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Nate Parker to Receive Sundance Institute’s Vanguard Award

11 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sundance Institute announced that Nate Parker is this year’s Vanguard Award recipient. The award will be presented to the director and actor at the Night Before Next celebration on August 11 at the Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. The summer festivity will benefit the Institute and its artists on the eve of Sundance Next Fest.

“Night Before Next will bring our community together to celebrate and support independent artists who create bold, original work,” said Keri Putnam, Executive Director of Sundance Institute. “In this spirit, we are excited to honor Nate Parker as he prepares to release the extraordinary film ‘The Birth of a Nation,’ which we supported during development and premiered at our Festival.”

Read More: ‘The Birth of a Nation’ Trailer: Nate Parker Is a Child of God in New Look at His Sundance Prizewinner

Parker, who is making his directorial debut with “The Birth of a Nation, »

- Liz Calvario

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James Franco’s Movie Column: ‘Swiss Army Man’ is a Moving Bromance (With a Farting Corpse)

14 June 2016 8:59 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James + Semaj is a column where James Franco talks to his reverse self, Semaj, about new films. Rather than a conventional review, it is place where James and Semaj can muse about ideas that the films provoke. James loves going to the movies and talking about them. But a one-sided take on a movie, in print, might be misconstrued as a review. As someone in the industry it could be detrimental to James’s career if he were to review his peers, because unlike the book industry—where writers review other writer’s books—the film industry is highly collaborative, and a bad review of a peer could create problems. So, assume that James (and Semaj) love all these films. What they’re interested in talking about is all the ways the films inspire them, and make them think. James is me, and Semaj is the other side of me.

This week’s column is about “Swiss Army Man,” which opens theatrically on Friday.

James: So this is “a farting corpse bromance.”

Semaj: Don’t spoil it.

James: Ok, it’s “an endearing dark comedy about loneliness and the human need to connect to another.”

Semaj: It kind of reminds me of “Child of God,” that movie you adapted from Cormac McCarthy’s third novel about a necrophiliac.

James: “Child of God” is a little darker than this movie.

Semaj: Yeah, but only because the character in “Child of God” sleeps with his corpses and then starts to murder more people to have more companions.

James: That character, Lester Ballard, was loosely based on the real murderer, Ed Gein, notorious bone and skin collector and exhumer of bodies. He made lampshades out of skin, and bedposts out of skulls.

Semaj: Ed Gein also inspired Robert Bloch’s “Psycho” (the human taxidermy, Norman dressing up like his dead mother) and Nicholas Winding Refn’s favorite movie of all time, “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”

James: Why are you bringing up Nicolas Winding Refen?

Semaj: He’s always talking about “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” I think he took his wife to see it on their first date ever.

James: Anyway, “Swiss Army Man” does deal with a corpse like all those films, but it does it in a different way. Somehow it’s not as bleak, and grisly. It’s pretty skillful how they pull it off.

Semaj: “Weekend at Bernie’s” already pulled off a corpse comedy.

James: This isn’t like “Weekend at Bernie’s” either. That’s a straight-up comedy, but like the Two Corey’s classic, “License to Drive,” the comedy comes from the characters trying to disguise the fact that they are carting around a corpse.

Semaj: In “License to Drive,” it’s a drunken Heather Graham.

James: Yeah, but in those movies they have no meaningful interactions with the incapacitated (or dead) characters. The bodies are usually temporarily animated to deliver a moment of comedy.

Semaj: In “Swiss Army Man,” it’s all about the relationship between Paul Dano and the corpse.

James: Exactly. Paul Dano’s character is so lonely that on the brink of suicide he meets the Daniel Radcliff corpse and immediately begins to develop a friendship with him.

Semaj: In a way, it’s as if Paul Dano’s character is animating the corpse with his own thoughts and feelings.

James: Exactly! He provides the corpse with his personality.

Semaj: Sort of like you do with these columns — you animate both sides of a conversation.

James: Yeah, I guess so. Maybe I’m lonely, too.

Semaj: I’m here for you.

James: Thanks, man.

Semaj: So, does that mean that Paul Dano’s character is having a bromance with himself?

James: Sort of, but it’s more complex than that. One of the things that is great about necrophilia stories, despite their disguising reality, is they allow an intense examination of what it means to be intimate with an other. Dano’s character wants what everyone wants: to connect to another, to love and be loved. But he has been damaged by a loveless father, and is so insecure that he is incapable of speaking to the woman he’s attracted to on his bus route.

Semaj: So he isolates himself in the wilderness, and becomes lonelier.

