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The Disaster Artist movie review: a view on ‘The Room’

MaryAnn’s quick take… A hilarious ode to talentless passion. James Franco gives the bizarre Tommy Wiseau depth without solving his mystery, but skips a deserved zing at Hollywood. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

I don’t think you need to have seen the 2003 cult film The Room to appreciate The Disaster Artist, director and star James Franco’s hilarious ode to the talentless passion that birthed it. But I was glad that I had finally seen it for the first time just before I attended a screening of Artist. Because I’m not sure that I would have believed Artist’s depiction of the astonishing awfulness of The Room — Franco reproduces essential scenes from the film in all their crummy glory — if I hadn’t already witnessed the horror for myself.
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The Disaster Artist's James Franco on taking us behind the camera on the biggest cult movie ever

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The Disaster Artist's James Franco on taking us behind the camera on the biggest cult movie everThe Disaster Artist's James Franco on taking us behind the camera on the biggest cult movie everIngrid Randoja - Cineplex Magazine11/29/2017 10:34:00 Am

James Franco likes to make films, lots and lots of films.

The writer/actor/director had 18 films and TV shows in production or scheduled for release just this year — it’s taken George Clooney 10 years to make that many. However, many of Franco’s projects are indie pics that either get limited releases or sit on shelves waiting for distribution.

But he’s too good an actor and too interesting a director to have his work relegated to Hollywood’s bargain bin. Franco was looking for a breakout hit, and the delicious irony is that he’s directed the best movie of his career about the worst movie ever made.
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'The Disaster Artist' Review: James Franco Takes on Worst Movie Ever – and Wins

'The Disaster Artist' Review: James Franco Takes on Worst Movie Ever – and Wins
Director, producer, actor – James Franco is firing on all creative cylinders in The Disaster Artist, and it's telling that this restlessly inventive star (his critics are always bitching that Franco tries to do too much) is giving everything he has to a movie about ... the worst filmmaker of the 21st century. We're talking about Tommy Wiseau, whose 2003 feature The Room made him the spiritual heir to Golden Turkey hall-of-famer Ed Wood. The cross-dressing Wood was dead when Tim Burton made his 1994 tribute to the joy of making movies, no matter
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“The Disaster Artist” is a modern comedy masterpiece from James Franco

No one in the industry has probably hyped up The Disaster Artist to themselves more than yours truly. The film always seemed like it was made just for me. And yet, somehow, against all odds, the movie turned out even better than I expected. Opening in limited release this week at last, it’s my favorite motion picture of 2017. Whether it also ends up the “best” and takes my number one spot in a year end top ten list remains to be seen, but this is a modern comedy masterpiece and a tribute to following your dreams unlike any other. Not only is it truly hilarious, it’s deeply touching as well. Nothing else this year is anything like it. By now it shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone, considering how often I’ve spoken about this one, but once again, the film is a look at how the
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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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Exclusive Interview – Gillian MacGregor on The Stolen and filming in New Zealand

We chat with Gillian MacGregor on The Stolen and filming in New Zealand…

Originally from Ayrshire, Scotland, Gillian MacGregor is an award-winning actress with her best-known work including A Lonely Place to Die, Beyond and Street Fighter: Resurrection. She even won a Best Actress award at the International Valencia Film Festival for the popular series, Nikola Tesla and the End of the World.

Her new film The Stolen is a western adventure in which she shares the screen with a roster of talent including Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness, Men in Black 3), Graham McTavish (Preacher, Outlander), Jack Davenport (Pirates of the Caribbean, Kingsman: The Secret Service) and Richard O’Brien (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, The Crystal Maze).

