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“Wings” star Steven Weber will pay a visit to the “House of Lies” for one episode, Showtime announced Monday. Weber will play Ray Montinola, a corporate turnaround specialist enlisted to assist the company after Marty’s (Don Cheadle) stint in prison.
In other casting news:
Spencer Grammer has been confirmed as a series regular on NBC’s upcoming “Mr. Robinson,” according to TVLine. Grammer will star alongside Craig Robinson in the comedy about a high-school teacher who leads a double life as a musician at night. Lenora Crichlow will also be a regular. William Shatner will visit Syfy’s “Haven” for a four-episode guest stint in 2015, the network has confirmed. Shatner will play “a pivotal character that has the potential to forever impact the fate »
- Marianne Zumberge
This is the Pure Movies review of Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Ackroyd, Viola Davis, Craig Robinson, Jill Scott, Lennie James and directed by Tate Taylor. From Tate Taylor, director of The Help, Get on Up is a biopic of soul and funk legend, James Brown. Brown was born into poverty in 1933 to a 16-year-old mother and 22-year-old father. After his mom walked out, his father sent him to live with an aunt who ran a brothel. The young Brown busked on sidewalks and helped to direct soldiers to the house of ill repute, before falling foul of the law in his teens for stealing a suit. He was sent to jail, but was eventually rescued when a local gospel singer, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), secures his parole, on the condition that Brown (Chadwick Boseman) moves in with Byrd and his family. »
- David Hudson
Constantine isn’t getting the extended demon-hunting season he was hoping for.
Related Constantine Stars Talk Det. Corrigan’s Timely Arrival, Manny’s Big Boss and Zed’s Mysterious Past
NBC has decided not to order a back nine for its freshman drama — based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer series — meaning Season 1 will end after its initial 13-episode order, our sister site Deadline reports.
But don’t go shouting the C-word just yet; Constantine is not cancelled. NBC still has the option of renewing the supernatural series for a second season.
Constantine premiered in October to 4.3 million total viewers and a »
“James Brown needs to think about his entire life before he plays.”
That's not how Get On Up opens, but it's close enough to the first line from 2007's Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, a woefully under-appreciated comedy that should really be required viewing as a “What Not To Do” guide for anyone attempting a biopic of a musician. Alas, this film about Godfather of Soul James Brown walks into every cliché lampooned in the Apatow spoof one by one, although not necessarily in the right order.
It starts with that Cox-style pre-gig remembrance, with lines of dialogue we'll hear in the next two hours echoing around as Brown (Chadwick Boseman) walks down a long corridor to the stage. Then for mystifying reasons, we cut to 1989, to an utterly random and anecdotal »
The student has become the teacher.
In Mr. Robinson, The Office vet portrays a struggling musician who leads a double life. At night, he and his brother Ben (not yet cast) jam in a rock band called “Nasty Delicious,” and their career has been going nowhere fast for a decade. »
Just days after ordering a fourth season of “Longmire” from A&E, Netflix is plucking yet another series from the hands of network TV.
This time it’s “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” an NBC comedy from Tina Fey and Robert Carlock that will now move over to the streaming service as part of a two-season order set to premiere in all Netflix territories next March.
“Kimmy,” which stars “The Office” alum Ellie Kemper as a woman who starts her life over after escaping a doomsday cult, is produced by Universal TV. NBC was intending to put “Kimmie” on its schedule sometime in the midseason.
“When the opportunity arose for Tina Fey and Robert Carlock to premiere their new show on Netflix with a two-season commitment, we decided this was the best possible scenario to launch this captivating new series,” said NBC Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt.
“The very construct of — its offbeat premise, »
- Andrew Wallenstein
Chadwick Boseman is looking at me with a huge grin on his face. On the one hand, the "Get on Up" star is no doubt in a great mood after being celebrated by well-wishers for his performance as the legendary James Brown in last summer's well-received biopic. The late love is thanks to Universal Pictures, who has organized a Sunday brunch at SoHo House West Hollywood to help remind voters about Boseman's critically acclaimed portrayal. Director Tate Taylor ("The Help"), producer Brian Grazer and co-star Craig Robinson are all on hand, but Boseman is the center of the attention. Now back to why he's smiling. While the 37-year-old actor deserves all the accolades he receives for "Get on Up," and a Golden Globe nomination in the Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical category seems likely, there are other events in the air that may soon turn him into a household name. »
- Gregory Ellwood
James Franco is a strange bird, and one who defies categorization. He effortlessly balances the careers of an actor, director, screenwriter, artist, musician, novelist, poet, and teacher simultaneously. Honestly, we don’t know where he finds the time. Does he have a Time-Turner or a flux capacitor? That’s got to be it, right?
Time-travel aside, whatever James Franco’s doing – Is he not sleeping? – it’s working, because he’s about to add another hyphen to his already multi-hyphenate name.
James Franco, stage actor.
Making his Broadway debut, Franco joins the cast of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men as George Milton. Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) joins Franco as George’s well-meaning best friend Lennie, a role that garnered O’Dowd a Tony Award nomination.
- Sasha James
The 2003 film has become a cult classic thanks to its bizarre storytelling, acting and production values.
Neustadter and Weber closed a deal after several months of negotiations.
"Neustadter and Weber are the perfect writers to join the filmmaking gang we have over here with Seth Rogen, et al," said Franco.
"They have the perfect tone for this funny, but heartfelt story about trying to make your dreams come true. »
James Franco is currently shooting an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel Zeroville, and it has just been announced that he’s added a host of stars to the cast of the film, which tells the story of a movie buff who heads to Hollywood in the late 1960s.
