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Seth Rogen On James Franco: He ‘Helped Me Be Happier With My Work’

Seth Rogen On James Franco: He ‘Helped Me Be Happier With My Work’
James Franco is one of the six names in entertainment being celebrated at the inaugural IndieWire Honors on Nov. 2. His vision as a filmmaker and actor is showcased in “The Disaster Artist” as well as HBO’s “The Deuce,” and he’s receiving the Vanguard Award for film. Seth Rogen, who produced “The Disaster Artist” and has been friends with Franco for years, shares his thoughts here on collaborating with his actor friend:

So, before I start this story, I just wanna say that, first, I get that it kind of has an element of me, like, explaining that I thought of a funny joke. So I get that. I’m not, like, oblivious to that. But it’s mostly a story about how great Franco is and what he taught me and all that, so just hang tight.

We were filming “Pineapple Express” in 2007. I had first met James
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Top 10 things to do in San Francisco

San Francisco is the City by the Sea where Tony Bennett left his heart. To those who lived through the Swinging Sixties it is most familiar as the birthplace of the hippies — who went to San Francisco with flowers in their hair urging people to “make love not war”. There is so much to see and do in San Fran, from the notorious Alcatraz Prison sitting on the rock across the bay to watching the hundreds of sea lions that have made the pallets and pontoons floating off Pier 39 their home. Here are the top ten things to...read more
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Shirley Henderson’s ‘Urban Hymn’ Set for May 12 Release in U.S. (Exclusive)

Shirley Henderson’s ‘Urban Hymn’ Set for May 12 Release in U.S. (Exclusive)
Level 33 Entertainment will release Shirley Henderson’s coming-of-age drama “Urban Hymn” on May 12 in the U.S.

The film is set against the backdrop of the U.K. summer riots in 2011. The story centers on a wayward teen, played by Letitia Wright, who is encouraged by Henderson’s inspiring and unconventional social worker to use singing as an escape from her troubled background — while her loyalties soon become torn between Henderson’s character and her possessive and volatile best friend, played by Isabella Laughland. Ian Hart also stars.

Urban Hymn” will screen in select theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit, Dallas, Houston, Miami, and Washington, D.C. The film will also be available On Demand platforms including At&T U-verse, Comcast, DirecTV, Spectrum, Amazon Instant, iTunes, Dish Network, Vubiquity and Vudu.

Michael Caton-Jones, whose credits include “Doc Hollywood,” “Rob Roy,” “The Jackal,” “City By The Sea,
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Open Road to go wide in Us on Travis Fimmel, Forest Whitaker heist movie

Open Road to go wide in Us on Travis Fimmel, Forest Whitaker heist movie
Finding Steve McQueen is being sold at the Efm by Ambi.

Open Road Films has acquired Us distribution rights to heist film Finding Steve McQueen, directed by Mark Steven Johnson (Ghost Rider, Daredevil).

The cast includes Vikings star Travis Fimmel, Forest Whitaker, William Fichtner and Rachael Taylor.

Open Road is set to release the film wide in 2018 for Ambi Distribution, the worldwide sales arm of Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Media Group, which is handling international sales and will introduce the project to foreign distributors at the Efm in Berlin.

The deal was negotiated on behalf of Open Road Films by CEO Tom Ortenberg, chief operating officer and general counsel, Elliott Kleinberg and svp acquisitions, Lejo Pet and by Andrea Iervolino , Silvio Muraglia and Joseph Cohen on behalf of Ambi Media Group and Paradox Studios.

The film is based on a true story about the biggest bank heist in American history, when a gang
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Urban Hymn movie review: the healing power of music

A startling portrait of girls at risk, with a magnificent performance by gonna-be-a-star Letitia Wright. Lovely, moving, utterly unsentimental. I’m “biast” (pro): desperate for movies about girls and women

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

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

When she turns 18 in nine months, Jamie Harrison will be thrown out of the London group home for troubled kids she’s been living in for years: she will be presumed to be capable to taking care of herself. It terrifies her, which isn’t surprising. Nor is it surprising that she has a very difficult time accepting the helping hand that comes in the form of a new social worker in the house, Kate Linton. When Kate, who has been desperate to make a connection with the girl, discovers Jamie’s not-so-secret talent — she’s an amazing singer, with a taste for Etta James
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Josh Wiggins and Odeya Rush In First Photo From The Bachelors

Fortitude International has released a first look photo from The Bachelors.

