Zach Braff

Put on Your Shins-Guards Before Watching the Trailer for Zach Braff’s New Film

Your $3,105,473 in Kickstarter donations is paying off with another poignant selfie of Zach Braff. Ten years after Garden State… Read More

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Zach Braff’s Music Taste Hasn’t Changed Since ‘Garden State,’ So We’re Naming It: Beigewave

You know the deal: this song will change your life, I swear. Etc. Etc. The first time audiences heard those words coming out of Natalie Portman’s mouth, I think they were interested in, albeit a little skeptical of, whatever music would follow. It was The Shins’ “New Slang,” a tambourine folk-rock number rife with sentiments of drifting and ultimately starting anew. For Garden State lead characters Andrew and Sam, at least during the time that the 2004 film follows them, a song like that could inspire action or more realistically, navel-gazing introspection. … Read More

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Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’ Is Becoming a PR Nightmare

Poor Zach Braff just can’t catch a break. You would think he’d be on top of the world: successful actor-turned-director with a new movie playing at Sundance that just sold for seven figures. But that’s not what’s getting him attention. Various outlets have noted that while Braff is riding high in Park City, the Kickstarter backers who financed a significant chunk of the budget for his film, Wish I Was Here, have been reduced to begging for tickets outside of screenings and wondering why they haven’t even received the meager rewards (T-shirts, posters, and the like) attached to their contributions. From a PR standpoint, Wish I Was Here is turning into a cautionary tale on the dangers of mixing direct fundraising with Hollywood inefficiency. … Read More

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Sundance 2014: How Crowd-Funding Harmed Zach Braff’s ‘Wish I Was Here’

PARK CITY, UTAH: Normally, when a Sundance alum returns to Park City with a new feature, it’s hugs and handshakes all around. Zach Braff, star of the long-running Scrubs, brought his feature directorial debut Garden State to Park City exactly ten years ago, and he rushed to finish his follow-up, Wish I Was Here, in… Read More

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Zach Braff Tells Sundance Audience Kickstarter-Funded Film Also Paid For By “My Own Wallet”

Ten years after his feature filmmaking debut Garden State premiered at Sundance, Zach Braff returned to Park City today to… Read More

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The ‘Atlas Shrugged III’ Kickstarter Is Even Worse Than You Think

Well, those money-burning Randians behind the Jesus-Christ-is-this-thing-still-going Atlas Shrugged movies have struck again. Last March, the producers of the series posted a straight-up bizarre YouTube video wherein they contemplated, in moody black and white, how to “get it right” and “make this cinematic” — questions that perhaps should’ve been asked before blowing $30 million (and counting) on a pair of films that have grossed a laughable $7.9 million so far. Most real Galters would see those numbers as a pretty loud and clear rejection by the free market (and the free minds!), but they’ve come up with a solution: take it to Kickstarter! Yes, these purveyors of literature’s most notorious screed against parasites, looters, and moochers have gone panhandling on the Internet for funds to make Atlas Shrugged Part III: Who is John Galt?, which prompted the expected hoots of derision. But it’s actually more complicated than that — and more repulsive. … Read More

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Is Crowd-Funding the New Test of Celebrity Popularity?

A thing isn’t a thing until James Franco has put his multitasking paws all over it, so it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the actor/director/writer/grad student/performance artist/visual artist/soap opera stunt performer is the latest celebrity to decide his adoring fans should fund his passion project. Said project is a trio of feature films based on stories from the book Palo Alto — a collection penned by, huh, who’da thunk it, James Franco. Surprisingly, he won’t direct the films, instead turning them over to young filmmakers he admires. Any profits will be donated to the non-profit organization Art of Elysium. Franco and crew are funding the project through Indiegogo, and the price tag is half a million bucks. … Read More

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Despite His Protests, Zach Braff’s Cannes Deal Violates the Spirit of His Kickstarter Campaign

It’s not like anyone was crossing their fingers and wishing upon a star to talk about Zach Braff and Kickstarter again, but here we go. “Zach Braff’s Kickstarter Film Lands Full Financing,” reads the headline at The Hollywood Reporter, which got all the details of Braff’s Cannes deal with Worldview Entertainment to “fund much of Wish I Was Here,” the Garden State follow-up that Braff already raised $2.6 million for via the crowd-funding site. It’s a deal that seems to confirm the worst grumblings about the project (that it was a publicity stunt, that it was a vanity move, that it was a gross exploitation of crowd funding by a multimillionaire). And though the Reporter has updated its piece with softer language concerning the full extent of Worldview’s participation, the new controversy surrounding the project raises further questions about exactly how these hybrid Kickstarter/Hollywood projects should work — and who will benefit from them. … Read More

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