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Conversation with John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson, Chris O'Dowd and Joyce Carol Oates about Calvary

26 July 2014 2:04 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Brendan Gleeson, John Michael McDonagh, Kelly Reilly and Chris O'Dowd on Calvary at the Explorers Club: "I can't go on. I'll go on" Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

After Kelly Reilly came three Calvary men - John Michael McDonagh, Brendan Gleeson and Chris O'Dowd. With McDonagh, I voyage through his many literary references, from Samuel Beckett to Herman Melville, from Albert Camus to James Joyce, and from Philip K. Dick to David Gates' Jernigan. James Cagney's Shanghai Lil with Busby Berkeley's choreography in Footlight Parade reveals Angels With Dirty Faces as another influence.

Peggy Siegal used her magic to snare O'Dowd, who is starring with James Franco on Broadway in John Steinbeck's Of Mice And Men with Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, directed by Anna D. Shapiro. Joyce Carol Oates, who sat next to me during lunch, elegantly sums up Calvary.

Kelly Reilly as Fiona, reading H.P. Lovecraft »

- Anne-Katrin Titze

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London's National Theatre Live to Screen Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men'

23 July 2014 8:38 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Of Mice and Men is headed across the Pond. The revival of John Steinbeck's 1937 classic tale of friendship and failed dreams, which stars James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton, will be filmed by London's National Theatre Live — the series' first-ever Broadway production. Screening dates will be announced shortly. Photos James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Make Their Broadway Debuts in 'Of Mice and Men' Directed by Tony Award winner Anna D. Shapiro, Of Mice and Men was the first production of the spring to recoup its full capitalization in only twelve weeks. The production, which earn Broadway debut

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- Ashley Lee

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The ‘Mice’ That Roared: Franco, O’Dowd, Meester Sets Broadway House Record; ‘Beautiful’ Too

21 July 2014 8:51 AM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Update: Beautiful: The Carole King Musical grossed $1.3 million, breaking the house record at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre for the 12th time in 36 weeks of performances. Proving their chops as Broadway draws, James Franco, Chris O’Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton set a second house record last week as their run in the revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men comes to a close. The show grossed $929,888 for the week ending July 20, breaking its previous record of $897,851.00 for the week ending April 27. The show, which opened on April 16 at the Longacre Theatre and recouped its $3.8 million […] »

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Leighton and Adam Are Still the Perfect Couple You Dream Of

18 July 2014 6:07 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Leighton Meester and Adam Brody took their dogs for a walk in NYC on Thursday ahead of Leighton's evening show for her Broadway play, Of Mice and Men. The actress and the play have been getting quite a bit of attention this week after Leighton penned an article for Huffington Post where she discussed the feminist subtext of her character, Curley's wife, who is also the only female character in both the John Steinbeck classic and the play. The actress wrote, "If this woman is purely a victim, why is she so hated? And if she is truly harmless, why is she so threatening? Without question, it was a commentary on the social climate at the time, which still surprisingly applies today." Leighton has been open about her feminist ideals, including saying that gender-equality icon Betty Friedan is her role model. »

- Maria Mercedes Lara

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'The Long Shrift': Theater Review

13 July 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York — While doing eight performances a week on Broadway in the stirring revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, the indefatigable James Franco has been juggling a rehearsal schedule for his stage directing debut with the Off-Broadway premiere of prolific novelist and playwright Robert Boswell's The Long Shrift. Why? That question is never answered during the anesthetizing 95 minutes of this emotionally bogus wannabe Sam Shepard effort, which basically teaches us that all men have the capacity for violence while all women are prone to lapses of hysterical finger-pointing and manipulation. Franco has recruited actor Scott

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- David Rooney

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‘Mice’ Man James Franco Will Make Stage Directing Debut Off-Off-Broadway

16 June 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Not content to be starring with Chris O’Dowd on Broadway in a revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men, James Franco is simultaneously directing the world premiere of The Long Shrift for the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, a highly regarded off-off-Broadway company based in Greenwich Village. Novelist Robert Boswell’s play concerns the return home of a teenage boy after serving nine years for rape. Show is slated to run July 7-August 23 at the company’s home base at 224 Waverly Place. The company’s “special summer season” will continue with Phoenix, a love story in which Julia Stiles will star with James […] »

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James Franco, Vince Jolivette Launch Online Screenwriting Class