In The Stolen, Charlotte Lockton (Alice Eve) has settled in New Zealand with her wealthy husband in 1860. But her life’s dreams are shattered when he’s murdered on their farm
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Halloween How-To: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

The Rocky Horror Picture Show first premiered over 40 years ago, but it still remains a cult classic to this day - just ask the cast, who reunited just last year! Whether it's on stage, on screen, or in movie theaters across the world, these costumes have been replicated time and time again, and there's no wrong way to do it yourself. And plus, now that the new live version has brought it back into the public eye, there's no time like the present. Whether you want to keep it simple as Brad, Janet, or Riff Raff, or go all out as Frank-n-Furter or Columbia, we're looking back at the film's characters and how to make them a part of your Halloween.
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‘A Christmas Story: Live’ Adds ’30 Rock’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ Stars

‘A Christmas Story: Live’ Adds ’30 Rock’ and ‘Silicon Valley’ Stars
It’s nearly the holidays, so you know what that means: the live TV musical craze will be back in full swing. And the next movie to get the musical telecast treatment is none other than A Christmas Story, which will air on Fox following the network’s success with Grease: Live, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and The Passion. A Christmas Story: Live! had already […]

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Rocky Horror Picture Show Screens at The Tivoli Midnights the Next Two Weekends

The Rocky Horror Picture Show plays this weekend (October 20th and 21st ) and next (October 27th and 28th) at the Tivoli as part of their Reel Late at the Tivoli Midnight series. Admission is $10

They come wearing bustiers, corsets, and great gouts of eyeliner. And some women get into the act too! The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the longest-running midnight and audience partici-(Say It!)-pation movie of them all, will play at Landmark’s Tivoli Theater in St. Louis this weekend at midnight (October 21st and 22nd) and next (October 28th and 29th) at midnight . The Tivoli does this every year and the shows are often sell-outs, so get your tickets early! The Tivoli does a great job of making Rocky Horror an interactive movie experience with a live “Shadow Cast” known as The Samauri Electricians who perform scenes during the movie and of course the audience is encouraged
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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Legacy (1978)

The Creative Death sub-sub-genre took flight in the ‘70s with The Omen (1976), as that little imp Damien (and his dad) dispatched the cast in different macabre and entertaining ways. (Variety is the spice, and all that.) The ’78 sequel continued the burgeoning tradition, leading us up to The Legacy (1978) - a film that takes its own stab at variety by marrying The Old Dark House to The Dark Underlord and delivering a fun, wicked (albeit goofy) little offspring.

Released in September in the U.K. (and the following September stateside) by Columbia-emi-Warner (and Universal in the U.S.), The Legacy brought in $11 million against its $2.5 million budget, making it a commercial if not critical success. That this British/American co-production manages to combine their unique aesthetics into something coherent is and of itself some kind of horror miracle.

Maggie (Katharine RossThe Stepford Wives) and her boyfriend Pete (Sam ElliottGhost Rider
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Top Performing Arts Venues in New Jersey

Following are the top 5 performing arts venues in New Jersey:

New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Prudential Hall

Location: 1 Center St., Newark; Capacity: 2,868; Tickets sold in 2017: 124,097*; President and CEO: John Schreiber

Located in downtown Newark, the “NJ Pac” is one of “the best-sounding rooms in the state,” says Umt Presents promoter Tony Pallagrosi. Home to the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, the Pac also hosts a cross section of events and concerts by headliners including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello, as well as live TV broadcasts (“America’s Got Talent”), benefits, galas and dance troupes.

Count Basie Theatre

Location: 99 Monmouth St., Red Bank; Capacity: 1,568; Tickets sold in 2017: 122,303; President and CEO: Adam Philipson

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The storied nonprofit venue has played host to shows by Springsteen, Tony Bennett, Bon Jovi, Brian Wilson, James Brown, Louis C.K. and more. Having celebrated its 90th anniversary last year, the
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Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)

Film News Roundup: Barry Bostwick to Play Santa Claus in ‘Santa Girl’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus in “Santa Girl,” Meryl Streep will present the American Cinematheque Award to Amy Adams, and basketball documentary “The First to Do It” gets a theatrical release.

Castings

Barry Bostwick will star as Santa Claus opposite Jennifer Stone in the independent comedy “Santa Girl,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The film will shoot later this month in Winchester, Va. Bostwick will play a slimmed-down and all-business Santa who hasn’t recovered from the loss of his wife, Mrs. Claus, with Stone playing his daughter. The story will focus on the daughter’s desire to attend college despite her father’s misgivings. After he eventually relents, she must navigate a strange new world while keeping the identity of her iconic father — and her own magic — a secret.

