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Jonah Hill leads True Story as Michael Finkel, a disgraced New York Times reporter who can’t score a new job after he’s caught massaging story details. Soon after heading home to his wife Jill (Felicity Jones) in Montana, Mike gets word that accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) is using his identity. Rather than steer clear of the supposed murderer, Mike suspects that writing a book about Christian could help him get his career back on track. Jill knows something isn’t quite right, but even she becomes intoxicated by Christian and his story. With the film now playing in theaters, I recently got the opportunity to sit down with Jones to discuss how she approached bringing this true story to screen. We talked about her meetings with the real Jill, her experience working with Hill, Franco and director Rupert Goold and how the set itself reflects Jill »
- Perri Nemiroff
Ripped from the headlines, it is not as good as “Capote,” but close enough.Debut feature director Rupert Goold pulled one out of the hat with this amazingly entertaining dual of wits, and lies, between two men who are world class in the art of deception. At the heart of the film is the weakness of the human soul when it comes to sorting out right from wrong and success from failure. As the semi-honest reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) matches wits with sociopath Christian Longo (James Franco) the audience is at wits end to decide who is the bearer of […] »
- Ron Wilkinson
Ben Stiller just shared a new video from the set of the upcoming "Zoolander" sequel revealing a new casting addition - Billy Zane. Zane cameoed as himself in the first film, there's no word on if he's playing a different character here, though the video suggests that might not be out of the question.
A twelve-week shoot is slated to take place in and around the famed Cinecitta Studios in Rome shortly ahead of an early 2016 release. Stiller is directing the project and also stars with Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell, Christine Taylor, Cyrus Arnold, Jonah Hill, Cara Delevingne, Kanye West and more.
Hansel has some #Zoolander2 news about @billyzane
A video posted by Ben Stiller (@benstiller) on Apr 20, 2015 at 6:56am Pdt
- Garth Franklin
Several new wide releases couldn't knock "Furious 7" from the top spot at the domestic box office. The seventh installment in the lucrative franchise grossed another $29 million to bring domestic total to $294 million and worldwide total to $1.15 billion. It is now the seventh highest-grossing film of all time. Kevin James' "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2" had to settle for second place during its opening weekend. The comedy earned $24 million, which is less than the $31.8 million earned by the first installment in 2009. The sequel cost $30 million to make, which means that it will easily become profitable, but currently has a disastrous 0% fresh rating on RottenTomatoes. Taking third place was the microbudget horror thriller "Unfriended," which grossed $16 million on a budget of only $1 million. It has a 64% fresh rating. Meanwhile, "True Story" drama, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, was released in 831 theaters, but was only able to gross $1.9 million. It has a 49% fresh rating. »
Chicago – Sometimes, just casting a film with “names” is not enough to make it work. Jonah Hill and James Franco play cat-and-mouse for 100 minutes in “True Story,” but the narrative, the structure and their own inability to communicate their characters conspired against the overall experience.
The problem is the foregone conclusion, that scene after scene in the film just keeps setting up. There is no meat to this insidious based-on-truth story as it unfolds, and it devolves into a series of confrontations between characters that just become more convenient – as far as revealing the secrets of a criminal mind – and culminating in a trial that seemed already adjudicated, given the events leading up to it. Jonah Hill and James Franco are both miscast in their respective lead roles, lacking the necessary presence to portray a journalist and a smooth felon, and just made the weak screenplay adaption that much more annoying. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Québécois romantic drama Félix And Meira had this weekend’s biggest debut among specialty films on a per-screen average , but it was A24’s sci-fi thriller Ex Machina that continued to dazzle in its second weekend, easily topping all titles. Meanwhile, Fox Searchlight’s True Story, starring James Franco and Jonah Hill, opened in 831 theaters and grossed almost $2M. Thriller Beyond The Reach, starring Michael Douglas, opened poorly in 28 theaters, grossing $28,802 for a… »
Another weekend for Furious 7 on top and it just might be four in a row with a lackluster lineup next weekend before Avengers: Age of Ultron officially kicks off the summer season on May 1. With $29 million this weekend, Furious 7 is up to $294.4 million domestically ($1.15 billion globally) as it already became the fastest film to cross $1 billion worldwide on Friday this past week. It's also Universal's first film to ever cross $1 billion during its initial release (Jurassic Park achieved that mark in 2013 during its 3-D re-release) and it took only 17 days to do it, besting the likes of The Avengers, Avatar and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, all of which took 19 days to join the billion dollar club. The studio was also sure to share several other milestones the film has crossed such as: Second-biggest worldwide opening of all time ($397.2 million) behind only Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. »
- Brad Brevet
“Furious 7″ ran laps around the competition, picking up $29.1 million in its third weekend of release, according to studio estimates.
