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Sundance 2015: Jack Black's 'The D-Train' is the Ultimate Bromance

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Over the past decade, we've seen the rise of the bromance, mostly popularized by Seth Rogen and James Franco with films like Pineapple Express and The Interview, or even Jonah Hill with Michael Cera and Channing Tatum in Superbad and 21 Jump Street repectively. But the new indie The D-Train starring Jack Black and James Marsden takes the bromantic comedy to a whole new level, and it makes for an absolutely hilarious and wild ride. If you want to keep aspects of this comedy in the dark (which I recommend), then stop reading after the fourth paragraph and then just come back for the final paragraph. Dan Landsman (Black) is one of those guys who just tries too hard, and it really gets on the nerves of most people, especially those on the high school alumni committee who are having trouble rounding up people to attend the 20-year reunion. Dan keeps giving himself nicknames like D-Fresh, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Review: When Felicity Jones is the best part of 'True Story' we've got problems

22 hours ago | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Park City — There is a moment in Rupert Goold's "True Story" that is truly captivating. After watching her husband be manipulated from afar, Jill Finkel (played marvelously by Felicity Jones), goes to meet accused murderer Christian Longo (James Franco) at the county jail where he's incarcerated. In less than five minutes Jill uses the tale of 16th century composer Carlo Gesualdo, who murdered his wife and baby in cold blood, to unmask Longo as the killer she knows he is and to make it clear his charade will only get so far as long as she's around. It's a moment that demonstrates how talented the current Oscar nominee for Best Actress is in what has been a thankless role up until his point in the film. It also underlines how frustrating a film "True Story" is that the best scene in the movie doesn't include star Jonah Hill and barely involves Franco. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Sundance Review: 'True Story' Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill & Felicity Jones

24 January 2015 6:33 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The release of “True Story” feels especially well-timed, due to how it grapples with the kinds of issues that were worked over last fall in the form of the Serial podcast and Rolling Stone magazine's Uva debacle: namely, questions of who to believe, what constitutes the truth and how to present the facts of a horrifying situation. These ideas drive “True Story,” and the result is a chilling film that despite its craft and best efforts still struggles to overcome its star power. While that is what gets films like this made (and producer Brad Pitt made an appearance during its introduction at Sundance), in the case of a true crime tale such as this, it's a distraction. "True Story" is a two-hander between Jonah Hill and James Franco, both in vastly different modes than any of their previous times sharing the screen. Hill is Mike Finkel, an aggressive and »

- Katie Walsh

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Sundance 2015: James Franco and Jonah Hill Weave an Unbelievable True Story

24 January 2015 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Late in Rupert Goold’s True Story, a character describes James Franco’s character, the convicted murderer Christian Longo, as being “very calm, very remote.” The same could be said of Goold’s debut feature film, which turns a cold, almost clinical eye on a deeply unsettling story of murder and betrayal. Franco and Jonah Hill star in the fact-based tale (did that title tip you off? it should have) as a pair of seemingly different men brought together by something a little bit like fate or luck, if you believe that fate has a sense of humor and luck is kind of a bitch. When the film opens, the pair is in disparate places, with Longo hiding out in Mexico, having fled Oregon after apparently murdering his wife and their three children in horrifying and heinous fashion, while Hill’s Michael Finkel is toiling away on a story about child slaves in Africa, the »

- Kate Erbland

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Sundance Film Review: ‘True Story’

23 January 2015 11:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Truth is strange, but hardly any more interesting than fiction in “True Story,” a perplexingly serious new collaboration for James Franco and Jonah Hill. In Franco’s case, this macabre project plays right into the label-defying star’s ongoing exploration of slippery identities (here he plays a sociopath beyond redemption). Even so, one wonders just how eager audiences will be to watch a tony adaptation of ex-New York Times reporter Michael Finkel’s self-serving memoir, a conscience-cleanser written to redeem himself after being tarred and feathered for inventing a composite character in a high-profile cover story.

