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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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The Simpsons Season 31 Episode 3 Review: The Fat Blue Line

Fat Tony dodges a hostile takeover and Chief Wiggum recognizes a clue on The Simpsons' The Fat Blue Line.

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This The Simpsons review contains spoilers.

The Simpsons Season 31 Episode 3

The Simpsons, season 31, episode 3, "The Fat Blue Line," is a supporting character-led episode, focusing on Chief Clancy Wiggum, the worst cop the state attorney's investigating officer ever had the pleasure of humiliating in front of his men. While stories focusing on secondary character stories on The Simpsons have had as mixed success as Wiggum's policing, this episode works with only minor appearances from the titular family itself.

After the couch gag recreates Queen's performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert, with Homer doing Freddie Mercury, Lisa as John Deacon, Marge as Brian May and Bart as Roger Taylor all being produced by Maggie, the episode dives straight into fast-paced comedy without coming up for air. Jason Mamoa, who
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‘The Cotton Club’: Francis Ford Coppola’s Mangled Epic Gets an Encore

‘The Cotton Club’: Francis Ford Coppola’s Mangled Epic Gets an Encore
Francis Ford Coppola did not want to make another gangster film. He’d already made two of the most commercially successful, critically lauded organized-crime movies of all time, and though everyone kept saying he could have a lucrative career by simply churning out Godfather clones if he wanted to, the writer-director had no interest in repeating himself. In fact, when Coppola’s phone rang in the spring of 1983, the legendary filmmaker wasn’t sure he wanted to do anything close to a big, blockbuster-style movie ever again. After gambling everything
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Francis Ford Coppola Is Moving Forward With His Sci-Fi Passion Project Megalopolis

Legendary filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola has been trying to get a film project off the ground and into production since the 80s. It a very ambitious sci-fi epic called Megalopolis.

The 212-page script tells the story of an architect dreaming of a utopic version of New York City in the near future and his battle with the conservative mayor, who has other ideas of the city. Contained within the epic are a myriad of storylines and characters. Coppola actually shot a lot of second unit footage of architecture and street sounds and scenes for the film back in the early 2000s, but the project was brought to a halt after 9/11.

The film has previously been described as follows, “The mayor is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the past, while an architect-planner is dedicated to leaping into the future. When a massive renovation project is planned for an area running
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We’re Giving Away Four ‘The Cotton Club’ Posters Signed by Francis Ford Coppola

Are you a fan of Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola, the visionary filmmaker behind classics like The Godfather trilogy, Apocalypse Now, and The Outsiders? What about his 1984 film The Cotton Club, the jazzy, 1930s-set crime-drama starring Diane Lane, Richard Gere, Gregory Hines, Lonette McKee, and Nicolas Cage? Whelp, we have one heck of an opportunity for ya. Collider is giving away four posters for The Cotton Club signed by Francis Ford Coppola himself and created by artist Laurent Durieux. Here's how to enter: You need to email thecollidermailbox@gmail.com with the subject line "The …
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Nyff Review: With ‘The Cotton Club Encore,’ Francis Ford Coppola Brings Grandeur to New Reworking

Francis Ford Coppola had already cemented his Hollywood legacy after a string of critical and commercial successes in the 1970s, but discussion of his filmography seems reluctant to consider the vast body of work that proceeded. Whereas films such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, and The Conversation heralded his expertise in transforming more conventional narrative structures and filmmaking practices, it is in his later work where one finds more revealing signs of his visionary talent.

The Cotton Club, Coppola’s sprawling tapestry of the Harlem Prohibition-era jazz scene, titled after the legendary club at its center, is simultaneously a prime example of both the filmmaker’s prowess with visual and narrative experimentation later on in his career, and of the tragic circumstances that brought about his fall from mainstream celebration. Perhaps unfairly maligned as a result of both its chaotic production and box office failings (and in spite of its
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CAA Signs Francis Ford Coppola; Mission Is To Get Epic ‘Megalopolis’ Made

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Exclusive: CAA has signed Francis Ford Coppola, the six-time Oscar-winning writer, director, and producer.

