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Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Gotham, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Powers, Hellboy 3 and more…
As you’d expect with less than three weeks to go until its release, Marvel Studios has really ramped up the promotion for Guardians of the Galaxy this week, dropping a rather impressive extended look trailer [see here], as well as a featurette focussing on Gamora (Zoe Saldana) [see here], seven TV spots [see here, here and here], some first look images of Michael Rooker’s (The Walking Dead) Yondu [see here], and a batch of images featuring Gamora, Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), Drax (Dave Bautista) and Ronan (Lee Pace) [see here]. Meanwhile, director James Gunn has announced that he »
- Gary Collinson
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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Joss Whedon is currently up to his eye balls in evil robots, playboy billionaires and big green rage machines. However he did take the time to talk to Total Film about the Avengers Age Of Ultron which is currently shooting the in UK. Whedon is taking some influence from one of the greatest sequels of all time, The Godfather Part II.“The model I’m always trying to build from is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it’s a very different movie, but you don’t need any information. You’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re ready to just pick up in this new place. It’s got a sci-fi element to it that’s stronger than the other film. And it’s a little bit darker. Getting the team together was so rousing, but keeping the team »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
With production on the Marvel sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron currently taking place in the UK, Total Film managed to catch up with director Joss Whedon who shared a few comments on the sequel to 2012′s mega-blockbuster The Avengers.
“The model I’m always trying to build from is The Godfather: Part II, where a ton has happened in between and it’s a very different movie, but you don’t need any information. You’re in the vernacular of the first movie and you’re ready to just pick up in this new place. It’s got a sci-fi element to it that’s stronger than the other film. And it’s a little bit darker. Getting the team together was so rousing, but keeping the team together is a completely different problem.”
- Gary Collinson
It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations. I was producing TV commercials and taking Film Production classes at Nyu Extension at night. I just assumed that I would come to La and jump directly into producing feature films at the studios. As soon as I arrived, though, it became clear that women did Not produce films nor did they hold any executive positions in the business. Secretaries, Script Supervisors, Associate Producers, low to mid-range talent or literary agents, yes, but as the French say, c'est tout! What was a young girl to do? I applied to the secretarial pool at Paramount studios even though I had not the slightest clue how to type. And shockingly enough, a few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Melrose lot for a month before »
- Tova Laiter
Nattily dressed in a white suit and red socks brighter than any wine from his Napa vineyard, an avuncular writer-director-producer-executive and, yes, vintner Francis Ford Coppola entered the auditorium to a standing ovation and held forth in a "Conversation With" in the closing hours of the 2014 Produced By conference. Asked by interlocutor Hawk Koch to describe how he juggled his many roles, immediate past president of the conference presenter, the Producers Guild of America, Coppola offered an anecdote: He had set up a scene to be shot on a Monday for The Godfather: Part II that involved a
- Jonathan Handel
Six years after their last attempt, Empire Magazine has conducted a poll of over 250,000 film fans to come up with a list of the 301 greatest movies ever made. It's the 1980 classic "The Empire Strikes Back" which took the top spot, beating out the 2008 winner "The Godfather" which slipped down to second place. The Top 50 of the list are:
The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
2001: A Space Odyssey
Terminator 2: Judgement Day
- Garth Franklin
Empire Magazine has polled over 250,000 obsessive movie fans to come up with the 301 greatest movies ever made, a list that is led by the 1980 classic Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back. This same poll was conducted back in 2008, which, at the time, found The Godfather taking top honors. It has now slipped into second place.
Here is a list of the top 20 movies to make the list in 2015.
2. The Godfather
5. Pulp Fiction
6. Star Wars
7. Fellowship of the Ring
11. Blade Runner
14. Fight Club
18. Jurassic Park
20. Apocalypse Now
To see the full list of 301 movies: clickHere
It's hard to believe Angelina Jolie has been a fixture of Hollywood for almost 20 years now.
Ever since breaking out in the late '90s with a string of critically-acclaimed performances, the actress quickly established herself as an international star. Between headlining hits like "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" and directing passion projects like "In the Land of Blood and Honey," Jolie is perhaps the biggest Hollywood spokesperson of humanitarian efforts worldwide. This summer, however, Jolie can be seen taking a wicked turn in Disney's "Maleficent" -- a re-imagining of "Sleeping Beauty" from the villain's point-of-view.
From her Oscar-winning godfather to her curiosity with blood, here are 33 things you probably don't know about Angelina Jolie.
2. The actress was born Angelina Jolie Voight, but she legally dropped her surname "Voight" in 2002.
- Jonny Black
In an industry that more often than not celebrates mediocrity over true genius, Gordon Willis occupies a category separate from and above all others. It’s common knowledge among the informed that he stands beside D. W. Griffith, “Billy” Bitzer, John Ford, Orson Welles, and maybe a few others as one of the industry’s great originators. Just as those legendary figures did before him, he not only changed the way movies look, he changed the way we look at movies.
Though Gordon made his place in history with what are probably his best known films, “The Godfather” and “The Godfather: Part II,” the pattern for what he would achieve had been put to effect in a number of smaller, less heralded movies he shot during the previous couple of years. To look closely at any of them is to witness the evolution of a tremendously gifted artist: “End of the Road, »
- Richard Crudo, ASC
Here we go again folks with another Top 25. Today I’ll be knocking off another one of the technical categories, with this one being the always elaborate Best Production Design field. The category is usually a feast for the eyes, but there’s plenty more to it than that. The sets and the environment on the whole are put on display here in an often magical way. I have a few specific titles I’ll be citing below, but I know the game here. You all mostly just want to see the lists anyway, so I have no problem obliging you there in that particular regard. All you have to do is just be patient over the next few paragraphs once again… This time around, I’m once again going the overview route, since as mentioned above the look of these winners is really what matters here. Also, it really »
- Joey Magidson
Often called “The Prince of Darkness” for his tendency to artfully cloak onscreen characters in ominous shadows, cinematographer Gordon Willis was the closest thing Hollywood had to a Rembrandt. His playful visual style, daring use of chiaroscuro, and seemingly effortless ability to conjure a mood of unsettling paranoia made him the ideal Director of Photography for the 1970s — a glorious filmmaking decade when Technicolor artifice was swept aside for New Hollywood naturalism.
