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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 »

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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 »

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Was Joss Whedon’s adaptation of the Shakespeare play Much Ado About Nothing a little more lightweight than you like from the Bard?

If so, the massive Sam Mendes-produced project The Hollow Crown might be what you’re looking for. The BBC series adapts four Shakespeare plays, ”Richard II,” “Henry IV Part 1″ and “Part 2,” and “Henry V,” with Tom Hiddleston, Patrick Stewart, Jeremy Irons and Ben Whishaw in primary roles. When I say “massive,” I mean it, too: this sucker runs over 500 minutes.

The word “epic” is abused with respect to stories of late, but I think it applies here with no doubt. Check out a trailer below. Read More »

The strangest stories are often true. The film adaptation of Moneyball, for instance, is a slightly strange story, as it traces multiple attempts to make the film, culminating in the Bennett Miller picture starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill. The film could be called Hill’s real coming-out as a dramatic actor, and he did a fine job. Now he’s reuniting with Brad Pitt as the latter produces a film based on a far stranger tale.

True Story will be based on a memoir by Michael Finkel in which Finkel (Hill), a newly disgraced journalist, is given a chance to redeem himself by interviewing Christian Longo, a man arrested for murder, to be played by James Franco. The first big kicker is that when arrested, Longo was masquerading as… Michael Finkel. Read More »

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