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Zach Braff in 'Wish I Was Here' trailer: The song remains the same -- VIDEO

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Ten years after Garden State, Zach Braff returns with his second feature, Wish I Was Here. It’s not a sequel, though fans will recognize thematic and musical similarities between the films, beginning with the Shins song that plays over the new film’s first trailer.

In the film, which co-stars Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, and Mandy Patinkin, Braff plays a struggling actor who relies on his conservative-Jewish father’s wealth to finance his children’s private-school education. When dad gets sick and has his own expensive medical bills, though, Braff decides to home-school the kids and keep alive his flagging career, while his wife works a full-time job. “How long is one allowed to hold onto one’s dream while you’re briefly here on Earth?” asks Braff, explaining the film. “And when do you have a shift and go, ‘Okay, I have a family now. I have to take care of my family.’ We thought that was a pretty universal story that a lot of people could relate to.”

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'Veronica Mars' and Kickstarter: Is this the future of movie financing?

Now that the big-screen version of Veronica Mars has finally come out, and has turned out to be a breezy, pulpy, enjoyable, disposable entertainment (Veronica attempts to solve the murder of a famous rock star in Amy Winehouse makeup…whom she happened to go to high school with! Look, it’s Dax Shepard dancing!). And now that the film has proved, for the first time, that a movie funded by crowdsourcing (in this case, via Kickstarter) can readily make its money back — and perhaps even do better than that — one could, I suppose, choose to be cynical by viewing the entire phemonenon of the Veronica Mars movie, from the very concept of making it to the let-a-thousand-handouts-bloom financing to the opening weekend, as the triumph of a closed, hermetic fan-based system. You could see it as the ultimate (trivial) example of a movie that exists solely to reflect the adoration of its fans right back at them. READ FULL STORY

Zach Braff's Kickstarter-funded 'Wish I Was Here' gets July release date

Zach Braff made headlines back in the spring when he launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund a sort-of-follow-up to his 2004 indie hit Garden State. The campaign worked, and he was able to make Wish I Was Here, a film about a 35-year-old dad who is lost but starts to find his way as he home-schools his kids. The film premiered at Sundance in January, and audiences will get to see the film in theaters beginning with a July 18 release date in New York and Los Angeles, according to VarietyThe movie, starring Braff himself and Kate Hudson, will begin showing in other cities on July 25.

Sundance 2014: With tons of movies sold, the lack of a mega deal was no big deal

I can testify that when you go to a film festival, and someone inquires about how the movies were that year, the answer you end up giving — “Really terrific!” “Lousy!” “They were okay!” — is often dictated by exactly one movie. If you saw something that totally knocked you out, the sort of film that you think is going to get major play in the real world, and you’re already dusting off a place on your 10 Best list for it, then that one movie can determine your entire perception of the festival. That’s what happened to me last year at Sundance when I saw Fruitvale (they hadn’t added the Station yet). The fact that you’ve witnessed a certified home run makes the festival feel to you, in hindsight, like…well, a baseball game in which your team hit a home run. It’s more than a good movie; it’s why you came — to see an unheralded filmmaker knock one out of the park. A single movie that rocks your world can define, year in and year out, the Sundance experience — the reason that a festival like this one exists. Some of the films I’ve seen at Sundance that have had that effect include Crumb (1995), Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), I Shot Andy Warhol (1996), Buffalo 66 (1998), The Blair Witch Project (1999), Chuck & Buck (2000), Wet Hot American Summer (2001), American Splendor (2003), Capturing the Friedmans (2003), Thirteen (2003), Hustle & Flow (2005), Precious (2009), and Fruitvale (2013). READ FULL STORY

Sundance 2014: 'Wish I Was Here' cast talks Zach Braff's return to Park City -- VIDEO

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Zach Braff hasn’t brought a movie to Sundance in a decade — 2004′s Garden State — and his fans have been patiently waiting for his return. Another group that’s pretty excited about Braff’s latest, Wish I Was Here, is his cast, seven of whom (including Braff himself) piled onto one couch in Park City, Utah, to talk to EW’s Anthony Breznican about the film.

