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James Franco’s had to fend off concerns that his desire to tell the story of the making of the best-worst movie, The Room, was just a lark since the project’s inception. But he’s been very hands-on with The Disaster Artist, which is based on the book about Tommy Wiseau’s notorious film. Franco stars in and directs the film, which also features his family and usual compatriots—Dave Franco, Alison Brie (who, in addition to knocking our socks off in Glow, recently married Dave), Seth Rogen, and Charlene Yi. Franco also claimed that preparing to play Wiseau was very similar to his process for playing James Dean.
Keep all of that in mind as you watch the first teaser for The Disaster Artist, which sees Franco (as Wiseau) botch his lines repeatedly, but like a total pro. Indeed, he nails the flatness of Wiseau’s halfhearted refutations »
- Danette Chavez
James Franco directed the film from a screenplay by Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, an adaption of the book by George Sestero and Tom Bissell. Franco stars as Tommy Wiseau, the infamous man behind The Room, and also features Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Allison Brie, and Zack Efron. If this sounds like simply a silly comedy, you may be wrong, as the film received rave reviews and a standing ovation from its showing at SXSW this past spring.
In light of the film's critical success, ComingSoon.net reports that New Line Cinema and A24 are partnering to release The Disaster Artist domestically on December 8, 2017, in the heart of Oscar season. There are also special early screenings planned for December 1st. »
- Nick Doll
Variety picks 30 stellar academies in the U.S. and abroad:
Altos de Chavon Film School
The La Romana film school is a two-year program in audiovisual media, offering both theoretical and practical study in screenwriting, film production, animation techniques, digital post-production and design. The school integrates its other disciplines — fine art, fashion and visual communication — into the film studies program to provide a broader perspective of artistic and cultural images.
Entering the second year of offering its pioneering Mfa in cinema and media production, Boston University’s Department of Film and Television at its College of Communication promotes a collaborative team approach focused on developing, prepping and shooting a thesis project, aimed at preparing students for the creative collaboration they will experience in the professional sphere.
California Institute of the Arts
- Variety Staff
Like such kindred spirits in quantity over quality as Tyler Perry and Joe Swanberg, James Franco has made a crapload of movies. Sooner or later, he was bound to deliver a good one. But who would have thought his adaptation of Greg Sestero’s “The Disaster Artist,” an outrageous blow-by-blow account of the actor-turned-author’s friendship with the aggressively untalented and infinitely enigmatic creator of one of the worst movies of this century — “The Room” writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau — would turn out to be the best and most professional entry on his own résumé?
That’s a claim not without caveats, mind you. The version that world premiered at the South by Southwest film festival was presented as a “work in progress” — where it killed to a room full of “The Room” obsessives, many of whom stuck around for a midnight screening of Wiseau’s disasterpiece. And even though IMDb lists »
- Peter Debruge
4 items from 2017
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