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- Maria Mercedes Lara
IFC is selling "The Spoils of Babylon," its parody of 1970s-80s miniseries, as a lost artifact of that era of TV. So naturally, there's a fake behind-the-scenes documentary to go along with it.
See below for parts 1 and 2 of "To the Victor Go the Spoils," which purports to recount the insane, three-year process of filming the epic (and also not real) novel "The Spoils of Babylon" for television. The IFC show's stars, including Tobey Maguire, Kristen Wiig, Tim Robbins and Val Kilmer, all appear under the names of the "actors" making the miniseries from 1976-79. Not appearing: Will Ferrell (who also executive produces) as author Eric Jonrosh.
The highlight, though, is a bearded Haley Joel Osment (as "Marty Comanche") raving about how awesome the whole experience has been. You can watch the faking-of below; "The Spoils of Babylon" premieres Jan. 9 on IFC.
Actor James Franco has somehow managed to find the time to direct, write and teach in addition to wooing audiences on the big screen. Now, Franco can add another accomplishment to his long list of side projects. Tribeca Films recently acquired the North American rights to Palo Alto, a film that not only stars Franco but is also based on his collection of short stories, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The film was written and directed by Gia Coppola and features a cast that includes Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Natt Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer. Though it has already »
Tribeca Film has snapped up North American rights to Gia Coppola's feature debut "Palo Alto," based on James Franco's short story collection, and starring Emma Roberts, Franco, Val Kilmer, James Kilmer, Nat Wolff and Zoe Levin. Tribeca's planning a spring 2014 release date for the title; it had a well-reviewed debut out of the Telluride and Venice film festivals earlier this season. While Coppola (who is the granddaughter of Francis Ford and the niece of Sofia) displays visual chops and gets good performances, the film is set against the backdrop of an overly familiar distressed teen milieu. Official synopsis below, plus a review roundup:Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer); Emily (Zoe Levin), who offers sexual favors »
- Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
The distributor plans a spring 2014 theatrical release, which is a rare step for Tribeca Film.
Coppola directed the adaptation that weaves together three stories about teenage lust, boredom and self-destruction.
Palo Alto screened at Venice, Telluride and Toronto and is a James Franco and Rabbit Bandini Productions presentation. Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette served as producers.
Tribeca Film’s Nick Savva brokered the deal with Barry Hirsch and George Hayum of Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman on behalf of the film-makers. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
New York-based distributor Tribeca Film has picked up North American distribution rights to “Palo Alto,” the Gia Coppola film based on James Franco’s book of intertwined short stories, targeting a theatrical release for spring 2014.
In a switchup from the more multi-platform strategies usually favored by Tribeca Film — often with theatrical and digital/VOD releases happening simultaneously — the “Palo Alto” distribution calendar will have more traditional windows, starting with a theatrical run that will be followed later by digital and VOD.
The first film by Coppola, the granddaughter Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sophia Coppola, “Palo Alto” has had festival runs in Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Emma Roberts, Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer star.
Drawn from Franco’s 2010 collection of short stories, the film follows a trio of storylines: One about a young woman (Roberts) caught between flirting with her soccer coach (Franco) and »
- Gordon Cox
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to the Emma Roberts-James Franco starrer Palo Alto. Written and directed by Gia Coppola and based on Franco's short story collection of the same name, the film also stars Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Val Kilmer. Q&A: 'Palo Alto's' Gia Coppola on Adapting James Franco and Getting Advice From Her Famous Relatives The film, which screened at the Venice Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival and Toronto Film Festival, is being readied for a spring 2014 theatrical release. Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom and self-destruction,
- Tatiana Siegel
Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Gia Coppola's acclaimed feature film debut "Palo Alto," starring Emma Roberts, James Franco and Val Kilmer. The ensemble drama is based on Franco's short story collection of the same name. The film, which played at the Venice, Telluride and Toronto film festivals, is scheduled to open next Spring only in theaters (not a common move for the company). Here's the synopsis per Tribeca: Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer); Emily (Zoe Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred (Nat Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopathic. One of the strongest »
- Nigel M Smith
The Funny or Die series is executive produced by Ferrell, who also stars in the project as fictional author Eric Jonrosh.
Jonrosh's novel The Spoils of Babylon and its characters become the basis for the show.
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 28 Nov 2013 - 06:04
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2000, and another 25 overlooked gems...
The new millennium brought with it an eclectic range of hit films. Hong Kong action director John Woo brought us Mission: Impossible II, the most profitable film of the year at the box office. Ridley Scott enjoyed one of the biggest critical and financial successes of his career with Gladiator, while Robert Zemeckis created a memorable drama with Tom Hanks and a ball named Wilson in Cast Away.
From a comic book movie standpoint, 2000 was also a key year. X-Men not only established a successful film franchise which is still going, with X-Men: Days Of Future Past out next year, but also headed up a wave of big-budget Marvel adaptations which shows no sign of slowing down.
As ever, we've travelled far outside the »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, The Dark Knight Rises, Constantine, Arrow, The Flash, Thor: The Dark World, Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Luke Cage, Ant-Man, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Wolverine, Kick-Ass 2 and more...
While there's been plenty of rumours surrounding the Man of Steel sequel since its announcement at Comic-Con, it's rare that we've heard any comments on Batman vs. Superman from anyone involved with the project. However, producer Charles Roven - whose DC credits include The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises and Man of Steel - has given an update on the sequel's status, revealing that principal photography is set to get underway in February, as well as discussing the casting of Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader: "On Batman vs. Superman, we started soft prep in June, »
- Gary Collinson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes trailers for Zombie Hamlet, Cowboy Zombies, and Antisocial, details on an apocalyptic card game, release information for 7E, and much more:
Zombie Hamlet Trailer and Release Details: “The All-Star comedy feature film, Zombie Hamlet, will be available exclusively on DVD from Level 33 Entertainment beginning on December 31, 2013. Following a successful film festival run, the movie sets its sights on entertaining audiences everywhere that DVDs are available for rental or sale by capitalizing on a uniquely funny story and a long list of recognizable names and faces including: Travis Wester, Jason Mewes (Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back), Emmy Award winner Shelley Long (“Cheers”), Vanessa Lee Evigan, with Emmy® Award nominee John Amos (“Good Times”) and June Lockhart (“Lost In Space”).
