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Adam Driver is Lucky

A few years ago when Jim Jarmusch called, Adam Driver, was ready to go even before he’d read the script. That was the measure of his regard for the cult Indie film director.  The film Paterson about a bus driver who writes poetry was universally loved. And the bus driver was as unlikely a sex symbol, as the ex-Marine himself. And yet, Driver is compelling in Paterson as the common man facing everyday challenges with…

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Can’t Beat Beatriz (At Dinner)

Salma Hayek is nice. That is the first thing you realize. Whatever success she has enjoyed, and it has been considerable. She is one of the most pleasant, upbeat, and good-natured individuals you will ever talk to.   But it was much more than niceness, beauty and talent that earned Hayek her place in the film world.  Her turn in Frida as the tragically injured, persistent artist is impossible to forget.   In fact, she…

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Hollywood and Vines: Francis Ford Coppola

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA – HOLLYWOOD & VINES by Harold von Kursk One of the most legendary figures in film history, Francis Ford Coppola was always willing to risk everything for the sake of his movies. Apocalypse Now nearly destroyed him personally and professionally while One From the Heart brought him close to financial ruin. Fortunately, in 1975 he chose to invest his earnings from his first two Oscar-winning Godfather movies to buy 1500 acres in…

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Kirsten Dunst Talks Sophia Coppola

KIRSTEN DUNST – THE BEGUILED by Harold von Kursk CANNES –  Kirsten Dunst has worked with some of Hollywood’s top directors, but Sofia Coppola has always had a special connection to her.  First with The Virgin Suicides and then with Marie Antoinette, Dunst saw Coppola as both a friend and mentor.  Now, with THE BEGUILED, the two women may have collaborated on the finest film of their respective careers. For Dunst, however, it’s their 17-year-long…

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In Search of Mike Tyson: a conversation with the man

IN SEARCH OF MIKE TYSON by Will Richardsson   Whenever you feel like criticizing any one. . . just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.   Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby Warsaw: I’m searching for Mike Tyson. Late afternoon. Frantic jabbering: “Damn it you fool, where are those ear muffs?” I search my bag like airport security. No go. Hotel staff is watching me warily. After…

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Ben Affleck – From Good Will to Gangster

LOS ANGELES –  Winning the Oscar for Argo in 2013 put Ben Affleck, actor/writer, on a whole new trajectory. He finally met the high standard he had set for himself as a screenwriter. Twenty years ago now, he and  boyhood friend from Boston, Matt Damon, won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting. Indeed Affleck rescued his Hollywood career by directing when his popularity as an actor plummeted following films like Reindeer Games (2000), Gigli (2003), Surviving…

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