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Talk about poor timing. The same week James Franco, 35, allegedly flirted with tourist Lucy Clode, 17, via Instagram, the first trailer for his drama Palo Alto debuted on Yahoo Movies. The film, based on Franco's book of short stories and directed by Gia Coppola, tells the story of a group of high school students in California. Franco plays a high school soccer coach who hooks up one of his teen players (Emma Roberts). In one scene, Franco's character tells her, "I'm older and I know that there aren't a lot of good things around." Palo Alto received an R-rating for strong sexual content, drug and alcohol use and pervasive language. It stars Keegan Allen, Val Kilmer, Christian Madsen, »
Gia Coppola, the next generation in the Coppola family of filmmakers, is making her debut with Palo Alto, a teenage drama based on the short story collection by James Franco, entitled "Palo Alto: Stories." The film stars Emma Roberts (American Horror Story: Coven), Val Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Christian Madsen, Chris Messina, Keegan Allen, and James Franco in what looks like an engaging look at contemporary teenagers living in Palo Alto, California. The trailer certainly has the »
- Paul Shirey
It's been a long road, Psychos, but I think we can all agree that there was hardly a more perfect way to end this delicious journey than the Psych finale that aired one week ago today to around two million viewers. Lassiter was officially settled in with his new family, his new job as Chief of Police, and his new head and junior detectives, Betsy Brannigan and Buzz McNab. Chief Vick and Juliet were also settled into their new jobs as Chief and head detective in San Francisco, to be eventually joined by Shawn and a newly unemployed Gus. Shawn and Juliet (and Gus) got engaged, and we discovered that the previously faceless police department worker Dobson was actually Val Kilmer all along. It was sad, it was happy, and it was »
When James Franco released Palo Alto: Stories, a collection of short stories about wasted youth in the titular California town, back in 2010, it was met with mild interest but middling reviews. Having read the collection, I can identify with critics who felt that Franco’s grasp of evocative language and description was exciting but his plots lacked all but the most basic of substance. Hopefully, Gia Coppola’s upcoming film adaptation, simply called Palo Alto, will keep the intriguing set-ups but do more with them than Franco did.
The first full trailer for the film hit earlier this week, and I’m not entirely sure what to make of it. A few of the characters showcased look familiar, but it’s clear that Coppola (granddaughter of the great Francis Ford Coppola) took some liberties in penning the screenplay.
What’s also clear from the trailer is that Coppola has »
- Isaac Feldberg
Over the course of his career, James Franco has garnered a number of fans for his work in front of the camera, in films such as Pineapple Express, 127 Hours, and Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy. However, Franco has also been active behind the scenes, working on writing and directing projects. Fans of the performer were thus interested to hear that one of his books would soon be getting a big screen treatment, with his involvement in front of the camera. Titled Palo Alto, the book is adapted for the big screen by Gia Coppola, who also takes on directing duties. Starring alongside Franco is Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, and Chris Messina, and a new trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
This is the second trailer for James Franco and Emma Roberts' dark high school coming-of-age drama Palo Alto. It was written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola's granddaughter, Gia Coppola. The movie is based on a collection of short stories written by Franco. Here's the synopsis:
Shy, sensitive April (Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI – secretly carrying a torch for April, who may or may not share his affection – Fred seduces Emily (Zoe Levin), a promiscuous loner who seeks validation through sexual encounters. One high-school party bleeds into another as April and Teddy finally acknowledge their mutual affection, »
- Joey Paur
Francis Ford Coppola's granddaughter, Gia Coppola, took short stories written by James Franco and turned them into Palo Alto, a new film coming to theaters on May 9 starring Emma Roberts, Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina and Val Kilmer. Today Tribeca Film, which picked up the film after it played Telluride, Venice and Toronto last year, released the first trailer and poster for the film, along with a lengthy synopsis: Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. B., and Teddy performs community service for a DUI - secretly carrying a torch for April, who »
- Brad Brevet
Coppola (granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola) captures the complicated ties, heightened emotions, and romantic highs and lows of adolescence. Based on several linked stories by James Franco, Palo Alto is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today.
Teddy (Jack Kilmer – son of actors Val Kilmer and Joanne Whalley) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April negotiates a dangerous affair with Mr. »
- Michelle McCue
A short story collection written by James Franco comes to life in the new trailer and poster for the upcoming adaptation Palo Alto. The author stars as Mr. B., a single father and soccer coach who strikes up a scandalous affair with one of his players, the shy April (Emma Roberts). Gia Coppola, the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, makes her filmmaking debut, adapting select passages from James Franco's book for this upcoming drama, which co-stars Val Kilmer, his son Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin and Chris Messina. We also have an early cut of the trailer before it hit film festivals last year, and a new poster for this Tribeca Film release, in theaters May 9.
Shy, sensitive April is the class virgin - a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. Teddy is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred »
Gia is directing and she’s adapted some of the short stories of James Franco that are set around a group of teenagers in the States, that are looking for that extra kick of excitement in their life. Sure, there’s been a multitude of movies in this style but this feeks like one of those darker delves into that real-life world of trying to find yourself at that point in your life and thinking you know everything, when the truth is you know hardly anything.