Blayne Weaver (“6 Month Rule”) is attached to direct from Patricia Harrington’s script. Capital Arts’ Paul Di Franco,
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Patricia Quinn Interview: “I Watch ‘Shock Treatment’ With My Grand Kids Now…”

It was perhaps appropriate that I had a dentists’ appointment on the day I interviewed Patricia Quinn, iconic star of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and its follow-up Shock Treatment, recently released on Blu-ray. Its groundbreaking story of vicious medical procedures fused with reality TV made it a cult hit, though it never scaled the heights of its predecessor. She plays Dr. Nation McKinley alongside a cast packed with comic talent, from Barry Humphries to Rik Mayall, not to mention creator Richard O’Brien himself (pictured below with Quinn).

Though I wanted to ask numerous questions about her roles in Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem, Hawk The Slayer, I, Claudius and Doctor Who, the focus was very much on Shock Treatment, so I began by talking to her about the movie’s unique narrative…

Thn: It’s safe to say the film is quite different to Rocky Horror.
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Full Trailer drops for “The Disaster Artist”

Yesterday morning, a gift from the movie gods was bestowed upon us all. Hot off of the film’s highly praised reception at the Toronto International Film Festival, a Full Trailer was released for The Disaster Artist. As I said back when the Teaser debuted, among modern day cult films, The Room stands tall. Not since The Rocky Horror Picture Show has a midnight movie captured audience adoration like Tommy Wiseau’s “masterpiece”. Even in Hollywood, it’s an iconic picture. As such, it was never a huge shock that a look at its inception was going to receive the cinematic treatment, especially after an acclaimed book about its making hit shelves. What’s surprising is that A-list talent has surrounded it from top to bottom, including A24 distributing. The Disaster Artist made waves at SXSW before Tiff, and now will continue to build buzz in advance of its December release date.
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Laverne Cox to Star in Elizabeth Banks-Produced Psychic Drama Pilot for ABC

Laverne Cox in “Laverne Cox Presents: The T Word”: MTV

The woman behind “Orange Is the New Black’s” Sophia Burset has signed on to portray another — albeit very different — reformed criminal. Laverne Cox will star in “Spirited,” a one-hour drama about a fake psychic who discovers she has genuine powers. The project, executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, received a put pilot order from ABC. Variety broke the story.

Should the project get picked up to series, “Spirited” would center on Cox’s character as she “realizes she can really communicate with the dead” and “decides to put her con-woman past behind her and actually start helping people.”

Heather Mitchell (“Scandal,” “Still Star-Crossed”) will write and exec produce the pilot. Max Handelman, Banks’ producing partner at Brownstone Productions, will also serve as an Ep.

Spirited” marks Cox and Banks’ second TV collaboration. Cox and Meaghan Rath (“New Girl,” “Being Human”) starred in the Brownstone-produced ABC pilot “The Trustee.” The buddy cop comedy didn’t end up going to series.

Cox made TV history this year as the first transgender actress cast as a regular on a broadcast series. She played lawyer Cameron Wirth on CBS’ short-lived Katherine Heigl legal drama “Doubt.” “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Grandma,” and the 2016 TV movie “The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again” are among Cox’s other screen credits.

Multi-hyphenate Banks has a bunch of projects in the works. She’s serving as producer on “White Girl Problems,” a book adaptation helmed by Lauren Palmigiano, and producing and starring in “Pitch Perfect 3,” out December 22. Banks made her directorial debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2” and is set to helm a reboot of “Charlie’s Angels” that’s scheduled to hit theaters in 2019. Banks appeared on-screen most recently in Netflix’s “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later.”

