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The Interview actor will be directing and starring in the production and has already cast several roles already, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The novel, published in 1936, is the story of man who tries to organise a strike by fruit pickers in southern California.
36-year-old Franco recently headlined a Broadway revival of Steinback's Of Mice and Men.
Filming will begin in March. »
James Franco is no stranger to Sundance, and this past week, he premiered two films at the film festival: True Story, where he stars as an accused murderer who steals the identity of a disgraced journalist (Jonah Hill), and I Am Michael, where he plays real-life figure Michael Glatze, a former gay activist who leaves his boyfriend (Zachary Quinto) behind after declaring himself straight and becoming a pastor. The latter film has gotten audiences talking, especially since it touches on the sort of hot-button issues of sexuality that Franco often seems compelled to. Yesterday, the actor and his I Am Michael director Justin Kelly sat down with Vulture to explain their movie, Franco's homophilia, and the unlikely love scene he almost shared with his Pineapple Express co-star Danny McBride.James, many people won't be surprised to see you in a movie like this, because as a major male movie star, »
- Kyle Buchanan
Another week has come and gone, and if you weren’t able to keep on all the recent television news, don’t worry. Like always, we here at TVOvermind have you covered with the biggest headlines of the week about some of TV’s most beloved shows, including Game of Thrones, New Girl, and more, in our feature, “The Week in Television.” – With IMAX screenings of the final two episodes from Game of Thrones Season 4 beginning last night, the Game of Thrones Season 5 trailer, which was also shown during the screeners, has leaked online. Watch it right now. [TVOvermind] – Zachary Quinto has confirmed that he will not be returning for NBC’s Heroes Reborn. Right now, the only original cast member returning for the revival is Jack Coleman, who played Noah Bennett/Hrg throughout Heroes‘ four seasons. [Slashfilm] – Netflix has confirmed that many of the original cast members of 2001’s Wet Hot American Summer, »
- Chris King
One of the more provocative titles at this year's Sundance Film Festival, "I Am Michael" hails from first time feature filmmaker Justin Kelly and stars James Franco opposite Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts and Charlie Carver. Based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis' New York Times Magazine article "My Ex-Gay Friend," the emotional character drama tells the true story of Michael Glatze, a gay activist who went on to renounce his homosexuality in 2007 and eventually denounce it as a sin. While Glatze's life may be understandably troubling for some viewers, Kelly's astute handling of his subject provides ample fuel for exploring Glatze's mentality without reducing it to a one-sided punchline. During an "Indiewire in Conversation at Chase Sapphire on Main" panel at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, stars Franco and Quinto, director Kelly and subject Michael Glatze joined Indiewire's Editor-in-Chief Dana Harris for a lively discussion about their new film. Here »
- Zack Sharf
When it came time to shooting a gay threesome scene in “I Am Michael,” which premieres Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, first-time director Justin Kelly erred on the side of caution. He didn’t want to make the encounter among his three actors — James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver — too risqué for fear of alienating moviegoers from the story about Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounces his homosexuality and turns to God.
“I wanted to appeal to a wider audience,” Kelly says. “All my gay filmmaker friends thought it would be awesome if this film could be something that Christians would see.”
Kelly filmed the buzzed-about love scene in two takes, in a wide shot, so it wouldn’t look gratuitous. In retrospect, he regrets not nudging his actors to go further. “I kind of do wish they took their underwear off, to be honest,” Kelly says. »
- Ramin Setoodeh and Brent Lang
Title: I Am Michael Director: Justin Kelly Starring: James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts When a character undergoes a major transformation that changes everything about them, sometimes it is better to show the new version of themselves before rewinding to explain just how that shift came about. I Am Michael begins with Michael Glatze (James Franco) introducing himself to a nervous teenager and telling him that there is no such thing as “gay,” and that he should really think about whether he wants to go to heaven. The shock value of this scene is effective: when we next see Michael, years earlier, he is the editor of a magazine for [ Read More ]
The post I Am Michael Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
In “I Am Michael,” the controversial new drama that premieres on Thursday night at the Sundance Film Festival, James Franco plays former gay rights activist Michael Glatze, who in 2007 renounced his homosexuality and turned to Christianity. Glatze was profiled in a 2011 New York Times Magazine profile story by Benoit Denizet-Lewis, which caught Gus Van Sant’s eye. He shared the material with Franco, and it took four years to secure financing to get the story on the big screen.
Franco attended a special Variety dinner at Sundance in honor of “I Am Michael,” where he talked about the project over salad and chicken. The film’s first-time director, Justin Kelly, occasionally chimed in.
After you read the article, why did you think Michael’s life would make a good movie?
It’s like a lot of projects, where in the beginning, there’s an idea, or a concept or a »
- Ramin Setoodeh
If you were hoping that Zachary Quinto would be returning to NBC for the upcoming Heroes revival Heroes Reborn, then I’m afraid you’re out of luck as the star has revealed at the Sundance Film Festival that he’s declined the opportunity to reprise the role of Sylar for the event series.
