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Rooster Teeth turns 12-years-young on April 1, 2015. The Austin, Texas-based production company, online video and machinima pioneer, and prolific creator of high-quality online video programming has a lot of things to celebrate, including more than 16 million subscribers across its half-dozen-or-so established and burgeoning YouTube channels, a thriving destination site with an ardent, active, and happily paying community that’s two-million-unique-visitors-a-month strong, a recent presumably multi-million dollar sale to the YouTube multi-channel network Fullscreen, a growing convention for tens of thousands of fans of gaming and internet culture, and an upcoming feature that’s one of the top most-crowdfunded film campaigns of all time.
It’s that last achievement the individuals at Rooster Teeth should celebrate most as the entity enters the last of its preteen years.
- Joshua Cohen
Justin Bartha and Elizabeth Reaser have signed on to play a married couple looking to faith to find answers to the problems in their relationship in Robert Askins' Permission. Directed by Alex Timbers (Rocky, Peter and the Starcatcher), the world-premiere play from off-Broadway's McC Theater will begin previews at the Lucille Lortel Theatre on April 29 and run through June 7, with its official opening on May 19. Bartha's previous New York stage appearances include the 2010 Broadway revival of Lend Me a Tenor. Off-Broadway, he has appeared in Jesse Eisenberg's Asuncion and Zach Braff's All New People.
- David Rooney
While I'm certainly glad to see this incredible groundswell of support for celebrity-branded crowdfunding campaigns, although most of them do face criticism, I just thought I'd remind you all who have contributed to a celebrity campaign in any way (whether monetarily, or otherwise) not to forget the "little guys" - the filmmakers/content creators who really are resource-strapped, and don't have the celebrity reach that people like Spike Lee, Zach Braff, the "Veronica Mars" crew, Shemar Moore and several other celebs who've successfully raised hundreds of thousands, and even millions of dollars via crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Spongebob Squarepants of course! Spongebob and his band of friends from Bikini Bottom must come land side in an attempt to thwart the villainous Burger Beard (played by Antonio Banderas) in new flick The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water.
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water is in UK cinemas this week, just in time for Easter, and we’re so taken with the enduring bromance between SpongeBob and Patrick the starfish, that we’ve decided to take a look at some of pop culture’s best buddies. Who else should be on the list? Let us know in the comments.
SpongeBob and Patrick
They aren’t the smartest creatures in Bikini Bottom, but their love for each other makes them best buddies. The two have been neighbors and best friends forever, cementing their relationship through the creation of the “Best Friends Forever Club. »
- Kat Smith
Depending on the age of the wrestling fan The Iron Sheik is either known primarily as the man who took the loss that began Hulkamania or as the funny old lunatic who delivers routine vulgarities in 140 characters or less. Born in Iran as Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri this WWE Hall of Famer has reinvented himself to the current generation in the unlikeliest of ways: Twitter.
Before The Sheik was a social media sensation he was carving out his legacy in the squared circle. He was one of WWE’s top stars during the boom of the 1980s and even held the top title for one month. The Sheik’s anti-American gimmick and his real-life toughness made him more than memorable.
As much as he could connect in a heelish way with an audience the real Sheik might just be more outlandish than the character who stepped into the ring. »
- Mitch Nickelson
FX has closed a first-look production deal with film and TV producer Stacey Sher and her production company Shiny Penny, the network announced Thursday.
“Stacey is a fearless storyteller whose remarkable run of feature films show a willingness to approach challenging topics with unflinching honesty and considerable artistry,” said Grad. “We look forward to working with Stacey and her team to build on this success and develop exceptional television for the FX Networks.”
A frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino’s, Sher was a producer on his films “Pulp Fiction,” “Django Unchained” and the upcoming “The Hateful Eight.” For TV, she is producing AMC’s martial arts drama “Badlands” and exec produced Comedy Central’s “Reno 911.” Her credits also include the Steven Soderbergh films “Contagion, »
- Whitney Friedlander
Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.
