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Gary Oldman writes up Coppola across the pond

Posted by · 12:10 pm · September 15th, 2011

Here’s a nice change of pace. On the occasion of the UK opening of “Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy,” London’s Telegraph newspaper has commissioned actor Gary Oldman for his thoughts on director Francis Ford Coppola. It’s kind of random, though. Yeah, Oldman starred in Coppola’s 1992 film “Bram Stoker’s Dracula,” but there’s no real connection otherwise. […]

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(UPDATED) Coppola’s ‘Twixt’ under serious fire in Toronto

Posted by · 5:30 pm · September 11th, 2011

I stand by my (out of context) excitement for Francis Ford Coppola probing the outer reaches of what we expect of cinema, but it appears “Twixt” nevertheless came and underwhelmed (to say the least) in Toronto, failing to fully reach its aspirations. Tweets Motion/Captured’s Drew McWeeney: It is appropriate that they screened Coppola’s “Twixt” today, […]

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‘Twixt’ trailer

Posted by · 11:33 am · August 2nd, 2011

Now that Francis Ford Coppola’s experimental film “Twixt” has been announced for a Toronto premiere, the trailer has hit the web (via TIFF’s You Tube page). It’s largely composed of the footage we saw at Comic-Con, which was lived-edited into two different assemblages during the panel there. That’s Tom Waits narrating, by the way. Check […]

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COMIC-CON: It all ends

Posted by · 5:34 pm · July 24th, 2011

Well, like I said. Another year, another Con. For a convention I expected to be a bit more laid-back than usual, it sure was anything but. I guess I put that on myself by hustling back to LA for a concert and back down again to wrap things up, but even having covered just a […]

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COMIC-CON: Francis Ford Coppola takes Best in Show

Posted by · 3:20 pm · July 23rd, 2011

My Comic-Con coverage came to a close this morning with Francis Ford Coppola’s first appearance here in 19 years, and a glimpse of his latest film, “Twixt.” There’s still the “Cowboys & Aliens” screening tonight, but reviews will be embargoed, so my big send-off is the master himself. And what a send-off it was. “Twixt” […]

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Another year, another Con…

Posted by · 3:02 pm · July 20th, 2011

…and a thinner Con, at that. There was very little on the convention schedule that grabbed my attention when it was released last week. I’ll be on hand for the Fox panel tomorrow, hoping to get some good vibes from Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus.” I’ll be there for Paramount and Steven Spielberg on Friday when we […]

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Coppola coming to the Con

Posted by · 12:39 pm · July 1st, 2011

I’m a bit down on Comic-Con this year. I’m just not all that excited, and nor are the studios, as a number of them seem to be pulling out of the annual preaching-to-the-choir festivities. And TV is taking over more and more, which isn’t a bad thing, but I just can’t keep up with the […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Weinstein takes the gloves off, Hollywood mourns its own, doc and animated fields shortlisted

Posted by · 11:10 am · November 20th, 2010

• The Academy honored legends Francis Ford Coppola, Eli Wallach, Jean-Luc Godard and Kevin Brownlow at the annual Governors Awards. • Kris attended a Summit Entertainment holiday party, chatting with the talent in attendance. • Disney revealed a clever plan geared toward presenting “Toy Story 3” as a legitimate Best Picture contender. • The Weinstein […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 41 — Governors Awards, animated and doc feature shortlists, circuit festivities and remembering Ronni Chasen

Posted by · 11:20 am · November 19th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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AMPAS honors quartet at Governors Awards

Posted by · 8:46 am · November 15th, 2010

This weekend the Academy toasted the careers of film historian Kevin Brownlow, French auteur Jean-Luc Godard and character actor Eli Wallach with a trio of Honorary Oscar statuettes and bestowed the Irving Thalberg Award on legendary helmer Francis Ford Coppola. I didn’t attend the ceremony, but there’s lots of coverage out there.  Rather than pack […]

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Honorary Oscared and Thalberged

Posted by · 12:13 am · November 14th, 2010

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Getting the family back together

Posted by · 11:07 pm · November 13th, 2010

In case you weren’t aware, @TheAcademy is Tweeting the Governors Awards experience.  Here’s an epic reunion:

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 40 — ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Black Swan’ hit AFI Fest, a riskless Hollywood and previewing the Governors Awards

Posted by · 11:21 am · November 12th, 2010

Welcome to Oscar Talk. In case you’re new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty […]

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THE LISTS: Top 10 horror films of all time

Posted by · 4:34 pm · October 26th, 2010

It’s Halloween week and since we are a movie site, we are under some kind of unspoken obligation to provide our dear readers with a list to fit the festivities. You may remember a similar list popping up two years ago, in which all current contributors voiced an opinion and the final results represented a […]

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10/26 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Ferrell talks ‘Megamind,’ SAG to simulcast kudocast, Coppola shoots with Kilmer

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 26th, 2010

• Drew McWeeney talks to “Megamind” star Will Ferrell. [Motion/Captured] • This year’s SAG Awards will be simulcast to all time zones at 5pm PST. [Variety] • Francis Ford Coppola has “quietly” begun shooting his next film, a thriller with Val Kilmer. [Deadline]

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Honorary Oscars for Coppola, Godard, Wallach and Brownlow

Posted by · 9:41 am · August 25th, 2010

So, you’d think that five competitive Oscars — three for writing, one apiece for producing and directing — would count as an elegant sufficiency of awardage for even the most revered talent in the industry. Not so, apparently, in the case of a certain Francis Ford Coppola. In their wisdom, AMPAS brass have decided that […]

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10/20 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 6:50 am · October 20th, 2009

• Peter Knegt writes up a list of honest-to-God Oscar underdogs, but where’s Tom Hardy? [indieWIRE] • Peter Bart and Michael Fleming go back and forth on the new Oscar paradigm. [BF Deal Memo] • Francis Ford Coppola chimes in with cheery news: “The cinema as we know it is falling apart.” [Bloomberg]

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7/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:11 am · July 15th, 2009

• Alex Pappademas talks “Inglourious Basterds” with Quentin Tarantino the day following David Carradine’s death. [GQ] • How producer Don Murphy turned and online tiff into a novel option. [The Big Picture] • Eight blatantly misleading movie posters.  Hear, hear on “Reign of Fire.”  Never felt so burned… [Empire]

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