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Reaction to Zach Braff's use of Kickstarter to fund his next indie film has been mixed, to say the least. But according to the "Scrubs" star, Woody Allen is "riveted" by it. During an interview on SiriusXM talk show "Unmasked," Braff said that the Oscar-winning "Annie Hall" director had no idea what crowdfunding was before meeting with him to discuss a project. Also read: Are Hollywood Millionaires Ruining Kickstarter? Let's Ask the Internet "By the way, I'm the one who explained crowdfunding to Woody Allen," Braff said. "He's one of my heroes and I »
- Greg Gilman
When Zach Braff announced he was going to fund his next film via Kickstarter, he was met with some cheers, some boos, and some choos. One of the folks who got behind it was none other than Woody Allen. Braff revealed on Sirius Xm's "Unmasked with Ron Bennington" that he schooled the man himself about crowd-funding. Apparently, Braff was in Allen's office, talking about working on a project together (they have worked together in the past, when Braff played Allen's son in Manhattan Murder Mystery), on the day the Wish I Was Here campaign started. Allen wanted to know what all the fuss was about, so Braff discussed it with him for ten minutes or so. And now, apparently, Allen is all abuzz about it. Braff explained, "A couple of days ago, his assistant e-mailed me about something, and I said to her, 'Ps: I’ll always remember that I »
- Jesse David Fox
You may remember, way back in April, we reported on Scrubs star Zach Braff launching his next film project via Kickstarter, already having made $1.4 million through fan donations. With production underway, news has surfaced that Braff will be accompanied on set by the ever-so lovely Anna Kendrick and Kate Hudson.
As well as writing and directing the film, Braff will star as Aidan, an actor struggling to find work to support his wife (Hudson) and child. The only way he manages to get through his boring day is by fantasizing about transforming into the Space-Knight he’s always felt he’s destined to be. Weird, right? Kendrick, who was brilliant in both 50/50 and Pitch Perfect, will co-star as the nerdy love interest of Aidan’s brother, played by Josh Gad (Love And Other Drugs, jOBS).
This sounds a little ‘out there’, but I have faith in Zach. I loved Garden »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Kate Hudson, Chris Martin, and Tom Ford were among the stylish attendees at Gwyneth Paltrow's Goop Summer party held at Mark's Club in London yesterday. Gwyneth wore a printed silk dress by Prabal Gurung for the fashionable fete and posed for pictures with Kate, who was clad in a white A.L.C. jumpsuit and Smythe blazer. The two friends have each been staying busy, both personally and professionally - Gwyneth's weekly Goop newsletter is in its fourth year and has expanded to include designer collaborations and the recent launch of city guide apps. She also hit the red carpet for the Met Gala, celebrated big success with the blockbuster release of Iron Man 3, and gave us some laughs with her most over-the-top recent quotes. Kate, meanwhile, is diving into new projects after it was announced that she'll be joining the cast of Zach Braff's upcoming film, »
- Brittney Stephens
• Zac Efron (17 Again) will play a college student-turned-police informant in Narc, described as a “college Donnie Brasco.” Efron’s character is a big man on campus type, but that’s where any similarity to his High School Musical basketball player ends. In Narc, Efron’s a frat president and lacrosse team captain until he’s busted for drugs. But then he takes a page from the books of Frank Abagnale and Neal Caffrey and puts his skills to use as a narc for the police. [Deadline]
- Emily Rome
Movie News - Kate Hudson has joined the cast of 'Wish You Were Here'. The 'Fool's Gold' actress will star as Zach Braff's wife in the film, which the 'Scrubs' star will also direct and has co-written with his brother Adam. 'Wish You Were Here' sees Braff play Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor who is having trouble providing for his family and finding his identity. When his father (Mandy Patinkin) falls ill and can't pay for his kids' schooling, Aidan decides to teach them, despite having a lot of learning to do himself. Josh Gad and Anna Kendrick are also part of the cast for the film, which will shoot in August and be released in September 2014. The project has been funded through website Kickstarter, where fans raised the target $2 million in three days. In return for donations, supporters were offered incentives including personal copies of the script to access, »
Welcome to "Arrested Development" Rewatch. Leading up to the release of Season 4, Zap2it will be taking a look back at the 53 episodes that made "Ad" one of our most beloved TV comedies. Watch the first three seasons of "Arrested Development" on Netflix. Today we're covering the ninth episode of Season 3, "Mr. F," which premiered Jan. 2, 2006.
