Next Tuesday, October 19, the Apocalypse Now Three-Disc Full Disclosure Edition Blu-ray goes on sale (Apocalypse Now / Apocalypse Now Redux / Hearts of Darkness). Its more than nine hours of bonus material includes interviews with on-screen and behind-the-scenes talent. It also includes audition footage for Laurence Fishburne, who had lied about his age and was only 14 when the movie began shooting. Watch Fishburne's audition below. Posted 10.08.10 by reelz
Acclaimed actor and director Dennis Hopper died Saturday at 74 after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Having starred in more than 100 movies, Hopper is perhaps best known for his roles in Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers, along with the iconic Easy Rider, which he also co-wrote and directed. Co-star and co-writer Peter Fonda released the following statement upon news of Hopper's death.
Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and "lost" films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.
Hopper, who's in the upcoming movies Alpha and Omega and The Last Film Festival, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the first Albuquerque Film Festival. We've got a clip of him at the event below. Posted 05.30.10 by reelz
In an awards season filled with underwhelming movies inspired by the War in Iraq, it's fitting that the documentary Hearts of Darkness, Eleanor Coppola's superb account of her husband Francis's grueling Apocalypse Now experience, finally arrived on DVD last week.
With remarkable honesty, Hearts of Darkness chronicles the baffling array of disasters -- from the tsunami that destroyed its set to the heart attack that almost killed its star -- that plagued what is considered by many to be the finest war movie ever made. It's also an unprecedented look at a director perpetually teetering on the verge of madness in his effort to explain a war that largely defies explanation.
If you're a fan of Apocalypse Now or simply a fan of filmmaking in general, Hearts of Darkness is a definite must-see. Posted 11.28.07 by reelz