The agency will help Coppola mount his epic project, Megalopolis, the drama set in New York about a master architect and city design czar’s grand vision to create a utopian city of the future. Coppola has been ruminating on this project for nearly two decades, and even shot much of the second unit footage of architecture and street sounds and scenes, just before the destruction of 9/11 brought the project to a halt. Coppola, who had spent several years making small personal films, found the spark to return to Megalopolis as he made new cuts of Apocalypse Now and The Cotton Club, with new cut of The Godfather: Part III also in his plans. His production company, American Zoetrope, which he co-founded with George Lucas in 1969, continues to produce films and television, and CAA Media Finance
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Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers Star in Vicente Amorim’s ‘Yakuza Princess’ (Exclusive)

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Masumi and Jonathan Rhys Meyers Star in Vicente Amorim’s ‘Yakuza Princess’ (Exclusive)
Japanese-American singer-actress Masumi will make her big screen debut opposite Jonathan Rhys Meyers in “Yakuza Princess,” which has completed filming in Brazil. The Japanese-styled thriller also stars Tsuyoshi Ihara (“Letters From Iwo Jima”) and Kenny Leu (“Midway”).

Princess” is an adaptation of a Brazilian graphic novel “Samurai Shiro” by Danilo Beyruth, in which a Japanese gang boss is killed, and his only heiress is sent abroad as a baby. Twenty years later she discovers her inheritance, and her vulnerability, and unleashes a war against her pursuers.

It is directed by Vincente Amorim, a rising star in Latin American cinema, with film credits including “Motorrad” and “The Division.”

Production is by LG Tubaldini Jr and Andre Skaf, the duo responsible for the success of Amorim’s “Motorrad” and “Divorce.” Company credits include Filmland Internacional and Twentieth Century Fox as co-producer. The film has investment from Bbdtvm, and Warner Bros. Pictures attached as distributor in Latin America.
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‘The Cotton Club Encore’ Film Review: Francis Ford Coppola’s Butchered Masterpiece Gets Its Redemption

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‘The Cotton Club Encore’ Film Review: Francis Ford Coppola’s Butchered Masterpiece Gets Its Redemption
Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Cotton Club” was thought of as an expensive flop after it was released in 1984. Coppola has said that producers forced him to cut footage of Gregory Hines, who was meant to be a male co-lead with Richard Gere, to focus more on the love story between Gere and Diane Lane, and the result felt lifeless and cold.

But Coppola has restored the Hines footage for this new version, which has been dubbed “The Cotton Club Encore,” and it might also be called “The Cotton Club Transformed,” because this cut makes a film that felt like a failure into one of Coppola’s very best pictures. This movie is a feast with all the trimmings, and then some.

Coppola has a history of revisiting his films and putting out different cuts of them, as in his “Apocalypse Now Redux” and his longer version of “The Outsiders,
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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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‘Birds Of Prey’: Is Harley Quinn The Michael Corleone Of DC Universe?

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‘Birds Of Prey’: Is Harley Quinn The Michael Corleone Of DC Universe?
Harley Quinn is the wild card that can’t be beat right now. The just-released trailer for Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Miss Harley Quinn) is blowing up online and the DC Comics character will be the unofficial queen of New York Comic Con this week with an immersive Harley Quinn pop-up art gallery, a spotlight “Harley Quinn in Comics” panel on Saturday, and a special preview screening of the upcoming Harley Quinn animated TV series (starring Kaley Cuoco) on Sunday.

There’s a major barrage of new Harley toys, merch, comics, and graphic novels, too, all dedicated to a character that DC describes as”delightfully demented.” Not bad for a character who was actually imported from television.

