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Mark Gordon Set to Keynote at Cannes Confab Mipcom

28 July 2015 8:26 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Paris– Mark Gordon, one of Hollywood’s most prolific film and TV producers, is set to deliver a keynote at Mipcom, the Cannes-set international TV confab.

Gordon’s keynote, scheduled on Oct. 5, will be part of the Mipcom’s “A New Creative Excellence” conference program.

The Mark Gordon Company develops and produces upscale content for global distribution. Through its alliance with Entertainment One (eOne), Gordon’s shingle also finances independent, third-party film and television productions. The partnership with eOne has led to the creation of an independent studio that combines Gordon’s track record of working with emerging and established talent with the financial and distribution expertise of eOne.

Gordon ’s TV slate includes five scripted series across multiple platforms: “Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC and “Criminal Minds” on CBS — two of the longest-running series in recent television history; “Ray Donovan” on Showtime; upcoming drama series “Quantico,” premiering Sep. 27 on ABC; and spinof. »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Second Opinion – True Story (2015)

22 July 2015 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

True Story, 2015.

Directed by Rupert Goold.

Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones and Ethan Suplee.


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.

In his feature film debut, Rupert Goold has chosen to tackle the story of Christian Longo, a man convicted of killing his entire family in December 2001. His taught thriller True Story depicts his relationship with disgraced journalist Mike Finkel. The subject matter is dark and heavy and Goold has created an intense cat and mouse thriller.

In his third “serious” role, Jonah Hill plays Mike Finkel. A character that whilst interesting is almost impossible to route for as he ignores his partner, takes liberties with the truth and gets taken easily under Longo’s spell. Whilst Hill provides a good performance, his casting feels slightly »

- Helen Murdoch

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Why aren't more comedians cast for their full terrifying potential in films?

21 July 2015 8:30 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

One of the great things about having friends who are film nerds is that you end up having a lot of phone calls about nothing urgent. You end up talking about alternate theories and dream casting and things that might have been. I've got some other things I'll be posting tonight that speak to that, but first up, let's just play a little bit. The conversation I was having with Scott Weinberg today was about the way I find casting shortsighted in movies sometimes. In particular, I love comedians who push themselves, and Scott's article about Robin Williams (it would have been his birthday today, something that makes me unspeakably sad this year) focused on some of his left-of-center choices as an actor. Scott's fond of "Insomnia," where Williams gives some really good creepy, something that doesn't surprise me at all. Of course Williams was effective at playing dark and dangerous. »

- Drew McWeeny

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Cara Delevingne Makes Up the Best Couple Name For Gigi Hadid and Joe Jonas

21 July 2015 9:40 AM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Presenting G.I. Joe! - Et Miranda Lambert breaks down on stage - HuffPost Celeb Jonah Hill pulls a Rob Kardashian - Ok! Scott Disick continues to party in Vegas - Us Weekly Rita Ora's single again! - Gossip Girl 17 totally strange Kim Kardashian products - BuzzFeed Anne Hathaway fangirls over Amy Schumer - People Eminem was in NYC with Rachel McAdams and Jake Gyllenhaal - Lainey Gossip Did Kim Kardashian actually hire a personal trainer for North? - The Frisky »

- Jessica-Chassin

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‘Trainwreck’ Box Office Success Pushes Amy Schumer on Hollywood’s A-List

19 July 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With only one major movie role on her resume, Amy Schumer sprinted to the top of casting wishlists this weekend on the strength of “Trainwreck’s” impressive debut.

“This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at “She’s going to get tons of offers. This puts her in the same realm as Melissa McCarthy and Kristen Wiig.”

Schumer was already edging along the zeitgeist thanks to her sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer,” but “Trainwreck” propels her to household name terrain. The raunchy, but also surprisingly heartfelt, romantic comedy introduced the salty standup and television personality to wider film audiences, racking up $30.2 million. That’s more than “Bridesmaids,” “Spy” and “The 40-Year-Old Virgin” made in their launches — impressive company considering that those films starred A-listers like Wiig, McCarthy and Steve Carell.

