12 items from 2014
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Why The Conversation Should Be Required Viewing At The Nsa” — Alexander Huls at The Atlantic intelligently stretches an article that could have read “Because Gene Hackman rules.” into a potent exploration of the resonant Francis Ford Coppola spy film. “The Hotel Manager from The Shining Was the First Actor to Play James Bond” — Alison Nastasi at Movies.com briefly shares some cross-over movie trivia. “Five movies that adapt classic literature in unusual ways” — Noel Murray at The Dissolve lists a decently broad array of older stories coming back in new clothing. It turns out that cribbing from Shakespeare might be the best way to make a high school movie bearable. “10 Things in the Cinematic Marvel Universe That Make No Damn Sense” — Rob Bricken at io9 recognizes the head-slappingly dumb things that found their »
- Scott Beggs
Glenn here. As Jason already established, today is Francis Ford Coppola's 75th birthday today. Talia's brother, Sofia and Roman's dad, Nicolas and Jason's uncle, and Gia's grandfather presides over a clearly very talented family that keep kicking artistic goals. We're only four months into this new year and Sofia has (apparently) been hired for her first big studio film, Jason Schwartzman has appeared on screen in indie box office hit The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Gia's directorial debut, Palo Alto, is about to hit cinema screens. What's Frances up to? Well the five-time Oscar winner is laying low it seems after none of his ultra-arty projects - Twixt, Youth Without Youth, Tetro - took off the way he likely expected his artistic return to.
It's then a perfect opportunity to dig a bit deeper into his extensive filmography and find something you've never seen. I know »
- Glenn Dunks
Across the 1970s, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola completed the kind of run that even today, filmmakers could only dream of matching in terms of scope, ambition and accomplishment. From 1972 to 1979, a seemingly non-stop Coppola delivered "The Godfather," "The Conversation," "The Godfather Part II," and "Apocalypse Now," with each of the films making a distinct mark on cinematic history. And while he could've easily folded up the director's chair after that, Coppola kept pushing himself. And that's part of the reason why the filmmaker is as revered as he is today, with his undeniable skill and desire to continually find new creative avenues, a source of inspiration, even if the results didn't always match his top shelf work (a peak that would be hard for anyone to hit). And to celebrate the director's 75th birthday today, below is his appearance on "Inside The Actor's Studio" in 2001. As per usual with James Lipton's show, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
When news broke earlier this week that five young up-and-coming actors were in line for the lead Jedi role in Star Wars Episode VII, Google search bars will likely have been working overtime as film fans tried to match faces to names.
Now a bona fide movie icon, it's common knowledge that Ford struggled early on in his career and starting working as a carpenter to support his family between acting gigs. Sometimes Ford didn't even get an acting credit at all, and on one occasion he was »
Legendary film editor, sound designer, writer, translator, amateur astronomer and director Walter Murch needs no introduction. (Oh, what the hell, his credits include The Conversation, Apocalypse Now, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Tetro and more.) In addition to being a great filmmaker, he’s also a great teacher and talker about film. Here, at the 2013 Sheffield Doc Fest, where he accompanied the doc, Particle Fever, he gives an inspiring speech on film editing, technology, audience expectation, how film grammar is changing with digital technologies, and physics. Don’t miss this. »
- Scott Macaulay
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More than 150 Oscar Nominees came together on Monday, February 10, at the Beverly Hilton when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored this year’s Oscar contenders at its annual Nominees Luncheon.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs welcomed the large crowd with, “What a remarkable year for film it’s been.”
During the afternoon all the nominees posed for the annual class photo. Click on the photo above for giant sized look.
Among the Lead Actor and Actress nominees, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Sandra Bullock, Bruce Dern, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matthew McConaughey and Meryl Streep attended the pre-Oscars event. Supporting Actor and Actress nominees Barkhad Abdi, Bradley Cooper, Jonah Hill, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o, Julia Roberts and June Squibb also joined in the celebratory lunch.