The fast cars sequel withe the gravity-defying stunts is barreling toward the $300 million mark Stateside, having already hurtled past the $1 billion mark globally. Domestically, “Furious 7″ has earned $294.4 million.
“This is how you build a record year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “These are summer-style numbers in April.”
Despite “Furious 7’s” continued dominance, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. It had been projected to fall short of the $20 million barrier.
It’s good news for Sony Pictures, which had a painful chapter from its recent history dredged up this week when Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks published an archive of emails and documents that were stolen by hacker group Guardians of Peace. However, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 »
- Brent Lang
True Story, 2015.
Directed by Rupert Goold.
When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse.
For better or worse True Story is a subversive thriller that is more interested on dragging out answers rather than giving explanations. The film is about a disgraced New York Times journalist that develops an unhealthy obsession with a convicted child murder, and whether or not he may be innocent. Once again, True Story doesn’t necessarily explore motives in-depth, so when you finally get the answer it doesn’t come across as satisfying, and ultimately that is the biggest problem with an otherwise completely gripping and riveting bizarre account of real-life. You are left wanting more, which is sometimes a good thing, but in »
- Robert Kojder
In the new, fact-based movie True Story, Jonah Hill plays Michael Finkel, a disgraced New York Times journalist who gets a second shot at the big time when he learns his identity was stolen by accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco), who posed as Finkel while on the run from authorities. When Longo says he'll explain himself only to the man he impersonated, Finkel soon becomes obsessed with investigating Longo's case, and it falls to Finkel's skeptical girlfriend Jill (Felicity Jones) to intercede and pull him back from the brink. For Jones, True Story is her first role since her Oscar-nominated breakthrough in The Theory of Everything, but there are even bigger parts to come: Jones recently signed on for the Star Wars spinoff Rogue One and will star opposite Tom Hanks in the Dan Brown adaptation Inferno. A few weeks ago, she called up Vulture to talk about how »
- Kyle Buchanan
The weird, fascinating cat-and-mouse between disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) and accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) begins immediately during their first encounter in "True Story." Director Rupert Goold ("The Hollow Crown" mini-series) and editor Chris Tellefsen ("Moneyball") discuss the first scene in which Finkel meets Longo in the Oregon county jail. "I suppose there's an element of a Rorschach test where you see your own face and there's a self-conscious attempt in the film to dial back on Longo's context such as it was because I think it remains mysterious even to this day," Goold explained. "In some ways, the space between them is a psychological space rather than a real space. It's an encounter with the self and, without casting dispersion, it is true of some journalism and other writing and filmmaking as well -- however much one draws out of the »
- Bill Desowitz
In theaters Friday, April 17 3 stars (out of 4 stars) Attention, true crime addicts desperate for a new fix after Serial and The Jinx: This riveting and highly disturbing chiller will satiate your needs. This tale, in fact, is so peculiar that after its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, some audience members murmured whether this was a work of fiction. It’s not. (See: The title of the film.) Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) is a reporter with a high-profile job churning out cover stories for [...] »
There’s something for everyone this week, with everything from a Kevin James comedy to an identity theft mystery hitting Cineplex screens.
If you’re looking for something creepier this week, Unfriended is your movie. Starring Heather Sossaman, this horror flick tells the tale of a haunted chat room that wreaks havoc on the lives of its users.
To lose the horror but keep the drama, check out True Story, starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, and Felicity Jones. In a rare dramatic turn, Hill plays a reporter whose identity is stolen by Franco’s accused murderer. This aptly named movie is indeed based on a true story.
