James Franco Options Chuck Palahniuk Novel RANT as Possible Starring Vehicle; Pamela Romanowsky to Write and Direct

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James Franco keeps his slate full with notable literary adaptations like The Sound and the Fury, Child of God, and Zeroville.  Franco will add another, as Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tells Lit Reactor that Franco optioned his book Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey.  Set in the near future, the story centers on recounted memories of Buster “Rant” Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby who “will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life.”

Deadline adds that Franco is eying the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is in line to write and direct the adaptation.  Hit the jump for Palahniuk’s full quote and the book synopsis:

THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

TIFF 2014 Adds James Franco’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ST. VINCENT Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete!  With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced.  James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few.

On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more.  Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the TIFF lineup.

Watch a 20 Minute MTV Special for THE INTERVIEW Introduce James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Characters

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The Interview is one of my most anticipated movies of the year (though it did inch down half a notch on the list when they decided to censor it to appease a military dictator), and I can’t wait to see it at Christmas.  The release date delay was probably made after Sony and MTV had agreed to air this special (this is now a bit of a long lead for such specific awareness), but it’s here and it’s hilarious.

The Dave Skylark Very Special VMA Special aired last night on MTV and very nicely introduces the newsman and producer characters James Franco and Seth Rogen play in the film (along with roasting celebrity guests Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and Jason Derulo).  It’s about 20 minutes long, so unfortunately it actually has commercial breaks, but you should give it a whirl regardless.  Hit the jump for The Interview character introduction.  The film itself was written and directed by Rogen and his creative partner Evan Goldberg and will be released on December 25th.

First THE SOUND AND THE FURY Images Featuring James Franco, Danny McBride and Seth Rogen

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Not only is James Franco due to receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film Festival in September, but he’s also got a film screening out-of-competition too, his adaptation of the William Faulkner novel, The Sound and the Fury.  With the 71st edition of the festival set to kick off on Wednesday, August 27th, promo material for the official selections is starting to surface and we’ve got four new stills from Franco’s film in the mix.

The assortment features Danny McBride and Seth Rogen looking strikingly different donning their period wardrobe, a shot of Franco’s Child of God star, Scott Haze, looking far more put together than he did as Lester Ballard, and then two more of Franco himself as Benjy Compson.  Hit the jump to check out those The Sound and the Fury images.  The film also stars Jacob Loeb, Ahna O’Reilly, Tim Blake Nelson, Joey King and Loretta Devine.

THE INTERVIEW Gets a New Release Date; Now a Holiday Movie

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There’s good news and bad news.  The bad news is that The Interview is no longer opening on October 10th and that it has been pushed back by about ten weeks.  The good news it that it’s now opening on December 25th.  While it may be a bit harder (or easier, depending on your family’s holiday schedule) for you to catch the movie on that date (or wait the extra two months), this is still a good thing.  It means Sony’s confidence in the Seth Rogen and James Franco-starring movie is extremely high.

And I’m not surprised.  Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg have an amazing track record with films like This is the End, Pineapple Express and Superbad.  Even The Green Hornet wasn’t all that bad.  Even better, they directed it this new film as well (the incredibly funny This is the End was their feature debut in that regard).  Hit the jump for more on The Interview release date.  And be sure to check out the film’s trailer while you’re at it.

James Franco and Scott Haze Talk CHILD OF GOD, Adapting Shocking Material, Balancing Art and Business, Staying in Character and More

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If you’ve read Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, you’re well aware that it’s not particularly commercial stuff.  It focuses on Lester Ballard (Scott Haze).  Back when Lester was just a kid, his father committed suicide, leaving Lester to fend for himself.  Years later, when his family’s property is auctioned off, Lester takes to the woods, aimlessly roams around, shows off his precious rifle whenever he pleases, eats whatever he can get his hands on and makes everyone in the vicinity uneasy in the process.

It’s tough material to read, let alone watch, but that didn’t stop James Franco from giving making a film version a shot.  With Child of God heading towards a Friday, August 1st limited release, both Franco and Haze sat down to participate in a roundtable style interview.  The duo discussed adapting some of the more shocking scenes from the book while omitting others, Haze’s choice to stay in character as much as possible and more.  Catch the full video interview after the jump.

“Why Cookie Rocket?” Looking Back at RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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[With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes opening on Friday, July 11th, I'm taking a look back at the Planet of the Apes movie franchise. These reviews contain spoilers.]

The Planet of the Apes movies have always been interested with time.  The original movie opens with Taylor (Charlton Heston) explaining that his spaceship’s mission isn’t to explore the galaxy, but to use Einstein’s Law of Relativity to leave Earth and return in the distant future where it might not be such a shithole (Taylor was disappointed).  From there, Beneath carried the torch to extinction, Escape traveled back in time, Conquest took a twenty-year jump to begin the downfall of humans, and Battle has a prologue and epilogue that take place in 2670 AD.  So it’s fitting that the series’ reboot, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, would restart the clock to unload the baggage of the previous movies rather than throwing us back into the middle of the madhouse.  While it didn’t carry the heavy commentary of the original saga, Rise took a new path by putting a strong focus on family and bringing a level of spectacle far beyond what any Apes film had done before.

