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Exactly How Did James Franco Get Involved with Hulu's 11.22.63?

1 hour ago | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

James Franco really, really wanted to adapt Stephen King's 11.22.63 himself—but found out when he asked the famous author about getting the rights to the project that it had already been snapped up by a producer you might've heard of—J.J. Abrams. Bummer, right? But it all worked out Ok for the star of Hulu's new limited series, which follows a man who travels back in time and tries to stop the assassination of JFK. After writing a review of the book for Vice, Abrams approached Franco to star in the project. His one caveat? He wanted to direct an episode as well. And the rest, as they say, is history. "I was actually preparing for my orals for my PhD, and so I had to read 150 books and a »

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Review: James Franco shines in Hulu's uneven time travel miniseries '11.22.63'

4 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Stephen King's always been open about his improvisational writing style, and the way he lets his stories tell him where they need to go. Even if he never said a word about his process, though, longtime King readers could probably tell, not just because his endings tend to feel rougher than his beginnings, but because sometimes his stories will take unusual detours as King becomes fascinated by a plot device he obviously didn't expect to find so interesting when he started. Case in point: 11/22/63, his 2011 thriller about Jake Epping, a Maine schoolteacher who goes back in time to try to prevent the JFK assassination. Because the time travel method (a portal in the back of his favorite local diner) deposits him in the past years ahead of schedule, Jake has to fill his days when he's not shadowing Lee Harvey Oswald to confirm that he was acting alone on that fateful day. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What Movies Does James Franco Regret Doing?

12 hours ago | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Regret and mystery are two things that Hollywood are full of, and a lot of times you'll find the two factors intertwined like lovers in a passionate embrace. James Franco knows this, because he's taken both and woven them into a bit of a puzzle relating to some films he doesn't exactly see eye to eye with. While promoting his role in the limited series 11/22/63, James Franco chatted with The Hollywood Reporter about how he fell in love with the time travel thriller, as well as if he'd use the legendary plot device to change anything about his own life. It was with that challenge that he laid down the following vague statement about his earlier film career: When I was younger, I did a series of movies that I really didn.t like. I worked really hard on them, but they weren.t movies that I cared about. And »

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‘11.22.63’ Review: Hulu’s James Franco JFK Series Full Of Time-Travel Twists

20 hours ago | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Time travel is one of the great devices of modern TV and film, but rarely do the consequences fully come into focus as would-be superheroes, Gallifreyians and others are employed to tweak the span of history. Debuting on February 15 on Hulu with a new episode every Monday, 11.22.63 is all about truth and consequences. The James Franco-starrer about a back-to-the-future attempt to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy is also full of more twists than you'd expect and… »

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Watch time-warping opening credits for J.J. Abrams’ ‘11.22.63’

11 February 2016 10:04 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Time travel mini-series 11.22.63 doesn’t debut until next week, but you can watch the opening credits to the series now. Stephen King — who wrote 11/22/63, the novel on which the show is based — unveiled the titles sequence on his Facebook account today. The J.J. Abrams-produced series that has James Franco traveling back in time in attempts to save John F. Kennedy has an opening credits sequence with images evoking the infamous day of JFK’s assassination — the Lincoln Continental limo, the Texas School Book Depository, the rifle used to make the fatal shot — and key elements of King’s book, like Al’s Diner and the tapes Jake Epping uses to spy on Lee Harvey Oswald. It’s all connected with the classic determined detective red string — the truth of Kennedy’s assassination is a mystery to solve. Below, watch the opening titles, which features music written by Abrams (he »

- Emily Rome

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Danny McBride Suits Up For 'Alien: Covenant'