- Chris Nashawaty
When you think of Gordon Willis you think of his work on Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather trilogy, his lensing of All the President's Men, his work on The Parallax View and Klute for Alan J. Pakula and, of course, Annie Hall and the beautiful black-and-white photography of Manhattan for Woody Allen. He's an icon in the realm of cinema and cinematographers and over the weekend he passed away at the age of 82. Willis was nominated for only two Oscars (The Godfather: Part III and Zelig) if you can believe it and was awarded an Honorary Oscar in 2009 for "unsurpassed mastery of light, shadow, color and motion." At least they got that right. Below I've included a two-part interview with Willis from 2013 along with the iconic opening to Allen's Manhattan, though that entire film could serve as a sizzle reel for his career. Also, click here for a great »
- Brad Brevet
Legendary cinematographer Gordon Willis, the "Prince of Darkness" who was responsible for the look of such era-defining films of the Seventies as the first two Godfather films, All the President's Men, Annie Hall and Manhattan, died Sunday at the age of 82, according to Variety. His cause of death was not listed.
A native of Queens, New York, Willis cultivated an early interest in photography and, while serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, joined the motion-picture unit. After the war, »
Paramount Home Media Distribution released the mafia classic The Godfather: Part III on Blu-ray, director Francis Ford Coppola's epic conclusion to his critically-acclaimed trilogy. Al Pacino reprises his role from The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II, both of which won Best Picture, as Michael Corleone, who tries to find a successor for his criminal empire while freeing his family from this lifestyle. We have a contest lined up where our readers can take home this gangster classic to add to your collection. These prizes will be gone in a heartbeat, so take a look at how you can win today.
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Well this is quite an unfortunate coincidence. James Franco stars in Gia Coppola's directorial debut, "Palo Alto," playing a sleazy soccer coach who has feelings for one of his students (Emma Roberts). The movie was adapted from Franco's "Palo Alto: Stories," which is loosely based off of James' own teenage life in the suburbs and memories submitted by high school students. Gia has big shoes to fill, though -- she's the niece of Sofia Coppola ("Bling Ring") and the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather: Part II"). Check out the trailer for "Palo Alto" above!The trailer dropped the same week just as reports have started to circulate that the actor tried to hook up with a teenage fan. Allegedly, 17-year-old Lucy Clode was in New York with her family for an early 18th birthday present earlier this week where she met James outside his Broadway show "Of Mice and Men. »
- tooFab Staff
All that glitters is not just Oscar. Wealth-x has undertaken the task of ranking Oscar-winning actors and actresses by their accumulated wealth, so that you might have another metric by which to judge them. Here are the top five. 5. Sean ConneryConnery, Sean Connery won his Oscar in 1988 for Best Supporting Actor in The Untouchables. At 83, he's currently valued at $250 million, which can buy him a lot of "Scotland Forever" tattoos. 4. Barbra StreisandThe singer, actor, director, 71, won a Best Actress Oscar in 1969 for Funny Girl. Between her film and music career (and her stock portfolio), she's valued at $310 million. Not bad »
- Alex Heigl
There's always a time and place for nostalgia, but when it comes to movies from the 1980s, it goes beyond that. Throughout the decade, we hit cinematic milestone after cinematic milestone, with franchises being born that still resonate and fuel the box office today, some three decades removed. We can look at 2014 and see some good movies on the horizon. But when we look back at a year like 1984, its breathtaking to see how many seminal pieces of pop culture were born into existence. 1982 is sometimes called the greatest year for genre movies of all time, with an eye on science fiction. But 1984 goes maybe a step beyond that. These 12 months were jam packed with truly timeless classics. You may be awestruck staring at what came exactly 30 years ago. Nothing has quite topped it for sheer year-round, non-stop entertainment. These are 30 great movies that are turning 30 in 2014!
Tagline: In the Year of Darkness, »
★★★★★At a pivotal point in Francis Ford Coppola's masterful crime drama The Godfather: Part II (1974), Mafia kingpin Michael Corleone states, "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone." Not only one of the greatest sequels of all time, Coppola's opus is also perhaps the finest film made about immigrants in the blessed 'Land of Opportunity'. Boldly following up his widely acclaimed first chapter with a sequel split between two distinct eras - as Michael struggles with his own Godfatherly guilt and, decades before, his father Vito climbs to the top of the ladder - Coppola miraculously exceeded all expectations.
- CineVue UK
Stranger By The Lake (18)
Sex and death take a synchronised swim in this bold thriller, shot at a single lakeside location. It's a popular cruising spot, and the rituals of its regular (and regularly naked) male visitors are observed with a combination of frankness, lyricism and mischievous satire. But a more mysterious tone takes hold when newcomer Franck sees his Selleck-moustachio'd crush commit a terrible crime. The riptide of desire drags him into a dangerous game.
Making Twilight look like Sesame Street, Jarmusch gives us the coolest vampires imaginable – too cool to even do much vampire stuff. »
- Steve Rose
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