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The 41st annual Telluride Film Festival kicked off with a packed screening of Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now featuring Coppola, screenwriter John Milius (still recovering from his debilitating stroke but in great spirits), cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, producer Fred Roos, and editor and sound designer Walter Murch in attendance for a post-film Q&A. It was the kind of event that represents what Telluride does best as a kind of summer camp for movie lovers: presenting a great film impeccably projected before an appreciative crowd in a casual, conversational atmosphere. There’s something about the environment of Telluride — both the gorgeous Colorado […] »
- Jim Hemphill
The USC School of Cinematic Arts is the new home of the Dennis Hopper Collection. The announcement of the collection, an assembly of the late actor and artist’s scripts, awards, film posters, photography and personal letters, was announced by Elizabeth M. Daley, dean of the school.
In collaboration with the Hopper Art Trust and Visions and Voices, the university’s campus-wide arts initiative, a selection from the collection entitled “Part of Being An Artist: The Dennis Hopper Collection, Selected Artwork and Ephemera,” is on display in the Hugh Hefner Exhibition Hall and Cinematic Arts Gallery. It is exclusive to students, faculty and staff through Oct. 9 and open to the public from Oct. 10-Nov. 26.
“We are honored to have the Dennis Hopper Collection here at the School of Cinematic Arts,” said Daley. “The collection spans the eclectic reach of Hopper’s multi-faceted work, and represents to all our students the »
- Shelli Weinstein
Apocalypse Now star Marlon Brando was "like a kid, very irresponsible," said director Francis Ford Coppola at an Aug. 29 Telluride Film Festival panel celebrating the 35th anniversary of his Vietnam War classic, whose $31 million budget — $110 million in 2014 dollars — Coppola had to finance himself at 17 percent interest, which meant that Brando's behavior could have bankrupted him. The panel, hosted by Scott Foundas, featured winners of a dozen Oscars: producer Fred Roos, editor Walter Murch, cinematographer Vittorio Storaro and writer John Milius. Since Brando — like co-star Dennis Hopper, who shunned showers and
- Tim Appelo
Telluride — While press and patrons were hustling into gondolas and over to the Chuck Jones Cinema for the World Premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," the 41st annual Telluride Film Festival was kicking off with a bang at an over-stuffed Werner Herzog Theater for the lead program of this year's schedule: a tribute to Francis Ford Coppola's "Apocalypse Now." The ticket was so hot that well over a hundred pass holders were turned away at the door. In introducing a new Dcp of the original theatrical cut of the film (supervised for Coppola himself), Telluride co-founder Tom Luddy said it was noteworthy the event was unfolding at the Herzog, as "Apocalypse Now" holds a fair share of homages to Herzog's "Aguirre the Wrath of God," which screened at the fest last year to dedicate the new venue. A boat in a tree, a creeping vessel barraged by arrows, the general descent into madness, »
- Kristopher Tapley
The Telluride Film Festival (Aug 29 - Sept 1) has revealed the line-up for its 41st edition, packed with films tipped for awards season.
The festival will include 85 features, short films and revivals representing 28 countries, along with special artist tributes, conversations, panels and education programmes.
There are also several titles that picked up prizes in Cannes earlier this year including Foxcatcher, which won Bennett Miller best director; Russian drama Leviathan, winner of best screenplay; Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, which saw Timothy Spall win best actor; and jury prize winner Mommy from Xavier Dolan.
The 50 Year Argument (d. Martin Scorsese, [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
August is upon us, which invariably means withering heat and a hell of a lot of bad cinema. Worn out by the time the dog days hit, the studios enter hibernation mode, concerned mostly with counting their early summer blockbuster returns (or licking their wounds). There's hope around the corner — the fall festivals loom — but that moment isn't here yet. The last month of summer is usually barren.
Except when it isn't.
It certainly wasn't 35 years ago — August 15, 1979, to be exact, when Francis Ford Coppola »
Image Entertainment is going to release The Twilight Zone: The Complete '80s Series on DVD August 26th. This revival kicked off in 1985 and lasted until '89. The revamped series welcomed a lot of genre vets like Peter Medak, Wes Craven, Tommy Lee Wallace, William Friedkin, John Milius, Atom Egoyan and many others and it pulled in stars Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, Helen Mirren and Martin Landau to name a few.
