‘The Masterpiece’ Shot in South Pas

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AUTHOR Greg Sestero of South Pasadena, center, collaborated with Tom Bissell in writing the 2013 award-winning book “The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside the Room, The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made.”  The nonfiction memoir is Sestero’s spirited recounting of the wild adventures he experienced while working with Tommy Wiseau, a mysterious self-made man who somehow came up with $6 million to spend making and promoting the notorious film, “The Room.”  Even though “The Room” found a huge, devoted cult audience, it has been called by critics “gloriously awful” and “possibly one of the worst films ever made.” On the other hand Sestero’s book, “The Disaster Artist,” about the making of the movie, has garnered glowing reviews from prestigious publications around the country, including “The Wall Street Journal” and “The New York Times Book Review.” It has also been accorded 491 ratings by readers on Amazon and averages five stars, the absolute highest composite rating possible. The recorded version of “The Disaster Artist,” narrated by Greg, was chosen as  a finalist for the 2015 Audie Awards for Best Humor Audiobook. It was also highly praised by “The Huffington Post” and “Publisher’s Weekly.”  “The Disaster Artist” is currently being made into a major motion picture entitled “The Masterpiece,” directed by and starring James Franco. The cast also features Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, Sharon Stone, Bryan Cranston, and Allison Brie — who attended South Pasadena High School before starring in numerous films and on television’s “Mad Men” from 2007-2015. Greg Sestero recently visited the South Pasadena Public Library and donated three copies of  “The Disaster Artist” for the collection. A brief scene for “The Masterpiece,” scheduled to be released in 2017, was also shot at Library at the same time. Above, Sestero is joined  by  Justin McGregor, left, and Kris Sestero, right

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