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The 30-day campaign has a $1.5 million goal.
Jim Jarrett is producing and directing from his own script. The story centers on an estranged father and daughter and how one teenager’s viral vow of silence ignites a revolution after a documentary filmmaker follows a popular talk radio host for 48 hours.
Osborne, Jarrett and producer Jon Labrie announced the independent film project Thursday and formally launched their Kickstarter campaign, asking only $1.00 per person to help finance production costs. Contributors will be credited on screen and on the film’s website as an associate producer.
“It’s a rare and great privilege when you come across a project that you really like that has something very meaningful to say, while also being very entertaining,” said Osborne. “This film »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: Last year’s American Film Market keynote speaker Adam Carolla is returning after successfully crowdfunding $1.4 million for his first film in seven years, with the semi-autobiographical comedy in post and a message to studios and financiers: “I just made a movie without you assholes, and it will be better than 92% of the shit Hollywood cranks out,” he said via phone from his Glendale headquarters. “I’m standing in my own studio – because of what? Because of CBS, because of Sony, because someone let me do this? I don’t need any of these assholes.”
Carolla admits his outspoken past and accusations of homophobia and misogyny might have turned off traditional investors. “Did the way you acted at the last party affect your invite to the next party? I can’t tell what I’ve missed out on,” he said. “I’m tired of dealing with the networks. I don’t think it’s helped, »
- Jen Yamato
Third time’s the charm?
Per our sister site Deadline, Krosney will play Katie Preston, an overworked assistant whose witchy boss goes missing. Katie, sure that she’ll be the main suspect, cleans up the crime scene and then conducts her own investigation to exonerate herself.
Krosney played Last Man Standing‘s Kristin for the show’s first season but was let go for creative reasons — and replaced »
Equity crowdfunding has the potential to become an important tool for filmmakers, but still faces regulatory hurdles around the world, said panellists at Busan’s Kofic Industry Forum (Oct 5-7).
During the “Future of Financing through Crowdfunding” panel, the speakers also compared crowdfunding strategies in the Us, UK, China and Korea, and advised filmmakers who use crowdfunding to adopt a hybrid approach.
Stephan Paternot, CEO of Slated, an online platform that brings together investors and projects, explained how equity crowdfunding legislation is slowly making its way through Us Congress. “The Jobs Act [Jumpstart Our Business Startups] will help crowdfunding evolve past donations and rewards, but the rules are still being defined and it hasn’t benefitted many people yet,” Paternot said.
He also explained how crowdfunding in any form still accounts for a tiny fraction of the $14bn spent on making independent movies in the Us each year: “You can raise around 10% through fans and have to raise 90% yourself. Crowdfunding does not »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
On Monday we brought you the news that Pierce Brosnan was attached to star in Urge, as a drug designer. Now we’ve news of who exactly he’ll be peddling them to, as Twilight‘s Ashley Greene has joined the cast.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news. The outlet went on to reveal exactly what the project will entail for Greene, as she’ll be heading up the pic in the lead female role as Teresa:
The story revolves around Theresa (Greene) and her group of friends who escape on an island destination weekend and find themselves unable to resist trying a new designer drug. The drug appears to be perfect. However, the group discovers its one major side effect: It makes people lose the ability to control their urges.
- Gem Seddon
“Wish I Was Here” director Zach Braff thought the criticism and public backlash stemming from his idea to crowdfund the production on Kickstarter was “unfair and uninformed.” “It was frustrating having the debate with people who didn't have all the analytics and facts,” Screen Daily reports Braff said after a screening of the indie comedy at the Zurich Film Festival. “I knew that we were driving new people to Kickstarter who then invested in other projects, for example. The onus was on me to explain why someone like me couldn't get a film made in the traditional way.” See video: Zach Braff. »
- Greg Gilman
Zach Braff holds little stock in judgments against him. The actor and filmmaker, 39, came under fire last year when he asked fans for contributions through Kickstarter to fund a passion project movie, but he recently turned the tables and criticized the critics. "I was completely taken aback by the criticism," Braff said at the Zurich Film Festival, where his crowdfunded Wish I Was Here film screened on Friday, Sept. 26. "I was expecting a conversation because it’s a fascinating and new model." Many vocal dissenters took issue [...] »
Even though Zach Braff's funding methods for feature project Wish I Was Here garnered some less-than-positive feedback, the film itself was generally well received. As such, Mr Zach Braff is jumping straight back into the director’s chair. This time, for a TV show.
