James Franco has asked a judge to throw out a lawsuit over his film about legendary writer Charles Bukowski. Cyril Humphris claims Franco's biopic, titled Bukowski, is closely based on the author's semi-autobiographical novel Ham on Rye, which Humphris claims he owns the film rights to.
In the suit, filed in April (14), Humphris alleges the film "borrows the novel's themes of childhood loneliness; adolescent self-consciousness; the failures, hypocrisy, and cruelty of adults; and, in an unflinching depiction, the crude interest teenage boys take in sex".
He also claims several scenes in the movie are taken directly from the book.
However, Franco is adamant his biopic is not based on Ham on Rye but was instead inspired by the author's writings in general, and in new legal documents he is asking a judge to throw out the case, according to TMZ.com.
Humphris is suing for damages and an injunction to block the film's production.
Actor/writer Danny Strong is set to make his directorial debut with a new biopic based on the life of author J.D. Salinger. The screenwriter, who won acclaim for his Lee Daniels' The Butler script, will helm Salinger's War, which will be based on Kenneth Slawensk's JD Salinger: A Life.
Strong has also penned the screenplay.
The movie will centre on the Catcher in the Rye writer's early days in New York in the 1940s as he tries to establish himself as an author, and his wartime activities.
Strong will also serve as a producer on the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
James Franco is at the centre of a new legal spat over his plans to make a new movie about literary legend Charles Bukowski. Cyril Humphris, who claims he owns the film rights to the author's semi-autobiographical novel Ham on Rye, insists the 127 Hours star lacks the necessary permission to make the movie and he is suing Franco in a bid to halt production.
According to his lawsuit, which was filed on Thursday (24Apr14), Humphris maintains Franco had an agreement to develop Ham on Rye, but the rights expired in 2010, and his plans to make a film about the author infringe on the former agreement. In his suit, Humphris maintains Franco's current Bukowski film "borrows the Novel's themes of childhood loneliness; adolescent self-consciousness; the failures, hypocrisy, and cruelty of adults; and, in an unflinching depiction, the crude interest teenage boys take in sex."
He adds, "The Film incorporates entire scenes, including substantially their dialogue, from the Novel." Franco has previously stated his film is not an adaptation of the novel, but focuses on Bukowski's childhood. But Humphris is far from convinced.
His lawsuit reads: "By producing, marketing, displaying, and/or distributing the Film, Mr. Franco... and those involved... have infringed on Mr. Humphris' exclusive motion-picture rights to the Novel."
The plaintiff is seeking an injunction and monetary damages, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Niall Horan turned Prince Charming at a Disney-themed bash to celebrate British pop star Rochelle Humes' 25th birthday on Saturday night (29Mar14). The One Direction singer was among the star-studded crowd to don fancy dress in honour of Humes' recent birthday (21Mar14) at the Steam and Rye nightspot in London.
Horan showed up in full regalia, including cream coat and knickerbockers, while the birthday girl channelled Aladdin character Princess Jasmine.
Her husband, former JLS star Marvin Humes, arrived dressed as Aladdin, while their fellow pop star Tulisa Contostavlos also put in the effort and donned a fairy godmother outfit.
Rochelle's bandmates from The Saturdays ensured they weren't outshone - Frankie Sandford arrived as a pirate, while Una Healy made a splash in a Little Mermaid costume.
Humes took to Twitter.com after the bash to thank her pals for putting in the effort, writing, "Thanks to all of my friends for doing me proud with the dressing up EVERYONE went in!"
Bosses behind the Star Trek franchise have given fans the chance to guzzle their own space beer with the launch of the Klingon Warnog. The brew, from tastemakers at Indiana's Tin Man Brewing, is described as a Danish-style Dunkel with "rye malt and traditional clove character, creating a very rich and unique flavor". The drink is set to hit select retailers in the U.S. and Canada later this year (14).
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Smack dab in the middle of your exciting weekend forays and your agonizing return to the work week, Sundays are best spend lazily. Even the movies you watch on Sundays should be slow, soft, and conducive to your passion for midday naps. Luckily, a whole mess of indie gems fit this description, and this week for Lazy Sundays, Netflix Hand-Picked Flix recommends Submarine.