11 February 2016 6:27 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There comes a time when every comic actor gives a turn toward fulfilling their cinephile side (see Jonah Hill, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Steve Carell etc.), and that's no different for Danny McBride. His first credited role was actually in his pal David Gordon Green's "All The Real Girls," and last year he crossed Cameron Crowe off the list with the misfire "Aloha." But now he's making the biggest movie of his career, with one of Hollywood's most legendary figures. Read More: 'Alien: Covenant' Will Be Set Ten Years After 'Prometheus' The Wrap reports that McBride is in early talks for Ridley Scott's "Alien: Covenant." He'll be joining Michael Fassbender and Katherine Waterston in the new movie that follows the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, who discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Ambi Group, Barajoun strike animation partnership

10 February 2016 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Ambi Distribution commences talks at Efm this week on the animation Bilal from Barajoun Entertainment, the Dubai-based animation and effects house with whom Ambi Group has unveiled a five-film partnership.

The deal between Ambi Group co-founders Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi and Barajoun Entertainment owner Ayman Jamal will see the parties co-finance and co-produce family-centric CGI animated films budgeted in the $50m range.

Barajoun’s studios and Ambi’s Aic Studios in Toronto will co-develop and produce the content, and will additionally explore live-action features based on popular IP. Ambi Distribution will oversee worldwide distribution on the slate.

Bilal, which is not part of the upcoming five films, is inspired by a true story of an African Hero who braved oppression and ultimately became a leader of his time. Ayman Jamal and Khurram H. Alavi directed and the voice cast includes Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ian McShane.

Ambi has scaled up its animation operations over the last year »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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James Franco Launches Nonprofit Film Studio With Art of Elysium Charity (Exclusive)

10 February 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

One of Hollywood’s enduring mysteries is how James Franco does it all — acting, directing, writing books, teaching university classes, pursuing multiple post-graduate degrees and, occasionally, (rumor has it) sleeping.

Now the multihyphenate star of “Milk” and “127 Hours” has another new venture, a nonprofit film studio that he says combines many of his passions — making films, teaching student filmmakers and benefiting his favorite charity.

Elysium Bandini Studios brings together the Art of Elysium charity with Franco’s Rabbit Bandini production banner to support the film projects of students and professionals, with any proceeds going entirely to Art of Elysium. The 19-year-old charity brings actors and other artists into contact with people in need — from hospitalized children, to the elderly and homeless to, soon, veterans and prisoners. As many as 4,000 artists work with needy clients on projects ranging from essays to poetry to plays, films and art installations.

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- James Rainey

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Jt LeRoy Biopic Casts Kristen Stewart, James Franco And Helena Bonham Carter

10 February 2016 9:28 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Kristen Stewart, James Franco and Helena Bonham Carter are all in negotiations to board Justin Kelly’s transgender biopic, Jt LeRoy.

The Hollywood Reporter has the casting scoop, with news emerging from the ongoing Berlin Film Festival. There, Fortitude are aiming to launch the feature to foreign investors, though the addition of Stewart, Franco and Carter has been the first major sign of progress from the drama. Set to be written and directed by Kelly, it’s understood the filmmaker will take inspiration from Savannah Knoop’s memoir Girl Boy Girl: How I Became Jt Leroy, and it’s safe to assume that either Stewart or Bonham Carter are circling either the role of Knoop or author Laura Albert.

At the time of going to press, THR cautions that both Carter and Stewart are yet to put pen to paper. James Franco, meanwhile, is a lock, reuniting with Justin Kelly »

- Michael Briers

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James Franco on 'Freaks and Geeks' Reunion: 'Everybody's Kind of Old'

10 February 2016 9:12 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Judd Apatow sent the Freaks and Geeks fan community into hysterics last month when he told said that he could envision the show somehow coming back. "All of those characters died in a Supermax prison," he said. "You never know, It could happen. This year it won't happen. We'll see." Those few sentences caused headlines all across the Internet, though Apatow soon jumped on Twitter to clarify things. "I thought I was pretty clear that it wasn't going to happen with a tossed off 'you never know,' he wrote. »

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11.22.63 Review: Hulu Remakes History With a Gripping Stephen King Yarn

10 February 2016 7:00 AM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

“Time is a flat circle,” Matthew McConaughey’s Rust Cohle famously mused in True Detective.

