Carl Franklin
Actor, screenwriter, Film and television director
Carl Franklin
Carl Franklin is an American actor, screenwriter and film and television director. Franklin is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley and continued his education at the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with an M.F.A. degree in directing in 1986. Franklin is most noted for Devil in a Blue Dress, which was based on the book by Walter Mosley and starred Denzel Washington and Don Cheadle.
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John Singleton Drops Out Of The Tupac Biopic Because He Says People Weren't Respectful Of Tupac's Legacy
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
Tupac Shakur's forthcoming biopic, "Tupac," has experienced a slight shift as it was announced last week that “Devil In A Blue Dress” director Carl Franklin has been named to replace John Singleton as the film's director. According to Variety, the film’s spokesman, Greg Mielcarz, stated Singleton departed from the much-anticipated project -– after exiting in 2012 and returning in 2014 –- due to creative differences. Following the announcement the Academy Award-nominated director took to his Instagram accountto explain why he’s walking away from the developing film for the second time in three years. Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling ... To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac ... It doesn't matter what they do mines will be ...
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Samuel L. Jackson’s Playboy Interview Is Amazing
The Superficial - over 3 years
Samuel L. Jackson has a new interview in the October issue of Playboy, and it is a goddamn breath of fresh air after the whining, tone-deaf bullshit coming out of Kanye West and Chris Brown‘s mouths. I highly recommend reading the whole thing, but if you’re strapped for time, here are some highlights on the Django Unchained controversy, Obama, women, and how sometimes a motherfucker just wants to eat his sandwiches. On people complaining about the use of “nigger” in Django Unchained: These 20-year-olds and others are always talking about “Where’s my 40 acres and a mule? Where are my reparations?” Well, you wanna act like the government owes us reparations, we gotta show what they owe us for. Here it is, right here onscreen. These stories must be told. Yet they still want to turn around and go, “Fuck Quentin Tarantino, he don’t know shit about it,” but if Spike, the Hughes brothers or Carl Franklin had done it, it would have been right? Look, Quentin has this master storytelling ...
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DeeDee Garcia Blase: Two Thumbs Up for Bless Me, Ultima
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Photo courtesy of Bless Me, Ultima This week, I got the chance to see Bless Me, Ultima, a film by Carl Franklin, which is based on a controversial novel by Rudolfo Anaya. I am particularly interested in how this movie does at the box office in light of several recent studies that show Latino audiences buying a lot of movie tickets. In 2010, Nielsen reported that 43 million Latinos bought 351 million movie tickets -- an increase from the 37 million that bought 300 million tickets in 2009. Bless Me, Ultima was especially endearing to me, and it has a quality of familiarity to the Mexican-American (Chicano) because most of us can relate to Healers in our own families. How many of us remember El Ojo (the evil eye egg) being applied to us when we were sick as little children? How many of us remember our abuelitas or grandmothers showing us the importance of plants, vegetables, flowers, and herbs to make healing teas -- and explaining to us how nature takes care of hu ...
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Now playing
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
Now playing Amour This is without doubt some kind of good movie - about the rapid decline of a woman in her 80s (Emmanuelle Riva) - and a memorable cinematic experience that you will probably never regret. Argo That Ben Affleck can direct a film this smart, this gripping, is no surprise any longer, but still - his account of a rescue effort during the Iran hostage crisis is as precise as it is suspenseful. Affleck plays the CIA operative who aims to fly out six Americans posing as a film crew for a fake movie. Veteran filmmaker Carl Franklin tries admirably to translate the author's poetic words to the screen, but the film often stumbles in translation, trying to define too many characters in too little time. Chronicle of My Mother Masato Harada's adaptation of Yasushi Inoue's 1975 novel is a gentle Japanese family film, set in the 1960s, about an author (Koji Yakusho, "Shall We Dance?") whose troubled relationship with his mother softens as she slides into de ...
