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In Dubious Battle Review

Let it be known that I genuinely like James Franco. Given the choice between ‘yer average pretty boy movie star and a ludicrous avant-garde polymath jester, I’ll pick the latter every time. Problem is, while the self-titled Mayor of Gay Town gleefully smashes through cultural/social/artistic boundaries like a steam train, the art that’s produced at the end of it is… not great.

And so to In Dubious Battle, an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel of the same name and the latest in Franco’s quest to put his favorite books on screen. This weighty literary project has, thus far, borne little of value. His adaptations of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying were “nearly unwatchable” and “stale and jumbled,” and his take on Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God “tedious and meandering”. Sadly, this trend remains unbroken.

Set during the Great Depression,
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James Franco Adapts John Steinbeck in Theatrical Trailer for ‘In Dubious Battle’

Despite what you may think of his talents, it is indisputable that James Franco is a prolific creator. So comes a new full-length theatrical trailer for his most recent adaptation, In Dubious Battle. Based off the novel by John Steinbeck, the film follows a California-based activist who gets tangled up in the labor movement for farm workers in the 1930s.

Jam-packed with such an extensive cast-list that it barely fits on a poster, Franco’s latest directorial effort stars himself, Nat Wolff, Vincent D’Onofrio, Selena Gomez (in a Spring Breakers reunion!), Robert Duvall, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Josh Hutcherson, Sam Shepard, Scott Haze, and Zach Braff. Following screenings at Venice and Tiff last year, where it garnered mostly mixed reviews, it’ll arrive in just a few weeks.

See the trailer below.

In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up “in dubious battle” against the landowners.
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James Franco assembles a stellar cast in the trailer for In Dubious Battle

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In the California apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up (wait for it) in dubious battle against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own - stronger than its individual members and more frightening. Led by the doomed Jim Nolan (Nat Wolff), the strike is founded on his tragic idealism - the courage never to submit or yield. Published in 1936, In Dubious Battle is... Read More...
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Exclusive: James Franco and Selena Gomez Spark a Revolution in Gritty 'In Dubious Battle' Poster and Clip

Exclusive: James Franco and Selena Gomez Spark a Revolution in Gritty 'In Dubious Battle' Poster and Clip
James Franco and Selena Gomez's Spring Breakers reunion is all about...apples?!

There are no wet T-shirt contests or body shots in Franco's latest directorial effort, In Dubious Battle, an adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel about an activist who helps lead a strike by apple-pickers in the 1930s. Et is exclusively debuting a clip from the film, which sees Franco and co-star Nat Wolff lighting the spark that will lead to their revolution.

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"It's one of the most talented ensembles I've ever been part of," Wolff told Et Canada when the film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. "[Franco] called me up and said, basically, 'Do you want to do this really interesting movie with every actor you and I have loved since we were kids?'"

Et can also unveil In Dubious Battle's poster, which showcases
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First trailer and poster for James Franco’s John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle

The first trailer and poster have arrived online for James Franco’s upcoming John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which sees Franco lead an all star cast which includes Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Ashley Greene, Vincent D’Onofrio, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Hutcherson, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Zach Braff and Nat Wolff; take a look below…

Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man— all themes which continue to be relevant today. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organizational fieldwork.

In Dubious Battle is set to start its festival run this weekend the Venice Film Festival.
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James Franco’s Tiff Hopeful In Dubious Battle Unveils First Trailer

James Franco is a busy man. When he’s not performing in front of the camera, you’ll often find the eldest Franco behind the lens, writing, producing and crafting a variety of features ranging from upcoming comedy The Masterpiece to Zeroville, the star-studded drama set against the Hollywood Golden Age.

Now, he’s headed to Depression-era California for In Dubious Battle – and he’s taking Nat Wolff, Robert Duvall, Vincent D’Onofrio and Selena Gomez along with him for the ride.

Adapted from the little-known third entry into John Steinbeck’s unofficial Dustbowl trilogy — Of Mice And Men and The Grapes Of Wrath round out the trio – Franco’s feature is set to place a laser focus on the struggles of rural workers trying to make ends meet in the face of harrowing conditions.

At the forefront of that struggle is Wolff’s Jim Nolan, a young recruit who
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Magnificent First Trailer For James Franco's Adaptation of John Steinbeck's In Dubious Battle

The first trailer has been released for James Franco's feature film adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel In Dubious Battle. Franco not only stars in the film, but he also directed it, and it looks like a great film. The story is set in the 1930s and centers around a group of apple farm workers who rise up and strike against the landowners.

