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 »
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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 »
Posted on Wednesday, July 6th, 2011 by Angie Han
Professional tough guys Val Kilmer and Ving Rhames, along with Luke Goss and Rebecca Da Costa, are set to star in the indie thriller Seven Below. Written by Kevin Carraway and Lawrence Smith and directed by Carraway, the film centers around:
…a group of strangers brought together when a terrible storm leaves them stranded in a house in the woods where a terrible event transpired exactly 100 years prior. The group seems trapped in a ghostly time warp, and history is repeating itself.”
I haven’t seen much by either Carraway or Smith, so I have no idea how the film will actually play out. But the concept, at least, sounds solid. Production for Seven Below is set to begin in Cincinnati next month. [Collider]
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“The first casualty of war is innocence. Oops, the truth. I meant the first casualty of war is always the truth.”
Here’s the first trailer for Renny Harlin‘s 5 Days of War, which covers people trying to cover the war that broke out between Russia and Georgia in 2008. Serious topics aren’t exactly in the director’s wheelhouse; he’s best known for sequels (Die Hard 2, Nightmare on Elm St. 4) and the occasionally effective action movie (The Long Kiss Goodnight, Cliffhanger).
So I’ve been interested to see what comes of this slightly more serious project since it was announced in 2009. Harlin’s facility with action is certainly on display in this trailer, and I can’t really tell whether or not to have any expectations beyond that. Check it out below and make your own call. 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 »
Val Kilmer has been part of the Wyatt Earp story once before, playing Doc Holliday in Tombstone. (“I’m your huckleberry” should be a line etched into the brain of any western fan.)
Now he’s going back to the classic tale, and this time he’s playing Wyatt Earp, in the indie western The First Ride of Wyatt Earp. Read More »
Weight gain and squandered A-list cred be damned, I’ve never liked Val Kilmer more than I have over the past ten or so years, and it’s images like the one above that demonstrate why. After terrific turns in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, The Salton Sea, Spartan and — yes, I’m serious — MacGruber, the ex-Hollywood hunk is now returning to his ’80s roots by teaming up with Real Genius pal Jon Gries (best known as Uncle Rico in Napoleon Dynamite). The role? An imaginary ‘Christ-like figure’ who guides an alcoholic (played by Gries) to recovery. Learn more after the break. Read More »
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Jonathan Hensleigh made a career writing films and then directed Thomas Jane in The Punisher (2004). Now he’s done a feature with another Punisher actor: Ray Stevenson. Kill the Irishman adapts Rick Porrello‘s book To Kill the Irishman: The War That Crippled the Mafia. It stars Mr. Stevenson and his wig as the Irishman of the title, who starts out working for the mob and then feels the mob’s wrath when he strikes out on his own. Watch the trailer after the break. Read More »