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

10 hours ago | 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'

17 hours ago | 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'

17 hours ago | 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

17 hours ago | 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?

18 hours ago | 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

18 hours ago | 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'

19 hours ago | 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

21 hours ago | 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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How J.J. Abrams and Hulu Brought Stephen King's '11.22.63' to TV

8 February 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

When Stephen King first got the idea for a story about a time-traveler trying to save JFK, he was a 24-year-old high school English teacher living in a double-wide trailer and couldn't find anyone to publish his writings outside of cheap Playboy knockoffs like Gent and Cavalier. It would take 40 years for the author to finally publish what would ultimately become the 849-page book 11/22/63 — but it was worth the long wait. The what-if novel sold by the millions and The New York Times named it one of the five best »

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dresses as Robin and Makes Out with a Man in Drag During Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Ceremony

7 February 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A severe snowstorm couldn't keep Joseph Gordon-Levitt away from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday as he braved the elements to be feted and roasted by men in drag from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals for their 2016 Man of the Year award. Gordon-Levitt - the 50th recipient of the award presented annually by Harvard University's distinguished theater troupe - took the good-natured ribbing in stride, even as the evening's emcees poked fun at his Oscar snubs and less-than-stellar box-office returns. The decision by the actor - who starred last year in The Walk - to drop out of Columbia University to return to acting was a recurring joke, »

- Juliet Pennington, @writeonjuliet

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt Dresses as Robin and Makes Out with a Man in Drag During Harvard's Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Ceremony

7 February 2016 | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

A severe snowstorm couldn't keep Joseph Gordon-Levitt away from Cambridge, Massachusetts, Friday as he braved the elements to be feted and roasted by men in drag from the Hasty Pudding Theatricals for their 2016 Man of the Year award. Gordon-Levitt - the 50th recipient of the award presented annually by Harvard University's distinguished theater troupe - took the good-natured ribbing in stride, even as the evening's emcees poked fun at his Oscar snubs and less-than-stellar box-office returns. The decision by the actor - who starred last year in The Walk - to drop out of Columbia University to return to acting was a recurring joke, »

- Juliet Pennington, @writeonjuliet

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The golden years of romance and rebels: TV taps into turmoil of 1970s New York

6 February 2016 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

It was the decade of Cbgb and disco, bankruptcy and blackout. Now TV dramas are drawing on the Big Apple’s most creative and dangerous decade

When Vinyl, HBO’s much-hyped new drama about the music industry in 1970s New York, starts next Sunday, it will be the first of a host of shows celebrating that decade in the Big Apple. In the summer, Netflix will air Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down, which looks at the birth of hip-hop in the South Bronx during the same period, while David Simon, creator of The Wire, will return to HBO with The Deuce, a drama about the porn industry in New York during the 70s and 80s, starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

And it’s not just television that thinks New York in the 70s is where it’s at. One of the most eagerly awaited novels of last year »

- Sarah Hughes

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Vinyl: HBO's '70s Drama Rocks Hard (Though Its Soul Is a Work in Progress)

5 February 2016 4:24 PM, PST | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

You won’t find it on the show’s IMDb page, but cocaine plays such a major role in HBO’s new ’70s drama Vinyl (premiering Feb. 14 at 9/8c) that its name ought to be wedged into the credits somewhere between Ray Romano and Olivia Wilde.

RelatedJames Franco Porn Drama The Deuce Ordered to Series at HBO

From the moment we meet Bobby Cannavale‘s Richie Finestra — the spiraling owner of the spiraling American Century record label — he’s got Peruvian dancing dust on the brain, and soon after, up his nose.

Richie is a man haunted by a horrible secret, »

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James Franco Will Direct Upcoming Twitter-Inspired Stripper Film Zola Tells All

5 February 2016 3:07 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

James Franco is set to direct a film based off of the Rolling Stone article “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.” With a script by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts, the movie is simply titled Zola Tells All and will detail the journey taken by exotic dancer Aziah “Zola” Wells to Florida with her friend Jessica and her boyfriend, as well as Jessica’s violent pimp Z. Kushner.

The Rolling Stone article was itself was inspired by Zola’s Twitter-documented trip to Florida, in which she relayed all of the crazy events the group got into in just under 150 tweets. The internet expectedly became obsessed with the story, and immediately clamored for the possibility of a film adaptation of the events of her journey.

The movie will be produced by Rabbit Bandini Productions, along with producers from Killer Films (Christine Vachon and David »

- Mitchel Broussard

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James Franco To Direct “Zola Tells All”

5 February 2016 1:10 PM, PST | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

The 148-tweet twitter saga shared by Aziah “Zola” Wells now has a film adaption. The film is set to be directed by James Franco and written by Neel and Mike Roberts. The story was tweeted on October 27 beginning, “Okay listen up. This story is long. So I met this white b-tch at Hooters…” And #TheStory, as it was called by followers everywhere […]

The post James Franco To Direct “Zola Tells All” appeared first on uInterview. »

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James Franco getting behind the camera for wild stripper tale Zola Tells All

5 February 2016 12:32 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Is there anything James Franco can't do? He acts. He writes short stories and poetry. He sculpts. He's in a band. He teaches, he produces and from time to time he elects to direct a new film. Currently in the midst of production on The Disaster Artist, which examines the making of The Room, it's his next project that is certainly going to turn some heads. Franco has signed on to direct Zola Tells All, an... Read More »

- Billy Donnelly

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James Franco to Direct Zola Movie, Based on Viral Twitter Epic

5 February 2016 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

For a few days last fall, the big watercooler pop culture event wasn’t yet another premium cable antihero drama or $200 million superhero blockbuster, but a 148-tweet epic of a stripper’s Florida road trip gone dramatically awry. The true-ish tale of Aziah “Zola” Wells followed two sex workers, a violent pimp, and a very sad boyfriend […]

The post James Franco to Direct Zola Movie, Based on Viral Twitter Epic appeared first on /Film. »

- Angie Han

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Movie News: Vin Diesel Strips Down for 'xXx' Photo; Scarlett Johansson's 'Ghost in the Shell' Nabs Villain

5 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

xXx: The Return of Xander Cage: Vin Diesel stripped down and shared two new photos from xXx: The Return of Xander Cage, both featuring him with Bollywood star Deepika Padukone. The action sequel, now in production, also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Jet Li. It's aiming for release next year. [Facebook/Instagram]   Ghost in the Shell: Michael Pitt (TV's Boardwalk Empire) will portray a villainous character known as the Laughing Man in the upcoming adaptation of Ghost in the Shell. Scarlett Johansson will star as a cyborg in the sci-fi movie, which follows a task force that deals with very dangerous criminals. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct; it's scheduled for release on March 31, 2017. [THR]   Zola: James Franco will...

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James Franco's Next Movie Will Be A Violent Stripper Road-Trip Movie, Sounds Incredible

5 February 2016 10:12 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

On paper, some of the greatest movies of all time don.t make any sense. The pitch for Taxi Driver basically just concerned a depressed taxi driver roaming around New York. It.s not incredibly appealing at first glance, but it turned out to be a modern masterpiece in practice. Then there are others movies, movies that sound so simultaneously insane and brilliant that we don.t have to see a single frame of the project to tell that it.s destined for greatness. James Franco.s upcoming project falls into the latter category.   A new report from THR indicates that the eccentric actor has been tapped to direct the upcoming film Zola. As the abbreviated title would suggest, the film will take inspiration from a Rolling Stone article titled "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted," which followed the adventures of Aziah "Zola »

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