What the secret of the character’s appeal?
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Coppola's Restored Version Of "The Cotton Club" Premieres At New York Film Festival, October 5

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By Lee Pfeiffer

Francis Ford Coppola was used to bucking the studio honchos in terms of fighting to bring his vision of a film to the big screen. There were epic battles behind the scenes on "The Godfather" but his experiences on the ill-fated production of "The Cotton Club" in 1984 broke down his will to resist. The movie, which was set in the legendary Harlem nightclub in the heyday of great artists such as Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong, went far over-budget. There were constantly legal squabbles, shady characters that would have been at home in the film itself, a real-life murder and racist pressure from the studio to cut out footage of the African-American stars, Gregory and Maurice Hines, the famous brothers who gained reach fame with their tandem dance numbers. By the time the film opened, the knives were out for it. The movie became an expensive bomb
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Prolific Title Designer Wayne Fitzgerald Dies at 89

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Prolific Title Designer Wayne Fitzgerald Dies at 89
Wayne Fitzgerald, the main title designer of films and television shows including “Apocalypse Now,” “The Graduate,” “Chinatown,” “Dallas,” “The Searchers,” “The Godfather” and “The Dick Van Dyke Show,” died Monday in Whidbey Island, Wash. He was 89.

Fitzgerald began his title design career with Pacific Art & Title Studio after graduating from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design in 1951, where he eventually became head of art and design department. During his 17 years with the studio Fitzgerald designed the titles for classic films such as “Touch of Evil,” “My Fair Lady,” “Pillow Talk,” “Imitation of Life” and “Music Man.”

In 1967, Fitzgerald left the company to found his own studio Wayne Fitzgerald FilmDesign. With his new studio he worked on films such as “Footloose,” “Total Recall,” “The Deer Hunter,” “Rosemary’s Baby,” “Catch-22,” “Dick Tracy,” “Scent of a Woman” and many more.

Fitzgerald racked up 455 title design credits over his nearly half century long career.
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‘The Irishman’: Martin Scorsese’s Mob Epic Feels Like a Career Capper

‘The Irishman’: Martin Scorsese’s Mob Epic Feels Like a Career Capper
“As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.” Everyone who’s seen Goodfellas at least a dozen times and can practically quote it by memory — virtually everyone who’s seen Goodfellas, in other words — knows what comes right before Ray Liotta says the line: a stabbed body, a bloody sheet, a bright red glow coming from a car trunk. Everyone remembers what comes after it too, once the credits have rolled: A kid’s romanticized view of these neighborhood big shots, all flashy suits
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‘The Irishman’ Will Be an Oscar Epic for Netflix

‘The Irishman’ Will Be an Oscar Epic for Netflix
What’s telling about Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is how few studios were willing to take on its $159-million price tag. Only one company stepped up: Netflix. Since the dawn of Hollywood, the major studios have been willing to gamble on grand ambition and spectacle, from 1927’s first Oscar-winner “Wings” and David Lean’s desert epic “Lawrence of Arabia” to the more recent “Titanic” and fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.” Such all-in bets may make their backers lose sleep, but the movies can pay off handsomely, both at the box office and the Oscars.

Without risk, there’s no reward. The studios may be right that Scorsese’s sprawling 209-minute historical epic — which covers some of the same struggles among the Italian mafia, Teamster chief Jimmy Hoffa, and the Kennedys as Oliver Stone’s “JFK” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy — might not sustain enough
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‘The Irishman’ Will Be an Oscar Epic for Netflix

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‘The Irishman’ Will Be an Oscar Epic for Netflix
What’s telling about Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” is how few studios were willing to take on its $159-million price tag. Only one company stepped up: Netflix. Since the dawn of Hollywood, the major studios have been willing to gamble on grand ambition and spectacle, from 1927’s first Oscar-winner “Wings” and David Lean’s desert epic “Lawrence of Arabia” to the more recent “Titanic” and fantasy trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.” Such all-in bets may make their backers lose sleep, but the movies can pay off handsomely, both at the box office and the Oscars.

