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James Gunn Fires Back at Coppola Over 'Despicable' Marvel Comments

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James Gunn Fires Back at Coppola Over 'Despicable' Marvel Comments
Another member of the Marvel Cinematic Universe family has chimed in on the debate about whether comic book movies should be considered "cinema". Director James Gunn responded to comments made by legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola via Instagram the other day, calling for understanding between the two sides.

The debate hit new heights when Martin Scorsese expressed his dislike for the genre by claiming the superhero films are not "cinema". His words were met with backlash from fans and creators alike. Joss Whedon (The Avengers), Taika Waititi (Thor: Ragnarok) and Damon Lindelof (HBO's Watchmen) were among those that expressed their disagreement. At the time, Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) was fairly open about his thoughts, saying, "Martin Scorsese is one of my 5 favorite living filmmakers. I was outraged when people picketed The Last Temptation of Christ without having seen the film. I'm saddened that he's now judging my films in the same way.
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Francis Ford Coppola Calls Marvel Movies “Despicable” and James Gunn Responds

Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola is backing up Martin Scorsese’s criticism of Marvel movies but takes things a bit further by calling them “despicable.”

Here’s what he had to say at a recent event thanks to Yahoo! News:

"When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he's right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don't know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again. Martin was kind when he said it's not cinema. He didn't say it's despicable, which I just say it is."

I assume that Coppola hasn’t watched any of these Marvel films either. These guys are forming options on something they aren’t really familiar with, and that’s not really fair. Are these filmmakers feeling contempt for these Marvel films
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Francis Ford Coppola’s Slam on Marvel Films Fuels Debate Sparked by Martin Scorsese

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Francis Ford Coppola’s Slam on Marvel Films Fuels Debate Sparked by Martin Scorsese
Disparaging remarks by Francis Ford Coppola have further inflamed the debate sparked by Martin Scorsese and his criticism of Marvel and other comic book films.

At a press conference in Lyon, France, where he was being honored at the Lumiere festival, the “Godfather” director said he fully agreed with Scorsese’s assessment and went even further in criticizing Marvel-type movies. “Martin was being kind when he said it wasn’t cinema,” Coppola said. “He didn’t say it was despicable, which is what I say.”

Coppola’s comments brought a rapid retort from James Gunn, the writer-director of the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise and the upcoming “The Suicide Squad.” Gunn, who had also taken issue with Scorsese’s remarks, said on his Instagram account that “many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable.’ Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns,
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James Gunn Defends McU Movies Again After Francis Ford Coppola’s Comments

Despite being fired and then rehired from his spot at the top of the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise earlier this year, James Gunn has become one of Marvel‘s starkest defenders. Recently, business has been a bit busier than usual, with some of the great auteurs of cinema – primarily Martin Scorsese – denouncing the McU’s place within the art form.

Earlier today, The Godfather and Apocalypse Now director Francis Ford Coppola threw his hat into the ring, calling Scorsese’s comments and raising the rhetoric to words like “despicable.” In case you didn’t see what Coppola had to say, here’s exactly how he put it:

“When Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration. I don’t know that anyone gets anything out
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James Gunn Responds To Francis Ford Coppola’s Anti-Marvel Remarks

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The debate among filmmakers on whether or not Marvel and other comic book movies are “cinema” continues as James Gunn has chimed in on the matter.

In the wake of Francis Ford Coppola’s criticism of the superhero genre, the Guardians of the Galaxy took to Instagram to give an even-handed response that defended the McU and said it’s okay for them to feel like that. He didn’t call out The Godfather director but did use the word “despicable”, which is what Coppola called the movies.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable’,” wrote Gunn. “Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same.”

He continued, “I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying,
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Francis Ford Coppola Finds Marvel Movies ‘Despicable’

David Crow Oct 20, 2019

The Godfather director, Francis Ford Coppola, says Marvel movies are "despicable" and "the same movie over and over again."

It’s fair to say that some in the old guard of Hollywood have complicated thoughts about superhero movies in general and Marvel Studios ones in particular. While the Marvel formula has produced more than 20 box office hits in a row like a well-oiled machine, the steady output of product infamously turned off Martin Scorsese, who recently shared his thoughts about why they’re “not cinema.” Now Academy Award winning legend, Francis Ford Coppola, is backing Scorsese’s claims and taking it a step further by calling Marvel movies outright “despicable.”

