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James Franco, Elysium Set Latest Film Collaboration ‘Mississippi Requiem’

20 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco, Elysium Bandini Studios and UCLA are developing “Mississippi Requiem” — a single movie consisting of four black and white shorts — Variety has learned exclusively. Franco will star in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s stories, along with Topher Grace, Amy Smart and Alicia Witt.

The pic deals with issues of race, gender and class set in the American South during the early 20th Century. Beth GrantMarianna Palka, Elayn Taylor, Sky Van Vliet and Zackary Arthur also star, along with musician George Lewis Jr., known as Twin Shadow.

The four Faulkner stories adapted include “A Dry September,” “That Evening Sun,” “Elly” and “A Rose for Emily.”

Elysium Bandini is partnered with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television; Lee Caplin of Picture Entertainment; and Sabrina Coryell of Engaging the Senses Foundation.

This production is the second film collaboration this year under Elysium Bandini, the newly formed philanthropic studio »

- Dave McNary

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'Zoolander 2,' 'The Witch,' 'How to Be Single' and This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

3 May 2016 4:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods The 5th Wave (Ya sci-fi/thriller; Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson; rated PG-13) Joy (actor-y biopic; Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, Bradley Cooper; rated PG-13) The Choice (romance; Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer; rated PG-13) Star Wars: The Force Awakens (sci-fi/adventure; Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac; rated PG-13) Memoria (drama; James Franco, Sam...

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James Franco Reveals His Grandmother Has Died: 'She Had a Great Life'

2 May 2016 10:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

James Franco shared sad news on Monday. Taking to Instagram, the actor revealed that his grandmother, Mitzie Vern, has died. "She had a great life. Mitzie Vern, Grandma. Just the best," Franco, 38, captioned a photo of himself with his grandma, adding four heart emojis to his message. According to CleveScene - a local publication from Cleveland, where she lived - Vern died on Sunday, just about one month short of her 94th birthday. Christmas Greetings From the Franco's from James Franco While she was certainly best known as the grandmother of both Francos - James and his younger brother Dave »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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James Franco Reveals His Grandmother Has Died: 'She Had a Great Life'

2 May 2016 10:30 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

James Franco shared sad news on Monday. Taking to Instagram, the actor revealed that his grandmother, Mitzie Vern, has died. "She had a great life. Mitzie Vern, Grandma. Just the best," Franco, 38, captioned a photo of himself with his grandma, adding four heart emojis to his message. According to CleveScene - a local publication from Cleveland, where she lived - Vern died on Sunday, just about one month short of her 94th birthday. Christmas Greetings From the Franco's from James Franco While she was certainly best known as the grandmother of both Francos - James and his younger brother Dave »

- Naja Rayne, @najarayne

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Mongrel International boards 'The Fixer' for Cannes

2 May 2016 5:12 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Charlotte Mickie and her team will kick off sales on the Croisette on Ian Olds’ recent Tribeca winner.

CAA brokered the deal and represents North American rights to the film.

The Fixer stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains, who won the Us narrative best actor prize for the title role in Tribeca.

The story follows a former fixer for Us journalists in Afghanistan who relocates to smalltown America where he becomes embroiled in a local mystery.

Olds and Paul Felten wrote the screenplay and Caroline von Kuhn’s Ace Productions produced in association with Night & Day Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions, Gigi Films, Amphora Films, Green Street Film Company, Heart-Headed Productions, Raa Ventures and Relic Pictures. »

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Mongrel To Handle ‘The Fixer’; Seville Picks Up ‘Hana’s Suitcase’ – Cannes

2 May 2016 2:14 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Mongrel International has boarded sales, excluding Canada and the U.S., on Tribeca title The Fixer. The deal was brokered by CAA, which has North America. The drama will make its market debut in Cannes next week. Directed by Ian Olds, who co-wrote with Paul Felten, it stars Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan, and newcomer Dominic Rains. Rains scooped the Best Actor prize at Tribeca last month. Inspired by Olds’ documentary about an Afghani guide… »

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The Interview Was a Horrible Experience Says Seth Rogen

30 April 2016 3:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The end of 2014 turned into an insane battle at the box office for Sony Pictures as their comedy The Interview came under fire from unseen forces. The comedy, which was written and directed by Superbad duo Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen, and starred Rogen and James Franco, was positioned to be one of Sony's big holiday releases. But the movie caused quite a bit of controversy, and was pulled from it's initial theatrical release. Looking back on it a year and a half later, all Seth Rogen can do is call it a miserable experience.

