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Francis Ford Coppola Set To Preside Marrakech Film Festival’s Jury

29 June 2015 3:53 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Following the footsteps of Isabelle Huppert and Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola is set to preside the jury of the 15th Marrakech International Film Festival.

“The Kingdom of Morocco is among my most favorite places on earth, and thus the Marrakech International Film Festival is a joy to attend,” said Coppola. Added the helmer, “My Paternal Grandmother was born in North Africa (Tunisia) and I remember well the stories she told. All that personal history plus the fact that Morocco was the first country to recognize the American Colonies as an independent nation makes me feel most welcome.”

An American film icon, Coppola has won five Academy Awards and is best known for directing “The Godfather” trilogy and “Apocalypse Now.” Coppola also launched his own production vehicle, American Zoetrope, and produced movies directed by George Lucas, Carroll Ballard, John Milius as well as his daughter Sofia Coppola.

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- Elsa Keslassy

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The Nightmare of 'Jaws': 10 on-set disasters that plagued Spielberg's 1975 classic

19 June 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"When I think of 'Jaws' I think about courage and stupidity. And I think of both of those things existing underwater." That's a quote from Steven Spielberg on his time directing the 1975 horror classic, which turns 40 this Saturday. Proving that sometimes greatness can spring from unimaginable misery, the film was famously a nightmare to shoot, with numerous production problems including the frequent malfunctioning of "Bruce," the collective name given to the film's trio of animatronic sharks. But don't take my word for it. Below are ten hellish behind-the-scenes straight from the mouths of those involved that will make you wonder how they managed to finish the film at all. 1. This is what happens when you hire a stuntman with no diving experience When husband-and-wife shark experts Ron and Valerie Taylor were commissioned to get footage of actual Great Whites attacking a cage (for the famous Richard Dreyfuss underwater sequence), the »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Harry’s Disciples: ‘Magnum Force’ the Self-Critical Sequel

11 June 2015 7:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Harry Callahan’s next adventure originated with John Milius, Hollywood’s favorite gun fanatic, surfer and “Zen anarchist.” Milius wrote B Movies for American International Pictures before breaking through with two Westerns, The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean and Jeremiah Johnson. His knack for macho action and pulpy, colorful dialogue fit Dirty Harry perfectly; Milius wrote his draft in 21 days, receiving a Purdey shotgun as payment.

Though uncredited, Milius claims credit for Harry‘s dialogue, especially the “Do I feel lucky?” monologue. Others, including Richard Schickel, credit Harry Julian Fink with that speech. Clint Eastwood marginalizes Milius’s contributions to the film, admitting “we might have taken a few good items John had in there.” Milius resented this: “Look at the movie and you tell me who wrote that,” he challenged an interviewer.

Milius soon moved past any hurt feelings. After reading several articles on Brazil’s “death »

- Christopher Saunders

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25 Years In La Part 1: Gene Hackman, Eazy-e, and Albert Brooks defending a film

8 June 2015 6:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

When I left Tampa, it was the crack of dawn. I was in the passenger's seat of the Chevette that Scott Swan owned, and we were on our way to California to be rich and famous. I was 20 years old. I thought I had all the answers. I had a screenplay called "The President Must Die!" with me that I was sure was going to be produced by the following summer with an all-star cast. We had all of them picked. Harrison Ford, Robert DeNiro, Robin Williams. Scott and I had spent the entire spring writing it, and we were done. Absolutely, completely, positively done. It was perfect. It was going to be a huge hit. This was the logical next step. This wasn't our first script, either. We had written a script together called "Moondance" during my first year of college, and a script called "A Weekend Away" during my second year of college. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Sense8 season 1 review

8 June 2015 3:28 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a look at the Wachowski's latest outing, the Netflix sci-fi drama Sense8. Spoilers lie ahead...

This is a spoiler-y review.

A collaboration between the Wachowskis and J. Michael Straczynski sounded almost too good to be true, but Netflix delivered last Friday with the release of the entire first season of Sense8. If Daredevil gave genre fans an incentive to subscribe to Netflix, Sense8 gave them a reason to stick around.

