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James Franco has been in a few stinkers through the years -- but there's one movie even he admits is pure trash.So, which movie does the star of such poorly-rated flicks as "Tristan & Isolde," "Annapolis," "Flyboys" and "Eat Pray Love" cite as a career low point?The answer: "Your Highness."The medieval comedy, which costarred Natalie Portman, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel, was released in 2011 and currently has a horrible 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.“Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that," Franco says in the June issue of GQ.This isn't the first time that Franco has publicly criticized one of his own films. While promoting "Spring Breakers," James told Badass Digest that "Annapolis" was "a really bad movie" -- adding that "it didn't turn out very well" and he "ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie."Ouch, biting the hand that feeds much? »
- tooFab Staff
The Weinstein Company has announced that they have moved up the release date for their film The Butler, from its original October 18th slot to August 16th. The argument is that, the mid-August slot has tended to do well for more serious adult films, such as The Help and Eat Pray Love, for audiences who are either burned out by, or desperately looking for something other than those huge, CGI bloated, superhero comic book films, which dominate the summer season. One thing for sure, it's going to be one of the most controversial films of the year, judging from the response we got when we posted the trailer for the film Here; Well, The Butler and that Nina Simone film with Zoe »
Exclusive: Looking to stir up a bit of early Oscar buzz, The Weinstein Company has slotted the Lee Daniels-directed The Butler to an August 16 release date. It had been skedded for October 18. That slot has done well for films that include The Help, Julie and Julia and Eat Pray Love, and TWC will hope to follow suit. The film looks at the life of Eugene Allen, who served eight presidents from 1952 to 1986 and had a birds eye view of the Civil Rights movement. He was long retired when Barack Obama became the first African American president, but was invited back for the inauguration. The cast includes Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey and Robin Williams. Here’s the trailer: »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Call it the kitchen and bitchin’ weekend. For the past four years, the studios have let the blockbusters play themselves out in May, June and July, reserving the first or second weekend in August for femme-targeted pix like “The Help” and “Eat Pray Love.”
But Meryl Streep, the reigning doyenne of the summer chick flick (“Hope Springs,” 2012; “Julia & Julia,” 2009; and “Devil Wears Prada,” 2006) doesn’t have a major movie coming out until “August, Osage County” in November. So what will fill that spot?
This year, three pics with strong female appeal are opening head to head on the weekend of August 16th, an end of summer period which has become an opportune time to capture the anti-superhero ticket buyer.
See More: Studios Gamble on Pricey Original Films
- Pat Saperstein
• Charlize Theron is attached to produce and star in a still untitled crime thriller for Paramount, which is reportedly going to be similar in tone to The Departed and End of Watch. The Killing’s Dan Nowak is set to write the script. The Oscar-winning actress has been stacking up the projects lately, including the upcoming Mad Max: Fury Road, Gillian Flynn’s Dark Places, and Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways to Die in the West. [THR]
• The third Hemsworth has made good on his promise to restart his acting career. Luke Hemsworth will make his feature film debut in »
- Lindsey Bahr
Inge-dude Brady Corbet has been bouncing around the independent film scene since he made his film debut in the 2003 Academy Award-nominated drama Thirteen. He co-starred with Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Gregg Araki's heartbreaking but beautiful drama Mysterious Skin. He menaced Tim Roth and Naomi Watts alongside Michael Pitt in Michael Haneke's English-language remake of Funny Games. In 2011 he popped up in both the Sundance sensation Martha Marcy May Marlene and Lars Von Trier's epic Armageddon drama Melancholia. Basically, Corbet's filmography is full of dazzling and daring cinema, so his addition to any cast speaks well of its potential. On that note, Deadline reports Corbet has signed on to star opposite Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in the soon-to-shoot drama Paradise Lost. The film was written and will be directed by Italian actor Andrea Di Stefano, who has appeared in such popular pictures as Eat Pray Love and Life of Pi. »
(Officially) straight guys must handle making a movie about gay sex In William Friedkin's much criticized 1980 cop thriller Cruising, which angered many gay activists at the time, then five-time Academy Award nominee Al Pacino plays a cop investigating a bloody murder in New York City's seedy and nasty (but all-too-alluring) Gay S&M Underworld. Having to "pass for" gay in order to do his job the right way, the cop ends up catching the gay virus (nope, not AIDS; just plain kinky and apparently deadly gay-ness) after hanging out at some really hardcore NY clubs. Now, according to the film's director, no less than 40 minutes of purportedly explicit gay sex scenes ("that material showed the most graphic homosexuality") were cut from the film so the Lorimar / United Artists production wouldn't receive a box-office-murdering X rating. Be that as it may -- well, stranger things have happened, and the "lost »
- Andre Soares
Tehran's Hoax of Hollywood conference sets a precedent that other countries could follow. Let's start with Braveheart
Following the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance's Hoax of Hollywood conference in Tehran this week, it has been reported that Iran may "sue Hollywood" over what it considers to be unrealistic portrayals of the country in several films. The most recent offender is Ben Affleck's Argo, based on the Iran hostage crisis of 1979-1981 and winner of this year's best picture Oscar. Others named include 300, The Wrestler and Not Without My Daughter.
