January 25, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- One of the more divisive movies at the Sundance Film Festival has been Zach Braff's “Wish I Was Here,” the actor-filmmaker's follow-up to “Garden State” that, with a major assist from Kickstarter, has him exploring death, ambition and family from the perspective of a thirtysomething dad. Audiences loved the movie while many critics were lukewarm. And 47,000 fans donated to its campaign even as some criticized a Hollywood celebrity for using a crowdfunding site.
May 3, 2013 |
Zach Braff made headlines last week when he became one of the first top-tier Hollywood personalities to try -- and succeed in -- financing a movie via Kickstarter. Just a few days after listing his idiosyncratic project “Wish I Was Here,” which he aims to direct and star in, he had raised the Kickstarter target of $2 million to make the movie. The total is now at about $2.3 million and 31,000 backers, with three weeks to go.) It was a remarkable turnaround. For nearly a year, Braff, 38, had tried to make the dramatic comedy about a thirtysomething Los Angeles man who decides to homeschool his children.
February 27, 2014 |
The movie financed by audiences will soon be available to audiences. Zach Braff's “Wish I Was Here,” funded in part by more than 46,000 donors on Kickstarter, will hit theaters in Los Angeles and New York on July 18, distributor Focus Features said Thursday. It will roll out to other cities in the weeks following, The date means Focus, which acquired the movie at the Sundance Film Festival last month, will position the relationship-oriented “Wish” as a summer counter-programmer -- call it an emotional tent pole -- a la “Little Miss Sunshine,” instead of dating it for the early fall, when it would be out of the cross-hairs of the big summer movies but somewhat more dependent on reviews.
April 25, 2013 |
Actor and director Zach Braff's efforts to use Kickstarter to fund a movie about a struggling actor's existential crisis has turned into a minor public relations crisis. Mere hours after launching the campaign to fund production for "Wish I Was Here," the follow-up to his cult hit “Garden State,” the backlash started. Commenters on Twitter and in the trades on Wednesday accused Braff of cynically leveraging free money from fans on behalf of Hollywood producers, who would have funded the film and acceded to his creative demands regardless.
January 21, 2014 |
Top prospects Joc Pederson and Zach Lee will be in the Dodgers' major league spring training camp for the first time, the team announced Tuesday. The list of non-roster players who will be in camp will include catcher Miguel Olivo, a 12-year major league veteran who signed a minor league contract. Olivo, 35, batted .203 with four home runs and nine runs batted in in 33 games last season with the Miami Marlins. He figures to add depth behind starter A.J. Ellis and projected backup Tim Federowicz.
November 22, 2013 |
It's the photo every girl dreams of: the beautiful white dress, the handsome husband - and Zach Braff. OK, so a bride who got some wedding photos taken in New York City probably didn't dream about that last part, but now she definitely has a wedding photo to remember after the actor photo-bombed her and her husband on 42nd Street. As the photographer Sascha Reinking tells it, he was taking pictures of Verena and Michael, a couple from Germany who had already gotten married but wanted to take wedding photos while on vacation in New York, on the first weekend of November.
August 2, 2012 |
When Joseph Garner was working as the assistant to the director of “The Hangover” in 2008, he was was living an isolated life in the blingy confines of the Caesars Palace Hotel in Las Vegas. But when he would turn on the TV news, all he saw was the unfolding economic crisis. That dichotomy sparked an idea in Garner for his first feature-length film, “Craigslist Joe” -- and he got “Hangover” star Zach Galifianakis to come aboard as executive producer. The low-budget documentary, in theaters Friday, follows the 29-year-old as he spends 31 days living entirely off the goodwill of people on Craigslist.
April 16, 2014 |
UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine made official what was already known: both will be available for theNBA draft. UCLA officials announced Wednesday that both Anderson and LaVine would forego their remaining eligibility. Anderson was a sophomore and LaVine a freshman last season. Still to be determined is whether guards Jordan Adams and Norman Powell will return. Both have filed paperwork to determine their draft status. Indications are that both are likely to stay at UCLA.
December 8, 2013 |
Zach Johnson defeated Tiger Woods on the first hole of a playoff to win the Northwestern Mutual World Challenge and cap a wild finish to Woods' charity golf tournament Sunday. After Johnson made a par four on the playoff hole -- the 18th hole at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks -- Woods' putt for par to extend the playoff curled out of the cup and left him with a bogey. The two players, who were paired together, came to the last hole of regulation play tied at 13 under par. Woods hit his approach shot into a bunker in front of the green at the par-four 18th hole, seemingly giving the advantage to Johnson.
January 19, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- On Saturday morning at the Sundance Film Festival, Zach Braff world-premiered his new film, “Wish I Was Here.” This was notable for several reasons. From a business standpoint, it was, of course, the first movie made by a high-profile star to be funded largely through Kickstarter. But maybe more important was the cultural standpoint. It was exactly a decade ago that Braff premiered “Garden State” here and quickly seized (or was given) the label of indie-film standard-bearer.