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AFI Fest 2014 presented by Audi today announced this year’s Jury and Audience Awards for features and short films included in the festivals New Auteur and Shorts programs. The New Auteurs section highlights first and second-time feature film directors and the Shorts selections represent diverse and varied international perspectives. Grand Jury Awards were presented to Self Made (Boreg), which received the New Auteurs Critics’ Award, and to The Tribe (Plemya), which received the Vizio Visionary Special Jury Award. Buffalo Juggalos by Scott Cummings received the Live Action Short Award, and Yearbook by Bernardo Britto received the Animated Short Award. Special Jury Award winners went to GÜEROS and Violet. Red Army, GÜEROS, 10,000 Km and The Midnight Swim received Audience Awards.
Select award-winning films will screen again today at the Chinese 6 Theatres. Admission is available to AFI Fest 2014 pass holders and the general public via the rush line, which begins forming one »
- Michelle McCue
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
Margaret and Anne Marie here, reporting from AFI Fest ("presented by [corporation]!").
Last night the AFI and the La Times kicked off a series of panel discussions with its "Young Hollywood Roundtable," whose panelists ranged widely in age and perspective but are all of whom making their mark on the movie business. Jenny Slate, writer/star of critical hit Obvious Child and former SNL castmember, was joined by Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay), Logan Lerman (Fury, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), and Joey King (Wish I Was Here, FX's Fargo).
Here are 8 lessons we learned from the Young Hollywood Roundtable:
1. Queen Latifah's royal legacy is enduring and eternal. When asked who her inspiration was, Joey King informed the audience that Queen Latifah is underrated. What followed was a 5 minute Latifah love-fest where Jenny Slate promised a detailed list of reasons why Queen Latifah »
- Margaret de Larios
The 2003 film has become a cult classic thanks to its bizarre storytelling, acting and production values.
Neustadter and Weber closed a deal after several months of negotiations.
"Neustadter and Weber are the perfect writers to join the filmmaking gang we have over here with Seth Rogen, et al," said Franco.
"They have the perfect tone for this funny, but heartfelt story about trying to make your dreams come true. »
One sweet 16! Modern Family star Nolan Gould celebrated his 16th birthday on Sunday, Oct. 26, with a star-studded bash — and only Us Weekly was there for the special night. Gould, who turns 16 on Tuesday, Oct. 28, rang in the milestone with a party at the SmogShoppe in Los Angeles. A bevy of young stars came out to fête the birthday boy, including his on-screen siblings Ariel Winter and Sarah Hyland, plus Kiernan Shipka and Joey King. The young actor and his guests spent the late [...] »
James Franco is currently shooting an adaptation of Steve Erickson’s 2007 novel Zeroville, and it has just been announced that he’s added a host of stars to the cast of the film, which tells the story of a movie buff who heads to Hollywood in the late 1960s.
Set to join Franco and Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook) in the cast are This Is the End co-stars Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Danny McBride, Craig Robinson and Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Horatio Sanz (Wreck-It Ralph), Joey King (The Sound and the Fury) and Megan Fox (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).
As yet, there’s no word on a release date for Zeroville, but expect it some time next year. Meanwhile, Franco will next been seen alongside Seth Rogen in The Interview, which opens in the States on Christmas Day.
- Gary Collinson
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. »
Zeroville is an adaptation of the Steve Erikson 2007 novel set in the late 1960s.
He travels to Hollywood and finds himself swept up into the film business after being mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson Family.
Jacki Weaver was recently added to the lineup.
James Franco’s next filmmaking project, Zeroville, began its journey back in 2011 when the director-actor-writer-poet-artist optioned the rights to Steve Erickson’s novel. Alas, with so many ventures cluttering Franco’s plate it’s easy to see how this zany caper hasn’t received much notice. That is until today, as Screen Daily has learned that the film has already begun shooting – and there’s a ton of big names attached.
In addition to the main man himself nabbing a starring role, Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have also signed on to star. The basic premise revolves around a film nerd who relocates to Hollywood in the 1960s to be closer to the ‘biz. However, he “enters a world of sex, drugs, rock and roll, the decline of the movie studios and the rise of independent renegade directors. »
- Gem Seddon
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
The cast on the in-production James Franco starrer Zeroville – the film that features Franco with tattooed, shaved head – has just got a hell of a lot bigger. Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox have all joined the movie, which is based on Steve Erickson novel that was first published in 2007.
The film revolves around Franco’s character; a movie fan who travels to Hollywood in the 1960s.