- Tamika Jones
When you think about it, the furore that surrounded Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman not so long ago can probably be pinned down to the fact that some of his earlier film work didn’t match up to the catastrophically lofty expectations that fans of Batman movies will inevitably place on the star of their favourite property.
He might be on a high now, but Bat-fans will never forget his the bad moments – the Giglis and the Paychecks – that gave him an unwanted, and often unwarranted bad name. For Affleck, occasionally, he will only be as good as his worst films, and Batman needs to be a paragon of virtue, and an island of cool. Gigli does not fit that image.
But this won’t be the first time that Batman actors have been associated with awfully bad movies that should have been beneath someone of the calibre needed to play the Dark Knight. »
- Simon Gallagher
By Craig Flaster
Forte's latest role in acclaimed filmmaker Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" is an unusual departure for the actor, who was seen this year in "Grown Ups 2" as a male cheerleader and heard in "Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2" as the over-the-top, Steve Jobs-like villain. And Forte was as surprised to get the dramatic part as anyone.
"Alexander Payne is one of my favorite directors and I thought there was very little chance I would be able to get this role," says Forte.
The talented funnyman beat out a number of other actors for the coveted role. While Forte says this gave him some initial confidence, he was also very nervous to be on the actual set of Payne's newest dramedy.
"I heard about some of the people who were in the mix, »
- MTV Movies Team
A few months back we got to see a glimpse of Christian Bale auditioning for Batman Begins in Val Kilmer's Batman Forever Batsuit (which Bale happened to discuss just this week). The footage came from The Fire Rises: The Creation and Impact of The Dark Knight Trilogy, a feature-length documentary from The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition Blu-ray set, and now some other audition footage has arrived online from the special feature, this time showing Tom Hardy and Anne Hathaway's screen tests for Bale and Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises; check out the videos right here...
The Dark Knight Trilogy: Ultimate Collector's Edition is available now an includes the Blu-ray versions of Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, as well as exclusive villain prints from Mondo, a 48-page photo book, reproductions of the Tumbler, Bat-Pod and the Bat, and a featurette »
- Gary Collinson
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week:
What's It About? The third installment of Edgar Wright's Cornetto Trilogy, following 2004's "Shaun of the Dead" and 2007's "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" features a group of five reuniting friends. They embark on an epic drinking marathon in an effort to top their pub crawl from 20 years prior, only this time an unexpected alien invasion strikes.
Why We're In: A refreshing blend of comedy and sci-fi, "The World's End" is the perfectly charming film to spoof the apocalypse genre and keep you endlessly entertained. Plus, it features hilarious (as always) performances from Wright staples Nick Frost and Simon Pegg.
Watch: Go behind-the-scenes on "The World's End" (Video)
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week:
"Tokyo Story" (Criterion Collection)
- Erin Whitney
Sylvester Stallone did it with "D-Tox," John Cusack with "Identity," Val Kilmer with "Mindhunters", and now Agatha Christie's well-worn "And Then There Were None" formula is getting trotted out again.
This time it's Arnold Schwarzenegger leading the group of ten, an elite DEA task force who successfully execute a raid on a cartel safe house. It seems to be all over, until one by one the team members start dying.
USA Today has posted the first photos from the David Ayer-directed action thriller which also stars Sam Worthington, Joe Manganiello, Terrence Howard, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos and Max Martini. The film opens April 11th.
- Garth Franklin
Christian Bale's gruff growl that helped define his turn as Batman in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy was actually the product of an embarrassing, ill-fitting suit, the actor said during a recent interview with MTV.
Bale came up with the voice during one of his final auditions for the role, during which he actually had to put on Val Kilmer's Batman suit. It barely fit. "I stood in it and I went, 'I feel like an idiot. What kinda guy goes around dressed as a bat?'" Bale recalled. »
Back in September we got our first look at Christian Bale's audition for Batman Begins, with Bale sporting Val Kilmer's Batman Forever Batsuit, as well as a much more restrained Batgrowl, especially compared to what we got by the latter stages of The Dark Knight Trilogy. Now Bale has spoken about the audition process during a promotional interview with MTV for his next film Out of the Furnace, as well as revealing the reason why he adopted such a gravelly voice.
"I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer's suit. It didn't even fit properly, and I stood in it and I went 'I feel like an idiot.' What kind of guy walks around, dressed like a bat? And is then going to go 'Hello, how are you? Just ignore that I'm dressed as a bat.' Of course, he's meant to be doing this. »
- Gary Collinson
Now that Christian Bale no longer has to don the Dark Knight's cowl and cape, he's downright chatty about all things Batman! While he's technically doing the press rounds for writer-director Scott Cooper's Crazy Heart follow-up, Out of the Furnace, Bale's been winning headlines by dishing on how his Batman came to be and what his thoughts are on Ben Affleck and BatKid taking up the caped crusader's mantle. Sitting down with MTV, Bale not only restated his pleasure in seeing the character get passed on, but also revealed the inspiration for the Batman voice that has become a signature part of his performance. He admitted the growling voice was something he took with him into the audition, where he famously had to wear Val Kilmer's old batsuit. Bale explains: "I got there. They put me in Val Kilmer's suit. It didn't even fit properly, and I »
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