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'Paris Can Wait' Review: Alec Baldwin, Diane Lane Make Breezy Rom-Com Travelogue

'Paris Can Wait' Review: Alec Baldwin, Diane Lane Make Breezy Rom-Com Travelogue
If you’re longing for a delicious romantic romp to take your mind off the world going to hell in hand basket, Paris Can Wait is it. Eleanor Coppola, best known for putting together and narrating the landmark 1991 documentary, Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (about the torments suffered by her husband Francis Ford Coppola during the filming of Apocalypse Now) makes her non-doc directing debut with this delightful surprise package. Coppola is 80, but you'd never know it from her seductive lightness of touch.

Diane Lane is irresistible as Anne,
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‘Paris Can Wait’ Director Eleanor Coppola: “I Never Imagined That I Would Be Making A Fiction Feature” – Toronto Studio

‘Paris Can Wait’ Director Eleanor Coppola: “I Never Imagined That I Would Be Making A Fiction Feature” – Toronto Studio
Eleanor Coppola, wife of renowned filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, arrived at the Toronto International Film Festival this week with the sexy, charming road movie Paris Can Wait, her first narrative feature after decades in the industry. Acclaimed for her work in the documentary format (Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse), Coppola is now making waves with her new film, starring Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin and Arnaud Viard. Paris Can Wait centers on a woman…
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Nicolas Winding Refn Talks 'My Life' Doc, What's Next, Dropping Studio Gigs & The Reaction To 'Only God Forgives'

This is a reprint of our interview from the 2014 Fantastic Fest. When it comes to documentaries that chart the making of a particular film, some of the very best have come from those closest to the filmmakers. The most towering achievement in this regard is probably "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse," an intense making-of documentary that follows Francis Ford Coppola and the bonkers production of "Apocalypse Now," which was co-authored by Coppola's wife, Eleanor. Following in Eleanor's footsteps is Liv Corfixen, the wife of "Drive" filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn, who took to cataloguing the production of Refn's polarizing, Bangkok-set thriller "Only God Forgives," with "My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn." We had the chance to sit down with Refn and Corfixen at the recent Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. The documentary is an intimate portrait of frustration and familial unrest (since they had to move the family...
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'My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn' Trailer

'My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn' Trailer
Director Nicolas Winding Refn, who has created his own cult of obsessive fans with the thrillers Drive and Only God Forgives, has the camera turned on him by his wife in the intense and thrilling new documentary My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. The first trailer has arrived, along with the poster and photo gallery. The film will be released in select theaters and on VOD this February.

RADiUS is behind My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. This is director Liz Corfixen's intensely personal portrait of her husband and unique filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn. Shot over the course of the filming of Refn's 2013 film Only God Forgives, Corfixen's personal access allows for a unique look into Refn's filmmaking process.

Check out the first footage from My Life Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn, which is sure to provoke memories of the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse. Watch
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365 Days, 100 Films #98 - Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, 1991.

Directed by Fax Bahr and George Hickenlooper.

Starring Francis Ford Coppola, Marlon Brando, Eleanor Coppola, Sofia Coppola, Dennis Hopper, Robert Duvall, Martin Sheen, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford and George Lucas.

Synopsis:

A documentary detailing the difficult production of Apocalypse Now.

“My film is not a movie,” a passionate Francis Ford Coppola tells a press conference at Cannes in 1979, a beard so thick you’d mistake him as half-crazy. “My film is not about Vietnam,” he enlightens further, a translator beside him repeating his words in French. “It is Vietnam. It’s what it was really like. It was crazy.”

Hearts of Darkness is a documentary about the making of Coppola’s Apocalypse Now. The documentary lifts its title from the Joseph Conrad book on which that film was based, Heart of Darkness. ‘Heart’ is pluralised, accommodating for all those who have lost parts of
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Looking back at Apocalypse Now

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Michael celebrates the story behind the outstanding Apocalypse Now...

When reading the extensive, semi-mythological stories that detail the production of Francis Ford Coppola's surreal Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now, it's baffling that it was made at all.

By the mid-1970s, Coppola was one of the stars of New Hollywood, holding unprecedented power and critical respect, dominating the 1974 Oscars with a total of fourteen nominations shared by his second Godfather rhapsody and the arty Antonioni riff, The Conversation, including a double nomination for Best Picture, and the rare honour of being nominated for both Best Original and Adapted Screenplays. This was alongside producing George Lucas' pre-Star Wars hit, American Graffiti, and contributing the screenplay to the lavish big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which helped place Coppola in the powerful position of being a successful director, producer and writer.

Coppola had developed a reputation of being both ambitious and reliable.
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Looking back at Apocalypse Now

As it gets a re-release in UK cinemas, Michael celebrates the story behind the outstanding Apocalypse Now...

When reading the extensive, semi-mythological stories that detail the production of Francis Ford Coppola's surreal Vietnam epic, Apocalypse Now, it's baffling that it was made at all.

