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Exclusive: Jordan Schur, the former Geffen Records president, Suretone Records founder and manager of acts including Fleetwood Mac, Zz Top and Lonestar, is jumping squarely into the film business with his Suretone Pictures banner. Schur has set the venerable actor and Daredevil star Vincent D’Onofrio to make his feature directorial debut on The Kid, a Western he will star in with James Franco and Ethan Hawke. Schur has set the film for domestic release with Lionsgate and… »
Having wowed the world as Walter White in Breaking Bad, we.re still really waiting for Bryan Cranston to have a proper whack at becoming a big-screen presence. But with Trumbo on the horizon, as well as a plethora supporting roles, Cranston looks as though he.s going to be constantly popping up in movies over the next few years. In fact, he.s now even signed up to star in a mainstream comedy alongside James Franco. According to Variety, Bryan Cranston and James Franco have agreed to star in Why Him? for 21 Laps and 20th Century Fox, and the studios have expectations that it could turn into a holiday classic. Set over the festive period, Why Him? will star Cranston as a Midwestern father who travels alongside his family to visit his daughter at college. However, when he arrives, he suddenly finds himself vying for her affections and attention »
Robert Pattinson: Actor to play E.T. astronaut. Robert Pattinson to star for Claire Denis If all goes as planned, Robert Pattinson will get to star in French screenwriter-director Claire Denis' recently announced – and as yet untitled – English-language sci-fier, penned by Denis and White Teeth author Zadie Smith and her novelist husband Nick Laird, from an original idea by Denis and writing partner Jean-Pol Fargeau. Among Claire Denis' credits are the interracial love story Chocolat (1988), the sociopolitical drama White Material (2009), and the generally well-regarded Billy Budd reboot Beau Travail (1999), winner of the César Award for Best Cinematography (Agnès Godard). Robert Pattinson, for his part, is best known for playing the veggie vampire in the wildly popular Twilight movies costarring Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner. Robert Pattinson, astronaut In Claire Denis' film, Robert Pattinson is slated to play an E.T. astronaut. But what happens to said astronaut? Does »
- Zac Gille
Variety is reporting that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston is set to join James Franco in the upcoming comedy Why Him?, which is being directed by John Hamburg (Meet the Parents, I Love You, Man) from a script by Ian Helfer (Meet the Parents, Zoolander).
According to EW, Why Him? follows “a Midwestern dad and his family as they travel to see their daughter at college over the holidays. When they arrive, the family learns their little girl has a new wealthy tech industry boyfriend, who the father must now compete with for her affection.”
Why Him? is set to start production in February and is expected to arrive some time next year.
- Gary Collinson
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Bryan Cranston and James Franco recently worked together on the upcoming drama In Dubious Battle (which was also directed by The Interview star), and Variety is reporting that Cranston and Franco are set to reteam for a comedy titled Why Him? John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) will direct from a script he's co-writing with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy (21 Laps) and Ben Stiller (Red Hour Films) are... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
There's been a hard-fought battle raging for weeks at Gold Derby over who our users want to host the Oscars, with the final three contenders in our polls being Ricky Gervais, Ellen DeGeneres and Robert Downey Jr. More than 14,000 of you voted in our poll, and we can now reveal that Gervais is your overwhelming #1 choice for who you want to host the 88th annual edition of the Academy Awards on Feb. 28. Congrats, Ricky! -Break- Poll: Who should get honorary Oscars? As of this writing, Gervais leads with 73% (10,691 votes), followed by Downey at 21% (3,032) and DeGeneres at 5% (672 votes). (The remaining 1% of our users thought that none of these three should preside over the next Oscars ceremony; perhaps they're holding out for a reprieve by former emcees James Franco and Anne Hathaway?) Though he hasn't hosted the Oscars, Gervais made the Golden Globes must-see viewing for three years in a row (2010-2012) with his acerbic, »
20th Century Fox has announced that Bryan Cranston and James Franco will star in the "Why Him" comedy, which will be directed by John Hamburg (I Love You Man) from a script co-written by Ian Helfer (The Oranges). The film takes place over the holidays as a Midwestern dad (Cranston) travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a bitter rivalry for her affections with her new, brash tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). Production is set to begin in Los Angeles in February. »
We aren’t the only ones sending tons of YAYwaves to the newly-engaged couple Dave Franco and Alison Brie today. Dave’s older brother James Franco too has issued his ’gram-based congrats to the adorable pair, equipped with ring and heart emojis and a wittle bit of baby talk because whether he’s 30 or not, Dave will always be James’s ’lil bro. »
Australian actor Luke Bracey ("Point Break") will join Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington and Vince Vaughn in the cast of Mel Gibson's World War II drama "Hacksaw Ridge". Filming begins in Australia next month with Gibson helming from a script by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace.
