Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
As weird as James Franco‘s next film The Disaster Artist sounds, it probably doesn’t stand much chance of being weirder than the film it’s about: The Room, the famously terrible romantic drama that’s gone from little-seen oddity to ironic cult favorite. For starters, whereas director / writer / star Tommy Wiseau‘s oblivious ineptitude accounts for a lot of The Room‘s outsider charms, The Disaster Artist, which follows the making of that movie, is made by professionals with experience appealing to more or less mainstream audiences.
Still, a touch of strangeness is welcome in a project like this, and fortunately (or unfortunately) Wiseau himself is here to help. Franco has the plum role of Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, but Wiseau himself will also appear in a “contractually obligated” cameo. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Room is one of the most fascinating bad movies ever made. Like so many examples of accidental outsider art (see the likes of Dangerous Men), here is a movie that isn’t lazy or lacking in passion – it’s just made by somebody whose burning desire to tell a story outweighs his talent on every conceivable level. The mainstream acceptance of The Room has been a double-edged sword for the film’s legacy. It is now one of the most famous stinkers of all time, but its status as an underground sensation has been tarnished by its move into the mainstream. Everyone can quote The Room, which dulls the mystique that powers so many cult favorites.
I’m absolutely fascinated by The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s new film that will chronicle the making of The Room. I wonder if this look behind the curtains, brought to you by one of the most delightfully weird guys working in Hollywood at the moment, will restore the film as a B-movie oddity worthy of discussion or continue to reduce it to memes.
Long story short: Franco has revealed a first look as himself as The Room director Tommy Wiseau and a bunch of new people have joined the cast.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 8th, 2015 by Angie Han
Need a refresher on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2? How about another Gotham Season 2 clip? What does Harley Quinn‘s co-creator think of her Suicide Squad look? Does James Gunn have a status update on Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2? What superhero movie does Tommy Wiseau want to direct? How can superhero movies stay fresh, according to Chris Evans? What does Jesse Eisenberg love about the Batman v Superman script? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Sequels, spinoffs, and reboots aplenty after the jump.
- Samurai Cop 2 is happening with Tommy Wiseau
- Caity Lotz will return for The Pact 2
- Mark Ruffalo offers a Now You See Me 2 update
- The third Sharknado will hit Washington DC
- Ghostbusters producer Joe Medjuck talks threequel
- Woman in Black 2 will open in January 2015
- Watch another Drumline: A New Beat preview
- See another trailer for the Veronica Mars spinoff
- Conjuring spinoff Annabelle gets a creepy TV spot
- Get your first look at Transporter Legacy
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James Franco‘s upcoming film based on the book, The Disaster Artist, just got a little weirder. The book tells the behind the scenes story of the making of cult classic, The Room. One of the film’s co-stars Greg Sestero (“Oh hi, Mark”) co-wrote the book about the unfathomable production of the notoriously terrible film and Franco purchased the rights earlier this year. He’ll direct and play one of the film’s two leads, The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau. Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing.
One of the funniest threads in the book is the awkward bromance between Wiseau and Sestero and, in classic Franco fashion, he’s upping the awkward. It seems his younger brother Dave Franco (Neighbors) has been tapped to play Sestero, the film’s main character. Read More »
A couple months ago James Franco optioned rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s masterpiece of bad cinema, The Room. At that point Franco was set as producer and director, and roped in Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to produce alongside him. But it always seemed like Franco had to end up playing Wiseau, too. Now Seth Rogen says that is indeed the plan. Read More »
When Tommy Wiseau set out to make The Room, he never thought it would come to this. Or maybe, in his wild mind, he did. Wiseau famously made “the worst movie ever” around 2003. In the decade since, The Room has become a midnight cult classic. Actor Greg Sestero bore witness to the whole thing, playing Wiseau’s character’s best friend, Mark. Years later, he wrote a fantastic book about the experience, called The Disaster Artist.
Here’s where it gets really crazy. James Franco has now purchased the rights to The Disaster Artist. He’ll direct, produce and co-star in an adaptation of the book, and the film will also be produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
Did the President’s fiscal policy help make the new trilogy a reality? Also after the jump:
- Listen to Kyle Newman‘s Han Solo-centric radio drama
- Who wants Tommy Wiseau to direct the new trilogy?
- Ewan McGregor is totally willing to return as Obi-Wan
- George Lucas is giving the Bay Area another Yoda statue
- Rancho Obi-Wan’s Steve Sansweet shows off his collection
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While Tommy Wiseau fans patiently wait for The Room in 3D, the writer, director and star of one of the worst films of all time is getting his own web series. The Tommy Wi-Show will feature the famous eccentric as he “engages in a no-holds-barred struggle against mysterious alien forces and a million different video games.” New episodes will be released every Sunday beginning September 25 and are described as “part talk show, part video game reviews, and infinite amounts of weird sci-fi insanity.”
Before The Tommy Wi-Show kicks off at Machinima (the same people who presented Mortal Kombat: Legacy), check out the teaser trailer below. Read More »
Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room is regularly considered one of the worst movies ever made, and its strange appeal is enhanced by the fact that it is equally as mysterious. In interviews Wiseau, who wrote, directed and starred in the epic train wreck, frequently talks around questions about the film’s financing and production. More recently there was some question if he even directed the film at all. It’s no surprise, then, that the resulting film has become a cult phenomenon, spawning bawdy, participatory screenings from coast to coast.
One of the men who was at ground zero for the disaster was Greg Sestero. Sestero played Mark, the main character Johnny’s best friend who – spoiler alert – sleeps with Johnny’s girlfriend, settling off the over the top and hilarious chain of events that makes up the film’s plot. Sestero recently signed a deal with Simon and Schuster to tell his side of the story and his book, Locked Inside ‘The Room’ will be published in early 2013. Read more after the jump. Read More »