Braff of course built his comedy reputation on the small screen, playing Jd in NBC’s Scrubs for eight years. Now, he will develop Self Promotion for MTV.
Dubbed a dark comedy, Self Promotion is the story of “overworked assistant Katie Preston who discovers that her dragon lady boss is missing (or worse).”
Sources tell us that “things get messy fast, with Katie, believing she’ll be the prime suspect, covering up the crime scene. She starts calling the shots in her boss’s “absence,” and goes full CSI to »
This month on Blu-ray and DVD, Tom Cruise visits the Edge Of Tomorrow, the X-Men franchise continues with Days Of Future Past, Seth MacFarlane finds A Million Ways To Die In The West, Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz make a Sex Tape, Jon Hamm shows off his Million Dollar Arm, the tradition continues in The Purge: Anarchy, animated dog and his adopted son Mr. Peabody And Sherman get their own movie, Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightly set out to Begin Again, Zach Braff.s Wish I Was Here gets »
- Mathew Plale
Zach Braff has spoken out against the "unfair and uninformed" criticism of his Kickstarter project.
The millionaire actor and filmmaker has hit back against complaints about his use of the crowdfunding platform to support Wish I Was Here.
"I was completely taken aback by the criticism," he said at the Zurich Film Festival, where the film was screened (via Screen Daily).
"I was expecting a conversation because it's a fascinating and new model. But I felt that a lot of the criticism was unfair and uninformed.
"It was frustrating having the debate with people who didn't have all the analytics and facts. I knew that we were driving new people to Kickstarter who then invested in other projects, for example," Braff continued.
"The onus was on me to explain why someone like me couldn't get »
On the heels of their web-series collaboration Play It Again, Dick, Hansen will guest-star on Thomas’ midseason CW drama iZombie, EW.com reports.
Related iZombie Recasts Bff With Aly Michalka
In the med student-turned-zombie show, Hansen will appear as a cocky, uncomplicated golden boy and pro snowboarder who is paid handsomely to put his face on things.
Thomas hinted at the casting at TVLine’s Comic-Con video suite, saying there was a role so perfect for the actor — who next stars in NBC’s Bad Judge — it »
With Tuesday comes a rundown of the new DVDs and Blu-rays, but today we're also discussing a range of topics such as the new trends in creating "Cinematic Universes" vs. the idea of "dark and gritty", latest news bits from the Magic Mike Xxl casting, Taken 3 being titled Tak3n (to be known henceforth as Takthreen) and Lindsay Lohan wanting another Mean Girls sequel. Then there are games and so forth... Hope you enjoy. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add »
- Brad Brevet
It hasn't been a good year for the celebrity, crowd-funded movie landscape. Despite a lot of press, "Veronica Mars" didn't do much beyond play to the core audience (though it was popular enough to allow for a web series spinoff), Spike Lee's "Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus" got nearly universally panned (here's our review), and then there was Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here," which managed $3.5 million in limited release, a far cry from the mega-hit numbers of "Garden State." For the latter, it was an uphill battle from day one. When it was first announced the actor was passing the digital hat around to fund his movie, many openly wondered if the millionaire actor was really the right face to be putting on the Kickstarter service, which is designed for folks who have no other avenues to get financing. But according to Braff, the backlash took him surprise and was not warranted. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Actor-director says he won’t return to crowdfunding to finance his films.
Zach Braff has said he will not return to crowdfunding platforms to finance future films.
Speaking at a Zurich Film Festival press conference for his comedy-drama Wish I Was Here, the Scrubs and Garden State actor-director said he was “shocked” by the criticism he received for making use of Kickstarter to fund the film:
“I was completely taken aback by the criticism,” he said. “I was expecting a conversation because it’s a fascinating and new model. But I felt that a lot of the criticism was unfair and uninformed.”
