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'The Godfather': Francis Ford Coppola's Secret Family History

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,
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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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