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The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.
Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.
A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson
Starring Holger Andersson, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Toronto unveiled their first wave of titles on Tuesday, and today it's Venice's turn, with the festival revealing what they'll be unspooling on the Lido. And as usual, it's an auteur heavy selection, but even we weren't expecting American horror legend Joe Dante to be given a slot. But it's a pleasant surprise. Indeed, his upcoming "Burying The Ex" has nabbed an Out Of Competition slot. The horror comedy stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, Alexandra Daddario and Oliver Cooper, and it sounds like it'll be something a bit off the beaten path for those in Venice. Here's the official synopsis: Burying The Ex is an outrageous horror-comedy in which a young man's romance with his dream girl takes an unexpected turn when his dead ex-girlfriend rises from the grave... and thinks they are still dating! Below you'll find new photos, and a 5-minute behind-the-scenes featurette for Canal+ with interviews with Dante, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The line-up for the 71st Venice Film Festival (Aug 27-Sept 6) has been revealed this morning by Biennale president Paolo Baratta and film festival director Alberto Barbera at Rome’s St. Regis Grand Hotel.
Early standouts include Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, which centres on the final days of the Italian filmmaker and his death in 1975; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, starring Al Pacino as a locksmith in a small town who never got over the love of his life; and The Look Of Silence, Joshua Oppenheimer’s highly anticipated follow-up to his award-winning documentary, The Act of Killing.
As previously announced, Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance, starring Michael Keaton, will open the festival on August 27 and is among the 20-strong competition titles, of which all »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
"Wish I Was Here" star Ashley Greene's career spans numerous TV shows and plenty of movies (including all five "Twilight" installments). Of course, being a professional actress doesn't preclude her from being a fan, -- so we wanted to know what TV shows and movies she's a fan of, especially those you can sit back and watch in the comfort of your own home.
The gracious Greene sent along her current #5WorthWatching, along with a few words on why they're worth checking out.
Be sure to check out her new movie, "Wish I Was Here," which is in select theaters now and expands nationwide on Friday, July 25.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images »
- Moviefone Staff
[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Wish I Was Here.] Ashley Greene is only in a few scenes of Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here, but the Twilight alum plays a significant role in Josh Gad's character's storyline. Gad's Noah, the brother of Braff's lead character Aidan, begins the film shut off from his family and other people, holed up in the trailer he lives in. But as he pursues his Comic Con-attending neighbor Janine, played by Greene, he begins to express himself more, though he's unable to reconnect with his estranged father, played by Mandy Patinkin, who's dying of
- Hilary Lewis
Celebs always look chic and stylish when they hit the red carpet, but only a true fashionista can transition her style from Hollywood glam to everyday chic. Nicole Richie looked like a vintage vixen as she left a meeting in Manhattan on Tuesday, rocking black Citizens of Humanity skinny jeans, a white sleeveless T-shirt and vintage Chanel suspenders. The "Candidly Nicole" star topped off her fab look with black Celine sunglasses, black Gianvito Rossi pointed-toe pumps and wore her bold blue hair in a top knot bun. Get Nicole’s look with this Levi’s tee, these H&M jeans and these zeroUV sunglasses.Selena Gomez looked cute in camo as she hit the streets of New York on Thursday, wearing a Rag Union x Urban Renewal camo jacket (not available), black Topshop moto skinny jeans and an American Apparel crop top. The "Come & Get It" singer paired her look »
- tooFab Staff
Chicago – Writer, director and lead actor Zach Braff has put it on the line for his latest feature, “Wish I Was Here.” He infamously used a crowd funding Kickstarter campaign to maintain creative control of the film, but he needn’t have bothered. The movie result is a sappy, high concept emotional manipulator with no basis in authenticity, and that might be the best thing that can be said about it.
This film wasn’t something that showcased what makes Braff interesting. Unlike his successful cult film of ten years ago, “Garden State,” Braff casts himself in a circumstance unlike his usual character, and too far from his real life for him to understand it (and he wrote it!). Braff plays a father in this film, but with no chemistry with his kids or wife – portrayed by Kate Hudson – and he disarmingly seems estranged from the family. Some might »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Anywhere But Here: Braff’s Kickstarter Baby a Painstaking Smog of Forced Emotion
It’s hard to believe a decade has passed since actor Zach Braff’s directorial debut, Garden State, was sold for a pleasant sum at the Sundance Film Festival and went on to reach a certain amount of acclaim, generating one of the first millennial iterations of the manic pixie dream girl with the prototype performance from Natalie Portman. The indie landscape has shifted a bit, and Braff’s return to the director’s seat with Wish I Was Here arrives like an interesting litmus test.