11 June 2014 3:02 PM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

Continuing to disprove the assertion that there are 24 hours in a day, prodigious multi-hyphenate James Franco, who has taught at USC, UCLA, CalArts and Nyu, and his Rabbit Bandini producing partner Vince Jolivette are launching another new venture: an online course, “Introduction to Screenwriting for Short Films,” on the Skillshare site. Over 30 short video lessons beginning screenwriters will learn the craft by penning an eight-page adaptation of one of three texts: John Steinbeck’s Pastures of Heaven, a story from The Spoon River Anthology, or Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio: A Group of Tales of Ohio Small-Town Life. Right now […] »

- Scott Macaulay

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'Of Mice and Men' With James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Recoups on Broadway

9 June 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York -- The Broadway revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men may have gone home empty-handed from last night's Tony Awards, but the production headlined by James Franco and Chris O'Dowd has turned a profit, recouping its $3.8 million initial investment in just three months on the boards. Directed by Anna D. Shapiro, the revival of Steinbeck's 1937 tragedy about a pair of itinerant farm workers chasing an elusive American Dream in Depression-era California opened on April 17 at the Longacre Theatre, after a month of previews. The limited engagement is scheduled to play its final

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- David Rooney

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Leighton Meester, Adam Brody Walk First Red Carpet Post-Wedding at Tony Awards: Picture

9 June 2014 7:11 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Four months after their secret marriage, Leighton Meester and Adam Brody hit their first official red carpet together at the 2014 Tony Awards on Sunday, June 8. Check out more pics of Leighton and Adam at the Tonys here. The pair looked stunning at Radio City Music Hall with the Of Mice and Men star in a fitted white gown and her proud hubby holding her tight.  Meester is currently starring in the revival of John Steinbeck's classic play alongside James Franco and Chris O'Dowd, who received a [...] »

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Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers

7 June 2014 7:59 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The world of cinema certainly has had its share of sympathetic bumbling and stumbling characters rich in both comedic and tragic layers and anything else in between. Some of these movie misfits are misunderstood and actually more aware then they appear. The combination of being slow-witted, clumsy, awkward, inept, unstable–it all has its entertaining points in the hapless scheme of things. Importantly, these bumbling and stumbling film figureheads generate a kind of loose-minded and in some cases underlying poignancy that resonates so soundly for global moviegoers to observe with embraced enthusiasm.

So let us take a look at a selection of klutzy candidates (both in seriousness and silliness) that inspire us to chuckle and root for in the column Whoops…Did I Do That?: Top 10 Film Bumblers and Stumblers (Note: the listing of the choices below are not in any particular order of preference):

1.) Forrest Gump from »

- Frank Ochieng

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Hugh Jackman Will Have Great Company at the Tonys

28 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

When it comes to showstoppers, Broadway's Tony Awards are traditionally hard to beat. And, from the list of presenters who will be accompanying this year's host (returning for the fourth time) Hugh Jackman at the June 8 ceremony, few recent Tonys have promised to be so star-studded. So far, those announced to join Jackman live from the stage at Radio City Music Hall include Kevin Bacon, Matt Bomer, Wayne Brady, Zach Braff, Kenneth Branagh, Patricia Clarkson, Bradley Cooper, Fran Drescher, Clint Eastwood, Emilio Estefan, Gloria Estefan, Vera Farmiga, Will Ferrell, Tony Goldwyn, Anna Gunn, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke, Carole King, Zachary Levi, »

- Stephen M. Silverman

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Interstellar: a new direction for Christopher Nolan?

19 May 2014 6:36 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take a closer look at the trailer for Interstellar, and wonder whether it might mark a stylistic shift for director Christopher Nolan...

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We've become so used to trailers for expensive mainstream films to be accompanied by big honking horns and eye-popping special effects, the first full promo for Interstellar almost came as a shock. While we weren't expecting Christopher Nolan to bring anything as bombastic as, say, Inception (whose trailers helped make honking horns fashionable), the trailer for Interstellar is decidedly coy, even by the director's standards.

The online reaction to Interstellar's first full trailer has been somewhat mixed. While most responded warmly to its low-key approach, others were left either dissatisfied or even slightly irked by its lack of detail; of the trailer's two-minutes-and-change duration, only around 30 seconds of it contains anything in the way of space exploration and astronauts.