The post The Twilight Zone: The Complete ’80s Series is Coming to DVD appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The Final Terror is the latest 80’s slasher to be resurrected by the fine folks at Scream Factory, who give the modest cult classic a really well done high definition presentation. And while they weren’t able to restore the original film negative for The Final Terror, the fact that Scream Factory went to such great lengths to locate the next best thing (original prints from private collectors) proves why they continue to kick all kinds of ass.
The Final Terror follows a group of horn-dog fire rangers and their “special lady friends” as they head deep into the forest for a day of work and, of course, a little hanky panky (this is a slasher movie, after all). During their outing, all kinds of weird crap begins happening- people go missing, severed limbs are discovered in an ramshackled cabin- which forces the friends to come together and figure out »
- Heather Wixson
Here we are, at the top of the mountain. We’ve had plenty from every war imaginable, some supportive of war efforts, some not. But the more interesting war films really focus on the people; the internal struggles those men and women have about what they are doing. Whether made in America, Germany, the United Kingdom, or anywhere else, war is not just a battle between good and evil. It’s a life and death struggle between opposing sides that may not be that different. The movies at the top of this list may be subtle or straightforward, but each of them is a clear snapshot that lets audiences see what it means to fight, so they don’t have to.
10. Paths of Glory (1957)
Directed by: Stanley Kurbick
Conflict: World War I
- Joshua Gaul
‘Narrative art’ is defined as something ‘that tells a story, either as a moment in an ongoing story or as a sequence of events unfolding over time’
George Lucas has retired apparently. Having sold his empire to Disney making him wealthier than a barely developed principality with minimal infrastructure, we are now being treated to phase two in the Lucas mid-life crisis.
When I first heard that Norman Rockwell, foremost painter of post war Americana was being placed alongside original Star Wars miniatures and props it made no sense. Rockwell was known for capturing perfect moments in life which told a story or narrative beyond the confines of the frame. How could Lucas have the temerity to place his work alongside that of a real artist?
Informally known as ‘The Lucas Museum of »
- Gary Collinson
Everyone has their heroes…some look up to fictional characters, some look up to fireman and police officers, I however, looked to Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ever since I first laid eyes upon The Terminator (and wiped them at the heart wrenching conclusion of Terminator 2: Judgement Day) at the strangely young age of seven, Schwarzenegger has been a hero that I have worshipped every day of my life through think and thin. The astounding accomplishments of the Austrian oak (Mr Universe, Hollywood actor, Governor of California) alone are enough to warrant respect and admiration from anyone. However to me, Schwarzenegger is the Hollywood superstar and the determination, discipline and talent that lead him to those amazing accomplishment’s, is why he is my hero.
In early March I had the fantastic, once in a lifetime opportunity, to attend a press conference in the beautiful Savoy Hotel, for Schwarzenegger’s new film Sabotage. »
- Ben Read
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? A trip to the House of Mouse becomes a surreal nightmare for a father of two.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Il Sorpasso" (Criterion)
What's It About? A wild bachelor and an uptight law student go on a road trip for the ages in this adored Italian comedy.
