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Jackson's 'Captain Eo' returns in 2010

21 December 2009 12:51 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Captain Eo is to return to Disneyland parks in February 2010. According to Rolling Stone, the popular 3D movie starring Michael Jackson, which screened for audiences at the height of the King Of Pop's popularity, will open to Disney patrons again for a limited run as a tribute to the fallen popstar. The 17-minute film was directed by The Godfather's Francis Ford Coppola and co-written by Star Wars mastermind (more) »

- By Aaron Broverman

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Exclusive: That Dude Jasper talks Mr. Rage and Horror

21 December 2009 3:59 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

I was recently approached by horrorcore rapper/producer/promoter That Dude Jasper, who politely pointed out that the new Mr. Rage album Underground Cuts may well be worth a listen, and even possibly a review. So, being the fanatic I am, I grabbed the album, I checked it out, and I'll be damned if Jasper wasn't spot on in his recommendation.

Underground Cuts fuses the rapid fire (aka 'crunk') beats the dirty south has made so famous with an array of volatile lyrics. Mr. Rage's vocals are fantastic as he rides a balanced line between his natural voice and the raspiness so often associated with the horrorcore/wicked shit sub genre; the man is wise in not overdoing it. On the lyrical end, content is pretty cut and dried, don't look too deep for monumental rhymes, just open your ears and you'll catch a simplistic darkness that sparks visions of horror cinema old and new. »

- (Matt Molgaard)

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Acting legend Robert Duvall on casting and filming "Crazy Heart"

21 December 2009 1:39 AM, PST | | See recent news »


Robert Duvall has been acting in and most recently producing films for more than 40 years. During this time he has starred in classics such as "The Godfather," "The Godfather: II," and "Tender Mercies." This weekend his latest film "Crazy Heart," which he co-stars in and produced, opens in theaters across the country.

MakingOf recently sat down with Duvall to learn more about his role in casting the film and what it was like on-set with first time director Scott Cooper. During the interview, he reveals that the set was very relaxed and shares that "a good director will allow you to improvise." He goes on to compare the atmosphere while filming to "The Godfather" because director Francis Ford Coppola would want to see what each actor would bring to their character.

Duvall also discusses how he initially reached out to »

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Godfather Duvall Is Gilliam's Don

18 December 2009 4:21 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Robert Duvall has agreed to resurrect Terry Gilliam's floundering movie about Spanish literary hero Don Quixote following the departure of Johnny Depp.

Director Gilliam lined up Depp in 2000 to star as advertising executive Tony Grisoni in The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, but a series of disasters including scheduling conflicts, financial issues and weather-damaged sets delayed production of the oddball epic, prompting the Pirates of the Caribbean actor to bow out.

Gilliam is determined to make sure the film finally goes into production in 2010, and he's hoping the addition of The Godfather star will finally help the project get off the ground.

He says, "Well, it's up, we're getting going again. As Bobby (Duvall) says, we don't have the money, yet. I just think he's phenomenal. I sent him the script, he's so excited by it. If I get Robert Duvall talking as he was on the phone, with that kind of excitement, energy and childish enthusiasm, I thought, 'This is going to be great.' I just think he's extraordinary." »

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The 2009 Terror Film Festival 'Claw' Awards - Winners Announced

13 December 2009 1:23 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On October 24th, The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards took place at the Ethical Society Building on the famous Rittenhouse Square of Philadelphia.

The 4th season brought in the most astounding talent from all over the USA, as well as, the world. The assemblage of fans, filmmakers, screenwriters, and industry professionals, waited in anticipation, and all bets were on, as the illustrious Claw and the beautiful Princess Horror stood onstage, envelopes in hand, to present the coveted awards.

And the winners are...