Garfield play Desmond T. Doss, a medic and the first conscientious objector to win the Congressional Medal of Honor after saving dozens of soldiers during the Battle of Okinawa. Bracey will portray Smitty, the main villain and one of the leaders of Doss' platoon. [Source: Variety]
Australian actor Anthony Hayes has joined the cast of David Michod's "War Machine" film for Netflix and Brad Pitt's Plan B productions. Filming begins this Fall and Netflix will open the film in select theaters next year as well as stream the film on its online service.
Pitt plays a four-star general whose track record »
- Garth Franklin
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has signed on to join James Franco in the upcoming 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him? We first reported on the project back in February, when James Franco signed on to star for producers Shawn Levy and Ben Stiller. Production is scheduled to begin this coming February in Los Angeles.
The story centers on a father (Bryan Cranston) from the Midwest who decides to travel with his family to visit their daughter at college over the holiday season. The dad gets quite a surprise when he meets her new tech billionaire boyfriend (James Franco). A bitter rivalry ensues between the father and his daughter's boyfriend that quickly spirals out of control.
Bryan Cranston has just worked with James Franco on one of the latter’s recent directorial outings, In Dubious Battle, which he’s putting through post-production now. They’re set to team up again, this time both just as actors for the new comedy Why Him?John Hamburg, who appears to be channelling his own work on the Meet The Parents films (and a little pinch of TV’s Cuckoo) has cooked up the idea, which finds a Midwestern father taking his family to visit his daughter, who is attending Stanford. But the Christmastime trip is soured somewhat when he meets her boyfriend, an ambitious Internet billionaire (think Sean Parker more than Mark Zuckerberg), played by Franco and immediately takes a disliking to him. Thus kicks off a battle for his daughter’s attention as the dad tries to compete with this charismatic new rival. Hamburg co-wrote the script with »
The One Who Knocks and the One Who Plays Britney Spears on Piano are about to face off onscreen: Brian Cranston and James Franco will star in John Hamburg’s comedy Why Him? “The comedy is set over the holidays, when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.” It sounds like Meet the Parents, but with the cantankerous ex-cia father replaced by Bryan Cranston (we're assuming Cranston will play the father and Franco the brash boyfriend, though how great would it be if they reversed it?). Cranston also has a smaller role in Franco’s upcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel In Dubious Battle, which depicts a worker who organizers a major strike by fruit pickers. The film wrapped up production earlier this year. A release »
- Greg Cwik
While we can't say we're surprised by anything James Franco does at this point, Bryan Cranston is another matter. He still seems to be choose his roles with care and so it's a bit surprising to see him team up for what Franco for what sounds like a pretty broad comedy, but then again, this is the guy who spent years doing "Malcolm In The Middle." Read More: Bryan Cranston Says The Fate Of His Character In 'Godzilla' "Was A Mistake" Variety reports that the duo will appear in "Why Him?" John Hamburg ("Along Came Polly," "I Love You, Man") will direct the movie and is co-writing a new draft of the original script by Nicholas Stoller ("Get Him To The Greek," "The Five-Year Engagement") about a Dad who winds up in a feud for his daughter's heart with her tech billionaire boyfriend. So I presume lots of old vs. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Talk about some brotherly love! Just hours after E! News exclusively confirmed that Dave Franco had popped the very important question to girlfriend Alison Brie, the actor's brother is sending his best wishes to the couple. "Congrats Davy and Allison!!!" James Franco wrote on Instagram Tuesday morning. "Engaged!!! I Wuuuuuv You ❤." As for the misspelling of his future sister-in-law's first name, we'll just take it as an innocent autocorrect mistake. That or maybe he is just so freaking excited. On Monday evening, Brie was spotted wearing a stunning engagement ring at a screening of her new romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People (in theatres Sept. 11). »
Heading into Toronto the former president of international sales and distribution at Voltage Pictures will serve as a consultant, effective immediately.
