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‘The Disaster Artist’ Review

Stars: James Franco, Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Alison Brie, Josh Hutcherson | Written by Scott Neustadter, Michael H. Weber | Directed by James Franco

It doesn’t get much more meta than a movie adaptation of a memoir about the making of a movie. And not just any movie, but supposedly the Worst Movie Ever Made. In The Room, Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 opus, every line of dialogue is a clunker; every character relationship is nonsensical; every plot point is ridiculous; every sex scene is laughable; and every actor is useless – not least its star and auteur, Wiseau himself.

The Disaster Artist was a 2013 memoir written by Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell, and this adaptation focuses on Greg and his strange friendship with Tommy. Wiseau is played with skill and sensitivity by James Franco (who also directs), while brother Dave plays the shyly ambitious Greg. It’s casting which reaps benefits, providing a
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Our 30 Most-Anticipated Fall 2017 Films

In continuing our fall preview, and after highlighting the 25 best films we’ve already seen, today brings a look at the unknown. We’ve narrowed down 30 works with (mostly) confirmed release dates that are coming over the next four months and have us intrigued. While some won’t show up until late December, a good amount will first premiere over the next few weeks at various film festivals, so check back for our reviews.

See our list below, and return soon for our final preview: the festival premieres we’re most looking forward to.

30. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi; Nov. 3)

While their most recent superhero feature, Spider-Man: Homecoming, had more personality than a standard outing for Marvel, it still couldn’t quite shake the cookie-cutter feeling that plagues the rest of the spandex-laden cinematic universe. Hopefully that notion won’t carry though in Taika Waitit’s Thor threequel. Any film starring
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Top 20: Films to see in 2017

We are a few months into 2017 and already we had a number of standout movies like Get Out, Logan, and The Lego Batman Movie. Hopefully that is just the start of what is to come. Considering that, myself and Kevin – the hosts of podcast Cinema Geeks – combine forces to put a list together of 20 movies to watch in 2017.

Let us know what you think of the list in the comments below. Did they leave any off? Are the rankings off base? Let your voice be heard!

20) The Lost City of Z

What Can Go Right: A film with this type of setup sure would have to be bungled in order for it not to work. It describes the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon and disappeared in 1925 along with his son. It should be in good hands
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Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide

Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide
The annual trek to Park City, Utah has already begun for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, which runs Jan. 19 until Jan. 29. Peter Dinklage, Larry Wilmore, and Gael Garcia Bernal are among those named to the juries in this year’s competition. The awards will be handed out on Jan. 28 in a ceremony hosted by “The Daily Show” alum Jessica Williams.

In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners.

Thursday, Jan. 19

Après Ski Festival Kick-off Rooftop Party – 4 to 8 p.m.

An Artist at the Table – 8 p.m.

The annual benefit kicks off the first day of the festival with director Jeff Orlowski set as keynote speaker. The private cocktail reception and dinner follows the premiere of “An Inconvenient Sequel” at the Eccles Theatre.

Friday, Jan. 20

Village at the Lift

AtTT takes over this year’s village that runs from Jan. 20-22, showcasing DirecTV in the Cabin, Audience in the Café and Jeff Vespa’s WireImage Studio. This year’s winter escape from the cold features beverages and light fare from notable Japanese restaurant Nobu, along with high-speed internet.
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Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Casts Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne

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Richard Linklater’s ‘Last Flag Flying’ Casts Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne
Everybody wants some of Richard Linklater’s next movie. The Hollywood Reporter has the news that Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne are in talks to join “Last Flag Flying,” a spiritual successor to 1973’s “The Last Detail” directed by Hal Ashby. Jack Nicholson, Randy Quaid and Otis Young starred in the moving adaptation of Darryl Ponsican’s novel of the same name, about two members of the Navy showing a third a good time while escorting him to prison for petty crime. Ponsican published “Last Flag Flying” in 2005.

Read More: James Franco’s Movie Column: How Richard Linklater Inspired My Work

Linklater’s interest in the project began shortly after, and he originally wanted to reunite Nicholson and Quaid (both of whom scored Oscar nominations); Young passed away in 2001, so Morgan Freeman was eyed to take his place. “Last Flag Flying” catches up with the main trio later in life,
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Mill Valley Film Festival 2016 Lineup: ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and More Lead First Wave of Titles (Exclusive)

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Mill Valley Film Festival 2016 Lineup: ‘I, Daniel Blake,’ ‘Manchester by the Sea’ and More Lead First Wave of Titles (Exclusive)
Indiewire can exclusively announce the first round of films from the Mill Valley Film Festival’s upcoming 39th edition, with a number of high-profile selections from Cannes (“I, Daniel Blake”), Sundance (“Manchester by the Sea”) and Berlin (“Things to Come”) leading the way. Mvff, which runs from October – 16 this year, will also host the premieres of several Bay Area filmmakers’ new works. See the full list below.

