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2011 Comic-Con: Francis Ford Coppola Plans 30-City Tour For New Film ‘Twixt’

By | Saturday July 23, 2011 @ 12:53pm PDT

Deadline Comic-Con film correspondent Luke Y Thompson files:

Francis Ford Coppola’s newest independent film TWIXT delivered one of the more unusual presentations of the show. A surreal tone was set from the beginning, as attendees accustomed to being handed standard Real-D 3D glasses instead got cardboard Edgar Allen Poe masks with polarized 3D lenses. The mask doubled as a program with movie credits, in the style of the handouts that were available at some screenings of APOCALYPSE NOW back in the day.

At a panel featuring Coppola (who got a partial standing ovation), star Val Kilmer (sporting a long, blond mane), and performance artist Dan Deacon, Coppola said that he has been a fan of 3D since BWANA DEVIL and HOUSE OF WAX; he used to experiment with spinning red and green filters to see if he could create glasses-free 3D. Believes that maybe movies should have only some sequences in 3D, so you can take the glasses (which he dislikes) off from time to time. He believes cinema is still only in its infancy, and more innovations than 3D will come along.

In some scenes from the movie, Val Kilmer plays “the bargain basement Stephen King,” doing a book signing in a creepy small town’s hardware store (creepiness enhanced by Tom Waits voice-over). An oddball sheriff played by Bruce Dern brings him to the morgue to come see a body; he then talks about a murder that happened years ago, and … Read More »

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Francis Ford Coppola Quietly Shooting Next Pic — And Val Kilmer Is His Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Francis Ford Coppola has begun quietly directing his next feature. I’m told that Coppola is shooting Twixt Now And Sunrise, a thriller with overtones of horror, and that his star is Val Kilmer. Also in the cast are Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Bruce Dern (who long ago starred in the Coppola-scripted The Great Gatsby). But the picture’s fulcrum is Kilmer, who plays a horror novelist. The film is based on a short story written by Coppola. It is shooting in Napa, on Coppola’s property. Coppola hasn’t tackled the horror genre since early in his career, when he directed Dementia 13, and of course Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And some might consider Apocalypse Now to be horror. Read More »

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