Laverne Cox to Star in Elizabeth Banks-Produced Psychic Drama Pilot for ABC was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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2017 Fall Movie Preview: Everything You Need to See

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2017 Fall Movie Preview: Everything You Need to See
Fall is a special time of year. Leaves slowly turn a different color. Daylight savings time gives us all a reason to fall back. And there are movies. Great, glorious, marvelously crafted movies! With the help of L.A. Weekly, we're breaking down exactly what you'll want to see and what you might not want to waist your time on over these last four months of 2017. Between It and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, we're getting a lot of crazy, cool cinematic excursions, some Oscar hopefuls and others not so much. But whatever it might be, we're sure there is an audience out there for it somewhere.

Many people wait for this time of year. They spend the majority of their time watching all the hot new TV shows. But there will still be a reason to get out of the house on the weekends. As Hollywood is making one
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Horror Highlights: Spooker-Roo Spectacular at the Pike Drive-In Theatre, The Devil’S Candy Blu-ray, Realive, The Lodgers

The Pike Drive-In Theater in Montgomery, Pa, has an upcoming double feature that will leave horror fans squirming with antici... pation, as they will host back-to-back screenings of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead this September. In addition to more details on that event, we also have The Devil's Candy Blu-ray, the Realive trailer, and key art and stills from The Lodgers in today's Horror Highlights.

Spookerroo Spectacular Returns to the Pike Drive-in Theater: Press Release: "The Pike Drive-in Theater in Montgomery, Pa is bringing a unique screening of two of among the most popular, retro horror classics of all time Friday and Saturday Night Sept. 15 and 16, 2017.

The double feature playing each night will be The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the cult horror comedy musical and long-time midnight screening perennial at indoor theaters, and the original (1978) Dawn of the Dead, the zombies-invade-a-shopping-mall
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See "It" With A Bunch of Clowns!

Chris here. Remember the Alamo Drafthouse's fabulous all-women screenings of Wonder Woman earlier this summer? Well, they are back to exclusive themed screenings again - this time it will be an all clown screening of It. And we don't euphemistically mean an all bro screening. We're talking literal clowns.

As if the film didn't seem terrifying enough, why not see it floating in a sea of Pennywises? Alamo is making the screening have mandatory costuming, so it's unlikely to really give audience members the chills if they're active participants. Costuming for fans has gone by the wayside for audience members, with theatres posing guidelines for even Star Wars due to rightful concerns for safety. In an offbeat way, this feels like closer to The Rocky Horror Picture Show for its potential to give passerby their share of hilarious double takes. And with the film set for a big opening in two weeks,
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Greg Nicotero and AMC Teaming Up to Develop Sci-Fi Horror Anthology Series Shock Theatre

AMC gave horror fans a lot to look forward to at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, announcing several in-the-works projects, including Shock Theatre, a sci-fi horror anthology series from director/executive producer Greg Nicotero:

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – July 29, 2017 – AMC announced today from the Television Critics Association (TCA) Press Tour a look at a current slate of select scripted and non-fiction projects in various stages of development for 2018 and beyond. New projects include many from existing AMC creative partners like “Better Call Saul” producers Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment, “Talking Dead” host Chris Hardwick’s production company Fish Ladder, “The Walking Dead” executive producer, director and special FX make-up designer Greg Nicotero, and “Fear The Walking Dead” star Colman Domingo, among others. These seven scripted projects for potential series consideration are among a broad number of projects currently being developed as part of AMC’s “scripts-to-series” model, which the
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AMC Searches For Its Next ‘Walking Dead’ With New Development Slate

AMC Searches For Its Next ‘Walking Dead’ With New Development Slate
Even while established series like “The Walking Dead” continue to perform, AMC has its eyes on the future. The network announced Saturday, July 29 its upcoming slate of new series currently in development, including new projects from Rainn Wilson, “Walking Dead” director Greg Nicotero, and Blumhouse Television.

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Three of the announced series in development are anthology-oriented, while nearly all feature some level of genre element. This includes the B-movie homage “Shock Theatre” as well as “Wicked West,” Blumhouse’s non-fiction take on “the most frightening and disturbing tales from the Wild West.”

There are also two high-concept premises mentioned: “Liking What You See” depicts a world where people voluntarily choose to surrender their ability to appreciate beauty, while “The Age of Miracles” is a drama about what happens to one woman’s family after the world learns that the earth’s rotation is slowing down.
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