12 items from 2014
James Franco’s latest isn’t a part of the films I was sent to Sweden to judge, but in my apparent need to one day become the pre-eminent expert on the 36-year-old’s career, I decided to find time for The Sound and the Fury. His second Faulkner adaptation after last year’s As I Lay Dying shows that Franco is improving as a director when it comes to the creation of coherent and engaging cinematic worlds, but while somebody like the equally fast-moving Xavier Dolan is able to take his inspirations and weave them throughout his own auteurial style, Franco’s films still feel like he’s merely copying what he has seen elsewhere without »
- Glenn Dunks
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. »
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
James Franco has been on a run of adapting novels recently, and for his latest directorial job, he’s turning Steve Erickson’s 2007 book Zeroville into a film. The new project will find him turning the tables (and cameras) on his This Is The End co-star/director Seth Rogen, with Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Danny McBride, Horatio Sanz, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson and Will Ferrell all also aboard.Zeroville, which Paul Felton and Ian Olds have scripted, finds Franco as a young, movie-obsessed architecture student arriving in Hollywood in 1969 and almost immediately mistaken for one of the perpetrators in the Charles Manson murders.He’s plunged into a world of sex, fame and drugs as the old guard movie studios decline and the renegade directors rise, and he’s present for the big changes in the 1980s.Rogen will be Viking Man, an eccentric, cigar-loving, surf-happy hippy who acts as »
London-based sales and finance outfit Embankment Films has boarded James Franco’s comedy-drama Zeroville, which is now shooting in California, and is shaping up to be among the most-intriguing and fun new projects at the Afm (Nov 5-12)
127 Hours star Franco is directing and will star in the adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel about a naive loner driven to Hollywood in the 1960s by the allure of the movies.
In recent days, Franco has posted pictures of himself on set with Fox and Ferrell on Twitter and Instagram.
Paul Felton and Ian Olds have adapted Erickson’s novel.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Oscar-winning actress pays tribute to the late Robin Williams, with whom she co-starred in one of the comedian and actor’s final films.
Melissa Leo, who won an Oscar for her role in The Fighter, has spoken about Robin Williams calling the late comedian and actor “a very, very special human being and a very, very fine and hardworking actor.”
Leo starred in one of Williams’ final films, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn.
Speaking to ScreenDaily at the Sarajevo Film Festival, where she is on the competition jury, Leo said: “He’s a magical man… It’s a great loss for all of us.”
The actress also recalled their connection over TV series Homicide: Life on the Street, in which Leo starred in nearly 80 episodes and Williams once guest starred in 1994.
“As we were working, I must’ve mentioned to Robin that I was going to work with Jake Gyllenhaal [on Prisoners] and Robin remembered that Jake was his »
The San Francisco Film Society and the Kenneth Rainin Foundation have unveiled the nine feature film projects that will receive a total of $300,000 in funding from their joint grant program. Several of these burgeoning filmmakers, from Travis Mathews to Ian Olds, already have considerable traction in the indie film scene. The Sffs/Krf Filmmaking Grants, the Film Society's flagship funding initiative, are awarded twice a year to narrative features in all stages of production, with the potential to impact the Bay Area film community. The program has carried a number of significant films to success, including Ira Sachs' 2014 fest hit "Love Is Strange," last year's critics' darlings "Short Term 12" and "Fruitvale Station," and 2013 Best Picture nominee "Beasts of the Southern Wild." Sffs/Krf previously funded writer/director Kat Candler's SXSW fave "Hellion," and they've now awarded her followup project. Sf Film Society executive director Noah Cowan was among the. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Based on a true story, the plot centers on two brothers — one under the wing of a shaman, the other working for a corrupt corporation — who must choose where their loyalties lie when their ancestral home faces destruction. [Source: Deadline]
Franco plays a war journalist who has been in Afghanistan but suddenly finds himself doing crime reporting in Northern California. [Source: Showbiz 411]
- Garth Franklin
Here's a bit more casting news for you today: Melissa Leo and James Franco are set to star in Ian Olds' The Fixer. Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief) will star in the title role of The Great Gilly Hopkins for director Stephen Herek; Glenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer also star. Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in director and co-writer Allan Ungar's action thriller, Gridlocked. Hit the jump for more on each picture First up from The Playlist is news of Leo and Franco in The Fixer. The film follows "Osman, an Afghan journalist exiled from his war-torn country to a small bohemian community in Northern California. When he attempts to turn his menial job on the local police blotter into "Afghan-style" coverage of local crime, he gets drawn into the backwoods of this small town—a shadow Northern California where sex is casual, true »
- Dave Trumbore
Melissa Leo has hopped aboard the cast of "The Fixer," from writer/director Ian Olds. Co-written by Paul Felten, the film centers on Gloria (Leo), the erstwhile-hippie sheriff of a small Northern California town opposite Lindsay (James Franco), a volatile hot tub craftsman. The part of Gloria was written with Leo in mind.In "The Fixer," an Afghan journalist exiled from his war-torn country comes to Gloria's town, stirring up shadowy backwoods intrigue involving casual sex, suspicion and unexpected violence. Olds previously worked with Leo on his Sundance short "Bomb" in 2007. In 2009, he directed the documentary "Fixer: The Taking of Ajmal Naqshbandi" about a similarly thwarted journalist.DeLisi Creative will launch an international search for the leading role of 28-year-old Osman, who will join Leo and Franco. DeLisi Creative was part of the team behind the search for the Somali pirates in "Captain Phillips."Leo was recently spotted at the Santa Barbara International Film. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
12 items from 2014
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