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Actress Jane Lynch will host Monday night’s Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality, featuring performances by multiple-Grammy award winners Sting and Patti LuPone, to support the advancement of rights for the worldwide Lgbt community.
The concert, which takes place at New York City’s Gershwin Theatre, is written by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk), directed by Schele Williams, musically directed by Alex Lacamoire, produced by Jayson Raitt, and executive-produced by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) and Bruce Cohen (Silver Linings Playbooks).
- Carolyn Todd
Today we have the first photo from "The Sea of Trees" drama, starring Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Check it out below. Plot: Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as The Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife (Watts). The new movie is directed by Gus Van Sant (Milk, Good Will Hunting). A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
In the film, McConaughey plays Arthur Brennan, who treks into Aokigahara -- known as "The Sea of Trees" -- a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan's Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Thinking he’s found the perfect place to die, he encounters Takumi Nakamura (Ken Watanabe), a Japanese man who has also lost his way. The two men begin a journey of reflection and survival, which affirms Arthur's will to live and reconnects him to his love with his wife Joan (Naomi Watts).
McConaughey has previously talked about the intensity of the new film, telling Entertainment Weekly, "I say another title for this film is 'You've got to go through annihilation to get to salvation »
His sixth book won’t hit bookshelves until Sept. 23, but Variety took an early peek to pick out some of the most notable snippets in the collection of stories, photos and poems, which is broken up into three parts, along with an introduction.
There’s a section titled “Sprang Brake,” in which Franco seems to channel his “Spring Breakers” character Alien. There are no fewer than four different poems about Sean Penn. There’s some inside information on what went down before the Oscars that he hosted with Anne Hathaway. And there’s a lot of Lindsay Lohan.
The entire volume clocks in at 174 pages, so there’s plenty more than what’s featured here, including bits about Franco’s life and childhood.
Warning: Some Nsfw language and content below. »
- Alex Stedman
[Press Release] (New York, NY – September 4, 2014) Executive Producers Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin) and Bruce Cohen (American Beauty, Milk, Silver Linings Playbook) are proud to announce that Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch (Glee) will host Uprising of Love: A Benefit Concert for Global Equality on Monday, September 15th at Broadway’s Gershwin Theatre (222 West 51st Street). Also joining the lineup for the evening is the cast of Broadway’s Wicked, the cast of the Tony Award winning Broadway musical Once, and the cast of I Am Harvey Milk. They join the previously announced roster of appearances and performances by 16-time Grammy Award-winner Sting,two-time Tony Award and two-time Grammy Award-winner Patti LuPone, Tony Award winner Billy Porter (Kinky Boots), country »
- Pietro Filipponi
Exclusive: Producer and director Madeleine Sackler (The Lottery, Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus) and actor and director Boyd Holbrook (Gone Girl, Little Accidents, Behind the Candelabra) have teamed to launch their own development and production company, Madbrook Films. The New York City-based shingle will produce passion projects from both partners as well as other writers and directors, starting with the short film Peacock Killer.
Adapted from Sam Shepard’s story of the same name, Peacock Killer marks Holbrook’s debut as a writer and director. The film stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Shea Whigham and True Grit‘s Elizabeth Marvel in the tale of reconciliation between a man and his dog after a peacock comes between them. Holbrook filmed the project this winter in upstate New York and was completed with the help of a successful Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign, which raised over $17,000 for the project.
Madbrook is also developing Uncle Sam, »
- Jen Yamato
Lev Grossman’s urban fantasy novel The Magicians has been slowly making its way to the small screen since the book’s 2009 publication, and since Syfy became involved last month, work on the pilot episode of a Magicians series has accelerated. Now, we’re hearing that the network has tapped Another Earth director Mike Cahill to helm the show’s first installment.
Cahill’s past projects make him an intriguing and promising choice for The Magicians. His 2011 film Another Earth was a thought-provoking sci-fi story filled with real human emotion, and his follow-up I, Origins, which arrived earlier this year, worked to cement Cahill’s status as a talented director to watch.