James Franco starred in the movie as dimwitted celebrity interviewer Dave Skylark, with Rogen playing his intrepid producer Aaron Rapaport. The duo land the interview of a lifetime when they are invited to North Korea to chat with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Skylark and Rapaport are soon contacted by the CIA, and tasked with »

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11.22.63 Time Travels to August 9 Home Video Release

30 April 2016 2:00 PM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Burbank, CA (April 26, 2016) – Imagine having the power to change history. Journey with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to the 1960s with the release of 11.22.63 on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on August 9, 2016.  Executive Produced by Emmy® winner J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Lost), Stephen King (The Shining, The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me), Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights. Parenthood), Bryan Burk (Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland) the event series includes all 8 episodes (9 hours) as well as a brand new featurette. 11.22.63 is priced to own at $39.99 Srp for Blu-ray and $29.98 for DVD.

Viewers hurtle deep into the unpredictable darkness of the American dream. James Franco stars as Jake Epping, a high school teacher at a loss with his life, who wants to make a difference and do something meaningful. Encouraged by his ailing friend (Chris Cooper), Jake journeys back in time to »

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Whitney Houston Estate Signs Off on New Documentary

28 April 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Oscar-winning director Kevin Macdonald will helm a documentary about Whitney Houston that has been authorized by the singer's estate since her death in 2012.

Per a statement, the as-yet-untitled film will offer the "unvarnished and authentic" story of Houston's life, from her early days singing in her church's gospel choir to her astounding success as a global pop star, which included a string of seven straight Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones. The film will include interviews with Houston's friends, family and collaborators, including famed record executive Clive Davis, who helped launch the singer's career. »

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John Slattery to play Eisenhower in Churchill biopic

28 April 2016 2:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Mad Men and Spotlight star to play opposite Brian Cox in Churchill, one of five films in production for Embankment Films.

Mad Men and Spotlight star John Slattery will play Us Army General Dwight D. Eisenhower in upcoming biopic Churchill, which will star Brian Cox as the eponymous British war-time leader.

Shoot is due to get underway on May 23 in Scotland on the feature from The Railway Man director Jonathan Teplitzky.

Miranda Richardson and Suki Waterhouse will co-star in the feature, which Embankment Films launched at Afm last year and will continue selling in Cannes.

Eisenhower served as Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe during World War II and would go on to serve as 34th President of the Us from 1953 until 1961.

Stanley Tucci had previously been lined up for the role but was unable to participate due to scheduling conflicts.

Churchill is one of five productions to get underway for Embankment between April 11 and »

- (Andreas Wiseman)

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Stephen King's 'Cell' finally gets a trailer, so is it better late than never?

26 April 2016 12:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

This one’s been a long time coming. Stephen King is a genre unto himself at this point. A “Stephen King movie” can be anything from Stand By Me to Maximum Overdrive, and the only thing they all have in common is him as the original source of the material. It seems like a given at this point that if King publishes something, it will eventually be turned into a film. Some books just take longer than others to make the jump. For example, Hulu just wrapped up 11.22.63, the eight-part adaptation of King’s time-travel story about trying to stop the murder of JFK from taking place. Co-produced by Bad Robot and starring James Franco, that was not the first attempt at cracking that adaptation. Jonathan Demme was the first director to try to take a crack at that one, and he was going to do it as a feature film. »

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"Wire" Creator Plans CIA Series "Ashes"

26 April 2016 6:54 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Though "The Wire" creator David Simon's next project is the 1970s porn drama "The Deuce" starring James Franco, it seems the acclaimed TV showrunner already has another major project in the works.

