A fascinating story to come out of next week’s release of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby…
Did you know that Francis Ford Coppola was hired to do a rewrite on the 1974 version of Gatsby (with Robert Redford) — right before The Godfather was released? Apparently Redford liked his work so much on The Way We Were (another uncredited polish — not Polish like the Flisak poster below on the left) — that FFC was brought in to save the day. Town & Country gives Coppola’s first-hand account of being holed up in a Paris hotel room, battling to capture the ghosts of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
On that grand old USA holiday, Thanksgiving, I think we all should give thanks because sometimes Coming To America isn’t always as fruitful or funny as an Eddie Murphy or an Albert Brooks film — as this young couple from war-torn Kosovo found out in Ivan & Ivana…
After watching the first hour of Marina Abramovic: The Artist Is Present, I thought the portrait of this performance artist was perfect material for a Christopher Guest spoof (This Is Spinal Tap, Best In Show, etc.). However, the second part of the HBO doc picked up and proved to be quite moving.
But that’s just one man’s opinion. You be the judge when the film comes out on Netflix — or, better yet, if you live in New York City, you can stop by one of my favorite bookstores, Strand Books, where Ms. Abramovic will be appearing — and actually talking — not just staring at audience members.
WARNING: The trailer below isn’t for the easily offended as it features Ungerer’s tormented childhood escaping the Nazis — as well as some of his weird, wonderful commercial work and, in later years, strange transition from children’s book author to erotic illustrator.
Herb Vogel, a postal clerk-turned-art collector, has died at the age of 89. If you haven’t seen the fascinating 2009 doc, Herb and Dorothy, be sure to check it out and see how this man, who never made more than $23,000 a year, and his wife, amassed one of the greatest collections of modern art that the world has ever seen — and later donated it to Washington D.C.’s National Gallery of Art, as well as galleries all in 50 states. A true American original!
The new HBO film, Hemingway & Gellhorn, premieres tonight under the direction of Philip Kaufman. Many have tried and failed to capture the great writer’s prose onto film — let’s hope Kaufman pulls it off!
The new Wes Anderson comes out in selected theatres on Friday — and whether you love or hate his brand of esoteric films — you cannot deny the auteur’s unique sense of style and attention to detail that permeates every frame of his work.
Will there be blood or frogs raining down from the sky — or perhaps male prosthetics involved? Lord only knows, but you can bet that Paul Thomas Anderson, the director of such contemporary classics as There Will Be Blood, Magnolia, and Boogie Nights, will be up to something original with his latest film, The Master.