Without risk, there’s no reward. The studios may be right that Scorsese’s sprawling 209-minute historical epic — which covers some of the same struggles among the Italian mafia, Teamster chief Jimmy Hoffa, and the Kennedys as Oliver Stone’s “JFK” and Francis Ford Coppola’s “The Godfather” trilogy — might not sustain enough
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New York Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’

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New York Film Review: Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’
It’s the film that, I think, a lot us wanted to see from Scorsese: a stately, ominous, suck-in-your-breath summing up, not just a drama but a reckoning, a vision of the criminal underworld that’s rippling with echoes of the director’s previous Mob films, but that also takes us someplace bold and new.

Scorsese, working from a script by Steven Zaillian (who adapted the 2004 memoir “I Heard You Paint Houses”), tells the true story of Frank Sheeran (Robert De Niro), a World War II veteran and unassuming truck driver who, in the 1950s, finds himself drawn into the orbit of Russell Bufalino (Joe Pesci), the elegant and sinister boss of the Pennsylvania-based Bufalino crime family. Sheeran, who became a trusted Mob soldier and hitman, had many assignments, and one of them was to go to work for Jimmy Hoffa, whose Teamsters Union was mired in underworld connections. For years,
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Al Pacino's 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes

Ever since his humble beginnings in the intimate drug-based drama The Panic in Needle Park followed by his mainstream breakthrough in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather, Al Pacino has been regarded as one of the greatest actors who ever lived.

Related: Al Pacino’s 10 Most Iconic Roles, Ranked

In recent years, he’s been occasionally letting moviegoers down with disappointing turns in the likes of Jack and Jill, but at least he hasn’t sold out quite as much as his fellow screen legend Robert De Niro. Pacino’s filmography is still occupied by a majority of great work. So, here are Al Pacino’s 10 Best Movies, According To Rotten Tomatoes.
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Martin Scorsese, Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Join Lineup of France’s Lumiere Festival

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Martin Scorsese, Frances McDormand, Donald Sutherland Join Lineup of France’s Lumiere Festival
Martin Scorsese’s eagerly awaited Netflix movie “The Irishman” wasn’t completed on time to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival, but Thierry Fremaux, Cannes’s topper, managed to pin down the high-profile movie and Scorsese himself for the upcoming Lumiere festival in Lyon next month. Dedicated to heritage movies, the Lumiere festival was created 10 years ago by Fremaux and French helmer Bertrand Tavernier.

Following its world premiere at the New York Film Festival and its international premiere at the BFI fest in London, “The Irishman” will screen at the Lumiere fest. Scorsese previously received a sprawling career tribute at this French festival in 2015 and was celebrated by an impressive delegation, including the late Abbas Kiarostami, Matteo Garrone, Elia Suleiman, Pablo Trapero Gaspard Noe and Alice Rohrwacher.

The French premiere of “The Irishman” will take place on Oct.15; it will mark one of rare opportunities to see “The Irishman
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Godfather of Harlem Review (Spoiler-Free)

Godfather of Harlem goes after the American Dream by any means necessary.

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Godfather of Harlem is a modern look into the past which is both unflinching and hopeful. It's a crime drama, yes, but the law-breaking cuts both ways. Forest Whitaker plays real life New York Crime boss Bumpy Johnson after he got out of Alcatraz prison for taking the fall for the mob in a heroin deal.

The series leaves out one true fact which could have been extremely cinematic. When Johnson got out of Alcatraz, the people of Harlem threw him a ticker tape parade. It wasn't planned. It happened spontaneously. That's how much Bumpy was loved in the hood. His family moved to Harlem when Bumpy was 10 years old. His brother William was accused of killing a white man in Charleston, South Carolina. Born on Halloween 1905, he got the nickname “Bumpy” because he had a slightly deformed head.
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