The most surprising thing about The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book of the same name, is that it doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in its body. Here’s a film about the making of The Room, one of the worst and most baffling movies to ever achieve cult infamy, told with sincerity, sweetness, and pure affection. Franco isn’t here to laugh at The Room – he’s here to laugh with it. The Disaster Artist has no scorn for its subject. Instead, it is fascinated by this impossible-t0-believe tale and the impossible-to-believe movie it produced. No irony. No scorn. Only love.
And that makes a movie whose existence already feels impossible feel all the more unlikely and all the more wonderful.
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Almost three years ago, James Franco optioned the rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist, which the actor wrote about the experience of making The Room. The Room, of course, is director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau‘s cult midnight classic, a movie made with significantly more passion than skill. While we were hoping to see Franco’s film and Zeroville out last year, Franco’s behind-the-scenes look at The Room is debuting next month at South by Southwest.
Before The Disaster Artist premieres, there’s a new pic of Franco brothers from the film. Below, check out The Disaster Artist photo.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 by Angie Han
It took Warner Bros. a while to get out a follow-up to 2014’s The Lego Movie, but now we’re getting two of them in one year. This weekend marks the debut of The Lego Batman Movie, featuring the return of the tiny plastic minifig version of the Dark Knight. Then this fall we’re getting The Lego Ninjago Movie, centered around an entirely new cast of characters based on a distinct Lego toyline.
Dave Franco voices Lloyd, a young secret ninja who’s friends with a bunch of other young secret ninjas. When his dad, the evil lord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) poses a threat, Lloyd and his friends must take him down with the guidance of their mentor, Master Wu (Jackie Chan). Olivia Munn plays Lloyd’s mom Koko, and Fred Armisen, Abbi Jacobson, Kumail Nanjiani, Michael Peña, and Zach Woods round out the core cast as Lloyd’s buddies. Click through to watch the first The Lego Ninjago Movie trailer. Read More »
This week brings The LEGO Batman Movie to theaters, but it’s not the only spin-off from The LEGO Movie we can look forward to before The LEGO Movie Sequel arrives in 2019 (which just got a new director). There’s also The LEGO Ninjago Movie, and our first look at the animated martial arts flick has just arrived.
The first LEGO Ninjago Movie photos have just arrived, showing off the team of teenage ninja heroes voiced by Dave Franco, Michael Pena, Zach Woods, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani and Abbi Jacobson. We also get a first look at the villain voiced by Justin Theroux, and a new look at the master voiced by Jackie Chan. Check out The LEGO Ninjago Movie photos after the jump.
UPDATE: We have a LEGO Ninjago Movie trailer tease which you can also watch below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 15th, 2016 by Angie Han
As if you don’t have enough fall TV to catch up on already, Netflix is throwing another new series our way next week. Easy is an eight-episode anthology series created by Joe Swanberg, following several adults as they try to navigate love and sex in modern-day Chicago. The characters include long-term couples trying to spice up their relationships, singles looking for a connection, and everything in between.
The extensive cast includes Malin Akerman, Jane Adams, Andrew Bachelor, Orlando Bloom, Hannibal Buress, Aya Cash, Michael Chernus, Dave Franco, Jake Johnson, Marc Maron, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Kate Micucci, Emily Ratajkowski, Elizabeth Reaser, and many many more. Watch the Easy trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
In terms of new releases, it’s slim pickings out there this weekend. Oh sure, there are a couple of bigger films (Light Between Oceans and Morgan) and a handful of indies, plus some high-profile holdovers from earlier in the summer. But if none of those quite suit your fancy, how about revisiting a film you may have missed the first time around?
Lionsgate is putting its young adult thriller Nerve back into theaters across the country this weekend. You may remember it from its original July 27 release — it’s the one starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco as participants in an online game that’s “like Truth or Dare, minus the Truth.” But the really good news is that if you skipped it then and want to see it now, you’ll be able to do so for just $5. Read More »
Posted on Monday, June 27th, 2016 by Angie Han
Following the smashing success of 2014’s The Lego Movie, Warner Bros. has been building up its Lego movie franchise brick by brick. Next up will be The Lego Batman Movie, out in February, but after that comes Ninjago. That one will be based on Lego’s Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitsu line of toys, which already has its own video game and TV series. Development has been pretty quiet so far, but expect to hear more and more as its 2017 release date inches closer.
Today, for example, we have the Ninjago voice cast list to share with you. And it’s good news if you like to laugh. Jackie Chan will lead as Master Wu, and the others include two Silicon Valley stars, one-half of the Broad City duo, a Saturday Night Live alum, and more. Read More »
I’ve been itching to see Now You See Me 2 since I screened the first 15 minutes of the film at CinemaCon and a bomb scare in the theater somehow made the rest of the movie disappear. The trailers are compelling, although the CG-ness of some of the illusions still has me hesitant. Lionsgate has released two new clips from the upcoming magic heist sequel. Watch them now after the jump and tell me if they make you any more excited for the Jon Chu-directed thriller.
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The movies have always had a fraught relationship with the internet, depicting the online world as a vile hellscape where there is no hope, only agony and humiliation and maybe even the end of the world. And that’s not an entirely inaccurate description. The whole “the internet is pure evil” thing has been the subject of more than a few science fiction and horror films, with most of them building grand online conspiracies or using technology as the host for some king of supernatural evil. The arrival of a movie like Nerve proves that we’re ready to start talking about really makes the internet such a wretched hive of scum and villainy: other people.
The Nerve trailer is all about Emma Roberts and Dave Franco versus The Internet and c’mon, we all know who’s going to win that particular showdown. The internet devours all.
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The giant hunt for the new Han Solo seems to be slowly drawing to a close, with Hail, Caesar! star Alden Ehrenreich reportedly emerging as the frontrunner to strap on that iconic vest last week. If he does nab the coveted role, he will do so after surviving an audition process that saw him measured up against countless other performers, from total unknowns to actors who have headlined their own movies, like Miles Teller and Taron Egerton.
One of the actors who auditioned for the role but didn’t make the cut was Now You See Me and Neighbors star Dave Franco. Now that he’s free of the process, he’s talking about it. Just a little bit.
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