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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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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SANTA BARBARA: Directors on directing, Virtuosos, ‘Provinces of Night,’ Bigelow

Posted by · 3:41 pm · February 8th, 2010

The fest feels incredibly easy-going this year.  More than last.  Maybe that’s because there aren’t as many films I’m interested in seeing.  After “The Secret of Kells” last week and Atom Egoyan’s “Chloe” later this week, nothing really strikes my fancy. Yesterday before darting back down the 101 for a Super Bowl party in LA, […]

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9/18 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:27 am · September 18th, 2008

• Nathaniel Rogers just can’t seem to get excited about “Appaloosa.” [The Film Experience] • Dave Karger, meanwhile, sits down with Ed Harris to talk about the film.  GREAT interview. [Entertainment Weekly] • With westerns on the mind, Kyle Rupprecht recounts the best modern entries in the genre. [Moviemaker Magazine] • Sasha Stone cherry-picks some […]

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SHORT TAKE: “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” (***1/2)

Posted by · 12:33 pm · October 16th, 2005

Shane Black’s “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang” is surprisingly fun, excitingly catty and ultimately one of the greatest guilty pleasure film experiences of the year. Based in part on Brett Halliday’s novel “Dead Bodies Are Where You Find Them” – about which I must confess I am entirely ignorant and therefore have no basis for commentary […]

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