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Critic’s Notebook: On Its 50th Anniversary, Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘The Conversation’ Offers a Searing Vision of Then, and Now

The Palme d'Or winner is still hauntingly relevant as a portrait of surveillance, privacy, power and the dangers of action without reflection.

Eleanor Coppola, Emmy-Winning Director of ‘Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse,’ Dies at 87

Eleanor Coppola, the matriarch of a Hollywood dynasty who won an Emmy for directing the documentary Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse and helmed her first narrative feature at age 80, died Friday. She was 87. Coppola died at her home in Rutherford, California, her family said in a statement to the Associated Press. Survivors include […]

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 […]

Francis Ford Coppola Shares ‘The Outsiders’ Audition Tapes From Tom Cruise, Patrick Swayze

Four decades after its release, director Francis Ford Coppola took to Instagram on Thursday to share audition tapes from his 1983 film, The Outsiders. The film, based on the 1963 novel by S.E. Hinton, is known for, among other things, launching the careers of many of its young stars, including Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Patrick […]

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 […]

Maurice Hines, Tap Dancer Extraordinaire, Dies at 80

Maurice Hines, the Broadway dancer, choreographer and actor who famously showcased his skills alongside his late younger brother, Gregory Hines, in a Nicholas Brothers-like act featured in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club, has died. He was 80. Hines died Friday of natural causes at the Actors Fund Home in Englewood, New Jersey, his cousin […]

Ryan O’Neal, Star of ‘Love Story,’ ‘What’s Up, Doc?’ and ‘Paper Moon,’ Dies at 82

Ryan O’Neal, the boyish leading man who kicked off an extraordinary 1970s run in Hollywood with his Oscar-nominated turn as the Harvard preppie Oliver in the legendary romantic tearjerker Love Story, has died. He was 82. O’Neal died Friday, his son Patrick O’Neal, a sportscaster with Bally Sports West in Los Angeles, reported on Instagram. […]

Nicolas Cage on Filming a Movie in Toronto at the Same Time as Cousin Sofia Coppola: “This Has Got to be Good Luck”

Nicolas Cage and Sofia Coppola surprisingly found themselves making movies in Toronto at the same time. The Oscar-winning actor told Entertainment Tonight, in an interview published online Friday, that while he was shooting the Kristoffer Borgli-directed comedy Dream Scenario, which hits theaters nationwide on Nov. 22, his filmmaker cousin Coppola was filming Priscilla, which is currently playing […]

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 […]

Sofia Coppola and Francis Ford Coppola Bond Over Being Instagram Newbies

Sofia Coppola had a date at New York’s Bookmarc on Sept. 17 to sign copies of her first book, Sofia Coppola Archive: 1999-2023. The event led hundreds to queue up for hours in a line that snaked through the West Village streets for what appeared to be longer than a mile. That is according to an […]