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Hey, it certainly sounds better than Twixt. THR reports that Francis Ford Coppola is readying a new feature that should appeal to more of his traditional fanbase. The film is currently untitled, but the outlet reports that it “will chronicle an Italian-American family and span from the 1930s to the 1960s.” The project is also described as “a coming-of-age story that focuses on a boy and girl in their late teens.” While details are obviously slim as of now, The Wrap’s Jeff Snider also tweeted today that “Dance will be a key element in the new Francis Ford Coppola movie. That’s all, folks.” So that’s…something. Oh, is this going to be a new Dirty Dancing? Is that it? Coppola is currently writing the screenplay himself, and while the project has no firm studio commitments (despite having offices on the Paramount lot), a pair of casting directors have already been brought on (Courtney Bright and »
- Kate Erbland
Genre: Animation | Family | Fantasy
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Writer: Hayao Miyazaki
MPAA Rating: G
Run Time: 86 minutes
Disney proudly celebrates the 25th anniversary of “My Neighbor Totoro,” the acclaimed Studio Ghibli film about the magic of friendship and sisterhood from Academy Award®-winning director Hayao Miyazaki (Best Animated Feature, 2002, ”Spirited Away”) – with the film’s Blu-ray debut on May 21, 2013.
Arriving for the first time on Disney Blu-ray with a spectacular new HD digital transfer, perfect picture and sound, the highly-anticipated release of “My Neighbor Totoro” features the fantastic voice talents of Timothy Daly, Lea Salonga and real-life sisters Dakota Fanning and Elle Fanning.
Lauded as “one of the most beloved of all family films” by critic Roger Ebert, “My Neighbor Totoro” is the heartwarming story of sisters Satsuki (voiced by Dakota Fanning) and Mei (voiced by Elle Fanning). Much to their delight, when Satsuki and her four-year-old sister Mei move »
- Jess Orso
Chicago – I usually avoid this kind of hyperbole but I adore the best of Studio Ghibli and know their entire catalog well and so I feel I can say it — “My Neighbor Totoro” is one of the best family films of all time. Hayao Miyazaki’s gentle variation on “Alice in Wonderland,” has everything that we identify with Ghibli, including a respect for nature, magical sense of fantasy, and importance of family.
Available in HD for the first time, “Totoro” is a must-own. While “Howl’s Moving Castle,” also released this week, doesn’t quite stand with the best of Miyazaki (“Totoro,” “Spirited Away,” “Nausicaa,” and “Princess Mononoke,” for the record), it’s still a fun movie and a great fit for HD. It looks beautiful. Miyazaki is timeless and being able to see films as visually stunning as the Ghibli works on Blu-ray is a gift. I wish they were all available. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: Richard Lagravanese
Running Time: 2 hrs 4 mins
Due Out: May 21, 2013
“Beautiful Creatures ” available on Blu-ray Combo pack, DVD and Digital Download 5/21
Plot: A young man in South Carolina (Ehrenreich) falls for a new classmate (Englert) who has superpowers.
Who’S It For? The teen demographic is definitely the target of this film, as Beautiful Creatures features typical high school drama, and even extended make-out sessions. Driven by honest performances, this movie is for the supernatural-inclined young adult crowd who are at least somewhat familiar with Twilight, etc.
The most effective spell cast by Beautiful Creatures is indeed its two leading cast members, who are newcomers to the game of Hollywood moviemaking. Previously, Ehrenreich has only been scene in less mainstream »
- Nick Allen
• Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed) is set to join Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. The story follows 35-year-old husband, father, and struggling actor Aiden Bloom (Braff), who decides to home school his kids when his father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin, playing another Saul) has to stop funding their private education. Hudson will play the part of Braff’s wife. Braff famously funded this project through a Kickstarter campaign that actually still has three days left. At the time of posting, the project had raised over $690K beyond its goal of $2 million. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect »
- Lindsey Bahr
After launching a career with commercial hits like “Contraband” and “X-Men: First Class,” Caleb Landry Jones is back to more arthouse driven projects, as the actor has attached himself to John Slattery’s directorial debut, “God’s Pocket” and “Low Down,” starring John Hawkes.
In “God’s Pocket,” Jones joins a cast that already includes Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins and Christina Hendricks, with Seymour Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Productions and Park Pictures producing.
Story revolves around the uncovering of the truth about a young man’s death that the dead-end town of God’s Pocket is trying to keep buried. Jones plays the young man.
