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Creed, the latest film in the Rocky franchise, opens today bolstered by a 95% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is anchored by strong performances from 28-year-old Michael B. Jordan, who stars as boxer Adonis Johnson, the son of late boxer and former Rocky Balboa rival, Apollo Creed, and Sylvester Stallone, who returns for the seventh time to the role that earned him the only two Oscar nominations in his career and made him a star nearly 40 years ago.
39 years ago, in 1976, Stallone premiered the first film in the pugilistic franchise and it paid off in big dividends for the then-30-year-old actor. In addition to a best actor nomination that year, Stallone also earned a nomination for best original screenplay, becoming only the third person in history to earn nominations for both starring in and writing the same film. If that wasn’t enough, the »
- Patrick Shanley
I’ve spoken to many people in my time, but few (if any) have the same credentials as Walter Murch, whose résumé would be amazing if it was only for the collaborations with Francis Ford Coppola: editing and / or audio work on all three Godfather films and The Conversation, truly groundbreaking sound design on Apocalypse Now, editing the terribly ignored Youth Without Youth and Tetro — even being around for the early days of The Rain People and lesser-seen oddities such as Captain Eo. But that’s not the half of it, really, since he’s also been instrumental in proving how consumer-grade editing software can be as effective as high-end systems. And then there’s the work that helped George Lucas getting his career started. And the cult sensation that is his only directorial effort, Return to Oz. Or his book, In the Blink of an Eye, which is »
- Nick Newman
Everything on TV last week retroactively fell under the shadow of what happened in Paris on Friday, which made the weekend shows feel like either a welcome escape or an act of mass commiseration. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver kicked off with the host addressing the terrorists with, "Fuck these assholes." Saturday Night Live — coming back strong from last week's Trump debacle — served up both remembrance and relief, with a touching bilingual nod to France. Even when television offered comfort food, we first had to say a somber grace. »
Ah, to be Diane Keaton. To have starred in such classics as The Godfather and The First Wives’ Club. When you're someone like Diane Keaton and you go on a press tour, well, the world works a little different than it does for most other stars. You get to bring samples of your new chilled wine brand "The Keaton" on Ellen while you promote Love the Coopers, and then you get to talk about your crushes, and how you've considered being a cougar, but haven't really gotten into yet. The conversation turns, as it does on many a wine-soaked afternoon, to that young Justin Bieber fellow, who, as Ellen points out, has gotten awful fit recently. You admit passing crush for Bieber, and suddenly, as he is wont to do during Ellen's Bieber Week, Justin emerges from backstage to hug you. It's shocking. It's wonderful. He leaves. You return to »
- Jackson McHenry
The story of The Shawshank Redemption, adapted from the Stephen King short story Rita Hayworth and The Shawshank Redemption from his Different Seasons book of novellas, has fast become a modern classic. The 1994 film on which it is based is regarded as being one of the best films ever made, and currently resides at the number one spot on famed website the IMDb as the greatest film ever made, beating The Godfather, The Godfather Part II and 12 Angry Men. It was also voted the biggest ever Oscar snub back in 1995.
The story revolves around the incarceration of Andy Dufresne, »
- Paul Heath
John Benjamin Hickey, Christopher Denham and Mamie Gummer have gone from “Manhattan” to Manhattan. The trio of actors from the Wgn America period drama are on stage in New York this fall in high-profile legit projects just as the much-praised series’ second season is unfolding on Wgna.
Hickey is starring as a gay man grappling with fatherhood in Lincoln Center Theater’s “Dada Woof Papa Hot,” which opens tonight and runs through Jan. 3. Denham is starring opposite Al Pacino in David Mamet’s latest two-hander “China Doll,” which runs Nov. 19 through Jan. 31 at Gerald Schoenfeld Theater. Gummer is playing a Afghanistan war veteran and burn victim in Roundabout Theater Co.’s “Ugly Lies the Bone,” which bowed Oct. 13 and runs through Dec. 6.
