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James Franco on Meeting Brad Pitt at Sundance: 'We Fell in Love'

26 January 2015 2:39 PM, PST | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

James Franco and Brad Pitt are just two of the stars at Park City, Utah for Sundance.

Photos:  Stars Hit Sundance! See Which Celebs are in Utah

The duo premiered their new film, True Story, at the annual film festival – hitting the red carpet together to pose for pics and promote the upcoming drama.

James reunites with Jonah Hill on the big screen while Brad is behind the camera as a producer. Believe it or not, James and Brad met for the first time this week – and according to James, it was love at first sight!

“We fell in love last night, he’s the coolest guy,” James said during an interview with the movie’s director Rupert Goold.

And although they hadn’t met in person until Sundance, Franco sang Pitt’s praises.

Related: 9 Films Premiering at Sundance That We Can't Wait to Watch

“He really kind of saw it through from script stage and post-production »

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Review: True Story (Sundance 2015)

26 January 2015 11:06 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) . a disgraced journalist . sees an opportunity to get his career back on track when an accused murderer, Christian Longo (James Franco) is captured while posing as Finkel, and later agrees to a series of jailhouse interviews. Review: True Story is an interesting change-of-pace for star Jonah Hill. While he's dabbled in drama before with two supporting actor Oscar nominations to show for it, this marks the first time he's headlined this kind of movie, »

- Chris Bumbray

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Watch: Actors and Filmmakers Answer 'What's Your Favorite Movie That No One Has Seen?'

26 January 2015 10:25 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Academy Originals series continues to provide viewers a behind-the-scenes look at Hollywood. This time, they asked actors, screenwriters, directors and producers what their favorite movie is that they think no one else has seen. Many, including actors Mark Whalberg and Jennifer Garner and director David O. Russell answered the tough question. Highlights from the video include Ralph Fiennes, who says, "A film I've seen recently that really effected me is an Iranian film called 'Manuscripts Don't Burn.'" Jonah Hill, having starred in "The Wolf of Wall Street," answers with another Martin Scorsese film: "The King of Comedy" from 1982. Screenwriter John Ridley chooses the 1969 Francis Ford Coppola film "The Rain People," calling it "an astonishing piece of work." David O. Russell answers with an impressive three films: "Love and Anarchy," "The Seduction of Mimi" and "Seven Beauties." Have you seen »

- Travis Clark

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

24 January 2015 7:36 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

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

24 January 2015 1:40 PM, PST | 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 | FilmSchoolRejects.com | 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 2015 review: True Story - Jonah Hill and James Franco can't handle it

24 January 2015 2:51 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The tale of a fired New York Times reporter whose identity is nicked by an accused killer sounds like a gift. Jordan Hoffman finds something hollow beneath the cinematic wrapping

You’d think that when a man accused of killing his wife and children is using your name as an alias it would always be a bad thing. For Michael Finkel it turns out to be the lucky break he needs to climb from the cellar of dishonour following an ethics scandal. Finkel (Jonah Hill) is a celebrated investigative journalist newly fired by the New York Times for bending the truth so his exposé on injustice in Africa would be more effective. After finding nothing but slammed doors as he looks for new work, he learns that Christian Longo (James Franco), an accused killer on the lam in Mexico, has assumed his identity. Since Longo is claiming innocence, and Finkel feels as if he, »

- Jordan Hoffman

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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 | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com 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 | WorstPreviews.com | 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 | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net 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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