Screen Junkies » Zach Braff http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 LeVar Burton Raised $2MM In His ‘Reading Rainbow’ Kickstarter In 1 Day http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/levar-burton-raised-2mm-in-his-reading-rainbow-kickstarter-in-1-day/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/levar-burton-raised-2mm-in-his-reading-rainbow-kickstarter-in-1-day/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 20:31:25 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261887 Take note, Zach Braff: This is how you Kickstart. Everyone’s favorite PBS personality (eat it, Bob Ross!), LeVar Burton, took to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise $1 million to get...

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Take note, Zach Braff: This is how you Kickstart. Everyone’s favorite PBS personality (eat it, Bob Ross!), LeVar Burton, took to crowdfunding site Kickstarter to raise $1 million to get the 1980′s children’s program Reading Rainbow back on the air.

24 hours later, he’s hovering around $2 million, but the show STILL isn’t back on the air. Oh well, we’ll call it a success. It takes longer than 24 hours to produce a TV show, I think.

Finally, a promising use of Kickstarter in the world of entertainment. In case the figures alone aren’t inspirational enough, here’s a video of LeVar Burton tearing up and thanking contributors for the financial support demonstrated in such short time.

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‘Wish I Was Here’ Trailer Shows Us How Zach Braff Spent That Kickstarter Money http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wish-i-was-here-trailer-shows-us-how-zach-braff-spent-that-kickstarter-money/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/wish-i-was-here-trailer-shows-us-how-zach-braff-spent-that-kickstarter-money/#comments Mon, 19 May 2014 17:12:58 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=261730 Zach Braff spent your Kickstarter money, just like he said he would. The proof is this here trailer for Wish I Was Here, a film about a dad just, just...

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Zach Braff spent your Kickstarter money, just like he said he would. The proof is this here trailer for Wish I Was Here, a film about a dad just, just trying to get by, ya know?

In typical Braffian fashion, there’s a very forward, moody soundtrack, and lots of drama.

In the film, it appears as though he’s got some kids that need taking care of, his dad might be ill, and Kate Hudson‘s there, too.

If you’re a fan of Garden State, this will probably be right up your alley, and if you’re not, you still might see it, because Zach Braff has become one of those archetypes people love to hate. Or you can just avoid it.

The decision is entirely yours!

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Here’s The Teaser For That Movie You Bought For Zach Braff http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/heres-the-teaser-for-that-movie-you-bought-for-zach-braff/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/heres-the-teaser-for-that-movie-you-bought-for-zach-braff/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:49:22 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=260976 "This is it."

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When Hollywood insisted that Zach Braff cast Denzel Washington instead of Donald Faison, he knew he’d have to work outside the system to satisfy his creative vision. So, he went to Kickstarter and asked Garden State fans to chip to finance his vision instead. We were skeptical and fearful that he’d just use the money to buy albums from The Shins and use the film as an excuse to make out with girls. This made a lot of you mad and we agreed to disagree.

Today, we’re happy to present the teaser for Zach Braff‘s Kickstarter film, Wish I Was Here. Featuring The Shins! And making out with Kate Hudson!!

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Don’t Back Zach! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-back-zach/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-back-zach/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 16:57:55 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=254861 We're fighting fire with fire. Fire being Zach Braff in the first instance, and your money in the second.

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Zach Braff spends his time sleeping with models and eating great food. If he has money for that, he shouldn’t need the public’s help with funding his vanity project.  Our “Don’t Back Zach” campaign was launched in response to the new wave of celebrity Kickstarted vanity projects.  Whether it’s Melissa Joan Hart raising money for a film where she doesn’t play Clarissa, or Zach Braff raising money for a movie he wants you to think is the sequel to Garden State, it seems like there’s no celebrity too small or idea too dumb to not get its own crowdfunding campaign.  So, us too!

Enough is enough. Famous people have two things we normals don’t: money and access.  By turning to crowdfunding, they’ve gamed the system, cashing in on their fame to make any project they want with no risk to their own bankroll, and owing no profits to their “investors” if its a success.

We need to send them a message that this is NOT OK, and with your help we can do just that…

We’ve put together a full-page advertisement telling everyone we “Don’t back Zach.” We’ll need $10,000 to run it in the local film & TV industry magazine, the Hollywood Reporter, and if we hit $200,00 we’ll go national in a magazine like Entertainment Weekly.  And if we get $5,000,000 we’ll carve it into the moon! All funds will be returned if we don’t hit our 10k goal!

