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Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant to be adapted by James Franco

12 September 2014 6:47 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Lit Reactor today brings news that Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk’s 2007 novel Rant is to be adapted for the screen by actor/director James Franco (Spider-Man, Pineapple Express), who has picked up the rights.

The author is quoted as saying: “As of last night we’ve finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant…..Details about the casting, shooting and a proposed release date will be forthcoming. Hurray. After the opportunity to work with Brad Pitt, Edward Norton and Sam Rockwell, I can’t imagine a more exciting actor to work with than Franco.”

After Fight Club in 1999 and the under-rated Choke in 2008 (which starred Rockwell), this will be the third of Palahniuk’s novels to be brought to the screen. It will also mark another book-adaptation directorial job for Franco, who is making a habit of adapting famous novels, including 2013 effort As I Lay Dying, »

- Scott Davis

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Below the Line Bookings

8 September 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Gersh Agency booked Jane Musky (above left, “The Bounty Hunter”) on Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” and d.p. Tim Orr (“Pineapple Express”) on David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis.”

Apa placed production designers Jeremy Reed (above center, “The Lazarus Project”) on Steven Shainberg’s “The Big Shoe” and Seth Reed (“Real Steel”) on season 1 of SyFy’s “The Expanse.” Apa also booked d.p. Joe Collins (“Royal Pains”) on season 7 of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” Agency has signed editor Jim Flynn (“Oculus”) and producer Mitch Engel (“The Americans”).

Dattner Dispoto booked cinematographers Maryse Alberti (above right, “West of Memphis”) on Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” and David Stockton (“Revolution”) on ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club.”

Innovative Artists booked producer Butch Kaplan (“Oldboy”) on Paco Cabezas’ “Mr. Right.”

Eastern Talent booked editor Suzanne Spangler (“Affluenza”) on Jamie Babbit’s “Fresno” and costume designer Elaine Montalvo (“The Bridge”) on Nickelodeon’s »

- Peter Caranicas

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Below the Line Bookings

8 September 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gersh Agency booked Jane Musky (above left, “The Bounty Hunter”) on Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” and d.p. Tim Orr (“Pineapple Express”) on David Gordon Green’s “Our Brand Is Crisis.”

Apa placed production designers Jeremy Reed (above center, “The Lazarus Project”) on Steven Shainberg’s “The Big Shoe” and Seth Reed (“Real Steel”) on season 1 of SyFy’s “The Expanse.” Apa also booked d.p. Joe Collins (“Royal Pains”) on season 7 of Showtime’s “Nurse Jackie.” Agency has signed editor Jim Flynn (“Oculus”) and producer Mitch Engel (“The Americans”).

Dattner Dispoto booked cinematographers Maryse Alberti (above right, “West of Memphis”) on Peter Sollett’s “Freeheld” and David Stockton (“Revolution”) on ABC’s “Astronaut Wives Club.”

Innovative Artists booked producer Butch Kaplan (“Oldboy”) on Paco Cabezas’ “Mr. Right.”

Eastern Talent booked editor Suzanne Spangler (“Affluenza”) on Jamie Babbit’s “Fresno” and costume designer Elaine Montalvo (“The Bridge”) on Nickelodeon’s »

- Peter Caranicas

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Ranked: Every Summer Movie Season Since 1980 - Part 1

8 September 2014 4:11 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best. 

On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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7 reasons why Rosie Perez is perfect for the 'The View'

5 September 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Rosie Perez has been named a new co-host of The View, joining Republican political analyst Nicolle Wallace, Whoopi Goldberg, and Rosie O’Donnell for the upcoming new season beginning Sept. 15.

The Latina actress-dancer-director-choreographer (say that five times fast) is perfect for ABC’s daytime talk show. Here are seven reasons why.

