If you’re more interested in the typical fall slate of festival entrees than summer’s glut of tentpole action fare, this is a great week. The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first wave of films that will play the fest in September. This is a batch of about 50 titles, which makes up only a small chunk of the programming. Usually TIFF features between two and three hundred films. But these are some of the highest-profile entries.

Below you’ll find rundowns on the new films from George Clooney, Bennett Miller, Jay & Mark Duplass, Todd Solondz, Francis Ford Coppola, Cameron Crowe, Sarah Polley, Fernando Meirelles, Lars von Trier, Marc Forster, Steve McQueen, Alexander Payne, and Lynne Ramsay. No announcement yet of the Midnight Madness programming choices, always some of my faves, but this is a great start. Read More »

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Francis Ford Coppola‘s panel for his new film Twixt was one of the absolute highlights of Comic Con this year. (It was one of the highlights of my entire run of Comic Con experiences, truth be told.) Not necessarily because of the film, which may or may not actually be good, but because of the innovative manner in which it will be presented.

You can read the full recap here, but in short Twixt stars Val Kilmer as a hack horror writer, Elle Fanning as a murdered small-town girl, Bruce Dern as the local sheriff, and Ben Chaplin as Edgar Allan Poe. It will be the focus of a roadshow this fall in which the film will be dynamically edited during the screening in response to audience reaction. Some scenes may be made longer or shorter, and other changes could occur. It’s a great idea meant to bring some live unpredictability into the moviegoing space.

We’ve now got the first images of Val Kilmer in the movie, and you can see a gallery below. Along with the new pics, you’ll find a grainy video blog that Germain Lussier and I recorded in the murky back aisles of Hall H right after Mr. Coppola finished up the panel. Read More »

One word: inspiring. Today Francis Ford Coppola made his first appearance at the San Diego Comic Con since 1991, bringing with him the electronic musician Dan Deacon and actor Val Kilmer. Those two men were among his collaborators on a new film called Twixt, which is a sort of gothic horror story / murder mystery set in a small northern California town. But Twixt, the movie, was only part of the panel and, frankly, it was the least part of why today’s event is the best thing I’ve ever seen in Hall H at Comic Con.

The real hook with Twixt is what Mr. Coppola wants to do with it: he plans a 30-city tour later this year in which he and Dan Deacon, and possibly other talents, will create a dynamic assembly of the film as it plays to each audience. Essentially, they have a great deal of footage which adds up to a movie called Twixt, but depending upon where and when you see the presentation, you might see a totally different telling of the story than others. In other words: ‘Remixd’? Something like that.

There’s a lot of material to cover here, and I’ll begin with a description of the footage and then move into a recap of the panel, after the break. Read More »

I don’t know what I was expecting from Twixt, but this wasn’t quite it. Francis Ford Coppola‘s latest film (formerly Twixt Now and Sunrise) is a gothic thriller of a sort, but one inspired by Hawthorne and Poe, filmed partly in 3D and featuring a soundtrack by analog knob-tweaking electronic musician Dan Deacon.

The film will be previewed at Comic Con later this week — the director’s first visit to the San Diego event since 1991 — and now we’ve got the first image. The on-set snap features, obviously, Mr. Coppola, and also Elle Fanning in costume and makeup seemingly inspired by Delirium from Sandman. See a slightly larger version below. Read More »

Twenty years ago Francis Ford Coppola arrived at Comic Con with scenes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula in hand. The Con was then nothing like the massive entertainment industry showcase it is now, so it will be fun to see how the director takes to the massive crowds when he brings his new film, Twixt, to Hall H. Read More »

What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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It’s not quite the smell of napalm, but a brand new screen-printed poster smells pretty sweet too. Experience it yourself as one of our favorite artists, Tim Doyle, has just completed a set of posters for Francis Ford Coppola‘s classic Vietnam film Apocalypse Now to go with an upcoming screening at the Astor Theatre in Australia. The regular red version and gorgeous variant “Night on the River” version are on sale now at TommyGood.com. See the full images, find out when they’ll go on sale and more after the jump. Read More »

One of the most unexpected stories of last week was that Francis Ford Coppola has enlisted indie electronic knob twiddler and live performance ringleader Dan Deacon to score his new film, Twixt Now and Sunrise. The film is based on a short story that stemmed from a dream/nightmare experienced by the director, and stars Val Kilmer, Alden Ehrenreich and more.

We didn’t know anything about the tone of the music when the story first cropped up, and given that Deacon’s typical style wouldn’t seem suited for a film that is reportedly close to Hawthorne and Poe in tone, we didn’t know what to expect. Now Dan Deacon has given an interview to explain the situation, and it sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime. Read More »

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