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Howdy ladies and gentleman For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go ahead and take a look at a rather unique A-lister. Someone who vacillates between humongous Hollywood blockbusters and odd little independent films, always doing his own thing. The A-lister in question? None other than James Franco. He’s many things to many people, but he’s unquestionably a star. He’s given a few incredibly good performances, but he’s never a boring actor to watch. He’s easily one of Tinseltown’s most interesting actors to follow. Almost constantly engaging in some form of art, Franco is at his core, just that…an artist. He may be a bit of a weirdo to some, but he’s an A-lister regardless and deserves this tribute. Franco wasn’t always considered a “weird” star. He got his start basically as a heartthrob. He first came on to »
- Joey Magidson
James Franco stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his recently wrapped performance in the Broadway run for Of Mice and Men — which became a midsummer hit and earned more than a million dollars at the box office last week. The guys played a lightning-fast game called Five-Second Summaries, in which they had just a few seconds to summarize the plots to various movies and make each other guess the titles. After dropping a few F bombs and changing the rules about five times, Franco finally got into the swing of things. Fallon’s one-word clue to the actor about Pineapple Express — Franco’s beloved stoner comedy with Seth Rogen — is pretty great. Play along with Franco and Fallon, below. [via Vulture...
- Alison Nastasi
James Franco stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his recently wrapped performance in the Broadway run for Of Mice and Men — which became a midsummer hit and earned more than a million dollars at the box office last week. The guys played a lightning-fast game called 5-Second Summaries, in which they had just a few seconds to summarize the plots to various movies and make each other guess the titles. After dropping a few F bombs and changing the rules about five times, Franco finally got into the swing of things. Fallon’s one-word clue to the actor about Pineapple Express — Franco’s beloved stoner comedy with Seth Rogen — is pretty great. Play along with Franco and Fallon, below. [via Vulture]
- Alison Nastasi
The Killing was an American remake from AMC based on the nordic noir show popularised over here by showings on BBC 4. The Us version moved things to Seattle where it rained constantly and revolved around the murder of Rosie Larson. Unfairly compared to Twin Peaks when it debuted, it was nonetheless something of a hit on Channel 4 for at least two seasons. I lost track of it around the mid-point of season two, not because I didn’t like it, I enjoyed it lots despite its grimness but it became impossible to keep up with the weekly scheduled showings and 4Od was, and still is not very good. From what I hear season two wrapped up the murder of Larson and season three moved on to a new mystery which was just as gripping.
The reason I mention this anyway is that like Arrested Development, Netflix has picked up »
- Chris Holt
James Franco dropped by The Tonight Show to brush up on his movie knowledge — and things got heated. In the new game "5-Second Summaries," Franco and Jimmy Fallon had only five seconds (or less) to explain the plot of any given film. Even before they began, Franco was noticeably — albeit jokingly — upset. It proved to be a much tougher game than the two had envisioned, with them struggling to sufficiently describe American Pie, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and even Franco's very own feature film, Pineapple Express. When Franco is forced to explain Cast
- Philiana Ng
While his brother Dave was cruising for Tinder meet-ups in a brown van with Conan, James Franco settled for a slightly more low-key talk-show activity, joining Jimmy Fallon in a game called Five-Second Summaries (a.k.a. Catchphrase with movie titles). And frankly, for someone who has been in a lot of movies, James Franco is pretty bad at guessing movie titles. He only barely got Pineapple Express, and he was in that one. »
- Anna Silman
David Gordon Green is that rarest of directors - unpredictable and eclectic. He's directed gripping art-house dramas like his debut George Washington (2000), stoner comedies like Pineapple Express (2008) and the historical spoof Your Highness (2011) - which America's Salon Magazine somewhat hastily suggested might be the worst film ever made. In time, the latter may be remembered as a poor film made by one of America's true talents, a director who was once compared to Terrence Malick - who now seems to be inspiring others (see the films of Jeff Nichols and David Lowery). Wanting a change from broad comedy, he made the low-key but well-liked Prince Avalanche (2013) under the radar but now returns to his early form with Joe (2013), a Southern noir set in deepest darkest Mississippi.
