Club, Peggy Sue Got Married, and a dozen or so other films, Francis Ford Coppola personifies a particular era in American movie history. According to his biographer, Peter Cowie, he has "passed into myth". "He fascinates the movie industry," writes Cowie in Coppola, "as much by the flamboyance of failure as by the occasional magnitude of his success." He fascinates, too, because of his family.

Coppola is an old-fashioned family man, a classic paterfamilias – the founder and owner of the family estate. (He runs an actual estate, a winery, in California). His wife Eleanor – a set designer and artist and "certainly no archetypal mamma mia", in Cowie's words – has said of her husband: "He is radical and innovative in his work, but not in his family life.
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Ten Things About... Nicolas Cage

Ten Things About... Nicolas Cage
His films are hit-and-miss with the critics but Nicolas Cage is undoubtedly one of the most successful Hollywood actors in the business today. With an Academy Award under his belt and having starred in over 70 movies, he's a well-known public figure, but there is more to Nicolas than meets the eye. Keep reading for ten quickfire facts about Mr Cage. 1. Nicolas Cage, born Nicolas Kim Coppola, was born on January 7, 1964 to parents August and Joy. He comes from a family of celebrities including his composer grandfather Carmine Coppola, his actress grandmother Italia Pennino and his director uncle Francis Ford Coppola, while his two brothers are Christopher Coppola, a director, and Marc 'The Cope' Coppola, a New York radio personality. 2. He changed his name from Coppola to Cage in the early stages of his career to avoid association with his already famous uncle. (more)
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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 3)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.

“The success of The Godfather [1972] went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart [1982] suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas,
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[DVD Review] Tetro

Following a spiritual retirement and a withdrawal from the studio system he once reigned (though never loved), Francis Ford Coppola made a return a few years back, determined to make a return to the kind of personal, wayfaring dramas of his youth, before The Godfather propelled him to mastering big-scale storytelling.

Tetro, unlike his first try from 2007, the enigmatic and relatively experimental Youth Without Youth, is a more straightforward affair. A tale of a troubled dynasty that pits a tortured soul, his estranged brother, and memories of a malevolent genius of a father. It takes the kind of heightened melodrama Coppola was fond of in his earlier films (Rain People comes to mind) and the brooding brotherhood of Rumble Fish (not to mention the black-and-white presentation) and creates this vaguely personal story about living under your father's shadow.

In the slightly seedy, stubbornly artsy world of Buenos Aires' theater world,
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Nicolas Cage: The Hollywood Interview

Nicolas Cage: Bad To The Bone


Alex Simon

It’s an inevitable event in every accomplished artist’s life: if you go back on the timeline of their existence and stop in adolescence, almost all of our greatest actors, writers, filmmakers, musicians and painters went through tumultuous, tortured teenage years, often scorned, almost universally ridiculed by their peers and elders alike for the cardinal sin of being “weird.” Most people run from their inner nerd as they grow into adulthood, masking it behind toned muscle, fine clothing and the right haircut, struggling to be that cool guy or gal whom we knew had all the answers and the clearest skin back when such things started to be de rigeur in our lives (and if you live in Southern California, continue to be).

Nicolas Cage is that rare movie star who not only never seemed to care if he was cool,
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