The movie stars Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (Whiplash, Terminator Genisys, Juno), Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Julie Delpy (Before Sunrise, Before Sunset), Josh Wiggins (Hellion, Max, Lost In The Sun) and Odeya Rush (Upcoming Hunter’S Prayer, The Giver, Goosebumps)

Hoping for a fresh start, a widower and his 17-year-old son move from a small northern California town to Los Angeles, where a new job, a new school, a wry old friend and two extraordinary women play a transformative role in the reshaping of their lives.

Fortitude is handling international rights to the film in Cannes.

The comedy drama is written and directed by Kurt Voelker (Sweet November, Park) and produced by Matthew Baer (Unbroken, Maggie, City By The Sea), George Parra (Joy, The Descendants, Silver Linings Playbook), and Windowseat Entertainment’s Joe McKelheer (Barely Lethal, The Hammer) and Bill Kiely (Chasing Giants,
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Jim Clark, Oscar-Winning Editor of ‘The Killing Fields,’ Dies at 84

Jim Clark, who won an Oscar for editing Roland Joffé’s “The Killing Fields” and was also nominated for his work on the director’s film “The Mission,” died in the U.K. on Feb. 25. He was 84 and had been ill for some time.

News of his death was announced by the Guild of British Film and TV Editors on Feb. 26.

His credits also include Stanley Donen’s “Charade” (1963); John Schlesinger’s “Darling” (1965), “The Day of the Locust” (1975) and “Marathon Man” (1976); Michael Apted’s “Agatha” (1979), “Nell” (1994) and Bond film “The World Is Not Enough”; Michael Caton-Jones’ “Memphis Belle” (1990) and “City by the Sea” (2002); and Mike Leigh’s “Vera Drake” (2004) and “Happy-Go-Lucky” (2008).

In addition to the Schlesinger films listed above, he did uncredited work on the director’s “Far From the Madding Crowd” and served as a creative consultant on the helmer’s 1969 classic “Midnight Cowboy.”

Clark received the American Cinema
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Sierra/Affinity's Kristen Figeroid to exit after Cannes

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Sales executive to “pursue other opportunities”.

La-based Sierra/Affinity has announced that sales exec Kristen Figeroid is to leave her role at the company to explore new opportunities.

Figeroid most recently served as Sierra/Affinity’s evp sales and distribution sourcing and representing films that Sierra/Affinity brought to the international marketplace.

Figeroid has been with Sierra/Affinity since 2010 when she joined as svp of sales. Figeroid will be part of the firm’s team at this year’s Cannes Marche representing the company and its sales slate.

She will formally exit her post in mid-June, when her responsibilities will be absorbed by the existing team at the company.

Company principals Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg said Figeroid had been “part of the fabric of our growth”.

“Kristen is a very talented executive and we are confident she will continue to thrive in any future position or venture she undertakes,” they added. “We
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Paramount Studios Hosts Produced By 2015 with Array of Producers, Talent

This year the Produced By Conference will present at the Paramount studio a range of programming from mentoring roundtables and workshops to networking events. Besides the most-popular “Conversations With…” series with top producer/filmmakers such as Reese Witherspoon, Tyler Perry, Lee Daniels, Marshall Herskovitz and Brian Grazer, Produced By conference sessions will cover an array of topics: life story adaptations, indie features, burgeoning Chinese markets and investors, non-fiction television, the writer-producer collaboration, horror storytelling, video games, and evolving social media. Pbc participants so far include: Richard Abramowitz – President, AbramoramaKeith Arem – Creative Director and President, Pcb Productions (“Call of Duty,” “Titanfall”)Craig Armstrong – Co-Founder and CEO, 5X5 Media (“Survivor,” “King of the Nerds”)Matthew Baer – Principal, Matt Baer Films (Unbroken, City By The Sea)Justin Berenbaum – Vice President, Business...
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Michael Caton-Jones to direct fantasy epic Giant Under the Snow

Michael Caton-Jones to direct fantasy epic Giant Under the Snow
Michael Caton-Jones will be directing a movie adaptation of the children's epic Giant Under the Snow.

