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27 Things We Learned from Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Finian’s Rainbow’ Commentary

“Before I said I was going to do Finian’s Rainbow I should have read the book.”Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Commentator: Francis Ford Coppola (director)

1. Regarding the film’s opening frame featuring the word “overture” onscreen, he says it’s because this was what was referred to as a roadshow production. “They were like a night at the theater. You were given a program, it was an event, and as you came to your seat there was an overture playing.” It’s a long absent format, but Quentin Tarantino recently revived it for some screenings of The Hateful Eight.

2. He says a benefit of 70mm productions was that “the soundtrack would be in six-track magnetic stereophonic sound and was very high quality.”

3. The Warner Bros/Seven Arts logo reminds him of his time spent at the latter company working as a staff writer when they bought WB. “It was quite a coincidence related to my directing this
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Finian’s Rainbow

As a musical it’s excellent — fine tunes and lyrics, great singing and dancing by the ever-youthful Fred Astaire, the glorious songbird Petula Clark, and the impishly weird Tommy Steele cast appropriately as a grimacing Leprechaun. The update of what was a politically acute Broadway hit in 1947 is awkward but the show is a melodious pleasure — great color, fine voices and peppy direction by Francis Ford Coppola on his first big studio feature.

Finian’s Rainbow

Blu-ray

Warner Archive Collection

1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 145 141 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Fred Astaire, Petula Clark, Tommy Steele, Don Francks, Keenan Wynn, Barbara Hancock, Al Freeman Jr., Ronald Colby, Dolph Sweet, Wright King, Louis Silas.

Cinematography: Philip Lathrop

Film Editor: Melvin Shapiro

Original Music: Ray Heindorf

Written by E.Y. Harburg, Fred Saidy

Produced by Joseph Landon

Directed by Francis Ford Coppola

Finian’s Rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history.
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Watch Epic, Action-Packed New 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Trailer

Watch Epic, Action-Packed New 'X-Men: Apocalypse' Trailer
Death, destruction, hot mutant-on-mutant action: the final trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse promises that Marvel's most famous Homo superior superheroes will be in for some blockbuster-sized battles. Expanding on the footage that we saw last December, this new glimpse at Bryan Singer's fifth X-Men film showcases a much larger scale than the previous teasers.

As Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), history's first mutant, wakes from his sleep and reigns havoc upon the earth, resident franchise bad guys Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the shape-shfting Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) eventually joins forces their do-gooding counterparts to defeat a common enemy.
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'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' Trailer Shows a New Mutants Paradise

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If you want to see what the quintessential Tim Burton movie looks like, you're in luck because his latest now has a trailer and it's gloriously Burton-esque. It's as if Ransom Riggs wrote the Ya fantasy book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children just so it'd be made into a movie by the man behind the movies Edward Scissorhands and Big Fish and the drawings of strange children in his own book The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy & Other Stories.  It's also sort of what a Tim Burton-directed X-Men movie might look like. Or at least a New Mutants movie. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children stars Eva Green as a sort of Professor Xavier for orphans with strange powers or qualities. There's an...

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Apocalypse Wars continues in first look preview of Uncanny X-Men #6

The X-Men enter the Apocalypse Wars next month with the release of Uncanny X-Men #6, and we have a first look preview of the issue for you here; click on any of the images for hi-res versions…

The secrets of Archangel will be revealed as Magneto and his team prepare for war. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside Uncanny X-men #6 – the start of the Uncanny X-Men’s foray into Apocalypse Wars! Writer Cullen Bunn and artist Ken Lashley take you on a mission to save the life of one of the founding X-Men!

Years ago when Archangel first met Apocalypse, he was transformed into the homicidal Horseman of Death. Now, years later, it appears he may be again returning to that form. Psylocke has discovered a vacant, drone-like Archangel in the guise of Death once more. Fearing the worst, that her once lover is under the control
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First Look: Uncanny X-Men #6

Here’s your first look inside Uncanny X-Men #6, the start of the Uncanny X-Men’s foray into Apocalypse Wars, from writer Cullen Bunn and artist Ken Lashley – who take you on a mission to save the life of one of the founding X-Men!

This April, the secrets of Archangel will be revealed as Magneto and his team prepare for war… Years ago when Archangel first met Apocalypse, he was transformed into the homicidal Horseman of Death. Now, years later, it appears he may be again returning to that form. Psylocke has discovered a vacant, drone-like Archangel in the guise of Death once more. Fearing the worst, that her once lover is under the control of Apocalypse – she and the rest of the Uncanny X-Men embark on a mission to save Archangel’s life. But what they are about to uncover is far more horrifying than they could have imagined… The
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Marvelous DA7E: Money Talks -The X-Future and Return of Big Hero 6!

  • LRM Online
Deadpool continues to rack up the dollars, so Deadpool continues to silently change the landscape of 20th Century Fox as Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice enters the final marketing push in the foreground.

First, we were supposed to get two more X-Movies this year, at least according to the previous release schedule we were working off. X-Men: Apocalypse will still drop at the end of May (as Captain America: Civil War wears off from earlier in the month), but October 7, 2016 is no longer the release date for Gambit, starring Channing Tatum. It appears that movie has been pulled from the schedule entirely.

