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James Franco Plans To Film More William Faulkner Novels


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James Franco wants to direct another two films based on William Faulkner's novels.

The 36-year-old actor-and-director has admitted that he would love to adapt another two novels by the modernist author, after starring in 'The Sound and the Fury' which is based on the 1929 book by the American writer.

Talking to The Guardian newspaper, James shared: ''There's two more Faulkners we want to do: 'The Hamlet' and 'The Bear'. 'The Bear' would be difficult, just because you need a trained bear, but nowadays you could probably do a CGI or motion capture, like in 'Planet of the Apes'.''

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Sony Picture Classics Executives Win Copyright Case Over Woody Allen Film Quote


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Sony Pictures Classics bosses are celebrating after winning a copyright infringement case filed against them by the owners of author William Faulkner's novel Requiem For A Nun.

Faulkner Literary Rights, Llc officials filed suit against the movie studio, claiming that a nine-word quote from the novel which featured in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris film equated to copyright infringement.

But, on Thursday (18Jul13), a federal judge in Mississippi declared victory for the defendants, who argued that the Faulkner quote, uttered by Owen Wilson's character in the movie, was a "fair use", according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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James Franco Wants Hamm In New Movie


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James Franco wants to cast John Hamm and Danny McBride in his new movie.

The 'Spring Breakers' actor is planning to adapt William Faulkner's 1929 novel 'The Sound and the Fury', which he will star in and direct, and he is keen to attain the services of the 'Mad Men' actor as long as he can fit the filming into his schedule.

Franco is keen for Hamm to play patriarch Mr. Compson in the motion picture, which is set in the early 20th century and tells the story of southern US aristocrats the Compson family, who fall on tough times.

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James Franco Tackling Faulkner's The Sound And The Fury


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Actor/director James Franco is preparing to tackle a second film adaptation of William Faulkner's work after receiving favourable reviews for his take on the writer's acclaimed novel As I Lay Dying.

The star teamed up with his pal Matt Rager to adapt the story and it was warmly received when he unveiled the drama, which co-stars Danny MCBride, at the Cannes Film Festival in France earlier this year (13).

He has now set his sights on turning Faulkner's 1929 classic The Sound and the Fury, about a family of Southern aristocrats who fall on hard times, into a film, which he plans to direct and star in, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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James Franco Takes On Faulkner In 'As I Lay Dying' [Trailer & Pictures]


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As I Lay Dying, written, directed and starring James Franco, is aiming to become the first American movie to win the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival since 2008's Tyson documentary. Franco's movie is adapted from William Faulkner's classic American novel of the same name and stars the Oscar nominee as a son's quest to bury the body of his mother in accordance with her wishes.

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Though the trailer hints at Franco's penchant for the avant-garde, it looks far more of a straight narrative affair then, say, Interior. Leather Bar. Franco plays the second oldest child Darl, while Tim Blake Nelson appears to do a sublime job of portraying father Anse. Danny McBride plays friend of the family Vernon Tull while Ahna O'Reilly - who's making a buzz with the Weinstein's Fruitvale - plays daughter Dewey Dell. The movie has a reasonable chance of scooping for 30,000 euro prize at Cannes, though it's safe to assume festival favorite Sofia Coppola is the frontrunner with hipster tale The Bling Ring - still, it would be a long-awaited American success. 

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William Faulkner Estate Sues Midnight In Paris Bosses


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Bosses behind Woody Allen's Midnight In Paris are facing legal action from late author William Faulkner's estate over a quote used in the hit film.

The owners of the rights to Faulkner's literary works are suing Sony Pictures Classics after taking exception to a line spoken by actor Owen Wilson, who plays a time-travelling writer.

In the 2011 comedy, Wilson says, "The past is not dead! Actually, it's not even past. You know who said that? Faulkner. And he was right. And I met him, too. I ran into him at a dinner party."

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Milch To Film Unfilmable Faulkner


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William Faulkner, who knew a thing or two about turning other great writers' novels into movies (he wrote the 1939 screenplay for Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep and the 1944 screenplay for Ernest Hemingway's To Have and Have Not ), will have some of his own works developed into movies for HBO. As part of a deal between David Milch, creator of NYPD Blue and Deadwood , and the Faulkner estate, an undetermined number of Faulkner's novels and short stories will be adapted into feature films and TV series for the pay-TV channel. In a statement, Milch said, "As we embark on this ambitious project, our first commitment is to serve the material, and we look forward to identifying and collaborating with the best screenwriters and filmmakers to help each of the pieces find its ideal form onscreen." The project will be challenging. At least one critic has observed that Absalom, Absalom, widely regarded as Faulkner's greatest novel, is unfilmable. His reason "It's Rashomon as told by a long-winded schizophrenic."

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James Franco To Direct As I Lay Dying


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James Franco is to direct 'As I Lay Dying'.

The actor - who is to host next month's Oscars, where he has been nominated for Best Actor for his role in '127 Hours' - will helm the movie, which is based on William Faulkner's novel.

Speaking about his plans for 2011, James told MTV News: "This summer I'm going to direct a movie based on William Faulkner's novel 'As I Lay Dying'.

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Four Men And A Prayer Review


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In Four Men and a Prayer, director John Ford doesn't have one. Saddled by Darryl Zanuck with a claptrap mystery adventure plot involving the dishonorable discharge and subsequent murder of a proud British career officer during the jewel-in-the-crown years of British colonialism and the efforts of his four sons to find the killer and exonerate their father, Ford assumes the role of Houdini. With a handsome physical production, Ford mounts an impressive sleight-of-hand, diverting prying eyes by throwing everything at the audience he can think of, anything to stay away from the actual story, which Ford doesn't want to get close enough to smell.

The nominal plot has stout-hearted Colonel Loring Leigh (C. Aubrey Smith -- who else?) kicked out of the Lancers for signing an order allowing a shipment guns to find their way into the hands of a band of Indian rebels, who end up massacring 90 men at one of those Indian passes so famous in '30s movie adventure yarns. Colonel Leigh is drummed out of the army but knows he's been set up and his signature forged. Returning to England he summons his four sons -- dim bulb Oxford student Rodney (William Henry), pompous barrister Wyatt (George Sanders), shallow ladies man/aviator Chris (David Niven), and stuffy British attache Geoffrey (Richard Greene) -- in order to show them the evidence proving he was framed by an international gun cartel. He doesn't get that far. While the boys are sipping bitters in the ante room, Colonel Leigh is shot dead in his study and the evidence removed. The press claims Leigh committed suicide from his disgrace, but the boys know better and set about to find his killer and clear his name.

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Drums Along The Mohawk Review


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For a beaten-down film critic as myself, the best thing about attending The New York Film Festival is not to get a jump on feature film releases that will quickly show up in local theaters a few days after their festival premieres, but to savor those obscure, febrile marvels of classic cinema that for whatever reasons (neglect, deterioration, ignorance) have been shuttled aside or locked away in film vaults to make way for the latest De Palma monstrosity, a fawning Las Vegas comic tribute documentary, or the most recent Sylvia Miles comeback film.

The New York Film Festival offered a double bill of savory morsels in this succulent vein, presided over master chef Martin Scorsese and his restoration outfit, The Film Foundation. On the bill-of-fare at The New York Film Festival were two 20th Century Fox three-strip Technicolor sweetmeats -- John Ford's Drums Along the Mohawk and John Stahl's Leave Her To Heaven.

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