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Mindy Kaling and the cast are welcoming Grey's Anatomy and Scandal producer Shonda Rhimes to the Fox comedy, TVLine reports. Rhimes will make her acting debut in a fall episode where she will play herself, though her storyline is still under wraps. We wonder if she'll write it herself!
Photos: The Stand-Out Styles at the Emmy Awards
The site notes that Rhimes is a super-fan of the show and Kaling's comedy.
With the release date fast approaching, The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's follow-up to their directorial debut This Is the End, has launched a viral site for Skylark Tonight, the talk show James Franco's Dave Skylark hosts in the movie. There is quite a lot going on with the site, which definitely builds up the hype for the movie, especially the below video, a fake Skylark Tonight segment made for the recent Vma's. Skylark is definitely one of Franco's best characters to date. Released: 25th December (U.S.)/ 30th January 2015 (Irl/U.K.) »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Sony Pictures has launched an official website for their upcoming Christmas comedy The Interview. The viral site revolves around James Franco as talk show host Dave Skylark, who has been tasked with assassinating a North Korean dictator under the guise of a celebrity interview.
Skylark Tonight (clickHere) is now live and offers an extended red-band version of Dave Skylark's Very Special Vma Special, which aired in the week leading up to the MTV Video Music Awards.When visiting the site, you'll also find red carpet celebrity interviews from Skylark Tonight intern Joe Mandel. There are also character bios for Dave and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), and blog entries from the Producer's Desk, which includes a Q&A mail bag.
Take a look at some of the videos available on Skylark Tonight:
Dave Skylark, who hails from Dallas, TX, knew from an early age that he wanted two things: »
Keith Stanfield (Selma, Short Term 12) will play a young Snoop Dogg in Universal’s Straight Outta Compton, which tells the rise and fall of legendary rap group N.W.A. The film, directed by F. Gary Gray, also stars O’Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube), Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-e), Aldis Hodge (Mc Ren), and Neil Brown Jr. (DJ Yella) as N.W.A. members; Paul Giamatti will co-star as Jerry Heller, manager to the group. Stanfield will play rising rap star, Calvin Broadus Jr. (a.k.a. young Snoop), who will cross paths with N.W.A. The film also stars Sheldon A. Smith »
- C. Molly Smith
Although The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg's second project as a writing and directing team, won't hit theaters until December 25, the film's viral marketing is in full swing. Earlier this month, James Franco hosted a faux Vma special in-character as entertainment reporter Dave Skylark. Now, Skylark is back with an interactive website that you check out here or by clicking on the banner image above. »
Hosting a major awards show is a thankless task. Just ask David Letterman and Seth MacFarlane. (Don’t even bother asking James Franco.) Seth Meyers, who won almost unanimous praise for hosting the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in 2011, received mixed reviews in his first stint as Emmy host Monday night, with his hometown tabloid detractors pointing to a perception of passiveness that yielded the stage to other, more dynamic performers. But perhaps he should be commended for sharing the spotlight so generously, letting others shine, and keeping the three-hour show moving. Nothing wrong with getting by with a little help from one’s friends, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »
- Lane Scarberry
“Kill Bill” star Daryl Hannah has joined the cast of Justin Kelly's indie drama “Michael,” which stars James Franco as an anti-gay pastor who used to be gay himself, TheWrap has learned. Kelly is directing from a script he co-wrote with Stacey Miller, based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend.” Story follows Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist from Wyoming who renounced his homosexuality after enduring years of abuse and became a conservative Christian minister. Also read: Naveen Andrews, Daryl Hannah Among 14 Cast Members Revealed for Netflix's ‘Sense8' Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts co-star in the film alongside. »
- Jeff Sneider
Last week on VH1 was all about the unexpected. We covered male celebrities who look way better in make up than women, Chris Pratt when we was homeless in Hawaii, the return of the tacky celebrity cornrow trend and more.
James Franco is one of the many male celebrities who went bleach blonde and really shouldn’t have. [VH1] Chris Pratt shared an adorable photo of his younger self posing in front of the Scooby Doo van he used to live out of in Hawaii before he hit Hollywood. [VH1] View Photo Gallery Don’t panic but Jared Leto rocks a bold red lip better than you. [VH1] Cornrows aren’t for everyone but this trend has been sweeping the summer once again. [VH1] Remember when ‘N Sync made a cameo on The Simpsons? [VH1]
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- Diane Cho
James Franco fired back at a Gawker writer who complained about being blacklisted from the premiere party for the actor-director's new documentary, “Kink.” “Aww, did Gawker get disinvited to the ‘Kink’ party?” Franco joked Friday in an Instagram caption that ran alongside a screenshot of the offending Gawker article authored by Rich Juzwiak. Also read: Gawker Addresses Jezebel's Rape Gif Issue Juzwiak's article, headlined “The Time We Got Disinvited from James Franco‘s Party,” was a frustrated account about being jerked around by Franco's representatives. Franco isn't buying it. “Rich, nothing against you. I didn't even know we were supposed to talk, »
- Travis Reilly
Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to the late Robin Williams, with whom she co-starred in one of the comedian and actor’s final films.
Melissa Leo, who won an Oscar for her role in The Fighter, has spoken about Robin Williams calling the late comedian and actor “a very, very special human being and a very, very fine and hardworking actor.”
Leo starred in one of Williams’ final films, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.
Speaking to ScreenDaily at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where she is on the competition jury, Leo said: “He’s a magical man… It’s a great loss for all of us.”
The actress also recalled their connection over TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, in which Leo starred in nearly 80 episodes and Williams once guest starred in 1994.
