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2016 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: James Franco’s In Dubious Battle

3 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The unpredictability with this filmmaker-actor is that he has got plenty of projects stoking the fire and we never know which item might push forth next. Prolific, inexhaustible, enervating and stoic with literature’s greats, James Franco‘s selected career path merits its own NYC course of its own. Franco could probably fit it in his schedule and teach it. After tending to the rabbits on Broadways’ Of Mice and Men, it’s Steinbeck follow in the footsteps of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner as book to film interests. Production began on In Dubious Battle at the beginning of the year. Mostly shot in Atlanta, this amassed a crew of players comprised of Analeigh Tipton, Josh Hutcherson, Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ashley Greene, Nat Wolff, Ed Harris, Duvall, Zach Braff, Austin Stowell, Keegan Allen, Darin Cooper, Ahna O’Reilly, John Savage, Beth Grant, Scott Haze and of course Franco himself. »

- Eric Lavallee

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For the love of birds by Anne-Katrin Titze

23 November 2015 7:38 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Bryan Cranston as Dalton Trumbo with Sam Jackson

Following the Trumbo première attended by Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, Michael Stuhlbarg and Louis C.K., as well as Dalton Trumbo's daughters Niki Trumbo and Mitzi Trumbo, director Jay Roach mapped out for me the links between birds, Edward G. Robinson's art collection, Otto Preminger, Kirk Douglas and Spartacus; USC, Edward Dmytryk and Lee Grant; Roman Holiday, 30 Seconds Over Tokyo and A Guy Named Joe; Kitty Foyle, Ginger Rogers' mother, Hedda Hopper's hats and horse manure; Bertolt Brecht's Hollywood poem and Myrna Loy's radio show.

Trumbo director Jay Roach: "I wanted to buy Bryan Cranston that bird …" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

While Taylor Hackford, Dana Delany, Kathleen Turner, Elle MacPherson, Tony Bennett, Susan Crow, Julie Taymor, Robert Wuhl, Kate Lardner, Ruben Blades, Tim Daly, Trumbo screenwriter John McNamara, producers Michael London, Kevin Kelly Brown, »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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Biopics are Topic du Jour, Acting Frontrunners Play Real-Life Figures

23 November 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar hopefuls boasts the largest roster of biopics in recent memory. From more traditional, straight-forward affairs such as Straight Outta Compton and Black Mass, to films that focus on one particular real-life event such as The Big Short and Spotlight, to less typical takes focused on separate periods in the subjects’ lives such as Steve Jobs and Love & Mercy, this year’s films cover the entire spectrum of the biopic genre.

As a result, many of the frontrunners in the four major acting categories are for performances portraying real-life people. Looking back on the Academy’s history, it is hard to find a year in which an acting award did not go to a performer portraying a real person. Eddie Redmayne, Matthew McConaughey, and Daniel Day-Lewis (the last three best actor winners) all starred in biographical films.

This year the trend looks to continue, »

- Patrick Shanley

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Charles Stone to direct 'Ain’t No Half Steppin'

20 November 2015 2:06 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Broad Green Pictures announced the development on Friday as part if its recently announced production deal with Matt Alvarez.

Stone directed Drumline and will take the helm on the comedy about an ambitious black sorority girl who teaches a dance to a clique of Kardashian-obsessed white girls in order to get into the law school of her dreams.

Chuck Hayward wrote the screenplay and Alvarez produces with Lena Waithe and Benjamin Cory Jones.

“Much like he did with Drumline, Charles does an incredible job of bringing subcultures into the mainstream and we are excited to see him do the same thing with Ain’t No Half Steppin,” said Alvarez.

“I just skimmed the surface of black Greek life in Drumline,” said Stone. “Ain’t No Half Steppin gives me a chance to delve deep into the art of competitive stepping.

“Chuck and the producing team have put together a brilliant, smart comedy »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Ewan McGregor’s Last Days In The Desert Secures May Release; The Infiltrator, Dark Horse Also Nab Dates

20 November 2015 12:44 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Ever since Last Days in the Desert locked down Ewan McGregor for the dual role of Jesus and the Devil, the nascent religious opus went dark. In development at Broad Green Pictures, our first look at McGregor in the star role as the Messiah emerged some time ago, though now that the film has set its sights on a May 13, 2016 release date, we can readily expect the marketing machine to grind into motion.