James: He has given up on conventional social interactions, he can’t do it, the world has rejected him. He feels ugly and unlovable.

Semaj: But when he finds the corpse he can infuse it with all his ideas of a perfect mate. He is out in the woods with no one to contradict him, so his imagination can run wild, and he can believe, without any objections from the greater world, that his new corpse friend can talk, and use his farts to propel them over the water like a jet ski, or light fires, or shoot them up into the sky to evade dangerous animals.

James: Exactly. So you think that all that fantastic stuff is in Paul Dano’s imagination?

Semaj: I think so, but it doesn’t really matter after a while because the movie takes us on his ride, we are experiencing everything through his eyes, so whether that stuff really happens or not doesn’t matter as much as having those experiences affect him, and seeing that they are emotionally real for him. Because of that, the audience also feels.

James: That’s one thing the movie does really well: it draws you into his quirky world so you can get on board with what would otherwise, in actuality, be a fucked up situation.

Semaj: I think the farts have a lot to do with making the whole thing more palatable.

James: You’re exactly right. It seems like a silly thing, and amongst people I’ve talked to, the movie is already known as the “farting corpse movie,” but the idea that the corpse’s gas aids Dano’s imagination when animating the corpse is crucial. From the first meeting on, the corpse farts, and it immediately takes the tone of the film out of the macabre and into the more enjoyable realms of a quirky bromance, where two oddball guys can enjoy fart jokes, talk about women, masturbation, and in the end forge an intimate bond.

James: The movie was directed by two guys with the first name Daniel, so they’re credited as “Daniels.”

Semaj: Maybe making the movie was a kind of bromance for them, too.

James: There is nothing more intimate than creating something with someone. That’s why I collaborate with all my friends again and again.

Semaj: Basically the corpse provides Dano with everything he was denied by everyone else in his life.

James: Exactly, just like all bromances do. In “Pineapple Express,” Dale realizes that his weird drug dealer Saul is actually his best friend; in “Superbad,” the boys learn that they love each other more than anyone; “This is the End” is partly an examination of the strain that trauma puts on friendships, and ultimately the triumph of true friendship, even when facing the end of the world.

Semaj: It’s weird that they didn’t let you go to heaven at the end of that film.

James: You’re telling me! I mean Wtf? I sacrificed myself for Seth, and I still don’t get to go to heaven?

Semaj: Danny McBride dragged you down to Hell.

James: Well, Hell would be heaven with a friend like Danny, and Heaven would be Hell without Seth.

Semaj: Awwww.

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- James Franco

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Crowe In Talks For Franco's "Blood Meridian"

5 May 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Russell Crowe is reportedly in talks to star in the James Franco-directed film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" at Rabbit Bandini.

The long-in-the-works adaptation is based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s and traces the journey of the Kid, a 14-year-old Tennesseean who stumbles into a nightmarish world when he joins a ruthless gang of scalphunters that includes the mysterious and menacing Judge Holden.

Tye Sheridan and Vincent D'Onofrio are also onboard while Franco will have a role in the film which Scott Rudin, Cassian Elwes and Vince Jolivette will produce. Franco previously directed the 2013 McCarthy adaptation "Child of God" and most recently starred in the gay porn murder scandal film "King Cobra".

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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James Franco-Directed ‘Blood Meridian’ Moves Forward with Russell Crowe, Tye Sheridan, and Vincent D’Onofrio

5 May 2016 11:34 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Update: THR is reporting the film has now being shelved because the filmmakers don’t actually have the rights to the novel — classic mistake. Check out the original story below.

I can say this much for James Franco‘s Blood Meridian adaptation: nobody wants it more than him. He first dipped into the nasty waters of Cormac McCarthy‘s seminal text — one that usually tops lists ranking the best post-World War II novels — by signing on more than five years ago. That didn’t seem to work out, at least initially, though he did get to work on another McCarthy adaptation, Child of God, about which we were rather positive; and that was followed by the release of test footage, 25 minutes in total, from which his perspective and approach should be gleaned a bit. If nothing else, this is exactly how a multi-hyphenate keeps chipping away at the adaptation of their favorite novel, »

- Nick Newman

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James Franco, Russell Crowe, Im Global team on Scott Rudin's 'Blood Meridian'

5 May 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A major all-star package has dropped into the market on the eve of Cannes as it emerged on Thursday that Scott Rudin is finally moving ahead on his long-gestating Cormac McCarthy adaptation.

Im Global will launch international sales on the Croisette on Blood Meridian and is co-financing the project, while CAA represents Us rights.