Speaking with journalists in Grand Lyon, France, where he was being awarded the lifetime achievement prize by the Lumière Film Festival, Coppola did not mince words when he talked about the state of American cinema.

According to Yahoo News,
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After Coppola Slam, James Gunn Defends Marvel Movies as Cinema (Again)

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Once again, a Hollywood icon has panned Marvel movies and, once again, James Gunn has spoken out in defense of them.

The “Guardians of the Galaxy” filmmaker responded in an Instagram post Sunday to Francis Ford Coppola’s comments at the Lumiere Festival in France this weekend. Coppola was asked whether he agreed with Martin Scorsese’s comments that Marvel movies were not cinema, and the “The Godfather” director said in part, “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Gunn did not mention Scorsese or Coppola in his post by name, but did reference the latter’s use of the word “despicable” when noting that superhero films aren’t the first populist genre to receive derision from more artistic filmmakers.

Also Read: Robert Downey Jr Rejects Martin Scorsese's Diss of Marvel Movies as 'Not
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James Gunn Takes on Coppola and Scorsese: You’re Geniuses, But You Don’t Get Marvel

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James Gunn Takes on Coppola and Scorsese: You’re Geniuses, But You Don’t Get Marvel
It never ends. The anti-Marvel Cinematic Universe screeds from major auteurs continues to unravel, with Francis Ford Coppola recently responding to Martin Scorsese’s response to McU films and their ilk, which “The Irishman” director labeled as “not cinema.” And now, “Guardians of the Galaxy” writer/director James Gunn, who’s currently filming Warner BrothersDC entry “The Suicide Squad” because apparently one of those movies wasn’t enough, has added tinder to the flames of the ongoing debate.

Gunn, who’s weathered his lion’s share of social media controversies over the years, including offensive tweets that led to him being fired by Disney, sounded off on Instagram Sunday afternoon in a lengthy post, embedded below.

“Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them ‘despicable,'” he wrote. “Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford,
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MK2 Nabs International Distribution Rights to Chilean Western ‘The Settlers’ (Exclusive)

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Paris-based powerhouse MK2 Films has picked up international distribution rights to Felipe Gálvez’s Chilean Western “Los colonos” (“The Settlers”), one of the most buzzed-about projects to come out of Chile in recent years.

“We are very proud to be representing such an artistically ambitious period film and one of such crucial importance and vital necessity today, when the wounds of colonization are still fresh,” said Juliette Schrameck, managing director of MK2 Films.

Lead produced by Giancarlo Nasi at Santiago-based Quijote Films

“Having MK2 on board gives us a final boost for the financing process but also confirms what we always believed: that ‘The Settlers’ is a film of the highest artistic standard together with being audience appealing,” Nasi said.

Nasi described the film’s co-producers – Argentina’s Rei Cine, Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Cine-Sud Promotion – as a “dream team,” who have a record of backing important Latin American films.
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Gar O’Brien appointed head of film & TV at the Irish Film & Television Academy (exclusive)

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O’Brien was previously programme director of the Galway Film Fleadh.

The Irish Film & Television Academy (Ifta) has appointed Gar O’Brien to the newly-created role of head of film & television. The high-profile professional has many years of industry experience and was programme director of the Galway Film Fleadh for eight years.

O’Brien will drive the implementation of Ifta’s forthcoming ’Five-Year Strategic Development Plan’, which will be launched in the coming weeks.

This new position in the Irish Academy follows the departure of Ifta’s former director Deirdre Hopkins who joined BAFTA as its London-based head of film earlier this year.
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QT8: The First Eight Review

At one point during Tara Wood’s chiefly tributary film, QT8: The First Eight, Quentin Tarantino is described, simply, as a romantic. Rampaging through the ears and bucketing past the brain, it’s a trivial duality, pitting the instant and universal characteristics of his work – bloody and foul – against their red-soaked and maniacally-written storylines. You remember that after Django (Jamie Foxx) decimates what’s left of Candy Land, he doesn’t just ride off into the night’s sky, he stares back at the lovely woman he’s liberated, his now-quenched purpose for gunfighting. The shockwaves rage on until you finally realize, “oh wait, that’s actually true.”

