Comic-Con 2011: Francis Ford Coppola brings gothic film 'Twixt' to San Diego -- EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK


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The geeks were scratching their heads — and not just because of psoriasis this time: What kind of a world is it where Marvel’s The Avengers is not going to Comic-Con, but Francis Ford Coppola is? That’s not to say this isn’t welcome news; The Godfather and Apocalypse Now filmmaker hasn’t been to the San Diego convention since 1991 for Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Now he’s back with Twixt. This gothic indie (which doesn’t yet have a distributor or a release date) follows a hack horror novelist (Val Kilmer) as ghostly visions in a bizarre small town lead him to explore the murder of a young girl (Super 8’s Elle Fanning, pictured with the filmmaker on the set). Coppola describes the story as inspired by the eerie writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe. It’s also a throwback to the Oscar-winner’s early years as a writer-director on schlocky-but-fun genre pictures by B-movie mogul Roger Corman. For Comic-Con attendees, this is an offer you can’t refuse.

Read more:
Comic-Con Sunday schedule: ‘Glee,’ ‘Supernatural,’ Nathan Fillion, ‘Doctor Who’
Comic-Con Saturday schedule: ‘Vampire Diaries,’ ‘Chuck,’ Francis Ford Coppola, ‘The Simpsons’
Comic-Con Friday schedule: William Shatner, ‘The Adventures of Tintin’
Comic-Con Thursday schedule: ‘Breaking Dawn’ sneak peek, ‘Game of Thrones’ chat with George R.R. Martin

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  • Janie Jones

    Cool.Looks interesting kinda Tim Burtonesque.Good to see him back after keeping a lowprofile with artfilms.

    • DCbuilder

      with artfilms and some really good wine! I’m sure two separate wineries keep him pretty busy.

    • anya

      It’s Jem and the Holograms!

  • Raheem Hosseini

    I sure hope Coppola rediscovers his ’70s mojo. “Twixt” doesn’t have to be on par with “The Godfather,” but dear god let it be a bazillion times better than “Jack.”

    • Nancy

      • @Nancy

        Really STUPID post.

  • The Chic Geek

    I’m just excited Coppola is making another movie. Just hope it’s worth seeing.

    • fanta

      What I love about Coppola is that he’s actually doing films and not movies anymore. He does not care about winning an Academy Awards. He’s not spielberg, Eastwood or Scorsese. I love him.

  • Barry

    He lost me with Val Kilmer.

  • deedeedragons

    God. He couldn’t get anyone better then Val Kilmer?

    • Nancy

      Leave Iceman alone.

  • Empress Josephine

    I hope he has his daughter sophia help in the costume and makeup/ soundtrack department. i adored 2006’s marie antoniette and not for the acting or lack of coehisive story telling but for the costume/ set design and quirky soundtrack. girl really made a good choice with new order

  • Kevin Kern

    To Anthony Breznican on your comment about geeks “scratching their heads , not just about PSORIASIS”..Here are just a few facts. Psoriasis is the most prevalent auto immune disease in the world. Psoriasis is NOT contagious, but in latter times people with [soriasis were required to ring a bell when aproaching people just as lepers were. People with Psoriasis have a 30 percent higher incidence of suicide than the rest of the population. Psoriasis affects people of all races and backgrounds. Cheap “jokes ” like what you attempted is not writing, clever , funny, or requires any talent. It is difficult enough enough to live with with this most devastating chronic disease without misinormed shallow, and ignorent comments like yours. Kevin Kern, Ann Arbor , Michigan

  • Nilesh

    @Kevin Kern, well said sir.
    @Anthony, as Kevin said, psoriasis is a very serious condition. Your comment is misinformed, idiotic and downright hurtful. I love a good joke when I hear it and this was not funny at all. Most people with psoriasis already have tough time and you making fun of them is like a bully picking on the disabled.
    Get a life u idiot.

  • Dianne

    I agree, what a random and tasteless joke aggravated by the fact that it wasn’t even remotely funny.

  • Kate Cavanaugh

    Psoriasis isn’t any more prevalent in geeks than crabs are in hack entertainment “journalists.” Or, wait…?

  • Jennifer A.

    Thank to those above who have voiced their sincere & heartfelt comments at the crude attempt of humor with the psoriasis comment. I for one will be boycotting Entertainment Weekly in all forms, util I see that Anthony Breznican has retracted his comment, apologized to the psoriasis community & Entertain Weekly has given a GENEROUS donation or free advertising spot for The National Psoriasis Foundation for awareness.

  • Eileen

    Psoriasis is much more than a pesky skin condition. You are clearly trying to be funny and I get it…but humor cannot be found by those of us who have the disease and the arthritis associated with it. I doubt that our families and friends find humor in it either. Why don’t you do some research on the topic and see for yourself what is really is. Reach out to CariDee English and see what he has to say about this. Google her pictures online and see what living with psoriasis is. Oh, then add the debilitating aspects of arthritis on top of it. Imagine you or a close love one loving with it every day and never finding relief. Because unfortunateately, there are many people that cannot afford treatment. I happen to be lucky that my insurance will cover the $4000 a month for just one script to manage my disease because there is no cure. Your off the cuff attempt at humor was a poor choice. Educate yourself before you make stupid comments. It makes your writing less credible and makes you look like an ass.

  • PeterBilta

    MMMMM Twix

  • steph

    Anthony, still no retraction or apology? Did you see the latest reports that Kim Kardashian has psoriasis? Anthony, will you please educate yourself before you insensitively comment on that breaking news story? As a volunteer with the San Diego Community Division of the National Psoriasis Foundation I will be happy to meet with you while you are here in town for Comic Con. I have a lot of educational materials that I know you could use. Maybe you could throw in a couple Comic Con passes with your apology! I will look forward to your response. Please email me.

  • cindy

    i can’t wait for this to come out. I love to see films real movies

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