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Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the third of a five-part feature... read parts one and two.
“The success of The Godfather  went to my head like a rush of perfume. I thought I couldn’t do anything wrong,” admitted Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola who decided to produce a $23 million romantic fantasy. “One from the Heart  suffered from the perception of me as some wild, egomaniac Donald Trump type of guy, and once they think about you that way, it’s just so many months before you’re brought down.” A middle class couple (Frederic Forrest and Teri Garr) split up and head off to Las Vegas where they encounter fanciful lovers. “I wanted to take a fable-like story and treat it almost the way [Walt] Disney would approach a story in his animated films,” explained the filmmaker. “If we had made the movie in Las Vegas, »
Every year there are a few things that we as horror fans look forward to. But there are even fewer things we look forward to more than Eliot Brodsky's incredible California show, Monsterpalooza! That's right, kids! The mother of all monster shows will be coming back next April, and we have the 411!
From the Press Release:
Monsterpalooza - The Art Of Monsters
April 8-10, 2011
The Marriott Burbank Convention Center
2500 Hollywood Way
Burbank, California 91505
Award winning FX artists. Monster related artwork displayed and sold. Special presentations. Walk-through Monster Museum.
Special Guests from Horror and Sci-Fi Films
Verne Langdon – Don Post Studios, Makeup Artist, Monster of Ceremonies
- Uncle Creepy
The husky voice was unmistakable as that of the star of Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Peggy Sue Got Married, Prizzi’S Honor, and so many more great movies. Oscar-nominated star of stage and screen Kathleen Turner was at the Hi-Pointe Theater in St. Louis last night to be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Cinema St. Louis. At age 56, and her red-hot movie debut Body Heat about to turn 30, Ms Turner said she’s finally decided that she’s old enough to receive such a distinguished career achievement award. The event was very well-attended and Ms Turner, who hails from Springfield Missouri, was there with her mother and daughter. She is currently in St. Louis starring in the new play ‘High” by Matthew Lombardo which is at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis. and will run through Nov. 7. Last night’s ceremony began with a 15-minute clip reel edited »
- Tom Stockman
Cinema St. Louis honors Kathleen Turner with a Lifetime Achievement Award at Tribute Program on Oct. 24
What: Tribute to Kathleen Turner, including clip reel of career highlights, presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award, career-spanning interview with Kmox’s Mark Reardon, and screening of “The War of the Roses”
When: 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24
Where: Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave.
How much: $20
More info: www.cinemastlouis.org or 314-289-4153; tickets are available in advance beginning Oct. 1 during normal theater hours at the Hi-Pointe box office or by phone from Cinema St. Louis at 314-289-4153.
Cinema St. Louis honors Oscar nominee Kathleen Turner with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a tribute program at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at the Hi-Pointe Theatre, 1005 McCausland Ave.
Turner, who will be starring in the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis’ production of “High” from Oct. 13-Nov. 7, made a memorable first impression on the moviegoing public with her »
- Travis Keune
As Back to the Future celebrates its 25th anniversary, Catherine Shoard examines just what it was about this genre-defying time-travel caper that captured her generation's imagination
For me, a time before Back to the Future exists only in theory. Some films embed themselves so early and deep in your psyche they take on the status not of works of art, nor even cultural relics from your childhood. They feel like vital organs. Remove their influence and the whole structure constructed on top could collapse. Erase my early exposure to Back to the Future and I fear I'd disappear from existence, like Marty McFly at the Enchantment Under the Sea ball in 1955, when his parents still haven't kissed and his fingers slip from the frets of his cherry-red Gibson 335 guitar and start to fade in front of his eyes (a scene I laboriously immortalised in poster paints at primary school).
I'm not alone. »
- Catherine Shoard
Top Ten Time Travel Movies
Deciding where to begin with a list of my top ten time travel movies wasn't very hard. I had a handful of films already in mind when I started, as with most any list of this sort, the films I watched as I was growing up had a profound effect on me and therefore always effect the way lists such as this turn out. However, before I felt I could do a proper list there was much more than simply the films I've watched over my lifetime to consider. In order to be thorough I had to look elsewhere and at films I had yet to see.