The representation of Iran in Argo is certainly questionable but, as when the Kazakhstan foreign ministry threatened to sue over Borat, the prospect of a lawsuit doesn't seem entirely realistic. Do nations or governments have a right to accurate representation in fiction? In what jurisdiction could such a case be brought? Wouldn't there be some sort of statute of limitation on suing over, »
- Alex von Tunzelmann
Blu-ray Release Date: April 30, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $25.98 each
Studio: Warner Home Video
After releasing the complete series of Friends on high-definition Blu-ray, Warner got together single-season sets.
Friends: The Complete First Season and Friends: The Complete Second Season each carry 24 episodes, including the pilot, the birth of Ross’ (David Schwimmer, John Carter) son, Joey (Matt LeBlanc, TV Episodes) and Chandler (Matthew Perry, TV’s Go On) losing Ross’ baby, Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow, Easy A) getting a divorce and the beginning of the on-again/off-again romance of Ross and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston, The Switch).
Both season have special features on Blu-ray. On season 1:
producers’ commentary on the pilot episode“Remember Friends of Friends” with clips of guest starsthe season 2 trailer.
On season »
With this year's Oscar-nominated Silver Linings Playbook, Hollywood is attempting to get down and dirty with real people and real problems. But Us films are notoriously bad at this. I Give It a Year is a British comedy about falling out of love – not a romcom, more of a romp-incomp. But whatever happened to the simple idea of the innocently zany finding love?
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Being abnormal used to be normal. In movies such as The Apartment (1960), it was redemptive. Cc Baxter (Jack Lemmon) and Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine) are outsiders who've missed the boat, careerwise and hopewise. She's wasting her time on a married man, while Baxter is caught in a sexual vortex established by his superiors, who have clandestine trysts in his apartment while "Buddy Boy" gets »
- Lucy Ellmann
HollywoodLife.com spoke with Ashley’s sister Jennifer about her sister’s unexpected suicide on Feb. 6 when she jumped off the George Washington Bridge after she was bullied on Facebook. She talked about Ashley, 22, and when they will hold her funeral.
Ashley Riggitano‘s family would like to celebrate her life and they are speaking out exclusively to HollywoodLife.com. We talked to Ashley’s sister Jennifer Riggitano, who gave us the first official statement on Ashley’s tragic suicide.
Ashley’s Family Releases First Statement To HollywoodLife.com
Ashley’s sister spoke out to us on behalf of the Riggitano family: “We will be focusing on the issue publicly within the next few weeks and we are celebrating my sister’s life and we would like everyone to respect our privacy as we grieve.”
Ashley’s Funeral & Wake Details
HollywoodLife.com can tell you that Ashley’s wake will be held on Feb. »
- Chloe Melas
Glee star Jane Lynch ditches her Sue Sylvester tracksuit for a voice role in the entertaining new Disney animation, Wreck-It Ralph. The movie is an arcade-hopping adventure about an 8-bit video game character called Ralph, who is bored of being the bad guy. Jane voices Sergeant Calhoun, a military woman with killer curves and kick-ass one-liners from an alien shoot-'em-up game. We caught up with the acclaimed actress to find out more...
How does it feel to be part of an iconic new Disney animation?
"The reality of that statement is slowly dawning on me. This will be on the same shelf as The Aristocats, Jungle Book and Cinderella. That's pretty amazing! I'm over the moon about it. I love Disney, so I'm really, really happy to be involved."
What goes through your mind when you hear your voice come out of an animated character like Sergeant Calhoun?