Written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia, the drama also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer, and will base its story around an imagined depiction of Jesus’ 40 days spent in a self-imposed exile in the desert. Last Days in the Desert wasn’t the only project to have a release date pinned down, however, with Broad Green also confirming launch plans for both The Dark Horse and the Bryan Cranston-led The Infiltrator, aligning the flicks »

- Michael Briers

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Ewan McGregor’s ‘Last Days in the Desert’ Set for May Release

20 November 2015 11:56 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Broad Green has set Rodrigo Garcia’s “Last Days in the Desert,” starring Ewan McGregor in a dual role as Jesus and the Devil, for a May 13 release.

The film also stars Tye Sheridan, Ciaran Hinds and Ayelet Zurer. Producers are Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures and Wicks Walker of Division Films.

Last Days in the Desert” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Jesus in an imagined chapter from his forty days of fasting and praying in the desert, including a battle with the Devil over the fate of an ordinary family in crisis.

The cinematographer is Emmanuel “Chivo” Lubezki, who has won the last two Oscars for best cinematography for “Birdman” and “Gravity.” Garcia worked with Lubezki on “Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her,” which was awarded Un Certain Regard at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

Broad Green announced in September that »

- Dave McNary

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Broad Green Sets 2016 Dates For ‘Infiltrator’, ‘Last Days In The Desert’ & ‘Dark Horse’

20 November 2015 11:43 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Broad Green Pictures has scheduled opening dates for three films: The Infiltrator starring Bryan Cranston, which is going wide on August 31, 2016; Rodrigo Garcia’s Jesus tale Last Days In The Desert starring Ewan McGregor, a limited release on May 13, 2016; and  The Dark Horse starring Cliff Curtis, also limited, on April 1, 2016. Newcomer Broad Green has been busy this fall, releasing 99 Homes and I Smile Back and the docu Song Of Lahore in the awards-season corridor. It… »

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Broad Green Sets Release Dates for Bryan Cranston's 'The Infiltrator,' Ewan McGregor's 'Last Days in the Desert'

20 November 2015 11:31 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Director Brad Furman's "The Infiltrator," starring Bryan Cranston as undercover U.S. Customs agent Robert Mazur, who infiltrated major drug cartels—including Pablo Escobar's—in the 1980s, will hit theaters August 31, 2016. (The film also co-stars Diane KrugerJohn Leguizamo, Benjamin Bratt, Yul Vazquez, and Amy Ryan.) It's one of three titles distributor Broad Green added to its 2016 calendar today.   Read More: "Broad Green Will Turn Bestseller 'Orphan Train' Into Movie" The others are "Last Days in the Desert" (May 13), from "Albert Nobbs" director Rodrigo Garcia, which stars Ewan McGregor as both Jesus and the Devil (yep, you read that right) in a struggle over the fate of an ordinary family; and writer/director James Napier Robertson's "The Dark Horse" (Apr. 1) a biopic of chess champion Genesis Potini.  Read More: "John Ridley to Direct L.A. Riots Film for Broad Green and Imagine, Brian »

- Matt Brennan

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Watch: Joseph Gordon-Levitt Stages A Cool Drum Coup on 'The Late Late Show'

20 November 2015 8:53 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Have you ever thought that you would really love the game musical chairs, if only it were more literal? If so, Thursday's "The Late Late Show with James Corden," which featured the band and the "talent" getting all up in each other's business, is for you. Read More: Watch: The Holidays Get Raunchy In New Red Band Trailer For 'The Night Before' With Seth Rogen, Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Anthony Mackie The action went down after Joseph Gordon-Levitt revealed himself to be a self-taught drummer (because of course he is) leading Corden to swap him out for regular drummer Guillermo Brown. House band leader Reggie Watts then usurped Corden's mantle, helping to interview Brown about his "new movie," which, according to fellow guest Bryan Cranston, is "awesome."  While Brown was getting grilled about his upcoming slate of "four movies," Gordon-Levitt found bliss behind the drums. Just watch his sunshine smile in the video. »

