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When it came time to shooting a gay threesome scene in “I Am Michael,” which premieres Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, first-time director Justin Kelly erred on the side of caution. He didn’t want to make the encounter among his three actors — James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver — too risqué for fear of alienating moviegoers from the story about Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounces his homosexuality and turns to God.
“I wanted to appeal to a wider audience,” Kelly says. “All my gay filmmaker friends thought it would be awesome if this film could be something that Christians would see.”
Kelly filmed the buzzed-about love scene in two takes, in a wide shot, so it wouldn’t look gratuitous. In retrospect, he regrets not nudging his actors to go further. “I kind of do wish they took their underwear off, to be honest,” Kelly says. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Not so fast Lindsay Lohan.
Lohan's lawyer Shawn Holley appeared in court on Wednesday to show that Lohan, 28, had completed the terms of her community service sentence stemming from her 2012 reckless driving criminal case, claiming that the troubled actress completed 80 hours of community service in nine days.
But some of what Lohan reportedly counted as community service turned out to be questionable.
Among the activities Lohan reportedly received credit for: A meet-and-greet with fans of her London play Speed-the-Plow. She also reportedly received credit for hours in which young people were shadowing her. Not surprisingly, Santa Monica Chief Deputy City Attorney Terry White took issue with both claims.
"I'd love to hang out with a celebrity all day and see their life, but that's not community service," White said, according to a USA Today report. "If this was »
I do not know about you, but whenever Werner Herzog has a new movie coming out, I get very excited. Even if I end up not liking the movie, he always makes something unique and interesting. And, hopefully, insane. Queen of the Desert is the title of his latest, and it sounds like it could be his most traditional film. You can watch a new clip of the film below, featuring Nicole Kidman and Damian Lewis. The film is based on the true story of Gertrude Bell, who was a writer, archaeologist, political attache for the British Empire, and much more at the turn of the twentieth century. Along with Kidman and Lewis, the also film stars Robert Pattinson as T.E. Lawrence (that's big shoes to fill...) and James Franco as Henry Cadogan. We have not gotten a narrative feature from Herzog since My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done, »
- Mike Shutt
"Now, Nicole Kidman,” Werner Herzog said last summer about her lead performance in his upcoming "Queen Of The Desert." “Wait for that one. Wait for it. I make an ominous prediction: How good she is.” And well, we shall soon see. The filmmaker's anticipated drama is just a week or so away from being unveiled at the Berlin International Film Festival and the first clip has arrived. Featuring a pretty nice ensemble which includes the omnipresent James Franco, Robert Pattinson, and “Homeland” star Damian Lewis, the true-story film chronicles the life of Gertrude Bell, a British explorer, traveler, archaeologist and political officer. But as you'll see in this clip, romance is not part of the equation of her mission in the Middle Eastern desert, no matter how strong the pangs of passion. Watch below. Is this the Kidman performance we've been waiting for? Hit the comments section. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Forget the "Riff" and on with the ripped! Rapper Riff Raff took to his Twitter on Wednesday, Jan. 28, to proudly unveil his weight gain of a whopping 55 pounds. The added pounds, however, have been an intentional process for the jacked artist. Riff Raff (who famously inspired James Franco's character in Spring Breakers) recently announced that he has been training with Hulk Hogan to pursue a professional wrestling career. Last fall, Riff Raff, 33, told his Instagram fans that he was starting a "Versace Strength Training" [...] »
Title: I Am Michael Director: Justin Kelly Starring: James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts When a character undergoes a major transformation that changes everything about them, sometimes it is better to show the new version of themselves before rewinding to explain just how that shift came about. I Am Michael begins with Michael Glatze (James Franco) introducing himself to a nervous teenager and telling him that there is no such thing as “gay,” and that he should really think about whether he wants to go to heaven. The shock value of this scene is effective: when we next see Michael, years earlier, he is the editor of a magazine for [ Read More ]
The post I Am Michael Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
