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The most important unpublished work on one of the greatest films of all time, The Godfather, written before filming, by the man who wrote and directed it—Francis Ford Coppola, then only thirty-two years old—reveals the intense creative process that went into creating this seminal film. With meticulous notes and impressions of Mario Puzo’s novel, the Notebook was referred to by Coppola daily on set while he directed the movie. The Godfather Notebook »
- The Film Stage
Related: Francis Coppola: The Rolling Stone Interview
The Godfather Notebook will detail Coppola's creative process and feature his personal annotations and directions written on the pages of Mario Puzo's original Godfather novel (scans are available to preview on the Regan Arts website). The book will also boast casting notes, never-before-published photos and a new introduction by Coppola.
"This notebook was my private work reference to The Godfather film, »
Director Francis Ford Coppola is set to publish The Godfather Notebook, a reproduction of the working notebook he used during the making of the Oscar-winning 1972 film, publisher Regan Arts announced. The 720-page book features Coppola's handwritten notes on the production and his thoughts on the book, offering an unprecedented look into the creative process of one of the greatest filmmakers of the late 20th century. (See video below of Coppola showing off the original three-ring binder notebook). The book is illustrated with rare and never-before-seen photos of the making of the movie and Coppola has
- Andy Lewis
“Powerful performances from two of Hollywood’s greatest heavyweights” The Hollywood News
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- Gary Collinson
'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Hardly truth in advertising as there's no million-eyed beast in Roger Corman's micro-budget sci-fi thriller. 'The Beast with a Million Eyes': Alien invasion movie predates Alfred Hitchcock classic Despite the confusing voice-over introduction, David Kramarsky's The Beast with a Million Eyes a.k.a. The Beast with 1,000,000 Eyes is one of my favorite 1950s alien invasion films. Set in an ugly, desolate landscape – shot “for wide screen in terror-scope” in Indio and California's Coachella Valley – the screenplay by future novelist Tom Filer (who also played Jack Nicholson's sidekick in the 1966 Western Ride in the Whirlwind) focuses on a dysfunctional family whose members become the first victims of a strange force from another galaxy after a spaceship lands nearby emitting sound vibrations that turn domestic animals into aggressive killers. Killer cow First, the lady-of-the-house is pecked by a flock of chickens and, »
- Danny Fortune
Ahead of Canes, Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Kasra Farahani’s The Waiting, which had its World Premiere at this past March’s SXSW Film Festival. The thriller boasts quite the impressive cast that includes James Caan (The Godfather, Misery), Logan Miller (Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse) and Keir Gilchrist (It Follows). Trace caught the film at the Austin […] »
Well, another year spent in the company of classic cinema curated by the TCM Classic Film Festival has come and gone, leaving me with several great experiences watching favorite films and ones I’d never before seen, some already cherished memories, and the usual weary bag of bones for a body in the aftermath. (I usually come down with something when I decompress post-festival and get back to the working week, and this year has been no exception.) There have now been seven TCMFFs since its inaugural run in 2010. I’ve been lucky enough to attend them all, and this time around I saw more movies than I ever have before—18 features zipping from auditorium to queue and back to auditorium like a gerbil in a tube maze. In order to make sure I got in to see everything I wanted to see, I had to make sure I was »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Welcome to a special ongoing look at Warner Bros. and how it's handled its DC Comics properties. It's going to be a weekly, ongoing miniseries here at Lrm. This first entry will offer a bit of history, as we build towards what's happening in the present day Dceu. We'll explore all of the interesting parallels and forks in the road that brought us to where the Dceu is today.
Long before comic book movies dominated Hollywood; Long before comic books were looked upon as anything other than campy, youth-oriented entertainment; Long before Hollywood titans like Disney and 20th Century got into the business of building worlds out of superhero titles, a struggling film company merged with another conglomerate in a seemingly innocuous merger transaction.
Warner Bros., which had begun its life in 1923 and would become one of the most important studios in Hollywood, was in an extremely vulnerable place in the mid-1960s. »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
With editors and cinematographers chiming in on the best examples of their craft in cinema history, it’s now time for directors to have a say. To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Directors Guild of America, they’ve conducted a poll for their members when it comes to the 80 greatest directorial achievements in feature films since the organization’s founding in 1936. With 2,189 members participating, the top pick went to Francis Ford Coppola for The Godfather, one of three films from the director making the top 10.
Even with films from nonmembers being eligible, the male-dominated, America-centric choices are a bit shameful (Kathryn Bigelow is the only female director on the list, and the first foreign film doesn’t show up until number 26), but not necessarily surprising when one looks at the make-up of its membership. As with any list, there’s bound to be disagreements (Birdman besting The Bicycle Thief, »
- Jordan Raup
Cannes Film Festival adds Jonathan Jakubowicz-directed boxing drama to Official Selection.
Robert De Niro is to return to the Cannes Film Festival (May 11-22) for the world premiere of boxing drama Hands Of Stone. The film has been added to Cannes’ Official Selection as part of the Special Screenings strand and the festival will use the premiere to pay tribute to De Niro.
The Raging Bull star, who was president of the Cannes jury in 2011, has stepped back into the ring for the true story of Panamanian boxer Roberto Duràn (Edgar Ramírez). De Niro plays manager and coach Ray Arcel, who took Duràn to worldwide success in the 1970s and ’80s, which included legendary fights against Sugar Ray Leonard (played by music star Usher).
“I’m excited »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Did you ever see an actor/actress in a famous role and then hear later that they were not the first, or even the second choice to play the iconic part? Many of the legendary movie characters began as a vehicle for a different star than the one who we know-and-love in the part. Here are a few of the greatest examples of famous "Almosts'.
