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The 2014 Austin Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on Oct. 23, along with Richard Lagravenese’s “The Last 5 Years,” an adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s “Rosewater” to close the festival on Oct. 30.
“The Humbling,” (pictured) based a Philip Roth novel of the same name, stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who begins an affair with a much younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. “The Last 5 Years,” which writer-director Lagravenese will present at the festival, explores a five-year relationship between an ascending novelist, played by Jeremy Jordan, and a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick.
Stewart wrote and directed “Rosewater,” based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me” with Aimee Molloy about the Iranian journalist’s experience of as a prisoner in his native country for 118 days »
- Kevin Noonan
Yes, the very busy Fall movie season is known for its profusion of Oscar-bait films, but it's not going to be all darkness and drama. The next few months have plenty of comedy offerings this season, including some long-awaited sequels and the always-welcome reunion of James Franco and Seth Rogen. Check out this list to find the next movie that will make you do a movie theater soda spit-take! »
On Friday, Hulu Plus made available doer-of-literally-everything James Franco's Nyu thesis film, "Saturday Night," a documentary on what goes on behind-the-scenes each week on "Saturday Night Live." And though it may be more of a fly-on-the-wall look at the process rather than anything particularly in-depth, there was still plenty of interesting stuff to learn for anyone who's a fan of the long-running sketch comedy series. »
- Alicia Lutes
While the writers and the cast of Saturday Night Live worked on the 17th floor of 30 Rock this week to once again pull off the magic trick that is creating a 90-minute live TV show in less than one week while on the run from expectations, exhaustion, the clock and the ever changing topical landscape, James Franco’s behind the scenes documentary about the show was released after six years of sitting dormant.
In Saturday Night, Franco shows us what’s going on behind the curtain at the show, allowing fans a chance to appreciate the labor and personnel required to make SNL happen. It’s an exercise in trying to make order from chaos, but despite that effort, there is always chaos. Jokes don’t ...
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- Jason Tabrys
This week, Justin Timberlake has some fun at the Australia zoo, Demi Lovato shows off her backside and Jessica Simpson's hubby Eric Johnson plays with their baby boy Ace in the pool! Videos: Jessica Simpson Says Weight Criticism "Hurt," Reveals Marriage Has Changed Her! And, James Franco parties with some film school students, Kylie Jenner posts another super revealing snap and Selena Gomez goes glam in her latest selfie. Plus, Kathy Griffin has a really bad hair day, Lauren Conrad shares one gorgeous shot from her honeymoon with new hubby William Tell and Jennifer Lopez posts a photo of her "minime" daughter, Emme! Photos: See the First Photo From Lauren Conrad's Wedding!Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb candids in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
After years of being in limbo, a documentary by James Franco about Saturday Night Live’s creative process is finally ready to debut. The doc titled Saturday Night is available for streaming on Hulu Plus starting September 26. Filmed in 2008, the documentary was shot over the week leading up to an SNL episode hosted by John Malkovich, focusing on the show’s development and production before even appearing on TV. The film was created for Franco’s Nyu grad school assignment, meant to be no longer than seven minutes. And yet that seven-minute goal turned into a 90-minute piece Franco didn’t believe should be restricted to the classroom. "It's something I'm very proud of, and it got a great response at the festivals we took it to," Franco said in March 2013 to The Huffington Post. "I realized I had all of this access that people had never been granted before. »
- Bree Brouwer
James Franco is so clearly above the material in “Good People” — an unambitious, ultra-conventional block of blahness devoid of pretension or curiosity — that his appearance in this low-budget thriller opposite the professionally flailing Kate Hudson just might be some kind of performance art. Sure, great actors star in wretched material all the time, but Danish director Henrik Ruben Genz's English-language debut offers Franco little more than the chance to slum it in some genre schlock with grainy cinematography and a conspicuously limited number of backdrops. At least when the actor-writer-scholar-director played a very loose version of himself in »
- Inkoo Kang
Remember before Keanu Reeves was a badass in The Matrix he was that doofus in a ’80s comedy about time travel that probably isn’t as good as you remember it? You know, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure! It was totally excellent and featured life lessons to live by like “Be Excellent to Each Other” and “Party On Dudes” as eloquently delivered by Abraham Lincoln in a high school auditorium. Yeah, it was totally excellent and probably ruined your ability to pronounce “Socrates” correctly.
