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Finkel is drawn into Longo's frightening world in the aftermath of the criminal stealing his identity while on the run.
Academy Award winner Felicity Jones also appears in the ensemble drama.
The movie opens April 17 in the Us and on July 24 in the UK.
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In your typical crime thriller, activism isn’t high on the list of focal plot points. Right off the bat, that’s what makes Robert Duvall’s latest western, Wild Horses, stand out from the mass of films following relatively similar stories. Writer/director/lead Duvall sets out to show just how hard life can be for someone who can’t adapt to modern thinking and how immensely difficult that can make things for those closest to him, especially when they’re the cause of his rage and confusion.
Scott Briggs (Duvall) is a 70-something rancher stuck in his ways. Fifteen years ago he kicked his son Ben (James Franco) off his property for being gay, but he’s asked him to come back into town so the family can go over his will and try to reconnect. Complicating this reunion is the fact that a Texas ranger, Samantha Payne »
- Alexander Lowe
Read More: 7 Things Learned About James Franco's 'I Am Michael' at Indiewire's Sundance Panel In "True Story," James Franco plays an accused murderer who steals the identity of a New York Times reporter, played by Jonah Hill. That brief description should be enough to at least pique anyone's interest, especially since the Rupert Goold-directed film earned strong reviews out of its premiere at Sundance and also co-stars Oscar nominee Felicity Jones in a meaty role. In a newly-acquired clip (posted above), Franco's killer and Hill's journalist face off for the first time. The scene certainly lives up to what reaction to the film has been thus far: it's a well-acted, unbearably tense and superbly-filmed sequence. Also just out is a behind-the-scenes featurette, in which the "True Story" cast and crew delve into the film's psychological underpinnings. In particular, Franco (true to form) provides a curious, detailed »
- David Canfield
At one point, the prospect of a Jonah Hill/James Franco movie meant lots of bro’ing out, a great many creative plays on names for male genitalia and, presumably, a whole lot of weed. But both Hill and Franco have come a long way since their early years as members of the Apatow troupe: Franco remains modern cinema’s most committed dilettante (anyone who has the balls to try and adapt Faulkner at least gets points for chutzpah, and then there’s his now-percolating take on John Steinbeck’s great “In Dubious Battle”) while Hill has experienced the blessed good fortune to work with some of our most gifted working directors, including Martin Scorsese in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and the Coen Brothers in their upcoming Tinseltown farce “Hail Caesar!” Hill and Franco's latest collaboration is Rupert Goold’s “True Story,” a twisty, ice-pick-sharp psychological drama about a man, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Selene and I had a baby. It was born during Sprang Break.???? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? @selenagomez A photo posted by James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on Mar 30, 2015 at 9:50am Pdt Just child's play? James Franco and Selena Gomez are working on a very special new project together — a baby! Okay, not really. But the Interview actor, 36, did joke about having a kid with the Behaving Badly actress, 22, after photos emerged of Gomez on the set of their new movie, an adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1936 novel In Dubious [...] »
Journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets the accused killer, Christian Longo (James Franco) in the first clip from True Story, arriving in theaters April 17 from Fox Searchlight Pictures. While any meeting between a journalist and an accused killer would probably be rather tense, it is even more warranted in this clip, since Finkel is meeting the man who literally stole his identity, which he used while he was living outside of the U.S. After he is arrested for killing his wife, Longo reveals that the only person he will talk to is Finkel.
Before these events in this true story adaptation took place, Finkel was forced to leave the New York Times in disgrace, after he was caught falsifying accounts of impoverished teenagers in West Africa. Just one week later, the New York Times was embroiled in yet another plagiarism scandal involving reporter Jayson Blair. The plot follows Michael Finkel »
Kevin Hart will be honored with the Comedic Genius Award at the 2015 MTV Movie Awards, the cabler announced Monday.
Hart, whose comedy “Get Hard” with Will Ferrell is currently in theaters, will be recognized for his “bold and irreverent comedic style that has captivated audiences from his movies and sitcoms, to stand-up specials, award show performances and in front of packed arenas of fans,” according to MTV.
Amy Schumer is set to host the annual show, and confirmed attendees thus far include “Hot Pursuit” co-stars Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara, “Fast & Furious” star Vin Diesel, plus “Insurgent’s” Miles Teller and Trailblazer Award recipient Shailene Woodley.