Set to join Franco and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) in the cast are This Is the End co-stars Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Horatio Sanz (Wreck-It Ralph), Joey King (The Sound and the Fury) and Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for Zeroville, but expect it some time next year. Meanwhile, Franco will next been seen alongside Seth Rogen in The Interview, which opens in the States on Christmas Day.
- Gary Collinson
• Megan Fox will take the female lead in Zeroville, starring opposite James Franco, who is also directing. Adapted from the novel by Steve Erickson, the story follows a film-obsessed man (Franco) who arrives in Hollywood in 1969, hoping to break in to the business just as the industry is at a major turning point. Fox will play a Hollywood starlet with an uneasy past who becomes the romantic interest and obsession of Franco’s character. Seth Rogen, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Will Ferrell, Jacki Weaver, and Horatio Sanz also star. Vince Jolivette of Rabbit Bandini is producing along with Caroline Aragon, »
- C. Molly Smith
James Franco has recruited a cabal of pals for his “proto-punk Forrest Gump goes to 1970’s Hollywood” lit adaptation Zeroville, now filming in La. Joining Franco and the recently announced Jacki Weaver are Franco’s The Interview co-star Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King, and Horatio Sanz. Franco is directing and stars as a naive loner who’s drawn to the film business, becomes mistaken for a Manson family member and gets hired as a film editor. Paul Felton and Ian Olds adapted the script from Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel. Franco is producing with Vince Jolivette for Rabbit Bandini Productions, Caroline Aragon, and Michael Mendelsohn for Patriot Pictures. Union Patriot Capital Management financed the pic and Embankment is selling internationally next month at Afm.
- Jen Yamato
Their Finest Hour and a Half
Based on Lissa Evans' 2009 novel, the story follows a WW2 British movie crew trying to boost morale in the wake of the London Blitz. Gabby Chiappe ("Shetland," "The Paradise") is penning the script. Shooting is scheduled to take place in summer 2015. [Source: Deadline]
Sebastian Stan ("Captain America: The Winter Soldier") is set to play the estranged son of Meryl Streep in the Jonathan Demme-directed, Diablo Cody-penned "Ricki and the Flash". Kevin Kline and Rick Springfield also star.
Streep plays a woman chasing her dreams of being a rock star, which resulted in losing her family. Now a grocery store clerk, she gets one final shot at fulfilling her rock and roll destiny. »
- Garth Franklin
Production is already under way on James Franco's next directorial outing Zeroville, with the filmmaker starring alongside Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Megan Fox, Jacki Weaver, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz.
The story is adapted from Steve Erickson's 2007 novel of the same name, which follows a loner and a film-obsessed architecture student (James Franco) who comes to Hollywood in the 1960s to pursue a career in the movie business. He has tattoos of A Place in the Sun stars Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on his bald head, and upon his arrival in Hollywood, he becomes mistaken for one of the murderers in the Charles Manson family. He eventually lands a job as a film editor, where he discovers a secret film hidden within the frames of every movie ever made, while encountering former starlets, burglars, political guerrillas, punk musicians and veteran filmmakers. »
Zeroville is an adaptation of the Steve Erikson 2007 novel set in the late 1960s.
He travels to Hollywood and finds himself swept up into the film business after being mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson Family.
Jacki Weaver was recently added to the lineup.
James Franco’s next filmmaking project, Zeroville, began its journey back in 2011 when the director-actor-writer-poet-artist optioned the rights to Steve Erickson’s novel. Alas, with so many ventures cluttering Franco’s plate it’s easy to see how this zany caper hasn’t received much notice. That is until today, as Screen Daily has learned that the film has already begun shooting – and there’s a ton of big names attached.
In addition to the main man himself nabbing a starring role, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have also signed on to star. The basic premise revolves around a film nerd who relocates to Hollywood in the 1960s to be closer to the ‘biz. However, he “enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. »
- Gem Seddon
Franco plays a naive loner driven to Hollywood by the allure and glittering temptations of the movies.
Pic is adapted by Paul Felton and Ian Olds from Steve Erickson’s novel. Film is produced by James Franco and Vince Jolivette’s Rabbit Bandini Prods., Caroline Aragon and Michael Mendelsohn’s Patriot Pictures, and financed by Union Patriot Capital Management.
Embankment starts international sales at next week’s American Film Market.
- Leo Barraclough
The cast on the in-production James Franco starrer Zeroville – the film that features Franco with tattooed, shaved head – has just got a hell of a lot bigger. Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox have all joined the movie, which is based on Steve Erickson novel that was first published in 2007.
The film revolves around Franco’s character; a movie fan who travels to Hollywood in the 1960s.
Rogen will apparently play a young John Milius-type character in the film (named Viking Man), but we’ve not been told who any of the other new additions will be playing.
Here’s the full plot, courtesy of WikiPedia:
Ike Jerome, a 24-year-old architecture student inspired by the few films he has seen, rides the bus into Hollywood. Jerome is almost autistic (later, his friend dubs him a “cineautistic »
- Paul Heath
Back in September, James Franco hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place in the Sun’s Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the back of it. It wasn’t some oddball stunt like what Shia Labeouf pulled at Berlin, but rather, while attending the festival to debut The Sound and the Fury and also to accept his Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, he decided to get a little work done. Franco took the opportunity to shoot some shots for his next directorial endeavor, a film called Zeroville. But even though Franco started knocking off shots last month, his co-cast is first being announced now. It’s being reported that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz will all join him in the film. Hit the jump for more on Zeroville. »
- Perri Nemiroff
James Franco‘s Hollywood dramedy Zeroville is putting together quite an impressive Hollywood cast. Franco himself is set to star as well as direct, and now we have word he’ll be joined by — take a deep breath — Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and […]
- Angie Han
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