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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I was surprised to hear last year that Francis Ford Coppola had quietly gone into production on a gothic dream/nightmare horror story called Twixt Now and Sunrise. I’m a hell of a lot more surprised to hear that Dan Deacon is scoring it. Dan Deacon is a guy whose basic appearance will cause anyone who casually spits out the word ‘hipster’ to recoil in horror. But he’s one of the best goddamn performers I’ve seen in a while, with the ability to squeeze wild noises out of analog electronics and an enviable knack for manipulating audiences.

None of which seems to gel at all with what we know about Mr. Coppola’s dream inspired film that stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning, Ben Chaplin, Alden Ehrenreich and Bruce Dern. That just makes me all the more curious. I don’t see how the sounds we’re used to hearing from Deacon would work, but I don’t consider him limited to that sound, either. So this could be some all-new magic. Can’t wait to find out. The pair also reportedly have another, larger project in the works. [Pitchfork]

After the break, Edgar Wright’s cohort Joe Cornish gets some Basement Jaxx tunes for Attack the Block (that’s the first still, above), and Craig Wedren scores David Wain’s latest. Read More »

Last year Francis Ford Coppola quietly put a new film into production called ‘Twixt Now and Sunrise. It stars Val Kilmer, Ben Chaplin, David Paymer and Tetro‘s Alden Ehrenreich. The story has elements of gothic horror and romance, and is based on a dream (“more of a nightmare,” the director later said) that he worked into a short story. And, if one new report is correct, it will have some 3D, though the entire film will not be 3D. Read More »

I was elated recently to hear that Francis Ford Coppola has quietly gone into production on a new film called Twixt Now and Sunrise. I was elated less at the title and more at the fact that (a) the legendary director keeps on keepin’ on and (b) he’s got Val Kilmer as a lead and (c) Twixt is a sort of genre picture.

Now, thanks to a statement from the director, we know that the film relies upon some “gothic romance/horror subject matter” and that it has additional names in the cast: Ben Chaplin, David Paymer and Tetro‘s Alden Ehrenreich, among others. Read More »

I’m so happy that Francis Ford Coppola is making movies once more. I’m less concerned with the fact that neither Youth Without Youth or Tetro were home runs than with the fact that the director is making movies consistently, and making them on his own terms. If he keeps going, chances are we’ll get another very good one out of him, and that’s worth waiting for.

So I’m thrilled to hear that Mr. Copppola has quietly begun production on Twixt Now And Sunrise, a “thriller with overtones of horror” that stars Val Kilmer, Elle Fanning (isn’t she shooting Super 8?) and Bruce Dern. Read More »

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The list of filmmakers who will be awarded honorary Oscars this year has been released, and it’s a good one. Francis Ford Coppola will receive the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, given to “a creative producer whose body of work reflects a consistently high quality of motion picture production.”

Jean-Luc Godard, Eli Wallach and film historian and preservationist Kevin Brownlow (track down his book The Parade’s Gone By if you have even a passing interest in silent film) will all receive honorary Oscar statues, given each year to individuals for their ““extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.” Read More »

Captain EODisney Parks has confirmed that the Francis Ford Coppola-directed/George Lucas-produced Michael Jackson sci-fi action 3D musical short film Captain EO will return to Disneyland’s Tomorrowland beginning on Tuesday, February 23rd 2010.

As a tribute to the magic, music and messages of “Captain EO,” the 3-D musical adventure is returning to the Tomorrowland theater in which it debuted. While it’s not possible to replicate some special effects elements from the original presentation, it will boast a new 70mm print of the film, and it will sound better than ever thanks to acoustic enhancements made to the theater since the film last played there in 1997.

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Retro Whale has created a series of art based on the favorite filmmakers of film geeks. She has created quirky little portraits of 20 great filmmakers, which you can purchase as art prints, magnets, or 4×4 clapboard coasters (which are wall mountable).

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