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Tuesday, August 29, 2006

I've Always Wanted to Be in the Movie Business

Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola, who happens to make pretty good wine in addition to pretty good movies, is using profits from his California winery to fund his next picture. According to movie industry reports, Coppola decided to self-fund Youth Without Youth instead of taking normal Hollywood financial backing.

Any fan of Entourage will tell you that working through normal Hollywood channels would have required Coppola to compromise himself artistically. The movie is due for release sometime in 2007 and stars Tim Roth. Based on a story by Mircea Eliade, Youth Without You is a drama set in pre-World War II America. An incident turns a college professor into a fugitive. Coppola’s last movie as a director was the 1997 hit The Rainmaker, which starred Matt Damon, Danny DeVito, Claire Danes and Jon Voight. It was based on a novel by John Grisham. He has directed a few other “small films,” such as The Godfather, Apocalypse Now, The Cotton Club and Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

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