1. She’s not a stereotypical or “cookie-cutter” Latina. 

The native New Yorker defies common Latin stereotypes— the sort of which is commonly perpetuated on television. (You know: young and sexy with big boobs and bigger hair, with little talent to speak of.) Now, it’s no secret that The View »

- Nina Terrero

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'The View' Shakeup: Rosie Perez & Nicolle Wallace Joining Whoopi Goldberg & Rosie O'.Donnell

3 September 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

ABC has hired actress Rosie Perez and MSNBC political commentator Nicolle Wallace to co-host The View alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell.

New 'The View' Hosts

Perez and Wallace will make their debuts as The View cohosts when the new season commences Sept. 15, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

"I am beyond thrilled, honored and completely surprised that I've been asked to join The View," Perez said in a statement, reported People magazine. "Knowing that I'll be in the company of Whoopi, Rosie and Nicolle, three very smart and engaging women that I have an immense amount of respect for, makes it even more unbelievable. The opportunity to connect with our nation's audience on a daily basis ... icing on the cake! Very happy."

Wallace has yet to release a statement but has acknowledged the good news on Twitter, thanking – among others – Joe Scarborough, Bianna Golodryga, Kasie Hunt and Thomas Roberts. »

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Pilot Spotlight: The Making of 'Red Oaks'

2 September 2014 6:02 PM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

The only thing better than a dream summer job could be making a pilot about a dream summer job – especially if it takes place at a Jersey country club in the 80s.  

If you’re nostalgic for the comedies of yesteryear, you might like the Steven Soderbergh-produced pilot for Red Oaks. As the New York Times describes it, “It’s as if the spirits of John Hughes, Harold Ramis and the young Richard Linklater had all gotten together to consult.” 

Get a look behind-the-scenes of this coming-of-age comedy and see how director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) went about “rebelling against the expectations of TV” and capturing characters “at the eccentric, awkward points in their lives.”

Then don’t forget to watch, rate and review the Red Oaks pilot here.

And stay tuned to Hollywonk as we offer up an inside look at each of the Amazon Original pilots over the next three weeks. »

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Venice 2014: 'Manglehorn' review

30 August 2014 3:19 PM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆David Gordon Green has to have one of the most eclectic directorial résumés of recent times. From stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and Your Highness (2011) to his work on hit TV show Eastbound & Down and striking debut George Washington (2000), Green has graduated into spiky character studies of Americans leading lives of quiet and not so quiet desperation. Last year he was on the Lido with Joe (2013), a marvellously gritty Southern noir which teased out one of Nicolas Cage's best performances in years. This year, Green returns in competition with Manglehorn (2014). Al Pacino plays the title character, A.J. Manglehorn, a seasoned locksmith by profession and a serious man.

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- CineVue UK

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'Red Oaks' needs to sharpen its '80s story

30 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Red Oaks, one of the new Amazon Studios pilots now available to watch, is executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, but it’s certainly nothing like his current airing television project, the dark early-20th-century medical drama The Knick. Though Red Oaks could sound like a similarly bloody affair, Soderbergh’s never been one to stick to a genre, and the show is a small scale comedy named for a country club in New Jersey where the hero, David, gets a gig as a tennis pro one summer in the ’80s. There’s potential within Red Oaks if Amazon does decide »

- Esther Zuckerman

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Venice Film Review: ‘Manglehorn’

30 August 2014 5:52 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When you want subtle and nuanced, Al Pacino isn’t the guy you call. , focused on the kind of eccentric rural Southern character you might expect to encounter in one of Errol Morris’ early documentaries, or among the weathered, life-worn faces who add authenticity as cutaways in one of director David Gordon Green’s own indie features. Personality-wise, this pic feels as scruffy and disheveled as its subject, benefiting from Pacino’s name enough to attract a higher-profile release than a character actor would have in the same part.

