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Production is already under way on James Franco's next directorial outing Zeroville, with the filmmaker starring alongside Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, Jacki Weaver, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz.
The story is adapted from Steve Erickson's 2007 novel of the same name, which follows a loner and a film-obsessed architecture student (James Franco) who comes to Hollywood in the 1960s to pursue a career in the movie business. He has tattoos of A Place in the Sun stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his bald head, and upon his arrival in Hollywood, he becomes mistaken for one of the murderers in the Charles Manson family. He eventually lands a job as a film editor, where he discovers a secret film hidden within the frames of every movie ever made, while encountering former starlets, burglars, political guerrillas, punk musicians and veteran filmmakers. »
Zeroville is an adaptation of the Steve Erikson 2007 novel set in the late 1960s.
He travels to Hollywood and finds himself swept up into the film business after being mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson Family.
Jacki Weaver was recently added to the lineup.
James Franco’s next filmmaking project, Zeroville, began its journey back in 2011 when the director-actor-writer-poet-artist optioned the rights to Steve Erickson’s novel. Alas, with so many ventures cluttering Franco’s plate it’s easy to see how this zany caper hasn’t received much notice. That is until today, as Screen Daily has learned that the film has already begun shooting – and there’s a ton of big names attached.
In addition to the main man himself nabbing a starring role, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have also signed on to star. The basic premise revolves around a film nerd who relocates to Hollywood in the 1960s to be closer to the ‘biz. However, he “enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. »
- Gem Seddon
Like him or not, James Franco certainly knows how to keep busy. It seems like the man is always working on something and doing what you love is what it's all about right? You might recall back in September Franco’s head appeared on the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival shaved with a tattoo of Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor from A Place In The Sun. Normal. I remember seeing it at the time and just chalking it up to Franco being Franco, but it was »
- Graham McMorrow
The cast on the in-production James Franco starrer Zeroville – the film that features Franco with tattooed, shaved head – has just got a hell of a lot bigger. Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox have all joined the movie, which is based on Steve Erickson novel that was first published in 2007.
The film revolves around Franco’s character; a movie fan who travels to Hollywood in the 1960s.
Rogen will apparently play a young John Milius-type character in the film (named Viking Man), but we’ve not been told who any of the other new additions will be playing.
Here’s the full plot, courtesy of WikiPedia:
Ike Jerome, a 24-year-old architecture student inspired by the few films he has seen, rides the bus into Hollywood. Jerome is almost autistic (later, his friend dubs him a “cineautistic »
- Paul Heath
Back in September, James Franco hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place in the Sun’s Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the back of it. It wasn’t some oddball stunt like what Shia Labeouf pulled at Berlin, but rather, while attending the festival to debut The Sound and the Fury and also to accept his Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, he decided to get a little work done. Franco took the opportunity to shoot some shots for his next directorial endeavor, a film called Zeroville. But even though Franco started knocking off shots last month, his co-cast is first being announced now. It’s being reported that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz will all join him in the film. Hit the jump for more on Zeroville. »
- Perri Nemiroff
It's not easy to keep track of the 1001 things James Franco is up to at any moment, so you probably forgot that in 2011, he optioned the rights to "Zeroville" by Steve Erickson. Well, Franco surely didn't forget this was on his To Do list, as the project is up and running, and he's using his extensive Rolodex to fill out the cast. Screen Daily reports that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have joined "Zeroville," which is now shooting with Franco directing and, of course, leading the film. And it has a meta flavor to it, it's a movie about the movies, with the story revolving around a film-obsessed architecture student who is mistaken for one of the perpetrators of the Manon murders, and has the pictures of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from "A Place In The Sun »
- Kevin Jagernauth
London-based sales and finance outfit Embankment Films has boarded James Franco’s comedy-drama Zeroville, which is now shooting in California, and is shaping up to be among the most-intriguing and fun new projects at the Afm (Nov 5-12)
127 Hours star Franco is directing and will star in the adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel about a naive loner driven to Hollywood in the 1960s by the allure of the movies.
In recent days, Franco has posted pictures of himself on set with Fox and Ferrell on Twitter and Instagram.