The film will be based on the 1968 bestselling children's novel by John Gordon, Variety reports.

Giant Under the Snow follows three children who find an old, evil relic which contains powerful magical powers.

The children must return the relic to its rightful owner before they wake up the legendary giant under the snow.

Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Chalet Girl writer Tom Williams.

Filming is to start in October this year and it will be released in cinemas for Christmas 2016.

Caton-Jones's credits include City by the Sea, Beyond the Gates and Basic Instinct 2. His latest film Urban Hymn, starring Shirley Henderson, will be released later this year.
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Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Fantasy Epic ‘Giant Under the Snow’

Michael Caton-Jones to Direct Fantasy Epic ‘Giant Under the Snow’
London — Michael Caton-Jones is set to direct epic fantasy “The Giant Under the Snow,” which is budgeted at £20 million ($30.9 million).

Caton-Jones’ credits include “Scandal” (1989), “Memphis Belle” (1990), “Doc Hollywood” (1991), “This Boy’s Life” (1993), “Rob Roy” (1995), “The Jackal” (1997), “City by the Sea” (2002), “Beyond the Gates” (2005) and “Basic Instinct 2” (2006). His latest film is “Urban Hymn,” which is due for release this year.

“The Giant Under the Snow,” which is based on the children’s novel by John Gordon, will be a live-action film with some CGI. Caton-Jones is developing the screenplay with Tom Williams (“Chalet Girl,” “Kajaki”), with shooting expected to start in October. Pic is looking to secure a theatrical release at Christmas 2016.

The film, which will shoot at Pinewood and Shepperton studios and at U.K. locations, is produced by David Rogers, and Paul Tucker, who was Mel Gibson’s head of European production for 10 years, is an executive producer.
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Unbroken’ From Director Angelina Jolie

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new sports drama “Unbroken” from director Angelina Jolie about the true story of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini!

The film is written by the Coen brothers (“No Country for Old Men,” “Fargo”).

Unbroken,” which opens on Dec. 25, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Jack O’Connell as Louie Zamperini along with Garrett Hedlund, Ken Watanabe, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney, Finn Wittrock, Morgan Griffin, Alex Russell, Sophie Dalah and Takamasa Ishihara from director and producer Angelina Jolie and writers Joel Coen and Ethan Coen.

To win your free “Unbroken” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you
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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken in St. Louis

Wamg has your passes to the advance screening of one of this year’s most talked about films – Unbroken.

Sit down with director Angelina Jolie and the late Louis Zamperini as they discuss the former Olympian & WWII hero’s incredible true life story in a new behind-the-scenes look from the movie.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s enormously popular book, the upcoming epic drama starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund & Finn Wittrock opening in theaters on December 25th, 2014!

Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII-only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book,
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Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt And Jack O’Connell At Unbroken Sydney, Australia World Premiere

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The final, and yet-to-be-seen, film of the awards season had its world premiere in Sydney, Australia on Monday. Director Angelina Jolie and husband Brad Pitt walked the red carpet for Best Picture hopeful Unbroken, along with stars Jack O’Connell and Miyavi, to greet fans, sign autographs and take photos.

The epic drama follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Variety writes: “Reaction to the often-intense film was largely positive, with the black-tie audience gasping audibly at one particularly shocking maritime moment and the unrelenting visceral wartime brutality that punctuates Zamperini’s tale of survival. Warm applause at the end of the film drowned out the opening
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Unbroken Honors Veterans Day – Share Your Stories of Inspiration & Strength

In honor of Veterans Day, join Universal Pictures in recognizing former Olympian, WWII veteran and Pow survivor Louis Zamperini and other heroes like him who have served or are currently serving in the military by taking part in the #IAmUnbroken project.

The #IAmUnbroken project celebrates and inspires unbroken spirits from all walks of life and invites users to share their own #IAmUnbroken stories.

