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In the fourth episode of Arrested Development‘s third (and what initially seemed to be its final) season, Michael Bluth wakes up to find the handlebars of his bike in his bed, placed there by Gob, his sheets stained with bike grease. The moment is a clear reference to one of the most iconic scenes from The Godfather, where studio executive Jack Woltz awakes to find the severed head of his prized horse in his bed after refusing to give Johnny Fontaine a prize role in the film. But Arrested Development‘s relationship to The Godfather trilogy isn’t isolated to occasional references or sly parodies. Instead, the underlying structure of the series seems to be modeled off Francis Ford Coppola’s canonized adaptation of Mario Puzo’s crime saga. Here are a few connections between the three existing seasons of Arrested Development and the three Godfather films. Perhaps there will be more to look for when »
- Landon Palmer
Throughout April, we're counting down to the release of Marvel's Iron Man 3 with our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's #5...
Superman: The Movie, 1978.
Directed by Richard Donner.
And so, as we reach the top five of our countdown of the Greatest Comic Book Movies, we come to the granddaddy of the superhero movie, Richard Donner's 1978 classic Superman, which saw a then-unknown Christopher Reeve making his first appearance in what would become his signature role as the Man of Steel. Scripted by The Godfather author Mario Puzo, Superman details the origins of the Last Son of Krypton, from a strange young Kansas farmboy through to mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, culminating of course with his emergence as the World's Greatest Superhero, »
- Flickering Myth
Locations in films are rarely the thing an average filmgoer remembers after watching a film; it’s always about the story, character and the lines they say that later form the proverbial ‘word of mouth.’ However, when you think of great confrontations, conversations and simple exchanges, they always take place in a nice public setting – although being surrounded by a group of unknowing people rarely dulls the impact of a tense interaction.
An epiphany came after some light people-watching during a mediocre pancake breakfast – they seem to take place in a restaurant, diner or some kind of eatery; a place where some of TV and film’s classic characters can settle an old score of even debate on pop culture over a cup of coffee:
Café des 2 Moulins, Paris (Amélie, 2001)
This quaint coffee shop, where young dreamer Amélie Poulain (Audrey Tautou) worked and interacted with a variety of characters, is based in Montmatre, »
- Katie Wong
Cinemark has announced the final film in their Best Picture Classic Series. The 1972 Academy Award Winner for Best Motion Picture, The Godfather, will play in over 120 Cinemark theatres across the country, including on the Cinemark Xd – Extreme Digital Cinema screens where available. Ranked #2 on the 2007 American Film Institute’s 100 Greatest Movies of All Time, the film is scheduled to play on Wednesday, April 10, 2013, at two separate show times, 2 pm and 7pm.
“The Godfather,” Francis Ford Coppola’s epic masterpiece features Marlon Brando in his Oscar©-winning role as the patriarch of the Corleone family. Director Coppola paints a chilling portrait of the Sicilian clan’s rise and near fall from power in America, masterfully balancing the story between the Corleone’s family life and the ugly crime business in which they are engaged. Based on Mario Puzo’s best-selling novel and featuring career-making performances by Al Pacino, James Cann and Robert Duvall, »
- Michelle McCue
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