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Tim Heidecker Isn’t A Fan Of The Zach Braff Kickstarter Film, And He’s Got A Page Of Fake Script To Prove It http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-heidecker-isnt-a-fan-of-the-zach-braff-kickstarter-film-and-hes-got-a-page-of-fake-script-to-prove-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tim-heidecker-isnt-a-fan-of-the-zach-braff-kickstarter-film-and-hes-got-a-page-of-fake-script-to-prove-it/#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 16:43:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254573 He's not a fan.

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As you may have read here a couple days ago, Zach Braff, the millionaire actor, has turned to Kickstarter to crowdsource initial funding of his Garden State follow up, Wish I Was Here (ugh). How is Zach Braff, a wealthy person asking for money from less wealthy people different than Rob Thomas doing it with Veronica Mars?

That’s easy. People HATE Zach Braff.

Take Tim and Eric‘s Tim Heidecker for instance. He wrote this not-very-funny vitriolic page of script to parody or satirize or something the effort. Take a look.

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Zach Braff Takes To Kickstarter For A ‘Garden State’ Sequel. I Now Hate Kickstarter. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-takes-to-kickstarter-for-a-garden-state-sequel-i-now-hate-kickstarter/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-takes-to-kickstarter-for-a-garden-state-sequel-i-now-hate-kickstarter/#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 19:08:32 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254549 The Shins changed my life, but not for the better.

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Thinking that he’s some Kristen Bell-type celebrity or something, Zach Braff has seen the damage Veronica Mars did on Kickstarter with its crowdsourced sequel, and said in his most emo, somber voice, “ME TOO!!!!”

Technically, Braff’s project, Wish I Was Here (ugh), is a “follow-up” to Garden State, and not a sequel, but I’m incapable of believing that it will take place in a different universe than Garden State, so I’m sticking by the headline.

Braff will star in it, natch, and will play a down-on-his luck dad who has to homeschool his kids. It was written by Zach Braff’s brother, which is comforting only in that it means it wasn’t written by Zach Braff.

Here’s the link, because it’s actually pretty interesting, and I don’t see the need to make fun of some of the stuff he writes when you are perfectly capable of doing that yourself.

Enjoy!

 

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Zach Braff Just Keeps Doing Stuff. This Time It’s A TV Show Called ‘Garage Bar’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/zach-braff-just-keeps-doing-stuff-this-time-its-a-tv-show-called-garage-bar/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/zach-braff-just-keeps-doing-stuff-this-time-its-a-tv-show-called-garage-bar/#comments Mon, 29 Oct 2012 18:08:47 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251744 I can't wait to puke in their bathrooms.

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“When you’re posting up at Garage Bar, your cup runneth over…with feelings.”

That would be a good slogan for ABC’s upcoming series Garage Bar, but let me be clear that me suggesting a title is not the same as granting permission for them to use it. They have to pay for that right.

While they’re mulling over a cash offer, let’s talk about Garage Bar. It’s being written, directed, and produced by Zach Braff, perhaps in an effort to become a more feminine version of Lena Dunham. I’m interested to see what kind of bar Braff designs. My guess is it has several fireplaces and the only offerings are warming brandy and wasabi peas.

I hate Garage Bar.

Coming this fall, I guess?

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Zach Braff Takes To Reddit To Remind Everyone He Exists And Starred In ‘Scrubs’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-takes-to-reddit-to-remind-everyone-he-exists-and-starred-in-scrubs/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-takes-to-reddit-to-remind-everyone-he-exists-and-starred-in-scrubs/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2011 22:06:04 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=230429 Also, he's a fan of indie rock and good friends with Donald Faison!

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Have you felt funny recently? If so, it might be because Zach Braff hasn’t been in our lives the way he once was. With no more Scrubs, and years passed since Garden State allowed all your yuppie friends to feel emo, we haven’t seen much of the actor/writer/director.

All that ended yesterday with an all-day “AMA” session on Reddit.com. For those of you with jobs, let me explain that Reddit is essentially a user-generated portal where web denizens post links to funny stories, memes, and pictures of kittens doing stuff. And “AMA” stands for “Ask Me Anything,” a Q&A session made famous by Ashton Kutcher (which should give you an idea of the type of news we’re dealing with right here).

He revealed that he would “most like to guest star” on Zooey Deschanel‘s new Fox show The New Girl, presumably because they both cater to a similar type of Whole Foods-y quirk and angst that everyone at your advertising agency can agree on. He also shared that he’s written a play, All New People, that he’s hoping will premiere in London’s West End next year. I’m sure we will give that one a lot of coverage on our sister site, PlayJunkies.com

The marathon chat session quite literally lasted all day, and I’ve got an article on hot movie lesbians to write, so feel free to check out the back-and-forth in its entirety right here, but please put on your smug boots and smug slicker before wading into this thing.