Hulu’s new limited series 11.22.63 (premiering Monday, and airing weekly) goes one better – fashioning that circle out of polypropylene mesh, stretching it over a steel frame and turning time into a terrifically taut, fantastically fun trampoline.

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Based on the Stephen King novel of the same name, the action centers on recently divorced English teacher Jake Epping (127 Hours‘ James Franco), who gets introduced to a portal in the back »

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Kristen Stewart may head an interesting cast to tell the Jt LeRoy story... but which one?

9 February 2016 6:15 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the films from this year's Sundance Film Festival that I'm still chewing on is Author: The Jt LeRoy Story. The documentary by Jeff Feuerzeig is well-made and obviously was produced with an enormous amount of access to Laura Albert, the writer at the heart of the very, very strange saga. That's part of the problem, though. I'm not sure why anyone would ever trust a single word out of Albert's mouth, especially not on the subject of Jt LeRoy, and in the end, her involvement makes me believe the movie less, not more. For those unfamiliar with the story, Jt LeRoy was a literary phenomenon in the late '90s, a young author who became a celebrity as much for his backstory as for his prose. People like Bono and Courtney Love and Gus Van Sant and Billy Corgan all believed fervently in LeRoy, and while secrecy was »

- Drew McWeeny

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Us Briefs: Spotlight acquires int'l rights to 'Courage'

9 February 2016 11:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Production begins on The Last Word; Keira Knightley circles Collateral Beauty; Music Box acquires Sundance entry The Innocents; and more…

Aaron Eckhart stars in Courage, based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story and Spotlight will commence sales at the Efm this week.

Angelo Pizzo directed the film about about a university athlete who receives a shocking diagnosis following an injury. Clarius distributed Courage in the Us last November under the title My All American.

Production is underway in the Los Angeles area on Mark Pellington’s The Last Word starring Shirley Maclaine and Amanda Seyfried. Bleecker Street will distribute the drama in the Us and Myriad Pictures handles international sales at the Efm. Anne Heche, Philip Baker Hall and Scott Speedman and Tom Everett Scott round out the key cast.Kristin Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks and James Franco is attached to star in Jt Leroy, about »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Us Briefs: Spotlight acquires international rights to 'Courage'

9 February 2016 11:06 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: Keira Knightley circles Collateral Beauty; Music Box acquires Sundance entry The Innocents; Alcon sets writer for The Ice Twins; and more…

Aaron Eckhart stars in Courage, based on Jim Dent’s novel Courage Beyond The Game: The Freddie Steinmark Story and Spotlight will commence sales at the Efm this week.

Angelo Pizzo directed the film about about a university athlete who receives a shocking diagnosis following an injury. Clarius distributed Courage in the Us last November under the title My All American.

Kristin Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks and James Franco is attached to star in Jt Leroy, about the hoax female blogger who passed herself off as a transgender male. Lbi Entertainment /Aquarius / Rabbit Bandini Productions produce and Fortitude International represents international rights.Keira Knightley is reportedly in talks to star opposite Will Smith in New Line/Village Roadshow’s drama Collateral Beauty. Warner Bros will distribute in the Us on March »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Kristen Stewart and James Franco Team for ‘Jt Leroy’; Yorgos Lanthimos and Pablo Trapero Find New Projects

9 February 2016 11:05 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Here’s a good sign of momentum: weeks after a documentary premiered at Sundance and received its first wave of fine reviews, the figure known as Jt Leroy is having their life story turned into a feature film. THR tell us Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter, and writer-director Justin Kelly (the Franco-led I Am Michael) will team for Jt Leroy, which examines the eponymous figure — itself the outlet for a writer and actor who fooled the world with “a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.”

If contracts are arranged, Carter and Stewart will respectively star as Laura Albert and Savannah Knoop, Leroy’s writing and public personas. There are many directions in which this narrative can reach, evidenced by the fact that writer-director-actress Asia Argento, who adapted Leroy’s The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, »

- Nick Newman

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Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter to Join Jt LeRoy Biopic ... or Are They?