Christopher Walken As Han Solo: George Lucas had a very hard time finding his Han Solo in Star Wars: A New Hope (1977). This character was the last of the lead figures to be cast. Lucas’ leading contender at one point was none other than Christopher Walken. Just think about the possibilities in that performance! However, a chance meeting with Harrison Ford (Who was working as a carpenter at the time) inspired Lucas to cast Ford in the part instead, which launched him into super stardom in the 80s. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The Weinstein Company is looking to make networks an offer they can’t refuse, with Deadline revealing that the production house is set to shop around a TV adaptation of The Godfather author Mario Puzo’s final novel Omerta, with Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven) directing and Sylvester Stallone (Creed) starring as mob boss Raymonde Aprile.
The site is reporting that a pilot script and show bible are already in place for the event series courtesy of Justin Herber and Adam Hoff, and TWC is quickly putting together a writers room, with a showrunner and female lead expected to be in place soon. The project will mark Stallone’s first foray into television.
- Gary Collinson
Anne Marie here, bringing you the concrete facts from TCM Film Festival.
Francis Ford Coppola was honored twice at TCM Film Festival today. First, the legendary director added his hands and feet to the stars imprinted in the cement outside the Tcl Chinese Theatre. Son Roman Coppola, wife Eleanor, and fellow director and friend Peter Bogdonavich were also in attendance to honor the 77 year old legend at the ceremony.
Later, Coppola sat down at the Tcl Chinese Theatre with TCM host Ben Mankiewicz before a special screening of The Conversation. Mankiewicz and Coppola discussed the director's full 50 year career, and his (in)famous struggles to get his now-iconic films made in the first place. From fighting studio casting vetoes during The Godfather to self-financing Apocalypse Now, there seems to be no film in the director's oeuvre that he didn't have to fight for in some way. Quipped Mankiewicz, "Your stories »
- Anne Marie
Francis Ford coppola has won nearly every award in the book, with multiple Oscars and prizes from guilds, critics groups and festivals. And on April 29, he will add one more kudo to that list: Turner Classic Movies will honor him with a hand and footprint ceremony at Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theater.
But Coppola’s industry start was both auspicious and far from auteur.
On May 10, 1962, Coppola won the top prize in UCLA’s Samuel Goldwyn Foundation Creative Writing Contest. It netted him $2,000 plus a front-page story in Variety. As the filmmaker told Variety recently, “Two thousand was a vast sum for someone who didn’t have more than a hundred dollars.”
He started work with king of the low-budget pics Roger Corman, writing and directing the 1963 horror pic “Dementia 13” on a budget of $40,000 and a shooting schedule of nine days. Within a decade, he became one of the »
- Malina Saval
Omerta – a mafia-focused television series from Antoine Fuqua – has snapped up Sly Stallone for its lead....
Here’s an exciting one. The legendary Sylvester Stallone is teaming up with action-directing maestro Antoine Fuqua for a new TV series about the mafia. The show is called Omerta, and its based on a novel of the same name from The Godfather author Mario Puzo.
Here’s the synopsis for the book, courtesy of Goodreads...
“To Don Raymonde Aprile's children he was a loyal family member, their father's adopted "nephew." To the FBI he was a man who would rather ride his horses than do Mob business. No one knew why Aprile, the last great American Don, had adopted Astorre Viola many years before in Sicily; no one suspected how he had carefully trained him... and how, while the Don's children claimed respectable careers in America, Astorre Viola waited for his time to come. »
Sylvester Stallone, the TV star?
The “Rocky” icon has been attached to star in the television adaptation of Mario Puzo’s “Omerta,” which is being developed by “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua. No network is attached, but the hot project is currently being shopped around, eyeing a straight-to-series order, likely from cable networks and streaming services.
“Omerta” is the third book in the mafia trilogy that started with “The Godfather.”
The pilot script and series outline are already in place, according to Deadline who reports that a writers room is being put together, suggesting a quick turnaround for production to begin. Justin Herber and Adam Hoff wrote the pilot script, and the search for a showrunner is on.
With Stallone attached, the project is packed with star power, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister and Alyssa Sage
Sylvester Stallone was at the height of his powers when Paramount asked to write, direct and star in a third Godfather movie in 1983. The Rocky and First Blood star declined (reportedly saying “This is the worst idea since my conception”) and Francis Ford Coppola would cap off the series he began with The Godfather Part III […]
The post Sylvester Stallone Will Play a Mafia Boss in TV Adaptation of ‘Omertà’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
For those of you waiting for Sylvester Stallone to put his drawl to good use, it looks like he's going to get his chance on smaller screens. Antoine Fuqua is heading up a TV series adaptation of Mario Puzo's "Omerta," which is the last book in his Mafia Trilogy behind "The Godfather" and "The Last Don". A network has yet to pick up the... Read More »
- Sean Wist
Word comes by way of The Hollywood Reporter, noting that Fuqua’s crime series will be adapted from Mario Puzo’s original novels, weaving a story involving a family empire from The Godfather to The Last Don. Stallone will reportedly take point as the patriarch ruling over said organization, though considering that no networks are attached at the time of writing, there’s still much work to be done before Fuqua’s project can enter production in earnest.
What is exciting, however, is the fact that Omerta represents Stallone’s first foray into serialized television. Barring turns in The Expendables franchise – an unashamed cash cow if ever there was one – the actor is beginning to shift gears to deliver powerful, award-worthy performances. It was a change of »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: In a blockbuster TV package that will come to networks shortly looking for a series commitment, The Weinstein Company is behind an adaptation of Omerta with Sylvester Stallone to play the lead role of mob boss Raymonde Aprile, the last great American Don and his anointed successor. The Magnificent Seven‘s Antoine Fuqua is directing. This is based on the final novel by The Godfather author Mario Puzo, and I wanted to get out in front of it because it’s coming… »
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