Simon tells Variety he's working on an adaptation of Tim Weiner's Pulitzer Prize winning novel "Legacy Of Ashes" for both the BBC and HBO. The series will take a hard look at the institutional problems in the CIA, and how it weakens national security. Speaking about the series he says:

"[Writers] Ed Burns and Dan Fesperman have taken that. It's in turnaround at the BBC. They want to do the show. They acquired the scripts from HBO and they are doing the show. We are taking another pass at the scripts because they want us to add a certain amount of U.K. stuff. A certain amount of MI6 along with CIA.

The reason HBO was gracious »

- Garth Franklin

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David Simon Says CIA Saga 'Legacy Of Ashes' Might Be His Next Project

25 April 2016 12:57 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This spring, David Simon, the man behind "The Wire," "Homicide," and "Show Me A Hero" will get cracking on production of his '70s set porn drama "The Deuce," starring James Franco in dual roles. But Simon has much more brewing, among them, a drama set around Capitol Hill with famed journalist Carl Bernstein involved. However, what might be next on the docket is something different, a show that will peel back the layers of one of the most powerful organizations in the United States: the CIA. Chatting with Variety, Simon reveals he's working on an adaptation of the Pulitizer Prize winning book "Legacy Of Ashes" by Tim Weiner, and that it's actually the BBC taking the lead, with HBO essentially willing lend a hand for the stateside work involved in bringing the series to air. And the material is powerful stuff, with Weiner's book taking a hard look at »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Beauty vs Beast: All Their Jazz

25 April 2016 10:23 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

It's Monday and this is Jason from Mnpp writing at you, so it must be time for another round of "Beauty vs Beast" -- this week's duo are each individually and together beautiful and beastly all at once, and I don't know which their prouder of, honestly. A little of this, a little of that, some razzle dazzle and a lotta sheba shimmy shake. Indeed we speak of that pair of murderin' funny honeys Velma Kelly (Catherine Zeta Jones) & Roxie Hart (Renée Zellweger) in Rob Marshall's 2002 Oscar winner Chicago. Today is Renée's 47th birthday and this we do in celebration of her. Now make like Lipschitz and choose.

Previously Last week we took a little ride on the Pineapple Express and y'all decided it was James Franco's Saul that two-thirds of you decided you wanted bringing up your caboose. Seth Rogen had his defenders though -- taking up »

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‘The Wire’s’ David Simon On ‘The Deuce,’ ‘Legacy of Ashes’

24 April 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Having made the Oscar Isaac-starring HBO miniseries “Show Me A Hero,” David Simon visited Barcelona recently to receive a career achievement award at its third edition of TV fest Serielizados. The creator of the “The Wire” and “Treme” and a two-time Emmy winner, Simon delivered a master class in a packed Blanquerna University Auditorium, which was conducted by film director, author and now TV series creator David Trueba. World premiering AMC’s “Fear the Walking Dead,” and showcasing the European premiere of Neil Berkeley doc “Beauty is Embarrassing,” Serielizados is one of Spain’s multiple TV festivals. The Simon master-class was one undoubted 2016 highlight. Variety talked to Simon about “The Deuce” and projects such as “Legacy of the Ashes” and the ramp-up in TV drama production.

As Cannes MipTV underscored – and Paris’ Series Mania will probably be no different – a young generation of writers and directors in Europe are »

- Emilio Mayorga

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Viggo Mortensen: Still here, still fantastic

24 April 2016 6:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Our celebration of Actors this month continues with Lynn Lee on Viggo

Is Viggo Mortensen the most interesting man in the world?  Based on his peripatetic history and eclectic interests, he’s certainly a contender.  In addition to acting, he’s a prolific painter, photographer, composer, and poet who founded his own publishing house.  A dual American and Danish citizen who spent his early childhood in South America and Denmark before returning to his native New York, he speaks multiple languages, with greatest fluency in English, Spanish, and Danish.  Oh, and his ex-wife is punk singer Exene Cervenko, with whom he has a son. 

