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The Screamfest Horror Film Festival is the longest running horror film festival in the United States, now in its 15th year. The festival has been responsible for premiering many now classic horror films such as Paranormal Activity and Feast, both of which are having anniversary screenings at this year's festival. Additionally, Screamfest will be screening the premiere of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension.
The 2015 festival will run from October 13th through the 22nd in Hollywood, California at the Tcl Chinese 6 Theatres.
Screamfest has an amazing star-studded lineup this year, and if you live in Los Angeles, you owe it to yourself to check out a movie or two, or three or four or all of them. Many of the screenings include discussions with filmmakers such as John and Clu Gulager, James Franco, and more. You can check out the programming and purchase tickets at the festival website Screamfest. »
Leave it to James Franco to wring a few bloody laughs out of the sex and violence of “Game of Thrones.” In the latest installment of his AOL series “Making a Scene,” the “Pineapple Express” star reinvents HBO’s dragons-and-swords drama as a sitcom, with Jon Snow taking a drastic career turn to become a wedding planner. Snow’s crowning assignment? The first gay wedding in Westeros, between Tyrion and Joffrey. Also Read: 'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin Slays Movie Rumors: 'Don't Believe Everything You Read' “I just want to marry these two dudes, Ok?” a nervous Franco-as-Snow tells his staff. »
- Tim Kenneally
Has Game of Thrones conjured another Melisandre from the flames?
In advance of the new season, the answer may be even harder to pin down than a shadowy assassin birthed in a cave.
This likely means that Liburd merely will play another female clergy member in the faith of R’llor — much like the woman that Tyrion »
Read More: James Franco on 'The Keeping Room' This is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is a place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them, but a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James's career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry — where writers review other writer's books — the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they're interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and »
- James Franco
Few filmmakers like to mix things up as much as Danny Boyle does. As a director, he has a style that’s easy to notice, but he often applies it to fairly unique projects. Boyle is an Academy Award winner, the helmer of a Best Picture winner, and considered one of the more interesting directors in the business. This week, he’s got another Oscar contender in Steve Jobs beginning to hit theaters, and it’s one of his better movies. In honor of that, I did want to give a rundown of the best films of Boyle’s career so far. He’s made almost a dozen flicks, but below you’ll see his top five to date. Enjoy, and as always, remember that this is just my take on Boyle’s work… Here now are what I believe to be the five best films of Boyle’s directing »
- Joey Magidson
James Franco is finally becoming a man...and he's doing it for charity. The 37-year-old actor and pal Seth Rogen have teamed up with Omaze, Hilarity for Charity (Rogen founded the organization with his wife, Lauren) to help raise money and awareness for Alzheimer's disease by giving fans a chance to attend Franco's forthcoming Bar Mitzvah (and yes, he's fully aware that this celebration typically occurs at the age of 13). In a video promoting the charity event (video contains language that may be offensive to some), Rogen shares his fond memories of his own Bar Mitzvah, although, as the footage shows, he has a slightly warped perception of his own special »
Jon Snow is alive and well—and retired from the Night's Watch to pursue a verrrrry different career path—in the next episode of the webseries Making a Scene With James Franco. Wanna know what the Lord Commander of the Night's Watch is up to now? Wedding planning. James Franco stars as the possibly dead warrior in the latest episode of his webseries, which combines current TV favorites with totally unexpected genres. Game of Thrones gets the mockumentary-style sitcom treatment in "Modern Throne," and E! News has an exclusive sneak peek at the mashup. "I retired from the Night's Watch. I forsook my vows and have decided to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a wedding planner," »
Lenny Kravitz‘s infamous pant-splitting performance has already been addressed by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Now James Franco is jumping on the hot topic of the rocker’s junk in a new Guitar Hero promo. “That’s pretty sexy, just don’t split your pants,” Franco told Kravitz as he showed off his killer moves with a toy guitar from the comfort of a fake couch. The pair rock out and bro it up in the commercial for the Activision game, with Franco looking just as cool performing as the “Are You Gonna Go My Way” singer. Also Read: »
- Debbie Emery
Jamie Foxx has signed on to voice the lead character (Biggz) in the new CGI animated family film “Groove Tails” and will produce the movie with Michael Becker of Imprint Entertainment and Ambi principals Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi (“Septembers of Shiraz,” James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” “The Humbling”). The script was written by Johnny Mack ("Real Husbands of Hollywood"), who will also serve as an executive producer. And award winning writer, director and animator, Cameron Hood ("The Prince of Egypt", "Kung Fu Panda 2", "Megamind", "Despicable Me 2"), is set to direct. "Groove »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Everyone and their Jewish mothers knew Seth Rogen was throwing James Franco a bar mitzvah later this month for his Hilarity for Charity benefit to raise money for Alzheimer's. While the circumcision was still up for grabs, we discovered that Franco’s coming-of-age ceremony already happened. "He did his actual bar mitzvah last night," Rogen told Vulture Saturday night at the New York Film Festival premiere of Steve Jobs, in which he plays Steve Wozniak. "I might have a picture that my friend sent me." Rogen then pulled out his iPhone to show us the photo.Everything looked legit: Franco was wearing a tallis prayer shawl and kippah while reading from a Torah scroll. "The Rabbi wouldn’t do it on the actual event, so he did it last night at our friend’s house and we filmed it and we’ll show it at our fund-raiser," Rogen said. "He really got bar mitzvahed! »