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Rx relief® Grows to Become Largest Sole Running Pharmacy Recruitment Firm
Yahoo News - about 4 years
Rx relief, a leading pharmacy recruiting and placement firm headquartered in Fresno, CA, now ranks as the largest sole running pharmacy recruitment and placement firm in the United States.Fresno, CA (PRWEB) December 31, 2012 Rx relief, a leading pharmacy recruiting and placement firm headquartered in Fresno, CA, now ranks as the largest sole running pharmacy recruitment and placement firm in the United States. "Over the last several years, Rx relief has grown at an astounding rate," says Carl Franklin, RPH, Executive Vice President, Rx relief. ...
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Chicano Classic Coming To 200 More Theaters
Huffington Post - about 4 years
Latino culture vultures across the country will soon have a chance to see the film adaptation of a classic Mexican-American novel. “Bless Me, Ultima,” based on the 1972 novel by Rudolfo Anaya, will be released to more than 200 theaters in February, according to Politic365. The film, directed by Carl Franklin, premiered in El Paso back in September. Set in 1940s New Mexico, the book tells the story of the relationship between a young boy named Antonio and a curandera named Ultima. Antonio must then learn to reconcile the Catholic and Native American beliefs that are both part of his heritage. "I fell in love with her in the sense of understanding her conduct, her character and a little bit of her soul,” actress Miriam Colon, who plays Ultima, told the El Paso Times. “She is the type of woman that I love because she reminds me of my mother." The Chicano coming-of-age novel has stirred controversy for years. Parents in school districts from California to ...
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Busting A Cyberstalker
NPR - about 4 years
Carla Franklin was cyberstalked and bullied for years by a man she briefly dated. She has now become an advocate and expert for online harassment. Host Michel Martin talks with Franklin about her experience and cyberstalking laws. *Advisory: This conversation may not be comfortable for all listeners. » E-Mail This     » Add to
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TV: Newswire: Netflix to debut David Fincher's House Of Cards in one big lump in February
A.V. Club - over 4 years
Though it's been, predictably, somewhat overshadowed by the return of Arrested Development, Netflix has another, previously-even-bigger-of-a-deal original series debuting next year. The David Fincher-produced, Kevin Spacey-starring House Of Cards now has the premiere date of February 1, its entire 13-episode first season debuting in one giant, instantly accessible lump, as is Netflix's wont. In addition to the Fincher-helmed first two episodes, the series (based on the BBC drama of the same name) features directing from people like Glengarry Glen Ross' James Foley, Hollywoodland's Allen Coulter, The Good Wife's Charles McDougall, Devil In A Blue Dress' Carl Franklin, and Joel Schumacher, who will no doubt outfit Spacey's majority whip within the House of Representatives with rubber nipples and possibly an actual whip. Anyway, House Of Cards already has its second season guaranteed but you still have plenty of time to watch the first one, so you ... Read more
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Google News - over 5 years
The movie is written and directed by Gavin Wiesen and stars Freddie Highmore, Emma Roberts, Michael Angarano, Elizabeth Reaser, Sam Robards, Jarlath Conroy, Ann Dowd, Marcus Carl Franklin, Sasha Spielberg with Rita Wilson and Blair Underwood
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David Mamet – "La Prisonnière espagnole" ("The Spanish Prisoner", 1997, DVD) - Culturopoing
Google News - over 5 years
Il fait alors partie des auteurs prometteurs de la nouvelle décennie au côté de James Foley et Carl Franklin. Et puis vint l'année 1992 et Reservoir Dogs. Avec l'arrivée de Quentin Tarantino et, à sa suite James Gray (Little Odessa, 1994),
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Circle Cinema to show 'One True Thing' - Tulsa World
Google News - over 5 years
The film, directed by Carl Franklin, stars Meryl Streep, William Hurt and Renee Zellwegger. Released in 1998, Streep earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her portrayal of the mother, Kate. Tickets are $8.50 and are available at the
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Google News - over 5 years
Defendant Carl Franklin Ellison was the getaway driver for two armed robberies committed by Treval Lockett, one in Moreno Valley and the other in Riverside, within the span of a few hours on November 1, 2008. Upon leaving the last robbery,
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Dan Wahlin Digs Deep on Web-Client Development - DevProconnections