On top of figuring out my favorites I also had to figure out whether some films should even be classified as "time travel movies." Take Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004) for instance. Throughout the entire film »
- Brad Brevet
Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach and Kevin Brownlow were announced today as the recipients of this year's Academy of Motion Picture Sciences' Governors Awards. Coppola, the director of such classics as "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now" and "Peggy Sue Got Married," will receive the prestigious Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award. Godard, Brownlow and Wallach will be given honorary Oscar statues during the ceremony which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 13 at the Grand Ballroom at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Also a prolific producer of films such as "The Conversation," "American Graffiti," and "Lost in Translation," Coppola »
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A Thief Catcher (Keystone, 1914), featuring a previously unknown performance by silent comedy star Charlie Chaplin, will have its west coast re-premiere during the 46th annual Cinecon Classic Film Festival at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood California over Labor Day Weekend, September 2-6, 2010
Chaplin is officially credited with appearing in thirty-five films during his year at Keystone in 1914, but he claimed in various interviews that he had also played bit roles as a cop and a barber while at the studio--but he did not name the films, and although there has been some speculation about the possibility of additional Chaplin-Keystone appearances, none has turned up until now. Film collector Paul Gierucki found a 16mm film print in a trunk at a Taylor, Michigan, antique store last year. "I could tell it was a Keystone comedy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
I managed to watch a little more than usual at home this week thanks to a slightly lighter screening schedule, so I have five movies to talk about today rather than what's been only one or two recently. Let's get to it.
Raising Arizona (1987) Quick Thoughts: I have now seen all of the Coen brothers' films. This was the one that had eluded me and pretty much because I didn't think I would like it. However, I did enjoy it, but not as much as some others do. Edgar Wright recently told me it was his favorite movie period and Laremy ranked it his third favorite Coen movie. I can only say it made me laugh quite a bit, though I suspect future viewings will cause me to like it much, much more.
Food, Inc. (2009) Quick Thoughts: Have you seen this documentary yet? It wasn't quite as intimidating as I thought it would be, »
- Brad Brevet
The 1970s was the start of a golden age of American Cinema. Filmmakers like Martin Scorsese, Brian DePalma and Francis Ford Coppola paved the way to make American Cinema transcend the box office into artistic expression. Their influence of foreign filmmakers like Kurosawa, Fellini and Godard with the sense of kinetic energy, passion and a disregard for rules and convention could be seen on the screen. Namely in which with Robert Altman who gained stature in 1970 with the extraordinary film, Mash, started a decade of social commentary by way of playful genre. In Brewster McCloud, Altman explores the themes of purpose and an absurd, purposeless world. The once extremely hard to find film (until now the only way to see it was on VHS or in theaters as part of an Altman Retrospective) is now available on DVD for the first time via the Warner Archive.
- Rudie Obias
Trevor Hogg profiles the career of three time Academy Award-winning sound designer and film editor Walter Murch in the second of a five part feature... read part one here.
“I try to choose projects that dovetail my own interests,” remarked New York-native Walter Murch. “That’s a significant part of the process – where you are really casting yourself, in much the same way actors cast themselves for a role. In an ideal situation, such as Vanessa Redgrave in Julia, an actor chooses a part that represents an emotional truth to her as an individual, which pushes her somewhere she has not gone before.” Sharing the same name as his painter father, the sound designer established himself as a film editor with the 1977 picture about a young woman (Jane Fonda) who risks her life aiding her childhood friend (Redgrave) help the French Resistance by smuggling money during WWII. Still considered a rookie at the time, »
"The Sorcerer's Apprentice" hits AMC theatres tomorrow! Nicolas Cage stars in the film and in honor of its release, we decided to count down five of our favorite Nicolas Cage films from over the years!
Choosing just five films is actually pretty tough, because with a career that goes back to 1982, Cage has a huge number of hits and modern classics to his name! Not only that, as an actor, Cage is extremely versatile, handling comedy, drama and action equally well. In recent years, with movies like "National Treasure" and now "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," Nicolas Cage shows that he can also do family-oriented action fare with ease!
These are five of our favorite Nick Cage performances!
1987's "Raising Arizona" was an important film for practically everyone involved. For Joel and Ethan Coen, the film was their first real mainstream exposure. For future Oscar winners Holly Hunter and Nicolas Cage, »
Shoot him again... his soul's still dancing." Such pulp poetry clearly isn't meant to be delivered with understated sincerity – so fittingly Nicolas Cage detonates the line with a gleeful cackle in Werner Herzog's new movie, Bad Lieutenant. Abusing old ladies and teens, and hallucinating iguanas after hits from his "lucky crack-pipe," Cage's corrupt cop is another trademark wild-eyed, jitterbugging, gonzo performance from a line of over-the-top acting – a nasal, false teeth-wearing romantic lead in Peggy Sue Got Married, a hillbilly Elvis in Wild at Heart, a live cockroach-snacker for Vampire's Kiss, through to recent inadvertent cult comedy The Wicker Man ("the Bees!") – unparalleled in modern cinema. »
Until recently, things weren't looking so good for Nicolas Cage. In the 90s he transformed from a geeky, twitchy presence in soft dramas like Moonstruck and Peggy Sue Got Married into the oddest action hero of all time. Unlike Stallone and Schwarzenegger, Cage was a true livewire, a psychotic, tender presence who could kick ass even while being a doting father; who could forget him brawling to the death for the sake of his son's soft toy in 1997's Con Air ("Put the bunny back in the box!"). Cage was something mainstream moviegoers and indie mavens could agree on, a soldier for hire who could be put to service by David Lynch in one of his dark, »
- Damon Wise
This week! A look at how gay Frasier was and how brilliant Modern Family is, a chat with United States of Tara's gay couple Michael Hitchcock and Sammy Sheik, and an exploration of bad performances in hit movies. Plus, truly unlikely gays!