"Arrested Development" has always been a self-aware show, but none of its episodes are quite as tongue-in-cheek as "S.O.B.s." Airing a month after the third season's episode order had been cut nearly in half, "S.O.B.s" is a satirical attempt to win over more viewers by making the characters more relatable, having them develop, offering up problems with clear solutions and employing viewer-grabbing tactics like a live finale, celebrity guest stars and 3D effects -- basically, mocking the problems people had found with the series up until that point. »
Zach Braff's Kickstarter film project Wish I Was Here is moving full steam ahead, and Kate Hudson has been cast as the female lead. Hudson's career took off when she played Penny in Almost Famous. After that breakout role, she started making a bunch of crappy rom-coms, and a few other films that ended up not being so good. In my opinion, she hasn't made a decent film since Almost Famous. Maybe that will change with this one. I know she's a talented actress. She just doesn't seem to pick the best projects. Anna Kendrick has also been cast in the film.
The story follows Aidan Bloom (Braff), "a struggling actor, father and husband who is still trying to find his identity and purpose at age 35." According to the report, "Hudson will play Braff's wife and the mother of his two children."
The film also stars Mandy Patinkin as Braff's father, »
- Joey Paur
Braff launched his independent film on Kickstarter, and as you can imagine, it didn’t take long for the film to reach its $2m. goal. The multi-hyphenate has already proven himself an incredibly talented director with his directorial debut, Garden State. And I think that’s one of the main reasons why people have been so willing to pledge their money to support a long-awaited sophomore feature.
And now Braff has announced that he has found his leading lady in Kate Hudson.
Braff also confirms, as we previously expected from his announcement video, that Jim Parsons »
- Kenji Lloyd
Recently, the act of donating to or promoting a Kickstarter campaign has become a highly politicized and moralized one for movie fans, an act brimming with questions, crises, and conundrums about systemic economic disadvantages normalized by dominant industries of filmmaking. Suspicion has been directed in droves toward legitimate-seeming yet vastly-supported projects like the studio-release Veronica Mars movie or Zach Braff’s directorial follow-up to Garden State, whose constellation of multiple funding sources perhaps says more than we’d like to admit about the complex process of realizing even the most distinctly above-the-line indie projects. While frustration directed at a feature adaptation of a canceled Upn show or Braff’s seemingly boundless ability to produce haterade may appear legitimate when accounting for Kickstarter’s role as the possible final refuge for American alternative filmmaking, fingers should instead be pointed to the reasons that a resource like Kickstarter has become necessary in the first place. In »
- Landon Palmer
Zach Braff has taken a page out of the "Veronica Mars" playbook and put his next movie project on Kickstarter. "Wish I Was Here" reached its fundraising goal in three days and Braff set about lining up the cast.
Mandy Patinkin has already been announced as the main character's father and now Kate Hudson joins the cast as Braff's on-screen wife. The movie tells the story of a 35-year-old man (Braff) who starts home-schooling his kids when his father stops paying for their private school education.
The story deals with a group of teenagers who discover a portal to the past. When one of them changes history, the effects start to snowball with tragic consequences. [Source: Deadline]
The story deals with a Southern California surfer turned fighter pilot who is recruited to test a new generation of aircraft just as a major international conflict begins. [Source: THR]
The story follows Aidan Bloom (Zach Braff), a struggling actor, father »
- Garth Franklin
The Bride Wars star will play the wife of Braff's character Aidan Bloom, a struggling actor in his 30s who fantasises about becoming his childhood science fiction hero Space-Knight.
Wish I Was Here will be partly produced through crowd-sourced funding. Last month the project passed its $2 million Kickstarter target in just three days.
