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James Franco Buys The Rights To Chuck Palahniuk’s Rant

12 September 2014 8:20 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Not content with making movies out of the books of William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, James Franco apparently has plans to expand his repertoire to include the work of Chuck Palahniuk, as reports have surfaced that Franco just purchased the rights to Palahniuk’s novel Rant.

For those are not Palahniuk-philes, Rant tells the story of Buster “Rant” Casey, a high school rebel who leaves his small town to journey to the big city and become the leader of an “urban demolition derby” known as Party Crashing. Following his violent death, Rant’s friends collect information needed to tell an oral history of his life as “the most efficient serial killer of our time.”

Well, that does sound like good fodder for a film. It’s unclear whether Franco will be directing, producing, or merely starring in the film version of Rant, though personally I hope for the latter. Franco »

- Lauren Humphries-Brooks

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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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James Franco Will Be Adapting Chuck Palahniuk's 2008 Novel 'Rant'

11 September 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Franco and Palahniuk? Quite an interesting combination. We've been covering news about adaptations of Chuck Palahniuk novels for many years, not to mention anything related to Fight Club. Many projects come and go, some make it into production (like Choke with Sam Rockwell a few years ago), and others stay stuck in development forever. The latest adaptation coming together is of his 2008 novel Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey, about a high school rebel who starts an "urban demolition derby". So who is adapting it? None other than actor/filmmaker James Franco, apparently set to direct following adapting Cormac McCarthy's Child of God. I'm not sure if he's a good fit, but if this actually happens, I say bring it on. Here's the full quote from Chuck Palahniuk himself that Lit Reactor posted as their scoop. Palahniuk says: "As of last night we've finalized a deal for »

- Alex Billington

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James Franco to Adapt Chuck Palahniuk Serial Killer Novel 'Rant'

11 September 2014 3:33 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

An associate of author Chuck Palahniuk (Fight Club) reached out to LitReactor today to announce that actor/filmmaker James Franco has optioned the rights to his 2007 novel Rant. Here's what the author's unspecified contact had to say below, revealing that casting news and a release date will be announced at a later date.

"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."

No studio is attached at this time, and it isn't known if James Franco plans on writing the adaptation himself, or if he will direct and star as well. Only two of Chuck Palahniuk's novels have been adapted for the big screen, »

- MovieWeb

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James Franco Optioned ‘Fight Club’ Author Chuck Palahniuk’s Book ‘Rant’

11 September 2014 2:58 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Chuck Palahniuk is one of those authors who is fortunate enough  to sell the rights to seemingly every book he’s ever written. In some cases, like with Fight Club, that works out. In other cases, the resulting film may be less successful (say, maybe, Choke) and most of the time, the films simply never come […]

The post James Franco Optioned ‘Fight Club’ Author Chuck Palahniuk’s Book ‘Rant’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Germain Lussier

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James Franco To Adapt Palahniuk's "Rant"

11 September 2014 2:55 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

He's tackled adaptations of works by William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy, and is currently shooting a film based on Steve Erickson's "Zeroville".

Now, the tireless James Franco appears to be lining up another directorial effort based on a literary work. Litreactor reports that Franco has scored the rights to "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk's "Rant".

It's still very early as so it's not clear in what capacity Franco will be involved in terms of either directing, producing or acting, or more likely a combination of at least two of the three.

The book itself is set in a dystopian future and follows a small town high school rebel who becomes aroused by exposure to animal toxins. After he moves to the city, he becomes the leader of a covert urban demolition derby team. He also starts a nationwide rabies epidemic that becomes a full zombie-style apocalypse.

This would »

- Garth Franklin

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James Franco Takes Rights to Palahniuk's 'Rant'

11 September 2014 2:54 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

James Franco has previously discussed the possibility of directing Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" and while that has yet to come together, Franco has turned his eye to another loved modern author, Chuck Palahniuk, with the novelist himself reporting to Litreactor that Franco has acquired the rights to his 2007 novel "Rant": 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. samz asin="B00199B2YO" size="small"To this date only Palahniuk's "Fight Club" and "Choke" have made it to the big screen and while there is clearly a lot more information yet to come, it sounds like this may actually happen. There is no word, »

- Brad Brevet

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Exclusive Trust Me Clip Goes Behind the Scenes With Sam Rockwell’s Sleazy Character

26 August 2014 8:04 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Trust Me, director Clark Gregg’s first effort behind the camera since Choke, hits DVD today.  Gregg also wrote and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It's the aforementioned nemesis that this clip focusses on, going behind the scenes for a look at Rockwell and having some fun with his sleazy character. Hit the jump to watch the Trust Me clip (you can also check out the trailer here).  The film also stars Amanda PeetAllison JanneyWilliam H. MacyMolly Shannon, and Niecy Nash.  Trust Me is now available on DVD. For more on Trust Me, watch our exclusive video interview with Clark Gregg. ComplexEmbed.Application.initialize({cId: »

- Evan Dickson

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Wamg’s Favorite Films of 2014… So Far

4 August 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Between January and August of 2014, local cinemas worldwide entertained moviegoers with themes of sci-fi, documentaries, animation, fairy tales, horror and thrillers.

