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Happy Birthday Francis Ford Coppola! Watch Full 'Inside The Actor's Studio' Episode With Legendary Director

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 7, 2014 11:22 AM
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Across the 1970s, legendary director Francis Ford Coppola completed the kind of run that even today, filmmakers could only dream of matching in terms of scope, ambition and accomplishment. From 1972 to 1979, a seemingly non-stop Coppola delivered "The Godfather," "The Conversation," "The Godfather Part II" and "Apocalypse Now," with each of the films making a distinct mark on cinematic history. And while he could've easily folded up the director's chair after that, Coppola kept pushing himself.

The 25 Greatest Movies Never Made

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  • March 25, 2014 3:52 PM
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The grass is always greener on the other side. We always covet what we can never attain. Last week, Sony Pictures Classics' must-see documentary “Jodorowsky's Dune” opened in limited release; director Frank Pavich's funny, affectionate tale of Alejandro Jodorowsky's doomed attempt at adapting Frank Herbert's indispensable sci-fi classic for the big screen (our review). So ambitious and grand—legends like Pink Floyd, Mick Jagger, H.R. Giger, Mœbius, VFX wizard Dan O'Bannon, Salvador Dali and Orson Welles were some of the names mooted to be involved—perhaps Jodorowsky’s version was so insane it never could have really happened, or perhaps if it had, it would have been a epic fail (indeed David Lynch's version, which would eventually bring the story to the big screen in 1984, was one of that visionary director's biggest stumbles, even according to Lynch himself).

Watch: Francis Ford Coppola In Bizarre Japanese FUJI Cassette Commercial

Francis Ford Coppola Fuji Cassette
Before CDs, before mp3s and before you could carry around your entire music collection on your phone, the cassette was a big deal. The little piece of rectangular plastic was seen as a marvel of technology, providing high tech audio and saving space in your apartment from those big, square 12-inch pieces of vinyl. Plus, the wonders of auto-reverse meant that one would never have to get up to flip a record over again. And one man who believed in this bold vision of the future was Francis Ford Coppola. Read More »

Watch: 45-Minute Interview With 'Apocalypse Now' Co-Writer John Milius By Francis Ford Coppola

  • By Ben Brock
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  • August 14, 2013 10:36 AM
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“Apocalypse Now,” Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 Vietnam war, has attracted to it maybe the largest corpus of legends and anecdotes of any film ever made. Sort-of an adaptation of Joseph Conrad's “Heart of Darkness,” the production became a slog through natural disasters, directorial megalomania, and latter-day Marlon Brando's sprawling eccentricity. If you are a film student with an idea for a movie set in a jungle, take a quick look at the legends surrounding “Apocalypse Now,” and similar films like those of Werner Herzog, and write a new script, for God's sake.

8 Established Filmmakers Who Reinvented Themselves With Risky Low-Budget Efforts

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  • August 1, 2013 3:57 PM
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This Friday will see the VOD release of Paul Schrader's much talked about "The Canyons," a film both inspired by and conceived for the post-theatrical era (though it will receive a limited theatrical run starting out in NYC and Toronto). The film, which revolves around a toxic producer (adult star James Deen) and his girlfriend (Lindsay Lohan), is a collaboration between "American Psycho" author/enfant terrible Bret Easton Ellis and "Taxi Driver" scribe Schrader, whose directorial career includes "American Gigolo" and "Affliction." After the duo failed to get a studio-financed shark attack movie off the ground, they decided to pursue something on a smaller scale that would required fewer gatekeepers. Schrader's email to Ellis read, "Enough of this. Let's just do something ourselves. The economics are right. You write it, I'll direct it, we'll pay for it, and we'll make cinema for the post-theatrical era." And so "The Canyons" was born.

Contest: Win Francis Ford Coppola's Horror 'Twixt' On Blu-ray

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 22, 2013 4:07 PM
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The last time Francis Ford Coppola delved into horror it was with "Bram Stoker's Dracula," a lush and visually ambitious take on the legend. That was over twenty years ago but the filmmaker has recently returned to the genre with "Twixt" and we'd bet that, given it's very limited theatrical showings, you haven't seen it yet. Well, we've got a few copies of the movie on Blu-ray to help you fill that cinematic gap.

Stream This: 'Grabbers,' Jeff Bridges in 'Fat City,' Ryan Gosling in 'The United States of Leland' & More On VOD This Week

  • By Emma Bernstein
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  • July 19, 2013 2:25 PM
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Stream This: Grabbers, more
Hello stream-fans! Another week, another round of suggestions on how to spend that well-earned leisure time in front of your computer. This weekend sees two blockbuster releases in "Red 2" and "R.I.P.D.," both of which you might want to skip, and another collaboration from the "Drive" team of Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling, which we'd warrant you go see. Yet, in honor of it all—good, bad, and ugly—we've got our correlated streaming suggestions. Between a sports-noir mix featuring a young Jeff Bridges, comedic horror with John Malkovich, a simultaneous theatrical/VOD release, and (sort of) baby Gosling, you should have plenty to watch. There's also an oldie musical from Francis Ford Coppola and Fred Astaire and an early look at a classical Hollywood comedy from the Criterion Collection before its release on DVD. So let's get right down to it.

Watch: 1-Hour 'American Masters' Doc On Martin Scorsese Plus 50-Minute Interview Alongside Francis Ford Coppola

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 5, 2013 1:38 PM
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It's a long, hot sweaty holiday weekend, which means you'll probably be spending a lot of time outdoors. But once you come in out of the sun, and are looking for something to spend some time watching, here are two fantastic vintage videos centered on Martin Scorsese that are well worth your time.

Richard Linklater Hopes To Shoot His 'Dazed & Confused' Sequel In The Fall; Francis Ford Coppola Lines Up Next Film

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 23, 2013 9:36 AM
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Francois Truffaut kept checking in with Antoine Doinel, Spike Lee caught up with Mookie again...there comes a point in a director’s career where they can’t help but look back and try to work in the same space they worked in during their youth. Sometimes it’s an attempt to recapture old glory, other times it’s because there’s a genuine interest in tackling old subject matter with more experience, maturity and wisdom. And now, two more directors have decided to go headlong into past.

Francis Ford Coppola's 'Twixt' Finally Coming To Blu-Ray & DVD In The U.S.

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2013 12:05 PM
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After a long, long absence from filmmaking, legendary "The Godfather" helmer Francis Ford Coppola resurfaced a few years back with some of his most impressive works since the early 1980s. We didn't wholeheartedly adore either "Youth Without Youth" or "Tetro," but there was still much to admire, and furthermore, they felt like Coppola had returned to filmmaking with the vigor and energy of a young man, suggesting much more to come.

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