Story revolves around the life of pianist Joe Albany (Hawkes) from the perspective »
- Justin Kroll
Moviefone's New Release of the Week “Side Effects” What's it about? Side effects may occur in this psychological thriller about a new prescription drug gone awry starring Rooney Mara and Jude Law. Why we're In: This film manages to bring sexy and scary into balance, and the cast is a winning combination. Moviefone's Blu-ray of the Week “My Neighbor Totoro” What's it about? A classic animated film about two Japanese girls who meet a furry forest sprite, created by acclaimed Japanese director Hayao Miyazaki and featuring voice performances by young Dakota Fanning and her little sister Elle Fanning. Why we're In: “Totoro” is a beloved classic, and we're glad to see it being brought to life once again in Blu-ray. New on DVD & Blu-ray “The Last Stand” What's it about? Arnold Schwarzenegger is a Los Angeles cop-turned-border town sherriff in this shoot-‘em-up, action-packed movie. Johnny Knoxville provides the yucks. »
- Natasha Young
The next film from legendary director Francis Ford Coppola, Twixt, is on its way to home video. Look for it from 20th Century Fox on Blu-ray and DVD July 30th. Or... don't. From what we hear it's kinda crappy. Time will tell.
Inspired by the Gothic horror of Edgar Allan Poe, Francis Ford Coppola's latest tells the tale of a burnt-out mystery writer (Val Kilmer) who gets mixed up in murder and evil in a California town. Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, David Paymer, and Ben Chaplin also star.
A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night, in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He's unsure of her connection to the murder in the town but is grateful for the story being handed to him. »
- Uncle Creepy
After a long, long absence from filmmaking, legendary "The Godfather" helmer Francis Ford Coppola resurfaced a few years back with some of his most impressive works since the early 1980s. We didn't wholeheartedly adore either "Youth Without Youth" or "Tetro," but there was still much to admire, and furthermore, they felt like Coppola had returned to filmmaking with the vigor and energy of a young man, suggesting much more to come. His next film, "Twixt," continued that approach; an experimental, partly 3D horror film starring Val Kilmer and Elle Fanning, which Coppola planned to take on the road, remixing the film live with an iPad. It was an impressively forward-thinking approach for the veteran filmmaker, even if, according to most of the reviews, including our own, it worked better in theory than in practice. The film never had a real release, though it did pop up on one screen on the West Coast in August, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt first premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival back in 2011, and a new report reveals that it’s finally getting a Us Blu-ray/DVD release. Blu-ray.com received early word from Fox Home Entertainment, who let retailers know that the movie will be available on July 30th. Bonus features have not yet been revealed, but we should have more details next month.
“A writer with a declining career arrives in a small town as part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl. That night in a dream, he is approached by a mysterious young ghost named V. He’s unsure of her connection to the murder in the town, but is grateful for the story being handed to him. Ultimately he is led to the truth of the story, surprised to find that the ending has »
- Jonathan James
Sofia Coppola's intuitive and atmospheric tale of teen burglars who target Hollywood celebrities is an unexpected pleasure
Sofia Coppola is a director who has perplexed and annoyed many with her indulgent portraits of poor little rich-and-famous girls. Personally, I couldn't sit still for her last film, Somewhere, which featured Elle Fanning as the adored and adorable teen daughter of a famous actor dad. Her movies have been in danger of becoming gritless oysters of non-satire, lenient insider studies, offering celluloid hugs to the cossetted comfortable.
But her new film, the opening gala to the Un Certain Regard section of Cannes, is an interesting surprise. There is something in her unjudging approach that is unexpectedly appropriate – and effective. It lets her get up close and personal to the story and characters, which conventional irony (from a director like Larry Clark or a writer like Bret Easton Ellis) wouldn't get near. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The Jeff Preiss-directed film centres around a 1960s jazz pianist (Hawkes) who plays with the greats, but also struggles with heroin addiction. The action is seen through the eyes of his daughter (Fanning).
Manning will play a failed actress and sometime junkie who struggles to care for her son. Close and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea's roles have not been revealed.
Close, meanwhile, has been »
• If Jon Favreau’s Chef was ever in danger of receiving adequate financing, he can probably breathe easy now. Robert Downey Jr. has signed on to join the independent comedy. Downey Jr. and Favreau have worked together for years on the Iron Man franchise. Favreau plays the role of Happy Hogan, and also directed the first two films. In Chef, which Favreau wrote — and will direct and star in — a recently fired chef tries to regain control of his craft by opening a food truck. Modern Family’s Sofia Vergara is also set to star. [Deadline]
• Kate Winslet will star in the period film, »
- Lindsey Bahr
Taryn Manning, the Hustle & Flow and 8 Mile actress who recently appeared in Hawaii Five-o and Sons of Anarchy, has joined the cast of indie feature Low Down. The movie stars John Hawkes and Elle Fanning with the roll call also including Glenn Close, Peter Dinklage and Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The story centers on a jazz pianist (Hawkes) who played with greats such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis but struggled with heroin addiction. This movie tells his story through the eyes of his daughter (Fanning). Manning will play a failed actress turned junkie
- Borys Kit
Richard Madden: Game of Thrones’ King of the North to play Prince Charming in Cinderella Richard Madden, Game of Thrones‘ King of the North Robb Stark, has been cast as Prince Charming in Disney’s live-action retelling of the Cinderella fairy-tale. A few days ago, Lily James (Wrath of the Titans, Downton Abbey) was announced as the actress to try on Cinderella’s tiny glass slippers. The other major Cinderella cast member announced so far is Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett (Katharine Hepburn in The Aviator), who’ll play the evil Lady Tremaine, Cinderella’s wicked stepmother — perhaps with shades of Queen Elizabeth I? Cinderella follows in the (sizable) footsteps of other fairy-tales that have reached the world’s screens in recent years: Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010), starring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1.02 billion worldwide. Tarsem Singh’s Mirror Mirror »
- Zac Gille
Although the theme was Punk: Chaos to Couture, many stars took the suggestion a little too literally on the carpet. Were these looks couture or too costume? Vote below.