Frequent collaborators Jonah Hill and James Franco are starring in a new film together, but this time, it's no laughing matter. In True Story, which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, Hill plays disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel opposite Franco as Christian Longo, a man charged with killing his own family and taking Finkel's name. The journalist ended up writing True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa about how their lives intertwined, making this one of the many movies based on books coming out this year. The trailer is really intense, but like Foxcatcher, the truth behind the book and film is even crazier. Crime Library has a long story on the case, and we have the details below; just be aware that it's pretty disturbing. At 17 years old, Christian Longo met his future wife, 24-year-old MaryJane Baker. The couple was married in 1993, and long before Longo's violent turn, »
Sean Penn: Honorary César goes Hollywood – again (photo: Sean Penn in '21 Grams') Sean Penn, 54, will receive the 2015 Honorary César (César d'Honneur), the French Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Crafts has announced. That means the French Academy's powers-that-be are once again trying to make the Prix César ceremony relevant to the American media. Their tactic is to hand out the career award to a widely known and relatively young -- i.e., media friendly -- Hollywood celebrity. (Scroll down for more such examples.) In the words of the French Academy, Honorary César 2015 recipient Sean Penn is a "living legend" and "a stand-alone icon in American cinema." It has also hailed the two-time Best Actor Oscar winner as a "mythical actor, a politically active personality and an exceptional director." Penn will be honored at the César Awards ceremony on February 20, 2015. Sean Penn movies Sean Penn movies range from the »
- Steve Montgomery
Skydance declined to comment, while a representative for Pitt did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Pitt and wife Jolie recently teamed on her third feature as a director, “By the Sea.” They first worked together on “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”
- Jeff Sneider
Fox Searchlight came to Sundance with Jonah Hill / James Franco thriller "True Story" in hand, picked up director Noah Baumbach's latest collaboration with Greta Gerwig, "Mistress America," before the festival began, and partnered with producer Indian Paintbrush to snag "Me and Earl and the Dying Girl" earlier this week. The distributor's acquisitions spree continues with the period melodrama "Brooklyn" -- to the tune of $9 million, according to Variety, the price tag fueled by a bidding war that included The Weinstein Company, Focus Features, and Roadside. Based on Colm Tóibín's 2009 novel, adapted by the ever-popular Nick Hornby and directed by John Crowley, the film stars Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement") as a young woman who emigrates from Ireland to the titular New York borough in 1952. As Entertainment Weekly notes, it's a homecoming of sorts for the 20-year-old Irish actress, who also appears in this year's Sundance »
- Matt Brennan
In “I Am Michael,” the controversial new drama that premieres on Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, James Franco plays former gay rights activist Michael Glatze, who in 2007 renounced his homosexuality and turned to Christianity. Glatze was profiled in a 2011 New York Times Magazine profile story by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, which caught Gus Van Sant’s eye. He shared the material with Franco, and it took four years to secure financing to get the story on the big screen.
Franco attended a special Variety dinner at Sundance in honor of “I Am Michael,” where he talked about the project over salad and chicken. The film’s first-time director, Justin Kelly, occasionally chimed in.
After you read the article, why did you think Michael’s life would make a good movie?
It’s like a lot of projects, where in the beginning, there’s an idea, or a concept or a »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Also Read: TheWrap’s Exclusive Sundance Portraits (Photos)
Story follows good-girl Vee (Roberts), who breaks out of her shell after plunging into an online game of truth-or-dare called “Nerve” with the sexy and mysterious Ian (Franco). However, Vee quickly finds the initial thrills turn dark as the stakes grow increasingly higher and the game turns personal – ultimately revealing »
- Linda Ge
Based on the Jeanne Ryan novel, the pic follows a high school senior who finds herself immersed in an online game of truth of dare, where her every move starts to become manipulated by an anonymous community of “watchers.”
Jessica Sharzer adapted the script.
No stranger to the Ya genre (“The Hunger Games”), Lionsgate is now looking for its next big score in that realm and sees potential in this property especially with Franco and Roberts climbing the ranks of young stars on the verge of breaking out.
