After four years in limbo, fans will finally get a chance to see James Franco‘s Saturday Night Live documentary this weekend. Saturday Night will hit Hulu Plus on Friday September 26, marking the end of a long road for the comedy documentary.
Back in 2009/2019, Franco spent a week watching the then cast of Saturday Night Live put together an episode for one of his NYU film classes. He then realized the access he had was unprecedented, and created a feature based on the experience. Saturday Night premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 to solid reviews and got picked up for distribution. However, complicated rights issues and red tape locked the film up for some time. Read more about the James Franco Saturday Night Live documentary below. Read More »
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James Franco is everywhere. This week he’ll be travelling to Oz with Sam Raimi, and next week he’s heading to Spring Break with Harmony Korine. A few years ago, he was at 30 Rock shooting a documentary about Saturday Night Live. The film, Saturday Night, offered viewers unprecedented access behind the long-running sketch comedy show and garnered rave reviews when it hit the festival circuit in 2010. Since then the movie seemingly disappeared, leaving documentary and comedy fans clamouring for some kind of update.
Franco has finally given us that update, and the news is encouraging. Though the film was wrapped up in some rights issues, it has a new distributor and they’re currently figuring out how to release it. “It will come out,” said Franco. Read More »
South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival announced this morning that it will host the official premiere of Matthew Vaughn‘s big screen adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic Kick-Ass. Of course, a rough cut of the film secretly sneak previewed in December as part of Butt-num-a-thon. I was there and can tell you — believe the hype, this film is awesome. Kick-Ass will be the opening night film at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival in mid-March. The first wave of films were also announced, and include Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather, Sebastian Gutierrez’s Elektra Luxx, Hubble 3D (IMAX), Wes Orshoski and Greg Olliver’s documentary Lemmy, and James Franco’s documentary Saturday Night. You can read more about all the films mentioned above, in the press release after the jump.
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