The Costume Institute Benefit at The Metropolitan Museum on May 6 in New York City brought hundreds of stars to the glorious red carpet. While some stars hit the mark, like Miley Cyrus, others took the theme too far. Who rocked the craziest makeup look of the night, HollywoodLifers?
Met Ball Makeup — Punk Rock Rules
Elle Fanning wore a romantic half up-do but her eye makeup was all wrong! She wore hot pink eyeliner with one inch long wings. On top, she wore royal blue eyeshadow. Color overkill! Even though she’s young and should be talking beauty risks, this was not the right move!
Lily Collins wore blue streaks in her wavy brown hair. Her hair streaks were definitely cool and »
- Dory Larrabee
While so many stylish stars stunned on the red carpet, unfortunately not everyone landed on our best dressed list! Check out the wild and wacky looks from the Met Gala right here and Vote for which look you thought was the worst.
The Met Gala is quite arguably the most fashionable night of the year — and that means you definitely don’t want to wind up on the worst dressed list! Unfortunately for a few stars sometimes a high-fashion risk can wind up landing you in the miss category — and that’s what happened to these stars when they arrived at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6 to celebrate the opening of Punk: Chaos to Couture in NYC.
Met Gala Worst Dressed:
While Elle Fanning is always one we love to watch on the red carpet, the stylish teen let us down when she stepped out in an interesting Rodarte gown. »
- Katrina Mitzeliotis
Or, "If These Dresses Were Living Beings, Some Mean People Would Probably Bully Them." ... But that's a big, unfunny joke, though, guys, because nothing in life deserves to be bullied, which is exactly why we're going to bully these dresses -- because they aren't living entities. But man, here it is -- the Worst Dressed of the 2013 Met Gala, and wow. Aren't they just the worst? Sarah Jessica Parker Yes, Sarah Jessica Parker, who thinks that there should be another "Sex and the City" movie, which, the possibility is really a moot point right now, is definitely dressing like Carrie Bradshaw would dress at an upscale, eighties-themed prom, complete with the awkwardness and sadness that goes along with a senior prom most times. Lily ColeWas Lily Cole trying to go for "Scariest Doll-Looking Thing of the Night", or was that just a happy coincidence? Because if you've ever watched "Are You Afraid of the Dark? »
- tooFab Staff
It's a punk-themed Met Gala 2013 -- complete with some crazy dye jobs and a Morticia-Addams-meets-Billy-Idol look. But how did the sister pairs fare?
Above are twins Mary-Kate (right) and Ashley Olsen (left). Mk seems to be channeling Little Edie in a navy blue dress and yellow coat with fur cuffs and collar, while Ashley is sporting an orange sparkly dress with a sheer overlay.
We aren't sure either one of them screams "punk" -- what do you think?
Below (top) are sisters Rooney (right) and Kate Mara (left). They might win for the least-similar outfits out of the pairs of sisters. Rooney seems to be equating "punk" with "goth," while Kate looks late for the homecoming dance.
Finally, we have Dakota (right) and Elle Fanning (left). Elle's a little too hippie to be punk and Dakota just looks pretty.
Thoughts, readers? Which sisterly pair got it right for the punk night? »
While the 2013 punk-themed Met Gala certainly didn't disappoint with fab fashions, there were certain guests whose looks were more chaotic than couture. Some gals ignored the theme altogether, like Elle Fanning, whose psychedelic tie-dye print Rodarte dress and matching multihued eye makeup had us scratching our heads Katy Perry's bizarre Dolce and Gabbana crown-and-embellished-dress combo also felt more baroque than punk, and we didn't quite buy the explanation she gave Vogue about "channeling the original queen of punk, Joan of Arc." And then there were those who were a little too enthusiastic in embracing the punk-inspired looks, like Madonna, whose over-the-top combination of fishnet, »
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