Written and directed by Richard Ayoade — perhaps best known for playing the magnificently geeky Maurice Moss on The I.T. Crowd — Submarine is one of the best and quirkiest coming-of-age movies you’ve probably never seen. Oliver Tate (Craig Roberts), is a 15 year-old loner who is determined to win the heart of his crush, Jordana (Yasmin Paige), while at the same time attempting to hold together his parents’ marriage after his mother’s ex-boyfriend moves in next door.
The film is both surprisingly realistic and highly-stylized, and it’s thanks to Roberts and Paige’s performances that these two elements blend together so well, as their characters alternate between confusion, confidence, and quirky weirdness. Oliver’s story is set to a soundtrack by Arctic Monkeys front man Alex Turner, which Ayoade deploys at the perfect moments to create the kind of memorable music moments that every successful indie film requires. And since Submarine has drawn comparisons to both Wes Anderson and Holden Caufield, we’re sure the poster will find a spot on your wall between The Catcher in the Rye and Rushmore in no time.
You can stream Submarine on Netflix, and make sure to check back tomorrow for our recommendations for the perfect Case of the Mondays movie.
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Terry Jeffords is a complicated man. He's a detective, a father, a talented artist, a yogurt connoisseur, and most importantly, The Ebony Falcon. This week, Brooklyn Nine-Nine brought another story arc to a close with Terry officially returning to field duty. Peralta and Boyle are busting a steroids ring at a local gym, and they want Terry's help in order to investigate a man named Brandon Jacobi, because he's the only one who could pass as a personal trainer, bouncer and assistant manager at a local PetSmart. But once they see Terry with his twins, Peralta gets scared that something will happen to him in the field, leaving them without a father, and so he does everything he can to keep Terry out of harm's way... even if that means botching his own investigation. Meanwhile, Gina's apartment has been robbed, and she becomes upset when she feels like Santiago and Diaz aren't doing all that they can to bring justice to the person who broke in.
Both Gina and Terry had significant moments of character development this week, with Terry finally becoming comfortable in his job once again, and Gina revealing that even though she appears to have no feelings whatsoever, she can still have moments of vulnerability. It's been fun to watch the characters delve further into the backstories and personal lives of the motley crew that make up the 99th precinct, and grounding these two oddballs in particular opens them up to a new array of plots, both insane and realistic.
But who stole the show on last night's episode, "The Ebony Falcon"? And does anyone know whether Kelly is Scully's dog or his wife? Anyone at all?
TerryAfter spending a few weeks in the background, Terry was brought to the forefront this week, and his character arc has reached its culmination. Terry Crews clearly loves playing Terry, and he plays confident and intimidating just as well as he played terrified and overwhelmed. Plus, we finally got to see Cagney and Lacey for the first time, and watching him speak baby-talk and sing lullabies was delightful. - Explaining that he needs to read his girls a story before bed: "The Ebony Falcon needs to read Go, Dog, Go!"- The joke may have been obvious, but Terry chst-bumping Peralta so hard that he goes flying was still the best physical gag of the night. - Terry nervously declaring himself to be "one of many" black Trents included a wonderful wide-eyed reaction shot from Crews. - On Jacobi: "You know, he's a mean dude, but I think I'm making progress. He asked to borrow my squat belt, I refused, he respected that!"- After Jake declares that the Ebony Falcon takes bad guys to jail and bad girls to bed: "Hell yeah, he does. Except, now the Ebony Falcon is monogamous and too tired for sex, so his only indulgence is fresh fruit yogurt parfaits!" Jake: "Terry loves yogurt." - Jake: "How did you find out about this?" Terry: "I'm a Detective Sergeant with the NYPD! Holt told me." - If Terry were a vacation, he would be a lake trip. - Terry only taking on as much as he can handle means holding down three bad guys by himself, and leaving one for the backup team.
