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Labyrinth of Cinema review – cult Japanese director’s epic blitz of pop-culture hyperactivity

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi’s last work starts as a sentimental elegy to cinema-going’s golden age but takes us through the heart of Japanese darknessNobuhiko Ôbayashi is the Japanese film-maker who directed the cult 1977 horror Hausu, or House, and in his long and prolific career also specialised in TV ads starring American movie actors for the domestic […]

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Chloé Zhao, Emerald Fennell Make Oscars History as Two Women Nominated for Best Director

It’s about time. For the first time in its nearly hundred-year history, the Oscars have nominated a pair of female filmmakers in its Best Director category, with both Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell earning nominations for their films “Nomadland” and “Promising Young Woman,” respectively. Both filmmakers also received screenplay nominations for their films, and each […]

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Sofia Coppola Speaks for Bill Murray and Defines His Elusive Charm in ‘On the Rocks’

Sofia Coppola had a crush on actor Bill Murray for decades. She’s worked with him on “Lost in Translation,” which yielded four Oscar nominations; the star-crammed 2015 one-hour Netflix Christmas special “A Very Murray Christmas,” which they wrote with Mitch Glazer, co-starring Murray, George Clooney, Michael Cera, Amy Poehler and Rashida Jones; and “On the […]

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Sofia Coppola Says She Can’t Watch Movies Without Any Female Characters

Sofia Coppola is known for writing and directing rich roles for women, from Kirsten Dunst as rebellious teen Lux Lisbon in “The Virgin Suicide” to Scarlett Johansson as adrift postgrad Charlotte in “Lost in Translation” and, most recently, Rashida Jones’ Laura in “On the Rocks.” She has the same expectations for other directors’ movies she […]

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How ‘The Godfather Coda’ Allows Francis Ford Coppola to Redefine His Biggest Disappointment

Some people have never seen “The Godfather Part III” despite their love for Sofia Coppola, whose career behind the camera emerged from the ashes of her supposedly amateurish performance as Michael Corleone’s doomed teenager daughter in her father’s trilogy-capping epic. This writer had never seen “The Godfather Part III” because of my love for Sofia […]

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‘The Empty Man’ Opens at Empty Theaters as Weekend Box Office Grosses Less Than $10 Million

This week has been one of the year’s strongest for new film releases. “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Amazon) is the most talked-about movie in months. “On the Rocks” (Apple) reunites the director and star of “Lost in Translation.” The director of “Cast Away” and the “Back To the Future” franchise adapted Roald Dahl’s “The Witches” (HBO […]

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Sofia Coppola Reveals Rashida Jones’ Unique Connection to ‘Lost in Translation’

Scarlett Johansson’s adrift philosophy grad Charlotte in “Lost in Translation” is largely believed to be based on writer/director Sofia Coppola’s own state of mind during her marriage to Spike Jonze. But, it turns out, Coppola also found inspiration for the character from actress Rashida Jones. As revealed to Entertainment Weekly, Jones was part of an […]

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‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ Novelization Reveals Ben Solo’s Final Words to Rey

Ah, the cinematic mystery of the unknown whisper. It’s the kind of tantalizing move that has made certain movies into classics, like the long-debated Lost in Translation whisper between Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson. What did they say? We can’t know, and that’s the point: it’s a moment made just for those characters, away from […]

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Scarlett Johansson’s Woody Allen Defense Ignites Backlash Amid Oscar Buzz

Scarlett Johansson is at the center of backlash once again for defending Woody Allen in a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter. Johansson was Allen’s muse in the mid-2000s as the star of “Match Point,” “Scoop,” and “Vicky Cristina Barcelona.” Following Johansson’s dramatic breakthrough in “Lost in Translation,” her work with Woody Allen help solidified […]

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