Have a question about gay male entertainment? Contact me here (and be sure and include your city and state and/or country!)
Q: When it comes to positive portrayals of gay characters on TV, I've seen coming out stories, displays of affection, and lots of sweaty workout scenes, but I don't think I've ever seen the love and loyalty that is portrayed between Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family. Do you agree that the "gas station scene" – where Cam, as Fizbo the Clown, mightily defends Mitchell against a jerk – qualifies as one of the most natural, and therefore important, portrayals of gay (or straight) love we've seen on TV? »
- Brent Hartinger
Hot Tub Time Machine is the latest in a long line of time travel movies and while the sci-fi rules are generally ignored by Cusack and co. , we want to know, do any of the time travel movies stand up to scrutiny? There's a lot of films that use time travel as a device to get characters into fish-out-of-water situations (Peggy Sue Got Married, A Kid In King Arthur's Court), but what we're interested in here is the sci-fi side. »
Chicago – It’s been thirty-five years since Francis Ford Coppola wrote an original screenplay for one of his pictures, and though “Tetro” is certainly not in the same league as his last singular written work (1974’s “The Conversation”), it is still the most cinematically exciting, hauntingly beautiful, and achingly personal film he’s made in decades.
The low-budget, intimate “Tetro” is easily his best work since 1986’s “Peggy Sue Got Married,” and it shares some striking similarities with his 1983 drama “Rumble Fish.” That film was about a troubled kid (Matt Dillon) who strained to live up to the formidable reputation of his older brother (Mickey Rourke). “Tetro” is also about the dysfunctional relationship between two brothers, and Coppola originally intended to cast Dillon as the older sibling (the role eventually went to controversial indie filmmaker Vincent Gallo). Like “Fish,” “Tetro” is shot in a richly nostalgic yet sharply crisp black »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
I've been looking forward to a second sit-down with Nicolas Cage since we met on the set of "Kick-Ass" in London. He's a guy whose work I've been fond of since I saw "Valley Girl" theatrically. It's been a thrill watching his filmography develop with pictures like "Peggy Sue Got Married" and "Raising Arizona" and "Vampire's Kiss" and "Wild At Heart" and "Birdy," just to name some of his early triumphs. At some point, he shifted gears and became the Jerry Bruckheimer Action Guy with movies like "The Rock" and "Con Air," and he has certainly made movies both great and mystifying. Right now, it »
Filmmaker David Wain, best known still as a veteran of the sketch group The State and director of the cult ’80s-set camp movie Wet Hot American Summer, is returning to that decade for a sort of time travel movie called Too Cool to be Forgotten. Easily likened to the recently released Hot Tub Time Machine, the plot involves a 40-year-old man who finds himself in 1985, forced to relive the moment, as a 15-year-old, and set things right that once went wrong (sorry, I always have the Quantum Leap narration in my head with movies like this). Of course what went wrong has to do with a girl.
To me, this seems more like Peggy Sue Got Married more than anything else. Producer Anthony Bergman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) has previously discussed the project, which is based on Alex Robinson’s graphic novel, revealing plans to keep the same »
- Christopher Campbell
By Robert W. Welkos
Buddy Holly’s 1959 “Apartment Tapes” six-song acetate that includes Buddy’s never-released song “That’s What They Say” will be auctioned April 9 in Beverly Hills along with a treasure trove of the rock icon’s clothing, candid tour photographs and other personal effects that have been owned by his widow.
“The six-song tape was recorded weeks before he died,” said Noah Fleisher, a spokesman for Heritage Auction Galleries in Dallas, which is conducting the auction. “This acetate has ‘Peggy Sue Got Married’ on it as well as a song that’s never been released.”
Other tunes on the one-sided acetate are “What to Do,” “That Makes it Tough,” “Crying, Waiting, Hoping” and “Learning the Game.”
Holly recorded the songs on an Ampex tape recorder he bought in December, 1958, from famed producer Norman Petty. In a letter to his parents dated Dec. 11, 1958, Buddy noted that “Peggy Sue Got Married” was his favorite. »
- Robert W. Welkos
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