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James Franco to play former gay activist in Gus van Sant production

4 April 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

James Franco is to portray a former gay activist in a new film.

Gus van Sant will produce the Justin Kelly-directed film about Michael Glatze, reports Page Six.

Watch James Franco admit flirty messages with 17-year-old

Glatze, a co-founder of Young Gay America magazine, left San Francisco after a health scare, converted to Christianity and renounced his homosexuality.

The film will be based on Benoit Denizet-Lewis's New York Times article 'My Ex-Gay Friend'.

Franco will shoot the film from July while continuing to star in the Broadway production of Of Mice and Men.

The actor has previously portrayed gay men in biographical films Milk and Howl. »

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James Franco Gets His Own Film Festival at New York's IFC Center

27 February 2014 10:23 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Given the eclectic nature of James Franco's projects, it was only a matter of time before someone thought to host a festival in Franco's honor, and it looks like the man himself plans to attend. New York's IFC Center will host FrancoFest, a retrospective celebrating the work of James Franco, from March 5-13, with Franco appearing at several screenings. The festival will showcase several of Franco's most notable performances ("127 Hours," "Howl," "Spring Breakers"), as well as a number of his efforts as a director ("As I Lay Dying," "The Broken Tower," "Sal").  Perhaps the most notable inclusion is Franco's Berlin and Sundance hit "Interior. Leather Bar.," which re-imagines the destroyed explicit scenes cut from William Friedkin's controversial thriller "Cruising." Friedkin's film will appear in concurrence with Franco's.  Also scheduled to appear is Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," which influenced the included films "My Own Private River" and "Idaho, »

- Max O'Connell

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The Monuments Men review: saving private collections (and public art)

13 February 2014 3:35 PM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

As jaunty as Jean Dujardin’s beret, but in a sincere, old-fashioned kind of way. It could almost have been rediscovered from the 1940s… I’m “biast” (pro): love Clooney as an actor and a filmmaker; love the cast

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I try to avoid hearing too much of other critics’ reactions to a film before I’ve seen it, but there was no avoiding the barrage of disappointment that came hurling over Twitter last week, as so many of my North American colleagues responded to The Monuments Men with a resounding “meh.” This was a disappointment to me, because I’d been so looking forward to this movie.

Well, now that I’ve seen it, I don’t know what the hell they’re all talking about, because this movie is fantastic. »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 130: ‘Howl’s Moving Castle’

8 February 2014 2:00 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

As we quickly approach the American release of Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, The Wind Rises, it’s time once more for Mousterpiece Cinema to wade into the past of Studio Ghibli. This week, Gabe and Josh focus their sights on Howl’s Moving Castle, with two special guests: Simon Howell of The Televerse and Andrew Daar of This Was TV. Both guests are huge Miyazaki buffs, and Josh is well-known for not being an ecstatic fan of every Miyazaki film. But. If you think you know where this conversation is going, trust us, you don’t. Unless you presume this conversation is heading down tangential avenues, talking about Jeff Daniels, Werner Herzog, and Poochie the rappin’ dog. In that case, you’re right. But still! Listen to the show, because you won’t know for sure until you hear it, not just read it in a description.


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- Josh Spiegel

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Join The Academy For Oscar Week Events February 25 – March 1

31 January 2014 4:05 PM, PST | | See recent news »

The 86th Academy Awards are just 30 days away! Still deciding on your favorites? Go Here for a list of the nominees.

The Academy has announced it will present a slate of public events leading up to the 86th Oscars where they’ll be celebrating this year’s nominees. If you’re in the Hollywood area (Feb 25 – March 1) and an Oscar fan, you wont want to miss these fantastic events!

Events at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills will focus on the films nominated for Animated Feature Film, Documentary Feature, Documentary Short Subject, Foreign Language Film, Makeup and Hairstyling, and the Short Film categories.

Something new this year is the live concert at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles highlighting the nominated musical scores and songs.

The Oscar Week schedule is as follows:

Animated and Live Action Shorts

Tuesday, February 25, 7:30 p.m.

Hosted by actor Kevin Pollak. »

- Michelle McCue

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films to stream: UK week of Jan 20

20 January 2014 11:02 AM, PST | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream on Netflix, blinkbox, and BBC iPlayer.

streaming now, while it’s in cinemas

The Square: history firsthand, in progress, and unfinished; an invaluable record of revolutionary spirit, and of the lengths to which a threatened leadership will go to preserve itself [my review] [at Netflix]

new to stream

Donnie Darko: teenaged Jake Gyllenhaal versus satanic bunny Frank [my review] [at Netflix] Robot & Frank: thoroughly charming and cleverly original sci-fi comedy with a wonderful performance by Frank Langella [at Netflix] Step Brothers: wonderfully absurdist farce finally holds up endless male adolescence as a thing to be ridiculed, not celebrated [my review] [at Netflix]

streaming now, before it’s on dvd

Prisoners: a superb film that shifts from unvarnished depictions of terrible, tragic, mundane reality to almost unbearable suspense; an intense, uncomfortable, unforgettable cinematic experience [my review] [at blinkbox] Rush: a thoroughly magnificent film on every level, with astonishing performances »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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5 Upcoming Literature-Based Movies We Can’t Wait To See

14 January 2014 4:28 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With movies like On The Road and Howl picking up A-listers to star in their high-brow book adaptations and poetry biopics, it’s starting to look more like film versions of literary fiction are no longer reserved solely for the basements of spectacle-wearing book buffs and college professor-types in leather-patched jackets.

Nowadays, even us low-brows can get a piece of the action – and it’s about time. This isn’t because the new literature-based films are any better than before, no; it’s because now they are finally getting the exposure they deserve, helped mostly by art-loving superstars like James Franco, who (love him or hate him) make it their business to do as many Howls as they do Spider-Mans. Yes: having to drag yourself through endless second-hand DVD shops to find a movie based on a William Faulkner novel could soon be a thing of the past. »

- Henri Pearson

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