The movie stars Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan, a young recruit who comes on board to help organize the strike. The film also has an insanely impressive ensemble cast that includes Vincent D'OnofrioBryan CranstonEd HarrisSam ShepardSelena GomezJosh HutchersonAshley GreeneJohn Savage, and Zach Braff. Here's the synopsis:

In the 1930s in California's apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners. The group takes on a life of its own-stronger than its individual members and more frightening.
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James Franco Adapts John Steinbeck in First Trailer for ‘In Dubious Battle’

When he’s not having fun with Seth Rogen and company, James Franco is spending part of his time adapting classic novels. After directing adaptations of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner landmarks, he’s now turned his sights to John Steinbeck with his take on the 1936 novel In Dubious Battle. Ahead of screenings at Venice and Tiff, the first trailer has now arrived for the drama which follows a pair of labour organizers attempting to unionize neglected California fruit pickers.

Featuring the eclectic cast of Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, John Savage, Ashley Greene, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston and, of course, Franco in the lead, this looks to be his most polished directorial work thus far. Check out the trailer, extended synopsis and poster below ahead of the premiere soon.

Tiff synopsis:

Where does James Franco find the time? Between
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First Trailer for James Franco's Steinbeck Adaptation 'In Dubious Battle'

"Now I have a chance to fight for something." Ambi Group has debuted the first official trailer for James Franco's adaptation of John Steinbeck's acclaimed novel In Dubious Battle, about a group of workers on apple farms in the 1930s who rise up and strike against the landowners. James Franco directs and stars in the film, yet another Franco adaptation, along with Nat Wolff as Jim Nolan, a young recruit who joins the activist and helps organize the strike. The impressive ensemble cast includes Vincent D'Onofrio, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Selena Gomez, Josh Hutcherson, Ashley Greene, John Savage and Zach Braff. This actually looks pretty damn inspiring, I have to admit, I'm intrigued. Check it. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for James Franco's In Dubious Battle, originally from Deadline: In the 1930s in California's apple country, nine hundred migratory workers rise up "in dubious battle" against the landowners.
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James Franco Taps ‘Child of God’ Star for ‘In Dubious Battle’ (Exclusive)

James Franco Taps ‘Child of God’ Star for ‘In Dubious Battle’ (Exclusive)
Up-and-comer Scott Haze is reteaming with his “Child of God” director James Franco for Franco’s next directorial outing, “In Dubious Battle.”

The pic’s ensemble already includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. Ambi Group is financing the film and producing with Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures Productions.

The original novel by John Steinbeck portrays the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America as close to all-out warfare. Published in 1936, “In Dubious Battle” is considered Steinbeck’s first major work. Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck later continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he
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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff And More Join James Franco’s In Dubious Battle

One the perks of being a producer-director-writer-actor is the sheer quantity of circles that the multi-hyphenate tag permits you entry into. For James Franco, this means he meets a lot of people. Moreso than any other non-celebrity might in a regular day. By that rationale, it’s probably a lot easier to cast movies seeing as he knows everybody. Applying that conclusion to today’s piece of news on his latest effort, In Dubious Battle seems to stick; he really does know everybody because everybody’s in the movie.

Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly are the latest additions to a cast that’s already bulging with starry names. This new roster join Nat Wolff, who signed up two days ago, and the previously-announced Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Danny McBride, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Franco himself.

In Dubious Battle explores
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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly join James Franco’s In Dubious Battle

With principal photography now underway, it has been announced that Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Zach Braff (Garden State), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) have joined the cast of James Franco’s John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle.

The five new additions join an all-star cast alongside Franco, Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter).

Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man— all themes which continue to be relevant today. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures
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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff Join James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’

Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff Join James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’
The Hunger Games” star Josh Hutcherson, as well as Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly, have joined James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle,” which has started shooting in Georgia.

Previously announced cast includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard. Franco is directing from Matt Rager’s script adapted from John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel of the same name.

The story centers on a labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association in a California valley. Jim Nolan, to be played by Franco, becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organizational fieldwork.