In between rehearsals and previews, Hickey, Denham and Gummer took a break at the theater district watering hole Joe Allen last month for an oh-so-actorly conversation about flexing »
- Cynthia Littleton
Silver Skies screens Sunday November 8th at 6:45pm at The Tivoli Theater as part of this year’s St. Louis International Film Festival. The film’s director, Rosemary Rodriguez, will be in attendance and will receive Sliff’s ‘Women in Film’ Award.Ticket information for the event can be found Here
With humor and compassion, Silver Skies chronicles the unexpected developments that occur when a group of eccentric seniors have their lives turned upside down by the sale of their beloved apartment complex. A refreshingly original story about getting older and trying to hold tight to the American Dream, the film features a cast of much-loved screen icons: George Hamilton, Valerie Perrine, Barbara Bain, Jack McGee, Alex Rocco, Mariette Hartley, Jack Betts, and Howard Hesseman. Far from playing their usual roles, however, the actors fully inhabit characters of real complexity: Long-time pals Phil and Nick (Hamilton and McGee) tenderly »
- Tom Stockman
The seemingly unadaptable "Atlas Shrugged" (1957), Ayn Rand's 1,200-page paean to unfettered American capitalism, has another suitor—or, to put it more precisely, the same suitor has returned to revive the screen version he's been pursuing for four decades. "The Godfather" producer Albert S. Ruddy has finally acquired the rights to the novel, the New York Times reports, and hopes to turn Rand's dystopian industrial epic into a "six- or eight-hour" TV version. (Meanwhile, "The Deer Hunter" director Michael Cimino is still determined to adapt Rand's 1943 novel, "The Fountainhead.") Read More: "6 Reasons Why Michael Cimino Will Never Work in Hollywood Again (Video)" The history of Hollywood's attempts to develop "Atlas Shrugged," for film and television alike, is as tortured as Rand's prose. Ruddy himself approached the author in the early 1970s, only to be turned down when he refused to grant Rand script approval; »
- Matt Brennan
Movie sequels are meant to follow the law of diminishing returns, but the following fought that law - and won.
Of course, this is all a matter of opinion, and if you personally think Babe: Pig in the City is better than the original - hint: it's not - do let us know in the comment box below.
1. The Dark Knight (2008)
The best of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy? Undoubtedly. Quite why it's so great is hard to put a finger on, because there are so many reasons, from Heath Ledger's stunning turn as The Joker to that truck flip.
Endlessly rewatchable, this is a dark and complex crime film that brings the very best out of the superhero genre. Just don't talk about The Dark Knight Rises, okay?
2. Toy Story 2 (1999)
Veteran film-maker describes human tragedy in countries such as Greece as an ‘obscenity’ and says global community must unite to help resolve it
The Oscar-winning director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now, Francis Ford Coppola, has called for America and other nations to contribute financially towards Europe’s struggles in the face of waves of migration from war zones in Syria and elsewhere.
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- Ben Child
The Royal Albert Hall in London are aceing it at the moment with their constant stream of film screenings, which are accompanied by a live orchestra. As well as the upcoming screenings of Frozen, Star Trek and The Godfather, the historic London venue will host showings of Raiders Of The Lost Ark and now Gladiator in 2016. Gladiator has already been shown at the Rah, all of the way back in 2014, but due to popular demand, it will return next May.
Here’s the official press release, along with details on how you can bag yourself some tickets (they are sure to sell out fast).
Maximus Decimus Meridius will have his vengeance again, accompanied by an on-stage orchestra, as Gladiator Live returns to the Royal Albert Hall next year, due to staggering popular demand.
Ridley Scott’s legendary swords-and-sandals epic is coming back to the iconic London venue – its auditorium famously »
- Paul Heath
Listen to me Marlon is a documentary on the life story of one of film and stage’s greatest actors, narrated by Marlon Brando himself. Hundreds of hours of archive audio of Brando explaining his craft is used to chart his career, which included legendary performances in On the Waterfront, The Godfather and A Streetcar Named Desire. Listen to me Marlon is on release in the UK from 23 October, on digital download from 9 November and on DVD & Blu-ray from 30 November
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- Guardian Staff
Ahead of its release next month, a poster has arrived online for the festive comedy Love the Coopers, which we have for you here…
See Also: Watch the first trailer for Love the Coopers
Love The Coopers follows the Cooper clan as four generations of extended family come together for their annual Christmas Eve celebration. As the evening unfolds, a series of unexpected visitors and unlikely events turn to night upside down, leading them all toward a surprising rediscovery of family bonds and the spirit of the holiday.
Directed by Jesse Nelson (I Am Sam), Love The Coopers features an all-star cast including Ed Helms (Vacation), Olivia Wilde (Rush), Amanda Seyfried (Ted 2), June Squibb (Nebraska), Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War), Alan Arkin (Going In Style), John Goodman (The Gambler) and Diane Keaton (The Godfather). The film hits Us cinemas on November 13th and UK cinemas on December 4th. »
- Gary Collinson
Francis Ford Coppola makes a lot more wine than he does movies nowadays. We haven’t seen a film from the iconic director behind The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation for four years now. His last picture, Twixt, came and went. Over the past decade Coppola has been directing some of his most experimental work, not what he calls “factory movies,” which […]
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- Jack Giroux
This week, Neil Calloway suggests some films that would work well as TV shows…
With the new series of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. now underway, the Limitless TV show having just debuted in the Us, and talk of a Game of Thrones movie being made (later denied). There’s even a TV show (the second, following a short-lived 1990 show) of the John Hughes/John Candy classic Uncle Buck coming soon. Add in the Minority Report TV show, and the just announced Lethal Weapon series and we have truly entered the age of the TV and film crossover.