His debut hasn’t aged as well as we might have predicted due to the countless amount of similarly conceived films since then, though one must admit there’s a certain amount of nostalgic charm wrapped up in its well-meaning intentions. Comparatively, Braff’s unstudied earnestness to a fault irreparably »
- Nicholas Bell
Zach Braff's comedy-drama Wish I Was Here, produced after raising $3 million on Kickstarter before being picked up by Focus Features for $2.75 million, kicks off its limited release this Friday. The film, also starring Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin and Ashley Greene, opens in 68 theaters in North America and will expand into additional theaters and markets on the weekend of July 25 and beyond. List The Hollywood Reporter Reveals Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films Read what the critics are saying about Wish I Was Here: The Hollywood Reporter's Boyd van Hoeij says in his Sundance review, "This funny and emotionally satisfying
- Ian Servantes
Directed by: Zach Braff Written by: Zach Braff and Adam J. Braff Main Cast: Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Michael Weston, and more… Past Oscar relations: Kate Hudson was nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her performance in Almost Famous Here now folks is a brand new article in this ongoing series of mine on 2014 releases hoping to compete for some sort of notable Oscar attention as contenders at the upcoming 2015 ceremony. Next up for us here is the Sundance dramedy Wish I Was Here, which is the sophomore writing and directing effort from actor/Garden State helmer Zach Braff. If it manages to appeal to the Academy, it’d be a first, since it was backed by Kickstarter and no film of that ilk has gotten nominated to date. In many ways, this is almost a »
- Joey Magidson
It's not easy being Greene. "I'm constantly losing my keys in my purse," confesses Twilight alum Ashley Greene, 27. "The other day the valet was like, 'Um, miss, we can't move your car,' and I started digging frantically," the costar of Zach Braff's Wish I Was Here (out July 18) admits to Us Weekly. What items did the actress, who dates Australian TV personality Paul Khoury, find while rifling through her Bulgari satchel? The Queen of Clean "I constantly eat in my car, so I keep [...] »
Kate Hudson isn't afraid to show a little skin!The actress stole the spotlight at the "Wish I Was Here" screening in New York City on Monday, rocking a strapless black Michael Kors gown with a midriff cut-out and sequin detail. She finished off the sexy look with minimal eye makeup and a deep burgundy lip, and kept her hairstyle sleek and simple. The 35-year-old star was joined on the red carpet by her costars Zach Braff, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene and Donald Faison.Zach and Kate play a married couple in the flick, which centers around a struggling actor trying to provide for his family while also dealing with the impending death of his father (played by Mandy Patinkin).It's the first project that Zach has written and directed since 2004's "Garden State," and it came together with the help of fans and supporters via Kickstarter campaign."Yeah, the »
- tooFab Staff
The New York City premiere of Wish I Was Here may have been Zach Braff's party, but Kate Hudson undoubtedly stole the show. The actress, 35, turned heads at the evening fêting the release of Braff's Kickstarter-funded independent film, in which Braff stars with Hudson. The hot mother of two went goth-glam for the star-studded affair at Manhattan's Lincoln Square Theater, which was also attended by Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, and Josh Gad. Hudson chose a slinky black strapless gown by Michael Kors for the event. The floor-length number featured a sequined bustier top with a [...] »
Chicago – Zach Braff is an amiable personality, making his mark as “J.D.” on the TV sitcom “Scrubs” and the cult film “Garden State” (2004), which he wrote and directed. For his most recent project, he made show business headlines by using the website Kickstarter to “crowd fund” his latest film, “Wish I Was Here.”
“Wish I Was Here,” like “Garden State,” is a coming-of-age film. But this time Braff – who stars in the film, co-wrote it with his brother Adam, and directed it – portrays a 35 year old struggling actor with a wife (Kate Hudson) and two kids, coming to terms with his father’s (Mandy Patinkin) illness and possible passing. Like “Garden State,” it has a dream-like quality to it, while dealing with a different phase of life.