By the mid-1970s, Coppola was one of the stars of New Hollywood, holding unprecedented power and critical respect, dominating the 1974 Oscars with a total of fourteen nominations shared by his second Godfather rhapsody and the arty Antonioni riff, The Conversation, including a double nomination for Best Picture, and the rare honour of being nominated for both Best Original and Adapted Screenplays. This was alongside producing George Lucas' pre-Star Wars hit, American Graffiti, and contributing the screenplay to the lavish big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby, which helped place Coppola in the powerful position of being a successful director, producer and writer.

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George Hickenlooper: The Mayor Of The Sunset Strip Interview, 2004

(Rodney Bingenheimer, the subject of Mayor Of The Sunset Strip, and Andy Warhol, above.)

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper passed away on October 29, 2010, at the way too early age of 47. This is an interview I did with George in 2004, around the release of his documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip, which I consider one of the very best films ever made about the entertainment industry and one of my Top 20 Films of the past decade. Hickenlooper's last film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey, has just been released. This article originally appeared in Venice Magazine.

With Mayor of the Sunset Strip, George Hickenlooper takes us on a tour of the modern history of celebrity, via the life of legendary pop music impresario Rodney Bingenheimer.

By Terry Keefe

Filmmaker George Hickenlooper clearly loves the dreamers that drive the entertainment industry, but he's also very familiar with how Los Angeles can eat them alive. Many
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George Hickenlooper died from accidental painkiller overdose

Factory Girl director died aged 47 after taking prescription drug with alcohol, coroner rules

Film-maker George Hickenlooper died from an accidental overdose after taking a prescription painkiller with alcohol, a coroner has ruled.

The 47-year-old director of films such as Factory Girl and the acclaimed Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, died suddenly in Denver last month. At the time it was reported that he had suffered a heart attack.

However, the Denver medical examiner's office said yesterday that Hickenlooper, who had been in the city to promote his latest film, died after taking ethanol and oxymorphone, which affected his central nervous system and breathing. The coroner said an autopsy found the director had a "moderately enlarged" heart, which, when combined with his sleep apnea, were "significant contributing factors to death".

Actors such as Kevin Spacey, who stars in Casino Jack, Hickenlooper's final film, expressed their regret following the director's death.
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'Casino Jack' Director George Hickenlooper Found Dead at 47

Over the past couple months the festival circuit has been graced by the presence of director George Hickenlooper, the man behind such films as the Apocalypse Now behind-the-scenes documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, Factory Girl and, most recently, Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey as hated lobbyist Jack Abramoff. However, whilst in Denver, Colorado visiting his cousin, mayor John Hickenlooper, and attending yet another film festival, The New York Times reports that the filmmaker was found dead over the weekend. At 47 years-old, Hickenlooper has apparently died of natural causes and no foul play is expected. Read on! As far as his friends and family are aware, Hickenlooper had not been experience any health problems  and the director had been quite energetically, and excitedly promoting Casino Jack at various film festivals in Toronto, Austin and other U.S. locales. Documentarian Mogran Spurlock even chronicled some of his festival activities in
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Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper dies aged 47

Film-maker dies after reportedly suffering heart attack in Colorado, where he was promoting Kevin Spacey film Casino Jack

George Hickenlooper, the director of films such as Factory Girl and acclaimed Apocalypse Now documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, has died suddenly in Denver following a reported heart attack. He was 47.

Hickenlooper, who according to his family had not been aware of any health problems, was found dead on Saturday morning having apparently died in his sleep. Police said there were no suspicious circumstances. The film-maker had been in Colorado to promote new film Casino Jack, a drama about the disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Kevin Spacey, who plays the lead role, said he was distressed to be writing a statement about a man he had expected to see next week in Los Angeles. "It is with great sadness that I have to even think about writing about George in this way,
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Hickenlooper: 'Indie Film Has Become Pottery-Barn Cinema'

Hickenlooper: 'Indie Film Has Become Pottery-Barn Cinema'
George Hickenlooper, who abruptly died at 47 in Denver on Saturday morning as he was preparing for a film festival screening of his new film “Casino Jack,” had a career that spanned genres. He made acclaimed documentaries, including the “Apocalypse Now” chronicle “Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse” and “The Mayor of the Sunset Strip.” His short films include “Some Folks Call It a Sling Blade,” which was expanded into Billy Bob Thornton’s Oscar-winning feature “Sling Blade.” And he made narrative features, among them his tale of model and Andy
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Casino Jack director George Hickenlooper dies in Denver

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George Hickenlooper, who won an Emmy Award in 1992 for directing Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, has died. He was 47.

In a statement Saturday, Denver mayor and Colorado Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Hickenlooper says his cousin died of apparent natural causes.

