James Franco pays the bills (and has a great time) in big movies, and in friend projects such as This Is the End and The Interview. On the side, he has become a prolific art house director. His latest directorial effort to hit theaters is a really something to behold. Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God, this latest film from Franco is a tightly-crafted and very effective story of a wildly unstable man.
Child of God is pure, undiluted McCarthy. Anyone who has hoped to see the core of a novel like Blood Meridian translated to the screen should see this one. If nothing else, it makes clear why putting hardcore McCarthy concepts into a mainstream movie is particularly difficult. Child of God is grimy, ugly, and odd. The lead, Scott Haze (above), gives one of the most raw, rub-till-it-bleeds performances I’ve seen in a long time. His work is chilling. (Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack also co-star, and Franco appears in a brief role.) Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
2013 was a big year for James Franco. Not only did he star in a whole bunch of things, from Spring Breakers to Oz the Great and Powerful to This Is the End to ABC’s The Mindy Project, he also hit the film festival circuit with three separate films that he’d directed. Two of them, Interior. Leather Bar. and As I Lay Dying, have already received limited theatrical releases, but the third, Child of God, is still on its way.
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the crime drama stars Scott Haze as an outcast who retreats from society, and becomes progressively more disturbed and degraded. The first teaser hit back in August, and now a full-length trailer has finally arrived. Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, and James Franco also star. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 28th, 2013 by Angie Han
While Ridley Scott brings Cormac McCarthy‘s first original screenplay to the big screen, James Franco is tackling another of his stories.
The multi-hyphenate’s latest directorial effort is Child of God, based on McCarthy’s novel of the same title. Scott Haze leads the cast as Ballard, a violent outsider turned serial killer in ’60s Tennessee. The first teaser has hit the web, and you can see it after the jump.
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Want to know more of the story that awaits in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, scripted by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men)? The latest trailer out of the UK will give you more details than any previous look at the film. We know that the story features Michael Fassbender foray into the drug trade, which puts him into contact with characters played by Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem.
But this trailer lays out a lot more story structure, and also reveals more of the steely nature of the character played by Cameron Diaz. Check it out below. Read More »
I try not to watch a lot of clips, but the idea of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt in a film scripted by Cormac McCarthy (The Road and No Country for Old Men) is something I can’t say no to. The Counselor is the movie — it’s the latest from Ridley Scott — and in advance of a new trailer hitting tomorrow we’ve got two clips that show those actors in a couple scenes. As the first trailer suggests, this looks like dark stuff that gets pretty desperate, as Fassbender plays an attorney who thinks he can just casually become part of the drug trade.
These two clips get across tone and menace more than they do plot, so I think even those who are particularly averse to spoilers can dig in while waiting for the next trailer. Read More »
Posted on Friday, July 19th, 2013 by Angie Han
Looking back at Season 1 of Breaking Bad, it’s funny to remember how unassuming Walter White was in the very beginning. Meth-making was just something he turned to in a desperate attempt to support his family. But getting into that world is easier than getting out of it, and at this point there’s really no possibility he’ll get a happy ending when the show returns next month.
In Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, Michael Fassbender‘s lawyer character learns a similar lesson. In his eagerness to make a quick buck, he slips into the drug trade. When a deal goes sour, though, he soon realizes that it’s not such easy money after all. Watch the first domestic trailer after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
A film directed by Ridley Scott, scripted by Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and John Leguizamo can’t possibly help but come with sky-high expectations. Happily, the first teaser for The Counselor isn’t letting us down.
To be fair, it’s tough to tell exactly what’s going on here since the audio is Russian. For all I know, Pitt’s dubbed voice could just be reciting the opening lines of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. But the movie looks utterly intense and very, very gorgeous, and if anyone’s earned the benefit of our doubt it’s this group. Hit the jump to watch the footage.
Update: We’ve now got the English-language version of the teaser. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
As Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor approaches its June start date, the cast list is undergoing some last-minute adjustments. According to a new report, Cameron Diaz has just been brought in to replace Angelina Jolie, who was circling a strong supporting role last month and was said to be “very likely” to board.
The Cormac McCarthy-penned project has already attracted more than its share of A-list talent. Man of the moment Michael Fassbender is set for the lead, with Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, and Penélope Cruz rounding out the cast. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, April 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
Is there any project in Hollywood that has the potential to boast a hotter cast than Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor? Man of the moment Michael Fassbender was the first to board the project back in February, while Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem signed on last week. (Bardem beat out another shining star, Jeremy Renner, for his part.) And that’s just the people who are actually locked in. Angelina Jolie‘s been circling for the past couple of weeks, and now Penélope Cruz is considering jumping in as well. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, April 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
It seems like Jeremy Renner‘s been up for every juicy role in Hollywood these past couple of years, but apparently even he’s no match for Javier Bardem. Both went up last month for Ridley Scott‘s Cormac McCarthy-scripted thriller The Counselor, with Bardem said to be the preferred choice, and indeed, the Spanish star has now officially sealed the deal. Also just locked is Brad Pitt, who was first rumored for the picture a few weeks ago. The pair join lead Michael Fassbender, who — despite all the A-list interest in Scott’s latest project — was the only confirmed star up to this point.
Meanwhile, it’s looking increasingly likely that Pitt’s Mr. and Mrs. Smith co-star / real-life partner Angelina Jolie will board the cast as well, in a more significant role than we previously suspected. More details after the jump.
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