As was the case here, this documentary sometimes flourishes as an archive of analytical footage, validating claims with perfectly plucked pieces from his catalogue – mere sentences are occasionally enhanced by a minute moment from a movie. But QT8 is also a frustratingly
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Bertrand Tavernier on Coppola, Scorsese, Cayatte, Cinema’s Bright Future

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Bertrand Tavernier on Coppola, Scorsese, Cayatte, Cinema’s Bright Future
Veteran French director Bertrand Tavernier (“Round Midnight”) – president and director of the Institut Lumière and Lumière Festival, which he co-manages with Cannes’ Thierry Frémaux – has played a pivotal role in restoring classic French films and defending the importance of French directors, such as Claude Autant Lara, Henri Decoin and André Cayatte, who were attacked by the film critics of the Nouvelle Vague.

He says his aim is to strike a new view of this period of French film history, citing the example of Francis Ford Coppola who praised and rehabilitated British filmmakers such as Michael Powell, similarly written off by some critics.

In 2016 Tavernier released his feature documentary “My Journey Through French Cinema,” and follow-up 8-episode TV series released in 2018, both of which are inspired by Martin Scorsese’s personal documentaries on American and Italian cinema.

Guests of this year’s 10th Lumiere Festival include Coppola, who receives a retrospective,
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Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Grace Lumière Festival Opening

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Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Grace Lumière Festival Opening
Lyon — The 11th Lumière Festival in Lyon, France, opened on Saturday with a celebration of its 10-year anniversary, a tribute to past Lumière Award recipients, and rousing standing ovations for Frances McDormand and Donald Sutherland, who are among the high-profile actors and filmmakers being feted this year.

Dedicated to heritage cinema, the festival was established in 2009 by Thierry Frémaux and Bertrand Tavernier, the Institut Lumière’s respective director and president.

Looking back at its decade-long history, the ceremony, held in Lyon’s cavernous Halle Tony Garnier concert hall, presented clips of all Lumière Award recipients, beginning with Clint Eastwood, who was the first person to receive the prize, followed by Miloš Forman, Gérard Depardieu, Ken Loach, Quentin Tarantino, Pedro Almodóvar, Martin Scorsese, Catherine Deneuve, Wong Kar-wai and Jane Fonda.

Praising Fonda for her activism, Frémaux informed the audience of the actress’ arrest on Friday outside the U.S. Capitol, eliciting
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USC School of Cinematic Arts Considers Changes to John Wayne Exhibit

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USC School of Cinematic Arts Considers Changes to John Wayne Exhibit
After a small group of students objected to a statue and exhibit honoring actor John Wayne, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has responded by hosting a discussion between the students and the school in hopes of finding solutions to concerns of racism.

The conversation was ignited after USC film student Eric Plant displayed a banner outside of the film school reading, “By keeping Wayne’s legacy alive, Sca is endorsing white supremacy.”

Plant said he was moved to protest after a 1971 Playboy interview with John Wayne resurfaced. In the article, the late actor not only said he believed in white supremacy, but he also defended the taking of land away from Native Americans and indigenous people.

“I believe in white supremacy,” Wayne, who attended USC in the 1920s, told the magazine. “We can’t all of a sudden get down on our knees and turn everything over to the leadership of the Blacks.
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2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated: October 7)

2020 Oscar Predictions: Best Director (Updated: October 7)
One of the big questions about the 2020 Oscars is whether or not there will be a split between the winners of Best Picture and Best Director, as we’ve seen in three of the last four years. Before the academy reintroduced the preferential ballot for Best Picture in 2010, such divides were fairly rare. Now, they are the rule rather than the exception at the Academy Awards. (Scroll down for the most up-to-date 2020 Oscars predictions for Best Director.)

Why is this?