- Karen Brill

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James Corden and Bryan Cranston Channel *Nsync as a "Grown Man Boy Band"

20 November 2015 8:24 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Have you been craving a new boy band in your life, but you also want someone who understands your current needs and passions? Allow me to introduce you to Grown Man Boy Band, the latest group to come out of The Late Late Show With James Corden. The host is joined by Bryan Cranston for some smooth jams that address their current status as adults. Brace yourself for the inevitable chorus involving minivans. Cranston is busy promoting his new film, Trumbo, out in theaters now! »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Watch Bryan Cranston Lead Fake 'Man Band' on 'Late Late Show'

20 November 2015 8:23 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Bryan Cranston appeared on the Late Late Show Thursday night to accompany host James Corden and comedian Reggie Watts on a song called "I Can't Be Your Boy (Cuz I'm a Grown Man)." The trio, decked out in all-white outfits, were billed as the "man band" M3n Not Boyz.

"You [have] your 'NSYNCs, your New Kids, but eventually, boy bands grow up into man bands, with a whole new set of problems and totally different ways to love you," said Corden in his introduction to the segment.

As the trio »

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Watch: Bryan Cranston Sings Sweet, Sultry, Grown Man Love to You on 'Late Late Show'

20 November 2015 7:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: 'Trumbo' Star Bryan Cranston is Still Just Happy to Get Work In the life of all boyz, there comes a day when they look into a mirror and realize that today, they are M3N. James Corden, Bryan Cranston and Reggie Watts shined a light on this epochal moment on Thursday night's "The Late Late Show," performing as "man band" M3n Not Boyz. Retaining the sinuous vocals and decadent dance moves of men of slightly less than their age, M3n Not Boyz performed their chart-topper "I Can't Be Your Boy (Cuz I'm a Grown Man)." The silky song is an ode to all of the cool grown man things a guy can do for his lady, once he realizes that he's the old kid on the block, so it's time to say bye, bye, bye to youth. These grown M3n may not understand Cross Fit or Edm, »

- Karen Brill

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Plants a Wet Kiss on James Corden While Bryan Cranston Gets Caught With a Goat

20 November 2015 7:47 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

James Corden had a wild evening Thursday when his two guests, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bryan Cranston, surprised him with some questionable actions. The Late Late Show host typically welcomes each guest at the start of his program, but neither Gordon-Levitt nor Cranston was prepared. Well, to be fair, the 500 Days of Summer star was ready to take the stage but he expected the British host to stop by his dressing room first. When Jgl opened the door upon hearing his name called, he was ready to go with mistletoe! Apparently he wanted to give the Into the Woods actor a very warm greeting but was saddened to find out Corden was still on stage instead of at his door. But that didn't matter! The Night Before actor »

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Bryan Cranston, James Corden’s Man Boy Band Performs Fake Hit on ‘Late Late Show’ (Video)

20 November 2015 7:37 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bryan Cranston, James Corden, and Reggie Watts united as man boy band M3n Not Boyz on Thursday’s episode of “The Late Late Show.” The trio got the crowd moving with a new single called “I Can’t Be Your Boy (Cuz I’m a Grown Man).” The song extolled all the virtues of making love to a man, like being with someone who doesn’t use ATMs or emojis. Cranston, who stars in the new film “Trumbo,” sang out that he was capable of driving his lady home “in a bad ass snowstorm.” Watts then chimed in that »

- Joe Otterson

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Watch Bryan Cranston Seduce the World With His Faux-hawk and Grown-Man Boy Band

20 November 2015 12:24 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

M3n Not Boyz are here to woo you with their very mature, very non-millennial hardships. "There is so much I still, still don't understand baby," bellows Bryan Cranston, doing a combo of his best Ryan Gosling and Barry White impressions. "What the hell is Edm?" Although this trio stiff-arms and sends up most of the boy-band clichés, they also embrace the kind of gloriously heinous matching dance moves and outfits that make one cross their fingers for more live shows. C'mon, James and Reggie — make it happen. »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Trumbo (2015) – The Review

