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The co-production market element of the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax has announced the producers in an inaugural project exchange with Mexico’s Los Cabos International Film Festival and Brazil’s RioContentMarket.
As part of a two-year spotlight on Latin America, one Mexican producer with a feature in development and one Brazilian producer with a television project in development have been invited to participate at Strategic Partners 2014, set to run in Nova Scotia from September 11-14.
A Canadian feature in development will then be selected from this year’s Strategic Partners to participate at Los Cabos International Film Festival, which runs in Mexico from November 11-14.
Similarly, a Canadian television project in development looking for Brazilian co-production partners will be chosen to attend RioContentMarket in February 2015.
The programme is sponsored by the Canadian Media Production Association.
April Shannon, a producer and co-founder of the Mexican production company Agrupación Caramelo Cinematografica, has been selected »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Directed by James Franco
Many artists share their beauty with the world. They know what they want, they follow their hearts, and they proudly display their work for all to see. To call James Franco an artist is fairly appropriate. He has a unique style from his acting to his directing to his writing. The man definitely has a lot to say because it seems as though he’s somehow involved with every movie that gets released these days. His latest film Child of God (which he directed and co-stars in) is a dark and very disturbing look at a man living on the edge, and on the brink of absolute madness.
- Randall Unger
This week Eric Kohn and I have plenty to chew over. We dig into Comic-Con, parse the promise of Chris Nolan's "Interstellar" --who's the audience, anyway?--and debate Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as well as offering our picks of the week. I'm in the thrall of Brendan Gleeson, while Kohn argues that James Franco might be a good director after all. »
- Anne Thompson
Stephen Colbert broke character to give some very sincere answers to teenage girls seeking an adult man's advice on dealing with catcalls and harassment, strict dads, mean people and figuring out if someone likes you. For Rookie Mag's “Ask a Grown Man” segment, the “Colbert Report” host dropped his conservative pundit facade, looked into the camera and did his best to help. When one girl asked what to do about boys who catcall and make jokes about rape, he told her she had more power than she realized. Also read: James Franco Tries Penetrating Stephen Colbert's Political Facade (Video) Don't engage strangers, »
- Tim Molloy
James Franco’s adaptation of the sick little Cormac McCarthy period novel Child of God is surprisingly pretty good. It follows a snaggletoothed homeless hillbilly named Lester Ballard (Scott Haze), who gets more and more alienated and animallike, to the point where he does some not-safe-for-work-or-anywhere-else things with the body of a dead girl he finds and then goes out and gets his-self even more inanimate companions. In the novel, McCarthy gives Lester more human contact to fill out the man’s existence, whereas the movie’s central figure is mostly confined to unpleasant encounters with a pointedly unsympathetic “high sheriff” played by Tim Blake Nelson. But the absence of other living creatures gives Child of God a bleak integrity.I’m beginning to get the drift of Franco, the renaissance hipster whom some critics have branded a “dilettante.” I’m not sure he’s that. What he’s averse to is showing effort. »
- David Edelstein
Don't mess with Stephen Colbert.
Nice try, James.
The This Is the End actor appeared on the show to talk about his new film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, and while their chat about his new film went smoothly, things got awkward when Colbert attempted to cut to commercial.
Video: Stephen Colbert -- The Man Behind the Character
"I will see you on the new show — now, are you gonna go Democrat when you go to this new show?" Franco smiled, clearly referring to Colbert's new gig as the new host of the Late Show following David Letterman's retirement in 2015.
Not surprisingly, Colbert wasn't so easily flustered, but was clearly caught off-guard.
"Now here's the interesting thing," Colbert said. "I don't know what the fu*k you're talking about."
If you’ve read Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, you’re well aware that it’s not particularly commercial stuff. It focuses on Lester Ballard (Scott Haze). Back when Lester was just a kid, his father committed suicide, leaving Lester to fend for himself. Years later, when his family’s property is auctioned off, Lester takes to the woods, aimlessly roams around, shows off his precious rifle whenever he pleases, eats whatever he can get his hands on and makes everyone in the vicinity uneasy in the process. It’s tough material to read, let alone watch, but that didn’t stop James Franco from giving making a film version a shot. With Child of God heading towards a Friday, August 1st limited release, both Franco and Haze sat down to participate in a roundtable style interview. The duo discussed adapting some of the more shocking scenes from the book while omitting others, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Fox Searchlight has had two great box office wins with this year’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Belle, though some challenge with I Origins. Calvary from John Michael McDonagh with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd will be the distributor’s next title opening this weekend in a summer season that has heated up in recent weeks among Specialties with films like Boyhood. Sundance documentary winner Rich Hill will also join this weekend’s newcomers with a New York bow via The Orchard, while writer-director-star James Franco‘s Child Of God will open in 10 locations courtesy of Well Go USA. KimStim will open German […] »
When James Franco directs, he calls Scott Haze. The actor (named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch last year) not only stars in Franco’s movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel “Child of God,” opening Aug. 1. He also plays the lead in Franco’s Off Broadway directorial debut “The Long Shrift,” now running at the Rattlestick Theater. And he takes on a major role in Franco’s “The Sound and the Fury,” bowing this fall at the Venice Film Festival.
With Franco fresh off his recently closed Broadway debut “Of Mice and Men” and Haze starring in “Long Shrift” through Aug. 23, the two sat down to talk about the past, present and future of their ongoing collaboration.
