Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979) rereleased for its fortieth anniversary

On Monday, Francis Ford Coppola debuted his three-hour Apocalypse Now Final Cut (1979), initially edited for the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival, at the Hollywood Arclight Cinerama Dome, according to USA Today. Still longer than the original, the runtime is shorter than 2001’s Apocalypse Now Redux, which added forty-nine minutes of extended footage from scenes of the river, French plantation, Playboy Playmates, as well as Marlon Brando, with the auteur calling this latest incarnation “a version that I like.” The final cut will screen in select IMAX theaters Thursday and Sunday, and a home entertainment release is scheduled for August 27.

Movies can affect how we remember history

Film has the power to misrepresent history in the collective memory of its audience, especially for younger generations who have not lived through any past events portrayed onscreen, according to Psychology Today. Indeed, studies show how believable misinformation can change memories, and in persuasion and social psychology, the “sleeper” effect is able to make people believe something they didn’t agree with or believe earlier. Doctor Alan D. Castel writes that in a perfect world, a recent example of alternate history like Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) would inspire viewers to research the facts behind the fiction.

Quentin Tarantino says his final release will be a “big” climax

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(Image Courtesy: Uproxx).

At a press conference in Moscow for his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Quentin Tarantino said Wednesday his tenth and final film will function as a “show-stopping climax” if you read his other nine movies as one story, according to Uproxx. Describing his filmography as “boxcars connected to each other,” the auteur did not mention whether his R-rated Star Trek screenplay will mark his grand finale, or if he will bow out with an original idea. In an interview with GQ Australia, Tarantino told the publication that while he plans to retire from theatrical filmmaking, he will still write books and plays.

Previews canceled for Craig Zobel’s “The Hunt” (2019) after mass shootings

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The Hollywood Reporter read the script, and one trucker-hat-and-cowboy-shirt-clad character brags about owning seven guns because it’s constitutionally protected. (Image Courtesy: Yahoo! Entertainment).

In response to recent mass shootings, ESPN has pulled all advertising for Craig Zobel’s The Hunt (2019) ahead of the gun-heavy film’s September 27 release, according to Yahoo! Entertainment. The trailer for the R-rated, Jason Blum-produced satire features liberals hunting “deplorables” for sport, and stars Hilary Swank, Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Ike Barinholtz, and Justin Hartley. With a television and online marketing blitz in the works for September, Universal Pictures finds themselves divided over how to proceed; one filmmaker wonders if the movie might be more “exploitative” than “opinionated,” while an executive says the picture is more relevant than ever.

The debate over Rhys Ernst’s “Adam” (2019)

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Nicholas Alexander stars as the title character alongside Bobbi Salvör Menuez as his love interest, Gillian. (Image Courtesy: Vulture).

Rhys Ernst’s Adam (2019), an adaptation of Ariel Schrag’s 2014 novel about a straight, cis boy pretending to be a trans man so a young lesbian will date him, has garnered six thousand online petition signatures to boycott the film ahead of its August 14 release, according to Vulture. Ernst says the screenplay (also written by Schrag) is a departure from the book, and he took pains to reclaim the controversial source material for the transgender community. That being said, a number of trans and nonbinary extras have taken to Twitter to dispute the gender-nonconforming inclusivity and friendliness on set.

James Wan’s next film will be an “original horror idea” with “old school” special effects

In a Facebook post, James Wan says his next film will be released through New Line Cinema, and it will not be the remake of Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) he was rumored to be working on, according to Bloody Disgusting. Indeed, Wan goes so far as to share that the “hard-R thriller” will be an original property – not a reboot, remake, or adaptation – and it will mark a return to his independent filmmaking origins with practical effects. The horror auteur also uploaded a series of pictures taken from the location scout for the movie; he is co-writing the script with Ingrid Bisu and co-producing alongside Michael Clear for Atomic Monster, and shooting is scheduled to begin this fall in Los Angeles.

The first preview for Sam Mendes’s “1917” (2019)

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The film is scheduled for a Christmas Day limited release before playing at theaters nationwide January 10, 2020. (Image Courtesy: Military Times).

The trailer for Sam Mendes’s World War I film, 1917 (2019), dropped this week, revealing details about the plot and the cast for the first time since Mendes’s production for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners was announced, according to Military Times. Taking place on the Western Front, the picture stars the likes of George McKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, and Richard Madden. Mendes co-produced the movie with Michael Lerman and frequent collaborator Pippa Harris, co-wrote the screenplay with his colleague from Showtime’s Penny Dreadful (2014-2016), Krysty Wilson-Cairns, and hired Academy Award winner Roger Deakins to be the cinematographer.