The film was so popular that it also got a sequel and children’s cartoon, and now 23 years in the making, people are still talking about Bill & Ted 3, even though George Carlin is dead and you’re not quite sure what happened to Alex Winter.
Now Winter has revealed additional plot details for the third film to Yahoo, saying the characters will be all-grown up and »
- Brian Welk
If there were any lasting doubts about Jimmy Fallon‘s staying power, forget them right about now. NBC's “Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” earned an 1.18 rating/6 share in the key advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic for 2014's third quarter, besting the combined competition of ABC's “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” (0.57/3) and CBS's “Late Show” (0.44/2 ). See video: Jimmy Fallon Gets a Shirtless James Franco and Seth Rogen for His 40th Birthday “Tonight” averaged 3.927 million total viewers , also tops. “Kimmel” edged out David Letterman‘s CBS show for second place, 2.340 million total viewers to 2.330 million. Fallon delivered the top “Tonight Show” Q3 in six years across both the. »
- Tony Maglio
Gone too soon! Freaks and Geeks may have been cancelled after just 18 episodes, but the sitcom remains a fan-favorite for audiences. The show — which launched careers for stars like James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, and Busy Philipps — celebrated its 15th anniversary on Thursday, Sept. 25. "15 years ago today Freaks & Geeks premiered on TV," Samm Levine, who played Neal Schweiber, tweeted. "Thanks to the dozens of you who watched it then, and the millions who've found it since!" Freaks and Geeks aired from 1999 [...] »
It seems even James Franco can't take himself seriously anymore. The infamous multi-hyphenate has teamed up with AOL for a new web series Making a Scene, in which Franco and his friends remix iconic film scenes with other movies and genres.
The launch for the series was held at the satirically trendy Neuehouse in lower Manhattan, a space that describes itself as a "post-modernist 'machine for creating'... intended for solopreneurs" in its manifesto (because of course the place hosting a James Franco event has a manifesto).
During the screening, which featured mash-ups of Batman with Beetlejuice,Dirty Dancing with Reservoir Dogs and more, Franco repeatedly found himself face-palming at his own work. "They ended up being really funny — not intentionally," Franco remarked at one point.
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- Sadie Gennis
The Interview Trailer 3. Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen‘s The Interview (2014) movie trailer 3 stars Tommy Chang, Charles Rahi Chun, Dominique Lalonde, Timothy Simons, and Anesha Bailey. The Interview‘s plot synopsis: “In the action-comedy The Interview, Dave Skylark (James Franco) and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) run the popular [...]
Continue reading: The Interview (2014) Movie Trailer 3: Reporter Tries To Kill Kim Jong-un »
- Rollo Tomasi
Freaks and Geeks, the little show that launched so many careers and is revered by countless, is 15 years old today. The 18-episode NBC series premiered on September 25, 1999. Hailing from Paul Feig, the man who would later give us Bridesmaids, the show starred Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Seth Rogen, Busy Philipps, Martin Starr, Samm Levine, John Francis Daley, Jason Segel, Becky Ann Baker and Joe Flaherty. Yes, Freaks and Geeks gave us the first tastes of all your favorite movie stars. The show launched a bevy of careers and even paved the way for…Veronica Mars. VMars creator Rob Thomas cites the series—and its subsequent cancellation—as a large-driving force in how his cult-hit series »
Contrary to popular belief, not all celebrities like to stay up and party into the waking hours of the next day. Celebs such as Mariah Carey insist on indulging in their zzz's—and not just for beauty reasons either! The "Fantasy" singer revealed to Interview magazine that she sleeps way more than the average person. "I've got to sleep 15 hours to sing the way I want to," she confessed. "Literally, I'll have 20 humidifiers around my bed. Basically, it's like sleeping in a steam room." Other celebs who enjoy lounging around in bed include James Franco (sans shirt), Taylor Swift (who sleeps with monogrammed pillows), and more! Click on the pics »
If you haven't seen the critically-acclaimed, albeit short-lived masterpiece that is "Freaks and Geeks," we suggest you do so immediately. And if you're overdue for a binge-watch, we think now would be the perfect time to revisit some old friends.
