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Written and directed by Josephine Decker
If Terrence Malick had a twisted little sister, it would be Josephine Decker; the resemblance is clearly discernible in her sophomore feature, Thou Wast Mild & Lovely, utilizing Malick’s uninhibited and experimental handheld style but with her own dash of psychosexual drama. Decker’s story is framed against the backdrop of a quiet country farm, and shells out the kind of chills that not even Malick could muster.
In the vein of John Steinbeck’s East of Eden, the film follows Akin (Joe Swanberg), a man who’s taken a summer job on a farm only to develop an attraction to its owner’s daughter, Sarah (Sophie Traub). In what’s seemingly an inevitable romance, the pair’s physical attraction is amplified by their isolated setting, leading this quaint farm story to pack a ferocious intensity.
To drive the plot, »
- So Yun Um
Exclusive: Matthew McConaughey and writer-director Gary Ross are the catalysts for a project called Free State Of Jones, which is getting some serious attention from Stx Entertainment, the new mini-studio founded by investors Tpg Growth, Gigi Pritzker, Hony and Robert Simonds. We hear that company reps, financial partner Im Global (who is handling foreign), and the filmmakers are heading to Afm this afternoon to discuss pre-sales. This is one of many projects Stx is considering pushing through as part of its first slate. They are looking to go before the cameras in the first quarter of 2015.
Free State Of Jones is based on the untold and extraordinary story of Newton Knight, the leader of one of the greatest rebellions in Civil War history, and we hear that Stx may finance (up to $20M) for the $65M-budgeted story of one of the most controversial men from the that era. McConaughey is »
- Mike Fleming Jr and Anita Busch
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
There are a lot of things to say about "Interstellar," but the conversation probably needs to start at the point of acknowledging that, at the studio level, we haven't seen a picture of this kind of ambition probably since, well, "Inception." Christopher Nolan's film mixes the themes, concerns and emotion of John Steinbeck, Steven Spielberg and Stanley Kubrick into a heady movie that attempts to intersect science and love. Basically, there are few $200 million movies that have as little explosions and toy selling opportunities as "Interstellar." And thus it's not a surprise that Nolan has earned the appreciation of his colleagues. Last month, during a talk at the New York Film Festival, Paul Thomas Anderson called Nolan's film "beautiful," urging audiences to " go see it in IMAX." And now Quentin Tarantino has put his very vocal support behind the picture too. “It’s been a while since somebody has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Hedy Lamarr: 'Invention' and inventor on Turner Classic Movies (photo: Hedy Lamarr publicity shot ca. early '40s) Two Hedy Lamarr movies released during her heyday in the early '40s — Victor Fleming's Tortilla Flat (1942), co-starring Spencer Tracy and John Garfield, and King Vidor's H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941), co-starring Robert Young and Ruth Hussey — will be broadcast on Turner Classic Movies on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Pt, respectively. Best known as a glamorous Hollywood star (Ziegfeld Girl, White Cargo, Samson and Delilah), the Viennese-born Lamarr (née Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler), who would have turned 100 on November 9, was also an inventor: she co-developed and patented with composer George Antheil the concept of frequency hopping, currently known as spread-spectrum communications (or "spread-spectrum broadcasting"), which ultimately led to the evolution of wireless technology. (More on the George Antheil and Hedy Lamarr invention further below.) Somewhat ironically, »
- Andre Soares
'Interstellar' movie review: 'Ravishing, but overextended mind-bender' (photo: Anne Hathaway in 'Interstellar') There are many intriguing questions raised in director Christopher Nolan's ravishing, overextended mind-bender Interstellar. One of the first: has a theoretical physicist ever received an executive producer credit on a nine-figure, studio movie? Probably not, but if 74-year old Caltech professor Kip Thorne were to find any director willing to tap his intellect for an above-the-line credit, it would be Nolan. His movies are puzzle boxes of plot and theme that have become grander in scope as they've become more opaque in effect. At this point, every Nolan film contains the moment when we ask ourselves if the director himself has completely thought everything through. That's certainly true of Interstellar, where the London-born director and his screenwriter brother Jonathan utilize Thorne's theories on relativity and gravitational physics to bandy about questions as deep »
- Mark Keizer
