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Stars gathered for the New York premiere of Zach Braff’s spiritual sequel to ‘Garden State’, ‘Wish I Was Here’ on Tuesday night (July 15).
The film sees indie favourite Braff back in the movie game following a hugely successful turn as ‘JD’ in hospital comedy-drama Scrubs. Following the sitcom, he found critical acclaim and a cult following with ‘Garden State’.
‘Wish I Was Here’ is about a single father trying to experience life and raise his kids at the same time. It stars Donald Faison, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Jim Parsons, Ashley Greene, Joey King, Mandy Patinkin, and James Avery and will be released this Friday (July 18) by Focus Pictures.
Continue reading: New York Premiere Of 'Wish I Was Here' [Photos]
Zach Braff's new movie Wish I Was Here is essentially about one guy's pursuit of happiness. The former Scrubs man plays 35-year-old man Aidan Bloom, who is forced to try and figure out what it is that makes him truly happy after reaching a crucial crossroads in life.
Whether you can relate to Bloom's predicament or not, we want you to help us celebrate the release of Wish I Was Here by sharing your secret happy snaps. Whether it's a beautiful sunset, the virtues of family life or simply seeing your favorite rock band play, we're asking for you to Instagram or tweet a picture of the moments that make you happy. Don't forget to include the custom hashtag #TrulyHappyWhen and #WishIWasHere for a chance to win $3000.
Continue reading: Does 'Wish I Was Here' Hold The Secret To Happiness?
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Zach Braff’s character in Scrubs was an emotionally tender, physically fragile and essentially harmless person. And one gets the feeling his perennial bully, Dr. Cox, would till have plenty to say about his character in “Wish I Was Here”.
Braff and his cute on-screen tykes in 'Wish I Was Here'
Yes, Braff and his brand of feels is back in this, the long-awaited follow up to his hyper-emotional, indie-fest, “Garden State,” which every 14-year-old girl or boy not into sports claimed was their favourite movie for at least 18 months. We’re not making that up; there were science studies.
Continue reading: Zack Braff And His Feelings Are All In The 'Wish I Was Here' Trailer
The film is given a raunchy Broadway makeover.
The reviews are in for Woody Allen's eagerly-awaited musicalisation of the hit screen comedy Bullets Over Broadway, starring Zack Braff ('Scrubs', Nick Valenti ('The Sopranos') and Helene Yorke ('Masters of Sex'). Braff plays a struggling playwright whose big break gets him entangled with gangsters in Prohibition-era New York. Cue explosive dance routines, dark humour and dazzling costumes from director-choreographer Susan Stroman's lavish production.
Zach Braff Leads The Way In The Dazzling 'Bullets Over Broadway.'
The production is fairly unusual in that it relies upon existing period music, rather than an original score. Unfortunately critics don't seem to have been able to look beyond the disparity between certain scenes and the corresponding musical numbers. "The problem is that most of the songs are inorganic to the plot and characters," says THR's David Rooney, explaining "They seem dictated by the energy requirements of only moderately funny material."
Wayne Knight isn't the only celebrity to be at the center of a death hoax, these other celebrities have also been victims to social media's cruelest rumor.
Seinfeld fans can breathe easy after panic ensued following rumors of Wayne Knight’s death on social media site Twitter. The rumors claimed that the 58 year old had been involved in a fatal car crash, although Knight took the site himself to straighten things out, “Some of you will be glad to hear this, others strangely disappointed, but...I am alive and well!” before commenting, “Does someone have to DIE to trend? Geez! Thanks for all the love everybody. I didn’t know you cared. Glad to be breathing!”
Wayne Knight took to Twitter to explain he isn't dead
We’re glad that Wayne was able to see the funny side of his death hoax, we guess that he is a comedian, so we'd be worried if he didn't! We wonder if these other celebs took their own death hoaxes so lightly.
Continue reading: It's Not Just You, Wayne Knight! Other Celebrity Death Hoaxes
Ten years after the premiere of 'Garden State', Zach Braff is releasing a film of a similar tone, 'Wish I Was Here'.
Zach and Kate Hudson film 'Wish I Was Here'
The 'Scrubs' star's crowd-funded movie project has now been unveiled in all its glory and is set to make another smash after the incredible success of 'Garden State' in 2004 which grossed $35 million worldwide from a $2.5 million budget. 'Wish I Was Here' is not a sequel, but it does draw on similar themes including parental death and feelings of desperation and being lost in particular stages of your life.
The actress spoke with reporters following the film's Sundance premiere
Zach Braff returned to the director's chair with Wish I Was Here, as the Scrubs star finally followed up his cult favourite Garden State. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival this week to almost unanimous praise (it currently holds a 9.5 rating on IMdB), with Braff and co-stars Kate Hudson, Josh Gad and Mandy Patinkin sitting down with The Hollywood Reporter to discuss the film before the premiere.