GOOD PEOPLE Trailer: James Franco and Kate Hudson Stumble Upon Some Serious Cash

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Millennium Entertainment has released the first Good People trailer for director Henrik Ruben Genz’s crime thriller.  The film stars James Franco and Kate Hudson as a cash-strapped couple living in London who come across a duffle bag full of money when their downstairs neighbor turns up dead.  Initially thinking no one would miss the large sum, the two soon find themselves in over their heads.  The London setting allows the film to stand out amongst the glut of other generic gritty thrillers, and Omar Sy (The Intouchables) appears to be playing a rather menacing villain.  It’s still tough to tell whether Franco is half asleep or genuinely giving it his all, though.  He does make a lot of movies.

Hit the jump to watch the Good People trailer.  The film also stars Tom Wilkinson and will be released in theaters and VOD on September 26th.

THE INTERVIEW Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Have to Assassinate Kim Jong-un [Updated with Images]

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Sony has released the first The Interview trailer on the heels of the poster release earlier todayJames Franco and Seth Rogen star as a talk show host and his producer, respectively, who travel to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong-un and legitimize themselves as real journalists.  Their plans are upended when the CIA recruits them to instead assassinate Kim Jong-un.  The trailer makes it clear directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg are willing to go big and broad to serve the funny premise.  The laughs will come with good execution, and these guys have earned our trust on that front.  Like other Rogen/Goldberg scripts (Superbad, Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and hey, even The Green Hornet), The Interview appears to strive for an emotional reality with a focus the talk show host/producer relationship amid the crazy.

Hit the jump to watch the Interview trailer.  Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park also star in the action comedy.  The Interview opens October 10. [Update: We've added three debut images from the film after the jump as well.]

THE INTERVIEW Poster: Seth Rogen and James Franco Become Propaganda

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In anticipation of the trailer debut later this week, Sony Pictures has released the first The Interview poster for directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s new film.  Following their incredible debut with This Is the End, Rogen and Goldberg tackle the action-comedy genre with The Interview, which stars James Franco and Rogen as a talk show host and his producer, respectively, who travel to North Korea in order to interview dictator Kim Jong-un and legitimize themselves as real journalists.  Their plans are upended, however, when the CIA recruits them to instead assassinate Kim Jong-un.  This debut poster takes the North Korea setting and runs with it, as Rogen and Franco are painted gorgeously as dictatorial propaganda.  It’s ridiculous and fantastic (especially the credit line at the top), and I cannot wait to see what they have up their sleeve with this one.

Hit the jump to check out the first The Interview poster, and check back tomorrow to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Lizzy Caplan and Randall ParkThe Interview opens in theaters on October 10th.

Mark Rylance Joins Spielberg’s Cold War Thriller; Dave Franco Joins THE ROOM Movie; Marion Cotillard in MAL DE PIERRES; Duo Set for INSURGENT

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We have a few casting stories to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Stage actor Mark Rylance is the second actor to join the cast of Steven Spielberg’s next film, a Cold War thriller fronted by Tom Hanks.
  • Dave Franco is set to star opposite his brother James Franco in the film about the making of The Room, titled The Disaster Artist.
  • Marion Cotillard will lead the period romance Mal de Pierres.
  • The roles of Uriah and Lynn have been filled for the sequel The Divergent Series: Insurgent.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

First Poster for SPRING BREAKERS Sequel; James Franco Speaks Out on the Unapproved Follow-Up

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A week after the sequel was officially announced, the first Spring Breakers 2 poster has been spotted by our correspondent at the Cannes Film Festival.  The follow-up is titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming and finds the titular Spring Breakers doing battle with an extreme militant Christian sect that attempts to convert them.  However, the sequel is being developed without the involvement or consent of Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine or James Franco, and the latter has been quite vocal about his opposition to the follow-up.  Essentially, it’s an effort by the producers to take advantage of a recognizable brand.  They hope to mix both old and new castmembers in The Second Coming, but it’s doubtful that any of the main actors from Spring Breakers will actually return.

Regardless, Spring Breakers: The Second Coming is being shopped to buyers at Cannes, and our correspondent was able to snap a photo of the billboard being used to promote the pic.  Hit the jump to take a look at the Spring Breakers 2 poster and to read Franco’s full statement about the film.

Co-Director Evan Goldberg and Producer James Weaver Talk THE INTERVIEW, Test Screening Response, James Franco’s “Insane” Character & More

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Longtime collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg made one hell of a directorial debut with last year’s excellent apocalyptic comedy This Is the End, and luckily we don’t have long to wait for their follow-up.  The duo are currently deep in post-production on their next directorial effort, The Interview, which revolves around a talk show host (James Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who find themselves in over their heads when they get involved in a plot to assassinate Kim Jong-Un.

Steve recently sat down with Goldberg and producer James Weaver in anticipation of the new comedy Neighbors, which they both produced, and during the conversation the two also talked a bit about The Interview.  They discussed the test screening process for the film, noting that they’re nearly finished with it altogether, and they also talked about Franco’s “insane” performance as the talk show host and how Rogen and Goldberg have upped their game as directors.  Read on after the jump.

First THIRD PERSON Trailer and New Images Featuring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrian Brody, and Moran Atias

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Writer-director Paul Haggis’ Third Person trailer is now available online.  As a treat, we’ve also got a look at the film’s international trailer, a bunch of character images, and the film’s poster.  All of the varied media give looks at stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, and Maria Bello.  That’s quite the cast that Haggis has assembled for his romantic drama that tells the tale of three interlocking stories of couples in Rome, Paris, and New York, familiar territory for the Oscar-winning writer of Crash.

Also starring Kim Basinger, the film will make its U.S. debut on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Watch the first Third Person trailer after the jump, plus a bonus international trailer and a host of new images.

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