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Spotlight On Dramatic Actors Who Choose To Go Comedic

September 22nd, 2009 9:19am EDT
The Informant
Matt Damon may have once started out as a serious thespian with small parts in films like Courage Under Fire and The Rainmaker, but he really didn't make a name for himself until 1997's Good Will Hunting, for which he also won an Oscar for screenwriting. There the blond-mopped young man played deep, pensive, and somewhat brooding characters, so it's a far cry to see him years later donning prosthetic noses and busy mustaches in order to get some added laughs for quirky, somewhat socially awkward characters. But Damon, in movies like the Ocean's Eleven series and now The Informant has proven...

Spotlight On The Best Big-Screen Lawyers

April 16th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Lawyers have been around basically as long as the law has been present - even back in Ancient Rome and Greece there were men who would stand up and speak for the laws they made. Over the years the role of the lawyer has altered a few times, but it always comes back to truth, justice, and honesty ... or the exact opposite of those ideas.

Lawyers have gained a rather negative persona, either due to them wanting too much money or doing it for their own ego rather than what is right. Film often interprets reality, and so lawyers on screen are usually portrayed as either virtuous, helpful,...

Coppola's First Movie In A Decade Premieres At Rome Film Festival

October 21st, 2007 3:00pm EDT
Francis Ford Coppola
ROME (AP) - It is Francis Ford Coppola's first movie in a decade, and the Oscar-winning director said Saturday that audiences should be in no hurry before deciding if Youth Without Youth is good or bad.

Youth Without Youth is Coppola's first movie since The Rainmaker in 1997. It was having its public premiere Saturday evening at the Rome Film Festival.

At an earlier screening for the press, reactions were mixed, and Coppola asked people to see it more than once.

''When you venture into new territories ... you know that it's different than Spider-Man or Shrek or other films th...

Francis Ford Coppola's First Movie In A Decade Gets Release Date

March 23rd, 2007 2:02pm EDT
Francis Ford Coppola
Legendary director Francis Ford Coppola's first film in 10 years has been slated for release later this year. Coppola has written, directed and produced the epic Youth Without Youth - a decade after his last movie The Rainmaker in 1997.

The film, which is based on a novella by Romanian author Mircea Eliade, stars Tim Roth as an elderly professor targeted by the Nazi regime and is scheduled to hit cinemas in the late autumn.

Speaking to trade publication the Hollywood Reporter, Coppola explains "It is a love story wrapped in a mystery. The story revolves around the key themes tha...

Francis Ford Coppola & Tom Cruise Set To Team Up For New Film Project

March 20th, 2007 5:30pm EDT
Tom Cruise
Movie moguls Francis Ford Coppola and Tom Cruise are set to reunite for the first time since 1983.

Cruise and his partners at the revamped United Artists studio are in talks to acquire Coppola's first film since The Rainmaker in 1997.

Coppola produced and directed Youth Without Youth after adapting the story from a 1976 novel by religious historian Mircea Eliade.

The film stars Tim Roth and Bruno Ganz and features The Rainmaker star Matt Damon.

The last time Coppola and Cruise worked together was when the former directed the latter in The Outsiders.

-Tom Cruise Pict...

George Clooney To Bring Grisham's Non-Fiction Book To The Big Screen

December 7th, 2006 9:18am EST
John Grisham
George Clooney has signed on to bring John Grisham's real-life tale about a man wrongly sentenced to death to the big screen. The star has purchased the rights to Grisham's non-fiction book, "The Innocent Man: Murder And Injustice In A Small Town," which was released in October.

The book tells the true story of a gross miscarriage of justice that sent Ron Williamson to Oklahoma's death row for 11 years for a murder he didn't commit. Williamson was convicted based on eyewitness testimony from the man who was ultimately convicted of the murder.

Grisham's previous courtroom thrille...

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August 29th, 2006 10:56am EDT
Francis Ford Coppola
* Francis Ford Coppola is financing his latest movie using profits from his Californian winery. Coppola decided to make “Youth Without Youth” without Hollywood backing, so he could direct it without compromising himself artistically. The movie is due for release next year and is the first Coppola has directed since 1997's The Rainmaker. It stars Tim Roth.

* Charlize Theron got a Hollywood director drunk to secure her coveted role in The Yards. Theron claims she plied filmmaker James Gray with alcohol in order to win the role of Erica Stoltz opposite Mark Wahlberg and Joaquin Phoenix i...

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