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L.A. Now Casting: A Famous Haunted Hayride and More!

20 September 2016 9:01 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

Today in Backstage casting notices, we have a spook-tacular opportunity for Los Angeles-area talent. The L.A. Haunted Hayride, a local favorite, seeks male and female performers for several creepy roles, so get in the spirit! The attraction, which this year bears the theme Secret Society, “will bring guests down the dark road of the power and sacrifice that takes place in the shadows to bring the world their favorite night of the year.” Roles currently being cast include Tall Creatures, Small Creatures and Chainsaw Maniac. The paid gig will begin rehearsals on Sept. 24, and will run throughout October in L.A. All talent must be 18 years or older. For more information on the Haunted Hayride, you can see the full listing here. And be sure to check out all of Backstage’s L.A. casting notices! For advice on auditions, headshots, and more, check out Backstage’s YouTube channel! »

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James Franco to star in adaptation of Neil Strauss’ The Game

8 September 2016 5:40 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following the Venice Film Festival premiere of his new film In Dubious Battle, it has been announced that James Franco is set to play a notorious pickup artist in a feature film adaptation of Neil Strauss’ bestselling memoir The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists.

Released in 2005, The Game details investigative journalist Strauss journey in the seduction community, and serves as a how-to guide for approaching and seducing women. Franco will portray Mystery, Strauss’ mentor and wingman.

“Nearly every person I meet has a strong opinion on The Game, whether they’ve read it or not,” said Strauss (via Deadline). “For some, it changed their lives and led to marriage and children. For others, it is the one of the most terrifying things to ever happen to the dating world. For me, it is both, but I’m forever grateful for my time in the underground world of »

- Gary Collinson

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James Franco And Demian Gregory Ink Four-Picture Deal; First Up Is The Game

8 September 2016 2:07 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Like him or lump him, James Franco continues to be one of the busiest bees in Hollywood – not just in front of the camera, but also on the other side of the lens, where he’s developed a repertoire of producing and filmmaking skills. That streak will continue via Zeroville and The Masterpiece, a feature film primed to recount the story behind the cinematic car crash known as The Room.

No word yet on a release date for that one, but the latest development to arise from the Franco camp involves a new four-picture deal with Demian Gregory which will, according to Deadline, kick into gear with The Game.

Not to be confused with David Fincher’s unnerving thriller of the same name, The Game is to be based on Neil Strauss’ New York Times bestseller, The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists, which has simmered on the »

- Michael Briers

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James Franco Will Play A Pick-Up Artist in Neil Strauss’ ‘The Game’

7 September 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

An adaptation of Neil Strauss‘ New York Times bestseller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists has been in the works, on and off, for over a decade now. Back in 2005, Chris Weitz (About a Boy) was attached to direct The Game, which is a look at the life of a pickup artist. A […]

The post James Franco Will Play A Pick-Up Artist in Neil Strauss’ ‘The Game’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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James Franco To Play Infamous Pickup Artist In ‘The Game’ Adaptation

7 September 2016 12:12 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Franco is typically attracted to adaptations from literary giants like Faulkner and Steinbeck, but his newest lead role is in a film based on Neil Strauss’s controversial but best-selling memoir/ how-to guide, “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists,” about Strauss’s experience under the tutelage of professional seducers.

Strauss, a journalist, stumbled across the pick-up-artist community while working on an article, and ended up attending a boot camp that taught “uber-geeky” men how to pick up women. It was there that Strauss met his wing-man and guru, Mystery, who Franco will be portraying in the film.

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As Strauss says, “Nearly every person I meet has a strong opinion on The Game, whether they’ve read it or not,” and it will be interesting to see how the film portrays and deals with its polarizing content. »

- Annakeara Stinson

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James Franco to Produce, Star in Adaptation of Neil Strauss’ Pick-Up Artist Memoir ‘The Game’

7 September 2016 7:04 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

James Franco and Demian Gregory have entered into a new agreement to produce four feature films together, with the first film they will produce being an adaptation of “The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists” by Neil Strauss. Strauss’ book chronicles his real-life experiences in the world of pick up artists, most notably with the Pua known as Mystery. The book is part-memoir and part-how-to-guide for those who wish to learn how to get better at meeting women. Franco will star as Mystery, as well as executive produce alongside his partner Vince Jolivette. Gregory will also serve as an executive. »

- Joe Otterson and Pamela Chelin

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Ben Affleck Drops Footage Of DC Villain Deathstroke On Twitter

29 August 2016 8:32 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Ben Affleck revealed test footage on Twitter this morning of Deathstroke, an assassin/mercenary who is the co-founder of Lex Luthor’s Secret Society of Super Villains in the DC universe. Deathstroke is also a nemesis of Batman’s, and at one point worked with Ra’s al Ghul’s daughter Talia. Together they controlled Robin via neural implant to kill Batman. It’s not clear how Deathstroke will factor into Warner Bros’ DC Universe — whether the character will appear in the… »

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L.A.’s Haunted Hayride Returning This October With “Secret Society”; Participants In For One Hell of a Ride

1 August 2016 4:40 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

As each day passes, we creep closer and closer to that time of year in which ghosts and monsters come out to play.  There is a chill in the air as the season begins to change and the darkness of night envelopes the security and safety of the sunlight.  As Halloween approaches we yearn for tricks and treats, of scares and laughter, and the horror that awaits us at some of our favorite haunted houses.  For me personally, I associate Halloween with hayrides and pumpkin picking, of leaves changing and cool breezes, and scares lurking around every corner.  What better way to experience that then with the return of Ten Thirty One Productions (Tto) popular Halloween attraction, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride!

This year, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns with a more sinister theme, Secret Society, which delves into what it means to have status in today’s society.  Participants »

- Shannon McGrew

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John Ostrander: Suicide Squad Rogues

13 March 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Comicmix news »

Sorta Spoiler Notes: Today I’m discussing the latest Suicide Squad reprint, Rogues, and I’ll disclose some plot points. The stories were originally published in the late 80s so a spoiler shouldn’t be needed, but just in case you didn’t read them back then and are considering catching up now, you been warned!

One of the nice side-effects of the upcoming Suicide Squad movie is that DC is pushing into Tpb print my original run. The latest volume comes out April 12 and is entitled Rogues and it’s maybe my favorite one so far. It reprints issues 17 through 25, including the Annual and a Bronze Tiger solo story by Larry Ganem and Peter Krause.

A quick rundown on the Squad. The Original Suicide Squad was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru and debuted in 1959 in The Brave and the Bold #25. They were pretty much a version of »

- John Ostrander

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