Google News - over 5 years
Hosts Richard Campbell and Carl Franklin chat with a wide variety of .NET developer experts. This month's excerpt is from show 654, with Dan Wahlin, who shares his thoughts on current relevant topics in web-client development: HTML5, the H.264 standard
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UPDATES: 4 1/2 Months Left In 2011, What's Left To Look Forward To This Year ... - Indie Wire (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
Carl Franklin's adaptation of Rudolfo Anaya's award-winning novel Bless Me, Ultima, which chronicles the turbulent coming-of-age story of Antonio, a young boy growing up in New Mexico during World War II, and his relationship with Ultima,
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Lorenz - Heise - Southeast Missourian
Google News - over 5 years
Lynda Sue Lorenz and Carl Franklin Heise were married June 11, 2011, at St. Andrew Lutheran Church. The Rev. Mark Martin performed the ceremony. Pianist was Susan Ahrens. The bride is the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. JD King
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Don Cheadle: 'Acting can be such a grind' - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
At the time, he was reaping the benefits of his recognition as Mouse, the likable back-country psychopath in Carl Franklin's Devil in a Blue Dress, which led him to Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights and Soderbergh's Traffic, and to eye-catching
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Carl Franklin
  • 2000
    Age 50
    In February 2000, Franklin was featured as a Black History Month guest speaker at Indiana University’s ‘’Black Film Center/Archive’’.
    More Details Hide Details The group hosted an event called A Night with Filmmaker Carl Franklin, which gave Franklin the opportunity to talk about his experience in the movie industry as well as show a preview of his film Devil in a Blue Dress. Franklin's appearance was highly regarded by many students who were honored to meet him in person.
  • 1998
    Age 48
    Following Laurel Avenue, Franklin found himself maintaining A-list status, which allowed him to work on bigger and more visible projects, such as 1998’s One True Thing.
    More Details Hide Details The film is an adaptation of an autobiographical story by New York journalist Anna Quindlan, following a woman (Renée Zellweger) with no option but to leave Manhattan for the small town where she was raised when her mother (Meryl Streep) is diagnosed with cancer. Franklin supports the portrayal of African-American history in films, and has been quoted as saying “I am interested in the universal values of the black experience.” However, just because Franklin is a filmmaker who is African American does not mean that all of his films are racially motivated. Not all of his films revolve around a central theme of culture: some of his films cover racial issues, while others do not. Franklin maintains a wide subject range in his films, choosing not to focus solely on his heritage. As a prominent African-American filmmaker, Franklin stands apart from the rest in his careful selection of projects. While many of his most notable films touch on the subject of racial climates and the struggles that ensue, Franklin does not hide behind his race. Explaining to The L.A Times, "My ethnicity is a plus, a tool. It gives me ammunition in terms of the way I view the world. There are certain stories in the black community that inform us all.” Combining his humanitarian instincts and personal experiences, Franklin stands out as a visionary for community improvement through his films. However, a large part of Franklin’s remarkable journey revolves around the fact that he is black.
  • 1993
    Age 43
    Switching gears back to television, Franklin directed Laurel Avenue, a two-part miniseries focused on an African-American family in Minnesota for HBO in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details Franklin’s portrayal of the realities of the African-American community were highly regarded, further demonstrating his knack for hard-hitting reality mixed with a deep sentimentality and understanding of humanity. One issue in particular that stood out in the series was the issue of drug use. Franklin defended his depictions, explaining that "Drugs are a huge problem in the black community. Not to include that would be a stupid oversight. But if the subject of drugs is introduced in the context of a hardworking family that has managed to maintain unity, and the audience sees drugs as a threat to that unity, they get a much greater understanding of the problem." The series brought Franklin even more positive reviews, proving that it is his upfront approach to portraying reality that continues to bring him success.