Evil Angel - A steamy and heart-pounding story based on the ancient myth of Lilith, the first wife of Adam, who has roamed the Earth for centuries as a sexy and seductive villainous, and proudly holds the title of the world’s first serial killer. Written and directed by the iconoclastic Richard Dutcher of Utah, the film garnered several awards, such as, Best Feature Film, Best Original Music »


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Tao Ruspoli's Top Ten Films of All Time

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Godard's Breathless is the film that made me want to become a filmmaker. I saw it my freshman year in college and I couldn't believe how a director could take a few great characters and a mostly hand-held camera and make a film that said so much about life in a world in which absolute values had become irrelevant (both filmically and ethically.) And what a face Belmondo had! - Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read here), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This month we profile Tao Ruspoli, helmer behind Fix which ropens November 20th at the Village East in NY. He gave us his top ten (as of November 2009). »

- Staff

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Jay Dipietro's Top Ten Films of All Time

12 December 2009 6:25 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This month we profile Jay Dipietro, helmer behind Peter & Vandy which receives its theatrical release via Strand Releasing on October.9th. - Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile, we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of all time favorite films. This month we profile Jay Dipietro, helmer behind Peter & Vandy which receives its theatrical release via Strand Releasing on October.9th. He gave us his top ten (as of October 2009). Midnight Run (1988) Martin Brest An all time favorite. I could recite that movie at one point. »

- Staff

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Clip joint: the best film clips featuring montages

10 December 2009 7:35 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week Pinkos wants your help to assemble a sequence of clips featuring Eisenstein's much-copied creation

Sergei Eisenstein presented his theory of montage to an august group of cineastes in the 1920s. It was, he said, "the nerve of cinema", and that "to determine the nature of montage is to solve the specific problem of cinema". Eighty odd years later, his theory finally came to the attention of the wider world, as the subject of a song in Team America: World Police.

The word can be taken in several different ways. Deriving from the French word for "assembly", in Gallic film practice it simply refers to the editing process. For Eisenstein's Soviet colleagues, it was a means to derive an abstract meaning from a combination of shots in sequence. Nowadays, thanks to Rocky et al, a montage is a cliched sequence where a song (usually a pounding rock anthem) or »

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Crazy for Him

9 December 2009 1:03 PM, PST | | See recent Backstage news »

When Jeff Bridges was approached with the script for "Crazy Heart" and was asked to play its leading man, Bad Blake—a boozing, womanizing, once-great country singer reduced to performing in bowling alleys and small-town bars—he saw vast potential in the role. And he turned it down. Now, earning some of the best reviews in his heavily lauded career for the role, and with "Crazy Heart" almost guaranteed to garner him his fifth Oscar nomination, does Bridges feel sort of silly for initially taking a pass? "Nah," he says in that unmistakable, easygoing drawl. "I usually try not to work. That's my Mo."That tactic doesn't seem to be working out for Bridges, who despite his purported resistance has turned in dozens of memorable performances over the past four decades. He has played a friendly alien ("Starman"), a hip president ("The Contender"), and a supervillain ("Iron Man"). For better or worse, »

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‘Taken’ Writer To Get Some ‘Vengeance’

8 December 2009 8:10 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Action-thriller fans out there will probably remember the Liam Neeson film Taken, the sleeper hit which grossed over $200 million worldwide on a relatively small budget of just $25 million. I wasn’t a fan of the film myself (I don’t wanna’ get into why again), but clearly I’m in the minority.

Anyway, the writer of that film was Robert Mark Kamen, who even if you don’t know the name you’ll know the movies he’s written in the past: apart from Taken, on his resume is The Fifth Element, The Transporter trilogy and three Karate Kid movies.

We previously reported that Taken 2 is in the cards for Kamen and partner Luc Besson, but what else is on deck for the action writer? Well, Variety is reporting that CBS Films has struck a preemptive deal to acquire Vengeance, which is an action pitch by Kamen.


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- Ross Miller

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King of cool

5 December 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jacques Audiard's new prison thriller is the most stylish film to come out of Europe for years, following up on the promise of his previous movies Read My Lips and The Beat that My Heart Skipped and confirming his place among the greats of French cinema. Jason Solomons talks to a director who wants his audience to fly with him

Jacques Audiard wears a hat. It's a trilby that, the 57-year-old director says, keeps him warm in the winter and cool in the summer. He was wearing it in the heat of Cannes last May when I first met him, on a blazing roof terrace; and he's wearing it again today, in London, on an autumnal Monday when I catch him smoking his pipe outside the hotel where we're due to meet. 

