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‘In Dubious Battle’ Review: A James Franco Period Protest Drama, Dubiously Made

18 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In Dubious Battle” is not the first movie about a labor strike with Robert Duvall as the antagonizing boss man; that honor goes to the 1992 Disney musical starring Christian Bale, “Newsies,” in which Duvall portrayed Joseph Pulitzer. “Newsies” went on to receive five Golden Raspberry Award nominations, but it contained more drama and gusto than this humorless dirge from director-star James Franco.

This smug period drama follows the conventional narrative of an idealistic revolutionary and his fearless leader as they incite a strike among apple pickers in California’s fictional Torgas Valley. Matt Rager adapted the script from John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel, and the film is largely based on events that occurred during the California labor strikes of 1933.

Read More: ‘In Dubious Battle’ Trailer: James Franco Takes on John Steinbeck in His Latest Literary Adaptation

Franco is Mac, a spirited labor rights activist (some say Communist) who takes young Jim »

- Jude Dry

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‘In Dubious Battle’ Review: James Franco Takes on John Steinbeck

17 February 2017 11:44 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The most impressive aspect of James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle” is, by far, its cast. Unsurprisingly, Franco stars in his adaptation of what is thought to be John Steinbeck’s first major work, and joining him is a celebrity roll call: Robert Duvall, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Vincent D’Onofrio, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, Selena Gomez, Zach Braff, and even Danny McBride. Together, they tell the story of California apple pickers who went on strike in 1933 and of the two radical activists who instigated them. But rarely has such star wattage resulted in a film so dull. Franco has tackled legendary authors. »

- Tricia Olszewski

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In Dubious Battle Review

16 February 2017 12:02 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Let it be known that I genuinely like James Franco. Given the choice between ‘yer average pretty boy movie star and a ludicrous avant-garde polymath jester, I’ll pick the latter every time. Problem is, while the self-titled Mayor of Gay Town gleefully smashes through cultural/social/artistic boundaries like a steam train, the art that’s produced at the end of it is… not great.

And so to In Dubious Battle, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel of the same name and the latest in Franco’s quest to put his favorite books on screen. This weighty literary project has, thus far, borne little of value. His adaptations of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying were “nearly unwatchable” and “stale and jumbled,” and his take on Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God “tedious and meandering”. Sadly, this trend remains unbroken.

Set during the Great Depression, »

- David James

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Premiere picks up dance drama 'Breaking Brooklyn'

9 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Paul Becker directs the story of a homeless dancer and his brother.

Premiere Entertainment Group (Peg) has acquired international sales rights to the family holiday film Breaking Brooklyn.

Louis Gossett Jr and newcomer Colin Critchley, Nathan Kress and Madeleine Mantock star in the story about a homeless young dancer and his brother who are taken in by an old Broadway showman when their father is arrested.

When one of the young men learns that their new guardian could lose his theatre, they enter a dance contest to save it.

Paul Becker directs and Elie Samaha, Donald Kushner and Missy Valdez are the producers.

Peg CEO Elias Axume launches sales in Berlin at the European Film Market (Efm) this week and brokered the rights acquisition with Samaha.

The sales slate includes psychological thriller You Were Never Here starring Mireille Enos and Sam Shepard; crime drama The Preppie Connection; and family drama We Don’t Belong Here with Catherine Keener »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Cinematic material by Anne-Katrin Titze

3 February 2017 1:32 PM, PST | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Return To Montauk set at Lincoln Center Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

While filming Return To Montauk (Rückkehr Nach Montauk) in New York last spring, Volker Schlöndorff spoke to me on the set. His film will have its world premiere at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in a couple of weeks. We discussed shooting in Berlin with Niels Arestrup and Stellan Skarsgård, connecting Sam Shepard to Max Frisch, Brooklyn author Colm Tóibín's Henry James in his novel The Master, Proust beyond Jeremy Irons in Swann In Love, shopping for clothes, Nina Hoss and Bronagh Gallagher at Lincoln Center, and what's in an affair.

