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James Franco Remade Around 25 Minutes Of ‘The Room’ For ‘The Disaster Artist’

James Franco’s brilliant The Disaster Artist is just over a week away from release and the director and lead actor has been out and about in the UK promoting the film. His week started with a special screening of the film at the prestigious BFI in London, and then various interviews for outlets across the country in the day that followed. Franco stopped by the Independent newspaper to talk about the film on their Kernels podcast where he revealed that he re-shot around 25 minutes worth of the film which The Disaster Artist focusses upon, The Room. He was accompanied by his brother and co-star Dave Franco.

Kernels: ‘How much of The Room did you actually remake in the end?’

J. Franco: ‘I think we might have about 20 to 25 minutes of recreated Room scenes.’

D. Franco: ‘Beat-for-beat, move-for-move, oh yeah!’

Kernels: ‘You should get that out there at some point.
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James Franco Recreated 30 Minutes of The Room for Disaster Artist

James Franco Recreated 30 Minutes of The Room for Disaster Artist
James Franco is out promoting The Disaster Artist movie and he has revealed that they recreated 30-minutes worth of scenes from Tommy Wiseau's The Room. That had to have been a massive undertaking, but in the scenes that we've seen so far, it doesn't look like Franco held back at all in preparation for The Disaster Artist. The movie has been gaining critical praise and early screenings have been overwhelmingly positive. It's pretty amazing that James Franco has pulled off a movie about one of the best/worst movies of all time.

In an early screening for The Disaster Artist at London's Prince Charles Cinema, better known as "The Home of the Room," James Franco revealed that there is a lot more shot-for-shot footage of The Room that didn't make it into The Disaster Artist, which is mind boggling. Franco and crew must have had to watch Tommy Wiseau
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James Franco Shot 25 Minutes Of Recreated Scenes From ‘The Room’

The canon of movies about passionate, yet awful filmmakers isn’t very large, but Tim Burton‘s terrific “Ed Wood” is about to be joined by James Franco‘s “The Disaster Artist.” The story about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s cult favorite “The Room” is both hilarious and heartbreaking, with Franco going full Franco, not only directing the movie, but taking the lead role.

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IFP’s Gotham Awards Give Indie Films a Boost

IFP’s Gotham Awards Give Indie Films a Boost
On Sept. 30, 1991, John Turturro and the late Jonathan Demme were the first of seven New Yorkers to garner a Gotham Award. Trophies were handed out at the Roseland Ballroom without much fanfare. The celebratory dinner, a fundraiser for the Independent Filmmaker Project, was a small, low-key, quirky event that didn’t draw mainstream media.

“It didn’t have that big huge red carpet thing that happens nowadays,” says former Ifp exec director Catherine Tait, who oversaw the creation of the Gotham Awards. “It was really intimate because the interest in indie filmmaking was not very heightened at the time.”

Cut to the same awards show at the same venue four years later. “Reservoir Dogs,” “Kids” and “Hoop Dreams” were officially part of the zeitgeist and Madonna was posing for photographers along with fellow Gotham Award guests Ted Turner and Jane Fonda. The Gotham Awards were officially a hot ticket.

“We were riding a wave of sudden consumer
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‘The Last Jedi’ to Close Dubai Film Festival; Full Lineup Announced

‘The Last Jedi’ to Close Dubai Film Festival; Full Lineup Announced
Crowd-pleaser “The Last Jedi” will close the Dubai Intl. Film Festival before launching in the Middle East, part of an overall fest lineup that mixes premieres of Arabic movies with standouts from the international festival circuit. U.S. director Scott Cooper’s brutal Western “Hostiles” is slated to kick off Dubai’s 14th edition, which runs Dec. 6-13.

The festival is also feting prominent Egyptian screenwriter Wahid Hamed with a lifetime achievement award during the opening ceremony. Hamed’s long list of Egyptian film and TV credits includes big-budget 2006 contemporary Cairo epic “The Yacoubian Building,” directed by his son, Marwan Hamed, a watershed work that tackled taboo such as homosexuality and traveled widely.