Hudson and Braff in a scene from Wish I Was Here
Whilst Braff discussed the freedom of working independently, having the bulk of production costs paid for through crowd funding via Kickstarter, it was Hudson who seemed the most overwhelmed with the movie as she explained the emotional connection she felt towards the film and not just because she and Braff had wanted to make a film together for some time.
The eager boyfriend contacted Braff after pledging to his Kickstater.
Seems like if you’re going to propose these days, you might as well make a viral video out of it, which is exactly what Matt Hulbert did, when he called on Zach Braff to be his wingman. The groom-to-be (you didn’t think he’d get rejected, did you?) enlisted the help of the Scrubs star through the Kickstarter campaign for Braff’s new movie, the Garden State sequel (sort of), Wish I Was Here.
The Scrubs star makes a pretty good wingman.
The scheme is pretty simple – Braff appears on screen, says hi to Matt and Janice (the lucky lady) and pops the question on Hulbert’s behalf, before introducing a montage of people and pets with signs, urging the woman to “say yes.” Now that might be a little too much pressure for some people’s tastes, but the future Mrs Hulbert was over the moon. You can tell, too, since there’s a little screen at the bottom of the video, showing her reactions throughout. It only adds to the warm fuzzies of the video, since we get to see Janice tearing up as the video goes on.
Continue reading: Touching Video Proposal Features Zach Braff As Wingman For Hire
Zach Braff has been in cast in Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'. The play, opening later this year, will be the first time the actor has appeared on Broadway.
Zach Braff has been cast in a Broadway adaptation of Woody Allen's Bullets Over Broadway. Set in the 1920's, an apparently fashionable time if popular culture's current obsession with The Great Gatsby and the most recent series of Downton Abbey is anything to go by, the plot centres around a struggling playwright's dealing with the mob.
Zach Braff at the premiere of Ice Man.
The 1994 film of Bullets Over Broadway saw struggling playwright David (played by John Cusack) forced to choose a talentless actress to star in his play. The actress is the girlfriend of a mobster who has offered, in exchange for her opportunity to tread the boards, to finance David's play.
Continue reading: Zach Braff To Star In Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway'
127 Hours' James Franco has taken to crowdsourcing website, Indiegogo, to raise funds to bring his 'Palo Alto: Stories' novel to life on the big screen.
Actor James Franco is following in the footsteps of Zach Braff and turning to alternative methods of sourcing money to create films, hoping to raise $500,000 (£319,900) to fund the transformation of his short story collection, Palo Alto, into films.
Speaking in the video posted on his Indiegogo page, Franco is shown touring around his home town in California and explaining his vision for the movies: "Although it's a book of fiction it's inspired by experiences I had growing up here, the things that people I knew went through", adding it was a book about being a teenager, coming of age, and learning about the world.
Franco is inviting his fans to "join this adventure" by donating a sum of money to his cause, with extra incentives thrown in for higher donations.
Continue reading: James Franco Panhandles For $500,000 On Indiegogo
This guy's got money, so what's going on?
When Zack Braff’s Kickstarter project surpassed its $2m target (with 26 days to spare, may we add) the overwhelming response was ‘awww’ and ‘well done’. But aren’t we ignoring the fact he’s a multi-millionaire?
Scrubs wasn’t a two-season show; it ran and ran to a phenomenal nine seasons, and you can pretty much guarantee he got paid exponentially for those seasons (apart from maybe the ninth, which was weird and on a different channel) I digress. Zach Braff has loads of money, so why exactly is he getting us to pay for his movie? Well, he says ‘the money people’ want control over the final cut, and make decisions that are derivative to his artistic vision. That’s fair enough, but it doesn’t change the fact that he could just fund it. He might say it’s a way for fans to get involved, and cite the fact that funders get unique opportunities to be a part of the film’s history on different levels based on their contribution. Fine. But he could still stump up $2m of his own money, and still get fans to do stuff.
Use your own cash! Braff
Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State could hit theaters as early as September 2014.
So, Wish I Was Here, Zach Braff's follow-up to Garden State looks likely to happen after 20,000 Kickstarter users pledged $1.5 million within 24 hours. The actor and director is looking for $2 million to make the movie, in which he will star as a struggling actor who had to home-school his children. "I want you to be my financiers and my audience so I can make a movie for you with no compromises," Scrubs star Braff said in his appeal to fans.
Big Bang Theory actor Jim Parsons has already agreed to co-star in the movie, while Braff's Scrubs co-star Donald Faison is likely to make a cameo appearance. The actor and writer was inspired to appeal for help for the movie after the Veronica Mars movie received the entirety of its budget from crowd-funding website Kickstarter. "I couldn't help but think maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control," he wrote on his donation page.
The 38-year-old mapped out a detailed plan for how the money would be spent on Wish I Was Here and how the production process would unfold. He placed emphasis on the soundtrack (Garden State's soundtrack went platinum) and said the new movie would use music in the same way. "One of the cool things about being a backer is that you can get access to weekly song picks by me, and be the first group to stream the soundtrack," he noted.