Rogen will apparently play a young John Milius-type character in the film (named Viking Man), but we’ve not been told who any of the other new additions will be playing.
Here’s the full plot, courtesy of WikiPedia:
Ike Jerome, a 24-year-old architecture student inspired by the few films he has seen, rides the bus into Hollywood. Jerome is almost autistic (later, his friend dubs him a “cineautistic »
- Paul Heath
Back in September, James Franco hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place in the Sun’s Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the back of it. It wasn’t some oddball stunt like what Shia Labeouf pulled at Berlin, but rather, while attending the festival to debut The Sound and the Fury and also to accept his Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, he decided to get a little work done. Franco took the opportunity to shoot some shots for his next directorial endeavor, a film called Zeroville. But even though Franco started knocking off shots last month, his co-cast is first being announced now. It’s being reported that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz will all join him in the film. Hit the jump for more on Zeroville. »
- Perri Nemiroff
The 2014 fall awards season is off to a strong start with the unveiling of the nominees for this year’s Gotham Independent Film Awards. Though not as recognizable as the Oscars or Golden Globes, the Gotham Awards typically mark the start of awards season, honoring the best and brightest in independent cinema. Additionally, many of the films highlighted by the Gotham Awards go on to become Oscar frontrunners – last year’s most nominated film was eventual Best Picture winner 12 Years a Slave, and past winners have included Inside Llewyn Davis, Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Hurt Locker.
This year looks to be no different, with assumed Oscar contenders like Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s technically dazzling Birdman and Richard Linklater’s ambitious 12-year project Boyhood in the mix. Excitingly, Wes Anderson’s brilliant The Grand Budapest Hotel, released way back in March, also made the cut, meaning that its »
- Isaac Feldberg
James Franco‘s Hollywood dramedy Zeroville is putting together quite an impressive Hollywood cast. Franco himself is set to star as well as direct, and now we have word he’ll be joined by — take a deep breath — Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and […]
- Angie Han
It's not easy to keep track of the 1001 things James Franco is up to at any moment, so you probably forgot that in 2011, he optioned the rights to "Zeroville" by Steve Erickson. Well, Franco surely didn't forget this was on his To Do list, as the project is up and running, and he's using his extensive Rolodex to fill out the cast. Screen Daily reports that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have joined "Zeroville," which is now shooting with Franco directing and, of course, leading the film. And it has a meta flavor to it, it's a movie about the movies, with the story revolving around a film-obsessed architecture student who is mistaken for one of the perpetrators of the Manon murders, and has the pictures of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift from "A Place In The Sun »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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.
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Gotham Awards 2014 nominations: Julianne Moore, Michael Keaton among famous names shortlisted Best Feature Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) Alejandro G. Iñárritu, director; Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, James W. Skotchdopole, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Boyhood Richard Linklater, director; Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland, Jonathan Sehring, John Sloss, producers (IFC Films) The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, director; Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures) Love Is Strange Ira Sachs, director; Lucas Joaquin, Jay Van Hoy, Lars Knudsen, Ira Sachs, Jayne Baron Sherman, producers (Sony Pictures Classics) Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, director; Nick Wechsler, James Wilson, producers (A24 Films) Best Actress Patricia Arquette in Boyhood (IFC Films) Gugu Mbatha-Raw in Beyond the Lights (Relativity Media) Julianne Moore in Still Alice (Sony Pictures Classics) Scarlett Johansson in Under the Skin (A24 Films) Mia Wasikowska in Tracks (The Weinstein Company) Best Actor Bill Hader »
- Steve Montgomery
Deemed as his career best, Richard Linklater’s Boyhood leads all nominations for the 24th Gotham Independent Film Awards with winks in the Best Feature, Best Actor (Ethan Hawke), Best Actress (Patricia Arquette) and Breakthrough Actor (Ellar Coltrane) while Birdman, Nightcrawler, Under the Skin and Dear White People technically place second with two noms a piece in the five possible categories. Arguably 2014′s most prolific indie film in Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash failed to move the five-critic panels in the Best Film category and sans a Best Supporting category, means Miles Teller receives Best Award nom but J.K. Simmons will just have to wait it out for the Indie Spirit Awards to acknowledge his perf. A special Gotham Jury Award has already been awarded to the ensemble performance of the players of Foxcatcher (Steve Carell, Mark Ruffalo, and Channing Tatum) shrewd Vanessa Redgrave perhaps didn’t get enough screen time »
- Eric Lavallee
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