The first season of Sense8 may not pack the same entertainment power as Daredevil, but Sense8’s long drawn – some might even say overdrawn – character-driven moments and slowly unfolding plot make the series almost as worthy of binge watching.

The premise of the series sounds like rehash of material that has already been seen countless times in genre fiction over the past three decades. Who has any interest left for yet another psychic powers story? Yet, from its first moment, »

- simonbrew

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Schwarzenegger to channel Clint Eastwood for ‘Legend Of Conan’

31 May 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It appears Sylvester Stallone‘s success in reviving some long-thought-dormant screen characters has rubbed off on his friends. Arnold Schwarzenegger is about to return to cinemas as an ageing cyborg in Terminator: Genisys, and now he’s attempting the same trick for the forthcoming Legend Of Conan.

Billed as a sequel to 1982’s Conan The Barbarian, it’s been revealed by writer/producer Chris Morgan that the fabled Austrian Oak will be very much front and centre for the new instalment… and what’s more, there’s an unlikely movie inspiration in mind! Morgan elaborates:

Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later… Think ‘Unforgiven’…with a sword-wielding barbarian.

So, Arnie’s getting all grizzled and introspective for the franchise. Sounds like an odd fit, but with the star’s increasing age perhaps this is the only way they can do it. »

- Steve Palace

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Dead Right: How Dirty Harry Captured the ’70s Culture Wars

27 May 2015 6:08 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part I.

1971 was an incredibly violent year for movies. That year saw, among others, Tom Laughlin’s Billy Jack, with its half-Indian hero karate-chopping rednecks; William Friedkin’s The French Connection, its dogged cops stymied by well-heeled drug runners; Stanley Kubrick’s A Clockwork Orange, banned for the copycat crimes it reportedly inspired; and Sam Peckinpah’s Straw Dogs, featuring the most controversial rape in cinema history. Every bloody shooting, sexual assault and death by penis statue reflected a world gone mad.

It seemed a reaction to America’s skyrocketing crime. Between 1963 and 1975, violent crimes tripled; riots, robberies and assassinations racked major cities. The antiwar and Civil Rights movements generated violent offshoots like the Weathermen and Black Panthers. Citizens blamed politicians like New York Mayor John Lindsay (the original “limousine liberal”), who proclaimed “Peace cannot be imposed on our cities by force of arms,” and Earl Warren’s Supreme Court, »

- Christopher Saunders

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The Legend Of Conan Will Honor Locales, Religions and Traditions of 1982 Original

26 May 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

We’ve been talking about The Legend of Conan movie for quite some time now, but the film has yet to go into production. Last summer producer Fredrik Malmberg predicted that they’d start shooting in the spring of 2015, but clearly that never happened so now he’s got his eye on a fall start instead, soon after Arnold Schwarzenegger finishes promoting Terminator: Genisys: “I think this fall would be perfect. The sooner the better!” [caption id="attachment_464173" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via The Movie Database[/caption] On top of that, The Arnold Fans also shared a few quotes from writer Chris Morgan revealing how The Legend of Conan will connect to the 1982 original: “A light-hearted Conan?! Crom! No. Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, »

- Perri Nemiroff

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‘The Legend of Conan’ Aims to Carry Forward the Tone of the 1982 Original

25 May 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

One of the big promises in Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s revived career as an actor has been the idea that he would reprise the role of Conan the Barbarian. It’s one of the gigs that cemented him as an action star, and the 1982 film co-written (with Oliver Stone) and directed by John Milius is hailed as among the […]

The post ‘The Legend of Conan’ Aims to Carry Forward the Tone of the 1982 Original appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Chris Morgan talks The Legend of Conan: “Think Unforgiven… with a sword-wielding barbarian”

25 May 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Back in February, we heard that Will Beall (Gangster Squad) had taken over scriptwriting duties on The Legend of Conan, and now producer Chris Morgan (Fast & Furious) has revealed to The Arnold Fans that the screenplay is complete, and that the film will be a direct sequel to John MiliusConan the Barbarian which will catch up with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cimmerian warrior some thirty years later.

