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Bad Books That Made Great Films

8 August 2017 6:07 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

In reference to movie adaptations of books, it is often said that “the book was better”. This is a look at some of the films where the opposite is true.

When I think about books that have made the transition to the big screen, I consider the reason that those books were chosen for adaptation. A lot of the time, I assume that the books are chosen because of their popularity. Movie studios want to make money, and by making a movie version of a popular book, they can cash in on that popularity. At other times, a book may be chosen because it has a unique concept that would make for an interesting film. In a time when it seems like script writers can’t come up with any new ideas, it makes sense to try and find inspiration in print. Likewise, a book may be chosen because of the person who wrote it. »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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The Valachi Papers

15 July 2017 11:17 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Charles Bronson plays a real-life Mafiosi in a period picture with a fine script, some good performances and a production so sloppy that the whole thing could be called The Anachronism Papers. Joseph Wiseman and Lino Ventura bring additional tough-guy star-power, and Bronson actually commits himself to the role — quite a change of pace for one of his later pictures.

The Valachi Papers

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Twilight Time

1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 125 min. / Street Date June 13, 2017 / Available from the Twilight Time Movies Store 29.95

Starring: Charles Bronson, Lino Ventura, Jill Ireland, Walter Chiari, Joseph Wiseman, Gerald S. O’Loughlin, Amedeo Nazzari, Fausto Tozzi, Pupella Maggio, Angelo Infanti, Guido Leontini.

Cinematography: Aldo Tonti

Film Editor: Johnny Dwyre, Monica Finzi

Original Music: Riz Ortolani, Armando Trovajoli

Written by Stephen Geller from the novel by Peter Maas

Produced by Dino De Laurentiis, Roger Duchet

Directed by Terence Young

In 2001 I received the plum assignment of editing a »

- Glenn Erickson

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

2 June 2017 9:20 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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

Buongiorno!

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. »

- Kurt Anthony

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Giveaway: Win ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Part II’ on Blu-ray (3 Winners)

9 May 2017 6:29 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Newly released in May are the original Godfather films in standalone Blu-ray configurations at exceptionally affordable prices.

We have teamed up with Paramount Home Entertainment to offer three lucky readers each a copy of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II in this contest with commentary by Francis Ford Coppola (recorded in 2001).

For a chance to win the pair of Godfather films please fill out and submit the short entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

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 »

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Tribeca 2017 Closing Night – The Godfather Epic 45th Anniversary Reunion

2 May 2017 5:06 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: James Kleinmann

On Saturday 29th April, following marathon back to back screenings of The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II at New York’s iconic Radio City Music Hall, the nine hour event concluded with director Francis Ford Coppola and members of the original cast reunited for a conversation on stage.

Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro all took part in the discussion, with filmmaker Taylor Hackford on moderating duties.

The Godfather 45th Anniversary Tribeca Closing Night Event

There were also some famous faces in the audience, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Peter FondaAlessandro Nivola, Whoopi Goldberg and Sofia Coppola.

The conversation was streamed by Tribeca on Facebook Live and can be viewed in full here.

Francis Ford Coppola recalled his initial reaction to Mario Puzo’s novel: “I was attracted to it because I thought it was a foreign author, and an intellectual book about power, »

- James Kleinmann

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Watch The Godfather reunion talk at Tribeca in full

1 May 2017 11:18 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The Godfather Tribeca panel: The cast and director of the iconic two movies from the 1970s come together in New York to celebrate the films’ 45th anniversary.

Watch The Godfather Tribeca panel in the player below.

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Over the weekend, the cast and director of The Godfather and The Godfather Part II took to the stage in New York to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the release of the first film at the Tribeca Film Festival in the city.

Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Talia Shire, and Robert De Niro, who appeared in ‘Part II’, took to the stage along with director Francis Ford Coppola to talk about the two iconic films on the final weekend of the festival, which was co-founded by De Niro back in 2001.

The Godfather Tribeca panel was moderated by filmmaker Taylor Hackford (also the husband of legendary British actress Helen Mirren »

- Paul Heath

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‘The Godfather’ 45th Anniversary: Here’s What You Learn About the Crime Saga While Watching With Over 1,000 Fans

30 April 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Some moviegoing experiences change your life: “2001: A Space Odyssey” at Hollywood’s Cinerama Dome; “The Tree of Life” accompanied by a 100-piece symphony orchestra; “The Shining” restored and retrofitted for IMAX. And for the more than 1,000 people at Radio City Music Hall yesterday, it was watching “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II.”

