“Leave the gun … take the cannoli.”

The Godfather is released on March 24, 1972. Besides being an absolute classic, the Frank Sinatra/Johnny Fontane connection is the stuff of legend.

Source: “Leave the gun … take the cannoli. – You Can’t Make This Stuff Up

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Greta Gerwig is working on a musical

I’m not a fan of musicals … but I’ll see this.

Preparing herself for yet another Oscars run with her latest feature film, Gerwig details how she was “hell bent” on directing Little Women despite initially being hired to write the screenplay: “I told them no one else could direct it; I must direct it,” Gerwig said as part of a new Variety podcast.

Source: Greta Gerwig is working on a musical

R.I.P. character actor veteran and “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” inspiration Michael J. Pollard

Michael J. Pollard has died. A character acting veteran whose round cheeks and distinctively soft voice helped him project winning vulnerability in films stretching from Arthur Penn’s Bonnie And Clyde all the way up to Rob Zombie’s blood-soaked House Of 1000 Corpses, Pollard appeared (and, more often than not, stole scenes) in more than 100 films and TV shows across his 60-plus year career.

Source: R.I.P. character actor veteran Michael J. Pollard

 

Plus, he inspired one of the most inigmatic songs of 70’s rock —

Pollard and I would sit around writing lyrics all day, talking about Bob Dylan and the Band, thinking up ridiculous plots for the movie. Before I left Morocco, Pollard wrote in my book ‘The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys.’ For me, it summed him up. He had this tremendous rebel attitude. He walked around in his cowboy boots, his leather jacket. At the time he was a heavy little dude. It seemed to sum up all the people of that generation who were just rebels. The ‘Low Spark,’ for me, was the spirit, high-spirited. You know, standing on a street corner. The low rider. The ‘Low Spark’ meaning that strong undercurrent at the street level.

Jim Capaldi, talking about their time in Morocco

Wes Anderson Confirms Cast for The French Dispatch | Consequence of Sound

Wes is getting some of the old gang back together again and adding a few new ones, too …

Anderson has confirmed the cast, which includes Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, and Owen Wilson.

Source: Wes Anderson Confirms Cast for The French Dispatch | Consequence of Sound

“You ARE home.” 

Almost Famous is released in theaters across the US on September 13, 2000.

The film is a semi-autobiographical account of writer and director Cameron Crowe’s time spent interviewing rock bands for Rolling Stone in the ’70s, when he was just a teenager. The film centers around a fictional band called Stillwater, and rather than being based on one band in particular, Stillwater feels like every ’70s arena band rolled into one.