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"Robert Pattinson is attached to play the lead role in Claire Denis’s upcoming English-language sci-fi film, written with British writer Zadie Smith," reports Screen's Andreas Wiseman. More projects in the works: Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer are writing a comedy together. John C. Reilly will star in Jacques Audiard's English-language debut. Barry Jenkins is working on his first feature since Medicine for Melancholy (2008). Plus Mia Hansen-Løve's The Future with Isabelle Huppert, Robert De Niro as Bernie Madoff, Bryan Cranston teams with James Franco and more. » - David Hudson »
Look, if you haven’t watched the final episode of Breaking Bad and still plan to do so, click away now. Seriously. This is the ultimate spoiler. Still here? Ok, then check out the Mythbusters guys as they built and use the trunk machine gun Bryan Cranston’s Walter White deployed on those unsuspecting neo-Nazi turds in the final minutes of the Emmy-winning AMC drama. After Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman re-create that grim rotating M60 — complete with box end wrenches… »
Having wowed the world as Walter White in Breaking Bad, we.re still really waiting for Bryan Cranston to have a proper whack at becoming a big-screen presence. But with Trumbo on the horizon, as well as a plethora supporting roles, Cranston looks as though he.s going to be constantly popping up in movies over the next few years. In fact, he.s now even signed up to star in a mainstream comedy alongside James Franco. According to Variety, Bryan Cranston and James Franco have agreed to star in Why Him? for 21 Laps and 20th Century Fox, and the studios have expectations that it could turn into a holiday classic. Set over the festive period, Why Him? will star Cranston as a Midwestern father who travels alongside his family to visit his daughter at college. However, when he arrives, he suddenly finds himself vying for her affections and attention »
Oh, so it’s really the “Mythbusters” team who are the ones who knock?
With all the loose ends tied up in the “Breaking Bad” finale, which aired in 2013 on AMC, there are some things in particular that fans still want to know: Would it really have been possible for Bryan Cranston’s anti-hero, Walter White, to build his ammo-filled booby trap? And would that mechanical version of “Scarface’s” “little friend” scene have actually taken town the hive of skinheads, like the show suggested?
Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, who host Discovery’s “Mythbusters,” recently went on the case to test both questions. “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan, ever the good sport about these things, even came along for the ride.
The results? Better than they were during “Mythbuster’s” “Breaking Bad” special in 2013, which debunked the effects of both hydrofluoric acid in a bathtub and of solid mercury fulminate thrown to the ground. »
- Whitney Friedlander
You remember the Breaking Bad finale and how absurd some of it was—and we mean absurd in the best ways possible. Well, MythBusters is back to drop some science on us about whether Walter White (Bryan Cranston) could've really done that whole trunk/gun deal. If you haven't seen the finale yet, why not? Oh, and stop reading. In the finale, Walter rigged a machine gun to pop out of his trunk and he saved Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) from captivity. It was a happy ending with lots of dead bodies...Jesse got away and Walter died. Ok, maybe it wasn't very happy. But there was a lot of science involved. Was it real science? Let Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman show you. The two assembled everything Walter had in »
Variety is reporting that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to join James Franco in the upcoming comedy Why Him?, which is being directed by John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, I Love You, Man) from a script by Ian Helfer (Meet the Parents, Zoolander).
According to EW, Why Him? follows “a Midwestern dad and his family as they travel to see their daughter at college over the holidays. When they arrive, the family learns their little girl has a new wealthy tech industry boyfriend, who the father must now compete with for her affection.”
Why Him? is set to start production in February and is expected to arrive some time next year.
- Gary Collinson
Maria Bello is set to star in David E. Kelley’s Amazon drama series ‘Trial.’ The “Prime Suspect” actress will star opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the legal drama co-written by “The Practice” creator and his partner Jonathan Shapiro. “Trial” follows Thornton as Billy McBride, a washed-up lawyer whose professional life is turned upside down when a young lawyer who has just been fired from his old firm brings him a wrongful death case that pits him against the head of his former firm. Also read: Bryan Cranston Wants His Money Back in Amazon's 'Sneaky Pete' Trailer (Video »
- Reid Nakamura
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Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
20th Century Fox has announced that Bryan Cranston and James Franco will star in the "Why Him" comedy, which will be directed by John Hamburg (I Love You Man) from a script co-written by Ian Helfer (The Oranges). The film takes place over the holidays as a Midwestern dad (Cranston) travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a bitter rivalry for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in February. »
Australian actor Luke Bracey ("Point Break") will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in the cast of Mel Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge". Filming begins in Australia next month with Gibson helming from a script by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace.
