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"Now I have a chance to fight for something." Ambi Group has debuted the first official trailer for James Franco's adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel In Dubious Battle, about a group of workers on apple farms in the 1930s who rise up and strike against the landowners. James Franco directs and stars in the film, yet another Franco adaptation, along with Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan, a young recruit who joins the activist and helps organize the strike. The impressive ensemble cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff. This actually looks pretty damn inspiring, I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Check it. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for James Franco's In Dubious Battle, originally from Deadline: In the 1930s in California's apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. »
- Alex Billington
If you’ve seen James Franco’s take on Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God and/or William Faulkner’s “The Sound and the Fury,” you’ll surely have a strong opinion about the prospect of his next literary adaptation: John Steinbeck’s “In Dubious Battle.” Ahead of its Venice premiere next weekend, the film has just debuted its first trailer courtesy of Deadline.
Part of the Dustbowl Trilogy along with “Of Mice and Men” and “The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck’s novel was first published in 1936; the plot concerns a California labor dispute during the Great Depression. Franco also stars in the film, which boasts an ensemble cast including Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff. »
- Michael Nordine
Neil Burger has been hired to direct The Weinstein Company’s remake of The Intouchables, starring Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Burger directed the 2006 Edward Norton film The Illusionist, as well as Limitless starring Bradley Cooper, and the Ya adaptation of Divergent. More details on the Intouchables remake, after the jump. Jacob Hall’s original story […]
- Peter Sciretta
The Weinstein Company has been trying to develop a remake of French language hit film The Intouchables for a number of years, and has cycled through many combinations of stars and directors. The project looks set to go now, however, with final deals apparently in place for lead actors Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, and director Neil Burger (Divergent).
The adapted script comes from Jon Hartmere (The Electric Company), and reportedly provides a new spin on the original material that was written by French filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. It is not clear how this Hollywood update will depart from the original, but the plot of that 2011 film sees a wealthy man hire a less wealthy man as his caretaker after he is paralysed in a devastating hang-gliding mishap.
While the continued determination of Hollywood to remake any successful film made overseas is somewhat disappointing and tedious, the union »
- Sarah Myles
TWC plans to start showing in January. Hart and Cranston, who have not worked together before, came on board the project in March.
The original French movie starred Francois Cluzet and Omar Sy in the story of the friendship that develops between a quadriplegic millionaire and his caregiver. “Intouchables” grossed close to $430 million worldwide in 2011 and TWC picked up remake rights that year as part of a deal to release the original domestically.
Burger has been writing the script for Universal’s “Bride of Frankenstein” remake. He’s repped by CAA. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood. »
- Dave McNary
Exclusive: The Weinstein Company has set a January 15 start date for its remake of the French smash hit The Intouchables, after the movie came together quickly with Neil Burger to direct Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the lead roles. The script, a fresh take on the original concept, came in strong from Jon Hartmere, and the past week saw an array of meetings to lock it down between TWC’s Harvey Weinstein and David Glasser with Burger, and Cranston and Hart, the latter… »
“This is kind of special,” admits “All the Way” screenwriter and executive producer Robert Schenkkan as we chat via webcam (watch above) about the telefilm’s eight Emmy nominations, including Best TV Movie. He adapted his 2014 Tony-winning play about President Lyndon B. Johnson’s (Bryan Cranston) struggle to pass the Civil Rights Act during his first year in office. Cranston, who […] »
- Zach Laws
Edinburgh, Scotland — “Outlander” showrunner Ronald D. Moore told an audience at the Edinburgh Intl. Television Festival on Thursday that in Season 3 the show would start in Scotland but would then be making a sea voyage in the 18th century.
“There’s an extended journey across the Atlantic and then the story eventually goes to Jamaica, the Caribbean and ending up in the New World,” he said. “Season 3 will be as different to Season 2 as Season 2 was to Season 1.”