With horn-rimmed glasses, smart jacket and a cravat, he looks a bit like an English gentleman, a »

- Jason Solomons

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The Forgotten: Head Shots

5 December 2009 4:23 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

A strange, ringing tinnitus sound in the subway. A man, his shirt and face spattered profusely with blood, shambles in catatonic stupor up the stairs. Another man, blood gouting from a wound in his brow, staggers down the stairs. These men have something in common, but because of that very something, they do not notice each other.

Jules Feiffer, cartoonist, playwright, author and illustrator, is so multi-talented and so refined and brilliant in each of his talents that it's perversely easy to underrate him. For instance, as screenwriter of Mike Nichols' film Carnal Knowledge and Robert Altman's film Popeye, his work brackets the celebrated New Hollywood cinema of the 1970s. Add to that one screenplay for Alain Resnais (I Want to Go Home, 1989) and 1971's disturbing family comedy Little Murders, directed by Alan Arkin, and Feiffer's contribution to cinema becomes a small but vital one.

Of course, billed »

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Richard Kelly's $1m question

2 December 2009 2:30 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He made one of the coolest debuts ever, Donnie Darko – then it all went wrong. Now Richard Kelly's back, with a film about a shocking dilemma

After making Donnie Darko, his phenomenally self-assured and very cheap debut, Richard Kelly went on to direct 2006's Southland Tales, a surreal epic set in a post-apocalyptic America. When a rough cut was screened at Cannes, it wasn't just booed – it was denounced.

The memory still troubles him. "We did Southland for about $17m," he says. "A lot to me, but not much to some. We felt like we were making a bold satire of the Bush administration, and of celebrity and pop culture. Think Pynchon and Philip K Dick. We squeezed every penny out of the budget and worked like dogs. I'm so grateful for the experience, but it's the kind of thing you hope to get out of your system while you're still young. »

- John Patterson

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Apocalypse Now tops London critics' 30th anniversary poll

1 December 2009 2:46 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Francis Ford Coppola's nightmarish vision of the Vietnam war is named best film of the past three decades, beating Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List to the top spot

Apocalypse Now was today named as the best film of the past three decades by the London Film Critics' Circle (Lfcc). Francis Ford Coppola's nightmarish vision of the Vietnam war beat out Steven Spielberg's 1994 holocaust drama Schindler's List to take top spot in the poll, held to celebrate the organisation's 30th anniversary.

Third place went to German film The Lives of Others, Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's Oscar-winner for best foreign language film in 2007. The top five was rounded out by two very different movies with western themes: Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven, from 1992, and Ang Lee's 2005 tale of gay cowboys, Brokeback Mountain.

Chair of the circle and Observer writer Jason Solomons said: "I'm delighted that such a powerful and »

- Ben Child

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Brando, Depp, the missing millions and Divine Rapture, the lost movie

26 November 2009 2:15 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The first sign things were going wrong on the set of Divine Rapture was when Marlon Brando shaved his head. But that was the least of the film's troubles

If all the roads in Ireland were to converge at a final destination, you would probably find yourself in Ballycotton, Co Cork. A tiny village on a rocky headland, it is as removed and cosy as its name suggests. Its harbour is stocked with a colourful fishing fleet and traditional music seeps from the pubs on Main Street. Despite an annual running marathon that passes through the town, it is slow-paced, sleepy, and cocooned from the outside world. But although 200-ft cliffs keep the Atlantic at bay and an offshore lighthouse looks out for danger, nothing could protect Ballycotton from nature's cruellest force: Hollywood.

Back in 1995, Johnny Depp, Debra Winger, and Marlon Brando rolled into town to make a film called Divine Rapture. »

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First Look: The Godfather and Part II Get Blu-ray Sapphire Series Treatment

20 November 2009 8:31 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Paramount Home Entertainment has released the final box art for The Godfather and The Godfather Part II on Blu-ray, the fourth and fifth titles selected for inclusion in the Sapphire Series Blu-ray collection.

