"Now a major motion picture" is the worst thing that can ever happen to a book — short of, say, an open flame. And in this day and age, no one is safe. It happened to Life of Pi; it happened to The Great Gatsby; heck, it happened to Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy. And now it has happened to William Faulkner. James Franco's scowling mug now takes up 70% of the cover for As I Lay Dying.
Since our copies of the novel are lovingly battered, dog-eared, and annotated, and, that being the way we like it, we haven't been in the market for a new edition recently, we didn't make this discovery until Time Out New York's Keith Uhlich tweeted the travesty (below). A facepalm has never been so well deserved.
Oh for fuck's sake. pic.twitter.com/3V0dMgB9fI
— Keith Uhlich (@keithuhlich) September 12, 2013
We've been skeptical of this adaptation for a long time, due less to Franco's involvement than to the seemily unadaptable nature of the book, but now we hate it. We hate the whole project and what it's doing to American literature. We hate James Franco's stupid face. (Well, not really, but it's about as close as we've ever come.) We need someone to blame for this crime against literature, and he's literally the poster boy.
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You were probably too busy looking up the big words, or screaming at Dawson's bangs to notice these celeb cameos the first time you watched Dawson's Creek, but now that we're 15 years passed the original air date, let's take a look back at all the famous folk who walked the hallowed halls of Capeside High and hooked up with Katie (err, Kate?) Holmes. Michael Pitt as Henry ParkerBefore he was all gangsta on Boardwalk Empire, Michael Pitt was featured on season three as Jen's sappy, budding, young boyfriend. He allegedly left the show because he felt the role wasn’t challenging enough.Ken Marino as Professor WilderYou know him for his deadpan humor in We’re the Millers, Wanderlust, Party Down and Children's Hospital, but before hitting his comedic stride, Ken Marino waxed poetic as Joey's naughty English professor during season 5. They may have made out.
Seth Rogen as pot-smoking college kidIn a role he was born to play / has only ever played, he “porks” (his word, not ours) Joey’s roommate, Audrey (Busy Phillips – his former Freaks and Geeks co-star) during the show’s last season.Scott Foley as jock Scott Foley shines as a dim quarterback who took Jen on a date – forcing Dawson – who was also pining for her - to do some epic soul searching (for the seventh time that episode).Ali Larter as Kristy
Best known for her bangin' whipped cream-covered bod in Varsity Blues, (also Heroes and Legally Blonde), Ali Larter steals Pacey's heart as a popular chick who's out of his league (poor thing). Rachael Leigh Cook as Joey’s proxyThe She’s All That star (seriously, where has she been since then?) plays Joey in one of Dawson’s masturbatory movies (Season 2, Episode 13). He’s so meta.Jane Lynch as Mrs. WitterAs Pacey’s uber-religious, disparaging mother (we don't see the resemblance either) the incomporable Jane Lynch got practice for her role on Glee. (Season 4, Episode 12).Chad Michael Murray as Charlie Todd
This soapy darling's dimples had already appeared on Gilmore Girls and would go on to star in One True Hill after his stint on the fifth season of Dawson's. He plays a collegiate cad who sleeps with Jen and then has a miniature affair with Joey after she performs with Charlie's band “Aggressive Mediocrity" in a moment that's almost as cringey as when she performs "On My Own" during season one.
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Rock offspring Pixie Geldof is launching her own fashion label. The 22-year-old model, whose father is Boomtown Rats rocker Bob Geldof, has joined forces with designer Ashley Williams to create her line, dubbed Funky Offish.
Explaining the label's unusual name, Pixie says, "Funky Offish is short for funky official - it is our take on smart casual - half funky and half official. We are so excited to announce it will be coming very soon. At the moment we are only planning to do womenswear, but who knows what the future holds. The main thing with Funky Offish is that it is not just a label, it is a way of life and I can't keep it in anymore."
Pixie is no stranger to the fashion industry - she has appeared on the cover of Italian Vogue and walked the runway for designers including Vivienne Westwood and Jeremy Scott.