Paul Felton and Ian Olds have adapted Erickson’s novel.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
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- NATHANIEL R
Matt Bomer has certainly been surrounding himself with some nice company lately. After filming the sequel Magic Mike Xxl, Bomer will next star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in the action drama Nice Guys. Set in 1970s Los Angeles, Crowe plays a gangster who hires a detective (Gosling) to find a missing girl and uncovers a dangerous conspiracy where Bomer's character comes in. The TV star is making a strong transition into film now that the USA series White Collar is ending after six seasons. In addition to taking it off again opposite Channing Tatum, Bomer will also star »
- Jake Perlman
Exclusive: Matt Bomer has been set to star opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe in The Nice Guys, the action drama that Iron Man 3‘s Shane Black wrote and is directing with Joel Silver producing at Warner Bros. I would say that Bomer plays the heavy, but he’ll be carrying little if any body fat as he comes right from Savannah after he wraps the sequel Magic Mike Xxl. I can still remember when Bomer, a complete unknown, was verging on being The Guy when Brett Ratner tapped him to be Superman in the trilogy of films that got grounded. It has taken some time, but Bomer is getting his movie chance now. As his USA show White Collar ends this fall after its six-season run, Bomer now is focused on big-screen opportunities. That effort was helped by the chops he displayed in a heartbreaking turn as Felix »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Well, it's not quite Marilyn Monroe seductively crooning “Happy Birthday,” but then Jimmy Fallon isn't quite John F. Kennedy. “Tonight Show” host Fallon got a fleshy, hairy surprise for his birthday on Friday night's episode, after his crew arranged a secret gift for his 40th birthday. Also read: James Franco Sports Shaved Head With Liz Taylor-Montgomery Clift Tattoo for New Role “I thought I'd never like surprises, but I kinda like it,” Fallon admitted before the curtain pulled back to reveal his present. “This is good.” He might have thought twice about that in the ensuing moments, as a giant cake was rolled. »
- Tim Kenneally
“White Collar” will return for its sixth and final season on Nov. 6, USA Network announced Friday. The series stars Matt Bomer as a charming con-artist who works with an FBI agent, played by Tim DeKay, to catch other white collar criminals in exchange for his freedom. Also read: ‘White Collar’ Star Matt Bomer to Play Iconic Actor Montgomery Clift in Indie Biopic Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Sharif Atkins and Marsha Thomason co-star in the series created by Jeff Eastin. “Saying goodbye to ‘White Collar’ — and Neal and Peter — after six successful seasons is incredibly difficult, but I couldn't be prouder of. »
- Greg Gilman
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Few can lay claim to making one of the worst films in living history but that hasnt stopped J-Lo, oh no. »
- Sam Richards and Kate Hutchinson
Love him, hate him, or just be exasperated by him, James Franco kept things very James Franco at the Venice Film Festival yesterday. He was in character for an upcoming film he directs and stars in, Zeroville, which is about a guy named Vikar who is obsessed with the movies and has Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from A Place in the Sun inked on the back of his head. The event doubled as an opportunity to shoot a scene from the film, which takes place at the Venice Film Festival in the '70s when the film director Alberto Barbera awarded Vikar with a fake award. Then Franco accepted a real award, the Glory to the Filmmaker 2014 prize, which actually kind of sounds fake to us. Naturally, Franco Instagrammed the entire thing: »
- E. Alex Jung
He received awards from Italian film critic Alberto Barbera as part of the shoot.
Talking about Zeroville, Franco said: "It's a little movie we're doing. Maybe we'll show it here in Venice next year."
He directs the film and plays the lead role of Vikar in the big-screen adaptation of Steve Erickson's novel of the same name.
It tells the story of a troubled and violent man who moves to Hollywood in the late 1960s and becomes fascinated with the world of film.
Franco debuted his new look for the role yesterday (September 4) when he posted before and after shots on his Instagram profile.
James Franco was honored with a prestigious filmmaker's award at the Venice Film Festival and he accepted the prize with a freshly shaved head sporting a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on his skull. Also read: Daryl Hannah Joins James Franco in Gay-Themed Drama ‘Michael’ (Exclusive) The multi-hyphenate attended Friday's event to receive an innovators award called the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory and premiere his latest William Faulkner adaptation ”The Sound and the Fury.” But Franco also used the picturesque red carpet ceremony leading up to the event to shoot a scene for his new film “Zeroville.” Franco plays a »
- Travis Reilly
How weird can James Franco get?
James Franco is at it again.
The famously eccentric actor -- who recently went bald for his latest film Zeroville in which he plays an obsessed film fan who moves to Hollywood in the 1960s -- showed up to the premiere of his film The Sound and the Fury during the Venice Film Festival Friday, sporting an Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift tattoo on the back of his head.
He also sported a fake moustache -- he didn't have a moustache in a selfie he posted on his Instagram just two days ago -- and curiously left his white shirt all the way unbuttoned under his black suit jacket during his strange »
Franco was set to receive the festival’s Glory to the Filmmaker award, but the ceremony took a detour when it actually served as the set piece for (one of) his new movie(s), Zeroville. Before Franco accepted his award as, well, Franco, he took the stage in character as the bald, mustachioed film fanatic named Ike “Vikar” Jerome, who has a tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift on the back of his head. »
- Esther Zuckerman
Venice – James Franco-directed film “Zeroville” used the Venice Film Festival’s red carpet and Sala Grande theatre which doubled as a set on Friday. Franco, with a shaved skull sporting tattoos of “A Place In The Sun” stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor, pranced in front of real frenzied fans and received both faux and real awards from fest topper Alberto Barbera, who put in a cameo.
“It’s a little movie we’re doing. Maybe we’ll show it here in Venice next year,” said Franco, who was ostensibly on the Lido to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker 2014 prize and also to bow his latest directorial effort “The Sound and the Fury,” based on the William Faulkner classic.
“Zeroville” is instead based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 eponymous novel which follows Ike “Vikar” Jerome, a 24-year-old student who arrives in Hollywood in 1969 with dreams of breaking into the movie business, »
- Nick Vivarelli
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