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Charlie Kauffman's Frank or Francis adds Keener and Winslet to the cast

01.26.2012
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Charlie Kaufman, the off-kilter writer of such indie hits as BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION, and ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND has added Catherine Keener and Kate Winslet to his already impressive cast for FRANK OR FRANCIS, a "very meta musical comedy about a director (Steve Carell) who becomes obsessed with the message board commenter (Jack Black) disparaging his movies on a Hollywood website.

Besides the above mentioned cast members, the film also has Nicolas Cage and Kevin Kline and sounds to be a tough and honest look at Hollywood stereotypes. According to Vulture: "...Kaufman's script is positively scathing when it comes to the Academy Awards (Cage plays a washed-up actor who serves as the emcee of the event)..."

Nicolas Cage as a washed-up actor? Man, Hollywood, what's with all the typecasting? (See what I did there?). Wait...am I the Jack Black character? Damnit! Okay, no more Uwe Boll jokes. Wait. No, those will continue.

Kaufman's writing style isn't for everyone, but I think he's one hell of a gifted screenwriter. His work is very original and odd, provoking a lot of thought and nervous laughter with character to spare. I'm intrigued by the entire thing, including the subject matter. In many ways it relates to sites like this one and it'll be interesting to see how they (meaning: Hollywood) perceive the movie blogosphere. I'm sure it's love/hate, but in Kaufman's hands it will at least be interesting.

I'm interested to hear what you guys think of this project...

Extra Tidbit: Anyone seen Synecdoche, New York? Thoughts?
Source: Vulture

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8:10PM on 01/26/2012
The man is a fantastic writer, but Synecdoche, New York was not good, and unfortuately I think the problem was the direction. With a cast this great, I'm hoping this film is better. The guys starting to venture in to Woody Allen territory, but focusing on films/characters that are meant to resemble him.
The man is a fantastic writer, but Synecdoche, New York was not good, and unfortuately I think the problem was the direction. With a cast this great, I'm hoping this film is better. The guys starting to venture in to Woody Allen territory, but focusing on films/characters that are meant to resemble him.
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4:00PM on 01/26/2012

This movie...

...sounds amazing. And those Kate Winslet pics? Gosh-damn!
...sounds amazing. And those Kate Winslet pics? Gosh-damn!
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7:07PM on 01/26/2012
She's rather deceptively hot, isn't she?
She's rather deceptively hot, isn't she?
3:16PM on 01/26/2012
I'm firstly thrilled there is a movie coming out about the relationship between Hollywood and online movie-sites. I'm even more thrilled it's from the mind of Charlie Kaufman. The cast sounds appropriately eclectic (with the requisite Keener role).

I only saw Synecdoche, New York once. I think Kaufman is just a better writer than he is a director, but as with Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, makes another interesting installment in his series of movies about obsessive artists and the
I'm firstly thrilled there is a movie coming out about the relationship between Hollywood and online movie-sites. I'm even more thrilled it's from the mind of Charlie Kaufman. The cast sounds appropriately eclectic (with the requisite Keener role).

I only saw Synecdoche, New York once. I think Kaufman is just a better writer than he is a director, but as with Being John Malkovich and Adaptation, makes another interesting installment in his series of movies about obsessive artists and the line between reality and art.
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