Funny people Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson made a serious movie about heroin addiction

Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson’s new movie, 6 Balloons, is a significant departure from anything they have done before. Set over the course of one night, Jacobson stars as Katie, a woman who discovers her heroin addicted brother, played by Franco, has relapsed. At the SXSW premiere for the film, we spoke with Franco,…

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Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson’s new movie, 6 Balloons, is a significant departure from anything they have done before. Set over the course of one night, Jacobson stars as Katie, a woman who discovers her heroin addicted brother, played by Franco, has relapsed. At the SXSW premiere for the film, we spoke with Franco,…

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SXSW Film Review: ‘6 Balloons’

By turns intensely naturalistic and brutally stylized, “6 Balloons” mercilessly turns screws and escalates dread while spinning a worst-case scenario about the fraying family ties between a heroin addict, who’s chronically incapable of curbing his self-destructive appetite, and his sister, who’s buckling under the weight of the latest in a long series of his impossible […]

By turns intensely naturalistic and brutally stylized, “6 Balloons” mercilessly turns screws and escalates dread while spinning a worst-case scenario about the fraying family ties between a heroin addict, who’s chronically incapable of curbing his self-destructive appetite, and his sister, who’s buckling under the weight of the latest in a long series of his impossible […]

Deadline Studio at SXSW 2018 – Day 4 – Tiffany Haddish, Tracy Morgan, Mandy Moore, Milo Ventimiglia & More

The Deadline Studio is making its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, opening its doors to the most riveting and groundbreaking talent at the 25th edition of the fest, running March 9-17, in Austin, Texas. Actors, directors and producers – from film and television – stopping by the Deadline Studio for portraits and video interviews on Day 4 included Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G.), Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Dave Franco (6 Balloons), Ni…

The Deadline Studio is making its premiere at the SXSW Film Festival, opening its doors to the most riveting and groundbreaking talent at the 25th edition of the fest, running March 9-17, in Austin, Texas. Actors, directors and producers – from film and television – stopping by the Deadline Studio for portraits and video interviews on Day 4 included Tiffany Haddish and Tracy Morgan (The Last O.G.), Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia (This Is Us), Dave Franco (6 Balloons), Ni…

Netflix’s ‘6 Balloons’ Trailer: Abbi Jacobson is Desperate to Help Her Drug-Addicted Brother, Dave Franco — Exclusive

It’s the second feature from director Marja-Lewis Ryan, who will serve as showrunner on Showtime’s sequel to “The L Word.”

Abbi Jacobson has lately spent off-weeks from Comedy Central’s “Broad City” giving dramatic, festival-friendly performances. Last year she co-starred in the Sundance premiere “Person to Person” alongside Michael Cera and Tavi Gevinson. This week she was at SXSW for the debut screening of “6 Balloons,” a forthcoming Netflix feature from writer-director Marja-Lewis Ryan.

While organizing a surprise party for her boyfriend, Katie (Jacobson) discovers that her brother Seth (Dave Franco) has relapsed on heroin. After she’s unable to place him at a local rehab facility, Katie spends an agonizing night watching and distracting his young daughter, as Seth tags along with worsening withdrawal. Seven-time Emmy nominee Jane Kaczmarek plays their mother. The actors were cast in October 2016.

6 Ballons poster

The poster for “6 Balloons”

Netflix

Franco previously brought “21 Jump Street,” “Neighbors,” and “The Disaster Artist” to SXSW, where Netflix is currently presenting five titles. His “6 Balloons” turn is inspired by real-life experiences of the film’s co-producer, Samantha Housman. In February, Netflix vied for the Best Documentary Short Oscar with “Heroin(e),” another take on America’s opioid crisis.

Ryan is the future showrunner and executive producer of Showtime’s follow-up to “The L Word.” This film is one of multiple planned collaborations with Channing Tatum, a “6 Balloons” producer via his Free Association banner. It was announced in 2016 that Tatum would also star in a Ryan-directed, gender-flipped remake of Ron Howard’s “Splash.”

“6 Balloons” begins streaming on Netflix April 6. Watch the trailer below. 