The Beverly Hills-based company’s international sales slate includes contemporary fairy tale This Beautiful Fantastic, James Franco’s In Dubious Battle, 3D CGI family animation Arctic Justice: Thunder Squad, sci-fi thriller Rupture starring Noomi Rapace.
The roster also comprises psychological thriller Lavender, rom-com All Roads Lead To Rome starring Sarah Jessica Parker, sci-fi action thriller Andron: The Black Labyrinth starring Alec Baldwin and an upcoming homage to Federico Fellini’s classic La Dolce Vita.
“This is an exciting time for Ambi Distribution,” said Ambi Group co-head Andrea Iervolino (pictured with co-head Monika Bacardi). “Elisabeth brings a wealth of experience and we are tremendously excited to have her join our superb worldwide sales team »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Too busy cooking meth and being a criminal legend to be a father in Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston’s taking a more involved approach to parenthood in Fox comedy Why Him? Indeed, the title is an apt question to ask in conjunction with Cranston boarding the film, especially as his forthcoming slate of movies veer closer to prestige pics than lightweight mainstream comedies. And make no mistake: this latest one bears all the hallmarks of seasonal family fluff.
Except its director and writer team don’t do fluff. John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is attached to direct and co-write the script with Ian Helfer (The Oranges), which takes place over the holiday season “when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.”
Cranston is attached as the father, »
- Gem Seddon
Bryan Cranston will star alongside James Franco in the 20th Century Fox and 21 Laps comedy “Why Him?” an individual with knowledge of the casting told TheWrap. The film follows a Midwestern dad (Cranston) who travels to visit his daughter at college, only to find himself in conflict with her tech billionaire boyfriend (Franco). John Hamburg is directing in addition to co-writing the script with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing under his 21 Laps banner, while Ben Stiller is also attached as a producer through Red Hour Films. Also Read: Bryan Cranston Plays Blacklisted Screenwriter in 'Trumbo' First Trailer Cranston and Franco are. »
- Joe Otterson
Bryan Cranston has been set to star opposite James Franco in Why Him, the 20th Century Fox comedy to be directed and co-written by Meet The Parents and Zoolander scribe John Hamburg. Hamburg previously directed I Love You Man and Along Came Polly. He co-wrote this one with Ian Helfer. The logline: Over the holidays, a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her new, brash tech… »
John Hamburg is on board to direct, and will co-write the script with Ian Helfer. Shawn Levy is producing under his 21 Laps banner, with Ben Stiller also attached to produce through his Red Hour Films shingle.
The comedy is set over the holidays, when a Midwestern dad travels with his family to visit his daughter at college, and soon finds himself in a battle for her affections with her brash new tech billionaire boyfriend.
Franco and Cranston are already building chemistry on Franco’s next directing gig “In Dubious Battle,” in which he’ll star alongside Cranston.
Cranston’s “Trumbo” hits theaters on Nov. 6 following its September premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.
He is also lending his voice to DreamWorks Animation »
- Variety Staff
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