Braff sought inspiration from the success of the Veronica Mars movie project
Zach Braff is the latest star to use the Kickstarter project to great effect, the actor managing to raise a whopping $1.4 million with 29 days of pledging action still to go.
The phenomenal success of the creator behind the Veronica Mars’ film project, which attained its goal within a day of going live, has evidently turned others heads in the music industry, and Braff is raising money for his forthcoming movie Wish I Was Here. "I was about to sign a typical financing deal in order to get the money to make Wish I Was Here, my follow up to Garden State," Braff wrote on his Kickstarter page. "It would have involved making a lot of sacrifices I think would have ultimately hurt the film. I've been a backer for several projects on Kickstarter and thought the concept was fascinating and revolutionary for artists and innovators of all kinds. But I didn't imagine it could work on larger-scale projects. I was wrong.”
"After I saw the incredible way Veronica Mars fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show's creator, Rob Thomas, I couldn't help but think (like I'm sure so many other independent film-makers did) maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control.” He continued, "Financing an independent film the traditional way often means having to give away your right to 'the final cut', casting choices, location choices and cutting down your script to make it shoot-able on the cheapest budget possible. What if there is a different way?" Pledges range from $10, which gets you a weekly production diary of the making-of developments, right up to $10,000 – already pledged for – which will see someone get a line in the film, as well as all the other treats that are on offer.
Continue reading: Zach Braff Kickstarter Project Already Close To $1.5 Million Pledged
Garden State star launches Kickstarter project for sequel, Wish I Was Here
Zach Braff has launched a Kickstarter project in order to start filming a sequel to his cult comedy Garden State, which starred Natalie Portman. Inspired by the success of the Veronica Mars Kickstarter and wishing to be free from the creative shackles of a studio-funded release, Braff is looking to raise $2 million for the project and has already raked in a pretty successful sum.
The dramatic comedy that he’s looking to fund is entitled Wish I Was Here and was co-written by Zach and his brother Adam Braff. Zach has described the feature as a thematic sequel to Garden State and it follows the story of a father / husband / struggling actor; a man in his 30s. “After I saw the incredible way Veronica Mars fans rallied around Kristen Bell and her show's creator Rob Thomas, I couldn't help but think maybe there is a new way to finance smaller, personal films that didn't involve signing away all your artistic control,” said Braff in his comic promotional video.
So far, the tugging on heart-strings has been a huge success. At the time of writing, over $436,000 has been pledged and that total is racking up dollar after dollar as the seconds go by. A deadline of May 24th has been set for the $2 million that Braff is looking to raise. At this rate, that should be achieved by the end of the week.
Heather Graham's swanky New York City pad lit up in flames last night, with the fire starting in her bathroom after she left some lit candles unattended.
According to the New York Post, the actress left a few mood candles lit whilst she was getting ready, forgetting to blow them out before she headed out. The flames spread and lit a few items of clothing hung up nearby too, but fortunately NYC firefighters managed to get to the blaze in time, before it set any further part of her home alight.
The fire department spent 45 minutes battling the blaze, but managed to keep it under control and thankfully no-one was hurt in the incident. Graham's pad sits 12 stories in the air, and is part of a glitzy apartment block, which is also home to Scrubs star Zach Braff. The Hangover actress (who has also been in Scrubs coincidently) was still out when the fire began to rage, but was alerted shortly after and soon rushed home to find her pad not quite how she had left it. Whilst she might not be getting her deposit back anytime soon as a result of this, at least now she has the perfect excuse to get the overalls out and give the place a re-decoration.
The 'Django Unchained' New York premiere saw high profile celebs flock to the red carpet in droves. Arrivals included 'Gossip Girl' star Olivia Wilde, Don Johnson's daughter Dakota, 'Kill Bill' star Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler from 'Lord of the Rings', former 'America's Got Talent' judge Sharon Osbourne, 'St Trinian's' actress Lucy Punch, The Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood with his fiancée Sally Humphreys and 50 Cent.
Oscar Diggs is an ethically-challenged circus magician who seeks fortune and recognition for his tricks and illusions. One day he and his top hat are sent away from his home of Kansas in a hot air balloon but are subsequently caught up in a destructive storm which takes them to the magical land of Oz. Oscar is in awe of the dazzling place and mysterious creatures and begins to see Oz as the path to prosperity. He soon discovers that this is not so when he meets three beautiful witches Theodora, Evanora and Glinda who rightfully doubt his competence in the field of magic despite the rest of Oz believing him to be the powerful wizard they have all been waiting for. His awe of Oz is soon diminished as he discovers troubles of huge proportions in the land and finds himself struggling to work out who is on the side of good and who is on the side of evil. He uses his expertise in the art of illusion and showmanship to become the great and honourable Wizard of Oz.
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