9 February 2016 10:51 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Jt LeRoy, the literary sensation who palled around with celebrities and romanced Asia Argento before being unmasked as a hoax a decade ago, is getting a biopic: THR reports that Kristen Stewart, Helena Bonham Carter, and James Franco are in talks to join Jt LeRoy, a film about the two women who dreamed up the stunt, from I Am Michael's Justin Kelly. Bonham Carter would take the role of Laura Albert, who wrote the work credited to LeRoy; Stewart would play Savannah Knoop, who impersonated LeRoy in public (and now co-wrote this movie's script). Franco is set to play Knoop's brother, who was married to Albert. Ten years after being unmasked, LeRoy is having another moment in the spotlight: A documentary, Author: The Jt LeRoy Story, just earned rave reviews at Sundance. »

- Nate Jones

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Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter Starring in ‘JT Leroy’ Movie

9 February 2016 10:45 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join James Franco in “JT LeRoy,” a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the literary hoax.

Justin Kelly, who directed Franco in “I Am Michael,” will direct the film from his own script, based on the memoir and life rights of Savannah Kroop, who was identified in 2006 as the person who portrayed Jt LeRoy — a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.

Lbi Entertainment, Aquarius and Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions are producing, while Aquarius is providing equity financing. International rights are being sold at the Berlin Film Festival by Fortitude International.

Producers are planning on starting to shoot this summer.

Amazon acquired the documentary “Author: The J.T. Leroy” at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The film looks at how Laura Albert, »

- Dave McNary

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Kristen Stewart, James Franco, And Helena Bonham Carter to Star In Drama 'Jt LeRoy'

9 February 2016 9:30 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few celebrity stories as fascinating as Jt Leroy's. The author behind the beloved "non-fiction" bestseller “The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things” (which was turned into a 2004 film by Asia Argento) earned the kind of status the writer's don't often receive, rubbing shoulders with folks like Marilyn Manson, Shirley Manson, Courtney Love, and Billy Corgan. But all of that changed when, in 2006, Jt Leroy was revealed to be the creation of Laura Albert, who furthered the duplicity by having Savannah Knoop play LeRoy in public. And now, that wild story is coming to the big screen. THR reports that Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter will star in "Jt LeRoy." Justin Kelly, who previously directed Franco in "I Am Michael," will be behind the camera and pen the script for this one, which is based on Knoop's memoir. Kyle Buchanan at Vulture adds that Stewart would play Knoop, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Franco, K-Stew Team On Jt LeRoy Film

9 February 2016 7:11 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

James Franco is attached and Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in negotiations to join the Justin Kelly-directed author hoax story "Jt LeRoy" for Lbi Entertainment, Aquarius and Rabbit Bandini Productions.

The behind-the-scenes true story tale will be based on the memoir "Girl Boy Girl" and life rights from Savannah Knoop. Knoop and her sister-in-law Laura Albert were behind an elaborate ruse - the creation of the literary persona Jeremiah 'Terminator' LeRoy (J.T. LeRoy), a gay-male-ex-truck-stop-prostitute-turned literary-wunderkind.

For a decade Albert penned the books under the pseudonym and over several years Knoop attended public events as the character, leading to a bizarre double life of the latter pretending to be a transgender author who was embraced by the fashion, film and literary world elite.

Filming aims to begin later this year.

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Berlin: Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter to Star in 'Jt Leroy' (Exclusive)

8 February 2016 3:09 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Kristen Stewart, James Franco and Helena Bonham Carter are circling the biopic Jt Leroy, a Hollywood-set transgender story. Justin Kelly, who directed James Franco in 2015's I Am Michael, will helm the film from a script he wrote. The true story goes behind the scenes of the hoax of Jt LeRoy, a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles. { "nid": 822486, "type": "news", "title": "Kristen Stewart on Suppressing Emotions and Giving in to First Love", "path": "http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/kristen-stewart-

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