- CineVue UK
Backstage had some great opportunities this week! Here are some varying auditions and gigs that could be a great fit for all different kinds of Backstage readers. “The Book Of Mormon”Written by “South Park” writers Matt Stone and Trey Parker, and directed by Broadway director Casey Nicholaw (“Aladdin”), this award-winning musical is on a national tour! This Equity gig is seeking future principal replacements, seven total, for the running shows. Auditions are Aug. 5 in NYC. “Peter Paul And Mary Alive”Calling all singers: This musical group is looking for a baritone singer who’s a great guitarist to sing the part of Paul Stookey. Rehearsals take place in the Thousand Oaks/Los Angeles, Calif. area. “Pineapple Express”Student films are good place to get your feet wet if you’re wanting to jump into the film/indie film scene. This Nyu film is casting two leads for an adaptation »
★★★★☆From the same director who brought us such eclectic offerings as George Washington (2000) and stoner comedy Pineapple Express (2008), David Gordon Green's rural noir Joe (2013) - based on Larry Brown's grit-lit novel - stars Nicolas Cage as Joe Ransom, a man who, in the words of Johnny Cash, "Won't back down". Joe leads a work crew clearing trees so the land can be cultivated, and spends his evenings slumped on his sofa, at local dice games or at the whorehouse. Along the way he befriends Gary (Tye Sheridan, previously seen in The Tree of Life and Jeff Nichols' Mud), a homeless stray who washes up at a derelict house with his sister, mother and abusive father, Wade (Gary Poulter).
- CineVue UK
While David Gordon Green may be more at home in brutal and outrageous comedies such as Pineapple Express, it’s clear that this indie director has no issue with experimenting in his career. After another outing at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, his latest film Joe marks an interesting change in pace with a rejuvenated Nicolas Cage starring in the title role. We chat with the man from Little Rock on working with Cage and more.
Your latest film, Joe, played at the Edinburgh Film Festival as did your first film [George Washington] with both receiving very positive responses. So would you say Eiff has been somewhat of a lucky charm for you?
Yeah, I’ve always had a great experience there. I was trying to get there this year but I wasn’t able to because of my schedule. I remember being at the festival a few years ago when I »
- Thomas Alexander
Every now and then, between schlocky action thrillers, Nicolas Cage applies the brakes and says enough with the deadpan wisecracks, the schizoid twitching and the mad shark-toothed grin; it's time to do something interesting. Playing a guy called Joe mightn't sound like edge-of-your-seat stuff - indeed, the name implies distinct averageness - but it's the way Cage contains all that fiery energy that makes him a riveting presence in this slow-burning drama.
Throughout, there's a powerful feeling that something hot and sticky is about to hit the fan in the small Southern town where Joe works hard and plays hard - deforesting the landscape by day, drinking and getting his rocks off at the local whorehouse by night. Eco-minded New Age types may find it »
Anyone who still thinks jocks and artists don't mix has yet to be acquainted with Mr. Chadwick Boseman. After playing Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and a fictional football star in this year's Draft Day, the young actor seems poised to nail the role of James Brown in Get on Up, the forthcoming biopic that counts Mick Jagger as a producer.
100 Greatest Artists of All Time: James Brown
After teasing his outlining process last week, Preacher co-creator Seth Rogen released a new photo from his cork board, which includes a song that will be familiar to fans of Garth Ennis' original comic book.