Read More: ‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

Francis Ford Coppola’s crime saga closed out the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival with a 45th anniversary celebration that included restoration screenings of the first two parts and a conversation with Coppola and the cast, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Diane Keaton. While the chance to see the cast reunited was a once-in-a-lifetime event, so was the opportunity to experience the full power of “The Godfather” surrounded by cinephiles. And after 45 years, a few things have become abundantly clear. »

- Zack Sharf

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5 Things We Learned From Tribeca's 'Godfather' Reunion

30 April 2017 9:41 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It may not have been as momentous as the heads of the five families meeting for a Mob-war peace treaty. But the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival's Godfather event – which reunited director Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall and Talia Shire – gave festivalgoers the opportunity to see the cast of the Oscar-winning Mafia dramas talk about the 1972 movie and its equally celebrated 1974 sequel before a sold-out crowd at Radio City Music Hall. (One assumes they were convinced to converse about these classics in honor »

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‘The Godfather’ Reunion: Robert Duvall Imitates Marlon Brando’s Laugh and Other Highlights From Closing Night at Tribeca

29 April 2017 6:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Tribeca Film Festival just closed with a bang. Francis Ford Coppola, Al Pacino and Robert De Niro headlined a discussion following back-to-back screenings of “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II” marking the 45th anniversary of the first film. It wasn’t just that formidable trio onstage: James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire were all in attendance as well.

So, too, was Don Corleone himself. A photo of Marlon Brando in character overlooked the proceedings, reminding everyone at Radio City Music Hall (and the 10,500 people watching on Facebook Live) that he’ll always be the head of the family.

Taylor Hackford, who moderated the discussion, began by mentioning the film’s humble beginnings: “The Godfather” was never intended as a high-profile prestige picture. Paramount envisioned it as a “quickie” meant to capitalize on Mario Puzo’s novel’s best-seller status. Coppola elaborated, recalling that he first »

- Michael Nordine

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The Godfather Celebrates 45th Anniversary: 5 Fascinating Facts Behind the Making of the Greatest American Epic

28 April 2017 9:46 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

The Godfather, widely acknowledged as one of the greatest movies of all time, is turning 45, and the Tribeca Film Festival is saying saluti on Saturday with a back-to-back special anniversary screening of the film and its sequel, The Godfather Part II — as well as a reunion event.

Celebrating the milestone, the film’s director Francis Ford Coppola and members of its cast, including Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, James Caan, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton and Talia Shire, will hold a conversation moderated by filmmaker Taylor Hackford after the screenings.

Released on March 15, 1972, The Godfather — with its multi-generational portrait of the »

- Mike Miller

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Chamber Of Horrors / A Game Of Death

17 April 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Chamber of Horrors 

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Kino Lorber

1940 / B&W / 1:33 / Street Date March 21, 2017

Starring: Lilli Palmer, Leslie Banks.

Cinematography: Alex Bryce, Ernest Palmer

Film Editor: Ted Richards

Written by Gilbert Gunn, Norman Lee

Produced by John Argyle

Directed by Norman Lee

 

Near the turn of the century a struggling war correspondent named Edgar Wallace began churning out detective stories for British monthlies like Detective Story Magazine to help make the rent. Creative to a fault, his preposterously prolific output (exacerbated by ongoing gambling debts) soon earned him a legion of fans along with a pointedly ambiguous sobriquet, “The Man Who Wrote Too Much.”

A reader new to Wallace’s work could be excused for thinking the busy writer was making it up as he went along… because that’s pretty much what he did. He dictated his narratives, unedited, into a dictaphone for transcription by his secretary where they would then »

- Charlie Largent

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

15 March 2017 8:58 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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

Buongiorno!

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 »

- Kurt Anthony

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Emma Watson and Tom Hanks’ ‘The Circle’ to Premiere at 2017 Tribeca Film Festival

8 March 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The world premiere of James Ponsoldt’s “The Circle,” starring Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, and a starry reunion screening of the first two films in “The Godfather” trilogy are among the notable additions to the feature film slate at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

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Tribeca Film Festival Unveils 2017 Feature Film Slate (Full List)

The Circle” will debut in a gala screening at Tribeca ahead of its April 28 release from Stx Entertainment. Based on the novel by Dave Eggers, the movie stars Watson (“Beauty and the Beast”) as a young woman hired at a giant Silicon Valley tech and social media company founded by a guru played by Hanks. John Boyega and Bill Paxton also are among the cast of the film co-written with Eggers by director Ponsoldt (“The Spectacular Now,” “The End of the Tour”).