Photo credit: Focus Features
Zach Braff is best know for his lead role as John “J. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Zach Braff and Kate Hudson stuck close on the red carpet at the NYC screening of their film Wish I Was Here on Monday. Zach suited up in gray, while Kate showed some stomach in a strapless black cutout dress. They shared a laugh and posed for photos together before being joined by the rest of the cast: Joey King, Ashley Greene, Josh Gad, and Zach's Bff Donald Faison, who has a small part in the movie as a luxury car salesman. The premiere also brought out Chris Rock, James Franco, and Girls star Allison Williams as well as President Fitz himself, Scandal's Tony Goldwyn. Zach and Kate play a married couple in the flick, which centers around a struggling actor trying to provide for his family while also dealing with the impending death of his father (played by Mandy Patinkin). It's the first project that Zach has written »
- Brittney Stephens
Hey, girl. Say it isn’t so! Yes, there’s more Ryan Gosling news to fret over, but a potential Buffy the Vampire Slayer reunion and a tribute to one of the Yankee greats should bring a smile to your face.
Dad-to-be Ryan Gosling has been previously quoted saying he’ll make movies until he makes babies. With a little one on the way, will he remain true to his word? [Hollywood Life] Joss Whedon told Buffy the Vampire Slayer the beloved series would be revived… on a napkin. [E!] Surprisingly, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Jurassic World, and other major franchises aren’t scheduled to appear at Comic-Con 2014. [Uproxx] A woman paid $30,000 to look like reality queen Kim Kardashian. [BuzzFeed] The New York Knicks have waived Lamar Odom due to a “lack of professionalism.” [Espn] Ashley Greene takes a completely different turn from her Twilight character in new movie Wish I War Here. Check out a sneak peek, »
- Taylor Ferber
Crowdfunded, completed, premiered at Sundance and now ready to hit theatres, Zach Braff's "Wish I Was Here" now just has to get you to buy tickets. And to do that, the folks at Focus Features have given you another way to watch the trailer. A pop up trivia trailer has arrived for the film, providing tidbits about the film and cast, from beginning to end. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Donald Faison, Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Michael Weston, like "Garden State," this is another tale of mid-life malaise, with cool music and people who find insights around every corner. And the result, according to our man out of Sundance, is something you might admire "for its fearlessness (any film that interrupts a scene of furries fucking for a serious, dramatic moment is to be admired), but sincerity alone cannot save it." "Wish I Was Here »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Focus Features has released a trio of Wish I Was Here clips and a batch of new images from co-writer/director Zach Braff’s long-awaited Garden State follow-up. Braff also stars in the film as a struggling actor, father, and husband who is seeking purpose in life and trying to come to terms with the impending death of his father (Mandy Patinkin). I saw the pic at Sundance (read my review here), and I’d say these three clips are indicative of the film as a whole: really funny, occasionally touching, but also saccharine and a tad pretentious at times. We see a great scene between Braff and Patinkin, another of Braff taking his children out in the desert to get philosophical, and a third where he visits his temple and has a frank discussion with a rabbi. The pic is worth seeing (Kate Hudson is fantastic), but I found myself coming away rather disappointed. »
- Adam Chitwood
With a hip soundtrack, and a film promising no shortage of life lessons, Zach Braff hasn't really changed up the formula much for his "Garden State" followup "Wish I Was Here." Except for the fact that it was crowd-funded, this looks like most indies coming down the line, with a strong distributor behind it, recognizable faces and more. And three clips have arrived to show you what Braff has put together this time around. Co-starring Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Pierce Gagnon, Donald Faison , Ashley Greene, Jim Parsons, and Michael Weston, the story follows struggling actor Aidan Bloom, whose life is thrown into turmoil when he learns that his father is battling a serious illness and can no longer pay for his grandchildren's schooling. So Aidan decides to home school his children as he tries to put his life back together, and as you might guess, a series of mini-adventures and insights. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Ashley Greene's ex landlord finally unloaded the Sunset Strip apartment the 'Twilight' star set on fire last year -- for $1.1 million -- but Ashley could still be on the hook, financially, for the blaze.The 2-bedroom, 1,800 square-foot Hollywood apartment had to be completely remodeled -- the photos show the transformation -- after it was burnt to a crisp back in March 2013. Our real estate sources tell us the repairs cost $303,000 ... and the building's Hoa »
- TMZ Staff
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