Dave Franco & Abbi Jacobson Make Drama Debuts With Marja-Lewis Ryan’s ‘6 Balloons’ — SXSW

Well known for their turns in the comedic arena with projects like The Disaster Artist and Broad City, actors Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson got the opportunity to transition to drama with Marja-Lewis Ryan’s 6 Balloons, a prospect they found as terrifying as it was exciting. Based on the personal story of producer Samantha Housman, the film follows a woman (Jacobson) whose brother (Franco) relapses on heroin, while living with his six-month-old daughter.
“I think that her…

Well known for their turns in the comedic arena with projects like The Disaster Artist and Broad City, actors Dave Franco and Abbi Jacobson got the opportunity to transition to drama with Marja-Lewis Ryan’s 6 Balloons, a prospect they found as terrifying as it was exciting. Based on the personal story of producer Samantha Housman, the film follows a woman (Jacobson) whose brother (Franco) relapses on heroin, while living with his six-month-old daughter. “I think that her…

Tommy Wiseau Tried to Bum Oscars Tickets Off Mark Hamill on Twitter

Tommy Wiseau wasn’t at the Oscars Sunday, but it wasn’t for lack of trying snag a couple of tickets.

“The Room” writer, director and actor took to Twitter to try to charm a ticket out of Mark Hamill, who presented during the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. While Wiseau appealed to the “Star Wars” actor with his signature “The Room” line — “Oh hi Mark!” — and got an answer from Luke Skywalker himself, it wasn’t quite enough to get Wiseau and “The Room” co-star Greg Sestero to the show.

Also Read: How the Lyrics of Weird Al’s ‘Yoda’ Came True in ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

In fact, the Force wasn’t even with Hamill, who said he couldn’t get extra tickets for anybody — not even his own kids. He also took the opportunity to thank Wiseau for originating a line Hamill has apparently heard quite a few times since “The Room” became something of a cult hit.

Oh hi Mark ! Use The Force and get Greg and I into The #Oscars @TheAcademy @jimmykimmel @JimmyKimmelLive @HamillHimself https://t.co/orYSYpKK7z

— Tommy Wiseau (@TommyWiseau) March 4, 2018

Oh hi Tommy! Wish I could help you but I can’t even get extra #Oscars tickets for my kids. I really owe you since now whenever people greet me I get to hear the quote from The Room. Plus-if you saw #LastJedi you’d know (SPOILER ALERT) I turned off The Force. https://t.co/wO6OYZVsWi

— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) March 4, 2018

The exchange between the two actors had quite a few fans losing it.

You did not turn off the Force! You did NOT! pic.twitter.com/cx0vFHoNYl

— Brian Danuff (@briandanuff) March 4, 2018

Also Read: Here’s Why the Luke Skywalker of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Doesn’t Feel Like Luke (Commentary)

@HamillHimself @TommyWiseau this is going to break the Internet!! ???????? pic.twitter.com/gp9284HOso

— Christine Casagrande (@XtineBigHouse) March 4, 2018

I’m never deleting this app

— Ben Philippe (@gohomeben) March 4, 2018

pic.twitter.com/UQNbVKczHC

— Nairb (@iRTlikecrazy) March 4, 2018

Also Read: Did You Catch This Fan Favorite ‘Star Wars’ Character’s Death in ‘The Last Jedi’?

Wiseau might not have found any help getting to the Oscars among the Jedi, but he did make it to an awards show this year. Wiseau appeared on stage with James and Dave Franco at the Golden Globes in January. James Franco accepted the award for best actor in a comedy or musical for playing Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist,” the movie he and his brother made about the making of “The Room,” based on Sestero’s book.

While James Franco brought both Wiseau and his brother on stage for his acceptance speech, he stopped short of allowing Wiseau to speak during the show. Maybe Wiseau was hoping for some Force assistance in that department this time, since he had something he wanted to say last time.

Hamill wasn’t the only “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actor to present at the Oscars. He joined Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran and the rolling droid BB-8 on stage to announce the winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

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Tommy Wiseau wasn’t at the Oscars Sunday, but it wasn’t for lack of trying snag a couple of tickets.

