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Francis Ford Coppola

Coppola is an amazing talent whose inspiration and influence spans many generations. Virtually the link between the studio system of yesteryear and the independent minded filmmaker of the modern age, Coppola became the first major film director to emerge from a university degree program in filmmaking, thus legitimizing a now common route for many future filmmakers.

This Academy Award winner continues to enjoy an enormous critical and popular success due in large part to Coppola’s ability to break down an epic saga of crime and the struggle for power into the basic story of a father and his sons, punctuating the prevalent theme throughout Coppola’s oeuvre: the importance of family in today’s world. His personal portrait mixed tender moments with harsh brutality and redefined the genre of gangster films.

This intense, yet unassuming thriller has an impact that touches the viewer on a personal level and raises the question of privacy and security in a world of technology – thirty years ago! Coppola’s then virtually unknown cast is a roster of inevitable superstars, including Gene Hackman, Harrison Ford, and Robert Duvall. This Academy Award nominee for Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Sound lost out to Coppola’s other great effort of the year, The Godfather: Part II.

Coppola's masterful Vietnam War-updating of Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" was the first major motion picture about the infamous “conflict”. This colossal epic was shot on location in the Philippines over the course of more than a year and contains some of the most extraordinary combat footage ever filmed. Unforgettable battle sequences and sterling performances from every cast member (including Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne, Harrison Ford, Scott Glenn, and Martin Sheen) mark this Academy Award-winning drama as a must-see for any true film fanatic.

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Jimmy Kimmel Seeks Ballroom-Dancing Tranvestite!

By AmyLawrence

April 30th, 2003

Casting calls and news items in the film and TV community come in each day here to FilmJerk.com. Amy Lawrence catches the minutiae that falls through the cracks, and discusses them more in depth than most of them probably deserve. Today's call includes notices on "The West Wing," "The Wire, "The Dead Zone" and more!


The Bold and the Beautiful: Twin toddlers and a 5-year-old boy are the newest members of this cast.

Carnivale: Episode 108 has an evil carnival barker stealing away Lobster Boy. Brother Justin is locked up in a mental ward. I am still looking forward to this one. A lot.

Dead Like Me: George (Ellen Muth) has her first affair in the afterlife with a living schizophrenic whose disease allows him to see her. Remember, this is Showtime, there will be afterlife sex!

The Dead Zone: Johnny sees a storm but the locals don’t believe him. Beautiful Toni the meteorologist eventually sees the light-ning.

House Rules: A new show on TBS will have married couples remodeling a house over three months. At the end, America will choose which couple did the best job and they will win their home.

Jimmy Kimmel Live: Jimmy is seeking a ballroom dancing transvestite! And, beautiful girls with special talents like sword swallowing and baton twirling!

Lab Rats: Sci Fi Channel continues to court lawsuits with this new show where contestants participate in outrageous science experiments and product tests.

Law and Order: Criminal Intent: An epileptic woman is passing off her illness as clairvoyance and a wealthy woman is so convinced that she wants to gain that power at any cost. Santeria is invoked. I thought this show was classy?

Law and Order: Special Victims Unit: In the episode “Tragedy,” David is living the dream, engaged to his rich boss’s daughter. But when his pregnant girlfriend appears, and then disappears, who disappeared her?

Monk: Mr. Monk and the Very, Very Old Man sees Monk investigating the death of the world’s oldest man.

One Life to Live: Wesley is Asa’s new proper British butler (Paul!) and Nigel is not happy about having a butler rival.

Peacemakers: USA is filming this detective show set in 1882. Star Katie is a reporter who works with Marshal Jared Stone and some Pinkerton detectives. Pinkerton is really fun to say.

Reno 911: Comedy Central is spoofing Cops with this improv sketch comedy show.

She Spies: Still filming and adding a new character. Mr. Cross is a James Bond type pulled from the field. He loves his girls, but is always one step ahead of them. And his name is...Charlie.

Strong Medicine: In episode 404 of this Lifetime show, a chef finds out she has leprosy, which ruins her career. I applaud this storyline for at least being original. I mean, when was the last time you heard about lepers!

The West Wing: Episode 22 will bring Judge Sharon Day, an African-American Judge and the Treasury Secretary. Another episode will show young Zoey at 4.

The Wire: Brother Mouzon is an educated black Muslim, never far from his holy books. He never uses street slang, even when he’s killing people. Brother’s a hitman.