How’d you two meet?
Haze: I met James well over 10 years ago in Hollywood, in the back of a parking lot. He came and saw a play I was in called “The Beach Play, »
- Gordon Cox
Since CBS announced Stephen Colbert will inherit “The Late Show” from David Letterman, the talk-show host has been saddled with questions about whether he plans to drop the right-wing political shtick he's famous for on Comedy Central. James Franco tried untangling that enigma on Wednesday's episode of “The Colbert Report,” but he didn't get far. As their interview about Franco's “Child of God” wound down, Colbert attempted cutting to commercial — but Franco stopped him. See video: James Franco's Genius Movie Brain Is Tested in Jimmy Fallon's 5 Second Challenge “Are you going to go Democrat when you go to this new show? »
- Travis Reilly
The beef between Bieber vs. Bloom is definitely heating up!In some awesome video from TMZ, Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber in Ibiza on Wednesday -- the two battling over exes Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez -- and now celebs are taking to Twitter to weigh in on the feud in 140 characters or less. Alyssa Milano tweeted that she's on "#TeamOrlando," while James Franco said he's also on "Team Bloom" during an appearance on "The Colbert Report." Notorious Bieber hater Drake Bell posted photos of Looney Tunes characters Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier and the message "@justinbieber I found these cool pictures of you and your body guard from the other night!"He later asked Justin's army of fans "Can you kids start looking up to a good person?!"Another former child star, Mara Wilson, sounded off as well. "Orlando Bloom punched Justin Bieber? My »
- tooFab Staff
Requiem for a Cave Man: Franco’s McCarthy Adaptation Displays Growth
On a similar directorial trajectory as, let’s say, Joe Swanberg, where quality vs. quantity tends to have adversely affected the end product of many a project, actor/screenwriter/director James Franco has shown surprising growth with his latest directorial effort to hit theaters, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God. Begrudging as many may be toward the film, especially rabidly committed fans of the source material, one has to admit that considerable growth has been evidenced in this recent sampling of Franco’s cycle-stomping over his literary idols, veering haphazardly over Faulkner, McCarthy, and Bukowski. Certainly, there are a few issues to haggle over, but there’s a captivating performance and a queasy ambience to the film that at least makes it a sober sort of hillbilly horror. Yes, perhaps this is sacrilege to those »
- Nicholas Bell
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It was a battle of character actors on The Colbert Report Wednesday night when James Franco tried to get host Stephen Colbert to slip out of his beloved flag-waving, gut-following alter ego by asking the host about his upcoming move to The Late Show.
Top 20 TV Moments of 2013: Stephen Colbert Gets Lucky
On hand to discuss his new film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, Franco was charming as ever — even when discussing the serial killer and necrophiliac at the center of his film — and before Colbert could go to commercial, »
James Franco has an eclectic mix of friends, and they turned up on Wednesday night at the New York City premiere of his passion project Child Of God, which he wrote, directed and co-stars. Film co-star Brian Lally, Lana Del Rey, Bernadette Peters, director Amy Heckerling, singer-songwriter Caitlin Moe and stylist Cleo Wade all stepped out to support Franco at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Photos James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Make Their Broadway Debuts in 'Of Mice and Men' Filmed in 2012 in West Virginia, Child of God is based on the 1973 novel by Cormac McCarthy about Appalachian
- Christy Smith-Sloman
Love him or hate him, James Franco has one of the more interesting Hollywood careers going these days. My own relationship with the man was born of indifference and suckled at the teat of hatred, thanks in no small part to the 2011 Oscars. But his skeezetastic turn in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers weaned me of my hate, and I'm slowly starting to feel the love, if not for his artistic output, then at least for the audacity of his career choices. He's pretentious yet self-deprecating, prudent yet reckless. He stars in blockbuster tentpoles, ridiculous self-referential soap opera arcs, makes no budget art films, and adapts "unfilmable" works of literature. I don't know, but I think it might be time to start taking him seriously. So what does...
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James Franco is more than just an Oscar-nominated actor. His is also both a director and a writer. For Franco's newest film, "Child of God," he combines all those skills, as he did on "As I Lay Dying." Franco appears in a small role alongside star Scott Haze, he directs the movie, and wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette based on Cormac McCarthy's book. "Child of God" is the story of Lester Ballard (Haze), a loner in Tennessee who finds himself increasingly marginalized within his society. The movie follows Ballard's descent into ever more disturbing acts. Over the course the movie, Ballard has several run-ins with not just other locals, but also with the law in the form of Sheriff Fate played by Tim Blake Nelson. Ballard's progression is not the easiest of things to watch, but it is definitely interesting. The plot of the film, as Ballard is a loner, »
- Josh Lasser
It can be argued that James Franco is never more likable than he is on The Colbert Report. Last night was no exception. The best part came at the end of his interview, when Franco asked Colbert about his upcoming move to The Late Show. However, Colbert the character isn't the one moving. Colbert's response is just another example of why we'll miss Colbert the character so much. »
- Jesse David Fox
With James Franco’s recent test footage for his not-to-be Blood Meridian film adaptation now online, it’s time to think about what we want from a movie version of the landmark novel. Franco shot that test footage a few years ago and showed it to Scott Rudin, who owns the rights to the novel, but Rudin seems to have turned him down—and should continue to do so.
- Jacob Shamsian
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