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In the latest in our 10-part series, we run through the films we are most looking forward to next year (in alphabetical order!). Today: adaptations
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It’s been a while – 2013’s Bling Ring, to be exact – since we’ve had a film from Sofia Coppola, but this civil war drama (about a Union soldier caged in a boarding school for Confederate girls) is on its way. It’s adapted from Thomas P Cullinan’s 1966 novel A Painted Devil; Coppola’s films are always interesting, and this sounds like its in the same territory as her debut, The Virgin Suicides.
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- Andrew Pulver
When it comes to the Coppola family, there’s no shortage of talent. From composer and patriarch Carmine Coppola to his son, director Francis Ford Coppola, and various grandchildren, filmmakers Sofia and Roman Coppola, Jason and Robert Schwartzman and actor Nicolas Cage (né Coppola), and even the youngest generation, including musician Weston Coppola Cage and filmmaker Gia Coppola. The family has earned over 20 Academy Award nominations and nine wins, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Original Screenplay and Best Original Score.
While talent certainly bonds them, it’s the music in their genes that unites them. “We come from a musical family,” Roman Coppola tells Et, referring to his late grandfather, Carmine Coppola, an Oscar-winning composer and flautist, and his great uncle, composer and conductor Anton Coppola, who at 99 years old is actively preparing a new concert for March of 2017. “We have a rich history of music being a tradition in our family,” which extends »
Though Robert Schwartzman is arguably best known for being the lead vocalist in the rock band Rooney, he’s recently made his directorial debut with the comedy-drama “Dreamland,” which had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival this past April. The film follows Monty Fagan (Johnny Simmons), a down-on-his luck musician who lives in his girlfriend’s mother’s house and listlessly plays piano in a swanky hotel bar. Monty soon begins an affair with Olivia (Amy Landecker), a wealthy older woman looking for a little excitement, but eventually Monty begins to lose his sense of self amidst the romance. It boasts an all-star supporting cast, including Jason Schwartzman (“Rushmore”), Noël Wells (“Master of None”), Alan Ruck (“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”), Beverly D’Angelo (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”), Talia Shire (“Rocky”) and more. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette below that delves into the making of the film.
- Vikram Murthi
The Beguiled unfolds in a girls’ school in the state of Virginia in 1864. As the Civil War rages, The Miss Martha Farnsworth Seminary for Young Ladies has been sheltered from the outside world— until the day a wounded Union soldier is discovered nearby and taken in.
Colin Farrell (In Bruges), Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Kirsten Dunst (The Virgin Suicides) and Elle Fanning (Somewhere) lead the cast alongside Oona Laurence (Pete’s Dragon), Emma Howard (Transparent), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys) and Addison Riecke (The Thundermans).
“It is personally and professionally a pleasure to be making a movie with Sofia Coppola again,” said Focus chairman Peter Kujawski. “The twisted turns of the story, combined with Sofia’s empathy for the characters being portrayed by these gifted actors, »
- Gary Collinson
You know what, I really like Sophia Coppola's films. Admittedly, I have not seen her entire canon, but I really enjoyed The Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, and Somewhere. I believe that when her films work, they have a beautiful, lyrical style that is captivating. They can sometimes be light on plot, but are usually, in my opinion, made up for in mood and atmosphere. This is all to say... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Director Sofia Coppola’s last project was the Netflix holiday special “A Very Murray Christmas,” a musical comedy film which follows Bill Murray making the most of a cancelled live Christmas special, but she hasn’t made a feature-length film since “The Bling Ring” in 2013. Her next film is a remake of the western “The Beguiled,” based on Clint Eastwood’s 1971 film by the same name, which itself was based on Thomas P. Cullinan’s 1966 novel “A Painted Devil.” A series of Instagram posts confirm that principal production on “The Beguiled” has begun. Check them out below.