Unlike 2004’s respected yet low-earning “Shattered Glass,” this unconventional two-hander is less preoccupied with the undoing of a respected journo than with the odd bond that Finkel (Hill) went on to forge with convicted child killer Christian Longo (an appropriately icy Franco). Nor is the script — a surprisingly non-conceptual treatment, considering how Charlie Kaufman the project could have gone, »

- Peter Debruge

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Sundance 2015: Films to look out for at this year’s festival

22 January 2015 9:53 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Scott Davis on films to look out for at Sundance 2015…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when many of Hollywood’s big hitters gather together to be awarded a variety of different prices on the Awards circuit, culminating with the 87th Academy Awards on February 22nd. But on Thursday weekend in west USA (namely Utah) the Sundance Film Festival kicks off again, and many of the world’s best independent films will get their debuts to the public, and the press, over the next few weeks.

Staff Writer Scott Davis takes a look at some of the films making their debuts, and digs deep to find the next gems that could be coming out way in 2015.

A Walk in the Woods

When an aging travel writer sets out to hike the 2,100-mile-long Appalachian Trail with a long-estranged high school buddy, the duo learn that some roads are better left untraveled. »

- Scott J. Davis

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10 Sundance Directors to Watch Includes Spike Lee Protege, ‘Yes Man’ Writers, ‘Martha Marcy’ Producer

21 January 2015 1:36 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bachelorette” filmmaker Leslye Headland returns to Sundance with a higher profile this time

Filmmaking careers are born at Sundance, as evidenced by directors Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), J.C. Chandor (“Margin Call”) and Damien Chazelle (“Whiplash”). This year’s festival features plenty of returning artists as well as new voices with something fresh to say. TheWrap talked to buyers and sellers before whittling down this list of 10 buzzworthy filmmakers on the eve of Sundance. Something tells us we’ll be hearing about them for years to come.

Also Read: 10 Hottest Sundance Sales Titles: J. Lo, Robert Redford, Keanu Reeves, David Foster Wallace

Nikole Beckwith, »

- Jeff Sneider

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All the Times Channing Tatum Was Sexy Without Trying to Be

20 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

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Channing Tatum strips, he’s funny, and he’s the ultimate Dilf. But just when you think he’s hit the trifecta of perfection, he’ll surprise you with everyday moments that redefine sexy.

Channing doesn’t need to take his clothes off on the big screen to win us over. (Although it doesn’t hurt.) Seeing his infatuation with his baby girl Everly and his devotion to wife Jenna Dewan is just as (if not more) sexy than watching him dance in a thong. Take a look at Channing’s most effortlessly sexy moments, and we promise you’ll never be more thankful for puppies or snorkeling equipment.

You can’t deny that a little bromance is sexy in its own way, too. Watch Channing and his Bff Jonah Hill and you’ll see why.

[Photo Credit: Splash News] »

- Taylor Ferber

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Comedy Central Will Roast Justin Bieber

20 January 2015 8:00 AM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Bieber fever is rampant in the comedy world. First Saturday Night Live brilliantly spoofs Justin Bieber's Calvin Klein ads, and now Comedy Central has made him their next Roastee.

The Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber will be taped in Los Angeles and Kent Alterman, President of Content Development & Original Programming at Comedy Central, says the "Baby" singer was asking for it.

News: Justin Bieber Reacts to SNL Parody

"Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him," Altman reveals of the 20-year-old pop star, "and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first. We’re thrilled he listened."

Bieber -- who turns 21 on March 1 -- echoed those same sentiments on Twitter, writing: "Finally after all that hard work for my 21st bday it's happening."

For years I have wanted Comedy Central to roast me. They said only if I provided them w/ more material so for a year »

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Justin Bieber Set for ‘Comedy Central Roast': Let the #Bulgegate Jokes Rip

20 January 2015 7:26 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The torching of the pop star will tape in Los Angeles on a date to be revealed soon

In a comedian’s dream come true, the next “Comedy Central Roast” will feature Justin Bieber as the punching bag and headliner.

The cable channel’s hilarious president of Content Development & Original Programming, Kent Alterman, already fired the first shot: “Justin has been asking us for a few years to roast him, and we just kept telling him to go create more source material first,” he said. “We’re thrilled he listened.”