Glowing up on the big screen were images of clicking colorful bricks, racing trains, mysterious creatures, superheroes – both shielded and guarded, coming-of-age tales and a fond farewell to the best Movie Geek ever.

Small and original storylines or epic stories with big stars, it’s been a good time at the movies this year and a lot for ticket buyers to choose from.

With so many to great films in the first half of 2014, including Snowpiercer, Under The Skin, Enemy, Lone Survivor, Edge Of Tomorrow, and Noah, whittling it down to a list of our “10 Favorite Movies of 2014… So Far” was a challenge.

Check out our lineup and let us know in our comments section below what your favorite movies have been this year. Some of these films are »

- Movie Geeks

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#SDCC14: On Day 3 (July 26) Vamp Out with True Blood, The Vampire Diaries, Salem, Ahs: Coven, Constantine, Grimm, Sin City, Lovecraft, Twin Peaks, and More!

12 July 2014 5:59 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Day 3 of Sdcc '14 marks the end of an era with "True Blood's" last panel. It's joined by fellow fangers "The Vampire Diaries," the witches of "Salem" and "Ahs: Coven," "Grimm," Sin City, "Constantine," Troma, and lots more.

Per usual, we have the horror highlights along with info on a few other panels that should be of general interest (plus a couple of things for the kids). Be sure to visit the official 2014 San Diego Comic-Con website for the full lineup.

Day 3: Saturday, July 26, 2014

10 Am - The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director Mike Anderson, and director for life David Silverman. Topics include the new Treehouse of Horror, Simpsorama, a visit from Homer Simpson and much, much more.

Saturday July 26, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am - Ballroom 20

10 Am - Idw: Summer Blockbusters!

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- Debi Moore

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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Saturday, July 26th

12 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Saturday, July 26, following the Thursday and Friday schedules that were released the past two days. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Saturday, July 26

The Simpsons

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of The Simpsons-no gifts please-with creator Matt Groening, executive producer Al Jean, supervising director MikeAnderson, and director for life David Silverman. »

- MovieWeb

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What music does 'Avengers' and 'S.H.I.E.L.D.' star Clark Gregg listen to?

19 June 2014 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

(Cbr) If you ever wondered how actor Clark Gregg prepared himself for Agent Coulson’s death scene — or, rather, “death” scene — in "The Avengers," you only need to listen to Kcrw’s “Guest DJ Project.” Hint: It’s music, but any additional information is probably above your clearance level. For this week’s episode of the Los Angeles radio show, the star of Marvel’s "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." compiles a track list that includes Parliament-Funkadelic’s “Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker),” Public Enemy’s “Caught, Can We Get a Witness” and Radiohead’s “Go to Sleep.” “I find that when I have powerful or emotional scenes, that really the kind of doorway into that stuff is a playlist,” he explains. “And I have one called ‘Dropping In’ on my phone that I have to get some headphones that really fill my ears and blast some stuff, »

- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources

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Film Review: ‘Trust Me’

8 June 2014 3:53 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s certainly humor running through writer-director-star Clark Gregg’s “Trust Me,” the tale of an inept agent for child actors; it’s just that not all of it feels intentional. Mixing comedy, drama, satire and noir, the Marvel actor’s second outing behind the camera plays for the same kind of uncomfortable laughs that his 2008 dramedy “Choke” did, but this one gazes so deeply into Hollywood’s navel that, with the affable Gregg in practically every scene, it ultimately can’t escape the whiff of a vanity project. In limited release day-and-date with VOD on various platforms, the pic figures to play best among fans and friends of the actors. Bizzers will be amused.

The first of a pair of bookend scenes sets up the tonal mish-mash, as a badly injured Howard (Gregg), waxes philosophical about life. Fade out, and we meet the agent as he’s late to »

- Bill Edelstein

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Review: Clark Gregg's 'Trust Me' Starring Amanda Peet, Sam Rockwell & Saxon Sharbino

6 June 2014 1:40 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It takes some audacity to open your film with an homage to "Sunset Boulevard," but that doesn't seem to worry Clark Gregg. A journeyman actor valued by filmmakers like David Mamet, Gregg has had a dynamic few years, making his directorial debut with Chuck Palahniuk adaptation "Choke" and an attention-getting role in "The Avengers." Bold as all that may be, he has used this clout to front "Trust Me" as both an actor and director, and you wonder if this reliable screen vet isn't stretching himself a bit thin at this point. Gregg is Howard Holloway, an agent for child stars that carries on multiple conversations while chit-chatting through his Bluetooth. But he's not the snazzy super agent we know from several fast-talking industry satires, rather a smaller fish. We first glimpse him running late to an audition, clasping a coffee in one hand, a toothbrush in the other. During later scenes, »

