Juliette Danielle – The Room

December 6, 2017 by  
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For the last 14 years, all actress Juliette Danielle has wanted is for her debut in Hollywood to be forgotten. While that might not be the usual reaction for someone starring as the lead female role in her first film, not every actress has had the misfortune of saying it was for the 2003 drama/unintentional comedy “The Room.”

Despite being considered by critics and fans as one of the worst movies ever made, “The Room” has gone on to develop a massive cult following across the world and commands interactive screenings much like “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” where fans show up dressed in costume and wielding props.

In “The Room,” Danielle starred as Lisa, the deceitful fiancée of main character Johnny (Tommy Wiseau) who tears his world apart when she begins an affair with Johnny’s best friend Mark (Greg Sestero). The making of “The Room” has been adapted into a new film, “The Disaster Artist,” directed and starring Academy Award-nominee James Franco (“127 Hours”) as Wiseau, the director, writer and star of the original cinematic catastrophe. Actress Ari Graynor (“Whip It,” “Youth in Revolt”) stars as Danielle.

This past March, Danielle, 36, and her husband packed up everything and moved from Los Angeles to San Antonio. I caught up with the new Alamo City transplant to talk about “The Disaster Artist,” how it compares to her real-life experience on set and if she thought “The Room” would be the as popular as it is today.

What brought you to San Antonio nine months ago?

We just wanted to get the heck out of Los Angeles. I grew up in Sugarland, Texas, so it has been a dream of mine to move back to Texas for over a decade. We spent a lot of time looking into the different big cities. San Antonio stood out above the rest. I love the growing economy, great infrastructure and I really like the culture and food. Plus, my dad lives here! So, we packed a carload of four cats and took three days to drive from L.A. to San Antonio. We were fortunate enough to become homeowners a few months ago, something we never could have done in California. We are so happy to call San Antonio home.

Now that you’ve seen “The Disaster Artist,” what did you think about it?

I wasn’t sure how I would feel, but it was completely surreal. Overall, I loved the film. I think they did an incredible job. One of my favorite things was the impeccable attention to detail on the wardrobe and set. I felt transported! And James [Franco] did an amazing job. The scene where he debuts the famous “white hat” once shooting began, I felt like I was back on the set in real life.

Do you feel like the film is about the making of “The Room” or is it about more?

I think the story was really about Tommy and Greg. It’s a beautiful story of friendship, adversity, perseverance and ultimately fame. Those few months on the set of “The Room” changed the trajectory of my life forever, whether I wanted it to or not. Someday soon, I hope to share things that happened from my perspective.

What did you think about actress Ari Graynor’s portrayal of you?

Ari was amazing and I loved her. I wouldn’t have changed anything. I was not asked to be involved, but I did speak to Ari before she started shooting. I talked to her about how much the initial premiere [of “The Room”] hurt me. I was watching it for the very first time and all I wanted to do was get up and run out of the theater.

What is something “The Disaster Artist” got right and wrong from your real-life experience?

The wardrobe and set were spot on. I also loved how they included the wardrobe and makeup characters. They were actually my safety net on set. I don’t know if I would have made it through the filming without them. There were a lot of events that were combined, but I think it makes sense for storytelling purposes.

When you were making “The Room,” did you think you were making a bad film?

We knew that we weren’t making a wonderful film, but we never thought anyone would see it. I mean, there are so many bad films that get made that no one ever sees. We clearly underestimated Tommy.

What was the moment when you realized “The Room” had turned into a cultural phenomenon?

All these years I have secretly wished it would just go away. But even after 15 years, it just keeps coming back! In Los Angeles, I would get recognized in the early years. Then I would see celebrities talking about it. Once I went to London and saw it was playing there. I used to have a fan mail box and I received mail from everywhere. I have fans all over the world.

If someone told you that they’ve never seen “The Room,” would you recommend they see it?

I would never recommend people see “The Room” for obvious reasons. I have forbidden my friends and family from seeing it, but I encourage them to watch “The Disaster Artist!”

Anything else you’d like to add?

I want my fans to know that I appreciate them, especially the ones who have been there from the early years. The ones who have followed me through the years have given me a lot of room to grow and have an identity that is more than just “The Room.” I do wish newer fans would try to be more respectful when finding and communicating with me on social media for the first time. Those are my pages that I moderate personally.

Bonus Episode 13: The Disaster Artist with Greg Sestero and Tom Bissell

December 5, 2017 by  
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It’s a very special “The Disaster Artist” themed bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast. First up, Cody and Jerrod talk to friend of the show Greg Sestero as he returns to catch us up on the past 2 years of seeing his memoir about the making of “The Room” turned into a major motion picture.