Liberace's former lover Scott Thorson has escaped another jail sentence after a judge agreed he should attend rehab instead. Thorson, who was portrayed by Matt Damon in acclaimed 2013 TV movie Behind the Candelabra, breached his probation agreement when he failed a drug test recently - and he was facing another lengthy jail term.
But, in court in Nevada on Wednesday (11Sep13), he was ordered to rehab after confessing he's a drug addict and begging the judge for a second chance to complete a court-ordered rehab programme, according to TMZ.com.
Source Code star Michelle Monaghan is to lock lips with actress Anna Torv in Glee creator Ryan Murphy's new TV drama Open. Monaghan has been cast as a happily-engaged gynaecologist who falls for Torv's lesbian character.
Scott Speedman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Wes Bentley will also appear in the HBO drama.
Denzel Washington's 2004 thriller Man On Fire is heading to the small screen for a new TV adaptation. The Tony Scott movie, based on A.J. Quinnell's 1980 novel of the same name, about a former CIA officer who seeks revenge after his daughter is abducted in Mexico, became a box office hit and grossed over $130 million (£86.7 million) worldwide, and now it has been tapped for TV.
Tron: Legacy screenwriter David DiGilio will pen the script and serve as executive producer on the project, which is being developed for 20th Century Fox Television and studio New Regency, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Motley Crue rocker Nikki Sixx has praised the stars of Stone Temple Pilots for ditching troubled frontman Scott Weiland, branding it a "smart move" as the singer was "dragging down a great band". Weiland was booted from the group earlier this year (13) and he has been replaced by Linkin Park's Chester Bennington.
The new line-up will perform a show with Motley Crue in Oklahoma on Friday (13Sep13), and Sixx has revealed he is looking forward to seeing Stone Temple Pilots play, praising them for their bravery in moving forward without their original singer.
In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Looking forward to (Stone Temple Pilots) with (Chester Bennington) on lead vocals opening for Crue in Oklahoma. Weiland was dragging down a great band... Smart move..."
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Delivery Man Takes ManhattanWith the long line of energetic movies to his name, Minnesota native Vince Vaughn has embraced the cities of Los Angeles (Swingers), Washington D.C. (Wedding Crashers), San Diego (Anchorman), and even the North Pole (Fred Claus) for his biggest roles. But somehow, the comedic power player hasn't really gotten much of a chance to take on New York City on the big screen before Delivery Man — the actor's next film, in which he stars as bachelor David Wozniak, who discovers he has more than 500 children courtesy of a sperm donation he made years ago. It's not that Vaughn doesn't have an appreciation for the Big Apple — perhaps, in fact, he was waiting for just the right project to apprehend the spirit of New York, and Ken Scott's dramedy seems to be exactly that. When we paid a visit to the Delivery Man set in midtown Manhattan, Vaughn expressed the necessity of the locale in breathing new life into the director's remake of the 2011 film Starbuck. "[It] was really important for me [to shoot the movie in New York]," Vaughn explained. "One of the reasons I wanted to do the movie was if we shot it here. I felt that this story really lends itself to a place that has a lot of different neighborhoods, a lot of different lifestyles. New York certainly has that."
Smack dab in the middle of the city, the Delivery Man set emanates the sort of character you get from classic entries of New York cinema from the likes of Woody Allen to Sydney Lumet. Walking through the set — taking a gander at Wozniak's Brooklyn apartment and butcher shop, both imbued with the vivid clutter inherent in any true city residence or place of business — one could feel the But Vaughn and director Scott will look to paint every corner of the metropolitan area, using the main character's many children as doorways into the various realms of NYC. "It makes sense that they're very, very different worlds that [David is] entering," Vaughn says, speaking on the character's journey to meet each of his "new" children. "They're completely different worlds. So I think that's a big deal. Then, of course, just visually, the energy of the city is tremendous. It really infects the particulars of our family being from Greenpoint, [which is] culturally where we're located." It makes sense that we find first generation American David Wozniak residing in the heavily Polish community of Greenpoint, Brooklyn, where he works in his father's butcher shop. But of course, the surprise that hits Vaughn's hero at the beginning of the story brings him to unexplored areas of his city: "David's curiosity about the kids to travel to different places that he might not on a day-by-day basis go into."