Both films were included in The Godfather Collection: The Coppola Restoration Blu-ray set but have been plucked out for individual release under the Sapphire Series banner to coincide with the Oscars. You will be able to find them on store shelves beginning February 2.

The Godfather Part III will not be released individually at this time on Blu-ray, if ever.

The only confirmed bonus features for The Godfather and Part II for the Sapphire Series releases are a commentary by Francis Ford Coppola for each film. It is expected that the complete list of bonus features will mirror those found in The Godfather Collection box set.

Click here to pre-order The Godfather: Sapphire Series on Blu-ray for $27.99 at Amazon. »

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47 Ronin Finds Director

18 November 2009 3:57 AM, PST | Screenrush | See recent Screenrush news »

Commercial director Carl Erik Rinsch is in advanced talks with Universal to direct 47 Ronin, a samurai saga starring Keanu Reeves set in pre-industrial Japan. Variety stated that the film is a "priority...large budget" project for Universal. It's an unusual move for them considering that they are entrusting the film to a first time feature director who's commercials tend to be on the technically intricate, technology themed side.

Wanted screenwriter Chris Morgan is scripting the project. He elucidated in blockbuster terminology saying "it's a great, Gladiator-esque, 300-like big action movie with samurai and ninja."

Morgan elaborated with MTV saying "It's a time in Japanese culture when it was all about [the] bushido [code] and honor, and putting internal things over external things . swords that were made to be functional instead of ornamental, that kind of stuff," Morgan had previously told MTV. "this turning point in the culture when that started to shift. »

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[DVD Review] Heat

17 November 2009 1:00 PM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Near the beginning of Adaptation, Charlie Kaufman, while advising his fictional brother Donald in the fine art of screenwriting, he suggests sarcastically that he “explore the notion that cop and criminal are really two aspects of the same person. See every cop movie ever made for other examples of this.” Really, he could save the time and just watch Heat. Of all the police/cop/heist crime movies of the 80s and 90s, probably none quite so completely embodies that “we’re not so different, you and I” dynamic that has been the last resort of screenwriters since the dawn of Hollywood. Nearly fifteen years on, this is both Heat’s greatest success and its greatest liability, because while nothing following in its footsteps has equaled it in scope or clarity, some of its drama has been rendered inert by the sheer number of well-funded directors who have tried, as »

- Anders Nelson

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Iconic Shots: Empire Captures 50 Picture Perfect Film Moments

16 November 2009 5:39 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

It may be an advertising grab if there ever was one, but that doesn't make Empire's Picture Perfect: Iconic Movie Stills feature any less impressive. The popular British film magazine's online arm has assembled 50 of the most memorable scenes from the history of film and delivered them in a glorious high resolution gallery. After browsing through much of the gallery, I clipped one of my personal favorites -- from the opening T-Rex scene in Jurassic Park -- to share with all of you above. Other great moments include one of the more beautiful shots from Hitchcock's The Birds, Al Pacino sitting in his throne-like arm chair in The Godfather Part 2 and the savage Ethan Edwards (John Wayne) heading out toward the fringes of life in The Searchers. Just to name a few. Head over to Empire and see the entire gallery for yourself, then come back and let me know which pics are your favorites in »

- Neil Miller

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The Governors Awards: On the scene at Oscar's special honors

15 November 2009 5:20 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

It was the first big experiment of a quite experimental Oscar season, and by all accounts, it was a resounding success. Last night, for the first time in Academy Award history, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences handed out their honorary awards at a separate event from their annual Academy Award ceremony. At a three-hour gala dinner in the ballroom above the Kodak Theatre, B-movie king Roger Corman (pictured, left), groundbreaking cinematographer Gordon Willis (right), and legendary screen siren Lauren Bacall (center) received honorary Oscars, and producer and studio chief John Calley was recognized with the rarely bestowed Irving G. »

- Adam B. Vary

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