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Despite “Fargo’s” total 18 Emmy nominations, as well as his own for supporting actor in a miniseries, Colin Hanks is still taken aback by the response the show has garnered. “It’s an awesome feeling,” he says. “This is on par with so many of these shows that I admire – that someone would think of ‘Fargo’ in the same breath is sort of surreal.”
Though the role of soft-spoken police officer Gus Grimley had only one scene in the pilot, Hanks was instantly in love with the script and the concept. “Never mind if I get the part, that’s out of my control,” Hanks says he told himself back in the audition stage, “But this is a fun afternoon. This is an audition I don’t mind driving across town for.’”
“That pilot script was so gripping and so much fun to read, but more importantly I think was »
- Shelli Weinstein
The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
In Wish I Was Here Aiden Bloom (Zach Braff) is a family man and struggling actor - still waiting for his big break in Hollywood. A father of two, Aiden is supported by his hard-working wife, Sarah (Kate Hudson), who holds down an unrewarding data entry job so that her husband can attend casting auditions and chase his dreams. Aiden’s own father, Saul (Mandy Patinkin), also lends a hand, paying for the Bloom children, Grace (Joey King) and Tucker (Pierce Gagnon), to attend a Jewish private school.
However, when mounting medical costs and deteriorating health cause Saul to default on the tuition payments, Aiden is forced to face reality: he’s 35 years old, pursuing a dream that is unlikely to pan out, while neglecting his family, house, and self-worth. Unsure of what to ...
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- Ben Kendrick
Chicago – Writer, director and lead actor Zach Braff has put it on the line for his latest feature, “Wish I Was Here.” He infamously used a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign to maintain creative control of the film, but he needn’t have bothered. The movie result is a sappy, high concept emotional manipulator with no basis in authenticity, and that might be the best thing that can be said about it.
This film wasn’t something that showcased what makes Braff interesting. Unlike his successful cult film of ten years ago, “Garden State,” Braff casts himself in a circumstance unlike his usual character, and too far from his real life for him to understand it (and he wrote it!). Braff plays a father in this film, but with no chemistry with his kids or wife – portrayed by Kate Hudson – and he disarmingly seems estranged from the family. Some might »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
[This is a re-post of my Wish I Was Here review from the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in limited release this weekend.] It’s been ten long years since Zach Braff directed a feature film. Those that fell hard for Garden State—myself included—looked forward to seeing another directorial effort from Braff, and now the time has finally come with Wish I Was Here. Written by Braff and his brother Adam Braff, the story explores late-blooming maturity through the eyes of a struggling actor living in L.A. with his wife and two children. Braff weaves in plenty of themes about loss, marriage, and parenthood throughout the film, but he throws so much into the pot that not all of it sticks. The result is a disappointing mixed bag, with some of the film hitting just the right note while the rest of it falls completely flat. Read my full review after the jump. Aidan Bloom and his wife Sarah (Kate Hudson) live in Los Angeles with their two children, Grace »
- Adam Chitwood
Anywhere But Here: Braff’s Kickstarter Baby a Painstaking Smog of Forced Emotion
It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since actor Zach Braff’s directorial debut, Garden State, was sold for a pleasant sum at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to reach a certain amount of acclaim, generating one of the first millennial iterations of the manic pixie dream girl with the prototype performance from Natalie Portman. The indie landscape has shifted a bit, and Braff’s return to the director’s seat with Wish I Was Here arrives like an interesting litmus test.