"It's mind blowing. »
If warbling, ginger orphan Annie is to be believed, it’s a hard knock life. That could very well describe the experience of movies trying to make their way through development, hoping that the studios’ various Daddy Warbucks replace a genial rich guy with cold corporations) will make their screen dreams a reality. The Annie remake has found it slow going, but now Will Gluck will direct the film.Originally developed by Will Smith and Jay-z as a potential starring vehicle for Smith’s pop poppet daughter Willow, it has been through the scripting keyboards of Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna, with the writers updating Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin’s musical.Though Smith Jr had been the focus for the lead – she was nine when the idea was first hatched – the long delays mean she’s now too old to take it on.Eat Pray Love »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 12, 2013;Â Digital HD Release Date: Feb. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo: $39.99
Studio: MGM/20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
The 2012 action-adventure thriller Skyfall, the 23rd installment of the James Bond series, the longest-running franchise in film history Box-office smash, arrives on Digital HD Feb. 5, 2013 (across all digital stores, including Amazon, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu and Xbox Live), followed by its release on disc in a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and as a single DVD, on Feb. 12, 2013.
Directed by Oscar winner Sam Mendes (American Beauty) and starring Daniel Craig (Cowboys & Aliens) as superspy James Bond (that’s Agent 007 for those who want to keep it professional), Skyfall is the highest-grossing Bond film of all time, having taken in more than $1 billion across the world since its international theatrical premiere in November, 2012.
Peerless they may be, but the BBC's Natural History Unit don't half make things hard for themselves. Africa, which continues this week, has been four years in the making and, as some of the end-of-episode Eye To Eye shorts show, creating it was an arduous and at times heartbreaking process; particularly in the filming of the death of an elephant calf in the second episode of the series. The result, though, is a programme fully deserving of the HD treatment and containing some truly gawk-worthy scenes, from a bruising, slow-motion battle between two giraffes to footage of the bizarre, prehistoric-looking shoebill bird. Catch up with the series in full over on the iPlayer.
Podcast: By The Way, In Conversation With Jeff Garlin
- Lanre Bakare, Gwilym Mumford
When it comes to television, Murphy has been responsible for series like Nip/Tuck, Glee and American Horror Story. Let’s not forget that the writer and producer also directed Julia Roberts in the feature film, Eat Pray Love. Now the duo will re-team for The Normal Heart.
If you’re actually familiar with the play, there’s a good chance the film will be a faithful adaptation because the screenplay is also being written Larry Kramer. Who would know the material better, after all? Ryan Murphy will direct, of course, and »
- Sasha Nova
1.) With Texas Chainsaw 3D sitting atop the domestic box-office charts this week, it's only natural for sequel talk to begin. And according to Bloody Disgusting, the producers have the rights to make six more films in the franchise. These slashers are relatively low-risk, so you have to figure Lionsgate will keep churning them out. 2.) I haven't done one of these Star Wars stories in a while, but honestly, news is pretty slow today so I don't have much of a choice to pass this one along. Early fan favorite for the Episode VII director's chair Guillermo del Toro says he was approached about the gig, but had do decline due to his busy schedule. He did offer his take on who he'd like to see at the helm: "I think the fans deserve somebody that is just going to immerse themselves completely. As a geek, I would have loved to see Brad Bird take it. »
- Kevin Blumeyer
Ryan Murphy is set to adapt Larry Kramer's play The Normal Heart for HBO. Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo, Alec Baldwin, Jim Parsons, and Matt Bomer will star in the telepic that takes place in New York City during the early-'80s onset of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Roberts will play a paraplegic physician working with some of the earliest patients of the disease.
We are so proud to be involved with this monumental project. Ryan has assembled an extraordinary cast to bring Larry Kramer’s landmark theatrical achievement to the screen for the first time, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to bring this important film to HBO.”
Sounds like it could make for an interesting »
- Lucas Lowman
Glee and American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy follows in the footsteps of Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra) and opted to debut his upcoming feature film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning play The Normal Heart on HBO rather than going the theatrical route.
The cable network announced Friday that Julia Roberts, Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer will star in the TV film, which is being adapted by original playwright Larry Kramer with production set to get underway later this year for a 2014 debut.
Roberts will play the paraplegic physician Dr. Emma Brookner who treats several of the earliest victims of the disease; Ruffalo will take on the role of Ned Weeks, ‘who witnesses first-hand »
- Nick Martin
It's been over two years since we last heard anything about "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy's adaptation of The Normal Heart, writer Larry Kramer's semi-autobiographical play, which premiered in 1985 (only to be revived in 2011) and focuses on the rise of the HIV-aids crisis in New York City between 1981 and 1984. Mark Ruffalo was attached to star in June of 2010, but since then development has been stagnant. But today HBO has announced that Murphy's Eat Pray Love lead actress Julia Roberts has joined the cast, and the film, which is also being scripted by Kramer, will premiere exclusively on the cable network in 2014. The film takes "an unflinching look at the nation's sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fought to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city in denial." Roberts is playing Dr. Emma Brookner, the paraplegic physician who »
- Ethan Anderton
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