  • 1989
    Age 39
    From 1989 to 1990, Franklin worked on Nowhere to Run, Eye of the Eagle 2: Inside the Enemy, and Full Fanthom Five, respectively, under Concord Films.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the 80s, producer Jesse Beaton was looking for a director for a film called One False Move. The script’s edgy appeal needed someone gritty and fresh. Remembering Franklin’s short film Punk, Beaton met Carl to discuss the film’s vision. Hoping to focus more on the character of the story rather than the aesthetics, Beaton understood that Franklin was the right man for the job, making One False Move Carl Franklin’s directorial debut. Franklin’s approach to the screenplay produced a thriller just shy of the Film Noir genre, dealing with themes of drugs, violence, and sexual relationships. The story follows three drug dealers, played by Billy Bob Thornton, Cynda Williams, and Michael Beach and their interactions with a small-town Arkansas police chief played by Bill Paxton. Far from his low-budget past, Franklin’s budget of $2 million gave him a bit of room to be creative, and achieve his entire vision for the film. What set this film apart from the countless other cops and robbers movies was Franklin’s insight into the underlying racial aspect that the film presented. With a unique perspective on a classic topic of racial tension, Franklin’s performance as director was praised above all. However, the original version of the film, which was released in 1991, was thought to be overly violent. In response to such claims, Franklin told the Observer, “I didn't want people getting excited seeing how neat someone can be killed… I want the audience to feel the emotional loss of life--the real violence is the loss, the violation of humanity.
    Straight out of his Master’s program, Franklin landed a job with movie producer-director Roger Corman in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Corman was one of many directors who had been impressed with Franklin’s thesis film Punk. Corman took on Franklin as a sort of protégé, working under him at his production company Concord Films. While working at Concord Films, Franklin gained experience working on low-budget films, helping to crank out six films in just two years’ time. Roger Corman is known for fast-paced filmmaking, with a reputation for cranking out screenplays in a matter of weeks and filming them even faster. Working with Corman gave Franklin the opportunity to write, direct, produce, and occasionally even act in a wide range of mostly unseen films. Throughout the experience, Franklin found himself working on films in exotic locations such as Peru and the Philippines, and pushing himself creatively.
    His time at AFI culminated in a life-changing project. For his master’s thesis, Franklin produced a short film called Punk in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details The film follows the story of an African-American boy faced with the realities of familial stress, societal pressures, and the ever-daunting development of sexual discovery. Franklin’s 30-minute film can be attributed to both failure and success. The production of the film cost Franklin his home and left him in a state of financial crisis, however, the impactful final product gained him attention in an industry that is nearly impossible to infiltrate. From there, his vision carried him through a successful career.
  • 1986
    Age 36
    He obtained his M.F.A. degree in directing in 1986.
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    He began to experiment with filmmaking, getting his feet wet with writing and production. Franklin is quoted in L.A. Weekly, saying "Acting made a director out of me.” And so, at age 37, Franklin made an important decision to return to school in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details This time, he chose the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied film directing, studying mostly the works of European and Japanese directors.
  • 1983
    Age 33
    Franklin’s most recognizable acting role was his 1983-1985 portrayal of Captain Crane on the popular action-adventure series The A-Team.
    More Details Hide Details After two seasons on the show, Franklin realized that acting had become mundane and unsatisfying to him.
  • 1973
    Age 23
    With experience under his belt on the off-Broadway circuit, Franklin began his on-screen career with a film called Five on the Black Hand Side in 1973.
    More Details Hide Details From there, he acted in a string of guest roles on television shows such as The Rockford Files, Good Times, Caribe, The Incredible Hulk, McClain's Law, and The Streets of San Francisco. Over the years, Franklin’s looks have typically landed him roles portraying men of power, such as members of the police force or military officials.
  • 1949
    Born on April 11, 1949.
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