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James Franco is in talks to star in the 20th Century Fox comedy Why Him?, which will be produced by Shawn Levy's 21 Laps company and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Pictures. Both of the production companies are based on the 20th Century Fox lot.
The plot centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family on a trip to Stanford, to visit his daughter during the Christmas holiday. What started as an innocent family trip quickly spirals out of control, as the father gets into an unexpected competition with his daughter's new boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire. While Variety doesn't specify which role James Franco will play, it seems likely that he will portray the billionaire boyfriend.
John Hamburg (I Love You, Man, Along Came Polly) is directing from a screenplay he co-wrote with Nick Stoller (Neighbors, The Five-Year Engagement) and Ian Helfer (The Oranges). No production schedule was given at this time, »
James Franco is in early negotiations to star in Fox’s comedy “Why Him?”
The story centers on a Midwestern father who takes his family to visit his daughter — who is attending Stanford — at Christmas and subsequently gets into a competition with his daughter’s boyfriend, a young Internet billionaire.
Franco most recently starred in Sony’s satire “The Interview” with Seth Rogen. He’s completed work on “Queen of the Desert,” which premiered at Berlin, “True Story” and “The Adderall Diaries,” and will star in Hulu’s adaptation of Stephen King’s “11/22/63.”
- Dave McNary
By Scott Feinberg
The Hollywood Reporter
24 hours after honoring The Theory of Everything’s Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones with the first prize of the 30th Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Cinema Vanguard Award, Sbiff feted Cake’s Jennifer Aniston with the second, the Montecito Award, in a ceremony at the Arlington Theatre on Friday night at which the Emmy-winning Friends star was very warm and very warmly received by a packed house.
Over the course of a two-hour conversation moderated by Deadline’s Pete Hammond, Aniston, the 45-year-old daughter of a veteran soap opera star, reflected on her post-Friends jumps between commercial films (i.e. 2004’s Along Came Polly, 2005’s Rumor Has It, 2008’s Marley & Me, 2011’s Horrible Bosses and 2013’s We’re the Millers, etc.) and indies (i.e. 1999’s Office Space, 2002’s The Good Girl, 2013’s Life of Crime and her most recent, 2014’s Cake) of varying quality. »
- Anjelica Oswald
While Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon -- an idea that came from the actor himself when, in 1994, he told Premiere magazine that he’s worked with everybody -- has become the ultimate trivia game, it may be time to re-think who’s actually at the nexus.
Thanks in large part to Friends -- the former NBC sitcom now streaming on Netflix -- Aniston worked with a number of stars well before they were famous. And in the years since the series ended, Aniston has shared the screen with a few but key number of A-listers. But it wasn’t until she earned a 2015 Golden Globe nomination for her role in Cake that we realized she’s practically worked with everyone in Hollywood.
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4 items from 2015
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