- Dan Bullock
A trailer has been released for Gia Coppola's high school drama Palo Alto. Based on a book of short stories by James Franco (who co-stars in the film), the film features interconnected narratives involving a soccer player (Emma Roberts) getting involved with her coach (Franco), a precarious friendship between two young men (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff), and a young woman (Zoe Levin) who bases her self-esteem on having sex. This trailer doesn't do anything for me, but that's because I'm not really hooked by the subject matter. That doesn't mean I think the film will be bad. It's just not something that piques my interest at this point. If you are fan of these kinds of movies, then you should probably put it on your radar. Hit the jump to check out the trailer. The film also stars Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer. Palo Alto opens »
- Matt Goldberg
The name Coppola carries with it some weight, not just because of the legacy already attached to Francis Ford Coppola, but also the oeuvre carved out by Sofia Coppola. But now Gia Coppola (Francis' granddaughter) is getting in the family way with "Palo Alto," her debut feature film and a new trailer is here as it gears up to hit theaters. Based on the book by James Franco, who also stars, along with Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Chris Messina, Val Kilmer and more, the film follows a group of teenagers facing complicated lives and decisions in California. From the virginal soccer player crushing on her coach, to artists with no boundaries, the movie dives right into the messiness of adolescence. And it's semi-successful, with our review out of the Venice Film Festival last year calling it "fairly disposable, simply due to how well-trodden the territory is, but it's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Tribeca Film has released, via Yahoo! Movies , the trailer for writer/director Gia Coppola's Palo Alto , which adapts the book of short stories by James Franco, who also stars opposite Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina and Val Kilmer. Check it out in the player below! Palo Alto weaves together three stories of teenage lust, boredom, and self-destruction: shy, sensitive April (Roberts), torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach (Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Kilmer); Emily (Levin), who offers sexual favors to any boy to cross her path; and the increasingly dangerous exploits of Teddy and his best friend Fred (Wolff), whose behavior may or may not be sociopaths. Palo Alto hits theaters in »
A few posters to round up before the night ends: Million Dollar Arm - Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin star in the Disney sports drama, directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night). Palo Alto - Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer star in Gia Coppola's debut feature about a group of teens, based on short stories by Franco. A Haunted House 2 - Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, and Cedric The Entertainer star in the horror spoof sequel, directed by Michael Tiddes. Check out the posters after the jump. Million Dollar Arm opens May 16. Poster via the Million Dollar Arm Facebook page: Official synopsis: In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, Jb Bernstein »
- Brendan Bettinger
Maverick. Iceman. Goose. Kenny Loggins. They all became household names in the 1980s thanks to a little movie called Top Gun. Produced by Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer, Top Gun grossed an obscene amount of money by making the Navy look both totally cool and vaguely homoerotic. But decades later, when ace fighter pilots have been replaced by decidedly less cool unmanned aerial drones, is the highway to the danger zone closed for good? Bruckheimer doesn’t think so. In fact, he’s got the pedal to the floor and he’s speeding down the commuter lane with Top Gun 2 in his passenger seat.
It’s been almost a year since we’ve last seen assurances from Bruckheimer that Top Gun would in fact reappear to take our breaths away. Shortly thereafter we also got word from Val Kilmer that he’s all oiled up and ready to go. »
- Jeremy Clymer
Emma Roberts stars in the new poster for Tribeca Films' "Palo Alto" directed by Gia Coppola. The film opens in theaters from May 9th, and also includes James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Chris Messina and Val Kilmer. Franco wrote the book on which this is based, which Coppola adapted for the screen. "Palo Alto" is produced by Sebastian Pardo, Adriana Rotaru, Miles Levy and Vince Jolivette. "Palo Alto" is a teenage movie for the ages, made indelible though its ensemble cast featuring some of the most gifted up-and-coming young actors working today. Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin -a popular soccer player and frequent babysitter for her single-dad coach, Mr. B. (James Franco). Teddy (Jack Kilmer) is an introspective artist whose best friend and sidekick Fred (Nat Wolff) is an unpredictable live wire with few filters or boundaries. While April »
Batman made his first appearance on March 30, 1939, in Detective Comics #27, created and drawn by 22-year-old Bob Kane and written by Bill Finger. The character did so well that a year later, the first issue devoted exclusively to Batman hit the stands, featuring the Joker and Catwoman. DC Entertainment is launching a year-long celebration of the Caped Crusader, and for The Dark Knight's 75th birthday, we've gathered 16 vintage covers from their vault to share with you. People also spoke to DC Comics co-publishers Dan Didio and Jim Lee about their preferred Batman artists, which Batman villain is their favorite, and »
- Alex Heigl
It’s appropriately odd that the best series finale to come along in quite a while was not meant to be a series ending episode at all. Last night’s Psych episode “The Breakup” was written to be the eighth season closer, but the word that Psych wouldn’t be renewed came after filming on year eight had wrapped up, so the season finale became the series finale…and it was an excellent one! Longtime Psych fans have little to complain about because Shawn (James Roday) and Gus (Dule Hill) went out in style.
Many fans were no doubt worried that the show’s ending wouldn’t live up to the show’s legacy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
The hour revolved around Shawn (Roday) trying to find a way to break the news to best friend Gus (Dulé Hill) that he was leaving him and Santa Barbara to go to San Francisco to be with Juliet (Maggie Lawson). In the end, he did it by recording a message on DVD. If you teared up when it first became clear that Gus was watching a disc, you’re not alone. Another great »
- Mandi Bierly
It's hard to appreciate how revolutionary the "bullet time" special effects were when "The Matrix" debuted on March 31, 1999, since nearly every action movie immediately following it ripped it off. No one expected this blend of sci-fi and martial-arts (and guns, lots of guns) would be such a massive hit, or raise the bar for action-movie fight scenes to unheard-of-heights.
The film earned more than $460 million worldwide, was nominated for four Academy Awards, and became an instant cultural icon. The movie's spectacular shoot-em-ups were even cited as an inspiration for the Columbine high school massacre, which happened less than a month after the movie's release.
"The Matrix" might have been very different: As fans know, Will Smith turned down the role of Neo (and unwisely chose to do the disastrous "Wild Wild West" instead). Brad Pitt and Val Kilmer also passed, leaving Keanu Reeves to step into the iconic role. (The »
- Sharon Knolle
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