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Ali Abbasi’s Trump Drama ‘The Apprentice,’ Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Kinds of Kindness’ Set for Cannes Competition

Ali Abbasi’s Donald Trump drama The Apprentice, Anora, the latest from The Florida Project and Red Rocket director Sean Baker, and Andrea Arnold’s Bird, starring Barry Keoghan and Franz Rogowski, are among the highlights of this year’s Cannes Film Festival competition. Abbasi, the Iran-born, Sweden-based director, whose Holy Spider was a sensation of the 2022 […]

Francis Ford Coppola Film ‘Megalopolis’ Lands Cannes Competition Debut

Francis Ford Coppola’s highly anticipated, self-funded feature Megalopolis has landed a Cannes debut. The film will screen in competition at the festival on May 17 in a gala premiere at the 77th annual festival. The project follows the rebuilding of a metropolis after its accidental destruction, with two competing visions — one from an idealist architect […]

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ Faces Uphill Battle for Mega Deal: “Just No Way to Position This Movie”

NBCUniversal chief content officer Donna Langley was there. So was Sony head Tom Rothman. Bob Iger was one of the few Hollywood heavyweights who couldn’t make it, but at least he had a good excuse, still in the midst of a vicious proxy battle with investor Nelson Peltz. The event: The grand unveiling of Megalopolis, the […]

The Gamble of Francis Ford Coppola’s Career (Exclusive Excerpt)

Francis Ford Coppola has been thinking about utopia his whole career. His upcoming, self-financed epic Megalopolis is about just that. But his first experiment with utopia climaxed in 1980 with the creation of Zoetrope Studios, which he imagined would be its own top-to-bottom, all-encompassing, soul-enriching creative ecosystem free of Hollywood dysfunction. Its initial project was to be […]

Francis Ford Coppola Reveals How Often He Thinks About the Roman Empire: “Quite a Lot”

Francis Ford Coppola has decided to reveal how often he thinks about the Roman Empire. The filmmaker took to Instagram Friday to join the TikTok trend by asking himself the viral question: “How often do you think about the Roman Empire?” “Quite a lot,” Coppola wrote in response. “As the Roman Republic served as the […]

Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Megalopolis’ in Peril Amid Ballooning Budget, Crew Exodus (Exclusive)

Francis Ford Coppola’s latest movie, the sci-fi-tinged Megalopolis, has descended into chaos, according to multiple sources. The movie, currently halfway through shooting in Atlanta, has in the last week lost key creative talent including its production designer and supervising art director. That’s on top of losing the entire visual effects team in the first part of […]