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James Franco in talks to star in Fox comedy Why Him?

19 hours ago | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Franco is in talks to star in Fox comedy, Why him?

Variety reports Franco is in negotiations to star in John Hamburg's comedy.

Why Him? follows a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to visit his daughter who is attending Stanford University.

He gets into a competition with his daughter's boyfriend, who is an internet billionaire.

Hamburg co-wrote the script with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.

The 36-year-old recently starred in the controversial comedy The Interview alongside Seth Rogen and has just been cast in Jj Abrams' adaptation of Stephen King's 11/22/63.

Watch the trailer for Franco's latest project, True Story alongside Jonah Hill, below: »

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James Franco Targets Father-Daughter Comedy 'Why Him?'

27 February 2015 5:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

James Franco is in talks to star in the 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him?, which will be produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps company and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Pictures. Both of the production companies are based on the 20th Century Fox lot.

The plot centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to Stanford, to visit his daughter during the Christmas holiday. What started as an innocent family trip quickly spirals out of control, as the father gets into an unexpected competition with his daughter's new boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire. While Variety doesn't specify which role James Franco will play, it seems likely that he will portray the billionaire boyfriend.

John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement) and Ian Helfer (The Oranges). No production schedule was given at this time, »

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James Franco in Early Talks to Star in Fox Comedy ‘Why Him?’

27 February 2015 4:56 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Franco is in early negotiations to star in the Fox comedy “Why Him?,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. John Hamburg is attached to direct the film from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer. Also Read: James Franco, Seth Rogen: Sony’s Interview-Less ‘Interview’ Premiere (Photos) The story follows a father who takes the family to Stanford to visit his daughter at Christmas and ends up in a competition against the daughter’s boyfriend, an internet billionaire. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour are producing. Also Read: ‘The Interview, »

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James Franco in Talks for Comedy ‘Why Him?’ (Exclusive)

27 February 2015 4:03 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”

A pair of Fox-based production companies — Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour — are producing.

John Hamburg is attached to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller and Ian Helfer.

The story centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire.

Franco most recently starred in Sony’s satire “The Interview” with Seth Rogen. He’s completed work on “Queen of the Desert,” which premiered at Berlin, “True Story” and “The Adderall Diaries,” and will star in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63.”

Hamburg directed and wrote “I Love You, Man” and “Along Came Polly.” Stoller directed “Neighbors.”


- Dave McNary

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’71’ Director Tapped to Helm Thriller for New Regency and Plan B

27 February 2015 2:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

New Regency has acquired an untitled thriller and set “71” helmer Yann Demange to direct the pic.

Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce through their Plan B banner along with Angus Lamont and Molly Smith. Demange’s “71” scribe Gregory Burke penned the script.

Plot details are unknown.

Demange has been one of the more sought-after directors in Hollywood following the critical acclaim of “71,” which stars “Unbroken” star Jack O’Connell in the story of a British soldier who is left behind in Belfast after a riot.

New Regency has increasingly found ways to team with high-profile directors like Steve McQueen on “12 Years a Slave” and Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, who is coming off of his Oscar win for “Birdman,” and is directing “The Revenant,” staring Leonardo DiCaprio, for the company, which will open the film next Christmas.

New Regency and Plan B see Demange as a director with strong storytelling skills. »

- Justin Kroll

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Hollywood Reacts to Leonard Nimoy's Death

27 February 2015 12:30 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Leonard Nimoy lived long, he prospered, and he was beloved by his many fans and colleagues. Nimoy was reportedly hospitalized with chest pains earlier this week and his wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed the death Friday, adding that it was due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy was 83. As the world began to learn of the Star Trek star's death, thousands of those who were touched by Nimoy's work took to Twitter to memorialize the actor. Those voicing their feelings ranged from his longtime costars, to those who were inspired by him, to those who were simply fans. People has »

- Patrick Gomez, @PatrickGomezLA

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Ten candidates to host the 88th Academy Awards