The 2017 edition of Tribeca will close with a marathon screening of “The Godfather” and »

- Gordon Cox

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HBO developing scripted behind-the-scenes Godfather movie

2 February 2017 12:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Godfather is universally recognised as one of the greatest films of all time, and now HBO Films are developing a movie focusing on its production.

Revealed by Variety, the film entitled Francis & The Godfather will be a scripted affair that documents the making of the seminal 1973 mafia adaptation of Mario Puzo’s novel.

The movie will chronicle the behind the scenes goings on, detailing everything from the film’s creation, Francis Ford Coppola joining the project as director, Al Pacino being cast, Marlon Brando taking on the role of Vito Corleone, and the dealings the production had with the real life Mafia.

The film will be written by Andrew Farotte, a revision of his 2015 Black List screenplay.

How much interest this HBO movie will garner remains to be seen, but The Godfather is undoubtedly a classic and the behind the scenes events were anything but dull. It could be interesting. »

- Samuel Brace

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Movie News: Leonardo DiCaprio to Star in Real-Life Cop Thriller 'The Black Hand'; Watch First 'Girls Trip' Teaser

1 February 2017 1:30 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The Black Hand: Leonardo DiCaprio will star in The Black Hand. Paramount Pictures will hire a writer to adapt the book by Stephan Talty, which follows a New York City police officer in the late 19th century who sought to stop a ruthless criminal enterprise from Italy. The gang kidnapped people and then extorted their families for ransom. [Deadline]   Francis & The Godfather: HBO will make Francis & The Godfather, based on the real-life drama behind the scenes of Francis Ford Coppola's famed adaptation of Mario Puzo's novel. Andrew Farotte is revising his own script, which focuses on the creation of the movie, from the hiring of writer/director Coppola to the casting of its stars to dealings with the Mafia in New York City. [Variety]   Life...

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- Peter Martin

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Francis And The Godfather In Development At HBO Films

1 February 2017 6:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The Godfather was the ninth feature film to be directed by Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola – but it was arguably the first feature film to cement him in the firmament of Hollywood as a filmmaking icon. The 1972 crime drama – with a running time just shy of three hours – went on to spawn a film trilogy that entered into popular culture, and continues to wield hefty influence today, a full 45 years after it was first released. That alone is reason enough to be very excited that HBO Films is developing Francis And The Godfather, which will seek to tell the story behind the making of that epic movie.

Based on the book by Mario Puzo, The Godfather featured a script by Puzo and Coppola, and chronicled events befalling the Corleone family, as the elderly patriarch hands control of his organised crime empire to his son. With Marlon Brando in the role of Don Vito Corleone, »

- Sarah Myles

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HBO Developing ‘Godfather’ Behind-the-Scenes Movie From Black List Script (Exclusive)

31 January 2017 1:05 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO Films is developing “Francis & the Godfather,” a scripted movie that chronicles the making of Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 feature adaptation of the novel by Mario Puzo. The script hails from screenwriter Andrew Farotte, who is revising his original screenplay that appeared on the 2015 Black List.

Mike Marcus, Doug Mankoff, and Andrew Spaulding will serve as executive producers on the film. Peter Bart, who as an executive at Paramount first optioned Puzo’s novel and worked closely with Robert Evans and Coppola, will serve as a consultant. Echo Lake Entertainment is producing.

Francis & the Godfather” tells the behind-the-scenes story of the film’s creation, from Coppola joining the project to the casting of Al Pacino and Marlon Brando to dealings with the real-life New York mafia.

Released in 1972, “The Godfather” is largely regarded as one of the greatest feature films in American history. In 1973, the film won Academy Awards for best picture, for »

- Daniel Holloway

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The 12 Best Movie Sequels Ever

6 January 2017 7:21 PM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Movie sequels are big business for Hollywood. Many fans are getting burnt-out on sequels, especially since so many of them are unnecessary. Still, let’s not forget that when they’re done right, sequels can be great. Here are a dozen of the greatest sequels ever made.

12. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982): Still the best of all the Star Trek films, this excellent sequel corrected everything that went wrong with its disappointing predecessor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The action, the humor and the character interactions were all excellent. The comparisons to Moby Dick gave it a literary flavor, and Ricardo Montalban was fantastic as the villain, Khan Noonien Singh. The death of Spock was a surprise to long-time fans, even if it didn’t last. This film made the Trek film franchise fun and set the standard for the future films.    

11. The Color Of Money »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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