Most of the credit goes to Schumer, who »

- Brent Lang

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True Story Review

19 July 2015 4:40 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Based on the memoir of journalist Michael Finkel, True Story chronicles the relationship between Finkel (Jonah Hill), following his dismissal from The New York Times for fabricating part of a story, and Christian Longo (James Franco), a man in prison for killing his family who used Finkel’s identity  as an alias while on the run. With this compelling detail as its set-up, True Story proceeds to delve into the area of manipulation, both on the part of the media and the individual, and narcissism,  as Finkel and Longo’s relationship shows the two men as dark mirrors of each other. But unfortunately True Story falls at the first hurdle, failing to develop into something close to interesting. Making his feature debut here after a successful run as a theatre director, Rupert Goold can’t shake off his stage roots with most of what transpires here coming across as it »

- (Tom White)

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True Story review – a disappointing affair

19 July 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Rupert Goold’s retelling of the real-life tale of journalist Michael Finkel and the murderer he befriended has neither depth nor drama

Solid turns from Jonah Hill and James Franco, along with some disappointingly sidelined support from Felicity Jones, can’t save this muddled, real-life journo escapade from going the forgettable way of Kill the Messenger or Shattered Glass. Dropped from the New York Times for playing fast and loose with his facts, reporter Michael Finkel (Hill) becomes the confidante of Christian Longo (Franco) who is awaiting trial for the murder of his wife and children. As a fugitive, Longo had used Finkel’s name as an alias, but who is manipulating whom in their pre-trial chats? Unlike the infamous Joe McGinniss/Jeffrey MacDonald face-off savagely documented in Janet Malcolm’s book The Journalist and the Murderer (the 1990 urtext to which all such stories aspire), the symbiotic relationship between Finkel and Longo is neither complex, »

- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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Q&A: Judd Apatow on ‘Trainwreck,’ Finding Amy Schumer and the Dangers of a Selfie

17 July 2015 1:33 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

At the world premiere of “Trainwreck” at the SXSW Film Festival last March, the loudest laughs from inside the theater came from the film’s director, Judd Apatow. Slumped down in a seat behind his new star, Amy Schumer, Apatow was so invested in the story about a thirtysomething magazine journalist who emerges from a series of one-night stands to begrudgingly find true love that he actually shushed a nearby, mortified fan who tried to open a candy wrapper.

Later, Apatow and Schumer would deliver a standup comedy set in Austin that provided the launching pad for a national tour they’d announce. And “Trainwreck,” which opens today, will keep the laughs coming. Apatow, one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood (“Girls,” “Anchorman 2,” “Begin Again,” “Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday,” etc.), has been selective about his own directorial projects. “Trainwreck” is his first film since 2012’s “This is 40, »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Movie Review – True Story

17 July 2015 3:07 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

True Story, 2015.

Directed by Rupert Goold.

Starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Felicity Jones, and Ethan Suplee.


New York Times journalist Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) has lost his job. Fired for playing fast and loose with the facts, he spots a chance at redemption and financial reward in Christian Longo (James Franco). Having stolen Finkel’s identity Longo is now facing trial for murder. Intrigued enough to meet, these two unlikely men find more than a few things to talk about.

Made under the auspices of Brad Pitt’s Plan B production arm, True Story is a slow burn thriller which will draw inevitable comparisons. Whether that be with the alpha male stand-off of Frost/Nixon, Jonathan Demme’s Silence of the Lambs, or it’s under rated cousin Manhunter. There are arguments which could also be made for The King’s Speech, Tim Robbins directed Dead Man Walking or »

- Gary Collinson

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True Story review – exasperating tale of a disgraced journalist

16 July 2015 2:45 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This solemn, sluggishly paced real-life account isn’t helped by uninspired performances from Jonah Hill and James Franco