Read More: ‘Room’ Declared Audience Award Favorite at 38th Mill Valley Film Festival

“I, Daniel Blake” (Ken Loach)

Loving” (Jeff Nichols)

Paterson” and “Gimme Danger” (Jim Jarmusch)

Neruda” (Pablo Larrain)

Toni Erdmann” (Maren Ade)

“The Salesman” (Asghar Farhadi)

“The Handmaiden” (Park Chan-wook)

Elle” (Paul Verhoeven)

Like Crazy” (Paolo Virzi)

Manchester by the Sea” (Kenneth Lonergan)

Christine” (Antonio Campos)

Maya Angelou and Still I Rise” (Bob Hercules, Rita Coburn Whack)

Things to Come” (Mia Hansen Løve)

“Fire at Sea”(Giancarlo Rosi)

“Death in Sarajevo
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James Franco’s Movie Column: How Richard Linklater Inspired My Work

James Franco’s Movie Column: How Richard Linklater Inspired My Work
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.
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‘Swiss Army Man’ Producers Set To Adapt Debut Novel ‘The Assistants’

‘Swiss Army Man’ Producers Set To Adapt Debut Novel ‘The Assistants’
Camille Perri’s debut novel “The Assistants” is headed to the big screen. Cold Iron Pictures, the company which produced the Daniel Radcliffe-starring comedy “Swiss Army Man,” acquired the film rights to the best-selling book.

“The Assistants” follows the story of a thirty-year-old executive assistant to a billionaire who, due to a technical error on her boss’ expense report, has the opportunity to pay off her entire student loans. While she hesitates to take some of the money, other assistants approach her to let her know that they want in.

Read More: James Franco To Star In Film Adaptation Of Stephen King’s ‘Drunken Fireworks

Perri wrote the novel while she was working as the assistant to the editor-in-chief of Esquire. She will also be in charge of penning the screenplay.

“I am very excited by Camille Perri’s unique voice and I’m thrilled to be able to
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Zach Braff to direct Black List comedy Bump

Having recently wrapped production on Going in Style, Zach Braff has wasted little time in securing his next directing gig, with Deadline reporting that the former Scrubs star is teaming up with Working Title to helm Bump, which is based on the Black List script by Ori Guendelman and Rob McClelland.

The black comedy “tells the story of the single most important night in Thomas’ life, where one mistake sets into motion a series of absurd events that threaten to unravel the clichéd life he’s worked so hard to build. This wild ride calls into question the balance between ambition and morality and the dubious decisions made in pursuit of the American Dream.”

Going in Style is set to hit cinemas on April 7th 2017, while Braff will next been seen on screen in James Franco’s upcoming John Steinbeck adaptation In Dubious Battle, which is expected to arrive later this year.
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight

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Sundance unveils Premieres, Spotlight
Top brass at the Park City festival have rounded out the feature line-up with a dazzling selection on paper that includes new work from Asif Kapadia and other returning alumni such as Todd Solondz, Taika Waititi and Joshua Marston.Scroll Down For Full List

Road movie The Fundamentals Of Caring by Rob Burnett starring Paul Rudd will close the festival, while Maggie Greenwald’s Sophie And The Rising Sun is the Salt Lake City Gala Film. Heid Ewing and Rachel Grady’s Norman Lear: Just Another Version Of You is a Day One Film.

The Premieres line-up introduces Indignation, the feature directorial debut from former Focus Features CEO and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon screenwriter James Schamus, and the latest world premieres from John Carney, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs and Diego Luna.

The Documentary Premieres section encompass latest films from Werner Herzog, Spike Lee, Liz Garbus and Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato.

The Spotlight
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Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee

Sundance Premieres Include Films From James Schamus, Spike Lee
With a lineup that includes such Sundance alums as Todd Solondz, Whit Stillman, Kenneth Lonergan, Ira Sachs, Kelly Reichardt, Taika Waititi, John Krasinski, Diego Luna, Maggie Greenwald, Joshua Marston, John Carney, Anne Fontaine, Asif Kapadia, Matt Ross and Jim Strouse, it’s shaping up to be a veritable Park City homecoming week in the festival’s 2016 Premieres slate, which was unveiled today along with the Documentary Premieres, Spotlight, Sundance Kids and Special Events sections.

Festival director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth announced that the closing-night film would be the Premieres entry “The Fundamentals of Caring,” a comedy about a caregiver and an 18-year-old suffering from muscular dystrophy; the film, which stars Paul Rudd, Craig Roberts, Selena Gomez, Jennifer Ehle, is directed by Rob Burnett. Cooper also noted a beefed-up Special Events roster that includes a look at the origins of Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s “Anomalisa
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James Dean: After 60 Years, Still the Coolest Icon of Teen Angst

James Dean: After 60 Years, Still the Coolest Icon of Teen Angst
James Dean shocked the world when he appeared in “Rebel Without a Cause” and “East of Eden” in 1955. And he shocked the world again when he died on Sept. 30, 1955, at age 24.

