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The Disaster Artist inspires our list of the top 5 bad cult movies

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The Disaster Artist inspires our list of the top 5 bad cult moviesThe Disaster Artist inspires our list of the top 5 bad cult moviesScott Goodyer11/17/2017 2:30:00 Pm

James Franco's The Disaster Artist is just around the corner. The hilarious comedy is the behind-the-scenes story of the making of the 2003 cult classic movie The Room. Self-funded by the unknown Hollywood wannabe Tommy Wiseau, who also wrote, directed and starred in The Roomit was a major flop but instant cult classic as word of mouth quickly spread on how ridiculously funny this serious drama was.

So what makes The Rooma cult hit? The same elements that elevate other bad movies which suffer from well-intentioned but off-the-mark writing and acting. It's hard to pin down, but we think in this particular case it's Wiseau's oddball personality that makes The Room stand out—and Franco's interpretation of it that makes The Disaster Artist
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'Disaster Artist's' James Franco on Casting Famous Friends, Avoiding Parody Pitfalls

'Disaster Artist's' James Franco on Casting Famous Friends, Avoiding Parody Pitfalls
How had you managed to not see The Room before reading The Disaster Artist?

It's kind of weird! The biggest fans from my circle who went to the early screenings [midnight showings of The Room became cult events in the 2000s and continue around the world] were Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Paul Rudd. But around that time, I wasn't really close with any of those guys. I wasn't in Superbad. I was in...
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Spirit Award predictions before the nominations are announced

Early on next week, one of the most enjoyable precursors will announce their nominations. Of course, I’m talking about the Film Independent Spirit Awards. Predicting them are always an absolute shot in the dark, and normally I wait until the nominees are announced, but hey, why not be bold this year, right? Fortune favors the bold, after all. So, I’ll be giving this a shot. If nothing else, it’s a fun exercise. The Spirit Awards are the fun cousin to the Academy Award, so while it doesn’t have the prestige of winning an Oscar, it represents something very honorable as well. For some, it’s even the more cherished prize. In any event, read on to see my complete guess at Spirit Award results… Depending on what is eligible, my picks could be way off, so just keep that in mind. For what it’s worth,
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Don Hertzfeldt on ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ and Expanding Upon the Best Short Film of the Century

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Don Hertzfeldt on ‘World of Tomorrow Episode Two’ and Expanding Upon the Best Short Film of the Century
On his Twitter profile, fiercely independent filmmaker Don Hertzfeldt describes himself as a “director of things / 2x oscar loser.” He’s selling himself short on both counts. For starters, “things” is an endearingly modest way of describing some of the most essential short films of the last 20 years, animated or otherwise; from revered early work like “Rejected,” to the trio of vignettes that were ultimately stitched together into a feature-length omnibus called “It’s Such a Beautiful Day,” Hertzfeldt has created a singular universe of stick figures in crisis.

And then there’s the bit about being a two-time “oscar loser,” a distinction that Hertzfeldt earned when “World of Tomorrow” — his first digital project — was a 2015 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Short Film. It may not have won its creator the chance to give a speech on global television, but it did win him a legion of new fans.
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Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?

Will New Oscar Voters Be Bold Enough to Embrace Popular Films?
Everyone is curious about how Oscar voting will be affected by the Academy’s new members, with 1,700 individuals (or 23%) invited in the past three years.

For me, there’s only one important issue: Do they like popular movies?

Careful, this is a trick question, because “popular” is hard to define, especially when it comes to Oscar.

This year, worldwide box office was led by “Beauty and the Beast,” which earned $1.2 billion. The global top 20 also includes awards possibilities like “Logan,” “Dunkirk” and “Wonder Woman.” There are other 2017 films that make you feel better at the end than you did at the start, including “The Big Sick,” “The Disaster Artist,” “Downsizing,” “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out.”

But what are their Oscar chances? In the past 15 years, Oscar voters have leaned toward dark material.

