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Thursday Shorts: Nick Cage's uncle to visit Walker, Summer blockbuster retreads, and MSPIFF Best of Fest.

Posted at 4:03 PM on April 26, 2007 by Euan Kerr

Nick Cage's Uncle coming to Walker: The Walker Art Center has been keeping it remarkably quiet, but Francis Ford Coppola will speak May 23rd. The event will feature a screening of "CODA:Thirty Years Later" a film shot as Coppola directed his first film in a decade ("Youth without youth" which will be released in the fall.) In it Coppola talks about "filmmaking, creativity and the nature of consciousness," as the release puts it. The Coppola celebration actually begins the night before with a screening of "Hearts of Darkness" shot during the making of "Apocalypse Now," which has to be seen to be believed.

Tickets for the Coppola evening go on sale May 8th at 11 am. Tickets are $25, but just $5 for students with ID which shows where Coppola wants to share his wisdom. Expect the tickets to go really fast.

Summer blockbuster retreads Make sure you take in Kim Master's NPR piece on all the eggs (and money) Hollywood is putting into the sequels basket this summer. It's intriguing to note that Disney now admits it didn't save much by shooting Pirates of the Caribbean II and III back to back.

Best of the Fest announced The Minneapolis St Paul International Film Festival has announced a list of films held over for Best of the Fest next week. There are 16 films so far. Check it out at the Best of the Fest site.

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