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It’s the voice. That mellifluous, basso profundo, deep down rumbling that issues words, sentences, entire speeches with such authority, sincerity and such relish that we cannot but pay attention. We hang on every word because we hear the intelligence, the humor, the irony and most of all the joy of someone who is in love; with life, with his partner, with acting, with being in the world and a part of human society, with the absolute joy of living. That voice is as recognizable and distinctive as Orson Welles, John Huston, Ed Begley or Roger Corman, that voice takes us by the hand and reveals to us a life lived full out, in every sense of the word; complicated, tragic, loving, generous and most of all fun.
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- Sam Moffitt
The Television Academy released a promo Tuesday for the upcoming Emmy Awards, featuring three nominees of the upcoming kudocast spoofing a notably popular subset of reality TV.
There are jokes about the varying merits of supporting verus leading roles, cable and network television money and comedy verus drama prestige, not to mention the several “Breaking Bad” references in the six-minute clip.
As the Emmy’s official automotive sponsor, Audi of America produced the video with Pmk-bnc to promote the carmaker’s 2015 S3 sedan.
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- Kevin Noonan
• Sigourney Weaver has signed on for A Monster Calls, the feature adaptation of Patrick Ness’ children’s fantasy novel. Weaver joins Felicity Jones and Liam Neeson. In the Juan Antonio Bayona-directed film, a boy retreats to a fantastical world through a tree monster, attempting to escape from bullies and his mother’s terminal illness. Weaver will play the boy’s grandmother, while Jones will play the mother and Neeson the monster. River Road’s Bill Pohlad and Mitch Horwits, Participant’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King, and Lionsgate Motion Picture Group co-chairman Patrick Wachsberger will executive produce the film, »
- C. Molly Smith
After playing Ashton Kutcher‘s mother in “Jobs,” Lesley Ann Warren has been cast as Zachary Quinto's mother in “Michael,” the indie drama that stars James Franco as an anti-gay pastor who used to be gay himself, TheWrap has learned. Justin Kelly is directing from a script he co-wrote with Stacey Miller, based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis’ New York Times Magazine article “My Ex-Gay Friend.” Story follows Michael Glatze (Franco), a gay activist from Wyoming who renounced his homosexuality and became a Christian minister. Also read: James Franco Shares First Look of Himself as Gay Activist in ‘Michael’ From Ep »
- Jeff Sneider
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
Charlie Carver has been cast in biopic Michael.
Franco takes the title role in the film about the outspoken Lgbt activist in San Francisco who, following a health scare, converted to Christianity and renounced his homosexuality.
Carver will play Tyler, a young man who becomes romantically involved with Glatze and his then-boyfriend (Quinto), and is heartbroken by his lover's transformation.
Edy Ganem has the lead role in the indie feature Ana Maria. She plays the title character, a receptionist obsessed with a telenovela who suddenly finds herself transferred to the TV world of her beloved characters, where everyone thinks she is the fabulous and beautiful star of the show. Georgina Riedel directs the pic, which he co-wrote with Jose Marquez and is being shopped. Ganem stars as Valentina Diaz on Lifetime’s Devious Maids and next appears in the feature After The Wedding. She is represented by Paradigm, McKeon-Myones Management and Morris Yorn.
Charlie Carver has joined the cast of Michael, a drama from executive producer Gus van Sant. James Franco stars in the title role as a gay activist and magazine founder who is “saved” from his homosexuality after turning to God and eventually becomes a Christian pastor. Carver will play Tyler, who gets involved in a relationship with »
- The Deadline Team
“Love Is Strange” is one of the rare movies anchored by gay characters not defined by sex. The story is set in a post-gay-rights Manhattan where marriage is legal for George (Alfred Molina) and Ben (John Lithgow), longtime partners who get hitched in a local park, surrounded by their closest friends. To fund the $1.2 million drama, which Sony Pictures Classics will platform release Aug. 22, director Ira Sachs turned to his community for help. “I got financing from 25 individuals, the majority of whom were retired lesbian businesswomen,” says Sachs over lunch on a recent afternoon in the West Village. “They cared about the story, and believed it could speak to a wide audience.” Sachs says the backers have already turned a profit from worldwide distribution deals out of Sundance and Berlin.
