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Hollywood Memoir: A Young Woman's Intro to Filmmaking in The Golden Age

It was 1973 when I arrived in Hollywood with all the usual hopes, dreams, and expectations...A few weeks later, I was sent to the production offices of "The Godfather: Part II," which filmed on the Paramount lot for a month before moving on to the Dominican Republic for the Cuba sequences.
  • By Tova Laiter
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  • July 3, 2014 3:13 PM
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RIP Gordon Willis, Master of Cinematic Chiaroscuro (CLIPS)

Virtuoso cinematographer Gordon Willis, trailblazer of the New Hollywood who gave us everything from 1920s New York in "The Godfather" to 1970s Manhattan in the films of Woody Allen, has died. He was 82.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 19, 2014 1:24 PM
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Coppola Joins Fincher, Rogen and More for PGA's 2014 Produced By Conference

The sixth annual Produced By Conference, put on by the Producers Guild of America, is nailing down its prestigious guest list of speakers. Oscar winner Francis Ford Coppola has been added to the roster.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 28, 2014 3:50 PM
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Trailers from Hell: Ti West on Coppola's Savvy and Rueful 1986 Comedy 'Peggy Sue Got Married'

Deja Vu All Over Again! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Ti West on Francis Ford Coppola's "Peggy Sue Got Married," a bittersweet wish-fulfillment fantasy starring Kathleen Turner.
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  • January 10, 2014 2:05 PM
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Dubai International Film Festival: Martin Sheen Lifetime Achievement Q & A, 'Apocalypse Now' Breakdown and More

For its 10th edition, the Dubai International Film Festival awarded its Lifetime Achievement Award to Martin Sheen, and the one-time "Apocalypse Now" and "The West Wing" star turned up over the festival's first weekend to give a career talk that was scheduled to last an hour but extended to 90 minutes, revealing his actor's vulnerability and what really happened on the set of "Apocalypse Now."
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • December 9, 2013 5:58 PM
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Here's Johnny: Check Out These Cool Film Posters Riffing on Classic Movie Quotes

Brazilian graphic designer "Butcher Billy" has created some cool posters for classic genre films which take a well-known quote and give it a front-and-center spotlight, while riffing on the font design of the original posters. We've selected our five favorites from the collection, below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 14, 2013 1:47 PM
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10 Filmmakers' Top 10 Films Lists: Scorsese, Kubrick, Allen, Tarantino, Nolan and More

Flavorwire has compiled 10 filmmakers' Top 10 Films lists. Included are Martin Scorsese (who lists Powell and Pressburger's "The Red Shoes" and Renoir's "The River," among others ), Stanley Kubrick (who singles out Chaplin's "City Lights" and Antonioni's "La notte"), and Woody Allen (a fan of Bergman's "Seventh Seal" and Kurosawa's "Rashomon").
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 1, 2013 1:16 PM
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How Francis Ford Coppola's 'The Outsiders' Got Made, with Help from School Librarian

As we know from the hugely successful "Veronica Mars" Kickstarter that reached its goal in record time on March 13, fans have a definite sway in getting movies made. Check out this fascinating correspondence from 1980 between elementary school librarian Jo Ellen Misakian and Hollywood producer Fred Roos, which chronicles Misakian asking Francis Ford Coppola to adapt her school's favorite book, "The Outsiders," into a movie, and then Roos responding with "cautious optimism."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 18, 2013 1:52 PM
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Weekend Recap: 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel, Heroine Complex Short Films, Depp's Don Quixote, What's Next for Refn, Cuaron and Abrams

Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel. The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide. Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," to do the job.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • December 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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Film Historian Peter Cowie's Behind-the-Scenes 'Godfather' to Land in October

There are only a handful of trilogies that are so deepy ingrained in the zeitgeist of American culture that they seem destined to be timeless classics: "Star Wars," "The Lord of the Rings," "The Godfather." But where the first two were sci-fi/fantasy epics filled with spectacle and flash, the last one, with its dark meditations on violence and loyalty, is in a league of its own.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • August 30, 2012 6:18 AM
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