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Nick (@capithano) February 28, 2016

The interesting additions were an untitled Fox/X-Men movie a year later on October 6th, 2017 and a second untitled Fox/X-Men movie for January 12th, 2018. The things we can plug in those release dates that we
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22 things I learned from reading Peter Mayhew's original 'Star Wars' script

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22 things I learned from reading Peter Mayhew's original 'Star Wars' script
For the last week, Star Wars fans who follow Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) on Twitter have been enjoying a special treat. On February 17, the actor cryptically declared on social media that a big announcement would be coming soon from him. To keep But he didn’t say when. That would normally be the end of things, with fans and journalists periodically checking back to see if the news had dropped. But then Mayhew did something fun…he started posting photos of his original Star Wars script every day and promised to keep it up until the unknown day of the announcement. So far we’re eight days in. No announcement yet, but so far the posted script pages have been fascinating. From dialogue changes to more background information to characters that never saw the light of day, it’s an interesting trip down memory lane. Day One: Starting today I'll post
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The Best Films at the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival

With the 2016 Berlin International Film Festival wrapping up this week, we’ve highlighted our five favorite films from the slate. Make sure to stay tuned in the coming months as we learn about distribution news for the titles. Check out our favorites below, followed by our complete coverage, and one can see the winners here.

Creepy (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)

One has to appreciate Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s winking self-awareness in calling his new feature Creepy. It’s as if the Coen brothers released a film entitled Snarky, or Eli Roth named his next stomach-churner Gory. Kurosawa, who’s still best known for Cure (1997) and Pulse (2001), two rare outstanding examples of the highly variable J-Horror genre, instills a sense of creepiness into virtually anything he does, regardless of subject matter. His latest, which sees him return to the realm of horror after excursions into more arthouse territory, certainly lives up to its name
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Poorly Cast Hoffman as Polemical Stand-Up Comic and Free Speech Advocate in Timorous Biopic

Lenny Bruce: Dustin Hoffman in the 1974 Bob Fosse movie. Lenny Bruce movie review: Polemical stand-up comedian merited less timid biopic (Oscar Movie Series) Bob Fosse's 1974 biopic Lenny has two chief assets: the ever relevant free speech issues it raises and the riveting presence of Valerie Perrine. The film itself, however, is only sporadically thought-provoking or emotionally gripping; in fact, Lenny is a major artistic letdown, considering all the talent involved and the fertile material at hand. After all, much more should have come out of a joint effort between director Fosse, fresh off his Academy Award win for Cabaret; playwright-screenwriter Julian Barry, whose stage version of Lenny earned Cliff Gorman a Tony Award; two-time Best Actor Oscar nominee Dustin Hoffman (The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy); and cinematographer Bruce Surtees (Play Misty for Me, Blume in Love). Their larger-than-life subject? Lenny Bruce, the stand-up comedian who became one of the
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Robin Spry films (and dries up) the streets

Beating Schrader’s Hardcore to the punch by a matter of months, Robin Spry’s grim and gritty gutter-level drama is driven by a not-dissimilar premise, that of a man searching the seedy urban underbelly for his drug-addicted prostitute daughter. Rather astonishing that it was made for TV – the remarkably bleak opening indicates that no punches are going to be pulled, as we first see Peter Brennan (Don Francks), before the credits have even finished rolling, nodding out in a grimy cafe toilet, the needle still sticking out of his arm. This is followed by howling hospital cold turkey, as a borderline sadistic cop plays Peter a slide show of a drug-addicted girl forced into sex work, before revealing that said girl is Peter’s own daughter. We then get to see said slide show again in harrowing close-up, while Peter wails ever louder. So, once recovered, and with regular
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Review: “Fast Company” (1979) Starring William Smith, John Saxon And Claudia Jennings; Blue Underground Blu-ray

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By Ernie Magnotta

These days, cinema buffs searching high and low for a lost, early work of a modern filmmaker is almost unheard of , as most everything is readily available on DVD or Blu-ray. However, back in the day, this was far from the case. Way back when, many early efforts from then current directorial masters were extremely hard to find. For example, throughout the 1980s, I can remember looking everywhere for a copy of George A. Romero’s third film Season of the Witch aka Hungry Wives (1972) as well as Martin Scorsese’s debut feature Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1967) just to name a few. Another movie I always longed to see was a strange, little action film called Fast Company. The reason I use the word strange is because the movie was directed by the enormously talented, Canadian born David Cronenberg. Although he is now known
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[A Brew To A Kill] ‘My Bloody Valentine’ & Moosehead Lager

I am such a sucker for a Slasher film. Maybe it was the late night viewings on cable that endeared me. Or perhaps the lurid video covers that are tucked deep in the recesses of my brain. But I’m hooked. For life.

The small town of Valentine Bluffs is ready to move forward. A horrible mining accident on Valentine’s night took the life of all the men in the mine, except one. Harry Warden. And exactly one year later he killed the men he deemed responsible. Tearing their hearts out and leaving them at the annual Valentine’s dance. Since then Valentine’s Day hasn’t been celebrated for fear of Harry Warden’s wrath. With the first dance in twenty years looming, people start turning up dead. Has Harry Warden finally returned?