Franco has been on »
- Justin Kroll
Justin Kelly’s “I Am Michael” attempts to understand change: why people change, how it happens, if it is really possible. As to the last question, the film doesn’t quite lay down a definitive yes or no answer — just that people make the choices that they do, and have to continue down whatever path that presents. James Franco stars as Michael Glatze, a former gay activist and magazine editor, who in 2007, announced that he was giving up the gay lifestyle and turning to Christ. What “I Am Michael” attempts to do is take a shocking headline and expand it into a story that explains or explores the nature of a transition like this, without judging or taking sides. But, with the unwillingness to really make a statement on either side of the issue, “I Am Michael” ultimately ends up saying not much at all. Franco has played roles akin to this before, »
- Katie Walsh
The Berlinale’s greater emphasis on television this year should not be interpreted as the first step towards a German Mip, according to festival director Dieter Kosslick.
In an exclusive interview with ScreenDaily, Kosslick said: ¨We don’t want to make a Mip TV or Mipcom, that’s as sure as day follows night and anything more would overstretch us.¨
He pointed out that that the Berlinale had had successful screenings of quality TV in the past with such productions as Dominik Graf’s Im Namen des Verbrechens, Jane Campion’s Top Of The Lake and Rainer Werner Fassbinder’s Berlin Alexanderplatz.
“We have now been working for the past two years on this programme which is composed of two parts: a series of discussions on new trends at the Efm and two days of drama series integrated into the festival programme and shown at Haus der Berliner [link=tt »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Comedy-horror anthology series will premiere in the fall
Nick Jonas and Fox are going to have a “Scream” together.
Jonas has been cast in Fox’s upcoming comedy-horror anthology series “Scream Queens,” from Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan, an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap on Monday.
Jonas will appear in a recurring role.
Details on Jonas’ character are being kept under wraps, as is the case with the rest of the characters on the upcoming series, which is scheduled to premiere in the fall. »
- Tim Kenneally
Photos: Stars Hit Sundance! See Which Celebs are in Utah
The duo premiered their new film, True Story, at the annual film festival – hitting the red carpet together to pose for pics and promote the upcoming drama.
James reunites with Jonah Hill on the big screen while Brad is behind the camera as a producer. Believe it or not, James and Brad met for the first time this week – and according to James, it was love at first sight!
“We fell in love last night, he’s the coolest guy,” James said during an interview with the movie’s director Rupert Goold.
And although they hadn’t met in person until Sundance, Franco sang Pitt’s praises.
Related: 9 Films Premiering at Sundance That We Can't Wait to Watch
“He really kind of saw it through from script stage and post-production »
James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver engage in a hot gay threesome in new stills from the film I Am Michael, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week. New ‘I Am Michael’ Stills Released I Am Michael stars Franco as Michael Glatze, a former gay-rights activist who was a well-known figure in […]
- Olivia Truffaut
Retired basketball star Jason Collins, who became the first openly gay player in the NBA in 2013, made a stop at Variety’s Sundance party on Sunday night. The event at Stella Artois Café was in honor of “I Am Michael,” the drama starring James Franco as a gay rights activist who denounces his homosexuality.
Variety asked Collins to walk through — and grade — his favorite Sundance moments.
“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” Screening
“I saw that earlier today, and I loved it. I’m not a crier, but there’s absolutely a sad element. I don’t want to give too much away, but in the title, it says there’s a dying girl. They did a great job.”
“The End of the Tour” Screening
“Jason Segel and I went to high school together, and we were high school basketball teammates. This is the best acting he »
- Ramin Setoodeh
While it seems like everyone from Hollywood to the White House has voiced their opinion on the controversial, North Korea-infuriating comedy The Interview, the film's star James Franco has stayed mostly mum on the whole situation; the actor even showed up extremely late for Seth Rogen's scheduled live-tweet of the film after it hit video-on-demand. However, the Daily Beast caught up with Franco at Sundance, where the actor finally opened up about the Sony cyber-attack and the rallying cry The Interview created.
Because of the uproar around the film, »
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