Though no talent will be making the trek to Dubai for “Hostiles” and the latest “Star Wars” installment, Oscar-nominated multi-hyphenate Rob Reiner is expected to attend for the Middle East premiere of his drama “Shock and Awe,” which depicts
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James Franco hints at more of The Disaster Artist to come

Director and star of The Disaster Artist, James Franco, has revealed that a large chunk of re-created scenes from The Room didn’t make the final cut of his film.

Some of the most famous sequences from Tommy Wiseau’s cult favourite feature in The Disaster Artist, which is released in UK cinemas next week. But, at an early screening at London’s Prince Charles Cinema – better known as ‘The Home Of The Room’ – he admitted they filmed a whole lot more. “We might have as much as 25 to 30 minutes of re-created scenes,” he told the packed audience, immediately whetting appetites for a director’s cut.

As well as directing the movie, Franco plays Wiseau, alongside brother Dave, who takes the role of friend and co-star Greg Sestero. His physical resemblance to Wiseau in the film was the result of extensive prosthetics which took several hours to apply every morning.
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Anthony Skordi Talks Star Wars: Battle Front 2

There is a lot of excitement right now surrounding the Star Wars universe, particularly the release of their new video game, Star Wars: Battlefront 2. I got a chance to catch up with actor Anthony Skordi and talk to him for a bit about his role in the game. Check out our conversation right here.

Q: Can you tell me a little bit about your character?

I play Admiral Garrick Versio, my daughter is Iden Versio. I create the Inferno Squad, so I am part of the Empire.

Q: So your essentially a villain?

No. That is your take on it. I am playing a law abiding man. The empire comes first and above all else.

Q: Even your daughter?

Above all else the Empire comes first.

Q: Is your character Garrick Versio visually modeled after you?

Yes. My character is created from motion capture and face capture. As one
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Call Me By Your Name leads 2018 Film Independent Spirit Awards nominations

The nominations for the 33rd annual Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced today, with Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name leading the field with six nominations, followed by Josh Safdie’s Good Time and Jordan Peele’s Get Out with five apiece and Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird with four.

Best Feature

Call Me By Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best First Feature

Columbus

Ingrid Goes West

Menashe

Oh Lucy!

Patti Cake$

John Cassavetes Award (Given to the best feature made for under $500,000)

Dayveon

A Ghost Story

Life and nothing more

Most Beautiful Island

The Transfiguration

Best Director

Sean Baker, The Florida Project

Jonas Carpignano, A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name

Jordan Peele, Get Out

Benny and Josh Safdie, Good Time

Chloe Zhao, The Rider

Best Screenplay

Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird

Azazel Jacobs, The Lovers

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing,
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Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!

Independent Spirit Awards 2018 Nominations -- See the Full List!
Call Me by Your Name, Get Out and Lady Bird all had great showings at the 2018 Independent Spirit Award nominations!

The nominees were announced on Tuesday morning, with the Armie Hammer-ledCall Me by Your Name leading the pack with six nominations, followed closely by Jordan Peele's critically acclaimed, genre-bending thriller Get Out with five, and Lady Bird, with four.

All three films are competing for Best Picture, along with The Florida Project and The Rider. The Independent Spirit Awards are sometimes seen as a tea leaf for how the Academy Awards will sway -- the Best Picture winner of this show has gone on to also earn the distinction at the Oscars for five out of the last six years.

Peele earned a nod in the Best Director category, and the film's lead, Daniel Kaluuya is up for Best Male Lead, along with James Franco, who is nominated for The Disaster Artist. In the Best Female
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Spirit Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Get Out’ Soar, ‘Shape of Water’ Shunned Again

Spirit Awards: ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ ‘Get Out’ Soar, ‘Shape of Water’ Shunned Again
Film Independent’s annual Spirit Awards has become less the consolation opportunity for small films and performances destined to lose at the Oscars the very next night, and more like a trial run. Five of the last six winners of the organization’s top prize have gone on to best picture glory, including “Moonlight” last year.

