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Kanye West liked James Franco and Seth Rogen's "Bound 2" spoof a lot. So much so, in fact, that according to Mr. Franco, Yeezus wanted the bromantic duo to perform "Bound 3" the night before his wedding to Kim Kardashian! The Of Mice & Men star/social media savant revealed this flattering news on The View Tuesday, admitting laughingly that a performance from himself and his Pineapple Express co-star at Kimye's nuptials "would have been awesome for about 20 seconds, but then there would be Seth with his shirt off in front all the Kardashians!" Hey, that's nothing we haven't seen before. Let's backtrack a moment though: Just how did James and Seth even broach »
Have Kim Kardashian and Kanye West found their wedding singer? According to James Franco, possibly! The 36-year-old actor appeared on The View with his fellow Of Mice & Men cast on Tuesday, April 22, and revealed an interesting concept -- he and Pineapple Express co-star Seth Rogen may perform their "Bound 2" spoof at Kimye's wedding. It all began when Franco was asked about Kardashian and West's reaction to his hilarious spoof; to his surprise, the couple not only loved "Bound 3," but they even contemplated inviting the [...] »
Title: Joe Director: David Gordon Green Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Ronnie Gene Blevins, Gary Poulter For many directors, the independent film realm, and its more constrictive parameters of budget storytelling, are a thing to leave behind — to graduate from, as part of a move up into the “big leagues.” David Gordon Green, though, even as he has crafted Hollywood studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness” and “The Sitter,” has kept one foot planted in the indie arena, and more plaintive portraiture. “Joe,” his latest effort, is a tender, lyrical slice of underclass drama, anchored by a magnetic performance from Nicolas Cage, that also exercises a certain kind [ Read More ]
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We usually sound the Hot Mess! alarm when a celeb has totally lost their fashion mind, but in the case of Kristen Stewart this is actually a compliment. The On the Road star looks like she just crawled out of the den she shares with a dozen other stoner friends en route to cure the group's collective munchies...in 1998. We should technically applaud the costume designers on KStew's American Ultra set for creating this beautiful disaster, but "Bella" wears it very well. This slouchy combo may be a better wardrobe choice than anything out of Half-Baked, Pineapple Express, and every documentary about the Seattle music scene around the time of Nirvana! The cable knit sweater is quintessential post-college »
Today I have another series for you all, basically a spinoff of the Spotlight on the Stars series. As a quick refresher, each week I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some kind of way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend (like in many of the cases so far) or just because I feel they deserve to have a moment in the sun all their own, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. Here though, I’m going to look at more of an under the radar individual. For this week’s piece, I wanted to take a look at our first filmmaker getting this kind of treatment…David Gordon Green. Honestly, most don’t seem to know what to do with this »
- Joey Magidson
"I have a sense of humor. I'm not always this lyrical, slow-moving, Southern crybaby." If the hallmark of the film auteur is cultivating and identifying a unique style, former indie wunderkind David Gordon Green has been systematically tearing down his signature status for a few years now. Initially known for his Terrence Malick-like and atmospheric coming-of-age tales set in the South, Green quickly switched gears, moving to a succession of studio comedies (“Pineapple Express,” “Your Highness,” “The Sitter”). While the move toward broad (though absurdist) comedy baffled many, it made a lot of sense if you were paying attention to his early goals. Despite being known for films like "George Washington" and "All The Real Girls," Green had been talking up his eclectic taste and his burning desire to tackle disparate genres for years. Suffering from creative A.D.D. and thirsty for different experiences, the young filmmaker put »
- Rodrigo Perez
The 31-year-old comedian poked fun at Franco for trying to hit on a 17-year-old girl last week, reports contactmusic.com.
During the opening skit, Rogen told the audience that in order to remember everything for his hosting gig, he jotted down this past week in a diary.
Rogen said: "On Wednesday I decided to prank James Franco. I posed as a girl on Instagram, told him I was way young he seemed unfazed."
