Ever since "Veronica Mars" took to Kickstarter to get their movie going, there has been a very loud and confusing debate (mostly over Twitter) about whether all of this was okay. It only got worse with Zach Braff, who was a polarizing figure even before he decided to make his movie "his way," so it might interest those who aren't utterly exhausted by the conversation that an even more controversial figure has thrown his many hats into the ring.
James Franco just kicked off an indiegogo campaign to bring the three short stories featured in his first book, "Palo Alto," to the big screen. The actor has hand selected three of his favorite NYU filmmakers to each take on one of the stories. Franco put in money himself, but he needs an additional $500,000 to completely fund the project.
But before you start trying to fit your screed about how wrong this is into 140 characters, you might want to read the next part.
Even though he was kind enough to grace us with an album this year, Justin Timberlake is still focusing a lot of his effort on acting. Aside from "Inside Llewyn Davis," the latest film from the Coen Brothers, Timberlake has the starring role in "Runner Runner," a gambling thriller that also stars Jean Ralphio from "Parks and Recreation" (Ben Schwartz). Oh, and Ben Affleck as an evil crime boss.
UPDATE: Full trailer without "ET" people.
The first look at "Runner Runner" debuted last night on "Entertainment Tonight," which is only pertinent because the airhead anchors keep interrupting when I just want to watch Ben Affleck feed a guy to alligators, dammit!
The "Bourne" franchise's sideways sequel is going to be getting its own sequel.
Universal Pictures has been rolling out big announcements at CinemaCon, but the one that's got us most intrigued is that a "The Bourne Legacy 2" is in the works. The fate of that movie seemed uncertain since "The Bourne Legacy" performed just average in the box office, and did the worst of all four "Bourne" films. But Universal claims it is "actively working" on a second "Bourne Legacy" film, even though the studio didn't get any more specific than that.
We've known director Neil Blomkamp has been working on "Elysium," his follow-up to "District 9," for years now, but still know relatively little about the movie. It's due in theaters on August 9, and two new photos have been released that show us more than just Matt Damon running around in a funny suit — finally.
The images were published by San Paulo newspaper Illustrada and introduce fans to Wagner Moura and Alice Braga's characters for the first time. The paper also elaborates on who the characters they're playing are, which you can find out after the jump.
The folks over at Wired have assembled one hell of a guide to "Star Wars." "74 THINGS EVERY GREAT STAR WARS MOVIE NEEDS" is a must-read for fans, bringing in a ton of talent, like Rian Johnson and Damon Lindelof, to share their thoughts.
Also, in a hole in the ground, there lived a kitty in today's Dailies!
Since we didn't make it into Hall H during the "Elysium" presentation at Comic-Con, we've spent the last few months looking forward to something we essentially know nothing about. Yes, it's coming from Neill Blomkamp, the mastermind behind "District 9," and it's got a badass cast that includes Matt Damon, Jodi Foster, and Sharlto Copley, but that's about it.
Having felt the massive psychic shockwave from Comic-Con, we know that "Elysium" and its August release date are absolutely something to eagerly anticipate, but what else do we have to go on?
How about these pictures of Jodi Foster's hair (via Bleeding Cool) from the movie? Sure, why not? Foster—who is 50!—plays Secretary Rhodes, the embodiment of the class struggle at the heart of "Elysium," and while we're pumped about her cropped 'do, what's really has us intrigued is the futuristic sets and weapons chilling out in the background. Finally something!
Now, how about a trailer?
See all of the Jodie Foster pictures after the jump!
"The Bourne Legacy" faced some major challenges beyond just finding a leading actor suitable to fill the shoes emptied by Matt Damon. A good portion of the movie was shot in Alberta, Canada, and MTV News has an exclusive behind-the-scenes clip from the movie's Blu-ray release that details just how difficult it was for the crew to shoot in those cold weather conditions.
"That location presented a lot of new challenges we'd never had before: The cold and the wind and snow like we had in the higher elevations," producer Frank Marshall explained. "And we had to shoot in the middle of nowhere."
Things on "After Hours" have a way of coming full-circle, and finally the "Yes/No Show" has returned to the always charming, never sarcastic Matt Damon, who appeared on the game's very first segment. This time, however, he's brought along his "Promised Land" co-star John Krasinski.
As is traditional with editions of the "Yes/No Show" featuring Matt Damon, the topic of his collaborators' penises come up in conversation, and naturally, things get a little awkward.
In addition to those enlightening topics, the segment covers such areas of conversation as the true meaning of "Leatherheads," gimps, and peeing in the shower.
Find out all about it in the latest episode of "After Hours"!
The first image from Joseph Gordon-Levitt's directorial debut "Don Jon's Addiction" hit the web along with the announcement of its placement on the Sundance line-up.
Also, learn what you get when you combine board games and Quentin Tarantino in today's Dailies!
The first major awards ceremony of the season, the Gotham Awards, was held last night in, of course, New York City, and while the main thrust of the ceremony is to honor indie filmmaking, the big winners could definitely impact the awards conversation for the Oscars.
Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom" took the top prize for Best Feature and one big step toward becoming a contender when Oscar time rolls around. For the last few months, the film starring Bill Murray, Jason Schwartzman, and Edward Norton has been just outside the race for a Best Picture nomination, but all that could change in the next coming weeks, depending on how the Gotham win is perceived.
Check out a complete winners list after the jump!