Principal photography commenced today [March 18] in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel which centres on the struggle between labour and capital in 1930s America.
Braff and Hutcherson join alongside Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly. They join the already-cast Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepherd.
Ambi Distribution co-represents the film’s domestic rights with CAA.
In Dubious Battle was published in 1936 and is considered the first major work from Steinbeck. »
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In Dubious Battle will chronicle an activist becoming involved with California's contentious labour movement during the 1930s.
In Dubious Battle will be shot on location in Georgia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
That's Hollywood Pictures is expected to release In Dubious Battle later this year. »
One the perks of being a producer-director-writer-actor is the sheer quantity of circles that the multi-hyphenate tag permits you entry into. For James Franco, this means he meets a lot of people. Moreso than any other non-celebrity might in a regular day. By that rationale, it’s probably a lot easier to cast movies seeing as he knows everybody. Applying that conclusion to today’s piece of news on his latest effort, In Dubious Battle seems to stick; he really does know everybody because everybody’s in the movie.
Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly are the latest additions to a cast that’s already bulging with starry names. This new roster join Nat Wolff, who signed up two days ago, and the previously-announced Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Danny McBride, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Franco himself.
In Dubious Battle explores »
- Gem Seddon
With principal photography now underway, it has been announced that Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Zach Braff (Garden State), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) have joined the cast of James Franco’s John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle.
The five new additions join an all-star cast alongside Franco, Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter).
Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man— all themes which continue to be relevant today. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures »
- Gary Collinson
“The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, as well as Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly, have joined James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” which has started shooting in Georgia.
Previously announced cast includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard. Franco is directing from Matt Rager’s script adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel of the same name.
The story centers on a labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association in a California valley. Jim Nolan, to be played by Franco, becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organizational fieldwork.
Production companies are Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Pictures, Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures. Producers are Iervolino, Bacardi, Scott Reed, Vince Jolivette, »
- Dave McNary
Just a couple of days ago word arrived that Nat Wolff had secured a role in James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle, but the actor/director isn’t finished bolstering his already impressive cast. He now has Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly aboard to appear.Franco is also starring as Jim Nolan, a man who becomes involved in the labour movement and learns about the struggles of workers during a strike in a California valley.The new arrivals join Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, John Savage and Sam Shepard in the cast for the film, which Franco has now started shooting in Georgia, working from a script by Matt Rager.Hutcherson, of course, has largely been busy with the Hunger Games films, though he’s squeezed other work in between. He’ll »
Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly have signed on to join James Franco‘s “In Dubious Battle,” which started production in Georgia on Tuesday. The quintet of actors join Franco, Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepherd in the indie movie, which is based on John Steinbeck’s gritty novel of the same name. Also Read: 9 ‘Hunger Games’ Stars in Early Roles Before ‘Mockingjay’ Madness (Video) Published in 1936, “In Dubious Battle” portrays the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America as close to all out warfare. »
- Jeff Sneider
The newest actors rounding out the cast are Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), Zach Braff (“Garden State”), Analeigh Tipton (“Crazy, Stupid, Love”) Ashley Greene (“Twilight” saga) and Ahna O’Reilly (“The Help”). [Press Release] Atlanta, Georgia – March 18, 2015 – Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle” as a quintet of actors have signed on to join Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepherd in the much anticipated production from Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures Production. The newest actors rounding out the cast are Josh Hutcherson (“The Hunger Games”), Zach Braff (“Garden State »
- Pietro Filipponi
While Zach Braff was stealing all the headlines for his film Wish You Were Here, the real record breaking film was the team behind the popular YouTube series Red vs. Blue, Rooster Teeth. That webseries is one of the longest running ever, with 13 seasons to its name, but until now the Austin-based production company has never gone for broke and made a full feature.
They put a request to make their feature film Lazer Team on Indiegogo and raised $2.4 million from over 37,000 individual backers. Now the film has a trailer, and though it doesn’t have the star power of Braff or the equally successful crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie, it’s chock full of humor and special effects worth the price tag.