Next, the boys talk with co-author of the book Tom Bissell about how he stumbled upon “The Room,” exploring Tommy Wiseau’s past, and how he helped Greg tell the story of his friendship with Tommy.

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Ep. 103 – Top 5 movies of the year so far, home video reviews of The Circle, Unforgettable, and Kong: Skull Island, and a preview of Fathom Events this week

August 14, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod run down their top 5 movies of 2017 so far. They also preview a pair of Fathom Events, “Batman and Harley Quinn” and “Rifftrax Live – Doctor Who: The Five Doctors,” and Cody reviews home video releases for “The Circle,” “Unforgettable,” and “Kong: Skull Island.”

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Ep. 97 – Beauty and the Beast, Kong: Skull Island, and our full SXSW recap

March 20, 2017 by  
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This week on The CineSnob Podcast, Cody and Jerrod review “Beauty and the Beast,” circle back to pick up “Kong: Skull Island” from last week, and give their full SXSW recap, including quick reviews of “The Disaster Artist,” “Baby Driver,” and “Mr. Roosevelt.”

[00:00-42:53] Intro/SXSW recap

[42:53-56:37] Review: “Beauty and the Beast”

[56:37-1:06:30] Review: “Kong: Skull Island”

[1:06:30-1:10:20] Wrap up/tease

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SXSW Review: The Disaster Artist

March 14, 2017 by  
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“The Disaster Artist,” a comedy documenting the creation of the cult-classic film “The Room,” often called “the worst movie ever made,” received a standing ovation from a crowd at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, where the film screened for South By Southwest as a work in progress.

Director and star James Franco, who plays the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, was on hand along with producing partner Seth Rogen (who has a role as an exasperated script supervisor in the film) and Franco’s brother Dave, who plays Wiseau’s best friend and “The Room” co-star Greg Sestero.

(The actual Tommy Wiseau an Greg Sestero were in attendance as well, receiving a standing ovation themselves as they took the stage for a post-show Q&A.)

The film, based on the book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside Inside The Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever” by Sestero and Tom Bissell, chronicles the meeting of Wiseau, a mysterious man with an inscrutable accent and long black hair who looks much older than he says he is, and Greg, a fresh-faced 19-year-old struggling to make it as an actor San Francisco in the late ’90s.

Tommy and Greg become friends–in Tommy’s case, Greg is really his only friend–and move to Los Angeles to make it big as actors, despite Tommy’s eccentric behavior and his cryptic warnings to Greg to not tell anyone anything about him and his increasing jealousy of seemingly anything Greg gets that he doesn’t, like an agent, or something that steals Greg’s attention, like a girlfriend.

After they both struggle to find work, Tommy vows to write a film for he and Greg to star in and, with Tennessee Williams’ “A Streetcar Named Desire” as his inspiration, Tommy bangs out the script for “The Room” and digs into what one character calls a “bottomless pit” of money to produce his “All-American” vision his way, including the unorthodox practice of buying film equipment over leasing it and using it to shoot film and HD video side-by-side.

Tommy himself and the script for the film baffle crew members, including the script supervisor and de facto director Sandy (Rogen) and director of photography Raphael (Paul Scheer), who both nearly quit over Tommy’s outrageous behavior, only to be talked out of it by Greg, the checks that are still clearing, and the notion that no one will see the film anyway.

Of course, the film saw the light of day in 2003 and became a midnight sensation thanks to Tommy’s paying to keep it in theaters (to qualify for the Academy Awards) and an infamous, ominous billboard that lorded over Hollywood for more than a decade.

Easily his best film as a director to date (most of them are really weird and terrible), James Franco also disappears incredibly into Tommy, making him more than just a weird accent and greasy black hair, but also leaving the mystery of Tommy effectively intact. Sure, the audience might want to know some simple things like where Tommy came from, where he gets his money, and just how old he is–but the real Wiseau has never publicly revealed that either.

Franco’s wonderful performance, like the film itself, is easily on par with the Johnny Depp-Tim Burton biopic “Ed Wood,” a career-best turn for both, about a delusional, never-give-up director of terrible-yet-sincere movies that share DNA with “The Room.”

The question remains if “The Disaster Artist,” still technically not complete and a little scraggly in the middle, will play to a crowd that isn’t familiar with “The Room” and all of its foibles. The audience at SXSW was certainly made up of devotees (myself included), loudly cheering and laughing at every recreated line and situation (the original film screened right after the Q&A wrapped up…I didn’t stay for that).

Regardless, “The Disaster Artist” is delightfully hilarious and, like the inimitable Tommy Wiseau, has genuine heart.