Golden Globe-winner and Academy Award-nominee James Franco (127 Hours, Milk) and Tony Award-nominee Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids, Girls, Moone Boy) star in Of Mice and Men which was filmed on a Broadway stage in front of a live audience. Ballymaloe Grainstore hosts the only screening in County Cork on Thursday 6 November at 8pm. It also stars Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl, Country Strong) and Tony and Olivier Award-winner, Jim Norton. This landmark revival of Nobel Prize-winner John Steinbeck's play is a powerful portrait of the American spirit and a heartbreaking testament to the bonds of friendship. The production was nominated for two 2014 Tony Awards, including Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Play for Chris O'Dowd. It shattered box office records at New York's Longacre Theatre multiple times during its limited 19-week engagement which ended in July. The »
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Sneak Peek new images of Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence, plus a revealing video of her posing for the shoot, from the latest issue of "Vanity Fair" magazine, available October 14, 2014, photographed by Patrick Demarchelier and styled by Jessica Diehl:
Besides her continued representation of the "Dior" fashion line, Lawrence will star in and produce the film adaptation of author Claire Bidwell Smith's memoir "The Rules of Inheritance", to be directed by Susanne Bier. She will also star in the adaptation of the novel "East of Eden" for director Gary Ross, based on author John Steinbeck's novel.
Lawrence will also star in "Burial Rites", a film adaptation of author Hannah Kent's debut novel, followed by the film "The Ends of the Earth", described as a fact-based love story about a powerful oil tycoon caught in an affair.
Lawrence will also play 'Jeannette Walls' in the film adaptation »
- Michael Stevens
George and Lennie are hitting the big screen, as the recent Broadway run of Of Mice and Men will screen in theaters on Nov. 6. Anna D. Shapiro's staging of the John Steinbeck novella — which tells the tragic story of two itinerant workers seeking new opportunities in Depression-era California — stars James Franco, Chris O'Dowd, Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. The 19-week limited engagement (from April 16 to July 27) broke the Longacre Theatre's house records and recouped its $3.8 million capitalization within 12 weeks. O'Dowd nabbed a Tony nomination as the gentle giant, Lennie. The hit play will
- Ashley Lee
November 6 has been set for the first National Theatre Live telecast of Of Mice and Men starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd. The revival of the John Steinbeck play, which closed on July 27, also stars Leighton Meester and Jim Norton. Staged by Anna D. Shapiro, it’s the first Broadway show ever on the U.K.-based program’s roster. Tickets for the Nt Live presentation, booked into 700 U.S. and Canada movie theaters, will go on sale September 12 at NTLive.com.
The sixth season of NTLive telecasts launches September 16 with A Streetcar Named Desire with Gillian Anderson, Ben Foster and Vanessa Kirby, followed on October 23 by the Broadway-bound revival of David Hare’s Skylight, starring Bill Nighy and Carey Mulligan. Then the National’s electrifying Frankenstein, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, on October 27 and 29: Of Mice And Men; John (December 9) and Treasure Island (January 22, 2015). The »
- The Deadline Team
“There’s not a person walking this world that doesn’t have some suffering that they’re burdened by,” says Cary Ann Hearst, who, with her husband Michael Trent, make up the country folk duo Shovels & Rope. And damned if every single one of those people hasn’t stumbled into the various songs on “Swimmin’ Time,” Shovel & Rope’s searing new album, out now. The collection features tunes about down-on-their-luck folks who seek the higher road, but that shot at salvation sometimes seems just out of reach. On twangy “The Devil Is All Around,” a person drenched in fear travels down a path. He’s a “shell of a man,” but determined to become a better one. On the stomping, ominous title track, there’s nothing good coming around the bend. On swampy dark “Evil,” a tune HitFix premiered in July, two misfits, a young tomboy and an older man, »
- Melinda Newman
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.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
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
- Ashley Lee
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 […] »
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
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
- David Rooney
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 […] »
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
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
- David Rooney
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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