Stellan Skarsgård, Mathias Sanders, Isioma Laborde-Edozien and Colm Tóibín - New York Public Library Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Return To Montauk, co-written by Tóibín, is the story of a writer, called Max Zorn (Skarsgård), who is married to Clara (Susanne Wolff). He comes to New York to promote his book and meets again, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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James Franco Adapts John Steinbeck in Theatrical Trailer for ‘In Dubious Battle’

30 January 2017 12:56 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Despite what you may think of his talents, it is indisputable that James Franco is a prolific creator. So comes a new full-length theatrical trailer for his most recent adaptation, In Dubious Battle. Based off the novel by John Steinbeck, the film follows a California-based activist who gets tangled up in the labor movement for farm workers in the 1930s.

Jam-packed with such an extensive cast-list that it barely fits on a poster, Franco’s latest directorial effort stars himself, Nat WolffVincent D’Onofrio, Selena Gomez (in a Spring Breakers reunion!), Robert DuvallBryan CranstonEd HarrisJosh HutchersonSam ShepardScott Haze, and Zach Braff. Following screenings at Venice and Tiff last year, where it garnered mostly mixed reviews, it’ll arrive in just a few weeks.

See the trailer below.

In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up “in dubious battle” against the landowners. »

- Mike Mazzanti

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It’s Time To Fight In New Trailer For James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’ With Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, More

30 January 2017 9:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While a movie starring James Franco just opened last week, given his tremendous pace, it’s not surprising there’s another around the corner. Only this time, it’s one of his directorial efforts, and “In Dubious Battle” sees the actor/filmmaker turning John Steinbeck‘s classic book into another middling effort.

Read More: ‘I am Michael’ Starring James Franco Is An Interesting Story, Uninterestingly Told [Review]

Calling on some big name pals like Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Sam Shepard, Zach Braff, and Josh Hutcherson, the movie follows farm workers who rise up against the increasingly intolerable conditions and wages in which they are forced to toil.

Continue reading It’s Time To Fight In New Trailer For James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’ With Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, More at The Playlist. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

20 January 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

SundanceTV has announced that the second season for “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” will premiere on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Based on the popular ’90s book series by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy noir follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), two lifelong friends who attempt to solve murder mysteries in the Deep South during the 1980s. Like the first, this upcoming season consists of six episodes which will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., followed by the network’s critically acclaimed crime series “Gomorrah.”

Read More: SundanceTV Releases Title Sequence for New Series ‘Hap and Leonard’ + a Clip

Joining the series for the second seaosn are new cast members Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”), Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way”, “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

Hap and Leonard” will continue to be »

- Michael Gonzalez

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‘Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo’: SundanceTV Favorite Returns This March — First Look

20 January 2017 9:55 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

SundanceTV has announced that the second season for “Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo” will premiere on March 15, 2017 at 10:00 p.m. Based on the popular ’90s book series by Joe R. Lansdale, the dark comedy noir follows Hap Collins (James Purefoy) and Leonard Pine (Michael Kenneth Williams), two lifelong friends who attempt to solve murder mysteries in the Deep South during the 1980s. Like the first, this upcoming season consists of six episodes which will air on Wednesdays at 10:00 p.m., followed by the network’s critically acclaimed crime series “Gomorrah.”

Read More: SundanceTV Releases Title Sequence for New Series ‘Hap and Leonard’ + a Clip

Joining the series for the second seaosn are new cast members Brian Dennehy (“First Blood”), Irma P. Hall (“Collateral”, “The Ladykillers”), Cranston Johnson (“Find a Way”, “Atlanta”), Dohn Norwood (“Hells on Wheels”), and Tiffany Mack (“Timeless”).

Hap and Leonard” will continue to be »

- Michael Gonzalez

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90 Playwrights and a Nikon: Susan Johann’s “Focus on Playwrights”

19 January 2017 7:16 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

"I'm the end of the line," Arthur Miller once asserted. "Absurd and appalling as it may seem, serious New York theater has died in my lifetime."

Many might argue otherwise. In fact, the best proof that theatre is still alive and kicking is Focus on Playwrights, the new coffee-table book, the cover of which showcases the life-crinkled face that once overlooked the birth of A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and The Crucible. Yes, photographer Susan Johann’s scintillating collection of over 90 playwrights, whom she’s shot over 20 years -- and the inclusion of sharply revealing interviews with some of the same, is the best retort to anyone ready to cremate modern drama.

Some of those captured for publications such as Vogue and the New Yorker are now deceased (e.g. August Wilson, Edward Albee, and Joe Chaikin) while others are very much functioning (e.g. David Henry Hwang, »

- Brandon Judell

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