Production companies are Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Pictures, Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures. Producers are Iervolino, Bacardi, Scott Reed, Vince Jolivette,
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Josh Hutcherson Boards In Dubious Battle

Josh Hutcherson Boards In Dubious Battle
Just a couple of days ago word arrived that Nat Wolff had secured a role in James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle, but the actor/director isn’t finished bolstering his already impressive cast. He now has Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly aboard to appear.Franco is also starring as Jim Nolan, a man who becomes involved in the labour movement and learns about the struggles of workers during a strike in a California valley.The new arrivals join Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, John Savage and Sam Shepard in the cast for the film, which Franco has now started shooting in Georgia, working from a script by Matt Rager.Hutcherson, of course, has largely been busy with the Hunger Games films, though he’s squeezed other work in between. He’ll
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Nat Wolff lands lead role in James Franco's In Dubious Battle

Nat Wolff lands lead role in James Franco's In Dubious Battle
Nat Wolff has landed the lead role in James Franco's newest project, In Dubious Battle.

The Fault in Our Stars actor will star in the film adaptation of the 1936 John Steinbeck novel.

He will play central character Jim Nolan, an activist who is organising a major strike by apple pickers in California, seeking to attract followers to his cause.

This film marks the second time Wolff has teamed up with Franco. The pair worked together on 2013's Palo Alto, which was based on Franco's collection of short stories.

The cast list so far includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston.

Wolff can next be seen in the movie adaptation of the bestselling John Green novel Paper Towns, alongside Cara Delevingne. It will be released on August 19.
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Nat Wolff Lands Lead In James Franco’s In Dubious Battle

Nat Wolff, who stole the world’s hearts as the cute sidekick in The Fault In Our Stars, is gearing up for another literary adaptation. In addition to his second John Green adaptation Paper Towns – due for release this summer – Wolff has signed up for a part in James Franco’s next movie, In Dubious Battle.

The film takes place in the 1930s and follows the story of Jim Nolan (Wolff). An activist for “the Party,” he organizes a major strike by apple pickers in California, and vies to attract followers to his cause. Wolff joins a starry ensemble that includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Danny McBride, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and Bryan Cranston.

This marks the second collaboration for the actor and director, who worked together on 2013’s Palo Alto. While that was based on Franco’s own collection of short stories, this project will return focus
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Nat Wolff Takes Lead In James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’

Nat Wolff Takes Lead In James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’
Nat Wolff, who stars this summer in Fox’s John Green adaptation Paper Towns, has just been cast as the lead in the James Franco-directed In Dubious Battle, based on the 1936 Steinbeck novel. He will join an impressive cast that includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris and Bryan Cranston. Set in the 1930s, the central figure of the story is Jim Nolan (Wolff), an activist for “the Party” who is organizing a major strike by apple pickers in…
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Nat Wolff Joins In Dubious Battle

Nat Wolff Joins In Dubious Battle
Nat Wolff, who you might recognise as Isaac from The Fault In Our Stars, but who also appeared in 2013's Palo Alto alongside James Franco, is teaming back up with the latter for his new directorial effort, In Dubious Battle. He’s snagged the lead in Franco’s latest literary adaptation, playing Jim Nolan. It’s a hefty part for Wolff, particularly as it puts him at the head of a cast that also includes Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Danny McBride and Franco himself.Set in a fictionalised valley in California, the story explores themes author John Steinbeck continued to develop: group behaviour, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man. A labour conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Nolan becomes involved in the labour movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organisational fieldwork.
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James Franco Directing In Dubious Battle

James Franco Directing In Dubious Battle
Continuing his crusade to adapt all the books on his shelves, James Franco has corralled an impressive cast for his latest starring/directing gig. He’ll oversee Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride in a film version of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle.Set in a fictionalised valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behaviour, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man. A labour conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labour movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organisational fieldwork. Franco’s As I Lay Dying collaborator Matt Rager has written the script, adapting the 1936 novel. The film is scheduled to start shooting next month, though there’s no word yet on which characters the
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Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride to star in James Franco’s adaptation of John Steinbeck’s In Dubious Battle

James Franco is set to direct an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s realist-style novel In Dubious Battle, which tells the story of the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America, portraying is as close to all out warfare.

The project has been scriped by Matt Rager (As I Lay Dying) and will see Franco joined in the cast by Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man— all themes which continue to be relevant today. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he learns what it means to do organizational fieldwork.
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