Unlike every other Oscar category, which are decided by a popular vote, the winner of the Best Picture award is determined by a weighted ballot. Voters rank their choices from first to last. If one nominee garners more than 50% of the first place vote, it automatically wins. If, however, no nominee can meet that threshold, the film with the fewest first place votes gets eliminated, with its ballot getting reapportioned to the second place choice.
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Rushes: Scorsese and Tarantino, "Sátántangó" Restored, TikTok as Film Criticism

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Get in touch to send in cinephile news and discoveries. For daily updates follow us @NotebookMUBI.NEWSProlific title designer Wayne Fitzgerald, who created the titles for films like The Godfather, Touch of Evil, and even Beverly Hills Ninja, has died. You can find the many infamous title cards designed by Fitzgerald on Annyas. Recommended VIEWINGThe official trailer for Martin Scorsese's The Irishman, as introduced by Robert De Niro on Jimmy Fallon. Read our review of the film from the New York Film Festival here. The 4K restoration of Béla Tarr's slow cinema masterpiece, Sátántangó (1994), about a collective of Hungarian villagers seeking refuge during the fall of communism. Kazuo Hara's latest, Reiwa Uprising, follows "Ayumi Yasutomi, a cross-dressing candidate, who is also a Tokyo University professor, as she embarks on a national campaign for a seat in Japan's Upper House." For Sight & Sound, critic Charlie Lyne delves into
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Julie Andrews selected for 2020 AFI life achievement award

The American Film Institute announced on Friday that Dame Julie Andrews will be receiving their 2020 life achievement award. The 48th annual AFI ceremony will be held on April 25 in Hollywood. Andrews is a three-time Oscar nominee who won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1964 for “Mary Poppins.” Her other two nominations were for “The Sound of Music” (1965) and “Victor Victoria” (1982).

Andrews is just a Tony Award short of Egot status, having won three Grammys and two Emmys in her career. She has received the Kennedy Center Honors and Screen Actors Guild life achievement award.

See All 47 AFI life achievement award recipients [Photo Gallery]

Actor and director Denzel Washington was honored this past June as the 47th honoree. Before him it was actor/director George Clooney in 2018, actress Diane Keaton in 2017 and composer John Williams in 2016. Prior to picking Williams, the AFI had only chosen actors, actresses and directors starting way back
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Julie Andrews Selected for AFI’s Life Achievement Award

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Julie Andrews Selected for AFI’s Life Achievement Award
The American Film Institute Board of Trustees has selected Julie Andrews as the recipient of the 48th AFI Life Achievement Award.

The award will be presented to Andrews on April 25 in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast on TNT.

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.”

Andrews won a Best Actress Oscar for “Mary Poppins” and was nominated for “The Sound of Music” and Victor/Victoria.” She has won five Golden Globes, three Grammys and two Emmys. Andrews received Tony nominations for “My Fair Lady,” “Camelot
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Julie Andrews to Receive 2020 AFI Life Achievement Award

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The American Film Institute has announced that Julie Andrews will receive its annual AFI Life Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Andrews at a Gala Tribute on April 25, in Los Angeles, CA.

“Julie Andrews is practically perfect in every way,” said Kathleen Kennedy, Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees. “Her talents across time have inspired a shared sense of joy across generations, and her gifts to our cultural heritage are a testament to the power of this art form to bring us together when we need it most. AFI is proud to sing her praises with its 48th Life Achievement Award.”

Last year’s Life Achievement Award honoree was Denzel Washington. Recent recipients have included George Clooney, Diane Keaton, John Williams, Steve Martin, Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, and Shirley MacLaine. The first-ever AFI Life Achievement Award went to John Ford in 1973.

The Institute has moved up the date of its annual tribute,
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Jonathan Van Ness on being open to more recaps [Complete Interview Transcript]

Jonathan Van Ness on being open to more recaps [Complete Interview Transcript]
Jonathan Van Ness is now an Emmy nominee for being a producer on the short-form variety series “Gay of Thrones.” The reality star is also a member of the Fab Five on “Queer Eye,” which won three Emmys last year including Best Structured Reality Program.

Van Ness recently spoke with Gold Derby contributing writer Sam Eckmann about ending “Gay of Thrones,” being part of positive queer representation on television and whether future recap series lie ahead. Watch the exclusive video chat above and read the complete interview transcript below.

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Gold Derby: I love the series and it was I heard borne out of actual conversations that you had cutting hair. Can you just walk us through what was the start, the genesis of this project?

Jonathan Van Ness: That’s totally true and I also just feel the need to share this cute little
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