Posted on Monday, January 20th, 2014 by Angie Han
A decade after he made waves at Sundance with his feature directing debut Garden State, Zach Braff is back at the festival this year with his sophomore effort Wish I Was Here. And although it’s received mixed reviews so far, it has at least one big fan: Focus Features.
The distributor has just closed a deal for the domestic rights to the dramedy, beating out CBS Films and Lionsgate in an auction. The dramedy stars Braff alongside Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Ashley Greene, and Mandy Patinkin. More details after the jump.
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Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here is now infamous because of the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter campaign. But let’s not allow that to cloud the real picture –Braff’s fans coughed up $3.1 million for his second feature film because they loved his first movie. Garden State connected with teens and college-aged twenty somethings in a manner that rarely happens, almost in the way that a song or a poem connects, rather than a movie. Fans have been waiting over a decade for Braff to go back behind the camera for a follow-up. This year at Sundance they got it.
Wish I Was Here is a real crowd pleaser, earning a standing ovation at the Premiere screening at Park City’s The Marc theatre. The film is very funny; when the lights came up I was hurting from laughter and sniffling a bit. (Must have been the cold temperature of Utah, right? Yeah that has to be the reason…) It is my favorite movie of Sundance this year (thus far).
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Zach Braff has released the poster for his second directorial effort Wish I Was Here, which like Garden State is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival. Braff stars in the film alongside Josh Gad, Mandy Patinkin, Ashley Greene, Donald Faison, Jim Parsons and others. The movie is set to premiere this weekend. The LA /Film crew arrived in Park City last night and will be covering this and many other films over the next week. Hit the jump to see the full poster.
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Posted on Monday, January 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
In an entirely appropriate twist, Woody Allen‘s Bullets Over Broadway is now itself headed to Broadway. At the helm of the new show is Susan Stroman, who just so happens to have previous experience directing Broadway plays about Broadway plays — she previously directed and choreographed The Producers and picked up a couple of Tonys for her trouble.
Leading the musical production as naive playwright David Shayne is Zach Braff, of Scrubs and Garden State fame. How does he measure up to John Cusack, who played the role in Allen’s 1994 movie? See for yourself with a first-look image after the jump.
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The omnibus film Tar is based on the life and work of poet C.K. Williams, but the real attraction of the film is the cast. Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, and Bruce Campbell are among the actors who worked with twelve new directors from NYU to create a film that acts as both biopic for Williams and an exploration of his work.
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Hating on Zach Braff has become the cool thing to do. The reason being the actor/director took to Kickstarter in April to fund his next movie, Wish I Was Here. It was a polarizing move because many people felt Braff had enough clout to get traditional funding. He agreed, but decided he’d rather make the movie outside the system. Support and money poured in, as did criticism of the plan. Braff has remained steadfast in his decision, and is lining up a fantastic cast for the film. So far he’s got Anna Kendrick, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Jim Parsons and Josh Gad.
Braff stopped by Sirius XM earlier this week and not only did a little defending, he revealed he off-handedly explained the entire crowd funding avenue to Woody Allen. Allen, whose last few films have all been set in Europe because it’s easier for him to get funding there, was apparently quite taken by the idea. Braff also revealed that Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell approached him to write a song for the film. Read more, and listen, to the segments below. Read More »
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Update: Variety has a new report on this financing deal which changes the equation. In short, it says the funds from Worldview are gap financing, which is not at all what was reported earlier. To sum up, the production is doing foreign rights sales in Cannes, which we knew, and which Braff had disclosed weeks ago. Traditional loans against those sales may not come in fast enough to get the production going on schedule. So Worldview is, in essence, loaning that money to the production now so that it can move forward.
Producer Stacy Sher says “Worldview may end up providing nothing at the end of the day beyond the gap loan depending on how we do in Cannes.”
If Variety is accurate, then any assumptions made about “full financing” from Worldview could be quite wrong, as would be conclusions (such as mine) drawn from previous reports. (Zach Braff later updated his Kickstarter page with the same information, so there’s no reason to believe it is wrong.) Our original article follows; it was sourced from THR’s original report about the financing, which has been scrubbed to remove inaccurate information with no mention of that fact.
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