26 February 2015 8:38 AM, PST | | See recent news »

As always seems to be the case immediately after the Oscars, a lot of chatter has turned to who should be the next host of the show following Neil Patrick Harris’ turn on Sunday. Honestly, the Academy Awards doesn’t actually need a host, but since they’re committed to the idea, it makes sense to really shoot for the moon next time out. I’ve never disliked any of the hosts (yes, I even found James Franco and Anne Hathaway to be fine), but I’ve also never really been over the moon for any of them. As such, I didn’t have to think too much in order to find a bunch of worthy names that I wish the Academy would consider. Below you’ll see ten of them, but trust me…there are plenty more than just these men and women. Here are the ten individuals that »

- Joey Magidson

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Selena Gomez Not Being Pursued by James Franco Despite Tabloid Report

24 February 2015 7:54 PM, PST | | See recent news »

James Franco Texting Selena Gomez “24/7 With Date Ideas” the tabloid headline reads. But nothing could be further from the truth. Franco isn’t texting his “Spring Breakers” co-star and definitely isn’t trying to date her, according to our source. Tabloid magazine Ok claimed in its latest issue that Franco, who is 14 years Gomez’s senior, is going all out to woo her. This is the same magazine that trumpeted on its cover that Katy Perry is pregnant by on-again, off-again boyfriend John Mayer. That story that already has been widely debunked. ...Read More »

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How to Fix the Oscars in 5 Easy Steps

24 February 2015 3:23 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Oscars weren’t just a disappointment in terms of viewership — down 16%, with tepid reviews for host Neil Patrick Harris — it also speaks to a much larger problem for Hollywood. The Oscars are supposed to be a celebration of all facets of the movie-making business, but in recent years, the ceremony has started to feel more and more insular, like an employee-of-the-year celebration that happens to be televised for the entire world. The gap between the movies that win the Oscars (“Birdman” with its relatively small box office of $37 million) and movies that general audiences love to watch (“The Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Captain America 2,” etc.) continues to grow wider, which is why the ceremony is facing an identity crisis. Popular actors such as Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans attend only as presenters, while a mega-hit franchise like “The Hunger Games” has yet to receive a single Oscar nomination. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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What Tattoo Did Justin Bieber Get to Promote His Comedy Central Roast?

24 February 2015 10:55 AM, PST | | See recent news »

[Youtube "2Js4Tp5O2lE"] Justin Bieber got a new tattoo - and it's right on target. The 20-year-old singer shot another promo to hype his upcoming Comedy Central Roast on March 30. In it, Bieber adds to his collection of tattoos by getting a giant bullseye on his back. And who's doing the inking honors? None other than roast veteran Jeffrey Ross."It's f---ing perfect," Ross says, grinning. The Roast will be taped in Los Angeles and hosted by comedian Kevin Hart, who already warned that he's ready to "kill" Bieber with comedy. Bieber already shot one promo that riffs on his infamous vandalism charge »

- Lynette Rice, @lynetterice

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Everything You Need to Know About the Oscars

22 February 2015 11:10 AM, PST | | See recent news »

It's the biggest night in Hollywood, so you'd better be prepared. From the gowns and glamour to the surprise wins and snubs that still sting, People is bringing you everything you need to know about the 2015 Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris at the Dolby Theatre at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood. Stay with us all weekend for inside access and complete coverage, and watch the Oscars live Sunday at 7 p.m. Et on ABC. The Host Oscars Tips for Neil Patrick Harris Selfie etiquette, off-limits songs and what not to say to the stars - here are the »

- Michele Corriston, @mcorriston

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'The Mindy Project' Scores a Late-Night Legend!

20 February 2015 8:34 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

This may be the coolest news ever!

Stephen Colbert, former host of Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, isn’t sitting idly by as he prepares to take over for David Letterman on CBS’ Late Show this fall. Instead, the 50-year-old late-night veteran is heading to The Mindy Project – as a priest!

Creator and star Mindy Kaling took to Twitter to announce the news on Friday, accompanied by a photo of her and a bearded Colbert on location in a church.