Some folks live in the present, and some folks live in the past. That’s equally true of critics, many of whom cling to the memory of Green’s early work — quiet, evocative studies of real, unpretentious souls — despite the studio-comedy career he’s had since “Pineapple Express.” Small-town Texas locksmith A.J. Manglehorn (Pacino) also lives in the past, hung »

- Peter Debruge

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Venice Reviews: Al Pacino Achieves Late-Career Greatness in ‘Manglehorn'; Bogdanovich and Levinson, Not So Much

30 August 2014 3:04 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Probably the only director of this generation who's ever going to be produced by both Terence Malick and Judd Apatow, David Gordon Green has proven time and again that he doesn't need much plot to tell a riveting story. From the kids of “George Washington” to the stoners of “Pineapple Express” to the highway workers of “Prince Avalanche,” Green allows his characters to come alive through subtle revelation and interaction, creating indelible portraits of seemingly run-of-the-mill folks. His powers serve him well in “Manglehorn,” a film that offers Al Pacino in what will be remembered among his finest latter-career performances. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Bill Hader’s List of 200 Essential Comedies Everyone Should See

28 August 2014 3:38 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Bill Hader has come a long way since his stint on Saturday Night Live, creating many popular characters and impersonations such as Stefon, Vincent Price and CNN’s Jack Cafferty. He is one of the highlights in such films as Adventureland, Knocked Up, Superbad and Pineapple Express, and so it is easy to see why author Mike Sacks interviewed him for his new book Poking A Dead Frog. In it, Hader talks about his career and he also lists 200 essential movies every comedy writer should see. Xo Jane recently published the list for those of us who haven’t had a chance to read the book yet. There are a ton of great recommendations and plenty I haven’t yet seen, but sadly my favourite comedy of all time isn’t mentioned. That would be Some Like It Hot. Still, it really is a great list with a mix of old and new. »

- Ricky

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Amazon's new test pilots take flight

28 August 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

Not so long ago, reality TV promised us that anyone could be a famous singer,

or chef, or alligator wrestler, or Amish craftsman. Now it’s not enough to be onscreen talent: We want to be development execs, too.

We have that chance with Amazon presenting its third round of pilots, which can be found on Amazon Instant Video. Viewers can watch, rate, and review the five new shows, and their feedback will help the streaming site decide which pilots to pick up as original series. (Last time around it ordered six series, including Chris Carter’s The After and Jill Soloway’s Transparent. »

- Melissa Maerz

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Gordon Green To Direct Bullock In ‘Our Brand In Crisis’

24 August 2014 12:28 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green will reportedly direct Gravity actress Sandra Bullock in Our Brand In Crisis.

Based on the 2005 documentary of the same name, the story will focus on the strategies of American political campaigns and how effective they are in the deeply religious, deeply political South.

George Clooney and his business partner Grant Heslov will co-produce alongside Bullock under their Smokehouse Pictures company banner. With the film in early pre-production not much else is known about the project at this time.

Clooney and co. directed and produced fellow political drama The Ides Of March back in 2012. We imagine Our Brand In Crisis will perform along the same lines, but with Gordon Green attached who knows what will happen.

Source: Variety

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- Jazmine Sky Bradley

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What’s David Gordon Green Up to These Days? Still Hiring Mega Stars, That’s What

22 August 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Former indie auteur David Gordon Green‘s jump to the big time started off with such promise. Let’s take a little time travel trip! 2008′s Pineapple Express caught Seth Rogen and James Franco just as the weirdo lovefest that is their comedic team-up was really taking off (with Freaks & Geeks behind them and The Interview way out in the future, it was kind of the perfect opportunity to see what these two could do — which is be weird and lovable and funny with the best of them). The follow-up wasn’t quite as glorious, as 2011 marked a low point in Green’s humorous output (this is a sentiment expressed with admiration and respect, as my Dgg fandom has been well-documented in this space), with both Your Highness and The Sitter performing poorly in the domestic market and, uh, also just not being very good. Things have been looking up, however »

- Kate Erbland

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Sandra Bullock & David Gordon Green Team for 'Our Brand is Crisis'

