April 21, 2014

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James Franco reportedly plans on taking a dip in directing

HollywoodNews.com: James Franco has been trying out a number of different interests recently and now he seems ready to take on the challenge of directing.
Franco reportedly plans on directing two films in the near future, according to Showbiz411.com. He will allegedly take on the challenge of directing William Faulkner’s ‘As I Lay Dying,’ of which he will also write the screenplay.
After that task is done, Franco will reportedly direct Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Blood Meridian.’ He has previously directed a short indie film called ‘The Broken Tower.’
Do you think James Franco will succeed with these two challenges?
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Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” moving up to November release date

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lionsgate and Tyler Perry appear to be tossing their hat into this year’s Oscar race.
The studio announced this morning that Perry’s next picture, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf,” will premiere on Nov. 5 … and not in 2011 as was expected.
The star-studded film, an adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s landmark 1975 stage study of the African-American female experience, packs Anika Noni Rose, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Kimberly Elise, Phylicia Rashad, Loretta Devine, Tessa Thompson and Thandie Newton into its ensemble.
Clearly, the studio feels Perry’s drama can compete in the annual awards race. Perry had success just last year as a producer for Lee Daniels’ “Precious,” which won two Oscars (for screenplay and co-star Mo’Nique).
More on “Colored Girls” as it begins to screen, but this is a very good sign for Lionsgate, a vote of confidence for Perry, and a shakeup for the still forming Oscar picture.
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Zac Efron improves the original character of ‘Charlie St. Cloud’

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Zac Efron improves on the character of Charlie St. Cloud from the original book version in his Friday (7/30)-release film, “Charlie St. Cloud.” And that comes from a man who should know, Ben Sherwood, who wrote the book “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud.”
“The character in the novel is kind of a sad sack, frankly,” says Sherwood. “He’s a darker and more damaged character. The genius of this casting move, of having Zac play the role, is that he fills Charlie with a credible sense of promise, hopefulness and dynamism.” Not to mention those biceps!
This is the kind of role Efron was looking for – a stretch into dramatic territory after his successes in musicals and comedy. His character, wracked with guilt over a car accident in which his younger brother is killed, discovers he can see and communicate – and play catch — with his ghost. Sherwood says he wrote it when he was in a fog of grief over the loss of his father, that “It’s deeply personal, but not autobiographical.” And no, he’s never seen a ghost.
By the time Hollywood came calling, Sherwood was working in his former post as executive producer of “Good Morning America.” So, “to be perfectly honest, I was very distracted, and I think that was probably an excellent way to manage the anxiety of the development process.” He only learned of Efron’s casting after, appropriately enough, receiving a congratulations phone text while he and his wife were sitting in a movie theater.
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