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 »
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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 »
Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jonah Hill and James Franco have worked together a few times before, but their latest team-up is a little bit different. True Story isn’t a joke-a-minute raunchfest, but an R-rated drama. As the title suggests, it’s based on a true story.
Hill plays disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel, and Franco is accused killer Christian Longo, who assumes Finkel’s identity. Get your True Story first look after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sony’s first two Jump Street movies were a cinematic comedy reboot of a TV drama popular in the ’80s and ‘90s. The next Jump Street pic will be that, too, of course, but it might also be a revival of a sci-fi film series dating back to 1997.
The studio is reportedly considering making 23 Jump Street (or whatever it winds up being called) a Men in Black crossover. Maybe the space-set 2121 Jump Street wasn’t such a farfetched idea after all. Hit the jump for more on the potential Jump Street Men in Black crossover. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 11th, 2014 by Angie Han
Paul Greengrass may have found himself another dramatic true-life saga to direct. He’s reportedly circling The Ballad of Richard Jewell, about the 1996 Atlanta Olympics bombing. The film would reunite Greengrass with his Captain Phillips writer Billy Ray. Wolf of Wall Street besties Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are set to star. Hit the jump for all the details.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 by Angie Han
One of the best jokes in 22 Jump Street was an extended montage about the rash of sequels sure to follow. But considering that 22 Jump Street wound up making six times its budget at the box office, it may not be long before that gag becomes reality.
Sony is getting the ball rolling on 23 Jump Street, setting 22 Jump Street co-writer Rodney Rothman to pen the script. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are on board as well, albeit just as producers for now. Hit the jump on the latest 23 Jump Street news.
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We knew that Phil Lord and Chris Miller shot a lot of extra material for 22 Jump Street, and that a good chunk of it is going to be on the Blu-ray release of the movie. (The Blu will also supposedly feature a much shorter version of the film, the 10-minute “serious” edit.) If you can’t wait a couple more months to see all the extra shenanigans that didn’t make the theatrical cut of the film, check out this clip of 22 Jump Street outtakes. Read More »
Phil Lord and Chris Miller continue their expectation-defying run with this week’s release of 22 Jump Street. When the pair directed the big-screen reboot/update/comedic riff on the early Fox TV show 21 Jump Street, the very concept seemed like a joke. But stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill turned out to be a perfect pair. Lord and Miller knew it was all little more than a joke, and turned out a film that was consistently funny and kept characters in mind as it also played with familiar comedy setups.
22 Jump Street applies Lord and Miller’s character-based approach to comedy but layers in a healthy cynicism about the sequel-making process. “Meta-sequel” is a term that has been applied to this movie as reviews roll in, and for obvious reason. The first act is almost entirely about the fact that, yeah, they’re doing it all again. Yet no matter how frequently the film is self-aware, it keeps its sights on comedy and character. This is still a frothy sequel, but in acknowledging and embracing the film’s nature, Lord and Miller skate through the setup and deliver another entertaining two hours.
Below, tell us what you thought of 22 Jump Street — spoilers, as always in these posts, are fully encouraged in the discussion thread. Read More »
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