Also Read: 18 Comedians Who Died Too Soon – From John Pinette »

- Tony Maglio

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Sony's Plan to Merge Men in Black with 21 Jump Street is Still Happening

15 January 2015 3:56 AM, PST | | See recent Worst Previews news »

About a month ago, several emails from the Sony Pictures hack leaked online, showing that the studio was interested in merging its "Men in Black" and "21 Jump Street" franchises. The plan was to greenlight the film without a script and to hire "21 Jump Street" director Phil Lord and Chris Miller to producer. Meanwhile, "21 Jump Street" actors Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum would return, but "Men in Black" stars Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones would not be involved. In a new interview with MTV, Lord and Miller confirmed that Sony is still working on this bizarre idea. "Nothing's changed," said Lord. "It's still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they're going to be terrible. We're really focusing on what's a great story for Schmidt (Hill) and Jenko (Tatum) and how to tell the next chapter in their lives. And perhaps use creatures from another world at the same time. »

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Lord & Miller: 'Jump Street' & 'Men in Black' Crossover Still Possible

14 January 2015 1:32 PM, PST | | See recent news »

You may remember that one of the stories that came about due to the leaked documents from Sony Pictures being hacked was a wild, but maybe not too crazy idea to have the 21 Jump Street franchise crossover into the world of Men in Black for the next sequel in the comedy series starring Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Despite the out of left field nature of the idea, the concept tickled my fancy, and would open up the meta, self-aware humor to even more material ripe for lampooning. And guess what? Writers and directors Phil Lord & Chris Miller have confirmed that the crossover idea is still a real possibility. More below! Speaking with MTV, Lord & Miller said that there's nothing new to say, but the idea is on the table: “Nothing’s changed. It’s still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they’re going to be terrible… »

- Ethan Anderton

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'Jump Street' and 'Men in Black' Crossover Still Possible

14 January 2015 12:11 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Back in early December, the massive Sony hack attack emails revealed that the studio was planning to merge two of its most popular franchises, with the sequel 23 Jump Street to serve as a Men In Black crossover. Sony never officially acknowledged the idea, and we haven't heard anything else about it until today. According to 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the idea is still very much on the table. Though, it hasn't been green lit just yet.

Speaking with MTV on the Golden Globes red carpet, the directing duo acknowledged that the idea to crossover 21 Jump Street and Men In Black is crazy and a little far fetched. But that's exactly the kind of project that they gravitate to. Said Phil Lord about the potential behind this mega-franchise merger:

"Nothing's changed. It's still a crazy idea, and we only do things that seem like they're going to be terrible. »

- MovieWeb

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Disney sets dates for Ghost In The Shell, The Jungle Book and Pete’s Dragon

14 January 2015 2:54 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Disney is set for a monumental couple of years at the box office through 2015, 2016 and beyond. This year sees both Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens debut, but that hasn’t stopped then from lining up some other big box-office treats for post-2015.

With news over the last week that Scarlett Johansson (Under the Skin) has officially signed on for the live-action remake of anime classic Ghost in The Shell (for which she is set to earn a cool $20 million), a release date has now been confirmed for April 14th, 2017. That date already has Guillermo del Toro’s Pacific Rim 2 and an as-of-yet unannounced “monster movie” from Universal Pictures.

Johansson is also lending her talents to another remake, with her sultry vocal chords bringing life to Kaa the Snake in Jon Favreau’s live-action version of The Jungle Book. Originally, the film was due »

- Scott J. Davis

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Jay Duplass talks 'Transparent' and making movies

13 January 2015 3:14 AM, PST | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

“I think I can say this since I didn’t write or direct it, but it’s the best TV show that’s existed in years,” said series star Jay Duplass of “Transparent,” which just won Golden Globes for Best Comedy/Musical Series and Actor for Jeffrey Tambor, who plays Duplass’s on-screen parent. -Break- The Amazon series marks the first regular foray into television for Duplass, who is better known for writing and directing indie (and indie-style) films with his brother Mark. “It’s actually difficult to tell which ones were made independently and which ones were made in the studio system,” said moderator Scott Smith at the Vancouver International Film Festival Industry Conference during an interview with Duplass, who has produced films that have starred Oscar nominees Jonah Hill, Catherine Keener, John C. Reilly, Marisa Tomei and Kristen Wiig. For this multi-hyphenate, the Coen brothers -- prior to their mainstr. »

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The Horrifying True Story Behind James Franco and Jonah Hill's New Movie