Writing day: pic.twitter.com/qR5VVb7NMK
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) July 15, 2014
Last week's photo revealed that Genesis, the supernatural deity who possesses Texas preacher Jesse Custer, will be seen right away in the teaser. In the comic, Genesis takes hold of Custer during one of his sermons, which set him on a journey to literally find God, who has abandoned his post in Heaven. Jesse is joined on this journey by his ex-girlfriend and an unorthodox vampire, as they are hunted by the Saint of Killers. »
The story of Harry and Sally is fine and all, but there are better couples in Rob Reiner‘s 1989 rom-com classic. And I’m not talking about Bruno Kirby and Carrie Fisher, either. For the 25th anniversary of When Harry Met Sally, I’d like to shine a light on the characters only credited as “documentary couples.” These seven pairs of adorable elderly folk are based on true stories, each one said to have been plucked from real people by screenwriter Nora Ephron. But we don’t know anything more about any of them. The actual couples don’t appear in the film but instead are portrayed by actors. Wonderful, old actors. Some of whom are still alive! Before we get to know each of these actors, let’s watch their appearances in Whms and once again enjoy the tales of fated spouses. “Arthur, you see that girl? I’m going to marry her.” The »
- Christopher Campbell
The '80s are coming back, sorta, with the help of Oscar-winning director Steven Soderbergh and "Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey. The iconic '80s star is joining Paul Reiser, Craig Roberts, Richard Kind and Oliver Cooper in "Red Oaks," a new Amazon pilot that will be programmed as part of the nascent streaming service's third pilot season. Helming the first episode will be filmmaker David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express," "Eastbound & Down"), who's set to direct from a script by Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick") and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). “Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of 'Behind the Candelabra' and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately,” said executive-producer Soderbergh in a statement. “Then, while we were on the set of 'The Knick' he gave me the script he wrote with Joe Gangemi and I said, »
- Chris Eggertsen
The field for Amazon Video's third pilot competition has been set. The final entrant announced by the burgeoning web video platform is Red Oaks, a comedy produced by Hollywood heavyweight Steven Soderbergh and directed by Pineapple Express helmsman David Gordon Green. Red Oaks will star Craig Roberts as a tennis-playing country club employee who is at a crossroads in his life. The series boasts an impressive supporting cast, with both Paul Reiser and Richard Kind set to appear. Writer Greg Jacobs is a frequent Soderbergh collaborator who most recently teamed up with the director for Behind the Candelabra. "Greg Jacobs told me this idea on the set of Behind the Candelabra and I told him it was great and that he should start working on it immediately," said Soderbergh in a press release. "Then, while we were on the set of The Knick he gave me the script he wrote »
- Sam Gutelle
Paul Reiser ("Aliens"), Richard Kind ("Luck"), Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") and Oliver Cooper ("Californication") also star. The project will be one of several pilots that make up Amazon's third pilot season.
Customers will watch and give feedback on it - after that it will be determined whether to pick it up to series. Other pilots it will compete with include the Whit Stillman-produced "The Cosmopolitans," Marc Forster-produced "Hand of God," the Shaun Cassidy-produced "Hysteria," and the Sarah Chalke comedy"Really."
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Amazon Studios has announced the cast for "Red Oaks," the Steven Soderbergh-produced comedy set to join the company's third pilot round later this year. Craig Roberts ("Submarine") will star as David Myers, a college student who works as an assistant tennis pro at the Red Oaks Country Club in New Jersey in 1985. Starring alongside Roberts are Paul Reiser, Richard King, Jennifer Grey and Oliver Cooper. David Gordon Green ("Pineapple Express") will direct the pilot, which is written by longtime Soderbergh producer Gregory Jacobs ("The Knick" is coming this month on Cinemax August 8) and Joe Gangemi ("Eliza Graves"). All three will executive produce on the project, along with Soderbergh. Jacobs pitched Soderbergh the idea for "Red Oaks" on the set of HBO's "Behind the Candelabra" and later shared the pilot script with the director while they were working on "The Knick." Although »
- Jacob Combs
Clearly, “retirement” means something else in Soderberghland.
Though the Academy Award-winning director has stuck to his promise to stop directing feature films since 2012 (when he shot Behind the Candelabra), Soderbergh has hardly stopped making art in the intervening years. Recent projects include directing Cinemax’s 10-episode period drama The Knick (premiering this summer), helming an Off-Broadway play starring Chloe Grace Moretz, editing together a mashup of Hitchcock’s Psycho and Gus Van Sant’s Psycho, executive producing a TV series based on his 2009 indie film The Girlfriend Experience for Starz—and, now, overseeing another TV show, this time for Amazon. »
- Hillary Busis
According to Film Music Reporter, Fox's Batman prequel series has found a composer in Graeme Revell. Having previously collaborated with the pilot's director and executive producer Danny Cannon on the first season of CSI: Miami, Revell has also worked on the likes of Daredevil, Pitch Black/Chronicles of Riddick, Pineapple Express, From Dusk Till Dawn and Sin City. Before there was Batman, there was Gotham. Everyone knows the name Commissioner Gordon. He is one of the crime world’s greatest foes, a man whose reputation is synonymous with law and order. But what is known of Gordon’s story and his rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner? What did it take to navigate the multiple layers of corruption that secretly ruled Gotham City, the spawning ground of the world’s most iconic villains? And what circumstances created them – the larger-than-life personas who would become Catwoman, The Penguin, The Riddler, »
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