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TCM Classic Film Festival Brings Francis Ford Coppola to Hollywood

21 March 2016 10:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

As part of the TCM Classic Film Festival, on April 29 Northern California auteur Francis Ford Coppola ("The Godfather Saga," "Apocalypse Now"), winner of five directing Oscars, will place his hands and feet in cement at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. It's hard to imagine that they aren't already there.  This marks the sixth consecutive year TCM has featured a hand and footprint ceremony at the Chinese. In 2011, Peter O'Toole was the honoree, followed by Kim Novak in 2012, Jane Fonda in 2013, Jerry Lewis in 2014 and Christopher Plummer in 2015.  The seventh annual TCM Classic Film Festival (April 28-May 1) will open with Alan Pakula's Oscar-winning "All the President's Men," celebrating its 40th anniversary, and will host hordes of film buffs of all ages willing to fork up as much as $1649 dollars for passes with a series of restored classics and in-person Q & As »

- Anne Thompson

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New to Streaming: ‘Taxi,’ ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl,’ ‘Spectre,’ ‘The Godfather Epic,’ and More

22 January 2016 5:15 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

The Diary of a Teenage Girl (Marie Heller)

Writer-director Marie Heller paints an accurate, honest, and vibrant portrait of her young protagonist, Minnie (Bel Powley), in The Diary of a Teenage Girl. With the use of some beautiful hand-drawn animation, an enlightening and funny narration, and Powley’s versatile performance, this is about as intimate as a subjective picture gets. We experience the world as this young girl does. »

- TFS Staff

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HBO Now Airing 7.5-Hour 'The Godfather Epic' Featuring Unseen Footage, Cut Together Chronologically

18 January 2016 6:02 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You might think you know Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather" inside out, but HBO is bringing the saga of the gangster family back to the small screen in a completely different format than you're used to. In fact, you've already missed the first airing. Read More: New York City Crime Movies: 20 Movies You Need To Watch I'm not sure why the network has been so quiet about this, but announced last month (but likely lost amidst the holiday and awards season chatter), last night marked the debut screening of "The Godfather Epic." Running 424-minutes long, this newly remastered version of "The Godfather" and "The Godfather Part II" features scenes cut from the theatrical release, with both movies re-edited into chronological order. If this seems like a bastardization of Coppola's film, it has actually been done before. In 1977, the version aired on NBC as "The Godfather: A Novel For Television, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Francis Ford Coppola’s 7-Hour Remastered ‘The Godfather Epic’ Now Streaming on HBO Go

18 January 2016 4:35 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

While watching the films as originally intended is initially essential, Francis Ford Coppola has made available different ways to experience his iconic The Godfather films. Back in November of 1977, NBC aired The Godfather Saga, a version which puts the story of the first two films (all that was available at the time) in chronological order with additional deleted scenes, but was partially censored as it was airing on television.

With a few other editions over the years, nearly four decades later, we finally have the best version possible of the aforementioned edit as HBO has premiered The Godfather Epic, which marks the first time an uncensored, commercial-free version with 5.1 audio and full HD has become available. Airing last night and now available to stream on HBO Go through January 28th, it clocks in at 424 minutes, just over seven hours.

One can check out the trailer below and HBO Go members can stream it here. »

- Jordan Raup

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