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“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.
Franco is Mac, a spirited labor rights activist (some say Communist) who takes young Jim »
- Jude Dry
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
Ashley Greene is one busy bride-to-be!
The 29-year-old actress spoke to People exclusively about her engagement to longtime boyfriend Paul Khoury and their upcoming wedding plans.
“It’s really fun!” Greene says of being newly engaged. “Paul and I are best friends, so it’s the same but different.”
She adds: “I look down at my hand every once in a while and I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, I’m engaged’ which is crazy, but as always, we’re keeping it easy and fun and not stressing about anything that’s to come afterwards—we’re just enjoying this moment. »
- Brianne Tracy
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
Tiya Sircar (The Good Place) has landed a series-regular role opposite Zach Braff in ABC comedy pilot Start Up, from Sony TV and Davis Entertainment. Written by Matt Tarses based on Alex Blumberg's podcast, Start Up is about all the things that happen — the good, the bad and the ugly — when Alex (Braff), a guy in his mid-30s with a wife and two kids, makes the crazy decision to quit his good job and dive into the brave new world of starting a business. Sircar will play… »
Peak TV has amped up the competition among networks for the past few pilot cycles. But this year, the growing number of television shows on all platforms and the lack of cancellations at the broadcast networks have compelled broadcasters to focus on quality instead of quantity: The Big Four have ordered nearly 20 fewer pilots this season than last.
Broadcasters seem to be playing it safe when it comes to auspices — the majority of projects hail from A-list producers and writers — but the nets are taking bigger swings when it comes to ideas, as only a handful of reboots and spinoffs are among the series in contention for 2017-2018. The networks also appear to be taking note of the country’s divisive climate with a slew of military-centric pilots.
Here’s our review of the strategies of each of the major networks this season:
ABC Dramas: 11, comedies: 11
The first pilot order for the Alphabet, which »
- Daniel Holloway and Elizabeth Wagmeister
A strong reaction from early test screenings has prompted Lionsgate to push its upcoming adaptation of Wonder back to November, according to Variety.
Initially slated for theatrical release on April 7th, Stephen Chbosky’s star-studded drama will now open opposite Justice League on November 17th. Lionsgate is reportedly hoping to cater to a family-friendly audience with today’s switcheroo, after deeming the mid-November corridor more “commercially viable” than the film’s original due date. An early April release would have seen Wonder go up against the likes of Zach Braff’s Going in Style, The Case for Christ and Smurfs: The Lost Village which, incidentally, also features Julia Roberts in a prominent role.
When it comes to Wonder, Roberts will play the part of Isabel Pullman, the mother of the young August (Auggie) Pullman who struggles to assimilate into everyday life due to his unsightly facial deformity. It’s a »
- Michael Briers
Zach Braff wants “Saturday Night Live” boss Lorne Michaels to know he’s interested in playing senior White House advisor Stephen Miller so much, he took to Twitter to let the world know he’d shave his head for the gig. Dear Lorne, I will shave my head to play this guy. Pleeeease. @nbcsnl pic.twitter.com/60p0TEPh7N — Zach Braff (@zachbraff) February 13, 2017 Also Read: 'SNL' Hits 6-Year TV Ratings High in Metered Markets Miller appeared on numerous talk shows on Sunday to defend Trump’s travel ban and criticize the court that ruled against it. Braff »
- Brian Flood
MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough criticized Donald Trump’s senior advisor Stephen Miller on Monday morning, bashing his Sunday performance on various television spots as an “embarrassment.” Also Read: Zach Braff Offers to Shave Head to Play Stephen Miller on 'Saturday Night Live' After playing a clip of Miller visit to ABC’s “This Week,” both hosts appeared dumbfounded by Miller’s remarks that the power of the president should not be questioned. “That’s not even funny,” Brzezinski said. “Oh my god,” Scarborough gasped. “ will be questioned my young, little Miller,” he added. »
- Brian Flood
Spending the day inside due to blizzard conditions? Snow problem!
A massive winter storm is currently turning a good chunk of the country into a winter wonderland (or a snowpocalypse, depending on your feelings about the white stuff), with ten or more inches expected in some areas.
Celebs not currently camped out in sunny L.A. are taking the opportunity to indulge in their favorite wintry activities. See who prefers to hole up hygge-style inside when the outdoors is covered in a blanket of white, and who’s packing on the layers to frolic through the drifts.
Whether it’s »
- Megan Stein
In the trailer for the new Netflix series — Bill Nye Saves the World — Brown and Nye can be seen laughing in an enormous laboratory, while Brown holds a beaker filled with a yellow liquid, which we can predict will likely be a super cool culinary experiment.
