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Seth Rogen, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell join James Franco's Zeroville

24 October 2014 1:18 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Seth Rogen, Megan Fox and Will Ferrell have joined James Franco's Zeroville.

Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz have also been added to the film, reports Screen Daily.

Zeroville is an adaptation of the Steve Erikson 2007 novel set in the late 1960s.

The story centers around a 24-year-old architecture student and film obsessive with a print of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun tattooed on his head.

He travels to Hollywood and finds himself swept up into the film business after being mistaken for a member of the Charles Manson Family.

In addition to a starring role, Franco will also be directing the feature with Caroline Aragon and Vince Jolivette set to produce.

Jacki Weaver was recently added to the lineup.

Rogen and Franco are longtime collaborators on projects including The Interview, This is the End and The Sound and the Fury. »

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‘Humbling,’ ‘Rosewater’ bookend Austin Film Festival

30 September 2014 1:04 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The 2014 Austin Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on Oct. 23, along with Richard Lagravenese’s “The Last 5 Years,” an adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s “Rosewater” to close the festival on Oct. 30.

The Humbling,” (pictured) based a Philip Roth novel of the same name, stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who begins an affair with a much younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. “The Last 5 Years,” which writer-director Lagravenese will present at the festival, explores a five-year relationship between an ascending novelist, played by Jeremy Jordan, and a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick.

Stewart wrote and directed “Rosewater,” based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me” with Aimee Molloy about the Iranian journalist’s experience of as a prisoner in his native country for 118 days »

- Kevin Noonan

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The Sound And The Fury Review [Tiff 2014]

24 September 2014 10:50 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Prior to James Franco’s first adaptation in 2013, no one had taken on the daunting task of adapting a William Faulkner novel for film since 1983’s A Rose For Emily. Successfully adapting Faulkner is nearly impossible, and Franco learned this the hard way as scathing reviews for As I Lay Dying surfaced after its premiere. One would hope that Franco would have learned from that disaster, but less than a year later, the filmmaker is back with his adaptation of Faulkner’s most esteemed novel, The Sound and the Fury.

There are many reasons why the revered American author’s novels are often called “unfilmable.” While they are certainly experimental and cerebral, the most difficult part about adapting a Faulkner novel is capturing the stream-of-consciousness style of writing he often used. To elaborate, many of Faulkner’s novels are written in first person perspectives, with their narrator’s thoughts written »

- Matt Hoffman

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12 Things That Make Book Readers Feel Very Smug

24 September 2014 5:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

TriStar Pictures

E-Books, Kindles, Quick-Readers the world of literacy is spinning so fast right now but nothing beats grabbing a heavy hardback and being a hardcore book lover.

You didn’t put all this effort into getting through the Top Reads of All Time list by the time you graduated college for nothing; you can finally kick back, relax and be proud and smug about yourself. Only a true die-hard book lover will understand the emotional journey you are on daily as you head off into many different worlds. The late nights you have to endure because you know the ending is just a couple of chapters away, then when you get there are left devastated that your new favourite book has come to an end. You can even multi-task having your head in a good book whilst navigating through busy train stations with no problem at all.

So kick back, »

- Cheish Merryweather

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Carmel Film Festival to Screen ‘Nightcrawler,’ ‘Whiplash’

23 September 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Carmel International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its 6th edition, which includes Jake Gyllenhaal’s “Nightcrawler,” Tommy Lee Jones’ “The Homesman” and Sundance winner “Whiplash.”

The film festival, running Oct. 15-19 in Carmel, Ca., will also include a tribute to “You’re Not You” actress Emmy Rossum and a DreamWorks Animation panel with the filmmakers of “How to Train Your Dragon 2.”

“We’re excited about our film slate this year,” said Thomas Burns, festival president and founder, in the announcement.

This year’s fest is expected to draw over 24,000 attendees and will include over 120 features, shorts and documentaries.

More information can be found on the festival’s website.