Uninspired and self-conscious performances from Jonah Hill and James Franco are part of what’s wrong with this exasperating and unenlightening film: it’s a dramatically unfocused, sluggishly paced real-life story, based on the curious, self-serving testimony of disgraced New York Times journalist Michael Finkel. Finkel (played by Hill) is shown getting fired for inventing parts of a story about the modern slave trade in Africa. The scandal makes him pretty well unemployable. Then he finds that a mass killer called Christian Longo (Franco) had taken his name and identity while on the run in Mexico, where he was finally arrested. Intrigued – and clearly seeing a career-resurrection, although that obvious reality is downplayed in this solemn drama – Finkel visits Longo while in prison, and develops a relationship with him. The significance of »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Michael Cera To Voice Robin In The Lego Batman Movie

16 July 2015 11:12 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

With The Lego Batman Movie hitting big screens in 2017, The Hollywood Reporter have revealed that the animated spin-off will feature a mini Arrested Development reunion with Michael Cera joining the cast as Robin, The Boy Wonder opposite Will Arnett’s Batman. No word on whether or not they go for the twofer, and bring back Jonah Hill to voice Green Lantern from The Lego Movie for a Superbad reunion. With The Lego Movie animation supervisor Chris McKay at the helm, working from a script by Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter scribe Seth Grahame-Smith, The Lego Batman Movie comes our way May 26th 2017. »

- (Tom White)

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The Guardian film show: Ant-Man, True Story, 13 Minutes and Self/Less - video reviews

16 July 2015 9:57 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Catherine Shoard and Peter Bradshaw join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the big cinema releases. This week the team map out a new section of the Marvel cinematic universe with super small superhero Ant-Man; listen to the deathly dull True Story of Jonah Hill and James Franco's new crime drama; watch director Oliver Hirschbiegel plot out the assassination of Hitler in just 13 Minutes; and see Sir Ben Kingsley nab Ryan Reynolds' body in sci-fi thriller Self/Less Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Zoran Trajkovic, Richard Sprenger, Henry Barnes and Andrea Salvatici

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True Story - video review

16 July 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In this excerpt from the Guardian film show Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard watch Jonah Hill and James Franco dull each other to death in Rufus Goold's drama about the meeting between multiple murderer Christian Longo (Franco) and Michael Finkel (Hill), the journalist who's identity he co-opted while on the run. True Story, which also stars Felicity Jones, is out in the UK on Friday 17 July

True Story review – exasperating tale of a disgraced journalist Continue reading »

- Xan Brooks, Peter Bradshaw, Catherine Shoard, Zoran Trajkovic, Richard Sprenger, Henry Barnes and Andrea Salvatici

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Is James Franco the Killer Next Door? Actor to develop murder mystery movie

14 July 2015 8:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Franco has signed on to adapt the murder mystery novel The Killer Next Door.

The actor will work with Ahna O'Reilly on the project based on the book by Alex Marwood, according to Variety.

The story follows six neighbours who are forced into a shaky alliance with each other, not knowing a murderer is amongst them who will go to any lengths to keep their activities a secret.

There is no word yet on whether Franco will be starring in or directing the film, but it's possible he will fill both roles.

Franco has also been working on The Long Home, an adaption of the William Gay novel starring Josh Hutcherson, which he will produce, direct and star in.

Franco recently appeared in True Story with Jonah Hill, which was released in the Us earlier this year and hits the UK on July 24. Watch a trailer below: »

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New clip from True Story featuring James Franco and Felicity Jones

14 July 2015 2:52 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its UK release this Friday, Fox Searchlight has released a new clip from True Story, which features James Franco and Felicity Jones. Check it out below…

See Also: Read our review of True Story here

When disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) meets accused killer Christian Longo (James Franco) – who has taken on Finkel’s identity – his investigation 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.

True Story is set for release on July 17th.


