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Palm Springs, CA (December 19, 2014) . The 26th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival(Psiff) will present Academy Award-winning actor Robert Duvall with the Icon Award and Academy Award-nominated director Alejandro G. Iñárritu with the Director of the Year Award for Birdman at its annual Awards Gala. The Gala will also present awards to previously announced honorees Richard Linklater, Julianne Moore, David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Eddie Redmayne, J.K. Simmons, Reese Witherspoon and the cast of The Imitation Game. Presented by Cartier, and hosted by Mary Hart, the Awards Gala will be held Saturday, January 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. The Festival runs January 2-12.
.Robert Duvall gives an outstanding and amazingly realistic performance as Judge Joseph Palmer in The Judge,. said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. .This is sure to be remembered in his long listof iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, »
“This is sure to be remembered in his long list of iconic character roles, including Tom Hagen in The Godfather films, Gus McCrae in Lonesome Dove, Mac Sledge in Tender Mercies, Lt. Colonel Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now, The Apostle and so many others.”
“By creating the illusion that the film was shot in one take and directing award-worthy performances by Michael Keaton, Edward Norton, Emma Stone and a star-studded cast, Iñárritu has created a brilliant and original dark comedy in Birdman,” said Matzner »
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By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
“I was sort of blasted out of a cannon,” the legendary Al Pacino told me when we sat down last week for an hour-long conversation about his life, career and most recent performance — his best in years, in my opinion — in Barry Levinson‘s The Humbling. “Five films, five Oscar nominations. I blew out with The Godfather and I didn’t know what was happening to me. I was drinking and doing and having fun and not having fun and dying and going crazy — I was doing all of those things — but I kept going. I didn’t know where I was… I knew how explosive it was, but I was inebriated most of the time. I was trying to numb up to get through it.”
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- Anjelica Oswald
"I was sort of blasted out of a cannon," the legendary Al Pacino told me when we sat down last week for an hour-long conversation about his life, career and most recent performance — his best in years, in my opinion — in Barry Levinson's The Humbling. "Five films, five Oscar nominations. I blew out with The Godfather and I didn't know what was happening to me. I was drinking and doing and having fun and not having fun and dying and going crazy — I was doing all of those things — but I kept going. I
- Scott Feinberg
Oscar winning film icon Al Pacino has heaped praise on the recent Marvel film Guardians of the Galaxy, and has revealed that he has spoken with the powers-that-be at Marvel about appearing in a future McU film project. Come in to find out more.
It’s nice to get praise from a legend. That’s how director James Gunn must feel. A few months ago, acting legend Al Pacino (The Godfather, Godfather Part 2, Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, Scarface, Scent of a Woman, Heat, Insomnia) laid numerous compliments upon Gunn’s sci-fi/comedy Guardians of the Galaxy. He even commented that it had Shakespearean elements. Pacino admits that he is a fan of the recent output coming from Marvel. In fact, he’s such a fan that he is open to appearing in a Marvel project. There have even been some discussions.
During a recent MTV podcast, he revealed that he »
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That’s according to the 74-year old actor himself, who revealed the intriguing tidbit in an interview with the Happy Sad Confused Podcast. Here’s what the Oscar-winning actor had to say on the matter.
“I’ve met with the Marvel guy [Kevin Feige]. It’s a Marvel how things happen. I would imagine either there’s something he feels is right for me, or…” which is when Pacino’s phone began to ring. “Every time we talk about Marvel, that’s what happens.”
Oh, Pacino, you tease. As a self-proclaimed fan of Guardians of the Galaxy, the revered actor is already an admirer of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, after describing James Gunn’s ensemble piece as “amazing, inventive, and beautiful.” High praise indeed from one »
- Michael Briers
Now it’s getting busy. Awards season, that is. Judging from the frantic calls trying to schedule interviews and other things as various voting deadlines loom, I would say we are in the thick of it. Golden Globe nomination ballots are due back Monday. SAG nominating ballots go out now, and both key precursor verdicts will be announced next week along with AFI’s annual 10 best list coming out on Monday morning. La Film Critics will be announcing their picks on Sunday, then its the nominations from the Broadcast Film Critics Association’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, which wound up predicting every eventual 2013 Oscar winner except Makeup and Foreign Film. There are junkets galore and tons of events going on in NYC this week, and here on the West Coast the activity is no less crazy, with several contenders trying to make any impression they can on voters — particularly Oscar »
- Pete Hammond
It’s the most wonderful time of the year (again), and as usual it’s getting to those last few weeks before the big day when creative ideas and planning make way for frantic grabs at whatever is left on the shelves after the Black Friday zombie hordes have cleared everything out.