Director Scott, who filmed the original incarnation of this story in Toronto for the independent Canadian feature Starbuck, also expressed a reverence for the far-reaching majesty of his new movie's setting. "New York really felt like the best place to tell the story, to make it as credible as possible," Scott said. "We meet all these kids, and we have to be very efficient in the storytelling. So, they live in all these different neighborhoods, and New York has all these different neighborhoods. If you see a kid that's living in Chelsea, rapidly you sort of get a feeling of what this kid is about. If he's in the Bronx, it's another thing. So, it's rich visually, but it's also very efficient in storytelling perspective."
Vince Vaughn, Father of 533But it isn't only the rich setting that makes Scott's next picture so enticing — it is the chance to rediscover an endlessly fruitful subject matter: parenthood. Specifically, the journey to become a dad, which David Wozniak takes on five hundred-fold when he discovers his sperm bank's botch distribution of his deposit. Scott describes the sometimes wacky, sometimes somber film as "an exploration of fatherhood and what fatherhood is all about."
The director and the actor, both gifted with children, approached the project with their own perspectives on fatherhood on hand. "I have three kids and I felt that I have a whole lot to say about what fatherhood is all about," Scott said. "I think fatherhood has changed in the last 15 or 10 years. Nowadays, you could hear a father say, 'I want to stay home because my wife just had a baby, and I want to take care of the baby.' You hear that today, [but] 15 years ago that was impossible. It's exciting to be informed with what fatherhood is all about today because it has changed." Scott continues, "I feel that fatherhood is very much like a dramatic comedy. There's some great moments. There's some funny moments. There's some more dramatic moments."
Vaughn, too, injected his own attitudes into the film and his performance, as we saw carry through in a take where he tried to reach out to one of his many new sons. "As a parent, you have a lot of hopes," the actor said, "about your kid being enthusiastic about something that they love to do, having self-respect, being surrounded by good people. And then you have a fear of them getting caught up in stuff that's maybe not as rewarding ... which we all go through [in] phases." Vaughn continues, "I think what's fun about the movie is that through the different kids, because there are so many, you play out all of those anxieties or hopes of this kid's doing well or this kid's really in a bad spot. You start to realize the difference in believing in someone, or feeling like there is going to be a tomorrow, can go a long way for folks that don't feel like they have that messaging in their life."
In the end, the actor has a great deal of appreciation for his character and for director Scott's project: "What I love about the character of David is that he goes in very open to some of the stuff he hasn't seen or experienced before." To Vaughn, the film represents some of the most important elements you can tackle. "I think it's about the family, but I think it's about life, and all of us, in some kind of way. At our best, I think, we like to feel that we're not against each other, and sometimes people are hurting and you need a little bit of support. I like the stuff [the movie] says about being a guardian angel, feeling like things can be different tomorrow for whatever is going on. So I think it takes out a bigger message without being preachy. [It's about] family, but [also] just about human beings and life. It gives you a perspective of what really matters."
Delivery Man hits theaters on Nov. 22.
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Actor John Leguizamo has landed the role of Pablo Escobar in the biopic King Of Cocaine. After Oscar Isaac dropped out of the movie, the Ice Age star went to great lengths to prove to producers he was right for the role, even though he had been turned down several times, according to Deadline.com.
Leguizamo spent $15,000 (GBP10,000) on a fatsuit and prosthetic makeup to look more like the drug kingpin in his prime.
He then filmed his own screen test and had producer Scott Steindorff submit it to movie studio executives without revealing the name of the actor behind the outfit. The Colombian star was hired shortly after.
In addition to Isaac, Benecio Del Toro was also in talks for the role.
Singer Elton John is set to pay tribute to Liberace at the 2013 Primetime Emmy Awards later this month (Sep13), according to U.S. reports. The Rocket Man hitmaker's performance will mark the first time he has appeared on the U.S. television industry's biggest award night.
Behind the Candelabra, the TV movie about Liberace and his lover Scott Thorson played by Michael Douglas and Matt Damon respectively, is nominated for 15 awards.
John's musical number will accompany nominees Douglas and Damon when they present during the show, according to E! News.