- Yelena Shuster
To mark the release of Good People on 5th October, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray. Tom Wright (James Franco) and his wife Anna (Kate Hudson) have fallen into serious debt whilst renovating their home. Desperate to start a family and broke they’re on the brink of losing everything. When their
The post Win Good People on Blu-ray appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
Hulu is hiring extras for its small-screen adaptation of Stephen King’s 2011 novel, “11/22/63.” The James Franco starrer is filming in Dallas, Texas and has King attached as executive producer alongside writer J.J. Abrams as producer. The project follows Jake Epping (Franco), an English teacher who travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963. The Hulu series is currently hiring male and female background talents of all ethnicities ages 18 and up. The job is nonunion, and talents will be compensated. For more details, check out the casting notice for “11/22/63” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Texas audition listings! »
Margarita Levieva (Revenge) has landed a co-lead opposite James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal in David Simon's HBO drama pilot The Deuce. Also cast in the project, a narrative set in the Times Square demimonde of the 1970s and '80s, are Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (The Walking Dead) and Dominique Fishback (HBO’s Show Me a Hero). The Deuce follows the story of the legalization and subsequent rise of the porn industry in New York, exploring the rough-and-tumble world that existed… »
Read More: James Franco's Movie Column: Why 'Goodnight Mommy' Is a Fresh Take on the Horror Genre For one reason or another, A24, the people's champion of auteur distribution, has been getting a lot of attention over the past couple of days. Three years down the line, it'd be quite shocking to learn that anyone in the film community is unfamiliar with the unparalleled quality of the indie studio's releases, but if the company truly does need a further push into the mainstream, it's no fault of their robust and creative marketing team. Case and point: Take a look at the trailer for 2012's Edm nightmare "Spring Breakers." While it's clear that anyone who saw this trailer before the film's release had no idea what it was really about, it had all the ingredients necessary to attract a huge and diverse audience. Perverse imaginations were steered to expectations of »
- Jon Fusco
Journalist Mark Harris said on his Twitter feed that the film could be a "bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers".
Considering the film's breathtaking finale - in 3D - takes place 1,300 feet above the ground, it's hardly surprising.
Reports of guys vomiting in the Alice Tully men's rm post-The Walk: True. Witnessed it/came close. Bad visual trigger for vertigo sufferers.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) September 27, 2015
Furthermore, the New York Post has quoted Denise Widman, board director of the Boston Jewish Film Festival, as saying she felt ill after a screening.
"The last 20 minutes of the film I had to »
Alchemy has hired Scott Guthrie as its chief operating officer, the company announced Wednesday. Guthrie will oversee several of Alchemy’s divisions including strategy & planning, operations, It, and human resources. He will report to Alchemy CEO Bill Lee. Alchemy’s Jim Jenkins has transitioned to the role of executive vice president of strategic business development and mergers and acquisitions. The company has also hired Norbert Hudak to serve as senior vice president of affinity pods and business development through which he will develop, acquire and maximize Alchemy’s action, horror, faith, family, urban and documentary slates. Also Read: James Franco, »
- Joe Otterson
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Slate‘s David Ehrlich asks if A24 can save the film industry:
When historians of the future try to pinpoint the precise moment that the film industry crawled out of its deathbed and back onto its feet, there’s a good chance they’ll land somewhere in March 2013, when a fledgling distribution company called A24 Films transformed a Harmony Korine movie starring a cornrowed James Franco into a genuine cultural event.
After exploring the evolution of the aspect ratio, watch a video essay on the »
- TFS Staff
Sixty years after these events, he remains an icon, based on only three films. Dean hit a nerve because he was the right star in the right roles at the right time. After the Depression and World War II, many American adults wanted things to be “nice” and trouble-free. The affluent middle class moved into new suburban developments, while Madison Avenue started targeting teenagers as a distinct demographic with their own spending money.
The 1950s are often painted as a period of “Happy Days” innocence, but the optimistic attitude only partially masked fears of communists, the atomic bomb, polio and the growing awareness that the American Dream might be more complex than it seemed. And nobody was more suspicious »
- Tim Gray
In an upcoming episode of AOL’s “Making a Scene With James Franco,” the actor will reprise his “Freaks and Geeks” role 16 years later. The new episode, available Sept. 30, will mash up two classic high school TV series, “Freaks and Geeks” and “Saved by the Bell.” Franco will play both Mark-Paul Gosselaar‘s Zack Morris and his original “Freaks” character Daniel Desario as they face off in a musical showdown. “Making a Scene” sees the experimental star reenacting classic moments from film and TV. Previous episodes have seen him take on “Sex and the City’s” Carrie Bradshaw, and “Breaking Bad’s” Walter White. »
- Reid Nakamura
Still best known for the John Green adaptations The Fault In Our Stars and this year’s Paper Towns, Nat Wolff is looking to make a mark outside of Green’s work. He’s already attached to one of James Franco’s numerous directorial efforts and is now in the process of landing the lead in Adam Wingard’s take on horror manga Death Note. Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata’s work focuses on Japanese high school student Light Yagami, who comes across a handy notebook penned by the death god Ryuk, which allows its owner to kill anyone he pleases by writing their name in the book and picturing their face. Light decides to use his newfound power to rid the world of evil, and the series follows his progress, and that of the cops on his trail. Killing in the name of altruism is all very well, but »
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