He continued: "I have a date to meet him at the Ace. »
- Shiva Prakash
When I interviewed Seth Rogen last year, I felt compelled to ask about his relationship with sticky icky. It was not a unique impulse. Several of Rogen's movies enthusiastically endorse marijuana — hell, it drove the entire plot of Pineapple Express — so it seems worthy of its own line of inquiry. Sure enough, the budding filmmaker was game to talk pot. The reality, of course, is that Seth Rogen is asked about this topic in way too many interviews, and he's probably bored out of his mind with these questions by now. But he always comes through anyway, and does his best to make the answers interesting. It was this affable good nature that shone through most in Rogen's third time hosting Saturday Night Live. Even when he was in less-than-stellar sketches, and a couple duds did indeed make the cut this week, Rogen still performed the hell out »
- Joe Berkowitz
The Seth-Rogen-likes-weed jokes will never get old, apparently. And Seth Rogen knows it.
In the third-time host’s monologue, Rogen read from a journal documenting his time at 30 Rock preparing for Saturday Night Live, including: “Just got pitched about 50 ideas about weed. Unfortunately, we can only do about 10 of them.” The Pineapple Express star milked the line, but this wasn’t the only drug-tinged joke of the night — surprise!
Though it did seem like we were going to escape the episode without an entire sketch dedicated to the munchies, Rogen’s onscreen stoner reputation prevailed. The second-to-last skit starred a »
- Ariana Bacle
Directed by: David Gordon Green
Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins
Release Date: April 11, 2014
Plot: An ex-con-turned-day-laborer-boss (Cage) takes a homeless boy (Sheridan) under his wing.
Who’S It For? Those ready for something completely different (and great) from Cage, and director David Gordon Green.
As the movie’s spirit animal, Nicolas Cage keeps the primal film charged and unpredictable. This is a performance narrowed in on his potential, unhinged and huge all at once, but marking the return of taking his drama seriously. Unmistakably, he continues to be proud of the maniac he has always been, but plays this character with a grand sense of authority.
- Nick Allen
He’s not yet 40, but director David Gordon Green has successfully juggled an interesting collection of studio comedies like “Pineapple Express,” “The Sitter” and “Your Highness” with more esoteric and independent fare like “All the Real Girls” and “Prince Avalanche.” His 10th feature film, “Joe,” is an adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel of the same name, and stars 17-year-old Tye Sheridan as Gary Jones, an impressionable kid who, desperate for some adult guidance and attention, kinds an unlikely mentor in the form of Nicolas Cage’s ex-con title character. Brent Simon, for ShockYa, recently had a chance to speak to Green one-on-one, about the film, casting and working with non-professional actors, the keys to [ Read More ]
Director David Gordon Green has collaborated with cinematographer Tim Orr since they were classmates at North Carolina School of the Arts. (Their first film was a documentary on the artificial insemination of cattle.) Orr shot Green's feature debut "George Washington" in 2000, launching both men on successful careers. Since then the pair has collaborated on "Undertow," "All the Real Girls," "Pineapple Express" and "Snow Angels," among other projects. In "Joe," about one tormented man (Nicolas Cage) who struggles to be good -- and finds redemption in a paternal relationship with a troubled teenager (Tye Sheridan). We recently caught up with Orr to talk about his collaboration with Green and how he managed to find glimmers of beauty in the darkness of "Joe." How did you get your start in the business? David Gordon Green and I went to school together and we were in the same class, but we didn't work together that much in school. »
- Paula Bernstein
After spending a few years in the studio system with comedies like "Pineapple Express" and "Your Highness," David Gordon Green is firmly back in the indie world with the one-two punch of last year's "Prince Avalanche" and the newly released Nicolas Cage-starring "Joe." As the new film opens in select theaters this weekend, a video from The New York Times has arrived online, with Green breaking down one of the film's scenes. Running just over a minute-and-a-half, Green provides a short commentary on one of the film's earliest scenes where Tye Sheridan first runs into Cage's character as he works in the woods. It's great little taste of what the film has to offer without spoiling what comes after and illuminates some of Green's methods, namely using non-traditional actors alongside Cage and Sheridan. Watch the scene with Green's commentary below. "Joe" is now open in limited release. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Nicolas Cage gives one of his best, most deeply-felt performances as the title character in Joe, the latest film from the versatile (and unpredictable) filmmaker David Gordon Green, whose credits range from the understated George Washington to the combustible Pineapple Express. This low-key effort has more in common with his elliptical indie Prince Avalanche, though it’s much more concrete and significantly more harsh. The setting is rural Texas, where Joe supervises a crew of hard-working men who spend all day poisoning trees, using axes that inject a toxic liquid into the trunks. That’s not the only thing about Joe’s life that’s toxic: drunk or sober, he can barely control his...