Go to www.IAmUnbroken.com to upload your videos, photos and text or take to social media to post your inspirational story with hashtag #IAmUnbroken. Stories are now being featured on the site, and a select few will be chosen to have a team create a professional video segment of their story with the chance to be featured on NBC’s Today.

Submit your #IAmUnbroken stories, videos, photos and text here.

Academy Award winner Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible
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New Trailer, Posters & Social Movement from Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

Defy the odds with a new trailer & posters from director Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. Based on the incredible true story of former Olympian & WWII hero Louis Zamperini, the upcoming epic drama starring Jack O’Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Miyavi, Garrett Hedlund & Finn Wittrock opens in theaters on December 25th, 2014.

(Yahoo Movies)

Universal Pictures has launched the #IAmUnbroken project inspired by Louis Zamperini’s indomitable spirit. With his determination and resilience, Zamperini exemplified the strength of the human spirit to overcome any obstacle and remain Unbroken.

The #IAmUnbroken social movement works to spread inspiring stories of triumph over adversity, reminding us to live every day to the fullest and to never doubt the resilience of the human soul. To share your own #IAmUnbroken stories, or that of a loved one, visit www.IAmUnbroken.com.

By uploading videos, photos, and social media posts with hashtag #IAmUnbroken, a few select stories will be chosen
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Venice to honour Frances McDormand

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Venice to honour Frances McDormand
Us actress best known for her work in Coen Brothers’ movies including Fargo to receive talent award.

Us actress Frances McDormand is to be awarded the Persol Tribute to Visionary Talent Award 2014 at the 71st Venice International Film Festival (Aug 27 - Sep 6).

The prolific actress is best known for her collaborations with the Coen Brothers in films including Fargo, Raising Arizona, Burn After Reading and her first ever film role, Blood Simple.

McDormand will receive the honour on Sept 1 in the Sala Grande (Palazzo del Cinema) and will be followed by the out of competition screening of Olive Kitteridge directed by Lisa Cholodenko.

The four-part HBO miniseries adaptation of the eponymous Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Elizabeth Strout co-stars Richard Jenkins, Bill Murray, John Gallagher Jr. and Zoe Kazan.

The Playtone / As Is production will debut on HBO in the Us in November and is executive produced by McDormand alongide Gary Goetzman, Tom Hanks and [link
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Spotlight on the Stars: James Franco

Howdy ladies and gentleman For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go ahead and take a look at a rather unique A-lister. Someone who vacillates between humongous Hollywood blockbusters and odd little independent films, always doing his own thing. The A-lister in question? None other than James Franco. He’s many things to many people, but he’s unquestionably a star. He’s given a few incredibly good performances, but he’s never a boring actor to watch. He’s easily one of Tinseltown’s most interesting actors to follow. Almost constantly engaging in some form of art, Franco is at his core, just that…an artist. He may be a bit of a weirdo to some, but he’s an A-lister regardless and deserves this tribute. Franco wasn’t always considered a “weird” star. He got his start basically as a heartthrob. He first came on to
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Trailer: Unbroken

Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, with the Coens on writing duty.

Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Director Jolie began shooting some of the most dramatic and challenging scenes on Wednesday, October 16, on location far out at sea in Moreton Bay, Australia, with Zamperini (O’Connell) and his fellow airmen—Phil (Domhnall Gleeson) and Mac (Finn Wittrock)—having impossibly survived being adrift in the open Pacific for several weeks.

Working with cameras on a floating rig in choppy waters and braving the elements, with actors dieting for months to appear as depleted as their characters, Jolie completed
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Trailer Hits For Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken

“Never give up. No matter what.” – Louie Zamperini

From director and Oscar-winner Angelina Jolie, watch the first trailer for her upcoming film Unbroken. From this beautifully cut preview, the movie has all the makings of an Oscar champion – expect to see great things for Unbroken at next year’s Academy Awards.

Jolie directs and produces the epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII—only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp.

Sadly, Zamperini passed away on July 2 at age 97.

Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s (“Seabiscuit: An American Legend”) enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

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