Watch The Trailer For ‘Brian Banks’ Based On True Story Of Wrongly Convicted Football Star

Have you heard Brian Banks’ story? It’s pretty heartbreaking. At 16-years-old, Banks was an All-American high school football star. He was set to play college ball and had his eyes on the NFL.

But his life changed forever during his junior year of high school when he was falsely accused of sexual assault and imprisoned for six years until the California Innocence Project re-litigated his case and found him to be innocent.

His accuser admitted to making up the story during a meeting with a private investigator.

Now the story is getting the Hollywood treatment. The film, ‘Brian Banks’ stars Aldis Hodge, Greg Kinnear and Sherri Shepherd. It’s expected to hit theaters August 9, 2019.

Check out the trailer below…

Ansel Elgort Set To Star In Film ‘The Great High School Imposter’ Based On A Bizarre True Story

You all know Ansel Elgort from ‘The Fault In Our Stars‘ and ‘Baby Driver,’ but did you also know he produces his own music as well? Check out the video above.

The music is not important to this article, but we just wanted to include it because it’s a pretty dope song.

Anyway, Elgort is reportedly signed up to star in a little movie called ‘The Great High School Imposter,’ which is based on a bizarre true story that was popularized in a GQ Magazine article written by Daniel Riley.

Here’s a brief:

“An exceptionally bright kid who saw little hope for the life he wanted, 18-year-old Artur Samarin fled his crumbling Ukrainian hometown and came to the U.S. on a work exchange program, only to find himself manning a fryer at Red Robin for minimum wage. His desperation for a chance at the American Dream seemed possible when he befriended a childless couple who agreed to adopt him, helping him forge documents and enrolling him at the local school to maintain the ruse.

There, he excelled as a straight-A+ student, joined the Navy ROTC, and became a pillar of the community. Eventually, his dream turned into a nightmare as he was hauled in and, beyond charges made by the pseudo-adoptive parents who seemed to benefit financially from the scam, Samarin was ensnared for a relationship with a 15-year old student, while he pretended to be 17 but was actually 22.”

Pretty f**king crazy, right? I can’t wait to watch this movie. I mean, a good story doesn’t always make a great movie, but it’s hard to see how they can screw this one up.

No word on a release date, but we do know Mike Makowsky is set to write the script. He’s the screenwriter behind ‘I Think We’re Alone Now‘ and ‘Bad Education.’

A Movie Starring Jeremy Renner About Five Adults Playing Tag Now Has A Trailer…WHAT? (VIDEO)

If I told you that a major studio put a lot of money into making a feature film about five adults playing a game of tag, you’d probably think I was lying. And then if I told you the movie was based on a true story, you’d think I was really bad at lying.

BUT IT’S ALL TRUE! Jeremy Renner, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Jon Hamm and Isla Fisher are starring in a film simply titled Tag. This movie is based on a true story of five friends who get together for one month every year to play an epic game of tag.

“For one month every year, five competitive friends hit the ground running in a no-holds-barred game of tag they’ve been playing since the first grade — risking their necks, their jobs and their relationships to take each other down with the battle cry, ‘You’re It!’ And this year, the game coincides with the wedding of their only undefeated player (Renner), which finally should make him an easy target. But he knows they’re coming, and he’s good.”

Tag was directed by Jeff Tomsic and written by Rob McKittrick. It’s scheduled to be released June 15, 2018. Check out the trailer below…

Movie Review: True Story – Tailor Made for James Franco; Everyone Else Couldn’t Seem To Pull it Off.

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I have a theory that you can’t throw a rock in Hollywood without hitting James Franco. For some reason, it feels like he’s in everything. While Franco is best known for his comedic roles, he’s been known to pull out a bit of drama as well. True Story does show some true talent from him, but not so much from fellow comedic actor Jonah Hill.

The movie is a bit of “In Cold Blood.” We have disgraced journalist Michael Finkel (Johan Hill), a man who has recently been fired from his prestigious job at The New York Times for fabricating details of a major story. In order to get his credibility back, he scores himself an interview with Christian Longo (James Franco) a high profile murderer in jail for killing his wife and children.

First off, True Story is based on a true story. The horrific killings occurred in 2001, when Longo’s wife and children were found murdered and floating in suitcases thrown into the Lint Slough, a waterway in Oregon. Longo fled to avoid prosecution and was eventually located and arrested in Mexico. He was sentenced to death in 2003.

The story occurs while Longo is on trial, and before he took responsibility for the killings. The manipulation between the two characters does bring back In Cold Blood, the major difference in this case being that Longo is a far more intelligent adversary.

What I particularly like about this story is how Finkel is portrayed. The movie was adapted from Michael Finkel’s own book on the subject. In that book, Finkel was particularly brave, portraying himself as arrogant, gullible and completely unethical. That’s not something journalists are really known for.

It doesn’t shine through into the film. While Hill has proven his chops as a dramatic actor, the feel of the character from Finkel’s book isn’t there. He comes across as flat, if a bit prickly and intolerable.

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Playing Longo was a breakthrough role for Franco when it comes to dramatic acting. Anyone who knows the story knows that Longo got the press talking to him through manipulation and flattery. This is a skill he used to great effect on Finkel and in that portrayal, Franco becomes a man you love to hate. As the movie goes on, Franco keeps getting shiftier and slowly draws out the suspense. I’m impressed with any movie that can do this when everyone knows what happened anyway.

The shame here is Hill came across as blank and vapid, not playing a believable foil to Longo’s manipulation. The other side characters also seem a bit one note and many times, completely unnecessary.

True Story could have been a very good story. It seemed tailor made for James Franco. Everyone else can’t seem to pull it off. Just because we all know the ending doesn’t mean the story can’t have a great amount of suspense. It seems like Franco was the only one who understood that.

Due to that, this became a bit of a disappointing effort. Two funny men tried to do drama, but only one really pulled it off.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

3.5 stars

 

 

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