Set during the Civil War, the original film followed a Union soldier imprisoned in a Confederate girls’ boarding school who disrupts the environment and slowly turns the women against each other. The remake stars Elle Fanning (“The Neon Demon »
- Vikram Murthi
John Fallon’S The Shelter Coming To Theaters, On Demand This November Written, directed and produced by John Fallon, The Shelter stars Michael Paré (Eddie and the Cruisers, The Virgin Suicides) in one of his most acclaimed performances in recent times. Scream Horror Magazine says Paré “steals each and every scene” while Aint it Cool News …
The post New Trailer and Poster for “The Shelter” first appeared on Hnn | Horrornews.net - Official News Site »
Dreamland is the feature film debut of Robert Schwartzman, lead vocalist of the rock/pop band Rooney, who has appeared in The Virgin Suicides, directed and co-written by his cousin Sofia Coppola, as well as The Princess Diaries, and composer of Gia Coppola’s Palo Alto. Dreamland stars Johnny Simmons as part-time pianist Monty Fagan, who begins […]
- Peter Sciretta
The Wraiths of War hits shelves from Titan Books tomorrow, October 11th, so we encourage our readers to continue reading today's Highlights for an exclusive excerpt from Mark Morris' new novel. Also: a new trailer for The Shelter, IFC's "Wake Up and Smell the Evil" Marathon, 360 Degrees of Hell Vr experience, and photos / release details for the Slimer and Sloth pins.
Exclusive Excerpt from The Wraiths of War: Synopsis: "Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold onto the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story; then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician. He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to »
- Tamika Jones
On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas Jacobs (Michael Paré) finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two-story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear as though he did. But soon enough, he realizes that the house won’t let him leave, as its doors are all locked while its windows cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. What does it want from him? Will he survive the ordeal?
The Shelter is set for release on November 4th. »
- Amie Cranswick
Suicide Squad may not have won over the critics, but the DC Comics adaptation is poised to win its second weekend at the box office regardless. Actress Kirsten Dunst, for one, does not seem terribly impressed with it, however. Back in 1999, she starred in a well-received indie drama called The Virgin Suicides. This haunting, dreamy film, Sofia Coppola’s feature-length debut, centered around the five sheltered, mysterious Lisbon sisters, whose outsider status makes them objects of obsession for neighborhood boys. Without giving too much away, the siblings live up to at least half of their film’s memorable title. The Virgin Suicides was a pivotal role for Dunst and established the young Coppola as a director worth watching as well.
Recently, in reaction to all the Suicide Squad hype, Dunst took to Instagram to post a vintage group shot of herself with the four other Lisbon girls, i.e ...
- Joe Blevins
Though latest superhero film “Suicide Squad” has garnered mostly mixed-to-negative reviews, it’s nevertheless sweeping the nation as well as the Internet. But while fans of the film or the DC Comics Universe might be sharing memes to express their adoration or displeasure, one actress in particular shared a clever meme that harkened back to a film that was released 20 years ago.
On her Instagram, Kirsten Dunst shared a picture of herself and the cast of Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” and proclaimed that there’s “only one Real Suicide Squad.” The meme was originally created by Twitter user Carter Nixon. Check it out below.
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A photo posted by Kirsten Dunst (@kirstendunst) on Aug 9, 2016 at 6:42am Pdt
- Vikram Murthi
“Suicide Squad” has been bashed by fans, ripped apart by reviewers and basically destroyed since its wide release almost a week ago. And now the DC Comics movie is getting trolled by Kirsten Dunst on social media. The “Spider-Man” actress posted a cheeky throwback photo on Instagram when she compared it to her 1999 cult hit “The Virgin Suicides.” Also Read: 'Suicide Squad' Could Top 'Batman v Superman' Week 2 Box Office “There’s only one real suicide squad,” Dunst wrote, along with a photo from the film showing her with co-stars Leslie Hayman, A.J. Cook, Chelse Swain and Hanna R. Hall. »
- Debbie Emery
Netflix has closed a global streaming licensing deal with FX that will see "The People v. O.J. Simpson" first season appear on the streaming giant in early 2017. Subsequent seasons of the anthology crime drama will follow after they've run on linear television. The seasons will be available everywhere Netflix is - including the United States. [Source: Variety]
The CW's long-running "The Vampire Diaries" is coming to an end. Executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec revealed on Friday that the upcoming eighth season of the series will be its last. The sixteen episode run of the show kicks off October 21st with a series finale date to be announced later. [Source: The CW]
Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has revealed that the upcoming Netflix series "Iron Fist" has more villains in its first season than any of the other shows Marvel and Netflix have collaborated on so far, »
- Garth Franklin
NewsTalk How Cartoon Saloon became a major draw and how those Oscar nominations helped
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Variety Idris Elba responds to those endless Next James Bond rumors
Coming Soon Star Wars: Episode VIII (as yet untitled) wraps production. It's due in theaters in December 2017 as these things take time in Post-Production
Towleroad an interview with the stars of Looking
Comics Alliance Wonder Woman gets her own Us postage stamps for her 75th anniversary this year
- NATHANIEL R
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In the spring of 1999, Sofia Coppola’s feature directorial debut, a big screen version of Jeffrey Eugenides’ novel “The Virgin Suicides,” premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. A delicate, deeply feeling and achingly human portrait of suburban ennui and teenage depression, the film was anchored by a performance by a then-17-year-old Kirsten Dunst. As Lux Lisbon, the prettiest and wildest and most broken of the five Lisbon sisters that the film so intimately chronicles, Dunst was tasked with straddling the gap between deep pain and flickering hope.
