9/7 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:14 am · July 9th, 2009

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Michael Jackson’s filmmaker collaborations

Posted by · 11:40 am · June 29th, 2009

Tomorrow’s installment of The Lists is going to be Michael Mann-centric, but I was all set to write up something brief in the way of qualifying Michael Jackson’s contributions to the movie world until I came across this Christopher Campbell posting at Spout Blog.  It’d be pretty difficult to go much deeper than he has. […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Island’ sighted, ‘Ghostbusters’ quoted

Posted by · 5:02 pm · June 12th, 2009

A quiet week round these parts — and everywhere else, for that matter: • The week’s biggest talking point was the unveiling of the first trailer for Scorsese’s “Shutter Island.” Still mopping the drool from the floor. • We celebrated the quarter-century (!) anniversary of “Ghostbusters,” listing the most quotable lines from that eminently quotable […]

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Looking down the nose from across the pond

Posted by · 10:19 am · June 12th, 2009

Boy, the Brits sure are down on Hollywood this afternoon.  First and foremost, perhaps as an off-set to that “here come the franchises” piece linked in this morning’s round-up, David Thomson writes nearly 1,400 words before coming to his fairly reasoned thesis.  If you get through the painful film school lesson (and really, I love […]

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INTERVIEW: Francis Ford Coppola

Posted by · 11:36 am · June 10th, 2009

The words sound like they might be spoken by a young up-and-comer experiencing his first big break, someone fresh off the bus with stars in his eyes and the unbreakable, still unsoiled spirit of art coursing through his veins. “Here I’ve finished this film and now I can dream up some new adventure that I […]

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‘Apocalypse Now’ — 30 years later

Posted by · 9:30 am · May 29th, 2009

It was 30 years ago this summer I stumbled out of the old University Theater on Bloor Street in Toronto in shock, too dazed to speak, to stunned to make human contact. Finding a bench on the street I sat down and tried to collect my thoughts. I was 20 years old, an acting student […]

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Mixed critical response for ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 4:03 pm · May 14th, 2009

Following its Cannes premiere, Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” has been greeted with something of a collective shrug by the critical community. Most of the reviews appear to follow the lead of Todd McCarthy’s mixed Variety take, in which he praised the cinematography and the performance of relative newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, but largely dismissed it as […]

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Lukewarm early notice for ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 3:57 pm · May 13th, 2009

Todd McCarthy apparently posted a review for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” on the Variety site, but it seems to have mysteriously vanished — I guess embargos stills hold sway in some cases, after all. Still, if you cannot contain your curiosity, Jeff Wells has quoted a juicy chunk of the review, and the prognosis is […]

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Watch the first three minutes of Coppola’s ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 4:31 pm · May 4th, 2009

Apple has the exclusive on the first three minutes of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro,” which you can check out in standard and HD quality if you like.  Once again, Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon is quick with an embed, so have a look:

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Coppola on ‘Tetro’

Posted by · 11:17 am · May 3rd, 2009

You’ve likely seen the trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro” by now. It seems to be going down well with some bloggerfolk, but I must reluctantly say the trailer didn’t really sing to me. It certainly looks attractive (even if the black-and-white lensing struck me as a tad self-regarding when viewed out of context), but […]

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Coppola’s ‘Tetro’ gets a trailer

Posted by · 8:29 pm · May 2nd, 2009

The trailer for Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tetro,” which will play as part of the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes later this month, has shown up at the film’s official site.  Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon has an embed, which I’ve included below.  Beautiful cinematography once again.  Have a look:

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Coppola goes to Cannes after all

Posted by · 9:18 am · April 24th, 2009

After turning down an out-of-competition slot at Cannes earlier this week, it seems Francis Ford Coppola has had a change of heart. Variety reports that his new film, “Tetro,” will open the festival’s Directors’ Fortnight on May 14, marking the much-awaited film’s world premiere. The addition of Coppola adds some welcome lustre to a sidebar […]

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Coppola turns down Cannes

Posted by · 9:27 am · April 20th, 2009

Now here’s a curious strategic decision. Having been offered the chance to unveil his much-anticipated “Tetro” in an out-of-competition slot at Cannes, Francis Ford Coppola has responded with a polite “thanks, but no thanks”: “While I very much appreciate the invitation, this is an independent film, self-financed and self released, and I felt that being […]

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Coming in June: Coppola’s ‘Tetro.’ Will it bring him back?

Posted by · 3:39 pm · March 13th, 2009

No other director in the history of the cinema dominated a 10-year span as Francis Ford Coppola did the 1970s. Beyond directing four of the decade’s greatest films — “The Godfather”, “The Godfather, Part II”, “The Conversation” and “Apocalypse Now” — his name was on “Patton” and “The Great Gatsby” as screenwriter and “American Graffiti” […]

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SANTA BARBARA: Mickey Rourke puts a bow on the fest

Posted by · 1:02 am · February 1st, 2009

Mickey Rourke landed in Santa Barbara tonight to accept the final award of the festival, the American Riviera Award.  The on-stage Q&A/career retrospective was moderated by Pete Hammond and presented a swift trip through the actor’s portfolio of impressive performances, making me want to revisit films like “Rumble Fish” and “The Pope of Greenwich Village,” […]

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DGA discrepancies with AMPAS are not uncommon

Posted by · 9:39 am · January 9th, 2009

The announcement of this year’s DGA nominees has left the sense that the races for Best Picture and Best Director are over.  Not so.  While the guild and Academy line up most of the time, and have a decent track record with the directing branch, we must not forget the years that proved otherwise.  This […]

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INTERVIEW: Dennis Hopper

Posted by · 10:39 am · November 6th, 2008

The voice on other end of the line sounds nothing like the many wild and somewhat insane characters Dennis Hopper has portrayed throughout his career, which now spans more than 50 years. This is a man who has walked with James Dean (his mentor), John Wayne (who affectionately labeled him a “pinko”) and Francis Ford […]

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‘Godfather Restoration’ on DVD generates excitement

Posted by · 4:35 pm · August 3rd, 2008

I wonder if any of us really understands the impact of home entertainment, beginning back in the early 1980s with the advent of the VHS and BETA tapes one could rent to play on new machines known as VCRs. My parents, God bless them, bought one right away, perhaps a way to get their eldest […]

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