If not for its unconventional financing, “Love Is Strange” might never have found its way to the big screen. While »
- Ramin Setoodeh
James Franco isn't one to shy away from a challenging role, and in his upcoming film Michael, he's playing the real-life ex-gay activist Michael Glatze. Glatze was an editor for Young Gay America magazine, before renouncing his homosexuality, embracing Christianity, and later marrying a woman. Zachary Quinto is starring in the film as Glatze's ex-lover, Emma Roberts will play his wife, and Chris Zylka is also starring. The movie is due out in 2015. Front Page Image Source: Getty »
The Milk star posted a picture on Instagram from the film, in which he will play Michael Glatze.
Franco can be seen sporting a newly bleached blonde haircut in the photograph.
Glatze was an outspoken Lgbt activist in San Francisco. Following a health scare, the co-founder of Young Gay America magazine converted to Christianity and renounced his homosexuality.
The film is based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's New York Times article 'My Ex-Gay Friend'.
Justin Kelly is directing Michael, with Van Sant serving as executive producer. »
James Franco has shared the first look at himself as Michael Glatze in “Michael,” an upcoming film about the eponymous gay activist who rejects his homosexuality to become a homophobic Christian pastor. Zachary Quinto co-stars as Glatze's boyfriend in the biopic, while Emma Roberts plays the woman the Young Gay America magazine editor eventually marries. Also read: James Franco to Receive Filmmaking Award at Venice Film Festival Franco took to Instagram this week to share the image (above) from the production, executive produced by Gus Van Sant and directed by Justin Kelly. The actor also debuted a new head of blond hair. »
- Greg Gilman
If we can say anything about James Franco, it's that he knows how to promote his smaller projects with aplomb. He posted a few snaps of his new blonde hairdo to Instagram, and instantly the Internet is abuzz with news about his role in the new movie "Michael." The award-winning Gus Van Sant is an executive producer on the project, which is about a gay journalist named Michael Glatze who becomes an "ex-gay" pastor. In the movie, Michael quits the magazine he co-founded, "Young Gay America," breaks up with his boyfriend (played by Zachary Quinto), and marries a woman (Emma Roberts).
Although Van Sant is "only" the executive producer, having his name attached is no small deal. He's directed numerous influential movies with award-winning performances, including "My Own Private Idaho," "Good Will Hunting," and "Milk," so if even one of Franco's social media fans takes it upon themselves to investigate his work, »
- Jenni Miller
Although we’re yet to have an announcement from Paramount Pictures on who will be directing Star Trek 3, it seems like it’s all but official that Roberto Orci will be taking up the director’s chair vacated by J.J. Abrams, and now star Simon Pegg has echoed that sentiment, sharing a few thoughts on the Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness co-writer taking over the reins on the sci-fi franchise:
“He emailed me before the news broke saying: ‘Hey man, I might be doing this, shall we nerd out?’” Pegg tells the BBC. “I’m really happy he’s doing it as it’s kept within the family kind of thing, it’s not somebody coming in from outside. Bob’s been there since the first Star Trek – by that I mean the 2009 one – so it seemed to make perfect sense that he come in as a »
- Gary Collinson
James Franco Goes Blond
On Monday, Franco debuted his blond locks on Instagram, accurately captioning the picture, “That Late 90s bleached look.” He later continued on with the cracks about his hair with images of himself superimposed on pictures of 98 Degrees, O-Town, Backstreet Boys and ‘Nsync, writing, “I’m in All the Boybands Meeeeeyooowwwwww!”
