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What if Robert Duvall didn't love the smell of napalm in the morning? Or if Clark Gable never gave a damn? Would The Godfather be the same without the line: "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." Or Sudden Impact without those immortal words snarled by Clint Eastwood: "Go ahead, make my day." So imagine the despair for film buffs watching the classic John Wayne western on Channel 4 this afternoon when The Duke failed to urge a certain son of a bitch to fill his hand. Yes, Monkey knows that swearing on the telly is a no-no before the watershed, but what was most surprising was that the word bastard made it past the snippy censors some minutes before. Monkey thinks that what we've got here is failure to communicate.
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Scott Feinberg’s Top 10 Films of 2010
1. “The Social Network” (Columbia, 10/1, PG-13, trailer)
I distinctly remember sitting in a movie theater over the summer when the first teaser for “the Facebook movie” began playing, prompting groans and snickering all around me — stuff along the lines of, “What’s it gonna be about? A server crashing? »
- Scott Feinberg
Here's a look back at Christmas weekend through the years: 5 Years Ago - 2005 Eight movies entered nationwide release, but King Kong and The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe still packed a one-two punch. Kong's second weekend showed some relative weakness by beating Narnia's third weekend by $1.5 million: Kong made $21.3 million (down 58 percent), while Narnia generated $19.8 million (off 38 percent). Fun with Dick and Jane was the biggest new release with $14.4 million, followed by Cheaper by the Dozen 2 at $9.3 million. Memoirs of a Geisha expanded unmemorably to $6.8 million, The Ringer plopped down with $5.2 million, and Munich was unspectacular with $4.2 million (at 532 venues). Three movies had only one day of nationwide play, due to opening on Sunday, Christmas day, and all three were modest: Rumor Has It at $3.5 million, Wolf Creek at $2.8 million and The Producers at $1.6 million. * Weekend Report: 'King Kong' Clings to Christmas »
- Brandon Gray <email@example.com>
Four days after wrapping his gothic fable Twixt Now And Sunrise in California at his Napa estate, Francis Ford Coppola was the headline guest for the Marrakech 10th International Film Festival. There, filmmakers Roberto de Paolis and Carlo Lavagna interviewed the 71-year-old who makes some surprising revelations about himself. (De Paolis is a longtime family friend and his father, producer Valerio de Paolis, worked in Sicily on the first two installments of The Godfather ):
- NIKKI FINKE
It seems like only yesterday that the American Film Institute released their 100 Years...100 Movies  list. Actually though, it was over 10 years ago when we first got our look at that "definitive" list of the 100 best American movies. They then did a ten year anniversary of it in 2007 with only minor adjustments and both years Citizen Kane held the number one place as the best American movie. Of course, the problem with those lists is that they only list American films. While Hollywood might be considered the epicenter of film, the art form itself spans the globe, way beyond American borders. That's why the Toronto International Film Festival came up with their Essential 100 movies. Created by merging lists made by Toronto Film Festival supporters along with another made by their programmers, these are supposed to be the 100 essential movies every cinephile must see. And it starts off with a bang as Citizen Kane has been toppled. »
- Germain Lussier
This review originally ran during the London Film Festival. We're unashamed fans of Sofia Coppola here. Obviously, she's not great in "The Godfather Part III," but as far as her directing work goes, "The Virgin Suicides" stands as one of the stronger debuts in recent memory, "Lost In Translation," despite the backlash, is still pretty excellent, and even "Marie Antoinette," with its severely miscast leads, has a lot to like, not least one of the all-time greatest soundtrack compilations. So it's with a heavy heart that we report that her fourth film "Somewhere," is the film that Coppola's detractors have… »
Al Pacino will be back on Broadway in February after agreeing to extend his critically-acclaimed run in The Merchant Of Venice.
The Godfather star tackles the role of money-lender Shylock, opposite actress Lily Rabe in the Shakespeare play, and has won high praise from critics for what they insist is the best performance of the current theatre season.
The New York revival of the classic play is making in excess of $1 million (£670,000) a week at the box office - unprecedented figures for a non-musical - and theatre bosses were keen to extend Pacino's 78 performances past his previously scheduled Broadway bow.