“As we were working, I must’ve mentioned to Robin that I was going to work with Jake Gyllenhaal [on Prisoners] and Robin remembered that Jake was his »
James Franco should be sleepy. It's after midnight, and he's just wrapped a long shoot on the indie Michael, where he stars as an ex-gay activist struggling with his sexuality. Most actors would spend their twilight hours heading to bed or studying the next day's script pages, but the idea of rest is almost anathema to a compulsive multitasker like Franco, who's instead taken that free time to call up Vulture to discuss pornography — specifically, the sadomasochistic kind.Franco's latest project, Kink, is steeped in the subject: Directed by Christina Voros, a cinematographer who's shot many of Franco's low-budget indies, the movie is a behind-the-scenes look at Kink.com, a porn website that specializes in rough trade. In front of the camera, performers are flogged, punched, and humiliated, but Voros's camera captures the easygoing creative meetings where those scenes are concocted and the mundane reality of the directors negotiating with »
- Kyle Buchanan
Out this weekend in New York City, Kink seeks to tell the behind-the-scenes story of Kink.com, a successful fetish website that trades in pornography where people let themselves go by being tied up. If the little hairs are starting to stand up, just wait until you get a load of a trailer filled with super sexy talking heads speaking with dry maturity about orgasmic necessities and liking what they do. Also, there’s going to be a lot of moaning. They really, really like what they do. The film comes from director Christina Voros, who has done a large amount of camera and cinematography work in only a little under a decade. She’s now a go-to Dp for James Franco’s projects (As I Lay Dying, Child of God, Maladies), and he’s also a producer on her sexploratory project here. Check out the trailer for yourself, and make sure your office door is closed »
- Scott Beggs
A new trailer for the James Franco-produced documentary “Kink” gives viewers a glimpse into the world of pleasurable pain that Kink.com produces for fans of Bdsm content. The preview (above) teases a lot of nudity accompanied by whips, chains and leather as director Christina Voros takes viewers behind-the-scenes of the web's largest producer of pornography tilted toward those who get off on bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism. See video: James Franco's Genius Movie Brain Is Tested in Jimmy Fallon's 5 Second Challenge Perhaps surprising to some, everyone working on set seems pretty nice and friendly — even as »
- Greg Gilman
Former indie auteur David Gordon Green‘s jump to the big time started off with such promise. Let’s take a little time travel trip! 2008′s Pineapple Express caught Seth Rogen and James Franco just as the weirdo lovefest that is their comedic team-up was really taking off (with Freaks & Geeks behind them and The Interview way out in the future, it was kind of the perfect opportunity to see what these two could do — which is be weird and lovable and funny with the best of them). The follow-up wasn’t quite as glorious, as 2011 marked a low point in Green’s humorous output (this is a sentiment expressed with admiration and respect, as my Dgg fandom has been well-documented in this space), with both Your Highness and The Sitter performing poorly in the domestic market and, uh, also just not being very good. Things have been looking up, however »
- Kate Erbland
The 66th Annual Emmy Awards are almost here and, well, we're sort of excited about it. Granted, it's going to be a total flip from the MTV Video Music Awards the night before, but with Seth Meyers as host there is the slight chance it may surprise us. This one could feature a pleasant surprise or two. Wait, we just realized notoriously terrible Oscars co-producer Don Mischer (the Anne Hathaway/James Franco year in case you blocked it from your mind) is executive producing again. Perhaps we should be more reserved in our hopes for something special? Yes, we probably should. In any event, we know the Emmys can't screw up celebrating "Breaking Bad" for a final time (hopefully with an Outstanding Drama Series win), potentially crowning "Orange Is The New Black" as the new King, er, Queen of Comedies and, sadly, saying goodbye to Robin Williams. That being said, »
- Gregory Ellwood, Louis Virtel
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Oct. 28, 2014
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Well Go USA
Scott Haze (As I Lay Dying) stars as Appalachian man Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man – one the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself.” Deprived first of his family and then his home, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into a disturbing life of crime and degradation.
Also starring Tim Blake Nelson (Lincoln), Franco’s screen adaptation of McCarthy’s highly regarded novel (Franco also co-wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette) received mixed reviews from the press upon its limited release to U.S. theaters in earlier this month. But it’s worth noting that »
As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »
- Catherine Bray
There is one place where MTV still delivers music: Vma parties around Los Angeles this weekend. The Vma show itself airs Sunday night from the newly reopened Forum. It cleaves Emmys weekend and occupies what would have originally been the night of the 66th Annual Primetime Emmys. Also read: James Franco Enrages Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj in ‘Interview’ Vma Special (Video) Instead, Sunday night social media will wait for this year's Miley Cyrus-Robin Thicke or Taylor Swift-Kanye West moment as Beyonce, Maroon 5, Iggy Azalea, Usher, and Ariana Grande give MTV its one meaningful night of the year. »
- Mikey Glazer
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Drag has taken over pop culture. Just look at Derek J. and Miss Lawrence’s lipstick-laced chitchats on Bravo’s Fashion Queens. Or the extravaganza that is Logo’s Rupaul’s Drag Race. But men dressing like ladies — rocking makeup, specifically — has been around since the dawn of man. As women, we’re cool with it, until the men start looking hotter than we do. No fair!
Terry Richardson‘s portrait of James Franco (complete with powder blue eyeshadow and electric pink lips) was so glamorous, we seethed with envy. And what about Neil Patrick Harris, doused in glitter and gloss in Broadway’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch? So good. Excuse us while we race for Sephora’s club kid section.
Leto’s Oscar-winning performance in »
- Tia Williams
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