- Jessica Fecteau
Bill Nye is back. Today, Netflix released a new trailer and premiere date for the upcoming series Bill Nye Saves the World.The educational series will feature scientist Bill Nye and guests tackling "a specific topic or concept through lively panel discussions, wide-ranging correspondent reports from a crackerjack team, and Bill’s very special blend of lab procedure and sly personality." Guest stars include Wil Wheaton, Zach Braff, Rachel Bloom, Alton Brown, and Joel McHale.Read More… »
With little over a month to go until Austin plays host to SXSW 2017 for another year, organizers of the annual showcase have announced that James Franco’s drama The Disaster Artist has been added to the stacked lineup.
Based on Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell’s non-fiction book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, Franco’s passion project is set to recount the infamous story behind The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s widely-derided pic that has since gone on to become something of a cult classic. No release date has been set, but we know that the feature will be written and directed by Franco, who stars as the eccentric Wiseau, and features a cast comprised of Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Josh Hutcherson, Ari Graynor, Jacki Weaver, and former Community star Alison Brie. Bryan Cranston and Zach Braff are among those set to cameo.
In related news, the midnight »
- Michael Briers
Marriage-hopefuls feel plenty of pressure to dream up an unforgettable proposal. But there is always one surefire way to make the big moment truly memorable: roping in your significant other’s favorite celebrity.
Lucky for all the ultra-romantic Romeos and Juliets out there, many stars are totally game for helping their fans create a super special moment.
The legendary singer may not have planned her role in this proposal, but she certainly helped make it one of the best ever.
Dion was taken completely by surprise when a marriage proposal occurred right before her eyes at a pre-concert »
- Lydia Price
In what is shaping up to be a busy, busy day for Netflix – the online streamer just renewed hit sci-fi drama The Oa for a second season, with a downright strange teaser trailer to boot – we now have our first look at Bill Nye Saves the World in motion.
Introducing the Science Guy to Netflix subscribers, the announcement trailer confirms the show’s release date (April 21st) along with the range of timely topics that Nye and Co. plan to thrust under the spotlight. In no particular order, they include global warming, alternative medicine, technology, sex, and GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms). It’s unclear at the moment, but we assume each of the show’s 13 episodes will be dedicated to one topic in particular, allowing Bill Nye and his special guests/correspondents to debunk popular myths and anti-scientific claims all from the comfort of Netflix HQ.
Among those on board »
- Michael Briers
The Litchfield squad returns with “Orange Is the New Black” season 5, slated to hit Netflix worldwide on June 9, 2017, while the streamer’s new talk show with science guru Bill Nye is set to debut April 21.
Netflix last year renewed “Oitnb” — which execs say is consistently its most-watched original series — for seasons 5, 6 and 7. Creator and showrunner Jenji Kohan is on board for the next three seasons of the show, produced by Lionsgate TV.
Plot details for the 13-episode fifth installment of “Orange Is the New Black,” after a shocking turn in season 4, have been kept under wraps. But cast member Danielle Brooks (Taystee) revealed in an interview with E! last month that season 5 will take place over a mere three-day span with a “very detailed, very intense” storyline.
- Todd Spangler
Bill Nye earns the right to drop the mic in the first trailer for his new Netflix talk show.
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Bill Nye Saves the World (releasing on Friday, April 21) will explore a wide range of topics — including sex, climate change, GMOs, video games and alternative medicine — from a scientific point of view, while also dispelling myths and refuting anti-scientific claims. Season 1 guests include Scrubs‘ Zach Braff and Donald Faison, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend‘s Rachel Bloom, The Great Indoors‘ Joel McHale, The Big Bang Theory‘s Wil Wheaton, music producer Steve Aoki »
NBA star and ESPN host Jalen Rose has cast his mother and grandmother for his ABC comedy pilot, Variety has learned.
The half-hour follows Rose as he juggles his career responsibilities with the challenges of being a single dad. The project hails from the team behind ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat.” Nahnatchka Khan wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Jake Kasdan, Melvin Mar, and Mandy Summers. Aside from starring, Rose will also serve as a producer. Khan’s Fierce Baby banner is producing in association with 20th Century Fox Television and ABC Studios.
- Oriana Schwindt
The career of filmmaker Seth Gordon is a really curious and odd one. The director started out of the gate with one of the most beloved documentaries of the aughts with “The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters.” He quickly attached himself to many promising projects and looked to be on his way to possible mirror a career like Jason Reitman’s or Paul Feig’s or even creating films like something out of Zach Braff’s “Garden State” (which is nowhere as bad as some snobs claim it is).
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- Edward Davis
Carol Burnett just may be returning to television.
The TV icon’s comedy pilot, “Household Name,” has scored a formal pilot pickup from ABC, Variety has learned.
“Household Name” follows a family who has an opportunity to buy the house of their dreams, but under extremely abnormal circumstances: they must live with the previous owner, an eccentric, larger-than-life actress, played by Burnett.
The multi-camera comedy hails from Universal Television. Other exec producers are Brooke Posch of Poehler’s Paper Kite banner, Dave Becky of 3 Arts Entertainment, and Michael Pelmont of the Nacelle Company.
Burnett was attached to the project from the offset of it going into development. She is the latest piece of talent who has proven to be a powerful pilot-pickup tool, following »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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