Hulu is producing an eight-part miniseries based on Stephen King’s novel 11.22.63, a delightful time-travel novel that Chimesfreedomreviewed earlier. The new trailer for the miniseries features actor James Franco as the time-traveling Jake Epping.
As discussed in our review of the book, 11.22.63 centers on Epping’s attempts to stop the John F. Kennedy assassination. Before acting decisively, though, he has to investigate whether or not Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in killing the president. I loved the book, and this trailer makes me excited for the miniseries too.
The miniseries 11.22.63 is directed by Kevin Macdonald and also stars Chris Cooper, Cherry Jones, and Josh Duhamel. The miniseries hits Hulu on February 15, 2016, which is Presidents’ Day.
What is your favorite Stephen King adaptation? Leave your two cents in the comments.
An English-language trailer for the upcoming film The Little Prince has been released, following an earlier French trailer version. The much-anticipated movie, which will bring Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s novel to the big screen, intertwines the story of the prince with a story about a little girl and her mother.
An all-star cast provides the voices in the movie, and they include Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Jeff Bridges, Benicio del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Ricky Gervais and James Franco. Check out the new trailer.
For a short time, it looked like hackers (initially reported to be from North Korea) might prevent Sony from releasing the movie The Interview in theaters. According to early reports, out of fear, Sony was going to pull the Seth Rogen-James Franco comedy from distribution. Meanwhile, commentators debated the possibility of censoring the movie out of fear. But ultimately, freedom prevailed and Sony released the movie both in theaters and online.
The controversy surrounding The Interview reminds me of William Randolph Hearst’s attempts to prevent the release of Citizen Kane (1941). Hearst did not like the way Orson Welles re-imagined Hearst’s career and relationship with Marion Davies (who in real life was a talented actress), so he took a number of measures to try to prevent the release of the film. Fortunately for us, he was unsuccessful, and one of the greatest movies of all time sits in a DVD case on my shelf.
One good version of the story behind Citizen Kane is from The American Experience series on PBS. Below is part one of the episode The Battle Over Citizen Kane, and then the video can take you to other parts of the episode.
If you prefer something much shorter and funnier, below is a short excerpt from Drunk History‘s retelling of the Citizen Kane story featuring Jack Black as Welles. Check it out.
Unfortunately, technology has given censors a new avenue of attack, which is sad. But I suspect that humor and satire will find a way to survive.
What do you think of Sony’s decision? Leave your two cents in the comments.
Several years ago, I discovered the great TV series Freaks and Geeks, which ran for one season on NBC during 1999-2000. The show did a great job of capturing high school life in both a funny and dramatic way. The show, which was created by Paul Feig and had Judd Apatow as executive producer, featured many future stars, including Seth Rogen and James Franco. If you have not seen the series go watch it now. For everyone else, you may now play an old-style interactive game version of the series on YouTube.
Below is the beginning video, and at around the 30-second mark you will be asked whether you want to play as a “Freak” or a “Geek.” This choice and future choices take you to other videos that continue your storyline.
The beloved classic 1943 book by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, Le Petit Prince (The Little Prince), is being made into an animated movie. The film, directed by Mark Osborne, first will be released October 7, 2015 in France.
As you can hear from the new trailer below, the movie is in French, but apparently it also will be released in English.
The English version of The Little Prince will feature the voices of Jeff Bridges, James Franco, Benicio del Toro, and Rachel McAdams.