Related: Chris Messina on 'Mindy Project's' Baby Surprise: 'The Show Won't Be the Same'

Coming soon to #themindyproject: Father Michael O'Donnell. @StephenAtHome

Mindy Kaling (@mindykaling) February 20, 2015

Colbert, who signed off The Colbert Report on Dec. 18, will play Father Michael O’Donnell on the Fox comedy.

The Mindy Project has been racking up the guest stars this season – from Lee Pace and Julia Stiles to Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes and Kris Jenner, whose »

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Hollywood Publicists Name ‘The Interview’ as Top Marketing Campaign

20 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sony’s promotional campaign for its satire “The Interview” has won the award as last year’s top campaign by Hollywood publicists — even though the movie was pulled from major theater chains a week before its release.

The International Cinematographers Guild, which operates as Local 600 of the Intl. Alliance of the Theatrical Stage Employees, named “The Interview” as the winner of the Maxwell Weinberg Publicists Showmanship Motion Picture Award in Friday ceremonies at the Beverly Hilton.

Sony exec Andre Caraco accepted the award, noting that the campaign was executed amid the massive cyberhack at the studio that eliminated email and all other electronic communications.

“It was as if we were back in 1974,” he added.

Curaco evoked laughs by saying, “First and foremost, I’d like to thank the Supreme Leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un” before launching into an extensive list of thank-yous.

The Interview” topped the campaigns for  20th »

- Dave McNary

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7 Burning Questions for the 2015 Oscars Ceremony

20 February 2015 11:34 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Unlike most years, when you can predict everything that will happen at the Oscars before the ceremony even starts, this year’s telecast could be full of surprises. It’s not just that the best picture race is wide open — will it be “Boyhood,” “Birdman” or “American Sniper”? The Academy finally hands over the hosting gig to Neil Patrick Harris, who arrives with some help (in the form of Lady Gaga and John Travolta, and it’s anybody’s guess what either of them will do). Here are seven burning questions for the Oscars 2015.

(1) Will Neil Patrick Harris be the next Billy Crystal?

For years, the Academy tried to find an equivalent to Billy Crystal, its most lovable modern host, who has tackled the Oscars nine times. After widely panned attempts from Seth MacFarlane and the Anne Hathaway/James Franco combo, the Oscars found a winning formula last year with Ellen DeGeneres. »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Galerie Cinema photo exhibition set for New York by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2015-02-20 15:21:14

20 February 2015 7:21 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni in Benoît Jacquot's uncoupled 3 Hearts (3 Coeurs), also starring Benoît Poelvoorde

Anne-Dominique Toussaint’s Parisian Galerie Cinema comes to New York with an exhibition featuring photos by Cédric Klapisch, Atiq Rahimi, Edward Lachman, Agnès Godard, James Franco, Vincent Perez, Kate Barry, Harry Gruyaert and Raymond Depardon as a special event of the 20th Anniversary of Rendez-Vous with French Cinema.

The Bling Ring director Sofia Coppola, Julianne Moore during the filming of Todd Haynes's Far From Heaven, and Vincent Perez's Cyrano De Bergerac co-star Gérard Depardieu will be among the portraits on display at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Sofia Coppola by Kate Barry © Galerie Cinema

Nathalie Baye, Guillaume Canet, Cédric Kahn, Christophe Honoré, Celine Sallette, Mélanie Laurent, Abd Al Malik, Frédéric Tellier, Armel Hostiou, Thomas Cailley, Stéphane Demoustier, Cédric Anger, Alain Chabat, Claire Burger, Cédric Jimenez, Lucie Borleteau and Ariane Lebed »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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The Academy Celebrates Powerful, Oscar-Nominated Documentaries

19 February 2015 5:08 PM, PST | | See recent news »

By Michelle McCue and Gary Salem

On Wednesday, the Academy featured the 2014 Oscar-nominated films in the Documentary Short Subject and Documentary Feature categories.