For most of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences’ 90 years, popular films got regular Oscar attention. Among the many
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James Franco To Join The Superhero-verse With ‘Multiple Man’ Movie

Following his outstanding work in front and behind the camera in the HBO TV series The Deuce and the superb The Disaster Artist, James Franco may be set to become a superhero in Multiple Man, which is being developed over at 20th Century Fox.

Wonder Woman co-writer Allan Heinberg is writing the script for the planned movie, while Franco will join X-Men producer Simon Kinberg to produce.

Deadline reports the news of the teaming and described the character, who is part of the X-Men universe, in more detail.

Related: The Disaster Artist review

Multiple Man is Jamie Madrox, who, in the comics, conveyed his cloning powers at birth, when a second, identical version of him appeared after the doctor slapped the infant to get him to breathe. His father, a worker at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moved his family to a remote farm where his son — fitted with
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Wolfcop 2 Poster Promises Every Nasty Thing You'd Want in a Sequel

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Wolfcop 2 Poster Promises Every Nasty Thing You'd Want in a Sequel
Parade Deck Films has released a new poster for the upcoming sequel Another WolfCop, which is slated to hit theaters in limited release on December 1. The original WolfCop never had a theatrical release in the U.S., but the Canadian film debuted in a number of film festivals around the world and got a home video release in the U.S. in 2015, a year after its debut in Canada. Now the sequel is getting ready to invade theaters in the U.S., although it remains to be seen whether or not we'll get a new Another WolfCop trailer between now and December 1.

Alcoholic werewolf cop Lou Garou (Leo Fafard) springs into action when an eccentric businessman with evil intentions seduces Woodhaven's residents with a new brewery and hockey team in this outrageous horror-comedy sequel. Directed by Lowell Dean (WolfCop), the film stars Amy Matysio (Stranded), Jonathan Cherry (Goon: Last of the Enforcers
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James Franco Eyes ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Multiple Man’

James Franco Eyes ‘X-Men’ Spinoff ‘Multiple Man’
Fox is in negotiations with James Franco to star in a movie about the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man.

The studio is also in talks with “Wonder Woman” writer Allan Heinberg to pen the script. It’s negotiating with Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films to produce with Franco through his Ramona Films with brother Dave Franco and Vince Jolivette.

Multiple Man, aka Jamie Madrox, is a character in the X-Men universe who received cloning powers at birth. In the comics, Jamie’s father, who works at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moves his family to a farm, where his son is fitted with a special suit — designed by X-Men leader Professor X — to control his powers. The suit malfunctions, causing Multiple Man to go crazy.

Jeremy Kramer will oversee the movie for Fox, if the deals go through. Franco and Kinberg have been developing Fox’s “The Hardy Men” as a potential starring vehicle for both
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‘Dunkirk’ Wants to Be the Oscar Frontrunner, Sets Awards Season Re-Release in IMAX and 70mm Theaters

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‘Dunkirk’ Wants to Be the Oscar Frontrunner, Sets Awards Season Re-Release in IMAX and 70mm Theaters
Warner Bros. has confirmed it will be bringing Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” back to theaters as Oscar season heats up. The film, which opened domestically July 21 and has grossed over $520 million worldwide, is one of the best reviewed titles of the year and is expected to be a major contender in numerous Oscar congeries, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Dunkirk” will begin select limited engagements in 50 IMAX and 70mm theaters starting December 1, the same day Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water,” Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel,” and James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist” open in limited release. The film will return to theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, and Toronto.