Judd Apatow's '80s-set teenage dramedy turns 15 on September 25, but it still holds up as one of the best coming-of-age TV programs of all time. The show was not only a launching pad for the careers of mega-stars like Seth Rogen and James Franco, it was a realistic snapshot of the suburban high school experience that brought us a hilariously realistic portrayal of what it means to be young, lost, and misunderstood.
"Freaks and Geeks" lives on in our hearts (and on our Netflix rotation). Why not celebrate its anniversary by rounding up 10 life lessons we learned from the beloved series?
1. You don't need to get wasted to have a good time. »
- Alana Altmann
"Making a Scene" is an AOL On Originals series featuring actor, director and film-buff James Franco. Each week, Franco will take his passion for movies and mash up two of cinema's most iconic flicks in a way only he can imagine.
Horror films come and go but few have left such a lasting impression on pop culturelike "The Shining."
Perhaps it's a play on the unsettling image of the Grady daughters. Maybe you never understood the significance of "Redrum" until now. Perhaps the phrase "Here's Johnny!" takes on a whole new significance once you've discovered its source material.
Television shows and music videos have borrowed some of the film's stand-out moments and now James Franco has decided to put his own twist on "The Shining. »
- Brian Trinh
The controversial new comedy, The Interview, has already caused some extra friction between the Us and North Korea. North Korea came forward and declared it an act of war, but also said Kim Jong Eun would probably see it anyway. No surprise given the regime’s love for film over the years, even if they do not make such films readily available to the public. The Interview sees James Franco and Seth Rogen get the opportunity to interview the leader of the world’s most mysterious and troubled country, and are soon asked to assassinate said later by request of the CIA.
This latest trailer focuses more on the relationship between Franco and Rogen’s characters, with more of the humour aimed at them rather than taking shots at Kim (played by Randall Park). The plot is still unsettling, because although nothing should be off limits in terms of comedy, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Prior to James Franco’s first adaptation in 2013, no one had taken on the daunting task of adapting a William Faulkner novel for film since 1983’s A Rose For Emily. Successfully adapting Faulkner is nearly impossible, and Franco learned this the hard way as scathing reviews for As I Lay Dying surfaced after its premiere. One would hope that Franco would have learned from that disaster, but less than a year later, the filmmaker is back with his adaptation of Faulkner’s most esteemed novel, The Sound and the Fury.
There are many reasons why the revered American author’s novels are often called “unfilmable.” While they are certainly experimental and cerebral, the most difficult part about adapting a Faulkner novel is capturing the stream-of-consciousness style of writing he often used. To elaborate, many of Faulkner’s novels are written in first person perspectives, with their narrator’s thoughts written »
- Matt Hoffman
James Franco is a busy guy, so much so that if you looked up the word "overachiever" in the dictionary, there should be a photo of him smiling back at you. From acting to writing to directing to teaching, the guy is busier than all of your busiest friends combined, and sometimes that's not such a bad thing because it produces stuff like a documentary on the secret, behind-the-scenes world of Saturday Night Live. That doc, which we've been waiting years to see arrive in an official capacity, will finally be available for streaming beginning this Friday on Hulu Plus, so says Franco himself. "The SNL Documentary is finally coming out!!! On Hulu! This Friday! Watch my documentary about the history of @nbcsnl “Saturday Night" on #hulu...
- Erik Davis
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