Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’ Is The ‘Citizen Kane’ of James Franco Movies

The Disaster Artist is a show biz tale about the making of The Room, which is the worst movie ever made. Its absolute inept storytelling and abysmal acting has earned it with the distinction of being the Citizen Kane of bad movies. Director/actor James Franco turns that seeming dishonor into a much more sublime journey of friendship and perseverance.

Greg Sestero (Dave Franco) is a struggling actor who is immediately captivated by Tommy Wiseau’s (James Franco) passionate yet absolutely out there performance during acting class. Wiseau beats to the tune of a different drummer, and Sestero is immediately captivated by his spontaneous friend (the pair drive to the spot where James Dean was killed during the dead of night). This bond eventually leads them to Los Angeles where they pursue their thespian dreams (Sharon Stone has a brief cameo as Sestero’s agent).

Seeing Sestero’s frustration over the lack of opportunities coming his way, Wiseau decides to write a screenplay that will be toplined by both of them, thus leading into the formation of The Room. Armed with an impressively solvent bank account, Wiseau is determined to make a film that spotlights their mutual artistry.

Other filmmakers would have taken this true story (it’s based on Sestero’s book The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made) and turned it into a biting satire on the vagaries of movie making. Another storytelling approach would probably focus on Sestero and Wiseau’s lack of talent, humorously mocking them for their failed film.

But Franco has deeper things on his mind, and he turns The Disaster Artist into a surprisingly evocative look at an unlikely friendship that can weather the harshest of storms. A substantial portion of the narrative centers on the making of The Room, and it’s filled with very funny moments with Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Ari Graynor, and Josh Hutcherson, just to name a few. Watching the cast and crew try their honest best to make The Room a good film, even with the well meaning but ultimately egomaniacal Wiseau controlling all aspects of production, is must see viewing that will garner its share of attention.

The emotional anchor of the film rests on the chemistry between the Francos, as their affection for each other immediately pulls us into Sestero and Wiseau’s friendship. When their movie finally premieres to an unsuspecting audience, and the laughter unfurls, we hope these buddies find a way out of this ridicule, and without giving too much away, they both learn to appreciate The Room in an entirely different light.

Franco’s diverse talents as a novelist, teacher, director, and actor have also been criticized over the years, and it’s easy to see why he sees a bit of a kinship with Wiseau. Both men are passionate about creating projects with the ones they love, and one would assume he poured his heart and soul into The Disaster Artist. Though it may not be considered the worst movie of all time, The Disaster Room is definitely the Citizen Kane of James Franco movies and one of my favorite films of 2017.

The Disaster Artist, co-staring Alison Brie and Jackie Weaver, opens nationwide today.

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Posted by: Greg Srisavasdi

‘The LEGO Ninjago Movie’ With Dave Franco Hits Blu-Ray In December

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The LEGO Ninjago Movie featuring Dave Franco and Jackie Chan hits Blu-ray and DVD December 19 via Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.During its release the feature amassed nearly $120 million worldwide at the box office.

The narrative centers on Lloyd (Franco), a high school student who moonlights as night as a secret ninja warrior (a green one to be exact). Mentored by Master Wu (Chan), Lloyd and his fellow ninjas aim to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon (Justin Theroux) who also happens to be Lloyd’s father!

Click on the media bar below to hear Justin Theroux talk about the universal appeal of the LEGO franchise:


Special features on the Blu-ray include numerous featurettes (“Team Supreme: Building Ninjago,” “Rumble in the Bricks,” “Rebrick Contest Winners”), two mini-movies (“Which Way to the Ocean,” “Zane’s Stand Up Promo,” “The Master: A LEGO Ninjago Short”), several music videos, a LEGO Ninjago TV series sneak peak, several music videos, and deleted scenes. The DVD versions comes with deleted scenes and the TV series sneak peek.

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James Franco Bares Tommy Wiseau’s Acting Soul In ‘The Disaster Artist’ Trailer

DA_010816_00097.dngIt was back in 2001 when James Franco proved that he could fully immerse himself into a role with James Dean, and now he’s getting rave reviews as Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist.

Film enthusiasts know Wiseau as the filmmaker and actor behind 2003’s The Room, a cult flick that has been called the “Citizen Kane of bad films”). The latest trailer of The Disaster Artist begins Wiseau getting ready to perform in front of his acting class and ultimately befriending Greg Sestero (Dave Franco), his co-star from The Room. With tons of critical acclaim, The Disaster Artist should be remembered come awards time.

Directed by James Franco, The Disaster Artist co-stars Alison Brie and opens in limited release December 1 (and nationwide the following week). Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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Seth Rogen Brings Personal Producing Touch To “Neighbors”

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Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne play newbie parents whose lives are turned upside down when a fraternity house moves next door in Neighbors. Zac Efron is Teddy the well intentioned but emotionally volatile leader leader of the pack who pulls off a series of pranks aimed at Mac and Kelly (Rogen, Byrne).

Rogen is also a producer on Neighbors, a feature directed by Get Him to the Greek filmmaker Nicholas Stoller. Last year, Rogen produced, co-directed, and starred in the highly successful This is the End, and if word of mouth has any say in the matter, Neighbors should continue the actor’s hot streak.

During a Neighbors press conference, Seth Rogen explains why, as a producer, he wants to have a personal connection to the material:

Neighbors, co-starring Dave Franco and Lisa Kudrow, is now playing in select theaters.

To check out my review of Neighbors, go to my Deepest Dream blog.

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“SCRUBS’ ” PULSE STRENGTHENS IN SEASON NINE

"Our Role Models" -- J.D. and Drew learn a tough lesson in mentoring when Dr. Cox and Lucy show them that sometimes the student is the teacher, on "Scrubs," TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 (9:00-9:30p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KAREN NEAL) BRIAN BRADLEY, CECELIA ANTOINETTE, DONALD FAISON

"Our Role Models" -- J.D. and Drew learn a tough lesson in mentoring when Dr. Cox and Lucy show them that sometimes the student is the teacher, on "Scrubs," TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8 (9:00-9:30p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/KAREN NEAL) BRIAN BRADLEY, CECELIA ANTOINETTE, DONALD FAISON

SCRUBS is a series that has been written off more than one time.  There were many who thought it wouldn’t last through the first season.  But, SCRUBS still manages to survive, reborn on a new network (from NBC to ABC) and it is counting on fans along with a few cast additions to breathe new life into the show.

The sitcom began its ninth year last week with the original SCRUBS doctors taking on roles of leadership.  At least that’s what we hear from Donald Faison, who ought to know.  Faison started out as Dr. Christopher Turk when SCRUBS premiere in 2001.

Plus, the injection of new blood has been a renewal for Faison and a boon for newby Dave Franco, who says he enjoys playing Cole, a spoiled brat intern who has a way with the ladies.

The show is also being shot in new digs.  No more abandoned buildings for this sitcom.  SCRUBS is on the Culver Studios lot now, where the cast gets to rub elbows with some famous people.

Click onto video for the a quick SCRUBS update from series regulars Donald Faison and Dave Franco.

SCRUBS is back with fresh episodes Tuesday nights, 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.