Franco is not, as it would appear, preparing for a role in a 90s boyband biopic. Instead, he’s set to start filming a biopic on Glatze called Michael. Franco will portray the titular role of the gay magazine founder-turned-“ex-gay” movement activist. Glaze, who once lived a proud and openly gay life, is now wedded to a woman and works as a pastor, who »
Patti Labelle is ready to stir it up on “American Horror Story: Freak Show,” The singer has been cast in the upcoming fourth iteration of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk's horror anthology series on FX. Also read: Sarah Paulson on ‘American Horror Story’ Snake Sex Scene and Breastfeeding Zachary Quinto (Video) Labelle will appear in four episodes of the upcoming season, playing the mother of Gabourey Sidibe‘s character. The upcoming season will takes place in the 1950s and center around a freak show in Florida. In addition to returning cast members such as Sidibe, Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson, »
- Tim Kenneally
The ever reliable social-media lover James Franco has just released the first image of him in the Gus Van Sant produced Michael, a film which revolves around an anti-gay activist who was once gay himself. It’s an interesting idea, but one that is indeed true. It is based on a New York Times article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, about Michael Glatze, a Christian minister from Wyoming who was so ‘entrenched in gay culture before he rejected his homosexuality.’ The film also stars Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts.
Justin Kelly makes his feature debut with the film, which is slotted for a 2015 release.
Source: JamesFrancoTV, Variety »
- Paul Heath
Sarah Paulson says shooting FX's American Horror Story can get really weird, really fast. But nothing compares to having to breastfeed costar Zachary Quinto. "And your parents are watching," she told Seth Meyers. "I sometimes get a voicemail that will be like, 'that was really...I mean...' and he doesn't know what else to say." Earlier on ABC, Ufc champion Jon Jones spoke out about a much-publicized (out of the ring) fight with opponent Daniel Cormier at a Las Vegas press conference. "He karate chops me in the neck and I can't let that happen being
- Aaron Couch
According to a recent report from Comicbookmovie.com, Star Trek, Spock star, Zachary Quinto (left), dished out some possible new spoiler teasers that may go down in the upcoming "Star Trek 3" movie at the 2014 Summer TCA. He thinks the 5 year mission will play a very big role in the 3rd installment now that Bob Orci has taken over directorial duties from J.J. Abrams, and that a production date will be set in a few short months, and more. Zachary explained: "I think the five-year mission will be a part of this next film in some way. We're coming up on the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic sci-fi series in entertainment history, so it's inherently an ongoing story. But I do think that we'll feel some sense of evolution in these characters that's been building through the first few films. Bob Orci is definitely sort of a purist about the Trek universe. »
If you weren’t already convinced that Homeland actor Rupert Friend looked the part of the bald, unnamed assassin at the heart of upcoming video game adaptation Hitman: Agent 47, here’s a new pic that directly compares the actor to his computer-generated counterpart. Thoughts?
Friend definitely looks drastically different from how he did as a different assassin, CIA operative Peter Quinn, on Homeland, but no actual footage has slipped out of Comic-Con yet from the film, so it would be wise to reserve judgment for a while.
On paper, Hitman: Agent 47 does seem like it could be an entertaining, undemanding actioner. It’s adapted from a popular video game franchise, centers on a genetically engineered assassin taking on a dangerous mission and co-stars Hannah Ware, Zachary Quinto, Thomas Kretschmann and Ciaran Hinds. So long as the movie doesn’t fall prey to the video game adaptation trope of convoluted, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Hitman video game franchise kicked off in 2000 with the release of Hitman: Codename 47, and while the game series has enjoyed success over the subsequent five other installments, Hollywood has also taken a stab at transporting the character over to the silver screen. The Timothy Olyphant-fronted 2007 feature film iteration was a modest success, but now Hitman is getting rebooted in the form of director Aleksander Bach’s upcoming actioner Hitman: Agent 47. This time around, Homeland actor Rupert Friend assumes the role of the titular bald assassin, and after the jump you can check out a new side-by-side Hitman: Agent 47 image that compares Friend’s physical transformation with the in-game character. I’m not sure how important physical likeness is to the overall quality of the film, but if you’re keen on seeing how Friend stacks up to the CG-created Hitman, feel free to take a look. »
- Adam Chitwood
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