- Gabe Toro

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How Clark Gregg Channeled Robert Altman, David Mamet For Trust Me

6 June 2014 11:01 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Thanks to his substantial role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Clark Gregg is known around the world as Agent Phil Coulson (or if you.re fully caught up with the first season of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Director Coulson). After years of great character actor work in both comedic and dramatic roles, Gregg got his big break with a small role in Jon Favreau.s Iron Man, and nothing has been the same since. Much more than just his Marvel Studios character, however, Gregg is also quickly establishing himself behind the camera as well. It was just a couple months after the release of Iron Man in 2008 that he made his directorial debut with Choke, a hard-r rated, Sam Rockwell-starring adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk.s novel of the same name. Six years later, Gregg has now not only directed his second feature, Trust Me, but also »

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Exclusive Video Interview With Clark Gregg On Trust Me

5 June 2014 8:09 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Clark Gregg is most well known for his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Executive Director Phil Coulson from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but with his latest film, Trust Me, he reminds us that he can be a real triple threat. Not only does he star in the movie as Howard Holloway, a Hollywood agent for child actors, but he also wrote and directed it just like he did with Choke.

As Trust Me begins, Howard is in a desperate state. His clients keep leaving him to go to rival agent Aldo Shocklee (Sam Rockwell) and he can’t seem to shake his loser status in life. But then he comes across a talented young actress named Lydia (Saxon Sharbino), who is being considered for a pivotal role in a franchise which is destined to be super successful. After Howard comes to represent her though, he makes some »

- Ben Kenber

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Trust Me's Clark Gregg: "There is This Barbarism Inherent in the American Dream."

4 June 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Multi-hyphenate actor Clark Gregg understands that hard work and perseverance don't necessarily pay off in Hollywood. Since moving to Los Angeles in 1992, the star of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. has directed two feature films and scripted three, none of which are the work he's best known for. Gregg knows that the films he wants to make are not exactly commercial projects, and that in his own work, creative compromises aren't necessarily the way to succeed.

When Gregg tried to make a film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's Choke in 2006, potential financiers said his script was "execution-dependent." Reading between the lines, Gregg says he took that to mean, "We won't put in any money, or will only put this amount of money, not that amount. . . . We wish you ha »

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Clark Gregg talks 'Trust Me' and fame since 'Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D."

4 June 2014 8:23 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles - Clark Gregg loves "America's Funniest Home Videos." The "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" actor's new feature film "Trust Me" takes on a what defines success and what makes up "fame"; like so many people, the man who plays Agent Coulson loves to see a man fall which -- under certain circumstances -- makes a person famous. It's this "sphere," Gregg said, that piqued his curiosity, as he wrote, directed and led in the film. While any business will have you chasing a deal that's "gonna put you on the map, we have the added component of celebrity and fame" in Hollywood. "That seems to drive people a little bit more mad." What probaby made Gregg a little more crazy is his ambitious schedule. In the first film he directed, 2008's Chuck Palahniuk adaptation "Choke," he shot in 25 days and acted a little. For his self-described comedy-noir "Trust Me, »

- Katie Hasty

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Clark Gregg Shares Exclusive Trust Me Character Posters

4 June 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Clark Gregg has so much more to him than playing Agent Phil Coulson in the Marvel Cinematic (and Television) Universe. The character actor has worked with oodles of outstanding directors over the years, from Steven Spielberg (A.I. . Artificial Intelligence) and Nicole Holofcener (Lovely & Amazing) to Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia). In 2008, Gregg took his own shot at directing, helming the adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk.s novel Choke. And now he.s back behind the camera (and in front of it) for the Hollywood comedy Trust Me. We are proud to premiere a series of exclusive character one-sheets done by artist Ksenia Golubkova for the incredible cast Clark Gregg assembled for Trust Me, which features the actor-director as a child-star talent agent trying to land a valuable actress. Seriously, in addition to Gregg, the ensemble reads off like a laundry list of coveted character actors, starting with his Choke lead, Sam »

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Clark Gregg Talks Trust Me, Where the Idea Came From, VOD, the Challenges of Making Independent Movies, Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 1 and 2, More

2 June 2014 4:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Now available on VOD and opening in select theaters this weekend is Clark Gregg's latest directorial effort, Trust Me.  Gregg wrote, directed, and stars in the pic as a down-on-his-luck agent for child actors who discovers a 13-year-old acting prodigy (Saxon Sharbino) and must subsequently deal with her overprotective father (Paul Sparks), an untrustworthy producer (Felicity Huffman), and his nemesis (Sam Rockwell) in order to get himself back on top.  It’s been six years since Gregg’s directorial debut Choke and it's great to see him again behind the camera.  Trust Me also stars Amanda Peet, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Molly Shannon, and Niecy Nash. Last week I landed an extended video interview with Gregg.  He talked about where the idea came from, how life imitated art with one of the actors, his first cut, deleted scenes, who he looked to for feedback on the film, how »

- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub

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