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
It's no secret that James Franco is weird. But his latest Instagram post about his former Spring Breakers co-star Selena Gomez is basically just bizarre and a little creepy. The 36-year-old shared a photo earlier today that features the 22-year-old singer cradling a tiny baby swaddled in blankets. Gomez holds the baby lovingly while gazing down at its face. The sweet snapshot, which was taken on the set of Gomez and Franco's new movie In Dubious Battle, clearly caught Franco's attention as he felt compelled to share it on Instagram with the caption, "Selene and I had a baby. It was born during Sprang Break. @selenagomez." Um, Ok... In addition to joking about having a child with Gomez, »
I have yet to see True Story. Matt didn't love it when he saw it at Sundance earlier this year but the trailer that hit back in December (which I only saw just now) and this new clip that popped up today have piqued my interest a bit. The movie looks dramatic and intense and I love true crime stuff, so I figure I'll give it a shot. This clip marks the first time Jonah Hill and James Franco's characters meet in the film, which is a bit uncomfortable since Franco is playing a murderer who appropriated the name of Hill's character. Check out the True Story clip below. The film was directed by Rupert Goold and also stars Felicity Jones. It opens in theaters on April 17th. Clip via The Wall Street Journal: Here's the official synopsis: When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets »
- Evan Dickson
A different version of this post ran on August 28, 2013, before the James Franco Roast. We have updated it with the Justin Bieber Roast premiering tonight. A good roast joke is undeniable; it’s comedy at its most immediate and visceral. Cruel, harsh, and tasteless, sure, but also very, very funny. So with Justin Bieber getting roasted tonight on Comedy Central, we wanted to look back at the sets that set the roast bar at its highest. We went back through all 18 previous Comedy Central roasts (which were televised Friars' Club Roasts through 2002) and picked the 16 absolutely funniest single sets. (We limited it to one per comedian, so the list didn’t end up being half Greg Giraldo.) Be warned, the language is super Nsfw, unless you're a sailor, truck driver, or Jeff Ross. Enjoy, and remember they only roast the ones they love ... and Donald Trump. »
- Jesse David Fox
Tonight, The Roast of Justin Bieber will air on Comedy Central and the masses will get what they’ve long been waiting for: a public shaming of Justin Bieber. Of course, some of the special’s most notable put-downs of the pop star have been publicized, including insults from the likes of Roast master Kevin Hart (“Justin’s Canadian. He’s actually considered American, because no Canadian has ever been this much of an asshole”), Shaquille O’Neal (“Last year you were ranked the fifth most hated person of all time. Kim Jong-un didn’t even score that low, and he uses your music to fuckin’ torture people”), and Jeffrey Ross (“You’ve become a cocky little shit. You are the King Joffrey of pop”).
While Bieber’s burns are definitely scorching, he’s hardly the only Roastee to get royally humiliated during their special. As we count down to The Roast of Justin Bieber, »
- Aly Semigran
Landing a coveted role in Doctor Who is a surefire way to guarantee future employment. In fact, if the big screen doesn’t beckon after you’ve left your mark on the mythology of one of TV’s most formidable franchises, you’ve probably done something wrong.
Most of the time, though, the show’s cast are destined for bigger and better things when the time comes for them to call it a day on their extra terrestrial escapades. Their respective tenures in the Tardis make them household names and, after paying their dues and facing off with a plethora of the universe’s most formidable foes, it’s only fair that they should leave the Whoniverse feeling safe in the knowledge that the world is now their oyster. After all, they’ve saved it enough times!
So, what are our stars of time and space up to now, »
- Dan Butler
In Robert Duvall’s latest western, Wild Horses, he stars as an old rancher who once kicked his son off his property for being gay and now finds himself at the center of a missing person investigation. In addition to starring, Duvall directed a cast that includes James Franco and Josh Hartnett.
While Duvall was in Austin at SXSW to promote the film, we had a chance to sit down with the Oscar-winner. We talked about why this project spoke to him, working on a small budget, and using actual Texas rangers in the production. Check out the full interview below!
What was it about this movie that made you want to direct it?
