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Donald Wrye, ‘Ice Castles’ Writer and Director, Dies at 80

21 May 2015 2:42 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director, writer and producer Donald Wrye, best known for the 1978 figure skating film “Ice Castles,” has died. He was 80.

A relative posted a Facebook message confirming that he “died in his sleep early Friday morning at his home in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.”

“Donald left a legacy of some amazingly wonderful films, which he and I had just recently spoken about gathering copies of, so that each of the children would have them when he was unexpectedly called forth,” the post read.

Wrye wrote and directed “Ice Castles,” which stars Lynn-Holly Johnson as an aspiring Olympic figure skater who goes blind after a freak accident but overcomes the handicap to pursue her dreams. The film’s theme “Looking Through the Eyes of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award.

Wrye’s other credits include producing a pair of Oscar-nominated documentary shorts, “As Impression of John Steinbeck: Writer” and “The Numbers Start With the River, »

- Seth Kelley

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The Immigrant Song

20 May 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series Museum of Modern Art, NYC hrough September 7, 2015

One of the most startling impressions that one takes away from seeing the reunited Migration Series at the Museum of Modern Art is how current the paintings still feel current in a way that Céline still does, or Christopher Isherwood, or John Steinbeck -- documenters of a very specific moment of transition, faithfully recording sensitive observations. Jacob Lawrence’s cycle of sixty paintings on the subject of the Northern Migration is both a landmark work for an artist who was just twenty-three years old when he began it, and it is a work of historical importance in American art of the 20th Century. 

Lawrence, who had dropped out of school when he was sixteen, was encouraged by his single mother to take art classes and visit museums. He studied at the Harlem Art Workshop, in the »

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Courtney Love Joins James Franco’s ‘The Long Home’

4 May 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Courtney Love has been cast in The Long Home, the 1940s Tennessee-set drama based on William Gay’s debut 1999 novel that James Franco is directing and producing. Josh Hutcherson is already attached to the pic, rejoining Franco after they also teamed for the John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle. Long Home centers on a young carpenter (Hutcherson) forced to work for the man responsible for his father's murder years ago and who falls for Thomas Hovington’s daughter… »

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Movie News: 'Star Wars' Movie Seeks New Director; Watch a TV Spot for Cameron Crowe's 'Aloha'

4 May 2015 2:20 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Star Wars Anthology: The second installment in the Star Wars Anthology standalone series now needs a director. Josh Trank (Fantastic Four), who had been attached to the project as director for more than a year, announced he was stepping aside. "I’m making a personal decision to move forward on a different path," he stated. "I know deep down in my heart that I want to pursue some original creative opportunities." The movie is still expected in 2018. [StarWars.com]   The Long Home: Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games series) will star in The Long Home, an independent drama to be directed by James Franco. The two previously teamed for In Dubious Battle, based on a John Steinbeck novel; the new project is drawn from a novel by William Gay and is set...

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Josh Hutcherson Heads For The Long Home

3 May 2015 10:07 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Committed to his crusade to adapt every novel ever written for the screen – all right, just the ones that pique his interest – James Franco is setting up yet another adaptation. He’s planning to star in and direct The Long Home and has Josh Hutcherson lined up to co-star.Adapted from William Gay’s book, the story is set in rural 1940s Tennessee, where a young man (Hutcherson) scores a job building a honky tonk bar for a charismatic, scheming bootlegger. But trouble finds him when he falls for a young woman that the criminal is grooming to become a prostitute, and that’s before he discovers that the man murdered his father ten years previously.This isn’t the first time Hutcherson and Franco will have worked together – Franco also cast the Hunger Games actor in another of his projects, the John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which has »

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‘Hunger Games’ Star Josh Hutcherson to Lead James Franco’s ‘The Long Home’

1 May 2015 4:22 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Josh Hutcherson will star in the upcoming James Franco-directed drama “The Long Home,”an individual with knowledge of the project has told TheWrap. Hutcherson is best known for the role of Peeta Mellark, Katniss Everdeen’s fellow tribute in “The Hunger Games” franchise. The film is based on the William Gay novel of the same name. Set in 1940s Tennessee, a young man (Hutcherson) finds himself working for the very bootlegger who killed his father 10 years earlier. This marks the second collaboration for Hutcherson and Franco, as Franco cast Hutcherson in his adaptation of the John Steinbeck novel “In Dubious Battle. »

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Josh Hutcherson to Star in James Franco’s ‘The Long Home’ (Exclusive)

1 May 2015 3:16 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Josh Hutcherson will follow the blockbuster “Hunger Games” franchise with a much smaller film, securing the lead in the James Franco-directed drama “The Long Home.”

Based on the novel by William Gay, “The Long Home” is set in the 1940s in rural Tennessee, where a young man (Hutcherson) goes to work building a honkytonk for a charismatic and diabolical bootlegger, unaware that the man had murdered his father 10 years prior. He runs into further trouble when he falls for the young woman the bootlegger is grooming to be a prostitute.

