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In Dubious Battle review: James Franco hobbled by John Steinbeck

2 September 2016 3:19 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This admirably-intentioned adaptation of the 1936 industrial strife novel suffers from a tin ear, flat feet and overweening vanity

There’s something worryingly stolid and self-congratulatory about this new movie directed by James Franco: a drama about a (fictional) Californian apple-pickers’ strike in the Depression-hit Us, adapted by Franco’s longtime screenwriting partner Matt Rager from the 1936 novel by John Steinbeck. High-mindedness, ambition and seriousness are things to cherish, and I admired a good deal in Franco’s recent Faulkner adaptation, As I Lay Dying. But this is ultimately just so heavy-footed and stodgy, with each performance punched out on a single, earnest, unvarying note. The dialogue lands with a heavy thud, and the rhetoric is often a matter of shouting at deafening volume “They’re treatin’ us like pigs, the sonsabitches, the pigs are crackin’ our heads with clubs, the sonsabitches and we’re gonna fight back! Aren’t we? »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Venice Film Review: James Franco’s ‘In Dubious Battle’

2 September 2016 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s easy to mock James Franco for the polymath showiness of all his extracurricular endeavors (actor! filmmaker! poet! collector of academic degrees! the world’s first and last postmodern Oscar host!). Yet if you leave the snark aside, there is something half-crazy/admirable about the scale of his ambitions. Besides, it’s no easy task to pull together a feature film, and Franco has directed close to a dozen of them. Up until now, he hasn’t been very good at it. Whether it’s a sexually “transgressive” (but actually cautious) documentary curio like “Interior. Leather Bar.” or one of his two (count ’em) Faulkner adaptations, Franco as a filmmaker has been more diligent than competent. At Cannes in 2013, as the audience sat dying through Franco’s “As I Lay Dying,” I tried to relieve the tedium by glancing to my left, and saw that half the people there were asleep. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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'In Dubious Battle': Venice Review

2 September 2016 7:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Continuing his brave effort to ensure that future students of American literature can just buy the VOD equivalent of a box set instead of ever having to read another Great American Novel again, actor-director James Franco has moved from adapting Faulkner (As I Lay Dying, The Sound and the Fury) and McCarthy (Child of God) to Steinbeck with In Dubious Battle. The author's novel is the first of what would become Steinbeck’s Dustbowl trilogy (which also includes Of Mice and Men and Grapes of Wrath) and recounts a Great Depression-era strike that apple pickers in California organized to get

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- Boyd van Hoeij

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Coming Distractions: James Franco does Steinbeck in the In Dubious Battle trailer

30 August 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

James Franco may or may not be a promising filmmaker, but he’s not afraid of failure. You’ve got to give him that. Twice, the 38-year-old multi-hyphenate has attempted to rope the byzantine narratives of William Faulkner into a cinematic structure—2013’s As I Lay Dying and 2014’s The Sound And The Fury—and both times he came up short. So, he’s doing the only logical thing and moving laterally over to Faulkner’s contemporary in bleak Americana, John Steinbeck, with an adaptation of In Dubious Battle.

The 1936 novel gives a fictionalized account of an apple pickers’ strike in central California three years earlier. Along with his supremely impressive cast, including Robert Duvall, Bryan Cranston, Selena Gomez, Sam Shepard, Ed Harris, and Vincent D’Onofrio, Franco seems to be gunning for an epic. The cinematography, by newcomer Bruce Thierry Cheung, is certainly holding up its ...


- Dennis DiClaudio

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James Franco Adapts John Steinbeck in First Trailer for ‘In Dubious Battle’

30 August 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

When he’s not having fun with Seth Rogen and company, James Franco is spending part of his time adapting classic novels. After directing adaptations of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner landmarks, he’s now turned his sights to John Steinbeck with his take on the 1936 novel In Dubious Battle. Ahead of screenings at Venice and Tiff, the first trailer has now arrived for the drama which follows a pair of labour organizers attempting to unionize neglected California fruit pickers.

Featuring the eclectic cast of Nat Wolff, Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Josh Hutcherson, John Savage, Ashley Greene, Zach Braff, Bryan Cranston and, of course, Franco in the lead, this looks to be his most polished directorial work thus far. Check out the trailer, extended synopsis and poster below ahead of the premiere soon.

Tiff synopsis:

Where does James Franco find the time? Between »

- Jordan Raup

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James Franco Developing Crime Movies ‘Smonk,’ ‘Poachers,’ ‘Hell at the Breech’

24 August 2016 7:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco is developing three movies based on novels by crime fiction writer Tom Franklin — “Smonk,” “Poachers,” and “Hell at the Breech,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Franco and partner Vince Jolivette are producing through their Rabbit Bandini Productions, which recently obtained the movie rights in a deal put in place by Joel Gotler of Intellectual Property Group on behalf of Nat Sobel of Sobel Weber Associates. The company has tapped screenwriters for each project.

“We plan on shooting all three of them in the next one to three years,” Jolivette told Variety. “There are no plans at this point for James to act or direct, just for us to produce. We feel the material is rich enough to attract A-level talent.”

Playwright David Van Asselt is working on a script for “Poachers” and Franklin will write the “Smonk” script. Ian Olds and Paul Felton are penning the adaptation of “Hell at the Breech. »

- Dave McNary

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James Franco To Lead Stephen King Adaptation Drunken Fireworks

5 June 2016 10:46 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

James Franco is one of those actors smart enough to know a good thing when he’s got it – the star’s seen massive returns on his comedies with Seth Rogen, and so there’s no reason to expect that he’ll stop making them, and he’s been met with significant acclaim for playing nastier characters in smaller, darker indie fare, which might explain his recent roles in everything from Spring Breakers to True Story.

