Francis Ford Coppola Has Joined The Old Guard In Having A Cry About Marvel Films

He's called them "despicable."

The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to rake in those box office winnings, and it sounds like the rest of Hollywood continues to be green with envy – including director Francis Ford Coppola.

Less than a month after The Irishman director Martin Scorsese said the Marvel movies are “not cinema,” fellow director Francis Ford Coppola has labelled them “despicable.”

Martin Scorsese. Credit: AP Photo/Francois Mori

Speaking to journalists at the Lumière Film Festival, Coppola said “when Martin Scorsese says that the Marvel pictures are not cinema, he’s right because we expect to learn something from cinema, we expect to gain something, some enlightenment, some knowledge, some inspiration.”

“I don’t know that anyone gets anything out of seeing the same movie over and over again,” he said. “Martin was kind when he said it’s not cinema. He didn’t say it’s despicable, which I just say it is.”

Francis Ford Coppola. Credit: Julien Reynaud/APS-Medias/ABACAPRESS.COM.


Marvel director James Gunn has since responded to Francis Ford Coppola’s shady comments, writing on Instagram, “Many of our grandfathers thought all gangster movies were the same, often calling them “despicable.” Some of our great grandfathers thought the same of westerns, and believed the films of John Ford, Sam Peckinpah, and Sergio Leone were all exactly the same.”

“I remember a great uncle to whom I was raving about Star Wars. He responded by saying, “I saw that when it was called 2001, and, boy, was it boring!” Superheroes are simply today’s gangsters/cowboys/outer space adventurers.”

“Some superhero films are awful, some are beautiful. Like westerns and gangster movies (and before that, just MOVIES), not everyone will be able to appreciate them, even some geniuses. And that’s okay.”

Kudos to Gunn for taking the higher ground. Martin Scorsese and Francis Ford Coppola are entitled to their opinion on the MCU, but the numbers don’t lie. With eight out of the top ten highest-grossing superhero films being produced by Marvel Studios, there is clearly a hunger for the films, whether they’re considered ‘cinema’ or not.

Is 'Get Out' Star Daniel Kaluuya Trolling Us With This 'Gritty' Live-Action Barney Movie?

I love you, you love me.

Remember Barney? He was the giant purple dinosaur from Barney & Friends who sung “I love you, you love me.” I don’t know about you, but as a child, Barney gave me the creeps – and now Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya is giving him his own live-action movie.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kaluuya is working with Mattel Films on the Barney movie which sounds like an unexpectedly ‘gritty’ take. “Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood,” Kaluuya said.

“We’re excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of ‘I love you, you love me’ can stand the test of time.”

We’re still talking about a giant purple dinosaur, right?

A compelling modern-day hero?

I’m not the only one who thinks Kaluuya might be trolling us with his Barney movie idea. Twitter users have taken to the social media platform to express their concern and confusion. 

As much as Barney seems like an unlikely silver screen hero, he’s not the only fictional childhood character being revived for the sake of film. Other Mattel properties including Hot Wheels, Masters of the Universe, and Barbie (featuring our very own Margot Robbie) are all in development. 

“Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to Barney that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations,” Mattel Films’ Robbie Brenner told THR. “The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.”

Barney is a dinosaur from our imagination, and we can’t wait to get ‘I love you, you love me,’ stuck in heads everywhere, yet again,” Valparaiso Pictures’ founder David Carrico said. 

I’m going to have to disagree on that one and say I’m quite happy to never hear that repetitive song ever again. Who knows what Kaluuya’s Barney movie is going to be like – looks like we’re just going to have to wait and see.

Man Of My Literal Dreams Jake Gyllenhaal Walked Into NYC Traffic To Save A Dog

"He really was a hero."

It’s safe to say my love affair with Jake Gyllenhaal started at a young age. Over the course of my 27 years, Gyllenhaal has proven time and time again why he is quite literally the man of my dreams – but his most recent act of heroism truly takes the cake.

According to Page Six, Gyllenhaal walked into oncoming traffic in NYC last week to save a sweet Dalmatian from being hit by a car. 

“I noticed that it was Jake Gyllenhaal, and I saw him turn and look into the street – I thought he was trying to flag down a cab or something,” and eyewitness told Page Six. “It was like the dog was in shock of something.” 

Actual footage of the dog after Jake saved it.

Apparently, Gyllenhaal left the woman he was walking with and stepped out into the street. He motioned the traffic to stop, secured the dog and attempted to calm it down. He led it back to the owner and then spent some time with her talking about “different types of leashes that might prevent the scary situation from happening again.”

“He really was a hero,” the eyewitness added.

It’s not the first time Gyllenhaal has made his love of dogs known. In a 2018 interview with W Magazine, he said, “I love dogs, I just love them. They are so playful. I think that they bring that out in us, if we allow it. I don’t think I’m that playful, generally. I need to be reminded of it. So, they remind me of that.”

Jake and his dog Atticus. Credit: Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

It’s a sweet sentiment, but I’m calling BS on Jake thinking he’s not generally playful. The 38-year-old actor joined Instagram late last year and it’s been the best thing to happen to my newsfeed. 

Whether he’s poking fun at Spider-Man co-star Tom Holland, wearing his Mysterio mask IRL or hilariously burning cast members in interview and captions, Jake Gyllenhaal’s entire mood is playful. Which is number 1,568 on the list of reasons I love him.

Don’t ever change, Jake.

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