My Bloody Valentine was released at the height of the Slasher craze. After Black Christmas,
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"Hemlock Grove" Restricted Trailer

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Sneak Peek a new Restricted 'red-band' trailer starring Famke Janssen ("X-Men") ,from the new TV series "Hemlock Grove", airing exclusively on Netflix from executive producer Eli Roth, Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman, produced by Gaumont International Television, for an  April 19, 2013 debut.

The TV series adapts McGreevy's novel "Hemlock Grove".

"...a girl is found dead near the former 'Godfrey' steel mill. As rumors mount, two of the suspects in her killing, 'Peter Rumancek', a 17-year-old trailer trash kid rumored to be a 'werewolf' and 'Roman', the heir to the Godfrey estate, decide to find the killer themselves..."

Cast also includes Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Lili Taylor, Dougray Scott, Aaron Douglas, Nicole Boivin, Tiio Horn, Kandyse McClure, Freya Tingley, Ron Mustafaa, Eliana Jones, Emilia McCarthy, Alyssa Sworn and Don Francks.

Production of the $45 million-budgeted first season continues at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto, Port Perry, Ontario, Toronto's Deer Park United Church and in Hamilton,
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"Hemlock Grove" 'Werewolf' Transformation

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Sneak Peek a new 'werewolf' tansformation sequence, from the Ontario-lensed TV series "Hemlock Grove", airing exclusively on Netflix from executive producer Eli Roth, Brian McGreevy & Lee Shipman, produced by Gaumont International Television, for an  April 19, 2013 debut.

The TV series adapts McGreevy's novel "Hemlock Grove".

"...a girl is found dead near the former 'Godfrey' steel mill. As rumors mount, two of the suspects in her killing, 'Peter Rumancek', a 17-year-old trailer trash kid rumored to be a 'werewolf' and 'Roman', the heir to the Godfrey estate, decide to find the killer themselves..."

Cast includes Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron, Penelope Mitchell, Lili Taylor, Dougray Scott, Aaron Douglas, Nicole Boivin, Tiio Horn, Kandyse McClure, Freya Tingley, Ron Mustafaa, Eliana Jones, Emilia McCarthy, Alyssa Sworn and Don Francks.

Production of the $45 million-budgeted first season continues at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto, Port Perry, Ontario, Toronto's Deer Park United Church and in Hamilton,
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Remembering The "R.C.M.P." (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) T.V. Series

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By Harvey Chartrand

In 1959-60, the distinguished Quebec actor Gilles Pelletier (who had earlier appeared in Otto Preminger’s The 13th Letter and in Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess) came to Ottawa to shoot 39 episodes of the R.C.M.P. television series, coproduced by Crawley Films, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and the British Broadcasting Corporation.

Executive producer F.R. “Budge” Crawley cast Pelletier as Corporal Jacques Gagnier, a Mountie working at a detachment in rural northern Saskatchewan. Interiors were shot on a brand-new soundstage near Ottawa at Old Chelsea, Quebec. Exteriors were filmed in nearby Aylmer, Quebec, and in Outlook, Saskatchewan, which stood in for the fictional western town of Shamattawa, the center of the action of this contemporary adventure series.

Casting a Québécois in the lead role was considered a gutsy move at the time, but
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Sdcc 2011: Robert Rodriguez Announces Return of Heavy Metal

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Sdcc 2011: Robert Rodriguez Announces Return of Heavy Metal
During Robert Rodriguez's presentation in Hall H today, the filmmaker revealed that he has acquired the rights to remake the 80's classic animated film, Heavy Metal, and has big plans. Take a look...

Click to watch Robert Rodriguez Announces the Return of Heavy Metal!

"Hi, this is Robert Rodriguez...

I recently acquired the rights to Heavy Metal to make a large-scale media project and an animated film. I've always been a fan of Heavy Metal and Heavy Metal magazine.

I think one of the ideas I always believed in, is international artists coming together to show their best work. And when I ask other fans what they think, they all want to work on it. So I thought it would be really cool if everyone got the chance.

So what I'm doing with this website is having you submit ideas for stories, characters, or worlds that we can use
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The Man and His Dream: A Francis Ford Coppola Profile (Part 1)

Trevor Hogg profiles the career of legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola in the first of a five-part feature...

“I used to have synchronized movies,” recalled filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola of his industrious childhood. “Most of them I cut together from home movies my family had shot.” Charging admission for the neighbourhood screenings, the cinematic venture proved to be a lucrative enterprise for the young Coppola. “When I was about eighteen, I became very interested in Eisenstein. I read all of his work and went to see his films at the Museum of Modern Art,” stated the Detroit, Michigan native. “Taking my example from him, I went to theatre school and worked very hard.” After directing a number of plays, Francis Ford Coppola was drawn back to moviemaking. “In my third year at Hofstra, I sold my car and bought a 16mm camera…I went out to make a short, which I never finished.
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