Sixty years after these events, he remains an icon, based on only three films. Dean hit a nerve because he was the right star in the right roles at the right time. After the Depression and World War II, many American adults wanted things to be “nice” and trouble-free. The affluent middle class moved into new suburban developments, while Madison Avenue started targeting teenagers as a distinct demographic with their own spending money.

The 1950s are often painted as a period of “Happy Days” innocence, but the optimistic attitude only partially masked fears of communists, the atomic bomb, polio and the growing awareness that the American Dream might be more complex than it seemed. And nobody was more suspicious
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‘Manglehorn’, ‘Spy’, ‘Brand’ headline South by Southwest 2015 film lineup

South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.

SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.

Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.

On the small screen,
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Sundance 2015: Dream Hotels and Nylon Exclusive Après Ski Party Photos

What did 350 A-list entertainment and film industry influencers, including James Franco, Kellen Luz, Paul Oakenfold, Rj Mitte (pictured above), Anya Taylor Joy and Mel Debarge among many do this past Saturday?Last night, Dream Hotels and Nylon hosted an exclusive Après Ski party attended by James Franco, Kellen Lutz, Paul Oakenfold and other stars during Sundance Film Festival.Dream Hotels, in partnership with Nylon, hosted an exclusive Après Ski Party last night during the 2015 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The star-studded event featured renowned DJ Mel Debarge and other NYC artists spinning for the elite crowd at a […]
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Tiff: ‘St. Vincent’, James Franco, ‘Kaguya’ round out festival lineup

With the Toronto International Film Festival just two weeks away starting on September 4 and running through September 14, Tiff has finalized their full slate of films along with the film schedule.

According to a press release, additions to this latest slate include World Premieres of concert-doc Roger Waters The Wall, Theodore Melfi’s Bill Murray vehicle St. Vincent, Kryzstof Zanussi’s Foreign Body and Raoul Peck’s Murder in Pacot. Also announced are the North American premieres of James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury, Isao Takahata’s Studio Ghibli film The Tale of Princess Kaguya and the Palme D’Or winning film by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Winter Sleep.

This last slate of announcement brings the total film count to a whopping 285 features and 108 shorts, including 143 World Premieres and 73 North American Premieres.

Tiff also disclosed their list of Mavericks Conversations, intimate talks with filmmakers and actors following screenings of their films.
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Toronto Film Festival completes lineup

The lineups for the Mavericks, Discovery, and Tiff Kids parts of the Toronto Film Festival were announced, wrapping up a series of lineup announcements for the Toronto International Film Festival.

With the added films, the festival’s entire slate is now a whopping 393 movies. Two hundred eighty-five of those movies are feature films, of which 143 are world premieres.

The Mavericks portion of the festival includes onstage discussions following the screening of each film. Do I Sound Gay? will be followed by a talk between director David Thorpe and sex-advice guru Dan Savage. Also premiering in that space is The 50 Year Argument,
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Palme d’Or Winner, Studio Ghibli Pair, “St. Vincent” & “Song of the Sea” Among Tiff’s Final Wave Items

Bill Murray is coming to Toronto folks. Actually, the film he stars in (Theodore Melfi’s St. Vincent) is having its official World Premiere launch at the jaw-dropping 285 feature film 2014 Tiff line-up. In the final batch of items we finally get the confirmation that 2014′s Palme d’Or Winner Winter Sleep (which gets added along with a trio of others to the Masters Programme) will show, and Tomm Moore’s highly anticipated Song of the Sea (among the four item line-up for Tiff Kids) also lands. Worth mentioning are the sprinkling of add-ons to the various other sections (Marjane Satrapi’s Sundance preemed The Voices, Matt Shakman’s Cut Bank and the world preem of Danis Tanovic’s Tigers) with a Studio Ghibli docu item being fitted into the Tiff Docs, but it is the Discovery Programme that finally takes shape.

The “up-and-comers” include Berlin Film Fest (and future Nyff
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Tiff 2014 Adds James Franco’s The Sound And The Fury, St. Vincent Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete! With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced. James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few. On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more. Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the Tiff lineup. Mavericks Program Mavericks Conversation With… Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua Mavericks Conversation With…
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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks
Bill Murray starrer St. Vincent will premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of this week’s wave of programming that includes Discovery.

The Discovery section includes the upcoming world premiere of Stories Of Our Lives, a portmanteau of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex testimonies by anonymous filmmakers from Kenya.

Selections include first-looks of Ross Katz’s Us comedy Adult Beginners, Sarah Leonor’s French Legion drama The Great Man, Isidora Marras’ Chile-Argentinian psychothriller I Am Not Lorena and UK drama X + Y.

Christopher Nolan, Steve McQueen, Lynne Ramsay and David Gordon Green all presented their first features in our Discovery section,” said Tiff artistic director Cameron Bailey. “It’s a great place to spot new talent first.”

Besides St. Vincent, Festival Additions includes concert film cum road movie Roger Waters The Wall, while the world premiere of Krzysztof Zanussi’s Foreign Body takes its place among the Masters strand.

Tiff Docs arrivals
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