“Our tone is a logical extension of the character established in the ’82 film…but 30 years later. When we meet him again, Conan has been many things over the course of his life — a thief, a warrior, a pirate, a king, a legend — and is now an older man. Think Unforgiven…with a sword-wielding barbarian. Milius was a visionary. And a hero of mine. He established a milieu that is stunning and violent and clear — incomparable. The goal, the dream, is to live up to his world. »

- Gary Collinson

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Conan The Barbarian Sequel Will Bring Back 4 Characters, Including Arnold's Hero

25 May 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger are preparing for the action icon.s franchise return with Terminator Genisys in a little over a month. However, the aging Austrian ass-kicker has another old-school homecoming in the works with The Legend of Conan. According to a writer/producer working on the long-belated sequel, the film will actually feature as many as three returning characters from the original film! In an interview with the Schwarzenegger-centric site, TheArnoldFans, Chris Morgan, a co-writer and co-producer on the upcoming follow-up film describes a dark direction that looks to tonally emulate the unforgiving savagery of John Milius. original 1982 Conan the Barbarian. In fact, he even goes so far as to hint the presence of at least three familiar characters from that groundbreaking film. As Morgan reveals: Without naming names.it.s at least three. And you.re gonna love them! ;) Morgan's candor would not extend to the identity of »

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George Lucas: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Star Wars' Guru

14 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.

As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »

- Gary Susman

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"The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection" Debuts June 2 From Warner Home Entertainment

13 May 2015 7:49 AM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Burbank, Calif. May 19, 2015 – On June 2, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release The John Wayne Westerns Film Collection – featuring five classic films on Blu-ray™ from the larger-than-life American hero – just in time for Father’s Day. The Collection features two new-to-Blu-ray titles, The Train Robbers and Cahill U.S. Marshal plus fan favorites Fort Apache, The Searchers and a long-awaited re-release of Rio Bravo. The pocketbook box set will sell for $54.96 Srp; individual films $14.98 Srp.

Born Marion Robert Morrison in Winterset, Iowa, John Wayne first worked in the film business as a laborer on the Fox lot during summer vacations from University of Southern California, which he attended on a football scholarship. He met and was befriended by John Ford, a young director who was beginning to make a name for himself in action films, comedies and dramas. It was Ford who recommended Wayne to director Raoul Walsh for the male lead in the 1930 epic Western, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Despite Expense, Film School Remains the Best Option for Young Cineastes

28 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For aspiring, young filmmakers, there are generally two modern-day archetypes of Hollywood heroes. The first is the George Lucas model: majored in film at USC, became a global pioneer in the use of digital filmmaking and went on to create cinematic history’s most iconic sci-fi franchise of all time in “Star Wars.” The second is the Quentin Tarantino model: dropped out of high school, worked in a video store and, in 1992, wrote and directed the cult classic indie crime drama “Reservoir Dogs.”

Two celebrated filmmakers, two very different roads to success.

But the landscape of filmmaking has changed so dramatically over the past several decades — a short posted on YouTube can launch a bigscreen career, while “Tangerine,” a breakout hit at this year’s Sundance fest, was shot entirely on an iPhone 5S — and fledgling screenwriters, producers and directors are faced with a dizzying number of choices as to how to pursue their careers. »

- Malina Saval

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10 unsung heroes behind Star Wars: A New Hope

22 April 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?

In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.

But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.

By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »

- ryanlambie

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Edward Aiona, Clint Eastwood’s Prop Master, Dies at 83

9 April 2015 1:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Edward Aiona, the prop master for 31 feature films, including three that won Academy Awards for best picture, “Ordinary People” (1980), “Rain Man” (1988) and “Unforgiven” (1992), as well as 28 episodes of network series television, died March 31 at Tarzana Hospital of lung cancer compounded by chronic heart trouble. He was 83.

