First Clip from Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere

Focus Features has released the first video clip for Sofia Coppola’s new film Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. In the clip Dorff and film-within-the-film co-star Michelle Monaghan have a cold interaction while doing a photo shoot for a movie they’re promoting. Hit the jump to watch it now.
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New Photos: Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere

Focus Features has released a bunch of new photos for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. Hit the jump to see them now.
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VOTD: Somewhere vs. Lost in Translation

When the trailer was released for Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere, many people noted the similarities/parallels to the filmmaker’s previous film Lost in Translation. Of course, both movies are about a girl and her father figure getting to know each other while living at a four star hotel. /Film reader Joel Norn put together a video comparing shots from Sofia’s new film and LiT. Watch it now, embedded after the jump.

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Movie Trailer: Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere

Sofia Coppola's Somewhere

Focus Features has released the first movie trailer for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. Watch the trailer now embedded after the jump. It very much feels like a thematic/tonal sequel to Lost in Translation, another Coppola film about famous father figure connecting with a daughter figure (more metaphoric in the other film) in a hotel.

This looks like it could be a return to form for Coppola. Sofia’s first two films Virgin Suicides and Lost in Translation were some of my favorite movies of their respective years of release. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below!
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Movie Poster: Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere


I have come across what appears to be the first poster for Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning. While I can’t confirm this is in fact the film’s one sheet, it does look very much like Sofia’s style. Check out the poster after the jump.
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Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has led the jury at Cannes, in 2004, but his experience at the Venice Film Festival has been limited to programming a couple of sidebars in ’04 and ’07. That changes this year, as the fest has named Tarantino head of the 2010 competition jury for the festival which will run from September 1-11. So what films is he likely to be judging? Read More »

It looks like Summit are trying to extend their reach even further than Eclipse‘s David Slade in picking a director for Breaking Dawn, the final Twilight film (or maybe films). Amongst their picks are three Academy Award nominated directors typically associated with more widely respected fare: Sofia Coppola, Gus Van Sant and Bill Condon.

Now, if you subscribe to the auterist idea that a director might be well matched for a job with thematic and stylistic similarities to their prior successes, then surely Sofia Coppola is just what the doctor ordered. She might be a more ‘serious’ director than Twilight seems to suit but she’s definitely charted these choppy teen waters before. Filter Twilight through The Virgin Suicides or Lost in Translation and I’m sure many of you would find it at a lot more palatable.

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Prefix has learned that the French band Phoenix is working on the score/soundtrack/sound design for Lost In Translation/Virgin Suicides director Sofia Coppola’s next film Somewhere. Thomas Mar, the frontman for the group had this to say about the project:

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Kathryn Bigelow

The Guardian published an article over the weekend, asking the question “Why are there so few female filmmakers?”It’s something that most film writers/bloggers have wondered for a while now. And it has come up again just in time for the Academy Awards, where many believe that Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow will have a fighting chance to become the first female director to take home an Oscar.

On Saturday, Bigelow became the first woman to win the DGA award for Outstanding Direction of a Feature Film. And only 6 times in 60 years has the DGA winner NOT won the Oscar for Best Picture, and in 58 of the last 60 years, the DGA winner went on to win the Oscar for best director. Sofia Coppola was the first third woman to ever be nominated for the best director Academy Award, for Lost in Translation in 2003, but of course, she lost to Peter Jackson.

But back to the question at hand: why are there so few female filmmakers? The Guardian says that it was once blamed on the small amount of female applicants entering film school, which is no longer the case. It has often been blamed on a chauvinist culture, or the fact that a lack of female filmmakers means fewer role models and mentors. Coppola’s nomination didn’t inspire a surge of female filmmakers (as far as I can tell), would/can a Best Director win by Bigelow change anything? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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Focus Features Announces 2010 Release Dates

Eagle in the ninth

Focus Features today announced their 2010 release slate. Highlights include:

  • March 12th 2010: The Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg which stars Ben Stiller
  • April 16th 2010: Thomas BalmèsBabies, a documentary film which simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.
  • Wednesday, September 1st 2010: Anton Corbijn‘s The American starring George Clooney as a retiring assassin
  • Third Quarter 2010: Kevin Macdonald‘s Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth
  • November 2010: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s (Half Nelson, Sugar) dramedy adaptation of Ned Vizzini‘s 2006 novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • TBA 2010 (we assume in December for Award Season): Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning

After the jump you can read the full press release, which includes detailed plot synopsis for all of these films.

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