Garfield play Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Bracey will portray Smitty, the main villain and one of the leaders of Doss' platoon. [Source: Variety]
Australian actor Anthony Hayes has joined the cast of David Michod's "War Machine" film for Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B productions. Filming begins this Fall and Netflix will open the film in select theaters next year as well as stream the film on its online service.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose track record »
- Garth Franklin
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
Bryan Cranston has just worked with James Franco on one of the latter’s recent directorial outings, In Dubious Battle, which he’s putting through post-production now. They’re set to team up again, this time both just as actors for the new comedy Why Him?John Hamburg, who appears to be channelling his own work on the Meet The Parents films (and a little pinch of TV’s Cuckoo) has cooked up the idea, which finds a Midwestern father taking his family to visit his daughter, who is attending Stanford. But the Christmastime trip is soured somewhat when he meets her boyfriend, an ambitious Internet billionaire (think Sean Parker more than Mark Zuckerberg), played by Franco and immediately takes a disliking to him. Thus kicks off a battle for his daughter’s attention as the dad tries to compete with this charismatic new rival. Hamburg co-wrote the script with »
The One Who Knocks and the One Who Plays Britney Spears on Piano are about to face off onscreen: Brian Cranston and James Franco will star in John Hamburg’s comedy Why Him? “The comedy is set over the holidays, when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.” It sounds like Meet the Parents, but with the cantankerous ex-cia father replaced by Bryan Cranston (we're assuming Cranston will play the father and Franco the brash boyfriend, though how great would it be if they reversed it?). Cranston also has a smaller role in Franco’s upcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel In Dubious Battle, which depicts a worker who organizers a major strike by fruit pickers. The film wrapped up production earlier this year. A release »
- Greg Cwik
While we can't say we're surprised by anything James Franco does at this point, Bryan Cranston is another matter. He still seems to be choose his roles with care and so it's a bit surprising to see him team up for what Franco for what sounds like a pretty broad comedy, but then again, this is the guy who spent years doing "Malcolm In The Middle." Read More: Bryan Cranston Says The Fate Of His Character In 'Godzilla' "Was A Mistake" Variety reports that the duo will appear in "Why Him?" John Hamburg ("Along Came Polly," "I Love You, Man") will direct the movie and is co-writing a new draft of the original script by Nicholas Stoller ("Get Him To The Greek," "The Five-Year Engagement") about a Dad who winds up in a feud for his daughter's heart with her tech billionaire boyfriend. So I presume lots of old vs. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Too busy cooking meth and being a criminal legend to be a father in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston’s taking a more involved approach to parenthood in Fox comedy Why Him? Indeed, the title is an apt question to ask in conjunction with Cranston boarding the film, especially as his forthcoming slate of movies veer closer to prestige pics than lightweight mainstream comedies. And make no mistake: this latest one bears all the hallmarks of seasonal family fluff.
Except its director and writer team don’t do fluff. John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is attached to direct and co-write the script with Ian Helfer (The Oranges), which takes place over the holiday season “when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.”
Cranston is attached as the father, »
- Gem Seddon
Though last year’s two biggest stars, Robert Downey, Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch, are nowhere to be found on the official, confirmed list of stars attending this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, you can’t say that Toronto will be left wanting in terms of star power.
Johnny Depp, Joel Edgerton, and Kevin Bacon will be in town promoting their Boston-set crime flick, Black Mass, in co-star Cumberbatch’s absence. Also, though Iron Man won’t make it up north for the Festival, Marvel’s Kate Mara (Fantastic Four) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America) will be backing up Jessica Chastain, Matt Damon, and Chiwetel Ejiofor on the red carpet for this year’s undisputed big ticket, The Martian. Jake Gyllenhaal will also be on-hand in support of Tiff's opening film, Demolition.
There is also a large contingent of Hollywood legends also heading to Toronto this year, including Michael Caine, »
- Sasha James
Bryan Cranston will star alongside James Franco in the 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps comedy “Why Him?” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. The film follows a Midwestern dad (Cranston) who travels to visit his daughter at college, only to find himself in conflict with her tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). John Hamburg is directing in addition to co-writing the script with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing under his 21 Laps banner, while Ben Stiller is also attached as a producer through Red Hour Films. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Plays Blacklisted Screenwriter in 'Trumbo' First Trailer Cranston and Franco are. »
- Joe Otterson
Bryan Cranston has been set to star opposite James Franco in Why Him, the 20th Century Fox comedy to be directed and co-written by Meet The Parents and Zoolander scribe John Hamburg. Hamburg previously directed I Love You Man and Along Came Polly. He co-wrote this one with Ian Helfer. The logline: Over the holidays, a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her new, brash tech… »
John Hamburg is on board to direct, and will co-write the script with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing under his 21 Laps banner, with Ben Stiller also attached to produce through his Red Hour Films shingle.
The comedy is set over the holidays, when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.
Franco and Cranston are already building chemistry on Franco’s next directing gig “In Dubious Battle,” in which he’ll star alongside Cranston.
Cranston’s “Trumbo” hits theaters on Nov. 6 following its September premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
He is also lending his voice to DreamWorks Animation »
- Variety Staff
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