GinaChelsea Peretti has been getting a lot of screen time recently, but this is the first time that Gina's been the star of a whole plot. Like Terry, it's fun to watch the writers delve into the weird mystery that is Gina's personal life, and with every new, strange detail they reveal, Gina becomes better and better. - On asking her coworkers to investigate the robbery: "You think these buffoons can help?! They're buffoons!" - Gina owns a fur bedspread, a ton of lycra body suits, eight full drawers of underwear (because she's civilized), a large painting of a naked lady on a lion, a music box that plays "She Works Hard for the Money," and a set of Joseph Gordon-Levitt nesting dolls: "Homemade and irreplaceable."- Diaz: "They found a strand of hair belonging to Mario Lopez." Gina: "I bought a lock of it at auction. That's cool it's real."- Gina makes a wonderful rye, according to Santiago. "So dense, so yet so moist."- She once said that the best comedy of all time was The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. On second thought, Gina might not actually have any feelings after all. - "I asked for a police escort to work this morning, and it took the dispatcher a while to find me a young Kevin Costner-type."- Upon gifting Santiago and Diaz with lycra bodysuits as a thank-you: "The cool thing is, you can eat whatever you want. These are right there with you."
BoyleThis week, Boyle discovered his true calling: gym manager. Even though they were only staking out the location undercover, Boyle managed to transform the gym from its sorry state, and Joe Lo Truglio plays every line with pure, earnest enthusiasm. - "Gymfiltrating. I think it will really catch on if more people infiltrate gyms." - Boyle is a sucker for a high-five. - Watching Terry put his daughters to bed: "He's so strong, yet so gentle. Like an enormous, muscular Ellen Degeneres." - "Two things: One, this gym's wipe-down policy is criminally lax, so I rewrote it. Two, I lowered the temperature of the water cooler by two degrees. I haven't heard any feedback yet, but I see a lot of refreshed faces. Oh, yeah, and Jacobi is on his way." - Jake: "Who have you become?" Boyle: "Myself! I've become myself!" - After Jake asks to hear about the new scheduling system for the gym: "I've been waiting so long to hear you say those words. Come with me, and experience the future of cloud-based scheduling."
British model/actress Kelly Brook is reportedly reigniting her romance with former boyfriend Danny Cipriani, according to a U.K. report. The Piranha 3D star, who split from the rugby player in August (13) following allegations he had cheated on her, was spotted getting intimate with Cipriani during a night out in London.
The pair was seen partying on Saturday (07Nov13) at the city's Steam & Rye bar, which Brook co-owns, and later at the nearby Rose Club.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "They were with a group of friends but were all over each other, cuddling, kissing and taking photos of themselves. They've been back on speaking terms for a few weeks.
"Kelly has been dating Dave Gardner, but she can't make a clean break from Danny. He hurt her but she still thinks he's the love of her life and that they can work it out. It could be the start of them getting back into a relationship."
Three previously unpublished short stories by reclusive author J.D. Salinger have leaked online. The Catcher In The Rye writer withdrew from the public eye after the huge success of his only published novel and ceased releasing his work in 1965.
He protected his privacy until his death in 2010 and left instructions that his unpublished works should not be seen for 50 years following his passing.
However, a scanned copy of three of Salinger's unpublished works was uploaded to a file-sharing website by an anonymous user this week (beg25Nov13) under the title Three Stories and it has quickly spread online.
The original manuscripts of the three tales - The Ocean Full Of Bowling Balls, Paula and Birthday Boy - are kept under lock and key at two university libraries in the U.S.
Book critic David Ulin is convinced at least two of the three stories are genuine, writing in the Los Angeles Times, "I've never read The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls. It's part of a collection of Salinger material at the Princeton University Library and available only to scholars who are supervised as they read. I have read the other two stories, however, at the University of Texas' Ransom Center, and the versions of them in Three Stories are the real deal."
A Princeton University spokesman says, "The story (The Ocean Full Of Bowling Balls) is probably an unauthorised version transcribed longhand in our reading room. It's also possible that it came from photocopies of the typescript probably made before the mid 1980s when we decided we'd no longer allow photo-duplication for any work by Salinger."
The Ocean Full Of Bowling Balls is said to be an early version of The Catcher In The Rye, written for America's Vanity Fair magazine, but withdrawn before publication. The story is narrated by the brother of Holden Caulfield, the teenage character in Salinger's later book.
British model/actress Kelly Brook launched her own bar in London on Tuesday night (19Nov13). The Great Gatsby-inspired venue, Steam And Rye, has been furnished to look like New York City's Grand Central Station and features a first-class cocktail carriage. Guests at the launch party included Jamelia, Myleene Klass and Jamie Campbell Bower.