“We were impressed with Mike’s feature work and his passion for this material. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The Magicians TV show is finally taking shape. Just after the third and final book in author Lev Grossman’s phenomenal The Magicians trilogy debuted atop the New York Times Bestseller list, THR reports that Another Earth and I Origins filmmaker Mike Cahill has been tapped to helm the pilot for Syfy’s TV series adaptation. Crudely described as “Harry Potter for adults”, the books revolve around a group of twentysomethings who, after graduating from a secret magician school hidden away in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses a grave danger. The books—The Magicians, The Magician King, and The Magician’s Land—are tremendous, and essentially tackle the premise with a realistic “what would really happen” bent, delving deep into issues of depression, loss, love, and friendship. Seriously, I cannot recommend them highly enough. Hit the jump for »
- Adam Chitwood
Syfy is looking to the film world to set the tone for its adaptation of The Magicians. The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has tapped Another Earth's Mike Cahill to direct the pilot for its adaptation of Lev Grossman's best-selling book series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The Magicians, from Universal Cable Productions, centers on two 20-somethings who, while studying magic in New York, discover that the magical fantasy world they read about as kids is real and poses grave danger to humanity. John McNamara (Prime Suspect) and Sera Gamble (Supernatural) will pen the script, with Michael London (Milk)
- Lesley Goldberg
• Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Abbie Cornish, and Andy Garcia are currently in negotiations to join the sci-fi adventure film Geostorm. Gerard Butler has already been tapped to star as a stubborn satellite designer who must work with his estranged brother to save the world after climate-controlling satellites malfunction. (There’s also a plot to assassinate the president for good measure.) Sturgess is in talks to play Butler’s brother with Cornish as Sturgess’ girlfriend, a Secret Service agent. Harris and Garcia would play the secretary of state and president, respectively. Dean Devlin, who co-wrote the script to Independence Day, will »
- Jake Perlman
The Brothers Hawkins have arrived on the scene with a loud bang that could be seen as an ode to a favourite weapon of choice in the crime genre. Now as their feature directorial debut, We Gotta Get Out of This Place, makes its way into UK cinemas, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to lightly interrogate the filmmaking duo, as they shared with us their thoughts on the creative process and the first film in their directorial canon.
Why a career in filmmaking? Was there that one inspirational moment?
Zeke Hawkins: We grew up at the movies. Whilst our parents were trying to deal with having two boys, we would go to the cinema four times a week throughout our childhood. So we have always loved movies. In terms of a seminal moment, I remember when I was eighteen and I first saw Steven Soderbegh’s Out of Sight. It »
- Paul Risker
The Milk star posted a picture on Instagram from the film, in which he will play Michael Glatze.
Franco can be seen sporting a newly bleached blonde haircut in the photograph.
Glatze was an outspoken Lgbt activist in San Francisco. Following a health scare, the co-founder of Young Gay America magazine converted to Christianity and renounced his homosexuality.
The film is based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's New York Times article 'My Ex-Gay Friend'.
Justin Kelly is directing Michael, with Van Sant serving as executive producer. »
If we can say anything about James Franco, it's that he knows how to promote his smaller projects with aplomb. He posted a few snaps of his new blonde hairdo to Instagram, and instantly the Internet is abuzz with news about his role in the new movie "Michael." The award-winning Gus Van Sant is an executive producer on the project, which is about a gay journalist named Michael Glatze who becomes an "ex-gay" pastor. In the movie, Michael quits the magazine he co-founded, "Young Gay America," breaks up with his boyfriend (played by Zachary Quinto), and marries a woman (Emma Roberts).