His debut hasn’t aged as well as we might have predicted due to the countless amount of similarly conceived films since then, though one must admit there’s a certain amount of nostalgic charm wrapped up in its well-meaning intentions. Comparatively, Braff’s unstudied earnestness to a fault irreparably »
- Nicholas Bell
Zach Braff‘s latest effort “Wish I Was Here,” which he wrote, directed and stars in, makes for an intriguing process story, since much of its funding was secured through Kickstarter. But sadly, that may be the extent of its appeal. According to most of the critics who have endured it, the movie also starring Kate Hudson, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon doesn't much compare to the critically adored “Garden State,” Braff's 2004 directorial debut. TheWrap's own Inkoo Kang said the two-hour movie was big on moments, but light on characters. She cautions that it's a movie for “fans and the true believers. »
- Travis Reilly
Hard to believe, but it’s been a full ten years since Zach Braff, best known for his lead role on the TV sitcom “Scrubs”, released his feature film-making debut, writing, directing , and starring in Garden State. The modest box-office hit was a character study about a young man, played by Braff, in his twenties returning to his home town and learning to enjoy life again, thanks to a local free spirit played by Natlaie Portman. It generated a passionate group of fans who were eager for a follow-up from Braff. After a few more years on the TV show, a couple of movie acting gigs, and a recent stint in a Broadway musical, he surprised everyone with an internet announcement. Braff was ready for his second directorial effort, but he needed help to make the film the way he wanted…financial help. And so he launched a fund-raising effort through the Kickstarter website. »
- Jim Batts
Directed by: Zach Braff Written by: Zach Braff and Adam J. Braff Main Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Michael Weston, and more… Past Oscar relations: Kate Hudson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Almost Famous Here now folks is a brand new article in this ongoing series of mine on 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of notable Oscar attention as contenders at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is the Sundance dramedy Wish I Was Here, which is the sophomore writing and directing effort from actor/Garden State helmer Zach Braff. If it manages to appeal to the Academy, it’d be a first, since it was backed by Kickstarter and no film of that ilk has gotten nominated to date. In many ways, this is almost a »
- Joey Magidson
Ten years after his breakthrough indie hit Garden State made him more than just "J.D. from Scrubs", Zach Braff is back with another emotional look at family, faith and generational angst in Wish I Was Here. The partially Kickstarter-funded film, written by Braff and his brother Adam, follows Aiden Bloom, a 35-year-old struggling actor father of two, whose wife (Kate Hudson) is forced to hold down a less-than-ideal desk job just to keep the family afloat. Through circumstance (namely Aiden's father Gabe - played here by the legendary Mandy Patinkin), Aiden finds himself at a crossroads, re-examining his life, his family, and his faith.
We got a chance to talk to Braff and his talented (and uber-charming) cast - including Josh Gad and Joey King -- about the film this past May at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City. See what they had to say about love, family dysfunction, »
- Emma Badame
Kickstarter supporters who donated money to Zach Braff's new movie Wish I Was Here got T-shirts, posters, advance screenings and even the chance to be extras. But one backer ended up starring in the movie. Joey King, who plays Braff's character's daughter, Grace, told The Hollywood Reporter at Monday night's New York premiere of Wish I Was Here that she donated money to the film on Kickstarter before she was even attached to the family-centric film as a castmember. Photos Hollywood on Broadway: Denzel Washington, Daniel Craig Among 2013-14 Season's Stars "I was a backer of this
- Hilary Lewis
Chicago – Zach Braff is an amiable personality, making his mark as “J.D.” on the TV sitcom “Scrubs” and the cult film “Garden State” (2004), which he wrote and directed. For his most recent project, he made show business headlines by using the website Kickstarter to “crowd fund” his latest film, “Wish I Was Here.”
“Wish I Was Here,” like “Garden State,” is a coming-of-age film. But this time Braff – who stars in the film, co-wrote it with his brother Adam, and directed it – portrays a 35 year old struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) and two kids, coming to terms with his father’s (Mandy Patinkin) illness and possible passing. Like “Garden State,” it has a dream-like quality to it, while dealing with a different phase of life.
Photo credit: Focus Features
Zach Braff is best know for his lead role as John “J. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Zach Braff and Kate Hudson stuck close on the red carpet at the NYC screening of their film Wish I Was Here on Monday. Zach suited up in gray, while Kate showed some stomach in a strapless black cutout dress. They shared a laugh and posed for photos together before being joined by the rest of the cast: Joey King, Ashley Greene, Josh Gad, and Zach's Bff Donald Faison, who has a small part in the movie as a luxury car salesman. The premiere also brought out Chris Rock, James Franco, and Girls star Allison Williams as well as President Fitz himself, Scandal's Tony Goldwyn. Zach and Kate play a married couple in the flick, which centers around a struggling actor trying to provide for his family while also dealing with the impending death of his father (played by Mandy Patinkin). It's the first project that Zach has written »
- Brittney Stephens