- Michelle McCue
'If I'm wrong, I'm insane. If I'm right, it's worse': in conspiracy films – from Rosemary's Baby to State of Play – solving the crime does not bring peace. Michael Newton investigates a rich cinematic genre
Some believe that JFK was shot by his driver, some that Bobby Kennedy was killed by one of his guards; some believe the world is ruled by a Yale fraternity, some by lizard-aliens in disguise; some believe that Obama is a Communist mole; some that, back in 1966, Paul McCartney died. These notions are, at best, deluded; but as potential pitches for an as yet unmade Hollywood movie, they might just secure the contract. For, in movies, you can believe that the moon shots were faked, or that men are replacing their wives with compliant robots, or that space shuttles are firing earthquake-inducing weapons, or that the world itself is a delusion – and in each case you could be proved right. »
- Michael Newton
The untimely death of the wonderfully gifted actor Philip Seymour Hoffman led to an outpouring of warmth for the man and affection for his work all day yesterday and today. You can find the man's "best" moments from Boogie Nights, Capote, Almost Famous, Moneyball, Twister, The Master or (insert your choice here) in numerous articles (and in the actual films, of course), but I had a quick, short memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman in the excellent HBO documentary I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale. The late John Cazale is noteworthy not only for his acting skill, but also for one truly excellent piece of Oscar trivia: all five of the films that John Cazale appeared in (The Godfather, The Conversation, The Godfather Part 2, Dog Day Afternoon and The Deer...
- Scott Weinberg
Want to win friends and influence people using your intimate knowledge of this year’s Oscar nominees — and how they stack up against Academy history? Never fear: EW’s got you covered. (Caution: Nerd alert!)
- It’s unclear how many times the F-word is used in The Wolf of Wall Street. Vulture says it’s 569; Slate says it’s 544; some guy at some blog says it’s 506. In any case, it’s one of the most profanity-laced films in history and certainly the swearingest movie ever to be nominated for Best Picture. Wolf director Martin Scorsese’s own Goodfellas, »
- Hillary Busis
Megan Ellison made history on Thursday, becoming the first woman and only the fourth person to receive two best picture Academy Award nominations in the same year. The producer earned a trip to the Oscars for her work on “Her” and “American Hustle.” She has previously been nominated for producing 2012′s “Zero Dark Thirty.” Other producers who have pulled off a similar feat include Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Roos (“The Godfather Part II” and “The Conversation” in 1974) and Scott Rudin (“The Social Network” and “True Grit” in 2010). Coppola and Roos won the statue for “The Godfather Part II,” »
- Brent Lang
Contributed by Michelle McCue and Melissa Thompson
For many, Christmas morning came today in the form of the annual Oscar nominations announcement.
Actor Chris Hemsworth and Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs announced the nominations for the 86th Academy Awards today (January 16) at a 5:38 a.m. Pt live news conference attended by more than 400 international media representatives. Wamg was once again invited to the big event.
Of note, all the 9 Best Picture nominees were released in the last part of the 2013.
Gravity – October 3, 2013
Captain Phillips – October 10, 2013
12 Years a Slave – October 17, 2013
Dallas Buyers Club – November 1, 2013
Nebraska – November 15, 2013
Philomena – November »
- Movie Geeks
Blockbusters are malleable things. Often, several hands get to touch a script, as is the case with the Man Of Steel Sequel that recently was given a touch-up by Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio. The fact that Terrio may be finished with his draft of the script may not spell the end of development. Entire films have been written on sets, on lunch breaks or even in the middle of shooting. Reportedly, Francis Ford Coppola.s The Conversation was written in long-hand while in the bath. That.s not true at all, but the fact that you had to think about it suggests the myriad of ways that screenwriters ply their craft. Amy Adams, an Oscar nominated actress who is excellent this year in both Her and American Hustle, just happens to be very low on the totem in regards to DC.s big team-up movie. She.ll be returning as »
12 items from 2014
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