James Franco will direct and star alongside Russell Crowe, Tye Sheridan, and Vincent D’Onofrio. Further casting attachments are anticipated.

Like Rudin, who steered the McCarthy adaptation No Country For Old Men to worldwide success, Franco is a devout McCarthy fan.

Franco wooed Blood Meridian rights-holder Rudin years ago with test footage but there was no deal, so he headed off to shoot McCarthy adaptation Child Of God instead.

Now it would appear the younger man’s tenacity has prevailed and the project will proceed. Rudin will produce alongside Cassian Elwes and Franco’s partner at Rabbit Bandini, Vince Jolivette.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Im Global to launch 'Blood Meridian' in Cannes

5 May 2016 10:49 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: A major all-star package has dropped into the market on the eve of Cannes as it emerged on Thursday that Scott Rudin is finally moving ahead on his long-gestating Cormac McCarthy adaptation.

Im Global will launch international sales on the Croisette on Blood Meridian and is co-financing the project, while CAA represents Us rights.

James Franco will direct and star alongside Russell Crowe, Tye Sheridan, Ryan Reynolds and Vincent D’Onofrio. Further casting attachments are anticipated.

Like Rudin, who steered the McCarthy adaptation No Country For Old Men to worldwide success, Franco is a devout McCarthy fan.

Franco wooed Blood Meridian rights-holder Rudin years ago with test footage but there was no deal, so he headed off to shoot McCarthy adaptation Child Of God instead.

Now it would appear the younger man’s tenacity has prevailed and the project will proceed. Rudin will produce alongside Cassian Elwes and Franco’s partner at Rabbit Bandini, Vince Jolivette.

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- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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John Hillcoat Says Cormac McCarthy Has Offered To Adapt 'Blood Meridian' For Him, But Scott Rudin Is Blocking Him

29 February 2016 11:56 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Film adaptations of the work of Cormac McCarthy have so far yielded a Best Picture winner ("No Country For Old Men”), a nihilistic screed (“The Counselor,” which isn’t technically an adaptation), two meddled-with-by Harvey Weinstein almost classics (“All The Pretty Horses,” “The Road”) and one forgotten indie (“Child Of God”). And as enjoyable as many of these have been, it’s safe to say the holy grail of McCarthy’s yet to be filmed oeuvre is his epic, violent and depraved anti-Western “Blood Meridian,” which many have noted doesn’t really have much of a plot (but plenty of gruesome killing). Ridley Scott once wanted to make a “double X” horrific version; James Franco wanted to direct it so badly that he shot test footage out of his own pocket; writer/director Todd Field once tried to adapt it; Michael Haneke has said he was once interested in filming the book; and in general, »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Amy Schumer And Miles Teller To Star In DreamWorks Pictures Thank You For Your Service

9 February 2016 3:49 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Principal photography has begun on the DreamWorks Pictures film adaptation of David Finkel’s book, Thank You For Your Service, it was announced today by the studio. The film stars Miles Teller (Whiplash), Haley Bennett (The Girl on the Train), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Amy Schumer (Trainwreck), Beulah Koale (The Last Saint), Scott Haze (Child of God), Keisha Castle-Hughes (Whale Rider), Brad Beyer (42), Omar Dorsey (Selma) and Jayson Warner Smith (The Birth of a Nation).

Oscar nominated screenwriter Jason Hall (American Sniper) makes his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service. Hall also wrote the screenplay for the story that follows a group of U.S. soldiers returning from Iraq who struggle to integrate back into family and civilian life, while living with the memory of a war that threatens to destroy them long after they’ve left the battlefield. Jon Kilik (Foxcatcher, Babel) is producing with Ann Ruark »

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‘Child of God’s’ Scott Haze Joins Miles Teller in DreamWorks’ Ptsd Drama ‘Thank You for Your Service’ (Exclusive)

7 January 2016 2:34 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

After working with James Franco on a handful of films, rising star Scott Haze (“Child of God”) has booked a lead role alongside Miles Teller in DreamWorks’ Ptsd drama “Thank You for Your Service,” which will be distributed by Universal, TheWrap has learned. Haley Bennett and newcomer Beulah Koale co-star in the movie, which marks the directorial debut of “American Sniper” writer Jason Hall. The Oscar-nominated writer also adapted the nonfiction book by David Finkel. Jon Kilik will produce the film, which will be executive produced by Ann Ruark. “Thank You for Your Service” follows a group of U.S. »

- Jeff Sneider

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