- Gary Collinson

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James Franco Joins Murder Mystery The Killer Next Door

13 July 2015 5:05 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

At the rate he’s going with the novel adaptations, James Franco will be making movies from health and safety leaflets found in NHS waiting rooms before too long. He has another novel in development, collaborating with Ahna O’Reilly on The Killer Next Door. Alex Marwood’s murder mystery, which hit bookshops last year, finds six seemingly disparate neighbours forced into an uneasy alliance, little realising that one of them is a murderer willing to do anything to keep his secret.It feels a little different from the stories Franco has been adapting of late, which is probably why he and O’Reilly chose it. He’s worked on films based on John Steinbeck and William Faulkner books and William Gay’s coming-of-age tale The Long Home. Chances are he’ll end up directing and potentially starring in the film. O’Reilly has been appeared in several of the »

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Does True Story hammer the final nail into the frat pack coffin?

13 July 2015 1:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

James Franco’s 147th film is simply the latest in a long line of duds emanating from Judd Apatow’s band of merry men. Is the party finally over?

Related: Why James Franco is not your typical McDonald's worker

They should never have nominated Jonah Hill and James Franco for Oscars. All it does is encourage them. I think the bubble may finally have burst for me with the children of Judd Apatow. Or it may be that some necessary membrane of suspended disbelief was permanently violated when that whole generation of comics played themselves in This Is The End – whose best line by a mile is “Dear God, it’s me. Jonah Hill… from Moneyball” – and now I just can’t go back.

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- John Patterson

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Early 2016 Oscar Predictions: First Look at Best Supporting Actor

8 July 2015 10:46 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Some were wondering where the performers in Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight were when I posted my early Best Actor predictions. Well, it's often tough to tell just who will be considered a lead and who will be considered supporting in a Tarantino feature, and considering this film is a massive ensemble piece it's possible the entire cast will be supporting, or at least that's how I'm looking at it until we know otherwise as I bring you my first look at a field of 26 contenders in the Best Supporting Actor category. Truth be told, it's still too early to really open the doors on the supporting categories as these are quite often the performances we don't see coming. With lead performances it's much easier to predict which ones are more likely to knock our socks off (or, at the very least stand out in the eyes of the »

- Brad Brevet

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What's New on Netflix, TV, Digital, and DVD/Blu-ray This Week: July 6-12

6 July 2015 8:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.

TV Worth Watching

"7 Days in Hell" (Saturday on HBO at 10 p.m.)

Bless whoever came up with this random 45-minute mockumentary about an epic seven-day tennis match. Andy Samberg -- looking more "Joe Dirt" David Spade than Andre Agassi -- and Kit Harington (Jon Snow + comedy = win) are the players, with real tennis stars like Serena Williams and John McEnroe giving commentary.

"The Spoils Before Dying" (Wednesday on IFC at 9 p.m.)

Are you ready for this three-night television event? Not possible! But it's coming anyway. "The Spoils Before Dying" is the comedy follow-up to "The Spoils of Babylon" miniseries. This spoof once again stars Will Ferrell, Kristen Wiig, Haley Joel Osment, Val Kilmer, Michael Sheen, Maya Rudolph and more, this time following a 1950s jazz pianist »

- Gina Carbone

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The Worst Movies Of 2015 (So Far…)

25 June 2015 8:04 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Last week, us Wgtc critics counted off some of our favorite films of 2015 so far, but all in all, it hasn’t been a terrific first half of the year. Avengers: Age of Ultron arrived as a bloated, messy sequel with far less charm than the first McU phase-capper, talented sci-fi filmmakers like the Wachowskis and Neill Blomkamp delivered some of their worst work to date in Jupiter Ascending and Chappie, Johnny Depp eliminates any residual good-will in Mortdecai, and strong actors like Tom Hardy and Jonah Hill ended up mired in slogfests Child 44 and True Story. It’s been a depressing season for cinephiles punctuated by some occasional pleasant surprises.

But amid all the mediocre-to-bad entries from Hollywood so far this year, there were some titles that triumphed above all else to cement their place on the list of the year’s worst, most atrocious and irredeemable films. »

- WGTC Staff

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