These dramatic shifts threw up challenges for Moore, who said: “It’s exciting creatively; it’s very hard in terms of the production… You are doing a whole new series with every season. So that’s very difficult. Scouting new locations, building new sets, bringing in new cast members, new costumes, different eras. It increases the expense, it increases the time necessary to prep everything, to shoot everything… So it makes it more difficult and it also takes more »
- Leo Barraclough
Franco and partner Vince Jolivette are producing through their Rabbit Bandini Productions, which recently obtained the movie rights in a deal put in place by Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group on behalf of Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates. The company has tapped screenwriters for each project.
“We plan on shooting all three of them in the next one to three years,” Jolivette told Variety. “There are no plans at this point for James to act or direct, just for us to produce. We feel the material is rich enough to attract A-level talent.”
- Dave McNary
Back at the end of July, Web star Charlene deGuzman launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund her first feature film, “Unlovable.” With the help of Mark Duplass, who assisted by developing the story about a woman’s struggle with sex and love addiction, deGuzman’s project has raised over $48,600 of its $50,000 goal.
Leo will be playing Joy’s (deGuzman’s) sponsor, Maddie, a “strong, grounded, powerful woman that Joy meets at a 12-step meeting for sex and love addiction.”
“Unlovable” follows a Joy, who experiences true intimacy through playing music with a reclusive man. The story is based on deGuzman’s own experience with love and sex addiction, »
- Liz Calvario
When Variety asked if she was still in pursuit of the Egot (an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony win), Tomlin said, “I think it should be a Pegot because I have two Peabodys and I’d be that much closer. The Oscar is elusive.” As for her “Grace and Frankie” nomination, Tomlin reflected, “Those of us who are older, we’re so grateful to have a job. We love our company. We have fun.”
Sterling K. Brown, meanwhile, is still adjusting to life as an Emmy nominee for “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” “It feels good. I’m a fan first and foremost. There are a lot of people I’m looking forward to meeting: Bryan Cranston. I’ll probably geek out a little bit when I meet him. It »
- Diane Gordon
Gabriel Hammond was frustrated.
After “The Infiltrator” — a thriller about an agent trying to bring down drug kingpin Pablo Escobar — collapsed at the box office, Hammond assembled the staff of his Broad Green Pictures in the sleek corporate headquarters he’d spared no expense outfitting. The gleaming offices in the heart of Hollywood, which include a commissary and screening room, have inspired envy and gossip among the chattering classes, who say that Hammond and his brother, Daniel, are profligate moviemakers in danger of losing their shirts.
But Hammond’s message that day in July was different. There was no reason “The Infiltrator” shouldn’t have connected with consumers, he said. After all, it featured Bryan Cranston in a showy role, and had arrived with critical raves. But after Broad Green had spent $20 million to buy, market, and distribute “The Infiltrator,” the film netted only $15.1 million at the box office.
- Brent Lang
With nearly thirty years in the business, actress Margo Martindale has managed to turn a seemingly ordinary career as a character actor into an extraordinary career that’s garnered her two Emmys and two Critics Choice TV Awards.
In John Krasinski’s new comedy The Hollars, Martindale plays his mother Sally, who gets her son to return home from New York after she’s diagnosed with a brain tumor. It’s a lovely movie mainly for the significance of Martindale’s role in it and the great scenes she has with Krasinski (who also directed the film).
Even with her regular film credits, Martindale has been a TV mainstay in recent years from appearing on CBS’ The Good Wife and the short-lived sitcom The Millers, to a recurring role on FX’s The Americans. Her latest project is the Amazon Studios show Sneaky Pete with Bryan Cranston and Giovanni Ribisi, »
- Edward Douglas
“The Infiltrator,” which will be released in France by Arp Selection, turns on the true story of a U.S. customs official who infiltrated the drug trafficking network of Pablo Escobar.
“The Infiltrator” will have its French premiere at the festival, along with David McKenzie’s “Hell or High Water,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” John Michael McDonagh’s “War on Everyone” and Todd Phillips’s “War Dogs” with Jonah Hill and Bradley Cooper.
Michael Moore will be honored at the festival, along with James Franco and Stanley Tucci. The homage to Moore, which underscores the festival’s willingness to have a greater political undertone than in previous years, will be followed by the French premiere of “Where to Invade Next.”