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Zach Braff To Bring His Many Qualities To ‘Oz: The Great And Powerful’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-to-bring-his-many-qualities-to-oz-the-great-and-powerful/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-to-bring-his-many-qualities-to-oz-the-great-and-powerful/#comments Fri, 27 May 2011 02:34:24 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=213830 Braffin' it up big time!

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Zach Braff has a certain sad-eyed amiability that many folks find quite pleasant. Now it seems like one of those folks is director Sam Raimi, whose project Oz: The Great and Powerful is picking up steam. Here’s a description of the role, which will now come prepackaged with that special Zach Braff feeling:

“Braff will play the role of Frank, the loyal but under-appreciated assistant to Oz (James Franco), a charismatic circus magician who is treated as a powerful wizard after his balloon blows off course into Oz and the townsfolk want him to eradicate a Wicked Witch and bring peace.”

Multiple James Francos Converge On 'General Hospital'

Boom. Not only do you now know the character Braff is playing, but you also know what the movie is about, and that James Franco is in it. Boom.  More infobombs: Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz are all in it too. Can you handle all this information? (Deadline)

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Tribeca Review: The High Cost Of Living http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/tribeca-review-the-high-cost-of-living/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/tribeca-review-the-high-cost-of-living/#comments Mon, 25 Apr 2011 20:07:44 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208929 Now this is drama!

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Now this is drama! I watched the Tribeca Film Festival selection The High Cost of Living, and this is exactly what I’m looking for in a heavy story. Writer/director Deborah Chow just throws the most awful situation at her characters and watches them deal with it.

Henry (Zach Braff) is a prescription drug dealer. Nathalie (Isabelle Blais) is a pregnant woman neglected by her workaholic husband Michel (Patrick Labbe’). After a night of partying, Henry hits Nathalie with his car. But, this movie doesn’t just coast on the tragedy of a dead baby.

Nathalie survives but she has to keep the dead fetus in her womb until the hospital can schedule an operation. Can you imagine? Henry tries to check up on the accident, but since he committed hit and run he can’t be straightforward. It’s smart of Henry to check the newspaper for birth notices, hoping he can confirm that his victims made it out okay.

Henry gets his landlords’ kid Johnny (Julian Lo) involved, running errands to find Nathalie at the hospital or at her home, the spot of the accident. Trying to explain all the conditions Johnny has to follow so he doesn’t give Henry away is more drama.

Meanwhile, it’s still going to be more weeks before the doctors are willing to schedule Nathalie’s surgery. She has to go meet people with her belly, and they all assume it’s still a living baby. She can’t have a drink without people commenting that a pregnant mother shouldn’t drink. Nathalie should just blurt out, “I’m carrying a carcass inside me!”

That’s when Henry sees her and steps in. He doesn’t care if she drinks. He sees a pregnant tummy and thinks he’s off the hook. Then when she tells him, imagine going from “Whew, it all worked out” to “Oh my God, I’m a baby murderer” in an instant.

The whole situation is impossible. How could Henry make up for something so awful? Does he even have the right to try? Then Nathalie starts coming out of her shell thanks to his friendship, so he’s instrumental in both her trauma and recovery.

The film ultimately plays out in that familiar way. Henry’s about to confess but Nathalie reveals something else so he can’t drop the bomb anymore. The police investigation spirals until Johnny becomes the suspect.

Even with that structure, the depth of drama simmers throughout the film. It never feels like Oscar bait. The drama is the priority and the filmmakers and actors both fulfill their service. Now if Oscars happen to come their way, they’ll deserve them.

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Zach Braff Is Out Of Movie Jail http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-is-out-of-movie-jail/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/zach-braff-is-out-of-movie-jail/#comments Thu, 21 Apr 2011 18:03:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=208152 He did his time and is fully rehabilitated.

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Get ready for Zach Braff to become a household name again. He got a lot of attention with the success of Garden State and then a lot of criticism with the backlash against Garden State. Now, he’s hoping that enough time has passed and he’ll be able to appear on screen without critical groaning.

He’s set to join Jessica Biel and Chloe Moretz in Th Devil And The Deep Blue Sea. The film follows a man grieving the loss of his wife. He befriends a young girl and agrees to help her build a raft to cross the Atlantic.

That’s really no way to cope with grief. Yes, sending Chloe Moretz off to certain doom may seem appealing at first, but what you’ve really got to do is just get back out there. Try online dating. The risk of doing time for endangering a minor is way, way less. (Movieline)

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