Watching this trailer for Francis Ford Coppola‘s new film, Twixt, you might have a difficult time understanding why the film was given a rapturous reception not long ago at Comic Con. This teaser, complete with Tom Waits voiceover, introduces Val Kilmer as a failing writer and Bruce Dern as a weirdo small-town sheriff, as well as the dream-characters V (Elle Fanning) and Edgar Allan Poe (Ben Chaplin). Seen outside of the unpredictable and electric performance atmosphere of the film’s Comic Con panel, Twixt looks like little more than a b-thriller with a bit of unusual ambition. Is that enough? Read More »

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If you’ve been following our San Diego Comic-Con coverage, you know what one the best received panels of the whole event was Francis Ford Coppola presenting his new 3D horror film Twixt, starring Elle Fanning and Val Kilmer. It wasn’t exactly the film itself that really was exciting, though it looked fine, but rather the interactive, live element that Coppola hopes to bring to it. He’s planning on touring the film and, each night, presenting an altered version of the movie based on fan reaction. He’ll be live editing the film or, as he referred to it, performing the film.

You can read more about that process in Russ’s recap of the panel or watch he and I talk about it in this video blog. Now that the film has been accepted into the Toronto Film Festival, though, the marketing machine has begun and – of course – it’s interactive. Which of these four posters do you think should be the final one sheet? Find out how you can vote after the break. Read More »

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 »

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 »

Over the weekend, San Diego Comic-Con announced the programming schedule for Saturday and Sunday at this year’s convention. Usually, Saturday is the most impressive day as it’s the weekend and has the biggest amount of people coming into the area while Sunday is usually the most unexciting day as it’s the final day of the event and everything is winding down. For 2011, each day is going in the opposite direction. Saturday’s movie programming is very underwhelming, save for a few films like Snow White and the Huntsman and Francis Ford Coppola’s TWIXT, with more cool TV panels popping up than usual. Sunday is significantly better than usual, especially if you like TV, with Hall H panels on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Glee and more.

Read about the highlights, with commentary and more after the jump. 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 »

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