12 January 2015 3:30 PM, PST | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Frequent collaborators Jonah Hill and James Franco are starring in a new film together, but this time, it's no laughing matter. In the upcoming True Story, Hill plays disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel opposite Franco as Christian Longo, a man charged with killing his own family and taking Finkel's name. The journalist ended up writing True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa about how their lives intertwined, making this one of the many movies based on books coming out this year. The trailer is really intense, but like Foxcatcher, the truth behind the book and film is even crazier. Crime Library has a long story on the case, and we have the details below; just be aware that it's pretty disturbing. At 17 years old, Christian Longo met his future wife, 24-year-old MaryJane Baker. The couple was married in 1993, and long before Longo's violent turn, signs of trouble began to surface. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Michael Keaton: I wanted to do 'Beetlejuice 2' a long time ago

12 January 2015 12:30 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beverly Hills - Michael Keaton may have won a Golden Globe for "Birdman," but for at least a moment backstage, talk centered on a much less of-the-moment project: Tim Burton's 1988 comedy "Beetlejuice," in which the actor starred as the ghoulish title character. "It is not up to me," said the Best Lead Actor in a Musical or Comedy winner after being asked if he was on board for the long-rumored sequel. "I said for years, I don’t know why we didn’t do another one two years later. ...[Now] it is a question of me and Tim being around and available." Speaking of old films, Keaton remembers the moment he watched Amy Heckerling's 1982 comedy "Fast Times at Ridgemont High" and became aware of a then-fresh young actor named Sean Penn. His comments came following a question about acting in a comedy (which "Birdman" was somewhat bafflingly categorized as) vs. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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'Ghostbusters' Eyes Jillian Bell and Cecily Strong

10 January 2015 1:42 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It seems that Sony is considering quite a few options when it comes to casting their Ghostbusters reboot. Not only is Melissa McCarthy in early talks to take the lead, director Paul Feig will soon have meetings with two other young up and coming comedians. Both Jillian Bell and Cecily Strong are being considered for roles in this all-female reinvention of the popular franchise.

Jillian Bell is best known as Jillian on the hugely popular Comedy Central sitcom Workaholics, and she garnered quite a bit of attention for her co-starring role in Sony's summer sequel 22 Jump Street, where she proved to be quite a match for Jonah Hill. Cecily Strong has become one of the strongest members of Saturday Night Live's current cast, and appears in quite a few sketches during every show. Ghostbusters would be her first major role in a big budget movie. She does have two »

- MovieWeb

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Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig's 'Mistress America' finds a home with Searchlight

9 January 2015 5:13 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Sundance is about two weeks away and the first major acquisition has already occurred. Fox Searchlight has picked up Noah Baumbach's "Mistress America" which is scheduled to premiere on Jan. 24 in Park City, Utah.  "America" is the second collaboration between Baumbach and Greta Gerwig after 2012's critically acclaimed dramedy "Frances Ha." Once again the duo co-wrote the screenplay, Baumbach directed and Gerwig stars.  She's joined ths time around by newcomer Lola Kirke and a relatively unknown cast.   According to Searchlight, "America" focuses on Tracy (LKirke) a college freshman who is not having the exciting or cosmopolitan life she expected attending school in New York City. Things turn upside down when Brooke (Gerwig), her soon to be stepsister, takes her under her wing and she is "seduced by Brooke's alluringly mad schemes." In a release from the mini-major, Searchlight Presidents Stephen Gilula and Nancy Utley remarked, "Noah's distinct cinematic voice »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Jonah Hill and James Franco Star In First True Story Trailer

9 January 2015 2:43 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the chilling trailer for the upcoming movie True Story starring Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones.

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel meets accused killer Christian Longo – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his reporting job morphs into an unforgettable game of cat and mouse. Based on actual events, Finkel’s relentless pursuit of Longo’s true story encompasses murder, love, deceit, and redemption.

Check out the full story on CBS’s “48 Hours” here:

Longo was convicted of killing his wife and three children on the Oregon coast. The bodies of the four were recovered from two coastal inlets around Christmas 2001. Longo went on the lam, landing on the FBI’s 10 Most Wanted list before he was captured in Mexico posing as a travel writer.

Michael Finkel, the freelance writer Longo impersonated in Mexico, was later »

- Michelle McCue

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