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11 items from 2003


'Dirty Harry' Tops "Guy Movie" Poll

12 November 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Clint Eastwood's 1971 Dirty Harry film has topped a new poll of The 50 Best Guy Movies. The cop drama, in which Eastwood plays ruthless Detective Harry Callahan, beat The Godfather, Scarface and Die Hard to the top spot. Meanwhile, Eastwood and Paul Newman are the kings of the guy movie genre, according to the Men's Journal poll, with three movies each making the list, and the 1980s was the best decade, with 14 films featured. And the guy movie isn't all about action, it seems, although nine of the top 10 films feature plenty of it - comedies like Caddyshack, Blazing Saddles and Animal House also make the top 50 list. The full top 10 is: 1. Dirty Harry; 2. The Godfather; 3. Scarface; 4. Die Hard; 5. The Terminator; 6. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior; 7. The Dirty Dozen; 8. The Matrix; 9. Caddyshack; 10. Rocky. »

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Berlin hails spirit of '67-'76

5 November 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- The Hollywood era of Easy Rider, Bonnie and Clyde and Taxi Driver will be celebrated at next year's Berlin International Film Festival with a retrospective dedicated to American films of the late '60s and early '70s. Titled "New Hollywood 1967-1976: Trouble in Wonderland," the retrospective will screen 66 films spanning the years from Arthur Penn's Bonnie and Clyde to Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver. In addition to such classics of the era as Terrence Malick's Badlands, Roman Polanski's Chinatown, Peter Bogdanovich's The Last Picture Show and Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather and The Godfather II, the retrospective will include lesser-known titles including Monte Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop and Bill L. Norton's Cisco Pike. The festival also will screen several documentaries from the period, including Robert Kramer's Milestones and D.A. Pennebaker's portrait of Bob Dylan, Don't Look Back. »

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Sofia Coppola Goes Her Own Way

29 September 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sofia Coppola refuses to follow her legendary father's film directing methods - because being quiet and polite works just as well for her. The daughter of celebrated film-maker Francis Ford Coppola made waves with her debut feature film The Virgin Suicides - which introduced the world to a grown-up Kirsten Dunst - and she's received rave reviews for her latest picture, the Bill Murray-starring Lost In Translation. But Sofia insists she's developed an on-set style that's completely her own, because she could never match up to her Godfather dad's well-known behavior. She laughs, "I have never tried to change my personality to be more like my father. We approach things completely differently. He came on the set of the Virgin Suicides and told me, 'You should say 'Action!' louder, more from your diaphragm.' I thought, 'Okay, you can go now.' I may say it differently, but I still get what I want." »

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Courtney Love's Mom: Brando Is Not Her Grandfather

25 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Courtney Love's mother has denied reports that the rock star is Marlon Brando's granddaughter. British newspaper The Daily Express had broken the story earlier this month - claiming that Hole singer Love's mother Linda Carroll made the revelation in a new book that her mother Paula Fox had had a brief liaison with the Godfather star. However, Carroll, 59, states categorically that she made no such claim in her memoirs, to be published in 2005. She told the Corvallis Gazette-Times, "First of all, it's crazy, it's not true. Second of all, my book doesn't say that." Furthermore, Carroll's New York book editor Kristine Puopolo confirms that the manuscript makes no mention of ties to the reclusive Brando. »

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Marlon Brando Is Courtney Love's Grandfather?

13 August 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Veteran actor Marlon Brando has been revealed as the unexpected grandfather of wild rocker Courtney Love in a new book. The singer's mother, psychologist Linda Carroll, claims she has taken DNA tests to confirm she is the Godfather star's daughter. Love, former wife of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, says, "I am incredibly shocked by this news. I have heard Mr. Brando has more than 30 children so I can't imagine how many cousins I have." The link is Linda's mother, novelist Paula Fox. She met Brando in the 1940's through famed drama teacher Stella Adler, and the two enjoyed a brief liaison. However, it is not known whether 79-year-old recluse Brando knows that Linda - who was given up for adoption - was the result of this. Brando has 11 acknowledged children, although is thought to have many more. Carroll's book in which she makes the revelation, is as yet unreleased. »