Main program lineup:


The Homesman

• Whiplash

• 2 Days, 1 Night

• You’re Not You

The Sound and the Fury (Lee Caplin,2014)

• 10,000 Km

• Laggies

• 5 to 7

Force Majeure

• Learning to Drive

• Merry Friggin’ Christmas

• Catch Hell

• Dare to be Wild

Confessions of a Womanizer (Miguel Ali, »

- Variety Staff

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James Franco's next novel adaptation is Chuck Palahniuk's 'Rant'

12 September 2014 6:51 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

Another of Chuck Palahniuk’s works is being brought from the page to the big screen. No, not the still-surprising Fight Club 2—it’s his novel Rant, which will make the transition thanks to James Franco.

As Lit Reactor first reported, Franco has optioned the rights to adapt Palahniuk’s 2007 book, which goes by the full title Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey. The author and Franco both confirmed the news on Twitter on Sept. 11.

Buster Casey is coming to the big screen! @JamesFrancoTV just optioned Rant! Details here – #rant

Chuck Palahniuk (@chuckpalahniuk) September 11, 2014

Me And Chuck Palahniuk! »

- Jonathon Dornbush

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James Franco Options Chuck Palahniuk Novel Rant as Possible Starring Vehicle; Pamela Romanowsky to Write and Direct

11 September 2014 7:13 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

James Franco keeps his slate full with notable literary adaptations like The Sound and the Fury, Child of God, and Zeroville.  Franco will add another, as Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tells Lit Reactor that Franco optioned his book Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey.  Set in the near future, the story centers on recounted memories of Buster "Rant" Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby who "will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life." Deadline adds that Franco is eying the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is in line to write and direct the adaptation.  Hit the jump for Palahniuk's full quote and the book synopsis: Here's what Palahniuk told Lit Reactor: As of last night we've finalized a deal for James Franco to option my novel Rant.  Details about the casting, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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James Franco Bringing Chuck Palahniuk's 'Rant' To The Big Screen

11 September 2014 1:50 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

To date, only two of Chuck Palahniuk's novels have made the feature film leap—"Fight Club" and "Choke." One is considered one of the most important films of the millennium and the other...isn't. Meanwhile, James Franco's literary adaptations to date ("The Sound And The Fury," "Child Of God," "As I Lay Dying") have been a mixed bag at best. So, what will happen with the two combine? Well, we'll soon see, as Litreactor reports that Franco has snapped up the rights to Palahniuk's "Rant." It's all early days, and it's not clear if a studio is already involved, if Franco will direct or act or produce or all three, but the premise is pretty wild stuff, as you'd expect. Here's the Amazon synopsis: Buster “Rant” Casey just may be the most efficient serial killer of our time. A high school rebel, Rant Casey escapes from his small »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Tiff 2014: The Sound And The Fury Review

9 September 2014 6:30 AM, PDT | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

William Faulkner’s impressionistic novel The Sound and The Fury was published to little initial acclaim or success in 1929, and tells of the dissolution of a genteel family in the American south from the end of the Civil War into the first decades of the 20th century. The novel set the template for the down-at-heel Southern aristocratic tropes (incest, mental illness, alcoholism, etc) which has been endlessly replayed and parodied in popular culture, but the impressionistic, stream-of-consciousness prose and overlapping four-part narrative makes it a less than obvious choice for film adaptation.

The seemingly workaholic James Franco should have left well enough alone; his adaptation (following on from a poorly received 1959 film version by director Martin Ritt) is a laughable mis-fire on all fronts. The film reduces the novel’s four-part narrative to a three-part structure told from the points of view of brothers Benjy (Franco), Quentin (Jacob Loeb) and Jason (Scott Haze) Compson. »

- Ian Gilchrist

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La Roux's on the blower and James Franco goes bald plus the rest of today's breaking pop culture news

8 September 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

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Bringing you all todays red hot pop gossip in real-time, so you dont need to tarnish your browsing history with any other tawdry aggregators

Stay tuned for La Rouxs new vid, Mary Js London love-in, superheroes vs bullying and the latest on James Francos ongoing super-meta life-as-art projectTweet your topical witticisms to @guideguardian

