The Room is finally getting the theatrical wide release it always deserved—for one night only

Fourteen years after opening—for two whole weeks—in a handful of very confused Los Angeles theaters, Tommy Wiseau’s cult phenomenon The Room will finally have its day in cinemas nationwide. That’s courtesy of theatrical event programmer Fathom, which announced this week that it’ll be hosting a one-night release of the…

The creator of The Room is really happy there’s a movie about The Room

The Disaster Artist, the film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of The Room, paints its subject, Tommy Wiseau, in an unexpectedly warm light. Given that The Room has been ridiculed for years and heralded as one of the worst films of all time, it’s a welcome surprise for Wiseau. In the video above,…

Paul Scheer loves the “Hai, doggie” scene from The Room

The past few years have seen Tommy Wiseau’s opus, The Room, discover unexpected relevancy, culminating in this year’s The Disaster Artist, the film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of the film. We met up with stars Paul Scheer and Ari Graynor at the premiere of The Disaster Artist and found out the…

The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero on why they trusted James Franco to tell their story

The past few years have seen Tommy Wiseau’s opus, The Room, discover unexpected relevancy, culminating in this year’s The Disaster Artist, the film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of the film. But why did Sestero and Wiseau entrust Franco to earnestly tell the story of making the most famous bad…

James Franco still isn’t sure what’s up with Tommy Wiseau

The Room director and star Tommy Wiseau’s background has long been shrouded in mystery, from his birthplace to the source of his fortune. James Franco, even after directing and starring in a movie about the man, still sees Wiseau as an enigma. On the red carpet for The Disaster Artist, we spoke with Franco about the…

James Franco and Tommy Wiseau said, “Oh, hai,” to Jimmy Kimmel last night

The Disaster Artist, James Franco’s film adaptation of a book about the making of a movie, opens tomorrow in limited release before expanding worldwide next Friday. In it, Franco plays Tommy Wiseau, a bulging, vampiric millionaire whose desire to become famous resulted in The Room, a film many consider to be the worst…

The Disaster Artist is a lousy tribute to the greatest bad movie of our time

If there was ever a behind-the-scenes story that begged to made into a movie of its own, then it’s the making of the mind-boggling cult classic The Room, a uniquely American accident of money, incompetence, and ego. The magnum opus of Tommy Wiseau, an eccentric and paranoid Polish immigrant with the looks of a B-movie…

Go beyond The Room with this look into how bad movies can influence good movies

The Disaster Artist, due for release on December 1, is a (supposedly) good movie about a book about the making of a bad movie—namely, Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, which many consider to be the worst film ever made. It’s basically what Tim Burton’s Ed Wood was to Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space. And it’s bound to inspire…

James Franco’s The Disaster Artist gives The Room its own lazy tribute act

Every night, Peter Kuplowsky, the baby-faced new curator of TIFF’s Midnight Madness program, has a wooden hat rack brought out to the stage of the Ryerson Theatre so he can try and land his king-of-the-geeks fedora on one of the hooks. A carnival game to go with the idea that this is the festival’s midway and…

Return once again to The Room with Disaster Artist’s Tom Bissell and Greg Sestero

We’re no strangers to Tommy Wiseau’s trash classic The Room here at The A.V. Club. We’ve inducted it into The New Cult Canon, interviewed Wiseau (twice), and reveled in its many, many, many weird offshoots. But now, with a little distance, it’s time to ask ourselves just why we keep returning to this thing.

“Oh, hi Mark Hamill”: Tommy Wiseau comes to Star Wars

As we patiently wait for the release of James Franco’s The Disaster Artist (or at least a 3D version of The Room), we’ll have to get our fill of bobo-auteur Tommy Wiseau via midnight screenings, memes, and reruns of The Neighbors, for those that can stomach it. For example, the below edit from Facebook page core-core…