There’s no causality to speak of here. The Spirit Award nominations are determined by anonymous voting committees, while the winners are determined by Film Independent’s 6,200-strong membership (which can include anyone willing to plunk down the $95 annual dues). The only real Oscar boost any of Tuesday’s nominees gets is this very moment in the sun, which could illuminate, say, Robert Pattinson’s brilliant performance in “Good Time” (also nominated for the east-coast equivalent Gotham Awards), or Salma Hayek’s deserving turn in “Beatriz at Dinner,” for this Academy voter or that. Like so many announcements,
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2018 Independent Spirit Awards Nominations Announced

Awards season is officially a go with one of the first high profile awards nominations being unveiled. The 2018 Independent Spirit Awards nominations have been revealed and Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird, Get Out and Good Time lead the way.

While these awards are the first to be announced, they are one of the last to be dished out. The Independent Spirit Awards are traditionally dished out the day before the Oscars in Santa Monica, which this season will be on Saturday, March 3 2018.

Get Out

The nominations give us our very first indicator for what may be nominated for the Academy Awards, and last year they famously predicted Casey Affleck would bag Best Actor for Manchester By The Sea, and Moonlight would take Best Picture. Both bagged the Indies the previous day.

Here are this year’s Independent Spirit Awards nominations in full.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name
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Fall TV Scorecard: What's Already Been Canceled or Renewed This Season

  • BuzzSugar
The Fall season is synonymous with brand-new TV, and even though quality programming comes out all year long, Fall is still very important, especially to broadcast TV. There are a ton of new shows this season, and as they premiere and either land - or bomb - we also get news on whether the new series are getting picked up for a whole season (or longer). We have the first news on the new shows, plus some updates on your favorite shows that were previously renewed. (Not seeing what you're looking for? Check here.) What's Been Renewed CBS Young Sheldon: The Big Bang Theory's spinoff series has already been picked up for a full season after premiering in late September. ABC The Good Doctor: The brand-new series starring Freddie Highmore has been picked up for a full season. NBC This Is Us: This is technically old news,
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2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate

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2018 Independent Spirit Award Nominations: ‘Get Out’ and ‘Call Me by Your Name’ Dominate
The nominations for the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards are in, and “Get Out,” “Call Me by Your Name,” “Lady Bird,” “Good Time,” and more have dominated this year’s slate.

Read More: 2018 Oscar Predictions

Over the last several years, the Indie Spirits have become both a champion of underdog indies (see Molly Shannon winning Best Supporting Female last year for “Other People”) and a key indicator in which films and performances could end up with the Oscar (Casey Affleck and “Moonlight” for Best Picture last year). John Mulaney and Nick Kroll will return to host the 33rd Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, March 3.

The full nominations list is below.

Best Feature

Call Me by Your Name

The Florida Project

Get Out

Lady Bird

The Rider

Best Director

Jonas Carpignano, “A Ciambra

Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me by Your Name

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Benny and Josh Safdie,
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Losing the X Factor: is it time for the X-Men universe to stop expanding?

News that James Franco will play Multiple Man in a new film is just the latest attempt to add layers to a cinematic world that’s struggling to take shape

When James Franco entered talks to play superhero Multiple Man in an upcoming movie, we can only imagine the actor, director, screenwriter, musician and poet saw the character as a metaphor for his own creative endeavours. For Marvel mutant James Madrox was named for a useful ability to duplicate himself countless times over, meaning he is capable of living scores of lives all at once.

Related: Marvel, DC, whatever ... why all superhero movies look the same these days

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Losing the X Factor: is it time for the X-Men universe to stop expanding?

News that James Franco will play Multiple Man in a new film is just the latest attempt to add layers to a cinematic world that’s struggling to take shape

When James Franco entered talks to play superhero Multiple Man in an upcoming movie, we can only imagine the actor, director, screenwriter, musician and poet saw the character as a metaphor for his own creative endeavours. For Marvel mutant James Madrox was named for a useful ability to duplicate himself countless times over, meaning he is capable of living scores of lives all at once.