“The Room” writer, director and actor took to Twitter to try to charm a ticket out of Mark Hamill, who presented during the 90th Academy Awards ceremony. While Wiseau appealed to the “Star Wars” actor with his signature “The Room” line — “Oh hi Mark!” — and got an answer from Luke Skywalker himself, it wasn’t quite enough to get Wiseau and “The Room” co-star Greg Sestero to the show.

In fact, the Force wasn’t even with Hamill, who said he couldn’t get extra tickets for anybody — not even his own kids. He also took the opportunity to thank Wiseau for originating a line Hamill has apparently heard quite a few times since “The Room” became something of a cult hit.

The exchange between the two actors had quite a few fans losing it.

Wiseau might not have found any help getting to the Oscars among the Jedi, but he did make it to an awards show this year. Wiseau appeared on stage with James and Dave Franco at the Golden Globes in January. James Franco accepted the award for best actor in a comedy or musical for playing Wiseau in “The Disaster Artist,” the movie he and his brother made about the making of “The Room,” based on Sestero’s book.

While James Franco brought both Wiseau and his brother on stage for his acceptance speech, he stopped short of allowing Wiseau to speak during the show. Maybe Wiseau was hoping for some Force assistance in that department this time, since he had something he wanted to say last time.

Hamill wasn’t the only “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” actor to present at the Oscars. He joined Oscar Isaac, Kelly Marie Tran and the rolling droid BB-8 on stage to announce the winner of the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

Related stories from TheWrap:

Ryan Seacrest Didn't Ask a Single #MeToo or #TIMESUP Question on Oscars Red Carpet

Oscars: Best Jokes From Jimmy Kimmel's Opening Monologue

Oscars: Ryan Seacrest Avoids Mentioning Kevin Spacey, #TIMESUP in Christopher Plummer Interview (Video)

'SNL': Charles Barkley Can't Understand Anyone in 'Star Wars' (Video)

How the Lyrics of Weird Al's 'Yoda' Came True in 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

SAG Awards 2018: All the Red Carpet Arrivals (Photo)

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are honoring the best achievements in film and television acting in 2017, and the stars are dolled up as they arrive at the show. This year’s show features Kristen Bell as the SAG Awards’ first-ever host, and all the presenters will be women in response to the #TIMESUP and #MeToo movements, rather than the usual pairs of women and men presenting.

“Get Out” and “Girls” star Allison Williams

“Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo

“This is Us” star Logan Shroyer

“Stranger Things” star Natalia Dyer

“Stranger Things” star Noah Schnapp

“Glow” star Alison Brie

“Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin

“Disaster Artist” star Dave Franco

“This is Us” star Jon Huertas

“This is Us” star Mackenzie Hancsicsak

“This is Us” star Cara Buono

“This is Us” star Justin Hartley

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Amanda Warren

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Abbie Cornish

“Stranger Things” star Dacre Montgomery

“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Samira Wiley

“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Ann Dowd

“Divorce” star Molly Shannon

The Screen Actors Guild Awards are honoring the best achievements in film and television acting in 2017, and the stars are dolled up as they arrive at the show. This year’s show features Kristen Bell as the SAG Awards’ first-ever host, and all the presenters will be women in response to the #TIMESUP and #MeToo movements, rather than the usual pairs of women and men presenting.

“Get Out” and “Girls” star Allison Williams

“Stranger Things” star Gaten Matarazzo

“This is Us” star Logan Shroyer

“Stranger Things” star Natalia Dyer

“Stranger Things” star Noah Schnapp

“Glow” star Alison Brie

“Stranger Things” star Caleb McLaughlin

“Disaster Artist” star Dave Franco

“This is Us” star Jon Huertas

“This is Us” star Mackenzie Hancsicsak

“This is Us” star Cara Buono

“This is Us” star Justin Hartley

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Amanda Warren

“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” star Abbie Cornish

“Stranger Things” star Dacre Montgomery

“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Samira Wiley

“The Handmaid’s Tale” star Ann Dowd

“Divorce” star Molly Shannon