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Pacino Custody Battle Gets Ugly

18 July 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Movie legend Al Pacino came face to face with his ex-wife yesterday in a bitter battle over their twin toddlers. The 63-year-old Godfather star is fighting actress Beverly D'Angelo for joint custody of the two-year-olds. The pair met in a heated Manhattan, New York court battle yesterday. Pacino has previously accused 48-year-old Beverly - who had Olivia and Anton through IVF treatment - of holding the youngsters "hostage". Pacino's lawyer Martin Wasser said, "Beverly continues to use the kids in a way that makes them hostages. She literally makes us feel that we are in the baby rental business. Every hour that Al wants to spend with a child, she wants to be paid more money." But D'Angelo's lawyer Dan Klores hit back, "The conduct of Al Pacino's attorney has been reprehensible. There should not be a mother in America who isn't appalled by his language, deceptions and untruths. "He's trying to make a name for himself by attacking the mother of two children." The case continues. »

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Pacino Vs. D'Angelo Battle Heats Up

27 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Al Pacino's custody battle with Beverly D'Angelo is getting nasty, as the movie legend claims his ex-partner is charging him to see their children. The Godfather star is currently locked in a legal fight with National Lampoon's Vacation actress D'Angelo over custody of their twin children Olivia and Anton. And speaking on Tuesday after a preliminary hearing at Manhattan Family Court, Pacino's lawyer Martin Wasser said, "Beverly continues to use the kids in a way that almost makes them hostages. We sometimes joke that we are dealing with a baby rental company. For every extra hour Al wants to spend with the children, she wants to be paid more money." Pacino, 63, and D'Angelo, 48, split last year. Pacino wants joint custody. The New York Post newspaper quotes a friend of D'Angelo's as saying Pacino refuses to stick to the court-approved visitation schedule for Anton and Olivia and "harasses Beverly constantly." »

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Nolte's Acting Class from Brando

13 May 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Screen star Nick Nolte had a strange experience taking acting lessons from Marlon Brando - because he watched as the screen legend smeared on make-up. Nolte is one of the lucky few who have had the opportunity to benefit from the teachings of the star of The Godfather - but he admits the methods used were rather unconventional. He recalls, "Marlon had this class. He just talked really. He put on lipstick at one point, then asked if any of us had an eyebrow pencil. Point was, actors need to be willing to make fools of themselves, and here he was doing it." »

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Brando Is Broke

31 March 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Legendary actor Marlon Brando claims he has no money. The large star's ex-lover and one-time maid Maria "Christina" Ruiz is suing the star for $100 million for breach of contract but Brando claims he can't pay. He says his estate has "significantly dwindled," that he's had to "liquidate important assets" and mortgage his home. Brando says he can't support both himself and Ruiz, the mother of three of his children, because his "income is limited and sporadic." He claims he draws a $6,000 a month pension, $1,856 in Social Security, and that he only got $50,000 for The Godfather. »

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'The Godfather' Gets New Blood

11 February 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Publishers Random House have named the author who will pen the next installment of Maria Puzo's Godfather saga. American author Mark Winegardner will continue the story of the Corleone family by writing The Godfather Returns, which is set to be released in autumn 2004. Random House editor Jonathan Karp says, "There are many stories left to tell. (I was looking for) someone who is in roughly the same place in life Mario Puzo was when he wrote The Godfather - at mid-career, with two acclaimed literary novels to his credit, who writes in a commanding and darkly comic omniscient voice." Winegardener's previous literary efforts include Prophet Of The Sandlots and Crooked River Burning. »

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Pacino Fights for More Access to His Twins

7 February 2003 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

The Godfather star Al Pacino is entering a bitter court battle with ex- girlfriend, actress Beverly D'Angelo, in New York over their two-year-old twins. Pacino is seeking an increase in visitation or custody with the children, Olivia Rose and Anton James, according to the limited Family Court information publicly available in the legal action, which was filed last week. The case was scheduled to come before a judge yesterday, but the matter was adjourned to February 24, according to showbiz website Page Six. D'Angelo conceived the twins through in vitro fertilization when she was 46 and Pacino was 60. »

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