Good People

James Franco in Good People

James Franco has been having a rough go of it lately. After a few months that included flirting with a 17-year-old girl over Instagram, releasing some naked selfies on the internet and playing a soccer coach who has an affair with one of his students, now it seems that Franco’s latest role has him getting in a whole new type of trouble. Can’t a man catch a break? As the first trailer for Henrik Ruben Genz‘s Good People so generously explains, Franco and his wife, Kate Hudson, aren’t having such a nice time. While they’re deeply in love, money don’t pay the bills. Their move to London to renovate a family home sees them falling further and further into debt, as someone forgot to tell them that it’s actually at least number two on the hella expensive cities of the world list. Their cruise through bummertown (population: two) continues when the tenant blasting insanely loud music downstairs turns out to be dead (then who was blasting the music? Who was blasting the music???), and dead enough to be stinking up the place. Like dead, dead. It’s almost a silver lining when they dislodge a duffel bag full of hundreds of thousands of pounds from his ceiling, but they’ve also forgotten another important fact about homeownership in big cities and the logistics of mysteriously dead dudes: never steal a bag of money from a dead man, because the person he probably stole it from is going to come after you next. So naturally, who do you think is the […]

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What is Casting Couch? It’s starting to wonder how many times Hugh Jackman can play Wolverine before his sideburns start to stick that way. Hot on the heels of the announcement that the original Professor X and Magneto, Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, would be joining Bryan Singer’s X-Men: First Class sequel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, comes word that yet another actor from the original X-Men trilogy, Hugh Jackman, is also negotiating. This makes sense, of course, because Jackman’s brief cameo in First Class was the first indication we got that Matthew Vaughn’s reboot and Singer’s original films might actually exist in the same universe. Now that Singer has Stewart, McKellen, and Jackman on board, the only other actors he needs to poach from those first X-Men movies is…well, no one. It’s kind of amazing how well those movies cast these three guys and how poorly they cast every single other character. Hopefully this is the end of the colliding of worlds. [THR]

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Drama fans have been fairly under-served in the past few years. There have been some phenomenal films, from Blue Valentine to Rabbit Hole to foreign fare like Dogtooth, but there haven’t been a huge number of them, and the ones that came out sometimes barely saw theaters outside New York and LA. So it’s good news that David Lindsay-Abaire will be adapting his own play, “Good People” for the screen, following the success of Rabbit Hole. The great news is that the personnel involved is stellar. According to LA Times Blog, the movie will focus on Margie Walsh (played by Frances McDormand, reprising her role from the play). Walsh is a sharp-witted woman who left high school to take care of her mentally handicapped daughter, loses her low-paying job, and seeks employment working for a successful former classmate. Laughter and tears ensue.

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