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- Leonard Maltin
Since George Washington hit the scene in 2000, director David Gordon Green has impressed me again and again. Whether tackling a big studio comedy like Pineapple Express, an intimate drama like Snow Angels, or outrageous characters like Kenny Powers on HBO’s Eastbound & Down, Green has repeatedly shown he’s a gifted filmmaker that can handle any subject. In his film, Joe, he tackles the story of an ex-con (Nicolas Cage) who becomes a role model to 15-year-old Gary Jones (Tye Sheridan), the oldest child of a homeless family led by a drunk father. Loaded with fantastic performances (including some incredible work by non-professional actors), Joe really impressed me. For more on the film, read Matt's review or watch the trailer. With the film getting released in theaters and VOD tomorrow, a few days ago I landed an exclusive video interview with Nicolas Cage. He talked about working with non-actors, collaborating with David Gordon Green, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
This story of a surly ex-con whose encounter with an almost-teenage version of himself is a return to more modest roots for men in front of and behind the camera in this new release. The star of Joe (in case you’re wondering, this is not a remake of the 1970 urban revenge thriller that starred Peter Boyle as the title character) is Nicolas Cage, who has often become an internet punchline (“Is he a vampire?” and endless “maniac, freak-out” montages) recently. After establishing himself as an off-beat character actor through the 1980′s , he won an Oscar as a boozing writer on a march toward death in Leaving Las Vegas. This lead to a series of big-budget action films with only an occasional foray into the unusual (Adaptation, Matchstick Men). He even entered the Marvel movie universe, starring in two Ghost Rider flicks. But with this new role, he’s squarely »
- Jim Batts
While he stated early on that the eclectic careers of Danny Boyle, Steven Soderbergh and Gus Van Sant were the ones he strove to emulate, the career of David Gordon Green has nevertheless puzzled those who expected him to follow a singular track. Perhaps because he was touted as the heir apparent to Terrence Malick in his early indie filmmaking days, a preconception was formed, and much has been made about Green's "about face" turn toward studio comedies (three in a row: "Pineapple Express," "Your Highness" and "The Sitter"). Perhaps settling into a pattern audiences and pundits alike are more comfortable with, Green has returned to his roots and quickly knocked out a succession of indie films. The latest is "Joe" a dark drama, but one that continues to defy genre and expectation. Starring Nicolas Cage and Tye Sheridan, "Joe" centers on a tormented soul (Cage) grappling with the demons »
- Rodrigo Perez
It's been 5 million years since humanity hauled itself from the swamp, and according to Joe director David Gordon Green, we're devolving back into muck. While the stoners of Green's Pineapple Express regressed from men to boys after a few puffs of weed, this grimly beautiful drama starring Nicholas Cage makes mankind's progress feel even hazier and more hopeless, as though we may as well grab our weapons and retreat to our caves.
Our setting is rural Texas, that stretch where there's nothing but scrub brush and wasted space. The resources that matter — money and respect — are so scarce that men fight each other for a larger share. (Women, at least, are plentiful. This hard land has ground down their hope, making them desperate and cheap.) For extra »
Over the course of his career, James Franco has garnered a number of fans for his work in front of the camera, in films such as Pineapple Express, 127 Hours, and Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy. However, Franco has also been active behind the scenes, working on writing and directing projects. Fans of the performer were thus interested to hear that one of his books would soon be getting a big screen treatment, with his involvement in front of the camera. Titled Palo Alto, the book is adapted for the big screen by Gia Coppola, who also takes on directing duties. Starring alongside Franco is Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, and Chris Messina, and a new trailer for the film has now been released. The trailer can be seen below.
(Source: First Showing)
- Deepayan Sengupta
The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
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