But fear not: because the best of Christmas is watching movies, re-watching old TV specials and trying hard to forget that George Lucas ever decided that anyone wanted a Star Wars Christmas show, there’ll always be a helping hand round these parts for those who want it.
So if you’re buying for a difficult brother, a picky sister or just for the film, gaming or TV fan in your life, what follows is a compendium of the finest gift ideas for this year’s festivities, as usual there are massive opportunities to win most of what has been included… »
- Simon Gallagher
Frank Yablans, the president of Paramount Pictures during the fertile early ’70s era that produced films including “The Godfather” and “Chinatown,” died of natural causes Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans. He was 79.
Born in Brooklyn, Frank Yablans was brother of producer Irwin Yablans. He got his start in showbiz working for Warner Bros., Disney and Filmways, and in the late 1960s became exec VP of sales at Paramount, where he worked on marketing the hit film “Love Story.”
The success of the tearjerker led to his being named president of the studio in 1971; he held the post until 1975. Yablans was a pioneer in advocating wide openings on films like “The Godfather, »
- Pat Saperstein
Former Paramount Pictures president Frank Yablans has died, his son, ICM Partners agent Eddy Yablans, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 79. He died peacefully at his Los Angeles home of natural causes on Thanksgiving Day, his son said. Read more Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films During his tenure at Paramount, Yablans worked with production chief Robert Evans, and the studio released Oscar best-picture winner The Godfather (1972) and its first sequel, as well as Serpico (1973), Paper Moon (1973), Chinatown (1974) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974). Later, Yablans served as vice chairman and COO of MGM/United Artists under Kirk Kerkorian. Yablans produced and contributed
- Hilary Lewis, Mike Barnes
The first time I went to the movies was in 1994 at the age of five. It was the first outing that my sister and I were privy to that didn’t involve coloring mats, kid’s menus, or a playground. This was something adults got to do. This was something magical. The Regal theatre didn’t appear to be very large driving past it a couple of times a week, but walking in through the entrance everything appeared larger and more grand. The lobby was checkered with posters of coming attractions and standees for summer blockbusters. Four hallways led to sixteen individual screens for that weekend’s exhibitions.
My father handed me my ticket and I ran quickly to hand it to the older gentleman in a red satin vest. “Is this your first show?” he asked, I nodded enthusiastically to signal yes. “Well enjoy the show” he added as »
- Colin Biggs
Without a doubt, one of the most important American filmmakers in the history of the medium is Francis Ford Coppola. A third-generation Italian-American, Coppola studied at UCLA and was one of many directors of the era that came up under B-movie maestro Roger Corman before being embraced by the cinematic establishment after winning an Oscar for co-writing "Patton" and directing megahit "The Godfather," often named as one of the greatest films ever. With that achievement, Coppola became the first among the movie brats, which included pals like George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, to go onto great success for the rest of the 1970s, with two Best Picture Oscars (plus another nomination), and two Palme D'or trophies at Cannes. The 1980s were more mixed, and the 1990s even moreso, before Coppola took an extended break from filmmaking (though still stood as the scion of a filmmaking family that includes children Sofia and Roman, »
- The Playlist Staff
Al Pacino will host a black tie dinner event in Leeds next year.
The Scarface star will take to the stage to talk about his successful movie career and will also answer questions from fans.
The exclusive event will take place at the Leeds Centenary Pavilion on April 18, 2015.
An Evening With Al Pacino will be hosted by the same production company who held An Evening With Arnold Schwarzenegger last week (November 16) in London.
Stephen Oleksewycz, Managing Director of Olexyfresh Promotions, said: "Al Pacino is The Godfather of American movies and to be bringing him to Leeds for movie fans is a fantastic way to follow the Arnold event which was amazing."
Oleksewycz added: "Leeds did us proud and we know that as well as local fans people travelled from all over the world to the event.