Below, watch Braff with Ashley Greene, Kate Hudson, Josh Gad, Donald Faison (Scrubs reunion alert!), Joey King, and Pierce Gagnon:
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Sundance 2014: Zach Braff returns with 'Garden State' follow-up, gets standing ovation

Ten years after Garden State became a breakout hit — and the unofficial soundtrack — of the 2004 Sundance Film Festival, Zach Braff returned to Park City yesterday with his long-awaited, Kickstarter-financed follow-up, Wish I Was Here. Braff said when he made Garden State that he “just wanted to write a movie that describes how I felt about being 28 in 2004.” With Wish I Was Here, which he co-wrote with his brother Adam, he’s taken a similar approach. He plays a struggling commercial actor whose judgmental, conservative Jewish father (Mandy Patinkin) is dying of cancer. When he and his overburdened working wife (Kate Hudson) can no longer afford tuition for their two children’s private school, he decides to home-school them in an unconventional way while clinging to hopes for a resurgence in his acting career.

Garden State was all the things me and my [20-something] friends were obsessing about and talking about and worrying about, and I put it into a movie,” Braff told the audience after the film’s premiere. “And with this, my brother and I were sharing the things that we’re talking about. He’s got two young children. What are the things he’s wrestling with in teaching them. And with me, it’s my own spirituality. I find the films that I love the most — as a film lover — are the ones that are someone’s unique story. This isn’t a film that anyone else could’ve directed, or something that got passed around and got eventually made. No one else could tell this story that my brother and I wrote.”

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Casting Net: Halle Berry boards indie comedy; Plus, Angelina Jolie casts lead for 'Unbroken', more

• Halle Berry has decided to stay small for her next project. The Oscar winner (for Monster’s Ball) will take on the independent comedy Mother, about a woman who escapes life with a mobster by pretending to be the mother of a young guy she meets on the run. Emilio Ferrari (I Know What You Did Last Winter) is directing the project. According to the report, the film will be tonally similar to How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. Berry most recently starred in the modest thriller The Call, and is currently filming X-Men: Days of Future Past where she’s reprising her role as Storm. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Joey King to play Zach Braff's daughter; Plus, Brendan Gleeson, more

• Joey King has a pretty stellar career for a 13-year-old. Not only did she get to play every kid’s dream part of Ramona Quimby, she’s appeared in New Girl, Crazy, Stupid, Love., The Dark Knight Rises (as the little kid who climbs out of the dungeon…just in case someone out there might be spoiled by any more information), Oz the Great and Powerful, and White House Down. Soon, she’ll be tormented by demon spirits in The Conjuring, too. It’s no wonder that Zach Braff wanted her in his Kickstarter project Wish I Was Here. She’ll play the role of his and Kate Hudson’s daughter. [Deadline]
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Casting Net: Kate Hudson joins Zach Braff's Kickstarter project. Plus: Liam Hemsworth, Peter Dinklage, more

• Kate Hudson (Something Borrowed) is set to join Zach Braff’s Wish I Was Here. The story follows 35-year-old husband, father, and struggling actor Aiden Bloom (Braff), who decides to home school his kids when his father (Homeland’s Mandy Patinkin, playing another Saul) has to stop funding their private education. Hudson will play the part of Braff’s wife. Braff famously funded this project through a Kickstarter campaign that actually still has three days left. At the time of posting, the project had raised over $690K beyond its goal of $2 million. The film also stars Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect), Josh Gad (1600 Penn), and Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory). [Deadline]

The Hunger Games’ Liam Hemsworth will play a surfer turned fighter pilot in Aurora Rising. Written by Christian Gudegast (A Man Apart), the movie will tell the story of Hemsworth’s character who gets recruited to be part of an elite team just in time to help out with an escalating conflict abroad. The Australian actor will also be reprising his role as Gale Hawthorne in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, out November 22. [Deadline]

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