It’s sad to think most people only know Zach Braff as Dr. John Dorian, Sacred Heart Hospital’s day-dreamiest physician, because there’s a brilliant filmmaker that most mainstream audiences aren’t aware of caged inside the goofy comic. Braff’s brilliant directorial debut, Garden State, showcases emotionality and raw, tender observations that one wouldn’t expect from the previously pigeonholed actor – but that premiered 10 years ago. Since Scrubs, we haven’t heard much from Braff besides Oz The Great And Powerful and a short stint as Pizza Guy on Cougar Town, but thankfully Wish I Was Here changes all of that. While the proven actor certainly knows how to entertain a crowd, Braff’s best work comes from behind the camera, and while Wish I Was Here can’t quite capture the honest majesty of Garden State, the actor/director’s swan song for a tireless generation is a sweet, »
- Matt Donato
Zach Braff's new movie, Wish I Was Here, is the definition of a passion project: it came to fruition with the help of fans and supporters via Kickstarter campaign, and from the very beginning, it's seemed as though Braff - who wrote, directed, and stars in the film - made it his personal mission to deliver a product that could live up to the hype. Not only did he have the 46,520 crowdfunders to please, but he also faced pressure to create something as impactful as his 2004 hit, Garden State. While Wish I Was Here is in no way a sequel to Garden State, there are some similarities; the film follows Braff's character, struggling actor Aidan Bloom, and his family as they each strive to figure out their own idea of happiness and find the ability to live in the moment. And like Braff's debut, it does succeed in capturing »
- Brittney Stephens
Crowdfunded, completed, premiered at Sundance and now ready to hit theatres, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" now just has to get you to buy tickets. And to do that, the folks at Focus Features have given you another way to watch the trailer. A pop up trivia trailer has arrived for the film, providing tidbits about the film and cast, from beginning to end. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Michael Weston, like "Garden State," this is another tale of mid-life malaise, with cool music and people who find insights around every corner. And the result, according to our man out of Sundance, is something you might admire "for its fearlessness (any film that interrupts a scene of furries fucking for a serious, dramatic moment is to be admired), but sincerity alone cannot save it." "Wish I Was Here »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With a hip soundtrack, and a film promising no shortage of life lessons, Zach Braff hasn't really changed up the formula much for his "Garden State" followup "Wish I Was Here." Except for the fact that it was crowd-funded, this looks like most indies coming down the line, with a strong distributor behind it, recognizable faces and more. And three clips have arrived to show you what Braff has put together this time around. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Donald Faison , Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Michael Weston, the story follows struggling actor Aidan Bloom, whose life is thrown into turmoil when he learns that his father is battling a serious illness and can no longer pay for his grandchildren's schooling. So Aidan decides to home school his children as he tries to put his life back together, and as you might guess, a series of mini-adventures and insights. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema have issued an October 3, 2014 release date for The Conjuring spin-off Annabelle. The thriller will go up against 20th Century Fox's Gone Girl in wide release, along with limited release titles The Good Lie and The Hero of Color City.
No story details have been confirmed, but the project is based on the haunted doll Annabelle, which was featured in last year's hit thriller The Conjuring. The demonic toy was a part of a collection kept by paranormal investigators Ed and Lorrainne Warren (Patrick Wilson) and Vera Farmiga) in The Conjuring.
Annabelle Wallis, Ward Horton, Alfre Woodard and Eric Ladin star in Annabelle, with The Conjuring cinematographer John R. Leonetti directing from a script by Gary Dauberman. Peter Safran will serve as producer with The Conjuring director James Wan executive producing.
With its release just three months away, the first footage and images will likely surface in the near future, »
Continuing TV’s current fascination with religious extremes, “Outlaw Prophet: Warren Jeffs” provides ample cover for a Lifetime movie with a higher-than-usual sleaze factor, focusing as it does on the fundamentalist Mormon leader ultimately convicted for his sexual abuse of underage girls. Tony Goldwyn captures the strange, soothing tenor of Jeffs’ voice in the title role, in a movie that otherwise doesn’t do much more than scratch the surface of a salacious story, which Lifetime will shrewdly pair with a related documentary. Ultimately, it’s a once-over-lightly treatment, with a ripped-from-the-headlines component like momma used to watch.
In the relatively brief buildup to Jeffs’ ascent to power within his church/cult, he’s presented as the underachieving son of a powerful father (Martin Landau, in a too-brief cameo) who isn’t seen as fit to fill dad’s polygamous shoes. His father also warns Warren to beware the outside world. »
- Brian Lowry
Focus Features has released a new Wish I Was Here clip from co-writer/director Zach Braff’s upcoming comedic drama. Braff also stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin). This new clip features a scene between Braff and his Scrubs co-star/friend Donald Faison, who plays a high-end car salesman. It’s a funny scene, and it’s indicative of some of the goofier moments from the film. I caught the pic and Sundance and found it to be rather disappointing, but it’s not without merit. The humor is mostly spot-on and Kate Hudson is genuinely great as Braff’s supportive wife. Hit the jump to watch the new Wish I Was Here clip and click here to read my full review. The film also stars Joey King, »
- Adam Chitwood
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