Braff’s Kickstarter campaign aimed to raise $2m in a month, but managed to surpass that goal in the first 48 hours. It eventually attracted more than 47,000 contributors.
However, some took exception to the Hollywood star using the niche platform to gather funding for his film.
“It was frustrating having the debate with people who didn »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
It’s that time again…time to take a stab at Golden Globe predictions. As I previously mentioned in my last installment, I was originally planning on waiting to take a new look at Golden Globe predictions until the summer was over (so basically now), but I just couldn’t resist. Fast forward to today and I’m back now with what’s my fourth look at the Golden Globe Awards, with this time around, another new theory to try and drum up some different/more accurate predictions. Anyway, here goes nothing! To reiterate one more time, the biggest difference that you’ll see here between the Academy and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association is that they tend to go for the bigger names or the bigger productions, as well as more European fare. So yes, films like Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken, David Fincher’s Gone Girl, and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher are here, »
- Joey Magidson
Robin Quivers is astonished by Hollywood's love fest for Eric the Actor after his death -- but says nothing would've made him happier. Tons of celebs ... including Jimmy Kimmel, Jonah Hill, Zach Braff, and Natalie Maines ... have toasted the "Howard Stern Show" wack packer since he died Sunday. This morning in NYC, Robin told us the outpouring is pretty ironic ... considering how much Eric longed for Any connection to celebrities.Robin herself shows some love »
- TMZ Staff
The 35-year-old Us actress joined Reid on the sofa for a chat about her latest movie - Zach Braff's Garden State follow-up Wish I Was Here - and to discuss the parenting tips she learned from mother Goldie Hawn.
Reid then tweeted about her meeting with the Hollywood star and enthused: "Kate Hudson is lovely - she says that when she needs a moment of joy, she goes dancing."
Hudson also appeared on Alan Carr's Chatty Man last week as part of the film's current promotional trail, and revealed that she and mother Hawn "can see dead people", going on to describe a ghostly encounter and claim that she possesses a "fifth energy".
Meanwhile, broadcaster Reid shared a selfie with actor Tom Cruise earlier this year while she attended the »
Howard Stern contributor Eric "The Actor" Lynch passed away Saturday at the age of 39. The news was confirmed by Eric's manager, Johnny Fratto, on Twitter on Sunday, and since then, stars including actor Zac Efron and comedians Jonah Hill and Jimmy Kimmel reached out over social media to share their memories of Eric. Eric began calling in to Howard Stern's radio program in 2002 and gained popularity for his frank and funny phone calls. In addition to his on-air hilarity, Eric was also known for appearances on TV programs including In Plain Sight and Fringe. The 3-foot-tall actor and radio personality used a motorized wheelchair to get around. His final call in to the show occurred last week when he shared that his parents were taking over care-taking duties. Scroll down to see the moving ways the stars remembered Eric on Twitter. Eric the Actor was my all-time favorite »
Wish I Was Here, 2014.
Directed by Zach Braff.
When 35 year old Aidan Bloom finds out his Father is dying of cancer it sets him on a journey of self-discovery.
It was never going to be an easy feat to follow up the superb debut that was Garden State, but with Wish I Was Here Zach Braff proves that he’s not a one hit wonder. Braff plays Aidan Bloom, a 35 year old out of work actor who relies on his wife to pay the bills and his father to pay for his children’s tuition. On the surface he’s woefully unlikeable in his selfishness, but he has a charm about him that makes him endearing despite his flaws. Upon finding out that his father »
- Helen Murdoch
She continued to elaborate: "It is not really seeing, it is feeling a spirit. A fifth energy. I believe in energy. I believe our brains can manifest into visual things."
Hudson - engaged to Muse's Matt Bellamy with whom she has a three-year-old son - added that despite this "fifth energy", she isn't afraid of it, and implements ways of keeping it under control.
"When you see something, you are supposed to tell the energy what year it is and that they don't belong there," she said. »
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