Franco is also expected to star, and will produce alongside Rabbit Bandini’s Vince Jolivette and Jay Davis. Robert Halmi Jr. and Jim Reeve are exec producing.

Franco previously cast Hutcherson in another directorial effort, “In Dubious Battle,” based on the John Steinbeck novel. A release date for that film has yet to be announced.

Hutcherson can be seen »

- Justin Kroll

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Selena Gomez Hit by Fat Shamers After Posting Swimsuit Photos (see!)

17 April 2015 9:55 AM, PDT | TheImproper.com | See recent TheImproper.com news »

Selena Gomez showed off a fuller figure during a vacation break in Mexico and drew a horde of fat shamers after she posted photos in a sexy swimsuit. She may have been slightly rounder, but really, fat shaming? Gomez has been working pretty intensely on a new movie “In Dubious Battle,” with her “Spring Breakers” co-star James Franco. Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride also appear in the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s Depression era novel by the same name. ...Read More »

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Stephen King’s 11/22/63 Miniseries Finds Director And Supporting Cast

7 April 2015 2:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

11/22/63 is proof that not every literary adaptation starring James Franco is based on the works of John Steinbeck or William Faulkner. This upcoming miniseries hails from legendary horror author Stephen King (whose works outside of the scary realm are equally as prolific as those within it) and focuses on a small-town school teacher who realizes he is able to travel through time via a door in a local diner. Franco previously snagged the lead role as the teacher Jake Epping, who takes it upon himself to prevent the assassination of JFK, and the show has now secured a director and supporting cast.

Academy Award winner Kevin McDonald (The Last King Of Scotland) has signed on to direct and executive produce the first two episodes of the nine-hour event series. He will work from a script penned by Bridget Carpenter (Friday Night Lights, Parenthood), who is expected to seriously curtail King »

- Gem Seddon

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Archer Has Made a Lot of Literary References. Did You Catch Them All?

6 April 2015 3:01 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Sterling Archer has always been one well-read secret-service agent, with his taste in books ranging from the erudite (hello, medieval French philosopher Peter Abelard!) to the whimsical ("One lousy Lorax!"). Indiewire compiled a supercut of all such literary references on Archer. (Well, almost all of them: sharp-eyed commenters pointed out that there were some references missing, like the fact that the dog Kazak is named after a dog in Kurt Vonnegut's The Sirens of Titan). The bookish jokes range from classic Americana, like John Steinbeck and Herman Melville, to nerdier fare like X-Men and J.R.R. Tolkien. We could list them all, but really, we would prefer not to. »

- E. Alex Jung

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James Franco Boards Tennessee Drama ‘The Long Home’

6 April 2015 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco has come on board to direct and produce William Gay’s “The Long Home,” a coming-of-age story set in rural Tennessee in the 1940s.

Franco and Vince Jolivette will produce through their Rabbit Bandini Productions.

The story centers on a young and headstrong Tennessee carpenter who lost his father years before to a human evil and is forced to make difficult moral choices to face up to that evil. “The Long Home” was Gay’s debut novel and won the 1999 James A. Michener Memorial Prize.

Franco is currently producing, directing and starring in “In Dubious Battle,” based on John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel about labor conflict. The cast includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepard.

Franco has also directed two adaptions of William Faulkner novels set in the rural South through Rabbit Bandini — 2014’s “The Sound and the Fury, »

- Dave McNary

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Andrew Lazar to produce 'Rupture'

2 April 2015 1:56 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The American Sniper producer has set his sights on the sci-fi adventure for Ambi Group. Ambi Distribution handles international sales and will introduce the project in Cannes.

Lazar will produce alongside Ambi’s Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi (pictured) as well as Christina Weiss Lurie, with Steven Shainberg set to direct. Lurie, Shainberg and Lazar run Tango Pictures.

The project is based on a story by Shainberg and Brian Nelson, who wrote the screenplay about a single mother abducted by a mysterious organisation.

Ambi is currently in production on James Franco’s In Dubious Battle based on John Steinbeck’s novel about the struggle between labour and capital in 1930s America. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Watch: Feature, Clip And TV Spots For 'True Story' With James Franco & Jonah Hill Plus New Images

31 March 2015 7:22 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

At one point, the prospect of a Jonah Hill/James Franco movie meant lots of bro’ing out, a great many creative plays on names for male genitalia and, presumably, a whole lot of weed. But both Hill and Franco have come a long way since their early years as members of the Apatow troupe: Franco remains modern cinema’s most committed dilettante (anyone who has the balls to try and adapt Faulkner at least gets points for chutzpah, and then there’s his now-percolating take on John Steinbeck’s great “In Dubious Battle”) while Hill has experienced the blessed good fortune to work with some of our most gifted working directors, including Martin Scorsese in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and the Coen Brothers in their upcoming Tinseltown farce “Hail Caesar!” Hill and Franco's latest collaboration is Rupert Goold’s “True Story,” a twisty, ice-pick-sharp psychological drama about a man, »

- Nicholas Laskin

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James Franco: Selena Gomez and I Had a Baby Together!

