James Franco signs on for 'Everything Will Be Fine,' plus more movie buzz

James Franco speaks to the media during

James Franco speaks to the media during "The Director" world premiere during the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan. (April 21, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty Images

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WHO James Franco

THE MOVIE "Everything Will Be Fine"

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THE DEAL The actor has signed on to play the lead role in this drama from German director Wim Wenders, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Franco, recently seen in "Spring Breakers" and "Oz: The Great and Powerful," will play a writer who accidentally causes the death of a child and spends years wrestling with the effects. Filmmaker-actress Sarah Polley (her new film, "Stories We Tell," comes out Friday) has reportedly joined the cast, too. "Everything Will Be Fine" will be released in 3-D, the new favorite format of Wenders, whose 3-D dance documentary, "Pina" (2011), was nominated for an Oscar.


THE MOVIE "Room 237"

THE DEAL If you thought Stanley Kubrick's 1980 horror film, "The Shining," was merely about a writer going nuts in the Overlook Hotel, Rodney Ascher's documentary "Room 237" may change your mind. Named after one of the hotel's creepier suites, the film gives voice to five folks whose wildly inventive interpretations of "The Shining" range from a Holocaust analogy to a coded message about the allegedly fake 1969 moon landing. Reviews of the film were split: Some critics found it hilarious, while others felt it discredited their profession. A screening of "Room 237" will be followed by a Q&A with Peter Mascuch, coordinator of the Film/Media Studies Program at St. Joseph's College, plus a free screening of "The Shining."

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INFO Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at The Plaza Cinema & Media Arts Center, 20 Terry St., Patchogue. Tickets are $10. "The Shining" screens for free at 9:30 p.m., 631-438-0083; plazamac.org.

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