19 November 2015 6:37 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The newest big screen “golden age of Hollywood” biography represents something of a 2015 trilogy, a hat trick, if you will. It doesn’t focus on the illustrious career of a celebrated actor or actress, but there are some stars involved and in support. No, this is the story of a legendary screenwriter, yes an idea man. The man in question is one Dalton Trumbo, a fellow nearly as theatrical as the thespians reciting his words. Beyond his work, he was perhaps best known as the most famous of the “Hollywood Ten” during the Communist “witch hunts” of the 1950’s. So the “cold war” is the backdrop for this bio, much as it was for Bridge Of Spies, the true life drama, and that frothy spy send-up, The Man From Uncle, both released earlier this year. It’s odd that this is the last film to arrive in theatres, though its events precede the other two. »

- Jim Batts

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‘Trumbo’ looks big but feels small

19 November 2015 4:01 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »


Written by John McNamara

Directed by Jay Roach

USA, 2015

There is much to admire in Trumbo. The new biographical drama about the blacklisted “Hollywood Ten” has the assured direction of Jay Roach, a typically-brilliant performance from Bryan Cranston, and avoids the self-congratulatory smugness that plagues most films about persecuted liberals. It’s bizarre, then, that Trumbo never quite sparks to life. The lack of sanctimony oddly undermines the story’s rabblerousing energy, reducing this wannabe emotional powerhouse to a slick history lesson. Still, it’s a history lesson worth learning, and Cranston is a far more entertaining teacher than anyone you’ll find on campus.

When American screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) refused to testify before Congress about his involvement with the Communist Party, he effectively pulled the plug on his Hollywood career back in 1947. Trumbo, along with his 9 co-defendants (known as the Hollywood Ten), are convicted of contempt, sent to prison, »

- J.R. Kinnard

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Trumbo movie review: liberal Hollywood? ha!

19 November 2015 9:16 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Marvelously balances the silly and the solemn. There’s almost a whiff of the Coen-esque in its slick sharpness, in its whistling past the graveyard. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

For a prestige drama about one of the more shameful periods in American history (there are a lot of those), Trumbo is surprisingly funny. And thank god for that. It feels good to laugh at the idiocy surrounding the Hollywood blacklist of the 1950s, if only so that you don’t have to think too much about how widespread support for the most unAmerican things — all in the name of America, naturally — has been a constant refrain in American public discourse. You have to be a special kind of sheltered not to hear such nonsense demanding to »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Actors Revel in Playing Real Life People in This Year’s Crop of Oscar Hopefuls

19 November 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Biopics have been a staple in global cinema for decades, but have seemingly become more prevalent over the past few years.  In fact, it’s gotten to the point that established actors who haven’t played a real person at some point early in their career are few and far between.  And here’s a news flash: based on this sample, most actors seem to really enjoy it.  Will Smith has already earned two Oscar nominations for his portraits of real people, first with Muhammad Ali in “Ali,” then as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness.” And he’s back in the race this year as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who battled the NFL to expose a football-related brain trauma in “Concussion.”

Another case in point, Kate Winslet. The Oscar winner has portrayed five historical figures to date and could barely contain her enthusiasm describing the research that went into »

- Gregory Ellwood

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James Franco Is Everywhere: New Trailers For '11/22/63,' 'Yosemite,' And 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'

19 November 2015 8:44 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When it comes to James Franco, he doesn't just give you one project at a time, there's usually a handful to choose from. And as per usual, he's got a bunch of stuff on the way, and they've all received trailers of late, so let's jump right in. The actor returns to television in the upcoming "11/22/63," and it comes with the producing powers of J.J. Abrams attached to it. The adaptation of Stephen King's book sets up a simple premise: a man is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. And he's given plenty of time to do it, arriving back in 1958, with five years to sort his plan. Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones and Josh Duhamel co-star in the 8-part series that will launch on Hulu on President's Day. Read More: Brian Cranston And James Franco Team For Comedy 'Why Him?' At the arthouse, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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