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Few can lay claim to making one of the worst films in living history but that hasnt stopped J-Lo, oh no. »

- Sam Richards and Kate Hutchinson

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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

19 August 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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… »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Toronto unveils Discovery, Mavericks

19 August 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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Tiff 2014 Adds 'St. Vincent,' 'Winter Sleep' Plus New Films By Martin Scorsese, James Franco And More

19 August 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's just two weeks to go until the Toronto International Film Festival, and organizers are putting the final touches on the lineup. Sorry, still no sign of Terrence Malick. Today comes even more highlights added to the Tiff slate: The hugely buzzed, Bill Murray starring "St. Vincent" will make its world premiere; Palme d'Or winner "Winter Sleep" gets its North American debut; James Franco's "The Sound And The Fury" crosses the pond from Venice; Martin Scorsese's doc "The 50 Year Argument" arrives in Canada; and other movies to keep an eye on include efforts from Ross Katz, Julie Taymor and more. Tiff runs from September 4-14. Additions to the lineup below. Mavericks Conversation With… Denzel Washington and Antoine Fuqua Denzel Washington is one of the film world’s most prominent leading men, known best for his galvanizing portrayals of both real-life figures (Malcolm X, The Hurricane, American Gangster) and fictional. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Venice unveils festival lineup

24 July 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

The 71st Venice Film Festival announced its lineup this morning, highlighted by films from American directors, including David Gordon Green, Barry Levinson, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Andrew Niccol, and James Franco. As had been previously announced, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, starring Michael Keaton and many others, will be the opening film when the festival begins on Aug. 27.

Click below for the entire list of 55 films playing in Venice.


The Cut, directed by Fatih Akin

Starring Tahar Rahim, Akin Gazi, Simon Abkarian, George Georgiou

A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence, directed by Roy Andersson

Starring Holger Andersson, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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71st Venice Film Fest: Oppenheimer, Akin, Bahrani, Andersson & Ferrara Compete for Golden Lion

24 July 2014 5:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Whiles the likes of Terrence Malick, Todd Haynes, Alexander Sokurov, Giorgos Lanthimos and J.C. Chandor no where to be found in the fall fest season map (with concerns to Malick — Telluride and Tiff might still have those surprises up their sleeves) the 71st edition of the Venice Film Festival is still a lean and mean (American-French-Italian heavy) comp with the now “confirmed” presence of Fatih Akin (the cross continent The Cut - see pic above), Ramin Bahrani (Michael Shannon starrer 99 Homes), Abel Ferrara (a Thin Blue Line truth revealer Pasolini), David Gordon Green (Pacino comeback vehicle Manglehorn), Roy Andersson (the long awaited A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Reflecting On Existence) and Joshua Oppenheimer (public Indonesian isolation accompaniment film The Look Of Silence). The U.S. presence is equally as heavy in the Out of Comp section with the likes of Peter BogdanovichJoe DanteBarry LevinsonLisa Cholodenko and James Franco making a stop, »

- Eric Lavallee

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Casting: Ford, Wallis, Bratt, Cohen, Allen

15 January 2014 2:51 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Age of Adaline

Harrison Ford has joined the cast of the upcoming romantic drama "The Age of Adaline" for Lionsgate, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment. Filming begins in March.

The story follows the miraculous life of 29-year old Adaline (Blake Lively), who stops aging after recovering from a near-fatal accident. Over the course of the 20th century she embarks on an epic, but isolated worldwide journey, keeping her secret, until she meets a man who forever alters her life. [Source: Lionsgate]


Annabelle Wallis ("The Tudors," "Peaky Blinders") and Ward Horton ("The Wolf of Wall Street") are set to star in "Annabelle," the feature film spin-off of the haunted doll character from last year's hit supernatural thriller "The Conjuring".

Conuring's cinematographer John R. Leonetti is directing the project from a script by Gary Dauberman. Details of the story and production are unknown at present. [Source: The Wrap]

24: Live Another Day

Benjamin Bratt »

- Garth Franklin

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