Get the scoop on this week's new releases: »
- Amanda Wood
[This is a re-post of my True Story review from the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens today in limited release.] The true story behind True Story has the two requirements of a great “True Crime” narrative: The crime must be brutal; The circumstances must be bizarre. Rupert Goold’s movie offers up the added bonus of weaving in a theme regarding guilt—not just criminal guilt, but personal guilt as well. However, the movie is so eager to hold your hand and make sure you’re always aware of how its two main characters relate to each other that it drains the picture of any subtlety. It’s a handsomely shot picture and the strong performances from leads Jonah Hill and James Franco keep the movie entertaining, but there should be so much more to this story. Hot-shot New York Times writer Mike Finkel (Hill) has lost his job after admitting to bending the truth on an article because it would have suited a better, more compelling narrative. Meanwhile, Christian »
- Matt Goldberg
There isn’t any flashy action in director Rupert Goold’s big screen adaptation of Michael Finkel’s true encounter with accused murderer Christian Longo, but the dialogue-driven mystery certainly sparks enough unease to keep you on the edge of your seat. Jonah Hill leads True Story as former New York Times reporter Mike Finkel. After getting caught fabricating story details, he’s publicly disgraced and can’t land a new gig. However, when he comes to learn that an accused killer has stolen his identity, Finkel suspects Longo’s (James Franco) story could be the key to revitalizing his career. With True Story due for an April 17th limited release, I got the opportunity to sit down with Goold to run through his experience making the movie. He discussed making the move from theater to film, the challenges of working with such dark material, the alternate ending they shot »
- Perri Nemiroff
The movies (especially dramas) have enjoyed a long infatuation with the legal system, particularly in the courtroom’s near-theatrical setting and its trappings. There are monologues (opening and closing statements) and dialogues (the ole’ cross examination on the witness stand, where Perry Mason got many a startling confession). And that essential conflict between those seeking justice or compensation and those often literally fighting, pleading for their lives. Good dramatic fodder, but what if journalism is tossed into the mix, mainly the cynical reporter or writer researching and often befriending (despite their resolve) the accused. Those were big parts of the recent dueling biographies of Truman Capote as he researched, and became smitten with, the deadly duo he profiled in that crime classic In Cold Blood. The writer/defendant pairing is once again explored in this new film and like those Capote flicks it is a True Story.
After a brutal, »
- Jim Batts
Full disclosure: I never followed the real-life events that inspired this movie, so I am a perfect audience for it. If you know the saga of disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel and his involvement with a man who was accused of murdering his wife and children, you may have an entirely different reaction…especially if you’ve seen Finkel interviewed on TV and heard the recordings he made of Christian Longo while he was in prison. What elevates this film above the level of a television docudrama is the performances by Jonah Hill and James Franco. Hill has established his credibility as a dramatic actor by now, but Franco takes on a challenge I’ve never seen him attempt...
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- Leonard Maltin
Director: Rupert Goold Writers: Michael Finkel (memoir), Rupert Goold (screenplay) Starring: James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, Ethan Suplee On a basic level, for those of us with less free time (or spending money) than we’d like, and with a seemingly endless array of films always being released, there’s always an element of benefit-cost ratio involved in our assessment […] »
- Linc Leifeste
This weekend, Kevin James returns to keep our streets safe in "Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2," a group of online chat room friends are haunted by a mysterious force in "Unfriended," and the Disneynature movie "Monkey Kingdom" follows a newborn monkey and its mother as they struggle to survive in the jungles of South Asia.
Also in theaters this weekend: "Child 44" stars Tom Hardy as a disgraced member of the military police investigating a series of nasty child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union. Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman, and Gary Oldman also star in this dramatic thriller. "True Story" follows a disgraced New York Times reporter (Jonah Hill) whose investigation of an accused killer (James Franco) morphs into a game of cat-and-mouse. In "Felix and Meira," an unusual romance blossoms between two lost souls who inhabit the same neighborhood but vastly different worlds. "The Dead Lands" follows the teenage »
- Jonny Black
It’s not everyday that a journalist sells the film rights to his memoir so that a movie can be made portraying that journalist as both unethical and gullible, so kudos to Michael Finkel for chutzpah. Would that the big-screen adaptation of “True Story” had as much clarity and insight as its author has moxie. There’s no accusing the filmmakers of false advertising; after all, they didn’t call the movie “Interesting Story” or “Meaningful Story.” See Video: James Franco Gets Serious With Jonah Hill in Searchlight’s ‘True Story’ Trailer (Video) Finkel’s 2005 book tells his tale of meeting accused murderer Christian Longo, »
- Alonso Duralde
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