Since the last foray into historical drama by Nicole Kidman resulted in the continuously delayed and forgotten Grace of Monaco, maybe teaming up with the eccentric Werner Herzog for his narrative Queen of the Desert might yield better results.
The first trailer for the Berlin Film Festival selection has just arrived, showcasing the story of cartographer Gertrude Bell, an explorer who negotiated with Arab nations and helped establish the countries of Iraq and Jordan. The film follows around ten years of Bell’s life, focusing mostly on how her career was impacted by various romances over the years with suitors played by Robert Pattinson, James Franco and Damian Lewis. Watch the Queen of the Desert trailer after the jump! Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
Forget trying to live up to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry‘s original source material. Can Mark Bridges‘ The Little Prince possibly live up to its enchanting trailers? If it can — if it’s even half as good — we could be looking at an instant classic.
What makes the latest The Little Prince trailer even more appealing to us is that it features the English-language voice cast. That includes Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Rachel McAdams, and James Franco, with Riley Osborne as the little prince himself. Watch the Little Prince trailer after the jump. Read More »
The upcoming Hulu series based on Stephen King‘s novel 11/22/63 just got a serious director for its first two episodes, as Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play) has signed to direct the first two installments of the nine-episode event series, and exec produce the show. Along with the news of Macdonald’s hire, we’ve got word on more cast members signing on to join James Franco, who plays the lead, a schoolteacher who travels back in time with the aim of preventing the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Read More »
Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week James Franco helps put on our smart hat, we see life meet art meet satire, we shakedown some bankers who are wankers, see what Napoleon Dynamite is doing with the Rubber man, and take an interest in a world that’s getting hungry.
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I love this image of James Franco, but he’ll probably look a bit more dignified when he travels back in time to stop the killing of John F. Kennedy. The pic above is from the last time the actor was involved in an assassination story, when he was the one potentially doing the killing. Now he’s changing sides. Franco is now set to star in the 11/22/63 TV series, which Hulu will air as an adaptation of the novel by Stephen King, produced by J.J. Abrams’ company Bad Robot. Read More »
The next directorial effort from James Franco will be an adaption of the John Steinbeck novel In Dubious Battle, and he has assembled a big-name cast: Selena Gomez, Vincent D’Onofrio, Robert Duvall, Ed Harris, Bryan Cranston and Danny McBride. The film will shoot in March, and we have a few more details on Franco’s In Dubious Battle film adaptation below. Read More »
Though it doesn’t say it at the beginning, True Story is indeed a true story. It’s the story of Mike Finkel, a New York Times reporter who is oddly drawn into the world of Christian Longo, an Oregon man accused of killing his wife and three children. Playing against their usual types, Jonah Hill plays Finkel and James Franco plays Longo in first time feature director Rupert Gould’s crime mystery that is mostly good, but falls short of its full potential. Read more of our True Story review below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2014 by Angie Han
Lost in all the commotion surrounding Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview is the question of whether the movie itself is actually worth seeing, for reasons other than patriotism. Personally I’m a fan, but your mileage may vary if you’re not into that kind of thing. So to help you make up your mind, Sony has released one final The Interview red-band trailer. Watch it after the jump. Read More »
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It’s been a strange story for The Interview so far, but the film is in theaters now thanks to a last-minute plan by Sony, spurred in part by the efforts of Alamo Drafthouse founder Tim League and folks at the Art House Convergence.
And whether or not you’re interested in seeing the film, there’s another good angle to this release: despite being a studio film, the movie is primarily in independent theaters. These are the same businesses that might otherwise struggle as a glut of new releases hits the big chain cinemas. Many of these showings are likely to sell out (tickets might already be gone for Cinefamily in LA), so that’s a good boon for those businesses.
Below is a list of all The Interview theaters — or as close to all of them as we’ve been able to collate so far. There may be a few more, but this is a fairly comprehensive rundown. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
If you’re disappointed you’ll no longer be able to see James Franco‘s interview skills in The Interview next week, maybe True Story can help scratch that itch. Directed by Rupert Goold, the Sundance drama sees Franco engaging in an entirely different kind of interview, from the other side of the coneversation.
Franco plays Christian Longo, a man wanted for murdering his family. He goes on the run and assumes the identity of New York Times reporter Michael Finkel — much to the surprise of the real Michael Finkel, played by Jonah Hill. Watch the True Story trailer after the jump. Read More »