As a filmmaker, Zach Braff has delivered two indie films with much different receptions. Garden State was a film festival darling that captured the hearts of many when it came out in 2004, but it has since lost some of its shine (though I will defend it and love it forever). Then Braff’s return behind the camera, his partially crowdfunded Wish I Was Here , wasn’t anything to write home about. Now Braff has decided to get behind the camera for something much different: a mainstream studio comedy remake.
Going In Style, a contemporary remake of the 1979 heist movie of the same name, follows a trio of geriatric longtime friends (veteran actors Michael Caine, Morgan Freeman, and Alan Arkin) who decide to rob a bank. It doesn’t feel like a Zach Braff movie at all, and it looks like the kind of movie your parents and grandparents will love.
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Zach Braff is returning to television. The actor’s new series, Start Up, has locked up a put pilot commitment from ABC. In addition to starring in the pilot, Braff will direct it as well. The series marks a reunion between Braff and the network, where his breakout series, Scrubs (a show that went on one season too long), ended up after its time at NBC.
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Posted on Friday, July 1st, 2016 by Angie Han
As a director, Zach Braff has proven divisive. His first film Garden State opened to a warm reception, and its Shins-heavy soundtrack was an instant hit — but its quirky hipster vibe has not aged well, and these days it’s easier to find movie geeks who’ll claim they’ve hated it all along than ones who’ll proudly declare that they still love it. His second film Wish I Was Here got a lot of flack before it even started shooting, thanks to Braff’s decision to launch a Kickstarter campaign — but it was still able to clear its $2 million goal in less than a week, and eventually secure a Sundance Film Festival premiere.
And like it or not, Braff isn’t going anywhere. He’s just been set to direct Bump, a 2015 Black List script by Ori Guendelman and Rob McClelland. However, for those who’ve grown tired of Braff’s brand of indie dramedy, this one sounds like a pretty big change of pace. Read More »
We’ve got a set of new release dates from Universal and Warner Bros. The new collaboration between Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise has been set for January 2017 by Universal, and Warner Bros. has given dates to the Key & Peele film Keanu, and the remake of Going in Style. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, November 19th, 2014 by Angie Han
It took Zach Braff ten years to get from his first directing effort to his second, and even then he had to turn to Kickstarter for funding. But it looks like he won’t be waiting quite so long to make his third. And he won’t need crowdfunding to get this one going, either.
Braff has entered talks with New line to direct Going in Style, a remake of the 1979 caper starring George Burns, Art Carney, and Lee Strasberg. Hit the jump for more details on the Zach Braff Going in Style remake. Read More »
We’ve featured artist Joshua Budich many times in the past few years on /Film. I even own Budich’s Ferris Bueller’s Day Off poster from Gallery 1988. To celebrate the DVD/iTunes release of Wish I Was Here, filmmaker/actor Zach Braff (who seems to follow the pop culture print scene) commissioned Budich to create a limited edition poster print for the film. Joshua Budich’s Wish I Was Here poster print is now available, find out more after the jump.
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Here’s the new trailer for Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here, which has gone from being the subject of headlines about Kickstarter success and backlash to a full-fledged summer movie release. Focus Features will release the film in July, and this long Wish I Was Here trailer shows off a lot of the same footage seen in the teaser trailer. This time, however, it is accompanied by dialogue rather than music, and so you’ll know a lot more about the characters and story after checking out this Read More »
Zach Braff‘s Wish I Was Here is now infamous because of the controversy surrounding Braff’s Kickstarter campaign. But the film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival and was a real crowd pleaser — earning a standing ovation at the Premiere screening (it was one of my favorites of this year’s fest). Focus Features snapped up the distribution rights, and the movie is being released on July 25th, 2014. The Wish I Was Here trailer was released this morning, and you can see it for yourself. Wish I Was Here is a dramedy about “a thirtysomething man who finds himself at major crossroads, which forces him to examine his life, his career, and his family.” The ensemble cast includes Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, and Donald Faison. Watch Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here teaser trailer embedded after the jump.
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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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