“No, I’m not going to go back,” said Quinto. “I talked to them about it, and Tim reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me… I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it… Tim was very, very understanding, Tim Kring. He was very understanding and supportive. I’m thrilled that they’re doing it. I’m thrilled that Jack Coleman is going back to it. »
- Gary Collinson
Sylar won’t be among the heroes reborn for Heroes Reborn. Actor Zachary Quinto confirmed that although he has been approached, he will not reprise the Heroes villain for NBC’s upcoming miniseries reboot. Read the Zachary Quinto Heroes Reborn comments after the jump, including his explanation of why he won’t be back. Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur got […]
The post ‘Heroes Reborn’: Zachary Quinto Won’t Return as Sylar appeared first on /Film. »
- Angie Han
One of the biggest stars to emerge from NBC’s sleeper hit of 2006 has confirmed that he won’t be returning for this year’s reboot, Heroes: Reborn. Zachary Quinto, who played the insidious villain of Heroes – Sylar – told BuzzFeed (via Coming Soon) that he had turned down the chance to reappear in the show’s resurrection:
“I’m not going back,” the actor . “[Series creator] Tim [Kring] reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me – I loved that job, I loved those people…. I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it…Tim was very, very understanding and supportive. I’m thrilled that they’re doing it. I’m thrilled that Jack Coleman is going back to it. And I know they just cast Zach Levi, which is great. »
- Gem Seddon
James Franco, Zachary Quinto and Charlie Carver engage in a hot gay threesome in new stills from the film I Am Michael, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this week. New ‘I Am Michael’ Stills Released I Am Michael stars Franco as Michael Glatze, a former gay-rights activist who was a well-known figure in […]
- Olivia Truffaut
According to Buzzfeed, Quinto won’t be reprising his role as the serial-killing superhuman on the upcoming 13-episode miniseries, which will pick up after the conclusion of NBC’s “Heroes,” which ran 2006-10.
“I’m not going to go back,” Quinto told Buzzfeed. “It was such a meaningful experience for me… I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it… It’s a great thing to be a part of. I just felt like I need to cultivate other outlets for myself.”
Quinto is not the only “Heroes” alum who was approached for the miniseries reboot. Jack Coleman will appear on “Heroes Reborn,” reprising his role as Noah Bennet (aka Hrg, depending on how big a fan you are).
- Marianne Zumberge
While NBC still hasn't set a return date for Heroes Reborn, casting is already under way, with original Heroes star Jack Coleman set to return as "Hrg" in the event series, and Zachary Levi joining the cast in an important but unspecified role earlier this month. BuzzFeed writer Kate Arthur caught up with Zachary Quinto, who played Sylar in the original NBC series, at the Sundance Film Festival, with the actor revealing that he will not be back for Heroes Reborn. Here's what he had to say:
"I'm not going back. [Series creator] Tim [Kring] reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me - I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn't want to go back to it. Tim was very, very understanding and supportive. I'm thrilled that they're doing it. »
The 13-episode, single-camera series centers on popular daytime actress Ana Maria (Longoria) and her life on and off set.
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The cast of Full House seems to reunite on a bi-weekly basis at this point, yet we’re never any less excited when the gang decides to get back together.
The Tanners’ latest gathering came Saturday at a birthday party for show creator Jeff Franklin, with many of the original stars — John Stamos, Candace Cameron-Bure, Bob Saget, Lori Loughlin, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber — in attendance.
There was even a sing-along of the Full House theme song, which Barber was kind enough to Instagram:
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But you couldn’t be more wrong.
TVLine has an exclusive sneak peek at one of Tuesday’s half-hours (NBC, 8:30/7:30c), in which Andy introduces us to his alter ego’s super-awesome — and super-serious — older brother, Jonathan Karate.
Because without Jonathan, who else would handle such heavy topics as “holding in farts”?
Press Play on the video below for a sneak peek at the episode, then hit the comments with your thoughts!
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Heroes will be reborn without Sylar. Zachary Quinto, who played the infamous villains on the NBC superhero drama throughout its four-season run, has revealed that he will not be returning for the network’s 13-episode, standalone miniseries Heroes Reborn. “No, I’m not going back,” Quinto told BuzzFeed’s Kate Aurthur this week at Sundance. “I talked to them about it, and [Heroes creator] Tim [Kring] reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me—I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn’t want to go back to it. “Tim was very, very understanding,” he continued. “I’m thrilled that they’re doing it. I’m thrilled that Jack Coleman is going back to it. It’s a great thing to be a part of. I just felt like »
- Chris King
The Sundance film festival is in full swing and with it comes an abundance of films looking for distribution. We.ve already heard great things from critics about James Franco and Zachary Quinto in I Am Michael, Jason Segel as David Foster Wallace in End of the Tour, and the spooky film The Witch. But the biggest news to come out of this festival this year so far centers on Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and based on the book of the same name by Jesse Andrews, the film has sent bidders into a frenzy. According to both Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, practically everyone wants to distribute this film after it premiered at Sundance, and some are even willing to pay upwards of $12 million for the rights. On Sunday night, Fox Searchlight was said to be in the lead with a bid attached »
Before his work on "Star Trek," actor Zachary Quinto's breakthrough role was as the super powered serial killer Sylar on NBC's "Heroes". Unsurprisingly, one of the big questions many fans have had about the upcoming thirteen-episode event series refresh "Heroes Reborn" is whether Quinto will be involved.
Attending the Sundance Film Festival this week, Quinto tells Buzzfeed:
"No, I'm not going to go back. I talked to them about it, and Tim [Kring, creator] reached out to me when they decided they were going to do it. We had a great conversation. It was such a meaningful experience for me - I loved that job, I loved those people. I just felt like I didn't want to go back to it."
Quito adds that Kring was very understanding and supportive, and despite his absence he's very happy the show will be coming back:
"I'm thrilled that they're doing it. I'm thrilled »
- Garth Franklin
The actor said that people were "taken off guard" when a number of cinema chains declined to show the film in the face of threats, initially leading Sony to pull the film's release.
The movie was later shown in participating cinemas and via on-demand streaming.
"A lot of people were taken off guard by what happened," he told The Hollywood Reporter. "Even the industry press had some very strange reactions to it."
He added that there are still many questions which need to be answered about how best to deal with protecting artistic expression.
"It's still up in the air about how this should be dealt with and how we deal with it in a responsible way, in a way that protects artistic freedom," he said.
"Everybody agrees that that is something we all value, and we should protect, »
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