Spanning 14 films, the competition includes »
- Elsa Keslassy
Crackle, Sony's streaming network, today announced that Rupert Grint, most known for his role as Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter film franchise, will star in the network's new scripted drama series, Snatch, based on the wildly popular movie of the same name. Grint, who most recently was seen on Broadway opposite Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane in "It's Only a Play," will play the dynamic, frustratingly chaotic and utterly posh, Charlie Cavendish, and will also serve as an executive producer. Additional cast includes Dougray Scott (Fear The Walking Dead, Doctor Who) as Vic Hill, and Ed Westwick (Wicked City, Gossip Girl) who will guest star as Sonny Castillo.
Nick Renton (The Musketeers, Jericho) has signed on to direct the series which begins production next week in Manchester, England. As previously announced at this year's Upfront presentation, Crackle will carry the spirit of the setting in the original feature film, »
Last month, Lionsgate's Power Rangers had an interesting presence at Comic-Con, with the main cast members doing press for the movie in San Diego, and Lionsgate showcasing the helmets and power coins, although no footage was revealed. It still isn't known when we'll see the first trailer for this highly-anticipated action-adventure, hitting theaters March 24, 2017, but today we have new details from director Dean Israelite. The filmmaker, who made his directing debut with last year's Project Almanac, revealed that he had just has many questions about the property as the fans did when this project was announced.
While Lionsgate still hasn't released any official plot details yet, there have been plenty of rumors swirling around this project. Early rumors claimed that the story starts 65 million years ago, with the Power Rangers of that era battling Rita Repulsa, who was sent through a black hole, only to return in present day. Those details haven't been confirmed yet, »
During Final Round voting, as TV Academy members cast their ballots for this year’s Primetime Emmy winners, Pete Hammond takes a closer look at the nominees in key categories. Now that Jon Hamm and Bryan Cranston are out of the way, and the AMC dominant shows Mad Men and Breaking Bad are off the air, the Lead Actor in a Drama Series race is a wide open affair with no obvious favorite. This could finally be the year two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey finally grabs the gold… »
Every actor has to start somewhere! Before winning Emmys for his work on “Breaking Bad” or a Tony for playing President of the United States Lyndon B. Johnson in “All the Way,” and even before he starred on “Malcolm in the Middle,” Bryan Cranston was dressing up in a skunk costume for a 1987 soap commercial. He’s a stinky skunk named Harry before his wife hands him a bar of Shield. Cranston’s reaction to seeing himself in the mirror alone makes this worth the watch! Read: “12 Sitcom Actors Who’ve Transitioned to Drama” Recently Cranston played Lbj for the TV movie adaptation of “All the Way,” which premiered on HBO in May, and was nominated for eight Emmys. He’ll next be playing the role of the villainous Zordon in the upcoming “Power Rangers” big-screen reboot. See the beginning of a great acting career below! Looking to jump start your career? »
As the great Ed Harris once said, “You gotta take a side.” And this year, you’ve got to choose between “The People v. O.J. Simpson” and “Fargo.” Sure, “The Night Manager” was a solid throwback thriller and “Roots” justified its reimagining with one helluva run (while “American Crime” remains a dangerously misguided acting exercise), but these two standout entries would be easy choices if they weren’t competing against each other. Noah Hawley’s second season was even bolder than his first, but we’ve got to stick with our TCA pals and back “The People.” Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski’s anthology did what many deemed impossible by making O.J. relevant again, and the craft applied to »
- Ben Travers
Jay Roach may be known for blockbuster comedies such as “Meet the Parents” and the “Austin Powers” franchise, but he also makes an immense impact during TV’s annual awards season. He already has two Emmys for directing HBO political dramas “Recount” (in 2008) and “Game Change” (in 2012) and another pair for producing the telepic champs. It’s another election year, and Roach is once again on the ballot for directing a HBO political drama: the Lbj biopic “All the Way.” Arya Roshanian
What stands out about that first Emmy win?
I remember being unbelievably nervous. I’m always a little panicky when it comes to public speaking. But what I remember most is that Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart were the presenters, and made a joke about eating prunes and it made me laugh so hard. They’re two of my biggest heroes, I didn’t believe it. I also remember that I wanted to make sure »
- Arya Roshanian
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