You have to give James Franco credit for trying a great many different things, from graduate studies to acting to writing and directing short films and transitioning up to features. Franco has plans to adapt a couple of the more challenging authors around, Cormac McCarthy (Blood Meridian) and William Faulkner (As I Lay Dying), in the immediate future.

But first there is The Broken Tower, a film about poet Hart Crane that Franco wrote, directed and stars in, with Michael Shannon and Dave Franco also playing roles. The film premiered at the LA Film Festival to mixed reviews, and now that the first teaser trailer has arrived, you’ll probably be able to guess some of the reasons for the shaky reception. Read More »

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Is James Franco mad about poets? If so, why not? Someone has to keep the art alive in the imagination of mainstream America. The actor played noted ‘Beat’ poet Allen Ginsberg in Howl, and he’s now reportedly set to direct The Broken Tower, which is a biography of the poet Hart Crane (son of the man who invented Life Savers candy) who committed suicide by jumping off a steamship in 1932. Read More »

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