As my husband put it, “Viggo Mortensen is who James Franco wishes he was.”

I can’t speak to the artistic merits of Viggo’s off-screen pursuits, but I do see him as a kind of anti-Franco in keeping them largely off the public radar.  And »

- Lynn Lee

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Will Ferrell And Mark Wahlberg Prep For Round 2 As Daddy’s Home Sequel Gets Go-Ahead

22 April 2016 11:59 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Paramount is pushing ahead with Daddy’s Home 2, bringing together the entire dysfunctional family that helped fire the original comedy to a relatively healthy box office haul – to the tune of $240 million, no less.

Of those family members on board for the sequel are director Sean Anders (Horrible Bosses 2, Mean Moms) and perhaps most important of all, Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Yes, Paramount’s two warring patriarchs are ready for round two, and the studio will be hoping to build another comedic crowd-pleaser on the pair’s undeniable chemistry.

No details were disclosed regarding the story, but we do know that John Morris will once again take point for scripting duties. Further still, Paramount didn’t allude to the chances of Hannibal Buress, Linda Cardelini and/or Thomas Haden Church reprising their roles from Daddy’s Home, though expect more details to arise as the comedy sequel inches closer to a production start. »

- Michael Briers

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King Cobra review: James Franco at his lurid best in gay porn shocker

22 April 2016 11:22 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The actor gives his most unhinged performance since Spring Breakers in Justin Kelly’s compelling film detailing the rise of porn star Brent Corrigan

As an actor, James Franco has two modes: committed and can’t-be-bothered. His bold work in Spring Breakers, 127 Hours and Pineapple Express falls into the first category; Oz the Great and Powerful and Werner Herzog’s misbegotten Queen of the Desert meanwhile feature Franco at his most lifeless. Luckily for film-maker Justin Kelly, Franco is at his brazen best in the dark gay porn saga King Cobra.

The film reunites the star with the director of I Am Michael for another gay-themed narrative based on real events. That, however, is where the similarities end.

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Transformers 5 Lands Carmichael Show Star Jerrod Carmichael

21 April 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With production scheduled to start next month in Detroit, the cast of Paramount's Transformers 5 is starting to come together. Jerrod Carmichael, who created and stars in NBC's hit sitcom The Carmichael Show, has signed on for an unspecified role in director Michael Bay's action-packed sequel. No details have been given regarding his role at this time.

The comedian joins Mark Wahlberg, reprising his role as Cade Yeager from 2014's Transformers: Age of Extinction, alongside newcomer Isabela Moner. According to The Wrap, the actress will play the female lead of Izabela, a young girl whose only friend is said to be a small Transformer, until she meets Cade Yeager. Izabela is described as a "street tough" orphan who was raised within the foster care system. No other cast members have come aboard at this time, and it isn't known how many roles the production still needs to fill.

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Angie Tribeca Will Be Back At Work June 6 On TBS

21 April 2016 2:39 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Angie Tribeca is ready to work, and TBS appears entirely ready to keep cranking out marathons of the police spoof, with the announcement today that season two of the show will debut this summer on June 6. That’s just a few months after the debut of season one earlier in January.

Like season one, the network confirmed that the second outing will be overflowing with famous faces ready to get in on the shenanigans of the show. That’ll include James Franco, Alfred Molina, Maya Rudolph, Heather Graham, Joe Jonas, Danny Pudi, Noah Wyle, Busy Philipps, Rhys Darby and Kevin Pollak among many, many others.

Some hints were given regarding the plot of the season, and it appears a few cases will center around the mysterious murder of a sushi chef, drug lord lifeguards and a boy band member who gets tragically decapitated by a T-shirt cannon.

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- Mitchel Broussard

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