Warner Bros. is banking on numerous Oscar nominations,
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Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names

Lead Actor Oscar Race Is Battle of Marquee Names
The lead actor race showcases a wide variety of performances, from vets playing real people (Gary Oldman blustering as Winston Churchill in “Darkest Hour” and Jake Gyllenhaal as Boston Marathon survivor Jeff Bauman in “Stronger”) to newcomers including Timothée Chalamet (“Call Me by Your Name”) and Daniel Kaluuya (“Get Out”) portraying fictional characters. There are also previous winners such as Denzel Washington in “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” and and Daniel Day-Lewis and Tom Hanks in two films that have yet to screen, “Phantom Thread” and “The Post.” But the prestige behind their projects are enough to put the lead actors in a frontrunner position. Hugh Jackman has both “The Greatest Showman” and “Logan,” but appears to be centering on the latter for awards, and could land another nom. And James Franco channeling Tommy Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist” could just be crazy enough to pull off an upset. Then there’s Matt Damon, an Oscar winner
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‘Dunkirk’ Gets Awards Season Re-Release in December

‘Dunkirk’ Gets Awards Season Re-Release in December
Warner Bros. Pictures will re-release Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” on Dec. 1 in a select limited engagement in 50 Imax and 70mm locations in 34 domestic markets.

The World War II epic will be shown in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Dallas, Atlanta, and Toronto. On Jan. 24 — the day after Academy Awards nominations are announced — the film’s re-release will be expanded to include more than 250 additional locations.

Dunkirk” has grossed more than $188 million domestically in four months and another $337 million in international markets. The announcement was made Thursday by Sue Kroll, the studio’s president of worldwide marketing and distribution.

“With ‘Dunkirk,’ Christopher Nolan broke new ground in the use of large-format cameras to create a theatrical event that demands to be seen on the largest possible canvas,” she said. “As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to offer audiences another opportunity to be swept up in this truly immersive
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James Franco's Multiple Man Will Be the Next X-Men Spin-Off Movie

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James Franco's Multiple Man Will Be the Next X-Men Spin-Off Movie
It's beginning to look like Multiple Man will be the next X-Men spin-off movie and James Franco will star in the project. Deadline reports that 20th Century Fox is moving ahead with Multiple Man and several sources say that Franco's name is attached and that the new movie will join the Fox roster along with Deadpool 2, New Mutants, Gambit, and X-Men: Dark Phoenix. The news comes somewhat out of left field, but 20th Century Fox seems to be striking while the iron is hot and wasting no time getting projects put into development.

Deadline is reporting that Fox is developing the Multiple Man movie as a starring vehicle for James Franco. Alongside the Xcu architect Simon Kinberg, Franco will produce Multiple Man through his Ramona Films, which is the same company behind the actor/director's The Disaster Artist. The movie came out of another collaboration between Franco and Kinberg, The Hardy Men,
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How ‘Mudbound’ Star Jason Mitchell Proved He’s Much More Than Just ‘A Guy Who Was Able to Imitate Eazy-e’

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How ‘Mudbound’ Star Jason Mitchell Proved He’s Much More Than Just ‘A Guy Who Was Able to Imitate Eazy-e’
It seemed obvious enough at the time: After breaking out with his first lead role in F. Gary Gray’s 2015 biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” earning acclaim and awards for his note-perfect portrayal of rap royalty Eric “Eazy-e” Wright, actor Jason Mitchell was about to become a huge star. Usually, that sort of attention means that actors can cherry pick roles from bountiful offers.

That’s not what happened. Instead, Mitchell landed a handful of small roles in mostly underseen indies like “Barry” and “Vincent N Roxxy,” and started to worry that “Straight Outta Compton” was a one-time thing.

Two years later, the tide has turned again, with Mitchell garnering accolades for his turn in Dee Rees’ hard-hitting historical drama “Mudbound.” Ironically, he still has “Straight Outta Compton” to thank for a part that seems poised to earn him even more awards.

“To be honest, nothing big had ever been offered to me before,
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The ‘Galaxy Quest’ Series Writer Has Spoken About What To Expect

Not sure if this news got out there fully before, but in case you did miss it, a Galaxy Quest TV series, based on the cult, much-loved 1999 movie, is being set-up over at Amazon. This past week, the folks over at /Film spoke to the writer of the new series, Paul Scheer as he was out doing press rounds for The Disaster Artist, in which he appears. More on the exciting Galaxy Quest TV series below.