The play will take a brief hiatus on its original closing date of 9 January to allow Pacino time to film a movie, before resuming performances at the Broadhurst Theater from 1 to 20 February. »
Robert Duvall has insisted that he still takes pleasure in exploring challenging acting roles. The Oscar winner told The Hollywood Reporter that he takes a different approach to the profession than his late Godfather co-star Marlon Brando did during his lifetime. "It's like kids playing house," he said. "Brando never used to like the profession. He was a guy we all looked up to, but I think it's a wonderful profession as long as people can benefit from what we do. [A fan might say] 'I saw you in the The Great Santini. It helped me with my father and the relationship'. It makes you feel good." Duvall was also questioned as to whether he regrets turning down the opportunity to reprise his role as Corleone family attorney Tom Hagen in The Godfather (more) »
- By Justin Harp
hollywoodnews.com: Robert Duvall will be honored on Wednesday, January 5 at 11:00 am with a Handprint and Footprint Ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre along the historic Hollywood Walk of Fame to celebrate 50 years of Excellence in film.
This year for his outstanding performance as Felix Bush in Sony Pictures Classics’ ‘Get Low’ Duvall is nominated for a SAG Best Actor Award, a Broadcast Film Critics Critic’s Choice award for ‘Best Actor,’ he has already won ‘The Best Actor Award’ at the Hollywood Film Festival, and recently received a career Tribute by the Gotham Awards and will be honored by the Palm Springs International Film Festival in early 2011 with the ‘Career Achievement Award.’
‘Get Low’ is a magical and moving blend of folk tale, fable and real-life legend. ‘Get Low’ is a movie spun in the Southern storytelling tradition about the mysterious 1930s Tennessee hermit who famously threw his own rollicking funeral party, »
Pacino and Pesci had long been rumored to be attached to “The Irishman,” the organized crime drama that follows the dark path of mob hitman Frank ‘The Irishman’ Sheeran. Now, the Irishman himself, Robert De Niro, has confirmed their involvement.
“The Irishman” marks De Niro’s ninth collaboration with director Martin Scorsese, his seventh with Joe Pesci and fourth with Pacino (yes, we’re counting “The Godfather Part II”). And if there was ever a group of goodfellas that might one day come together and make the best mob movie ever made, period, it’s these guys.
Check out the full interview with De Niro over at MTV Movies. »
- Bryan Enk
Exciting news for you feverish followers of legendary actors of the silver screen - Cinema Blend reports that Robert De Niro has confirmed that he is on board to star in Martin Scorsese's next project, The Irishman. Not only that, but De Niro also vouched that Al Pacino and Joe Pesci will also join him on the cast list, marking the first time that all three revered entertainers will have appeared in the same production together.
De Niro and Pacino have acted together in such movies as The Godfather II (brilliant), Heat (great) and Righteous Kill (not so great), while De Niro and Pesci have a long history together, starring in the classic Raging Bull, Sergio Leone's final film Once Upon a Time in America, and highly-regarded gangster pics Casino and Goodfellas. Interestingly, Pacino and Pesci have never worked together, nor has Pacino ever been directed by prolific helmsman Martin Scorsese. »
In just four films—two original and two adaptations—filmmaker Sofia Coppola has proved herself one of the most fascinating American auteurs working today. She makes pensive, intimate portraits in which her protagonists often feel growing pains while transitioning into a new stage in their isolated, privileged lives. Coppola's special brand of "cool" marks each film she touches—a strong sense of personal style that has propelled her far from Francis Ford Coppola's paternal shadow. For her latest film, "Somewhere," Coppola recently became the first American woman to win the Golden Lion Award for best picture at the Venice Film Festival. In the film, Hollywood star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff) is going nowhere in style—driving his Ferrari, ordering strippers like room service, and partying—when his 11-year-old daughter (Elle Fanning), who is fast becoming a woman, reappears in his life. "I thought about how Johnny is at that »
James Franco admitted he hates a lot of his movies. Robert Duvall questioned David Fincher's shooting style. And Ryan Gosling opened up about getting fired by Peter Jackson. It was an especially candid Hollywood Reporter Roundtable when six of the year's most awards-worthy actors—Franco ("127 Hours"), Duvall ("Get Low"), Gosling ("Blue Valentine"), Jesse Eisenberg ("The Social Network"), Colin Firth ("The King's Speech"), and Mark Ruffalo ("The Kids Are All Right")—got together Nov. 5 at Siren Studios in Hollywood for an hourlong discussion. Do you remember the specific moment when you decided to be an actor? Robert Duvall: I come from a military background, and, actually, my parents kind of pushed me into acting, which is the reverse of what it's supposed to be. I tried it on an academic level in a small college in Illinois, and it kind of worked out. Then I went in the Army anyway, »
A tough crowd at the Bifas, why Airplane II should have been an entirely different movie, and avoiding the wrath of Nina Simone
Cheer up, it's an awards ceremony