The line between TV and film is growing smaller. The “small screen” is no longer seen as a step down from the cinema, largely because our TVs are no longer small, and people are watching what awful people call “content” in the same way – streaming it to their TV, laptop or tablet. Martin Scorsese, »
- Neil Calloway
By Lee Pfeiffer
It's rare that a feature included as a bonus in a Blu-ray release of a classic movie would rate having us provide a separate review. However, director Richard Shepard's acclaimed documentary "I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazle" merits exceptional treatment. The 2009 movie gained considerable praise when first released but suffered the fate of most documentaries in that it was not widely seen outside of the art house circuit and a DVD release the following year. Fortunately, Warner Home Video had the good instincts to include it in their 40th anniversary Blu-ray release of "Dog Day Afternoon" (click here for review) , a film in which Cazale stole the show despite sharing the screen with some of the most talented actors on the planet. The documentary packs a great deal into it's all-too-brief 40 minute running time and sheds much light on the career of Cazale, perhaps »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Francis Ford Coppola is, quite possibly, the director of some of cinema’s finest moments, with the three ‘Godfather’ films and “Apocalypse Now.” And, while the magnitude of these works ought to never be overlooked, the fact of the matter is that some of his other (and in one case, in this writer’s opinion, better) films often end up buried in the periphery of the praise that has slowly amassed over the decades. Said better film? The 1974 Gene Hackman espionage thriller “The Conversation.” Wedged right in there between “The Godfather” and “The Godfather Part II,” the flick was undervalued — but surely never forgotten — for quite some time, but has seen a resurgence in recent years (thank you Netflix). Now, a new video essay from the folks over at The Discarded Image has taken on the rather incredible opening sequence for their newest installment. Read More: Retrospective: The Films of Francis Ford Coppola “The Conversation, »
- Gary Garrison
Three young d.p.’s were honored on Saturday night at the American Society of Cinematographers’ Gordon Willis Student Heritage Awards, designed to showcase the next generation of filmmakers. The honors, named after the late d.p. behind “The Godfather” trilogy, were announced at the organization’s clubhouse in Hollywood.
Honorees included Graduate Award winner Steven Holloway from American University for “The Defeat X3”; Undergraduate Award winner Nicolas Aguilar Ketchum from Chapman University for “Run”; and Documentary Award winner Rob Scribner of Full Sail University for “Warbird Pilot: Behind the Visor.”
There were 13 competitors total, with six each in the narrative categories.
To be considered, participants must be recommended by instructors at their respective film schools. A blue ribbon panel of Asc members then judges the submission.
- Steve Chagollan
I’m a massive fan of heist films. There’s just something so entertaining and gripping as sitting down and watching films like Heat, Reservoir Dogs, or in this case, Dog Day Afternoon. Easily one of my favorite subgenres of film, films like the ones mentioned above were all able to not only tell a very tightly wound tale, but offered their viewers characters that leaped off of the screen Every Single Time you revisited them. Sidney Lumet’s 1975 classic Dog Day Afternoon gave its viewers a wild ride of a film, and one that offered its audience something entirely different, from its ability to sympathize with its antagonists all the way to its true story of a man robbing a bank to pay for his lover’s sex change. It’s a completely unique and lasting film, and not only does Warner Bros.’ new 40th Anniversary Bluray give fans »
- Jerry Smith
Do you enjoy special-effects laden blockbusters? How about gritty crime dramas? Or biting comedies? The New Hollywood movement helped to make all of these possible in mainstream cinema.
New Hollywood is less a trend about the kinds of films that were produced and more about the people making them. The New Hollywood movement was about a new generation of filmmakers who came of age in the 60’s and went on to define filmmaking in the 70’s. These are filmmakers who went against tradition to push film to new heights and explore new genres and ideas. New Hollywood is the passing of the torch from the classic era of filmmaking to the modern era. It showed us both how great intimate character-focused dramas could be, but it also expanded the possibilities of what film could be, giving birth to the blockbuster. The New Hollywood movement is the foundation upon which current cinema is based. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
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