Bonus Ep. 11 – The Return of Kevin Murphy & Tommy Wiseau

January 22, 2016 by  
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In this bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast, Jerrod once again talks with Kevin Murphy of RiffTrax and Tommy Wiseau, director and star of “The Room” on their collaboration, RiffTrax Live: The Room, which premiered in 2015 and is returning to theaters on January 28 as part of the Best of RiffTrax series.

Jerrod also has a longer conversation with Tommy about the film version of the Greg Sestero memoir “The Disaster Artist” starring and directed by James Franco and his thoughts on the film vs. digital debate.

To get your tickets to The Best of RiffTrax Live: The Room, visit RiffTrax.com.

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Ep. 46 – Hot Pursuit, Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, I Am Big Bird, Captain America: Civil War casts the entire Marvel universe, a wrap up of The Room RiffTrax live event, our upcoming Dazed and Confused screening, and Cody got plagiarized by JapanCinema.net

May 10, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Hot Pursuit,” “Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck,” and “I Am Big Bird.” They also discuss the recently announced giant cast of “Captain America: Civil War” and being plagiarized by JapanCinema.net.

[0:00-18:19] Intro, Dazed and Confused tease, and The Room RiffTrax wrap up
[18:19-36:02] CineSnob.net and other sites were plagiarized by JapanCinema.net
[36:02-50:48] Captain America: Civil War casts nearly every big screen Marvel character
[50:48-1:03:52] Hot Pursuit
[1:03:52-1:28:21] Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck
[1:28:21-1:44:12] I Am Big Bird
[1:44:12-1:58:41] Teases for next week, ice cream talk and close

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Ep. 44 – Ex Machina, The Age of Adaline, Kung Fu Killer, Adult Beginners, Jared Leto’s Joker, and a wrap up of all our events of the past week

April 26, 2015 by  
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In this week’s episode of The CineSnob Podcast, the guys from CineSnob.net review “Ex Machina,” “The Age of Adaline,” “Kung Fu Killer,” and “Adult Beginners.” They also discuss Jared Leto and David Ayer’s version of The Joker for “Suicide Squad” and recap their last week of movie-related events.

[0:00-19:19] Intro, Tommy Wiseau talk and Alamo Drafthouse events recap
[19:19-28:08] Jared Leto and David Ayer’s Joker for Suicide Squad officially revealed
[28:08-47:22] Ex Machina
[47:22-59:09] The Age of Adaline
[59:09-1:07:47] Kung Fu Killer
[1:07:47-1:19:15] Adult Beginners
[1:19:15-1:27:45] Teases for next week, giveaways and close

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Bonus Ep. 6 – Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett of RiffTrax and Tommy Wiseau, writer/director/producer/actor of “The Room”

April 23, 2015 by  
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In this special bonus episode of The CineSnob Podcast, CineSnob.net’s Jerrod Kingery speaks not only with Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett from RiffTrax about their upcoming live riffing of the infamous film “The Room,” but also with the enigmatic writer/director/producer/star of “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau. The RiffTrax show will be beamed live to theaters in the United States and Canada on May 6, 2015 with an encore screening on May 12th.

To purchase tickets to see “The Room” riffed LIVE in theaters by RiffTrax on Wednesday, May 6, click here: http://riff.me/RoomTickets or visit RiffTraxLive.com.

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Tommy Wiseau – The Room

April 22, 2015 by  
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After my interview with Mike, Kevin, and Bill from RiffTrax last week, I received the rare opportunity to travel to downtown Los Angeles for an interview with the enigmatic Tommy Wiseau, writer/producer/director/star of the cult classic “The Room” to talk about the film ahead of the RiffTrax show beamed live to theaters in the United States and Canada on May 6, 2015. We also talked about Tommy’s new sitcom running on Hulu, “The Neighbors.”

To purchase tickets to see “The Room” riffed LIVE in theaters by RiffTrax on Wednesday, May 6, click here: http://riff.me/RoomTickets or visit RiffTraxLive.com.

Special thanks to Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, Bill Corbett and Jeff Whitton at RiffTrax for making this happen, to Greg Sestero for his guidance, Norm Harper for shooting it, and Jonathan Walton for giving us a great place to shoot.

Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy & Bill Corbett – RiffTrax

April 16, 2015 by  
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Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett – veterans of the cult hit TV show “Mystery Science Theater 3000” – keep the jokes coming with Rifftrax, a web-based repository of downloadable short films and B-movies feauring humorous commentary from the riffing trio. This May, they’ll be back in theaters taking on the disaster known as “The Room” in a special live event being beamed to theaters across the country.

As a life-long fan of Mike, Kevin, and Bill, I tried not to geek out too hard during our interview this week.