Galaxy Quest TV Series Writer Speaks Out On New Project

“For me, it was really important to do service to a Galaxy Quest story that gives you everything that you want and indoctrinates people who have never seen Galaxy Quest into what the fun of that world is. That Tropic Thunder, Galaxy Quest world.”

Related: The Disaster Artist Review: Dir. James Franco

He went on to say: “And also to continue the story of
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Get Out Is Competing as a Comedy at the Golden Globes

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Get Out Is Competing as a Comedy at the Golden Globes
With the end of the year rapidly approaching, that means awards season is starting to heat up, and today we have word that one of the year's surprise box office hits could be a big awards season contender as well. Universal's Get Out, from first-time director Jordan Peele, will compete in the comedy categories for the Golden Globes this year, which could certainly be to the movie's advantage moving forward. This move could place Get Out, which has already been called the most profitable movie of 2017, in a position to land nominations for its main star, Daniel Kaluuya, and possibly for writer-director Jordan Peele as well.

Awards season pundits have already pegged Get Out as a likely contender, but the movie competing in the comedy category could allow Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya to be nominated alongside likely contenders in the comedy/musical category like Hugh Jackman (The Greatest Showman
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‘Get Out’ Will Officially Compete As a Comedy At This Year’s Golden Globes

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‘Get Out’ Will Officially Compete As a Comedy At This Year’s Golden Globes
Updated: As seems to happen every year, the 2018 Golden Globes will play home to at least one slightly surprising category choice — though few could possibly match the recent head-scratcher of running “The Martian” as a comedy — when Jordan Peele’s breakout hit “Get Out” competes in the awards’ comedy/musical categories. The Hollywood Foreign Press has determined that Peele’s horror-satire will run that category instead of the drama section, which may offer it an even greater chance racking up awards.

Distributor Universal Pictures did submit the film as a comedy — at director Peele’s behest –and though the HFPA can shift designations as they see fit, they also opted for the categorization.

Read More:‘Get Out’: How Jordan Peele Balanced Horror and Satire in Hitchcockian Oscar Contender

The film will likely face off against films like this year’s box office smash “Beauty and the Beast,” upcoming musical “The Greatest Showman,
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James Franco Regrets Once Having His Assistant Bring His Girlfriend to Hospital

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James Franco Regrets Once Having His Assistant Bring His Girlfriend to Hospital
James Franco has some regrets in his life.

The actor appears on the cover of Variety‘s latest issue for his starring in and directing The Disaster Artist. The interview finds him more reflective as he approaches his 40th birthday next year.

When it comes to relationships, Franco admits that he’s working harder on being there for his current girlfriend, Isabel Pakzad, than he was with an ex.

“There was one instance, this old girlfriend was visiting me in New York,” Franco says. “I had come out here for school. My cat had scratched her in the eye. I
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Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention

Genre, Indie and Blockbuster Directors Jostle for Awards Attention
From Paul Thomas Anderson to Guillermo del Toro to Patty Jenkins, a wide variety of directors across genres are vying for attention this awards season.

Paul Thomas Anderson

“The Phantom Thread

Not a frame of Anderson’s latest has yet been seen by the public, nor is much known about it, but he’s the rare filmmaker whose name alone can stoke anticipation. The fact that this 1950s-set film about the fashion world also stars Daniel Day-Lewis, who plans to retire from acting, only piques interest further.

Darren Aronofsky

Mother!”

Easily the most divisive studio film of 2017, and presumably intentionally so, Aronofsky’s “Mother!” could curry favor among his fellow directors for the sheer boldness of his vision, as he and star Jennifer Lawrence ascend ever-escalating levels of madness.

Sean Baker

The Florida Project

An indie darling du jour thanks to his sleeper “Tangerine,” Baker returned with yet another warm, sly-humored study of
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Go beyond The Room with this look into how bad movies can influence good movies

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The Disaster Artist, due for release on December 1, is a (supposedly) good movie about a book about the making of a bad movie—namely, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, which many consider to be the worst film ever made. It’s basically what Tim Burton’s Ed Wood was to Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. And it’s bound to inspire…

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