Recently, the star is also excelling in an unusual capacity: starring in adaptations of works by the horror great Stephen King. He was uniformly terrific in Hulu’s 11.22.63, a sprawling miniseries adaptation of King’s tome about a time-traveler trying to prevent the JFK assassination, and now he’s lining up another feature gig collaborating with the author: Drunken Fireworks, an adaptation of a short story by King.

Franco will star as a mechanic »

- Isaac Feldberg

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James Franco set to star in adaptation of Stephen King short story Drunken Fireworks

5 June 2016 6:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Rabbit Bandini Productions and Rubicon Entertainment are teaming up to produce an adaptation of the Stephen King short story Drunken Fireworks, with Deadline reporting that James Franco (11.22.63) has signed on to star, and may also possibly direct.

Drunken Fireworks is featured in King’s short story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams and “is set in small-town rural Maine, where local good ol’ boy Alden McCausland (Franco) strikes up a rivalry with retired mob boss Nicky Serrano when Nicky moves in across the lake from Alden and his mother. When Nicky bests Alden’s Fourth of July fireworks show, Alden goes to great lengths to ensure that he beats Nicky the next year in a competition known henceforth as the ‘Fourth of July Arms Race’.”

The script for the project is being penned by Matt Rager, who has collaborated with Franco on his directorial efforts As I Lay Dying, The »

- Gary Collinson

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Franco Joins Second Stephen King Adaptation

3 June 2016 6:05 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following the success of "11.22.63" on Hulu, actor James Franco is set to star in and produce another Stephen King adaptation - this time a film take on King's short story "Drunken Fireworks" for Rabbit Bandini Productions and Rubicon Entertainment.

Matt Rager, who penned the script for several Franco-directed films including his "The Sound and the Fury" and "As I Lay Dying" adaptations, will write the project. No director is attached yet.

The story is set in a small town in Maine and centers on a mechanic (Franco) and a retired mob boss who compete in the town's annual Fourth of July fireworks competition. Franco, Vince Jolivette, Doug McKay, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Nathan Grubbs will produce.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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James Franco Starring in Stephen King’s ‘Drunken Fireworks’

3 June 2016 11:03 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco will star in a movie adaptation of the Stephen King short story “Drunken Fireworks” with the actor’s Rabbit Bandini Productions and Rubicon Entertainment producing.

No director is attached yet. The script is being written by Matt Rager, who has teamed on several Franco-directed movies including “As I Lay Dying,” ” The Sound and the Fury” and “In Dubious Battle.”

Franco and his Rabbit Bandini partner Vince Jolivette will produce with Doug McKay, Robert Kaplan, Marc Senter and Nathan Grubbs of Rubicon Entertainment.

“Drunken Fireworks” is set in a small town in Maine and centers on a mechanic — to be played by Franco — and a retired mob boss who compete in the town’s annual Fourth of July fireworks competition.

Rabbit Bandini is in production on “Future World,” directed by Franco and starring Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Snoop Dogg and Franco. He also stars in the upcoming Fox comedy “’Why Him” with Bryan Cranston. »

- Dave McNary

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James Franco To Star In ‘Drunken Fireworks’; Stephen King Short Story

3 June 2016 10:33 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Add the short story Drunken Fireworks to the number of Stephen King-penned fictions making their way to the big screen. Rabbit Bandini Productions and Rubicon Entertainment have teamed on the drama, and James Franco is set to star. He possibly could direct as well, but that hasn’t yet been decided. The script is being written by Matt Rager, a frequent Franco collaborator whose credits include As I Lay Dying, The Sound And The Fury and the upcoming John… »

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James Franco, Elysium Set Latest Film Collaboration ‘Mississippi Requiem’

4 May 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco, Elysium Bandini Studios and UCLA are developing “Mississippi Requiem” — a single movie consisting of four black and white shorts — Variety has learned exclusively. Franco will star in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s stories, along with Topher Grace, Amy Smart and Alicia Witt.

The pic deals with issues of race, gender and class set in the American South during the early 20th Century. Beth GrantMarianna Palka, Elayn Taylor, Sky Van Vliet and Zackary Arthur also star, along with musician George Lewis Jr., known as Twin Shadow.

The four Faulkner stories adapted include “A Dry September,” “That Evening Sun,” “Elly” and “A Rose for Emily.”

Elysium Bandini is partnered with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television; Lee Caplin of Picture Entertainment; and Sabrina Coryell of Engaging the Senses Foundation.

This production is the second film collaboration this year under Elysium Bandini, the newly formed philanthropic studio »

- Dave McNary

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James Franco to Direct ‘Zola’ Stripper Movie Based on Twitter Saga

4 February 2016 2:30 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco, Andrew Neel and Killer Films are developing a movie based on stripper Azia “Zola” Wells’ saga of a wild road trip to Florida with Franco directing.

The project is based on David Kushner’s story for Rolling Stone, published in November and titled “Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted.”

Franco will direct from a script by Neel and Mike Roberts. Franco and Vince Jolivette are producing through their Rabbit Bandini Productions with Killer FilmsChristine Vachon and David Hinojosa, and Gigi Films’ Gia Walsh and Kara Baker.

Kushner’s story was billed as an exclusive account of Wells’ 148-tweet about her October road trip to Florida with her friend Jessica, Jessica’s boyfriend Jarrett, and Jessica’s violent Nigerian pimp “Z.”

The first tweet read, “Okay listen up. This story long. So I met this white bitch at Hooters…” The tweets »

- Dave McNary

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