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James Franco may have lost “The Interview,” but he won’t be off our screens for long. The trailer for his upcoming film “True Story” was released today. “True Story” is a drama based on a memoir from Michael Finkel, a former New York Times journalist, about his time with criminal Christian Longo. Franco will play Longo and Jonah Hill Finkel. When Christian Longo lands on the FBI’s Top Ten list after killing his entire family, Finkel is living life as an unemployed man with his girlfriend (Felicity Jones). Their fates become linkedRead More
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It was announced this morning that Jonah Hill and James Franco’s fact based dramatization “True Story” will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and with it, the first few still images from the film have been released. Rupert Goold directed the adaptation of former New York Times writer Michael Finkel’s nonfiction book of the same name. Hill plays Finkel, whose memoir revolved around his entanglements with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco). In 2002 Longo was arrested in Mexico for murdering his entire family, but he was livingRead More
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Jonah Hill’s transition from comedic relief to serious actor continues, with Deadline reporting the “Wolf of Wall Street” star is reteaming with co-star Leonardo Dicaprio on a new untitled biopic of Richard Jewell, the Atlanta Olympics security guard who was lauded as a hero then falsely accused of being a suspect after reporting a suspicious package which turned out to contain pipe bombs. Hill and Dicaprio have optioned the rights to Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article “The Ballad Of Richard Jewell” to base the film on. Brenner got in-depthRead More
Felicity Jones has been set for the female lead role opposite Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking in biopic “Theory of Everything”, according to Deadline. Filming is set to begin in early fall with Redmayne as the British physicist who grew up in a financially strapped but highly intelligent family. Hawking did not succeed at school as a young boy but always showed an aptitude for science, earning the nickname “Einstein.” He started Oxford at age 17, where he felt isolated for being younger than his classmates and finding the workRead More
I know what you’re thinking: What’s that elusive James Franco up to these days? Deadline reports the ever-busy multi-hyphenate has lined up his next directing gig, an adaptation of Andre Dubus III’s novel “The Garden of Last Days”, which he will of course also play a starring role on screen in. Hanna Weg adapted the novel, which is set at the onset of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, but the screen version will be set in contemporary times. Set in and around a strip club, “Garden of Last Days” follows threeRead More
James Franco to the rescue? When Werner Herzog’s Gertrude Bell biopic lost Jude Law, it ground the production – starring Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson – to a halt, but now it appears Oz the Great and Powerful himself may ride in to save the day. Deadline reports filmmakers are now in talks with Franco to take over Law’s role in “Queen of the Desert”, but they caution scheduling is still being worked out and everything is contingent upon that right now. Watts stars as writer Gertrude Bell in theRead More
Filming is now underway on appropriately titled true life crime drama “True Story” in New York and Zimbio have the first images of stars Jonah Hill and Felicity Jones, sporting one giant fake pregnant belly, on set filming a scene. Rupert Goold is directing the adaptation of former New York Times writer Michael Finkel’s nonfiction book of the same name. Hill will play Finkel, whose memoir revolved around his entanglements with accused murderer Christian Longo (to be played by James Franco). In 2002 Longo was arrested in Mexico for murderingRead More
British rising actress Felicity Jones has landed the female lead role in crime thriller “True Story”, according to Deadline. Jonah Hill and James Franco had been set for the two lead roles a year ago, andru now the project may finally be moving along. Rupert Goold directs the adaptation of former New York Times writer Michael Finkel’s nonfiction book of the same name. Hill will play Finkel, whose memoir revolved around his entanglements with accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco). In 2002 Longo was arrested in Mexico for murdering his entireRead More
Comedy heavyweights Shawn Levy, Nicholas Stoller, Ben Stiller and Jonah Hill are joining forces on a new comedy for Fox, according to THR. Still in the development stage, Still and Hill are attached to star, Stoller in negotiations to write the screenplay and Levy attached to direct. Levy, Stiller and Hill will also act as producers. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s being described as an island-set comedy, with “Aloha” heavily suggesting that island is probably Hawaii. Reunions abound on the film, as Stoller and Hill haveRead More
Oscar nominated “Moneyball” was a tremendous success so it seems Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill are eager to go back into business together. Deadline reports Pitt’s production company Plan B has set Hill to co-star with James Franco in another fact-based feature, aptly titled “True Story.” If you thought the stats and numbers in “Moneyball” were confusing, just try wrapping your mind around this twisted, convoluted tale. Hill will play former New York Times writer Michael Finkel, whose memoir “True Story” revolved around his entanglements with accused murderer Christian LongoRead More