Here’s the full synopsis via their original Indiegogo listing:
In the late 1970’s, the Search For Extraterrestrial Intelligence project received a one time signal from outer space. »
- Brian Welk
Con Air director’s film has banked £1.8m ($2.7m), according to the production.
The film hit its crowdfunding target of £1.8m ($2.7m) on March 14 with additional investment available until next weekend.
The project is raising money through platform SyndicateRoom with investors promised a stake in the film’s profits.
The rest of the film’s $10m budget is due to be raised through angel investment, tax credit returns and pre-sales.
Carnaby handles sales on the film and has inked pre-sales with Indonesia (Pt Prima Cinema), Bulgaria, Czech Republic & Slovakia, Former Yugoslavia, Hungary and Romania (Prorom), Poland (Kino Swiat), Israel (Five Stars), Middle East (Gulf Film) and Turkey (Central Park).
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Not even Hollywood is immune to the power of #TheDress. Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Ellen DeGeneres, Zach Braff, Julia Louis-Dreyfuss and Anna Kendrick are among the stars that have taken to Twitter to express their support for either #whiteandgold or #blackandblue. Also Read: Oscars Red Carpet Arrivals (Photos) “I don’t understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it’s a trick somehow. I’m confused and scared,” Swift said.”Ps it’s Obviously Blue And Black.” “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfuss wrote, “It’s blue and brown. Period. Next? #whatcoloristhisdress.” What started out as an innocent Tumblr post »
- Joe Otterson
Black and blue or white and gold? It’s the question that started on Thursday when a Reddit user posted a picture of an innocent enough-looking dress that spread like wildfire across social media as different perspectives allowed people to see the dress in two very different color schemes.
News: The White and Gold or Blue and Black Dress: The 5 Stages of Dealing With the Debate
It's a question that's pitting friends and family against each other as the debate rages on. While we struggle to find a definitive answer, check out some of the best celebrity reactions to #TheDress:
The dress is half full.
— Kal Penn (@kalpenn) February 27, 2015
I don't understand this odd dress debate and I feel like it's a trick somehow. I'm confused and scared. Ps it's Obviously Blue And Black
— Taylor Swift (@taylorswift13) February 27, 2015
I'm Seeing Blue And Black, As Of Now
— Jaden Smith (@officialjaden) February 27, 2015
What genius pulled off this elaborate »
SAG Foundation has released a public service announcement highlighting its many (free) benefits for SAG-aftra actors and their families, including access to recording studios, panels, and discussions, their children’s literacy program BookPALS, which brings actors into public school classrooms to read to the students, and more. “Up there on the screen, we can all fly, but down here on earth we need to be each other’s wings,” says Oscar winner and Backstage cover star Eddie Redmayne. The video stars Redmayne and his “The Theory of Everything” co-star Felicity Jones; “Orange Is the New Black” ladies Taylor Schilling, Backstage cover stars Uzo Aduba and Danielle Brooks, and Laverne Cox; Andy Serkis (“Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Lord of the Rings”) doing his famous Gollum voice; Zach Braff (“Wish I Was Here”); the cast of “Black-ish”; Jenny Slate (“Obvious Child”); and others. “This year, the SAG Foundation celebrates »
Martin Scorsese is one of the most iconic directors of all time. He created such groundbreaking films like Taxi Driver and Gangs of New York. Yet it took him eight Oscar nominations, five Best Director nominations alone, until he finally received the Best Director Academy Award in 2006 for the film The Departed. Let's look back at the film that finally landed Scorese the gold.
Scorsese is one of those directors that has been creating for generations. He's the known for creating and depicting the worst antiheroes that you can't help but like and can't stop watching. You follow them on their twisted journeys and sometimes untimely demises, all while that same Rolling Stone song (“Gimme Shelter”) plays in the background. Your parents loved him, you love him, and I'm sure your children will or already do love him. There's always one particular movie of his that you discover that makes »
- email@example.com (Kelly McInerney)
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