Duvall: Well, not a lot in the beginning. The script we got was pretty unshootable. We took it, I took the option. I wanted to do it because I wanted to have a lady ranger in »
- Alexander Lowe
Larocca had been senior VP at Chernin Entertainment and is an executive producer on Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming comedy “Spy.” He also worked on “The Drop,” starring James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy; “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” starring James Franco and Andy Serkis; and the Tom Cruise sci-fier “Oblivion,” directed by Joseph Kosinski.
Prior to working at Chernin, Larocca was an executive at Spyglass Entertainment.
The news about Larocca was first reported by THR.com.
- Dave McNary
Gillian Flynn, who received a Writers Guild of America nomination for adapting her novel “Gone Girl,” has joined “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen to co-write a heist thriller for New Regency.
The project is based on the British miniseries “Widows,” written by Lynda La Plante, and follows four widows of robbers who perished in a botched robbery who join forces and resolve to pull off the raid themselves.
McQueen will also direct the yet-to-be-titled film, which will be produced by Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Canning and Sherman’s producing credits include McQueen’s “Shame” and his upcoming HBO project “Codes of Conduct.”
Flynn also wrote the novels “Sharp Objects” and “Dark Places,” the first of which is being developed for TV while the second was adapted into a film. She has been developing the HBO series “Utopia” with “Gone Girl” director David Fincher.
New Regency »
- Dave McNary
When you’re offered the chance to sit down with Robert Duvall for almost twenty minutes, you clear your schedule. Which is exactly what I did at this year’s SXSW. Duvall was in Austin to promote his latest directorial effort, Wild Horses, which he also wrote. The film stars Duvall, James Franco, Josh Hartnett, Luciana Duvall, and Adriana Barraza and it’s about a Texas Ranger that puts her life in jeopardy when she tries to prove a powerful family's involvement in a boy's 15-year-old disappearance and murder. Here’s the official synopsis: Texas Ranger Samantha Payne reopens a 15-year-old missing person case, and uncovers evidence that suggests that the boy was likely murdered on a ranch belonging to wealthy family man, Scott Briggs. When Scott’s estranged son unexpectedly returns home during the investigation, Samantha becomes even more convinced that the Briggs family was involved, and will stop »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
McQueen, who collaborated with New Regency on best picture Oscar winner 12 Years A Slave, will direct and produces alongside his Shame and upcoming Codes Of Conduct collaborators Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films.
New Regency is understood to be in talks with Film4 to co-finance the project and license UK free TV rights.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Months after the limited theater and digital release of Seth Rogen and James Franco's controversial 2014 comedy, The Interview, the actors are still being asked to reflect on the film's political and ethical implications. During a sit-down Thursday on The Late Show With David Letterman, Franco was adamant that the movie's plot – which finds the duo playing celebrity journalists tasked by the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un – did more good than harm. "We never felt like we were irresponsible or doing something wrong," he told the host. »
As many expected, the big news out of last night's Academy Board of Governors meeting wasn't that the Best Picture nomination process would be changing, but that telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan were out. The news broke in an "exclusive" spin session, er, interview with Deadline's Pete Hammond and the longtime producing partners insist the choice was theirs to make. In fact, the duo insist they had been thinking long and hard about coming back and that "if we were ever asked, whether we wanted to do it again." Of course, they could have announced their "decision" before last month's Academy Award telecast or even in the weeks following. Instead, they tweeted cryptic comments and waited for their bosses to decide. Now that the Academy has decided to move on? Well, let the spinning begin! "What people don’t know is that we signed a three-year deal with the Academy, »
- Gregory Ellwood
There are still three weeks to go before the Cannes Film Festival unveils its official-selection lineup, but so far, the latest Pixar 3D animated extravaganza and new films from Woody Allen, Todd Haynes, Jeff Nichols, Denis Villeneuve and Arnaud Desplechin appear to be securing their positions in the event’s 68th annual edition (May 13-24).
In keeping with his longtime habit of avoiding festival accolades, Allen will likely receive an out-of-competition berth for his 45th feature, “Irrational Man,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone (who starred in the director’s “Magic in the Moonlight”). Among other U.S. fare, Cannes will get an early start on the summer blockbuster season with Disney/Pixar’s feature toon “Inside Out,” marking a second trip to the Croisette for director Pete Docter (who co-helmed with Ronaldo Del Carmen) after his “Up” opened the festival in 2009. As already announced, George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road, »
- Justin Chang and Elsa Keslassy
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