Although Van Sant is "only" the executive producer, having his name attached is no small deal. He's directed numerous influential movies with award-winning performances, including "My Own Private Idaho," "Good Will Hunting," and "Milk," so if even one of Franco's social media fans takes it upon themselves to investigate his work, »
- Jenni Miller
Following a first look at James Franco's forthcoming film The Sound and the Fury, a period drama that also stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride and is premiering at the Venice Film Festival, we have a look at one of the actor's forthcoming starring roles currently in production. After going gay with a pivotal role in Milk previously, this time director Gus Van Sant is producing Michael, a drama which will see Franco playing Michael Glatze, a San Francisco gay activist who somehow evolved himself into an ex-gay Christian fundamentalist, as chronicled in the New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis back in 2011. Now we have a first look photo from the set showing Franco at work, filming a scene. Look! Here's James Franco in Justin Kelly's Michael from the actor's Instagram page: Michael is directed by freshman filmmaker Justin Kelly who co-wrote the script »
- Ethan Anderton
Broadway star Joanna Christie will play one of the female leads on Netflix's new drug cartel drama “Narcos,” TheWrap has learned. Christie is joining a cast led by Wagner Moura who will play infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, with Boyd Holbrook (“Milk”) and “Game of Thrones” alum Pedro Pascal playing DEA agents trying to take him down. Also read: Brooklyn Decker, Ethan Embry Join Netflix's ‘Grace & Frankie’ Christie has lined up the role of Connie, a nurse and the wife to Holbrook's character Steve Murphy. The series was written by Chris Brancato and will be directed by Jose Padilha. Netflix has ordered. »
- Linda Ge
Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) has begun principal photography on Sea Of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight of Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water For Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
Arthur Brennan (McConaughey) treks into Aokigahara, known as the Sea of Trees, a mysterious dense forest at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji where people go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to die, »
- Michelle McCue
The name Craig Roberts has been high on the list of promising film talent ever since he took the screen by storm in Richard Ayoade’s film, Submarine, in 2010. That role brought with it well-deserved recognition, and a slew of varied offers, including The Double, Bad Neighbors and 22 Jump Street. Now, Roberts is turning all that good will into tangible opportunities behind the camera, by beginning pre-production on his own directorial debut at the tender age of just 23 – Just Jim.
Written by Roberts himself, Just Jim features the lead character realizing that he will be considered part of the socially acceptable group of teenagers, if he can successfully negotiate with his handsome and mysterious American neighbour. While Roberts is expected to play the lead, Emile Hirsch has been cast in the role of his neighbour. The cast is rounded out by Aneirin Hughes (Young Dracula), Nia Roberts (Doctor Who), Richard Harrington »
- Sarah Myles
"The McConaissance" continues as Gus Van Sant’s new project Sea of Trees starts shooting today. As you may have guessed, the film stars Matthew McConaughey as well as Ken Watanabe and Naomi Watts. Penned by Chris Sparling, the story follows a man who enters the “Suicidal Forest” at Mount Fuji with the intention of taking his own life. When he is interrupted by a Japanese man who is having second thoughts about his own suicide, the two “begin a journey of reflection and survival.” This sounds exactly like the kind of film I feel Van Sant should be doing and it makes me glad that 50 Shades of Grey dalliance ended for him when it did. Hit the jump for the full press release on Sea of Trees starting up. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and Japan with no release date set as-of-yet. Here’s the press release: Bloom, »
- Evan Dickson
Bloom, Waypoint Entertainment and Netter Productions announced that two-time Oscar nominated director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) began principal photography on Sea of Trees. The film stars Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club, Interstellar, Mud, The Wolf of Wall Street), Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe (Inception, Memoirs of a Geisha, The Last Samurai) and two-time Oscar nominee Naomi Watts (The Impossible, 21 Grams, King Kong, Mulholland Dr.). Two-time Academy Award nominated producer Gil Netter (Life of Pi, The Blind Side), Ken Kao (Rampart, Knight f Cups, Silence) and Kevin Halloran (Million Dollar Arm, Parental Guidance, Water for Elephants) are producing, based on the Black List script by Chris Sparling (Buried). F. Gary Gray, Brian Dobbins and Allen Fischer are also producers. The film will shoot on location in Massachusetts and in Japan.
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
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