Related: Marvel, DC, whatever ... why all superhero movies look the same these days

Continue reading...
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Heroes: ‘Justice League’ Box Office Discussion; ‘The Punisher’ Reactions

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On this 197th episode of Heroes (November 20, 2017), Jon Schnepp is joined by Amy Dallen and Robert Meyer Burnett to bring you the latest news from the world of Heroes and Villains and answer your Twitter questions which include: Justice League full spoiler review The Punisher Season 1 is here Minor Mutations: James Franco is Multiple Man for Fox Incredibles 2 teaser is here Jake Gyllenhaal up for replacing Batfleck? Zack Snyder has not seen his own finished film Justice League Producer Charles Roven wants Martian Manhunter and Green Lantern movie "Crisis on Earth X" full promo for crossover …
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Lizzy Caplan joining Channing Tatum in Gambit movie

After years of fumbling the deck, with directors such as Rupert Wyatt and Doug Liman passing their hand, and following the news that Gore Verbinksi was in talks to direct, it appears that the Channing Tatum X-Men movie Gambit is gaining some real traction, this time in the form of some positive casting news.

Variety has exclusively revealed that Now You See Me 2, True Blood, Cloverfield, and Masters of Sex star Lizzy Caplan has signed on to play the female lead.

Like everything else about the movie, details on Caplan’s role remain a secret, but Gambit has been described as “the Ocean’s 11 of the comic book genre” and will reference X-Men: Days of Future Past and X-Men Apocalypse. Recently Tatum, for whom this has been a passion project for years, revealed they decided to readjust the film’s scope in the wake of Deadpool and Logan‘s success.
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German Director Fatih Akin Looks to Hometown Serial Killer for Next Film

German Director Fatih Akin Looks to Hometown Serial Killer for Next Film
Director Fatih Akin, whose terrorist-attack film “In the Fade,” starring Diane Kruger, was selected as Germany’s Oscar submission, will turn next to a drama inspired by a serial killer from his hometown.

Akin is adapting Heinz Strunk’s bestselling 2016 novel “Der goldene Handschuh” (“The Golden Glove”), which chronicles the true story of Fritz Honka, a physically and psychologically scarred serial killer who murdered four women in Hamburg’s red light district between 1970 and 1975. Honka picked up his victims at the notorious bar Zum Goldenen Handschuh, where he was a regular.

The project holds particular interest for Akin, who was born in Hamburg in 1973. “The film is based on a novel from my hometown,” he said. “It takes place in my neighborhood in the ’70s. The serial killer just lived, like, two streets away from me.

“It’s a slasher film,” Fatih said, but also “a portrayal of the generation that witnessed the Second World War, that
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From Ex Machina to Moonlight: how A24 disrupted Hollywood

Can the Us indie distributor become the new Miramax or Weinstein Company?

It is not often that you notice logos at the beginning of movies, but one in particular is becoming unavoidable, especially if you’ve gone to the cinema looking for something a bit edgy and grown-up, but not old-fashioned. If you’re a fan of those sorts of films, then the sliding, retro-minimalist, white-on-black logo of A24 films is probably etched on to your subconscious. You can currently see it before The Killing of a Sacred Deer, The Florida Project and Good Time. And, soon, on The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s buzzed-about tribute to bad-movie titan Tommy Wiseau.

Related: The Florida Project’s Sean Baker: ‘I wanted the kids to be the kings and queens of their domain’

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Charles Manson Dies at 83

Charles Manson Dies at 83
Charles Manson, the notorious leader of the Manson Family cult that murdered actress Sharon Tate and six others in 1969, died Sunday in a Bakersfield, Calif., hospital. He was 83.

The California Department of Corrections released a statement reading, “Inmate Charles Manson, 83, died of natural causes at 8:13 p.m. on Sunday, November 19, 2017, at a Kern County hospital.”

Manson returned to the hospital in mid-November after being hospitalized in January. He was transferred out of Corcoran State Prison, where he had been serving nine life sentences. He had been denied parole 12 times.

The shocking murders brought the carefree hippie era of the late 1960s to a dark end, with Manson and his followers becoming infamous cultural figures. Though he didn’t commit the Tate and Labianca murders himself, the Corrections Department said “On December 13, 1971, Manson received a first-degree murder conviction from Los Angeles County for the July 25, 1969, death of Gary Hinman and another first-degree murder conviction for the August
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