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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
Here’s an offer you can’t refuse. (Sorry, I had to). Popular and talented poster artist Laurent Durieux has tackled one of the most iconic films of all time: Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather. The officially licensed poster will be available for pre-sale on Monday November 17 and, below, you can get all the details on […]
- Germain Lussier
The mansion that stood in for the Corleone family home in "The Godfather" is up for sale, though based on how much cash you're willing to spend, it may or may not be an offer you can't refuse.
According to The Guardian, the Staten Island, New York home is selling for just under $3 million, though the sprawling property -- and place in film history -- seem to make it worth the hefty pricetag. The listing boasts five bedrooms, seven bathrooms, two offices, and four garages, along with a saltwater pool in the backyard. And according to a real estate agent, the house's kitchen is "to die for."
That seems appropriate, since the home was the headquarters of a mob family. Though its interior was not used for filming, it was in the background of a number of scenes, including the wedding of daughter Connie Corleone (Talia Shire).
While some film »
- Katie Roberts
We here at Collider are happy to give you an exclusive early look at artist Laurent Durieux’s limited edition screen print for one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather. The print was created for Odd City and will be on sale in three versions starting Monday, November 17th around 11am Cst. There’s the regular edition, which goes for $65, the variant edition for $100, and a wood edition for $300 with a limited run of 50. A limited number of each version is available so you’ll have to act fast to get one of these on your hands, and after getting a look at the poster you’ll no doubt want to. Take a look at both the regular and variant editions of the poster after the jump. Title: Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather Part I Artist: Laurent Durieux Wood Edition (regular color way): 50 prints, $300 each »
- Adam Chitwood
By Anjelica Oswald
Oscar buzz continues to follow Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher after its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May and its screenings at various film festivals, including the Telluride, Toronto and New York film fests. The film is set to close AFI Fest Thursday and open in Theaters on Friday. Sony Pictures Classics will be pushing for three of its stars to land Oscar nominations: Channing Tatum and Steve Carell for lead actor and Mark Ruffalo for supporting. If the film was to score all three nominations, it would be one of 15 films to land that many actor nominations and the first film since 1991’s Bugsy.
The biographical crime drama about Benjamin Siegel, the infamous gangster known as Bugsy, landed Warren Beatty a lead actor nomination for his role as Bugsy and supporting actor nominations for Harvey Keitel and Ben Kingsley. None of the actors won. »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Alex Simon
Giuseppe Tornatore’s Cinema Paradiso won the 1990 Best Foreign Film Oscar after setting box office records the previous year all over the world. Paradiso had a rough journey on its road to glory, however, with the then-32 year-old writer/director being forced to cut nearly 30 minutes from its original running time and facing critical excoriation and box office indifference upon its original release in Italy. It’s a fitting metaphor for a film that has become a classic tale about fate, perseverance, and destiny.
Set in Sicily beginning in the years just after Ww II to the late 1950s, and framed by modern-day flashbacks of a renowned film director (French actor/director Jacques Perrin) returning to his Sicilian town for the first time in 30 years, Tornatore’s hero (and alter-ego) is pint-sized Toto, who finds himself obsessed with the movies, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Tom Jolliffe on the glorious year of 1984….
Whatever you may think of as the golden age of cinema, few can deny that the 80s brought about a fantastic array of classic and cult films. Anyone of a certain age may look back at a period of cinema, from growing up, with misty eyes and great fondness. With the recent 30 year anniversary re-release of Ghostbusters, now seems a good time to take a step back 30 years to 1984. This was a year when bustin made us feel good, when an Austrian cyborg promised to be back, where we turned it up to eleven, waxed on and off, and when Elm street gave us nightmares.
Taking a look back over the films on release that year and it seems that cinema goers were spoilt rotten. Ghostbusters was a blockbuster spectacular. A film which appealed to a broad spectrum. It had the ghosts and ghouls to transfix children, »
- Gary Collinson
The abundance of Netflix Streaming options can be so overwhelming that even picking the right genre to fit a mood can be an all-night affair. We have tried to make it easier for you with our weekly and monthly streaming-video roundups, but sometimes you just want to cut to the chase and watch a great film. That's why we've sorted through thousands of possibilities to present you with the best of the best. Critical consensus, general popularity, legendary status — if a movie could be considered great (and it's on Netflix), you'll find it below. As always, feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments. We will try our best to update this list every month, as titles get added and removed all the time.Dramas The Conversation (1974)With AMC ensuring that there will never be a shortage of The Godfather, it's time to give Francis Ford Coppola »
- Matt Patches
On Tuesday November 4th, we’ll be celebrating the career of one of Hollywood’s most respected stars at The Way Out Club with Super-8 Marlon Brando Movie Madness. The two-time Oscar winner will be honored with showings of condensed (average length: 15 minutes) versions of six of his very best films in the Super-8 Sound format. They are: The Wild One, The Young Lions, On The Waterfront, Viva Zapata, Desiree, and The Godfather.
The non-Marlon Brando films we’ll be showing that night are: Kurt Russell in Elvis The Movie, This Island Earth, Woody Allen in Take The Money And Run, Phantasm, Son Of Dr. Jekyll, Liz Taylor and Robert Taylor in Ivanhoe, and a Sleazy ‘50s Trailer Reel.
The cover charge is $3.00. The show begins at 8pm. We’ll have Marlon Brando trivia with prizes and, as usual, there will be lots of posters and T-Shirts and stuff given away. »
- Tom Stockman
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