Clips from the nominated films were screened, and nominees for all 10 films took part in panel discussions, talking about their own films and sharing insights on the craft of documentary filmmaking and the greater issues their nominated films explore.

Two-time Oscar winner and Academy documentary branch governor Rob Epstein opened the evening with the documentary shorts.

Epstein won the Oscar for documentary feature in 1984 for The Times Of Harvey Milk and in 1989 for Common Threads: Stories From The Quilt. His other credits include Lovelace (2013) and the TV documentary “And The Oscar Goes To…” (2014)

During his opening remarks, Epstein said the theme that ran through the nominated shorts were “life beginning and life ending.”

All the filmmakers conceded the Cinéma vérité was what was so powerful, so intimate. »

- Movie Geeks

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TVLine Items: Jessica Jones Adds an Original, Sleepy Actress Vs. Evil & More

19 February 2015 11:21 AM, PST | | See recent news »

An Original vamp is sinking his teeth into Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.

Eka Darville — who recurred on the CW drama as Marcel’s bloodsucking buddy, Diego — has joined the Netflix original series as Jessica’s neighbor, Malcolm, Marvel has announced.

RelatedNetflix’s Aka Jessica Jones Series Adds Matrix Badass Carrie-Anne Moss

Malcolm’s own journey will intertwine with Jessica’s quest in a surprising way.

Additionally, True Detective‘s Erin Moriarty will play Hope, a young girl who becomes a client of Alias Investigations, and Once Upon a Time‘s Wil Traval will co-star as a NYPD cop who »

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BFI Flare: Lgbt film festival announces full lineup

19 February 2015 1:58 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The full lineup for the forthcoming BFI Flare film festival has been announced.

London's annual celebration of Lgbt movies will open on March 19 and close ten days later on March 29.

As previously announced, the event will open with the UK premiere of James Franco's I Am Michael.

The film tells the true story of former gay rights activist Michael Glatze, who later denounced his homosexuality and became an anti-gay pastor.

It has also been announced that Malcolm Ingram's documentary Out to Win will close the festival.

The film takes a closer look at the lives of Lbgt athletes and features the likes of Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova.

Also included on the festival lineup is David Thorpe's Do I Sound Gay? and Jim Chu Chu's Stories of our Lives, which focuses on the testimonies of Lgbt Kenyans.

Patrick Stewart's Match, Dressed as a Girl and Fulboy will also feature. »

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BFI Flare reveals 2015 line-up

18 February 2015 10:45 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Lgbt festival to close with documentary Out To Win; Rocky Horror to screen at BFI Imax.

The full line-up of this year’s BFI Flare (March 19-29) has been unveiled in London this evening.

As previously announced, the 29th edition of the Lgbt film festival will open with Justin Kelly’s I Am Michael, starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto.

It was revealed this evening that the festival will close with the European premiere of documentary Out To Win on March 29.

Malcolm Ingram’s film examines of the lives and careers of aspiring and professional gay and lesbian athletes from all over the world, featuring contributions from Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova, David Kopay and John Amaechi, among others.

It marks Ingram’s return to the festival having previously screened documentaries Small Town Gay Bar and Continental. Out To Win will world premiere at SXSW on March 15.

Gala screenings

The Accenture Gala will be the European Premiere »

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Selena Gomez Goes Topless and Talks About Justin Bieber

17 February 2015 1:40 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Selena Gomez gets candid in the new issue of V Magazine, talking about everything from her past relationships to how she dealt with anxiety. Selena was interviewed by her Spring Breakers costar James Franco, and although she doesn't mention her ex Justin Bieber by name, she does seem to give a nod to their relationship, saying, "I think the next time [I have a boyfriend] will be much different." She added, "I was 18 years old, and it was my first love. The older I get, I'm guarding certain things more . . . When you're young and you're being told so many different things . . . It almost felt like all we had was each other, like the world was against us, in a way. It was really weird but it was incredible." Any regrets? Doesn't sound like it. Selena said, "I would never take it back in a million years. You live and you learn, you know?" The »

- Laura-Marie-Meyers

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