Who else but James Franco would cobble together his ongoing higher education, books of poetry, NYU graduate students, independent financing and fellow A-list actors to create not one, but two new feature films?
That’s just what the multihyphenate has done with “Tar” and “Black Dog, Red Dog,” two standalone narrative pics based on separate collections of poetry that were adapted by students in Franco’s filmmaking class. Each student directed a short based on an individual poem; their entries were later woven into a cohesive, feature-length narrative.
“Tar,” based on the 1983 book of poems by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams, has been fully financed by Victorino Noval and Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions. Ten NYU student directors helmed segments along with Franco, who also stars as Williams.
Mila Kunisand Jessica Chastain also took roles.
“I went out to people that I knew, or who I thought would be open to this kind of thing,” Franco told Variety. “They all told me that they were so happy they did it … the students are still at a place where they’re pure, and they’re not jaded.”
Franco, who selected the 10 directors via a competition at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, and Noval plan to take “Tar” to festivals in search of distribution, and will use any proceeds to fund future student endeavors. Producers include Miles Levy, Vince Jolivette and Edward Bass; Noval serves as an exec producer.
Shooting of Blood Ties still continues. Mila and her co-star Clive Owen were seen on the set of the movie for their wedding scene at St. Barbara Roman Catholic Church in NYC. Take a look at
Blood Ties > Mila & Clive Owen shooting wedding scene on the set of Blood Ties in NYC (May 14)
Check out the second album from the set of Blood Ties, photographed on May 11. Mila is shooting some
Blood Ties > Mila on the set of Blood Ties at L&M auto repair shop in NYC (May 11)
Finally we got first photos of shooting
According new info: Mila plays
Cliff’s girlfriend/fiance(they’re both working at the L&M auto repair shop), while Marion Cotillard is playing his ex-wife.
Blood Ties > Mila and Clive Owen filming engagement scene of Blood Ties in NYC (May 11)
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Fox has renewed its Sunday reality kingpin
Family Guy, as well as another Seth MacFarlane title, American Dad. Family Guy will be back for an 11th season, and Dad for an eighth; both pickups are for the standard 22 episodes.