Aiona was closely associated with Clint Eastwood: Aiona made his debut as property master on Dirty Harry film “Magnum Force” in 1973 and then worked on every Eastwood film until Aiona’s retirement in 1996.

Between films with Eastwood, Aiona also collaborated as prop master with directors including Martin Scorsese (“Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore”), John Milius (“Big Wednesday”), Sydney Pollack (“The Electric Horseman” and “Absence of Malice”), Barry Levinson (“Rain Man”) and John Carpenter (“Memoirs of an Invisible Man”).

“He was extreme in getting what was required for the screenplay,” said Mike Sexton, Aiona’s assistant before becoming prop master at Eastwood’s »

- Variety Staff

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Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Movies, Dies at 79

7 April 2015 9:15 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the ’60s through ’80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes, according to a family friend. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.

He had roles in Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” as Orville Boggs in “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” as well as in “Bronco Billy,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Among his other film credits were “The Devil’s Rejects,” Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” TV movie “Salem’s Lot” and Michael Ritchie’s “Smile.”

Juliette Lewis posted a tribute on Instagram, saying “He loved us so. I am forever my father’s daughter.”

Lewis received a »

- Pat Saperstein

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Geoffrey Lewis, Actor in Clint Eastwood Movies, Dies at 79

7 April 2015 9:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Actor Geoffrey Lewis, who appeared in several Clint Eastwood movies and made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows in the ’60s through ’80s, died Tuesday in Woodland Hills, Calif. of natural causes, according to a family friend. He was 79. The character actor, who often appeared in Westerns, was the father of actress Juliette Lewis.

He had roles in Eastwood’s “High Plains Drifter,” “Thunderbolt and Lightfoot,” as Orville Boggs in “Every Which Way But Loose” and “Any Which Way You Can” as well as in “Bronco Billy,” “Pink Cadillac” and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.”

Among his other film credits were “The Devil’s Rejects,” Michael Cimino’s “Heaven’s Gate,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” TV movie “Salem’s Lot” and Michael Ritchie’s “Smile.”

Juliette Lewis posted a tribute on Instagram, saying “He loved us so. I am forever my father’s daughter.”

Lewis received a »

- Pat Saperstein

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Revisiting Clear And Present Danger: the best Jack Ryan film

30 March 2015 7:48 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

An intelligent, dense political thriller in the middle of summer? We visit Harrison Ford in Tom Clancy's Clear And Present Danger...

This article contains spoilers for, er, Clear And Present Danger.

How many times have you walked out of seeing a big summer blockbuster movie, and felt like you'd been treated like a grown-up? Christopher Nolan movies, whether you like them or not, treat you with that level of respect. But when it comes to major thrillers, there's generally something about them where you feel you've been shortchanged.

It's why it puzzles me that Clear And Present Danger doesn't get a lot more love. From the day I saw it for the first time back in 1994, and on every viewing since, I've really loved this film. I love that it isn't afraid of a dense plot, isn't afraid of putting a big movie star on the poster yet finds time for supporting characters, »

- simonbrew

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Morgan Offers "Legend of Conan" Update

6 February 2015 7:13 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Arnold Schwarzenegger returns as the T-800 this year, but he's also slated to reprise another of his most iconic roles in the near future - Conan the Barbarian.

Chris Morgan, a producer on the upcoming "Legend of Conan," tells Empire that he can't wait to see the film go forward: "I'm super excited, and Arnold is super excited too. It's the perfect movie for him, because it plays into his own journey."

The film picks up on the ending of John Milius' 1982 original in which a now elderly King Conan takes on one final adventure. Morgan also confirmed that a new scribe has come onboard the currently in development project:

"Andrea Berloff ["Straight Outta Compton"] did a draft, and then we had Will [Beall, "Gangster Squad"] stepped on. I approached him early on in the process, but at the time he was unavailable and couldn't do it.

But then a couple of weeks after he »

- Garth Franklin

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