The magazine has photos from the big event -- which took place in the backyard of Faison's "Scrubs" co-star and buddy Zach Braff (you may know him best as the rich celebrity who begged for money on Kickstarter to make a movie) -- and also released the above video preview of wedding day footage.
• Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed) is set to join Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. The story follows 35-year-old husband, father, and struggling actor Aiden Bloom (Braff), who decides to home school his kids when his father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin, playing another Saul) has to stop funding their private education. Hudson will play the part of Braff’s wife. Braff famously funded this project through a Kickstarter campaign that actually still has three days left. At the time of posting, the project had raised over $690K beyond its goal of $2 million. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect »
- Lindsey Bahr
Though better associated for her feature roles, Kate Hudson's recent credits include a recurring role on Fox's musical dramedy Glee. But it looks like she'll be headed back to the big screen as the Almost Famous star has been cast to play Zach Braff's wife in Wish I Was Here, the film which earned itself a green light through a successful Kickstarter campaign. Braff's planned film centers on Aidan, a married man, father of two and struggling actor, who passes the time daydreaming about being a futuristic Space-Knight. As money is tight, he and his wife have to pull their kids out of private school. Aidan decides to home school them, which leads to some interesting and imaginative life lessons, from the sound of it. Via Variety, Braff announced the latest bit of casting news today, stating that Kate Hudson will play the role of Sarah, his character's »
Writer-director-star Zach Braff announced that Kate Hudson will play the female lead in Wish I Was Here. Take a look at the photo that includes a concept illustration for Kate Hudson's character Sarah, the wife of Zach Braff's Bloom, along with his full update from his Kickstarter page, which includes the cast he has assembled so far.
"The character of Sarah (my wife) needs to be pretty, funny, believable as a mother of two children ages 5 and 12 and an actress who's skilled at both comedy and drama.
Years later, we have become good friends. There's an added benefit in already being close with the actor playing opposite you; a familiarity that's real and isn't forced. As we shoot in August, »
Just as we were beginning to tire of all of these Kickstarter campaign stories from the trendsetting uber-successful “Veronica Mars” to the backlash-ridden Zach Braff project to a second "Friday Night Lights" (yes, a movie of a TV show of a movie), James Franco and Seth Rogen throw us for a loop. While promoting their upcoming meta-apocalyptic comedy “This Is The End,” Complex asked them about the possibility of a “Freaks and Geeks” movie, referencing the “Veronica Mars” campaign. Rather than shirking it off, Franco admitted that they’ve “discussed it periodically,” and Rogen said, “Yeah! Why the fuck not?” Be still my beating heart. Can it be true? Is there a chance, however slim, that a “Freaks and Geeks” movie could happen? Where do we sign? Any incentives lined up? Maybe some of Franco’s chicken-scratch lecture notes or a copy of the future script with some Nsfw Rogen doodles? »
- Diana Drumm
Zach Braff will be playing the role of struggling actor/husband/father of two, Aiden Bloom in Wish I Was Here. Braff’s character follows the quirky man-boy day-dreamer mold set by his role as J.D. in Scrubs, but this time Braff’s character will be filling out his elaborate fantasies as a valiant space-knight with a robotic side-kick (a relationship that one can only hope will be a bro-mantic as J.D. and Turk). »
With his funding now in place, Garden State writer/director Zach Braff is ploughing ahead with his Kickstarter-aided new film Wish I Was Here. He’s deep in casting mode, and is now adding Kate Hudson to the movie.Braff will star (much as he did with State) as Aidan Bloom, a struggling 35-year-old actor who is having trouble finding his identity and providing for his family. He and his wife (Hudson) are struggling financially and when his father (Mandy Patinkin) falls ill and is unable to pay for his kids’ private schooling, Aidan decides to teach them himself.Yet he’s still got a lot of growing and learning to do himself, especially when he can’t seem to stop leaning on the fantasy character Space-Knight he created as a child.Josh Gad is also aboard as Aidan’s brother, who has a crush on a cosplay girl (Anna Kendrick) he meets. »
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