31 March 2015 3:00 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Selene and I had a baby. It was born during Sprang Break.???? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? @selenagomez A photo posted by James Franco (@jamesfrancotv) on Mar 30, 2015 at 9:50am Pdt Just child's play? James Franco and Selena Gomez are working on a very special new project together — a baby! Okay, not really. But the Interview actor, 36, did joke about having a kid with the Behaving Badly actress, 22, after photos emerged of Gomez on the set of their new movie, an adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1936 novel In Dubious [...] »

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James Franco Taps ‘Child of God’ Star for ‘In Dubious Battle’ (Exclusive)

24 March 2015 12:28 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Up-and-comer Scott Haze is reteaming with his “Child of God” director James Franco for Franco’s next directorial outing, “In Dubious Battle.”

The pic’s ensemble already includes Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. Ambi Group is financing the film and producing with Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures Productions.

The original novel by John Steinbeck portrays the struggle between labor and capital in 1930s America as close to all-out warfare. Published in 1936, “In Dubious Battle” is considered Steinbeck’s first major work. Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck later continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures as he »

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Austin Stowell, Ahna O’Reilly Recruited For ‘In Dubious Battle'; Anchor Bay, Gravitas Ink Home Video Deal

19 March 2015 4:46 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Austin Stowell and Ahna O’Reilly have landed roles in James Franco’s John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle. The story follows an uprising by migrant workers in California’s apple country in the 1930s. Stowell plays Eddie, the younger boss under Robert Duvall’s character. Together, they attempt to negotiate with the strikers. O’Reilly plays Edie, part of a small cog that makes up the American Communist Party. She is tasked with maintaining public perception… »

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Zach Braff, Josh Hutcherson join Franco's 'In Dubious Battle'

18 March 2015 3:51 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Principal photography commenced today in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel.

Zach Braff and Josh Hutcherson are among the final actors to join James Franco’s In Dubious Battle.

Principal photography commenced today [March 18] in Georgia on the adaptation of John Steinbeck’s novel which centres on the struggle between labour and capital in 1930s America.

Braff and Hutcherson join alongside Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly. They join the already-cast Franco, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston, Nat Wolff, John Savage and Sam Shepherd.

The novel was adapted by Matt Roger and the film will be produced by Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Pictures, Rabbit Bandini Productions and That’s Hollywood Pictures Production.

Ambi Distribution co-represents the film’s domestic rights with CAA.

In Dubious Battle was published in 1936 and is considered the first major work from Steinbeck. »

- ian.sandwell@screendaily.com (Ian Sandwell)

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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff join James Franco's In Dubious Battle

18 March 2015 3:03 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The Hunger Games' Josh Hutcherson and Zach Braff are the latest stars to join James Franco's film In Dubious Battle.

Franco will direct As I Lay Dying writer Matt Rager's adaptation of John Steinbeck's politically-charged 1936 novel.

In Dubious Battle will chronicle an activist becoming involved with California's contentious labour movement during the 1930s.

Joining Hutcherson and Braff as the newest additions to the film's cast are Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love…), Ahna O'Reilly (The Help) and Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga).

Franco has amassed an all-star cast for the political drama, including John Savage, Nat Wolff, Bryan Cranston, Danny McBride, Selena Gomez, Robert Duvall and Ed Harris.

In Dubious Battle will be shot on location in Georgia, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

That's Hollywood Pictures is expected to release In Dubious Battle later this year. »

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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff And More Join James Franco’s In Dubious Battle

18 March 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

One the perks of being a producer-director-writer-actor is the sheer quantity of circles that the multi-hyphenate tag permits you entry into. For James Franco, this means he meets a lot of people. Moreso than any other non-celebrity might in a regular day. By that rationale, it’s probably a lot easier to cast movies seeing as he knows everybody. Applying that conclusion to today’s piece of news on his latest effort, In Dubious Battle seems to stick; he really does know everybody because everybody’s in the movie.

Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly are the latest additions to a cast that’s already bulging with starry names. This new roster join Nat Wolff, who signed up two days ago, and the previously-announced Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Danny McBride, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Franco himself.

In Dubious Battle explores »

- Gem Seddon

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Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Analeigh Tipton, Ashley Greene and Ahna O’Reilly join James Franco’s In Dubious Battle

18 March 2015 1:31 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With principal photography now underway, it has been announced that Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games), Zach Braff (Garden State), Analeigh Tipton (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Ashley Greene (Twilight) and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help) have joined the cast of James Franco’s John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle.

The five new additions join an all-star cast alongside Franco, Selena Gomez (Hotel Transylvania), Vincent D’Onofrio (Daredevil), Robert Duvall (The Judge), Ed Harris (Snowpiercer), Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars) and John Savage (The Deer Hunter).

Set in a fictionalized valley in California, the story explores themes Steinbeck continued to develop: group behavior, social injustice, man’s inhumanity to man— all themes which continue to be relevant today. A labor conflict between migrant apple pickers and the local growers’ association is the backdrop against which Jim Nolan (Franco) becomes involved in the labor movement and rapidly matures »

- Gary Collinson

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