Los Angeles-based George Hickenlooper was in Denver for the premiere of his latest film, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey as American lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

Other films directed by Hickenlooper include Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick, documentary Mayor of the Sunset Strip that profiled pop star impresario Rodney Bingenheimer and last year's documentary Hick Town, based on footage shot while he followed his cousin around during the Democratic National Convention in 2008.
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Filmmaker Hickenlooper Dies

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Filmmaker Hickenlooper Dies
Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper has died. He was 47.

The filmmaker was found dead on Saturday, police have confirmed.

Hickenlooper was in Denver, Colorado for the premiere of his latest movie, Casino Jack, starring Kevin Spacey and Kelly Preston, reports the Associated Press. No further details of his death were available as WENN went to press.

He won an Emmy Award in 1992 for Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse, about the making of the movie Apocalypse Now, and also directed Andy Garcia and Sir Mick Jagger in The Man from Elysian Fields.

George Hickenlooper, filmmaker, dead at 47

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George Hickenhooper, known for producing films such as the making-of documentary "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" about "Apocalypse Now," has died. He was 47.

The filmmaker was found dead in Denver Saturday morning (Oct. 30) and appears to have died from natural causes with no foul play suspected, reports the Denver Post.

Hickenlooper was in town to premiere his latest film, "Casino Jack" on Thursday at the Starz Denver Film Festival with his cousin, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper. The film stars Kevin Spacey as corrupt lobbyist Jack Abramoff.

"Shock and sadness do not begin to describe our emotions. We are devastated," says Mayor Hickenlooper in a statement. "George had immense creative talents and cinematic gifts, but he was so much more than that to us and all his family. His passion for life, zeal for people and unquenchable curiosity enriched everyone who had the fortune to know him. We will miss his sense of humor,
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R.I.P. George Hickenlooper

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R.I.P. George Hickenlooper
Director George Hickenlooper has passed away at age 47. Best known for directing the 1991 documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse--on the making of Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now--Hickenlooper was preparing for the release of Casino Jack. The Hickenlooper-directed drama stars Kevin Spacey as disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff. George was so excited to see the picture finds its way to release through Ato Pictures, after showing it at numerous festivals this year, and he was particularly proud of the performance turned in by Spacey. The film will open December 17 in New York and Los Angeles. He leaves behind a son, Charles. Suzanne Hickenlooper, his ex-wife, said: "George was a loving father and provider. He had a great creative talent, a generous spirit, and loved life and people more than anyone I know. Charles and I will miss him very much." Hickenlooper's cousin, John, who is currently running for Governor of Colorado,
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Filmmaker George Hickenlooper Dead At 47

American filmmaker George Hickenlooper, known for directing "Factory Girl," the documentary, "Mayor of the Sunset Strip," and co-directing "Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse" with Fax Bahr, among many other pictures, was found dead this morning according to the Denver Post. The 47-year old filmmaker, a cousin of Denver mayor John Hickenlooper who confirmed his passing, was in the city preparing to unveil his his latest film, "Casino Jack" starring Kevin Spacey, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. The director evidently died of natural causes in his sleep according to the report and comments on his Facebook page. His last…
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Filmmaker George Hickenlooper Passes Away at 47

The Denver Post is reporting that filmmaker George Hickenlooper was found dead this morning in Denver, where he was about to premiere his latest movie Casino Jack starring Kevin Spacey as jailed lobbyist Jack Abramoff, at the Starz Denver Film Festival. He was just 47 years old. George Hickenlooper first made his mark in 1991 with the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse about the problems Francis Ford Coppola experienced while making his war film Apocaylpse Now . Ironically, the director would run into his own problems with his 2006 film Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller as Eddie Sedgwick, but not before making dozens of acclaimed documentaries and dramatic feaures including Mayor of the Sunset Strip and The Man from Elysian Fields . The...
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Contest: Win Apocalypse Now on Blu-ray!

Apocalypse Now will make its debut on Blu-ray on October 19 and we certainly have to celebrate this new 1080p release. We have a brand new contest running and we're giving away copies of this new highly-anticipated Bd release. You know these high-def discs will go fast, so be sure to enter this contest today.

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In the Vietnam War epic, Martin Sheen stars as Army Captain Willard, a troubled man sent on a dangerous top-secret mission into Cambodia to assassinate a rogue Green Beret, Col. Kurtz (Marlon Brando), who has barricaded himself in a remote outpost. As Willard ventures deeper and
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Exclusive Apocalypse Now Blu-ray Clip

Apocalypse Now is making its way to Blu-ray on October 19 in a 2-Disc Set and 3-Disc "Full Disclose Edition." ComingSoon.net has a clip from the 3-Disc "Full Disclose Edition" featuring Francis Ford Coppola and screenwriter John Millius discussing the use of music in the film, including Wagner and the helicopter attack scene. Both Blu-ray versions contain Apocalypse Now and Apocalypse Now Redux with more than nine hours of bonus material including new interviews with on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent. The 3-Disc "Full Disclosure Edition" will include the making-of feature documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse as well as even more brand new bonus features. Also, this version features a 48-page collectible booklet with a...
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