21 August 2014 2:12 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Following big success with Gravity last year, plans for Sandra Bullock to return to Warner Bros. are solidifying as the studio has just given a greenlight the political dramedy Our Brand is Crisis. The project has been in development for years at George Clooney's Smokehouse Pictures, and Bullock began circling the project late last year during awards season. Now it seems to be coming together as Variety has learned Pineapple Express and Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green is set to direct the film based on Rachel Boynton's 2005 documentary of the same name about American political strategies used in Bolivia. The documentary followed real-life consultants James Carville and Stan Greenberg, but it sounds this film will follow fictional political consultants instead. The film is described as a satirical comedy about American spin doctors competing in the same Presidential election in the South American nation. As previously Bullock would play “Calamity” Jane Bodine, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Venice 2014: Get ready for buzzworthy 'Birdman,' Andrew Garfield and Al Pacino

21 August 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

As previously reported by my HitFix colleagues, 2014’s fall festivals represent something of a battle royale for various heavyweight Oscar hopefuls. The oldest fest in the big four, venerable Venice, is up against younger North American counterparts Toronto, Telluride and New York in the perennial fight to deliver a truly memorable Competition. Which films will be left standing once the critics have had their way with them? Contenders hoping to emerge victorious from La Biennale’s royal rumble include Alejandro González Iñárritu’s opening nighter "Birdman" starring Michael Keaton, David Gordon Green’s Al Pacino vehicle "Manglehorn" and Andrew Garfield vs Michael Shannon in Ramin Bahrani’s real estate showdown "99 Homes." As far as awards season goes, for me the big hitter to beat from Cannes is "Foxcatcher," an extraordinary and illuminating piece of filmmaking from Bennett Miller, a director I’ve not been personally persuaded by before now. In the documentary category, »

- Catherine Bray

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Kid Cudi and Juno Temple Join 'Meadowland'

18 August 2014 6:56 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Mark Feuerstein, Kevin Corrigan and Juno Temple will join the previously-announced Olivia Wilde, Luke Wilson, Elisabeth Moss, and Natasha Lyonne in Bron Studios drama Meadowland.

Meadowland will be the directorial debut of award-winning cinematographer Reed Morano from a screenplay by Chris Rossi. Morano, a member of the A.S.C. is previously known for her work on The Skeleton Twins, Kill Your Darlings, HBO's Looking and Frozen River. The film begins principal photography in New York City today, August 18th.

Meadowland is a Bron Studios production in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance. Matt Tauber and Olivia Wilde serve as producers with Bron's Aaron L. Gilbert and Margot Hand. Executive producers on the project are Jennifer Levine and Jason Cloth. Richard Hicks C.S.A. is the casting director.

In Meadowland a couple, Sarah and David, deal with the unthinkable in »

- MovieWeb

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First look at The Sound and The Fury starring James Franco and Seth Rogen

11 August 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Despite his success, and love for comedy, James Franco (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) is slowly making a name for himself as a director of book adaptation, notably the work of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulker, the latter of which is the subject of his latest film, The Sound and The Fury, adapted from the novel by the author.

In addition, and what is becoming a signature of Franco’s directorial efforts, he has called upon his plethora of famous friends, namely Seth Rogen (This Is the End), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou) and Joey King (Oz The Great and Powerful), to help him realise his latest ambitions.

Here’s the official press release, followed by some first look images…

Directed by and starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, The Sound and The Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, »

- Scott Davis

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Time to Help Choose the Next Series: 5 New Pilots Premiere August 28th

11 August 2014 10:18 AM, PDT | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

Big news today: We’re excited to announce Amazon Studios’ third pilot season, beginning August 28th and featuring three half hour comedies The Cosmopolitans, Really and Red Oaks, and two hour-long dramatic thrillers Hand of God and Hysteria.  For one month, it will be up to you to watch, rate and comment – ultimately helping us decide which of them get the greenlight.

“There is something for everyone in this season,” says Roy Price, Director of Amazon Studios.  The glamorous life of modern day expats in Paris. The hijinks of a summer job at a country club in 1980s New Jersey. The visions of a vigilante judge who appears to be channeling God.  The complexities of marriage and friendship among a circle of friends in suburban Chicago.  And the mysteries behind a psycho-physiological illness spreading through a small town in Texas. 

You can help choose which of these stories should get “picked up” to become shows. »

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