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- ryanlambie

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‘Foxcatcher’ Review: Bennett Miller Makes Another Great Film About the American Dream

19 May 2014 5:56 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

John Steinbeck wryly observed that most Americans disdain socialism as if they were “temporarily embarrassed millionaires” whose ship had yet to come in. He had no idea just how many millions of hard-working self-made millionaires the country would someday spawn — how many would actually attain that American dream, and how many would come to believe that this world is designed for them. Still others would inherit their wealth. In “Foxcatcher” we meet one of them: John du Pont, an heir to a family fortune who has his entire way of life bought and paid for — every win, every success »

- Sasha Stone

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David & Me Review [Hot Docs 2014]

29 April 2014 1:15 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Tell me if you’ve heard this one before: a teenager is picked up on suspicion of being a murder suspect, he’s detained and questioned by police for hours until he confesses, and then ends up in jail for the rest of his life. It’s a sad story that seems to happen with some regularity, from Steven Truscott, a teenager in rural Ontario wrongly convicted of murdering classmate Lynn Harper, to David McCallum, who in 1985 was supposed to have killed 16-year-old Nathan Blenner with his friend Willie Stuckey in Brooklyn. But David & Me isn’t a Law & Order-like revisiting of injustice and legal activism. It’s a film about how the most unlikely of people, and the most unlikely of connections, can teach us something profound about ourselves.

David McCallum has been in jail for all of filmmaker Ray Klonsky’s life, and was jailed hundreds of miles »

- Adam A. Donaldson

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This Week on Stage: James Franco dishes, Audra McDonald dazzles (again)

19 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

Lesson learned this week on Broadway: if he does not like what you wrote about him, James Franco will call you “a little bitch”. Franco, who made his Broadway debut this week in Of Mice and Men opposite Bridesmaids charmer Chris O’Dowd, took on the New York Times’ Ben Brantley on Instagram, making it the 453rd silly thing he’s done this year. (Or is it incredibly shrewd and constant self-promotion? One cannot be sure.) In more benevolent news, a bevy of much-loved stage, film, and TV triple threats returned to their roots, including Audra McDonald (channeling the haunted spirit of Billie Holiday, »

- Jason Clark

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James Franco Calls Times Theater Critic a ‘Little Bitch’ and Suggests He Work for Gawker

17 April 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley was not the biggest fan of the latest stage incarnation of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men, which stars James Franco and Chris O'Dowd. (Vulture's theater critic Jesse Green, on the other hand, was.) And James Franco is not a fan of New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley, calling him a "little bitch" and suggesting an alternate job in an Instagram post that was later edited to remove the insult. Here is a screenshot of the orginal:What part could have gotten Franco so angry? Was it this: "Though he sports a Yosemite Sam accent, Mr. Franco is often understated to the point of near invisibility." Was it this: "Neither actor overplays, which is considerate, but they do remain largely monolithic." Or was it this: "Though Mr. Franco musters a single, perfect tear for the play’s tragic climax, I only came »

- Gilbert Cruz

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Who Should Play Jennifer Lawrence's Leading Men In 'East Of Eden'?

17 April 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

A lot has been made of the "one book, two movies" (or more, if you're "The Hobbit") trend in Hollywood, but in the case of one massive classic from the American literary canon, two films are definitely better than one. But when it comes to an epic like "East of Eden," who should star? The movie, based on John Steinbeck's book by the same name, is being considered for a split into two feature-length films ...

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Who Should Play Jennifer Lawrence's Leading Men In 'East Of Eden'?

17 April 2014 7:37 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

A lot has been made of the "one book, two movies" (or more, if you're "The Hobbit") trend in Hollywood, but in the case of one massive classic from the American literary canon, two films are definitely better than one. But when it comes to an epic like "East of Eden," who should star? The movie, based on John Steinbeck's book by the same name, is being considered for a split into two feature-length films ...

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James Franco, Leighton Meester Take Bows at Mice, Men Opening

17 April 2014 6:37 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

James Franco, Chris O’Dowd and “Gossip Girl’s” Leighton Meester all made their Broadway debut last night (Apr. 16) in an adaption of John Steinbeck’s novel Of Mice and Men and put together a nuanced performance that drew mostly critical raves. The story has oft been told on stage and the big screen since Steinbeck published the short novel in 1937, providing plenty of material for comparison. [...] »

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Of Mice and Men: Theater Review

16 April 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

New York – There's a special attachment to great books first encountered in high school that stays with readers throughout their lives, and John Steinbeck's tender tragedy Of Mice and Men is up there with the most cherished of them. The headline news in this stirring Broadway remount is the stage debut of peripatetic artistic adventurer James Franco opposite the wonderful Chris O'Dowd as itinerant ranch workers George and Lennie. But the real satisfaction comes from those unforgettable characters, their joy and wrenching sorrow, and the enduring power of their story of friendship sustained by illusory dreams in a world of solitude. Photos: James Franco,

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- David Rooney

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