Martin Freeman hops off to New Zealand in January to play Bilbo Baggins. He was at the Bifas last week, and at BBC London radio, following me around like a little hobbity thing. Go to Middle-earth, I said, and seize your huge break of a role. "I'll give it a go," he said. You don't seem too happy about it, I ventured. "Oh, well," he said, perking up a bit, "I'll try to do as good a job as possible and not muck it up." Freeman clearly fears being away from his lovely family for so long but will nevertheless be in good company in New Zealand, with Bifa host James Nesbitt, whose new head of hair looked surprisingly good, I thought. »
- Jason Solomons
Measured against the guidelines for creating good drama as articulated by Aristotle in his Poetics a few millennia ago – the earliest surviving treatise on literary theory — many of the big-budget studio releases of the last 20-30 years stand pretty feebly. While some might understandably wonder whether anything anybody wrote about good stage drama nearly 2400 years ago has any relevancy to movies today, Michael Tierno, a one-time story analyst for Miramax Pictures, says – firmly — yes. Taking it a step further, Tierno maintains the Greek philosopher’s tenets of dramaturgy have held first playwrights, then screen scenarists and TV writers, in good stead for centuries. He set that credo down in his book, Aristotle’s Poetics for Screenwriters: Storytelling Secrets from the Greatest Mind in Western Civilization (Hyperion, 2002), applying the ancient Greek’s primordial how-to concepts to such contemporary fare as The Godfather (1972), Rocky (1976), and even the hyperkinetic, chronological juggling act of »
Actor Scott Caan was put to work at an early age by his father James - the Hollywood star would use his boy to attract the ladies at the famous Playboy Mansion.
The Godfather legend briefly lived at Hugh Hefner's lavish property in Los Angeles during the 1980s and admits he would enlist a young Scott to draw in a bevvy of beauties whenever his son came to visit.
And James Caan reveals the sly trick worked like a charm every time.
He tells People magazine, "I'd have Scott bring me girls. No one could say no to a cute little boy!"
James split from Scott's mother, model Sheila Ryan, when he was a baby. »
Y'all remember when I did this for the ladies so I figure it's twin-time. You have to have both pieces of a matching set. Not that I'm looking forward to this one as much. Impress or surprise me fellas! You're not actresses so you have to work harder to provide Film Experience jollies. (If you have time to watch the full video it's at the bottom of the post.)
1:00 Robert Duvall (Get Low) tells a rambling story about becoming an actor and reveals "my brothers were both professional singers." The Duvall Brothers, eh? I so wanna hear that record. Would it be like the Osmonds except with less smiling?
"You get to play all your life. Most people have to grow out of it. The fantasy thing stays alive which is wonderful. »
- NATHANIEL R
Robert Duvall's career spans a series of classic characters and performances in several of cinema's all-time greatest films. So, after you've played consigliere to the Godfather, worked with Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky, and directed yourself to an Oscar nomination, what could possibly get you excited? "Anytime I hear about a guy that wants to go to his own funeral, I think that's pretty unique," Duvall says about his latest film, "Get Low," adding, "And you know they're not gonna do a sequel or a remake in 10 years." In the film, Duvall plays troubled hermit Felix Bush, who, after 40 years of living alone, throws a funeral party for himself—while still alive. Supported by an all-star cast—including Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray, and Lucas Black—Duvall shines in the lead role and secures a spot for Bush on the actor's list of unforgettable characters. Although Bush has spent his last 40 years shunning society, »
As Kirk Lazarus, Robert Downey Jr's Oscar-bait thesp in Tropic Thunder, could have told you, radically changing your appearance is a sure-fire way to attract critical buzz. The irony was, of course, that for blacking up to play an actor blacking up to win awards, Downey Jr himself won an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor.
It worked for Nicole Kidman, who pulled on a false conk and walked off with a golden statue; it did the trick for Robert De Niro, who transformed himself from lean prize fighter to corpulent misogynist for Raging Bull – Oscar approved. The roll-call of thesps vaunted for their character-acting abilities goes on and on: the Gary Oldman of Bram Stoker's Dracula is »
- Ben Child
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in the mansion Vito Corleone ruled his mob empire from, you’re in luck: it’s on the market: The mansion and four-acre estate featured in Francis Ford Coppola's 1972 film "The Godfather" is up for sale for a whopping $2.9 million. Owner Jim Norton said he put the eight-bedroom, five-bathroom Staten Island home on the market after his father recently passed away. ... The estate features a four-car garage, two fireplaces, an English pub and an in-ground swimming pool, Norton said. Lots of other domiciles from movies and TV exist only as soundstages, but we can dream. What fictional home would you most like to live in? Bilbo’s round-doored hobbit hole? The Friends’ spectacular NYC apartment? The Home Alone McMansion? Don Corleone’s Staten Island estate? Somewhere else? »
- MaryAnn Johanson
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