Why We're In: It's been spiffed up and digitally restored, and even the subtitles got a makeover. Plus, there are all the Criterion bells and whistles we know and love.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
- Jenni Miller
He never won an Oscar, but Akira Kurosawa's body of work is more of legacy than any golden statue could hope to represent. And it's not a shock that even today, filmmakers revere his films and frankly, his genius, with awe and total respect. And one of the filmmaker's biggest advocates is George Lucas. The filmmaker pop ups in the special features for The Criterion Collection edition of "The Hidden Fortress"—recently upgraded to Blu-ray—and the boutique label has shared some of that online. The two-minute clip finds Lucas sharing how he discovered the filmmaker (props to John Milius) and what Kurosawa's work meant to him. It's sort of amusing to see Lucas downplay "The Hidden Fortress" when it has long been regarded as a major influence on "Star Wars." Anyway, watch below and for more Kurosawa be sure to watch Alex Cox's 1999 documentary "Kurosawa: The Last Emperor »
- Kevin Jagernauth
There are some days when you end up seated for an interview for several minutes before things get started and you end up doing a little small talk ahead of time, which can be weird when it's a big star or someone who just doesn't like the process. But other times, you're hustled through without even a moment to catch your breath, and when it's Arnold Schwarzenegger in the room, they do not waste a single second. We were there to discuss his new movie "Sabotage," co-written and directed by David Ayer, and it was an easy if brief conversation. Near the end of things, though, I had a question I wanted ask Arnold about 2015's "Terminator Genesis," or whatever it's going to be called, as well as the long-rumored "King Conan" that he's still talking about starring in for 2017. While both of them are sequels to earlier films of his, »
- Drew McWeeny
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Amazon is offering $105 off The Columbia Best Pictures boxed DVD set containing 11 winners of the Best Picture Oscar. Here are the details:
14-disc set of 11 Best Picture Oscar winning films in an attractive, collectible, black fiber cover with slipcase. The pages within will have film synopsis, details on the Oscar win for each film, and art from key scenes. This set features Columbia Pictures' Best Picture Oscar winners spanning the years from 1934 to 1982 and include the following films:
1949 All the King's Men
1954 On the Waterfront
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1979 Kramer vs. Kramer
Bonus extras include:
Lord Attenborough Audio Commentary
From the Director's Chair
Madeleine Slade: An Englishwoman Abroad
Reflections on »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Arnold Schwarzenegger's acting comeback hasn't exactly got off to the best of starts, with the likes of The Last Stand and Escape Plan failing to score the kind of success that the Austrian Oak enjoyed during the height of his career. However, things could change as Arnie starts revisiting some of his earlier work, and while the Twins sequel Triplets is unlikely to recapture the glory days, he's got Terminator: Genesis due in 2015, and he's also set to revisit his breakthrough role as Conan the Cimmerian for The Legend of Conan. Speaking to IGN, screenwriter Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious 6) has offered a few words about the fantasy sequel, describing it as Schwarzenegger's Unforgiven...
- Gary Collinson
There are very few classic swords and sorcery properties that seem ripe for revival on the big screen: Peter Jackson's splendid Lord of the Rings trilogy finally wiped out memories of Ralph Bakshi's brave but half-finished 1978 effort. There will never be a Conan movie as fabulous as John Milius's Conan the Barbarian, from 1982, and it ought to be a good 20 years before we have to see another Harry Potter movie. But it's easy to argue that there has never been a definitive movie about King Arthur, so the news this week that we're about to get a six-film Arthurian saga from Warner Bros really ought to be cause for celebration.
The question, however, is whether Guy Ritchie is the »
- Ben Child
When John Milius first put pen to paper on a screenplay that set Joseph Conrad’s seminal novel Heart of Darkness in the jungles of Vietnam, he had no idea he’d be embarking on a decade-long trip through creative hell. When George Lucas dropped out of directing Apocalpyse Now in favor of making Star Wars, he had no idea he’d be subjecting his friend and fellow director, Francis Ford Coppola, to the wrath of the filmmaking gods. And when Coppola—with dreams in his eyes of his own company that would make ambitious films with directors like himself—packed up his family and left for the Philippines, he had no idea he was in for years of creative frustration, physical and mental exhaustion, and near-financial ruin.
Perhaps Eleanor knew something. Francis’s wife had the foresight to chronicle her family’s odyssey on videotape. This footage—along with »
- John Gilpatrick
After last week’s onslaught of new stuff, it was perhaps inevitable that this week would be something of a comedown with not much going on. There is some worthwhile new stuff added, the John Milius documentary for one which has debuted on Lovefilm the same time as DVD more or less and, of course, a contender for the worst film of all time. I have used this opportunity to catch up on some titles that were added last week and I didn’t have space for which are definitely worth writing about. I hope you enjoy.
The Host (2013)
Once upon a time, a bright young writer from New Zealand wrote a brilliant and ahead of its time screenplay called The Truman Show which then became a pretty fantastic film and a career peak for Jim Carrey which predicted the world’s obsession with reality television. The year before, his »
- Chris Holt
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