"We wanted to bring another legend to the venue as a thank you and »
Al Pacino has worked with some truly great directors -- Francis Ford Coppola, Oliver Stone, Steven Soderbergh, and Sidney Lumet, to name a few -- but the greatest of them all, he says, is the late Mike Nichols, who died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at age 83. Us Weekly caught up with the actor at New York City's 21 Club, where he attended a Peggy Siegal luncheon to promote his movie The Humbling just hours after news broke of Nichols' death. The Godfather star, 74, worked with [...] »
Crackle has some new spy thriller entertainment coming your way. The online distributor will release its original, feature-length film The Throwaways on its site on December 19, 2014. The film centers around a character named Drew Reynolds (played by Sam Huntington of Being Human and Superman Returns fame), a hacker captured by the CIA and offered either a job with the organization or life in prison. Reynolds joins a “throwaway” group of the CIA’s least-favored agents, including Colonel Christopher Holden (played by James Caan from The Godfather) and combat specialist Dan Fisher (portrayed by Kevin Dillon of Platoon). Together, the three aim to take out a cyber-terrorist bent on destruction. Written by Michael Ross of Jerry McGuire, The Throwaways co-stars Katie McGrath from Merlin, Christian Hillborg of The Bridge, and Jack Kesy of The Strain. Jeremy Renner (The Hurt Locker, The Avengers) and his colleague Don Handfield (Kill the Messenger) executive »
- Bree Brouwer
The famous artist Laurent Durieux has tackled one of the greatest and most critically acclaimed films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather. The officially licensed poster has been put together by Odd City Entertainment and is on sale at www.oddcitystore.com.
I love movies, but I've never been a big memorabilia guy. I've mostly got posters -- though they're no longer on my walls -- as well as commercialized scripts, some coffee table books, and "limited edition" trinkets that come with various blu-ray/DVD packages, which I can never seem to find a legitimate use for. However, for those of you a bit more memorabilia-inclined, and with a little discretionary income to burn through, you could actually live inside a piece of memorabilia, which could be the ultimate display of movie fandom if you ask me, even more so than pimping out your DeLorean Back to the Future style. The New York Post reports the Staten Island mansion where The Godfather was filmed is officially on the market, and it is listed for only $2.89 million, but can you really put a price on a piece of film history such as thisc Sure, »
- Jordan Benesh
What's even better than buying Don Corleone's coat? Buying the house where the iconic 1972 movie The Godfather was filmed. The estate featured in the film is back on the market for $2.89 million through Staten Island-based Connie Profaci Realty. The 6,248-square-foot mansion, which sits on a 24,000-square-foot open expanse, provided the backdrop to a number of memorable scenes for the Corleone clan. Most notably, the lavish Sicilian-style wedding of Connie Corleone, played by Talia Shire, was filmed outside the house, and the backyard (where there's now a pool) is where Don Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, died of a heart attack while playing with his grandson. »
- Aurelie Corinthios, @acorinthios
What's even better than buying Don Corleone's coat? Buying the house where the iconic 1972 movie The Godfather was filmed. The estate featured in the film is back on the market for $2.89 million through Staten Island-based Connie Profaci Realty. The 6,248-square-foot mansion, which sits on a 2,400-square-foot open expanse, provided the backdrop to a number of memorable scenes for the Corleone clan. Most notably, the lavish Sicilian-style wedding of Connie Corleone, played by Talia Shire, was filmed outside the house, and the backyard (where there's now a pool) is where Don Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, died of a heart attack while playing with his grandson. »
- Aurelie Corinthios
File this one under "Classics". Odd City Entertainment has debuted some impressive artwork for a new print they're selling next week for the legendary cinema classic The Godfather. This new print by French artist Laurent Durieux is specifically for The Godfather: Part I (does that mean he'll be releasing Part II and maybe III eventually?) but is being sold in full-size 24"x36" screen prints which I'm sure will look beautiful in person. They're selling 325 prints of the regular edition for $65 each, and 150 prints of the red variant edition for $100 each. Even if this isn't your favorite film of all-time, it's still worth taking a look at the art. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." Here is Laurent Durieux's new print with variant below: Regular Version: Variant Version: Which one are you getting? Additional details: Odd City will be releasing a limited edition screen print for Francis Ford Coppola's film, »
- Alex Billington
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