The film follows the Lisbons after their youngest sister, Cecilia, twice attempts suicide, completing the act on her second try, all during party thrown by her terrified parents in hopes of cheering her up enough to keep her alive. The Lisbons, by and large, are suffocated by their »
- Kate Erbland
Here’s some fitting news for the “queer, sultry summer” we’re currently in the midst of: Kirsten Dunst is stepping behind the camera for the first time to direct “The Bell Jar.” Dakota Fanning will star in the actress-turned-filmmaker’s adaptation of Sylvia Plath’s melancholy classic, which Dunst co-wrote with Nellie Kim. Deadline first broke the news.
Long a favorite among forlorn teens and undergrads the world over, Plath’s only novel (originally published under the pseudonym Victoria Lucas) remains her best-known work, though her two poetry collections, “Ariel” and “The Colossus and Other Poems,” are revered as well. Plath, who famously struggled with depression throughout her life, committed suicide in 1963 at the age of 30; “The Bell Jar” wasn’t released in the United States until eight years later, owing to the wishes of her mother and husband, »
- Michael Nordine
Sofia Coppola is set to make her “Bling Ring” followup with a remake of 1971’s Clint Eastwood–starring “The Beguiled,” and she appears to have found her lead. Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role originated by Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are already onboard.
Dunst starred in Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Fanning in “Somewhere,” though Kidman and Farrell have yet to work with the writer/director who first broke through with “The Virgin Suicides” and won an Academy Award for her “Lost in Translation” screenplay. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, “The Beguiled” concerns a wounded Union soldier who is rescued by a girl from an all-girl boarding school in Mississippi. Once there, jealousy and deception set in.
- Michael Nordine
One year before “The Virgin Suicides” and four before “Lost in Translation,” Sofia Coppola moved away from an acting career she never wanted to have to telling her first stories as a director. Her 1998 film “Lick the Star” shows off the type of visual storytelling Coppola would come to make for herself: The slow-motion jump cuts, stylized performances and pitch-perfect choice of punk music.
“Lick the Star” tells the story of a group of girls planning a scheme on some boys (it involves arsenic, an idea they took from “Flowers in the Attic”). The central character, Kate, returns to school after a few days in the hospital and finds herself in an ever-shifting environment where seventh grade queen bee Chloe is getting in with her friends… until an unfortunate game of telephone ostracizes Chloe and »
- Russell Goldman
If it’s late June in Manhattan, it must be time for the city’s annual dose of martial-arts madness, indescribably twisted revenge stories, and go-for-broke dramas about sexually liberated high school girls. A collaboration between Subway Cinema and The Film Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Asian Film Festival has established itself as one of the summer’s most vital (and occasionally traumatizing) annual events, a celebration of the best and most bonkers in classic and contemporary Asian cinema. Even in an age of VOD and streaming, many — or most — of these gems never receive American distribution, making the fest that much more valuable to local cinephiles.
Running from June 22 thru July 9, the 2016 edition promises to live up to the Nyaff legend, as iconic films like “All About Lily Chou-Chou” and “Tetsuo: The Iron Man” will be screened alongside a smorgasbord of new stuff that’s just waiting to be discovered. »
- David Ehrlich
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