When Tommy Wiseau set out to make The Room, he never thought it would come to this. Or maybe, in his wild mind, he did. Wiseau famously made “the worst movie ever” around 2003. In the decade since, The Room has become a midnight cult classic. Actor Greg Sestero bore witness to the whole thing, playing Wiseau’s character’s best friend, Mark. Years later, he wrote a fantastic book about the experience, called The Disaster Artist.
Here’s where it gets really crazy. James Franco has now purchased the rights to The Disaster Artist. He’ll direct, produce and co-star in an adaptation of the book, and the film will also be produced by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Read More »
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James Franco has a well-established image at this point: the indulgent artist, who flies from one project to another seemingly based only on whim. Never mind that he can be a powerful actor, and that he is producing and finishing more work than almost anyone else out there. He’s just so… present. How dare you work too much, James Franco!?
Maladies, directed by the artist called Carter, seems to toy with that image by dropping it into the framework of a wacky romcom. Think Benny & Joon, but instead of Johnny Depp playing at being Chaplin, James Franco plays an actor names James who deals with some mental health issues as his career flounders. There’s a good supporting cast in place (induing Catherine Keener and David Strathairn) who you’ll see a good deal of in the trailer below. Read More »
Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg filled their directorial debut, This Is The End, with a plethora of famous faces. For their first dip into feature animation, they’re doing something similar. Rogen and Goldberg are producing the R-rated animated film Sausage Party, aimed at a 2015 release, and have tapped James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Kirsten Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll and Rogen himself to provide voices. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, January 21st, 2014 by Angie Han
2013 was a big year for James Franco. Not only did he star in a whole bunch of things, from Spring Breakers to Oz the Great and Powerful to This Is the End to ABC’s The Mindy Project, he also hit the film festival circuit with three separate films that he’d directed. Two of them, Interior. Leather Bar. and As I Lay Dying, have already received limited theatrical releases, but the third, Child of God, is still on its way.
Based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, the crime drama stars Scott Haze as an outcast who retreats from society, and becomes progressively more disturbed and degraded. The first teaser hit back in August, and now a full-length trailer has finally arrived. Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, and James Franco also star. Check it out after the jump.
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James Franco‘s performance in Spring Breakers is wild, electric, memorable, and totally mesmerizing. The superficial aspects of the role — the grill, the cornrows, and so on — are only the beginning. It’s the way his character Alien brings to life a demented vision of the American Dream (“look at my shit!”) and the way he eventually allows his cracked hyper-masculine persona to submit to a feminine force. Franco does stuff in Spring Breakers that you rarely see major stars doing, and the sight is fantastic.
Is it award-worthy? Who knows! The Oscars, like every other award setup, are based on campaigning and influence and many other factors besides the simple merit of the work. And so A24, distributor of Spring Breakers, has been getting its own campaign going for Franco. The latest salvo is a video demanding that voters consider Franco, phrased in a manner that is so appropriate to the film. Read More »
Weeks back, Kanye West publicly blasted Jimmy Kimmel when the late night host reenacted one of West’s interviews with children. If that made the rapper/producer mad, he might explode once he sees Seth Rogen and James Franco‘s latest stunt.
The pair, who are currently shooting The Interview, took a break from filming to do a shot by shot remake of West’s video Bound 2, which has become a punchline for its low-production values and Kim Kardashian‘s “nudity.” Where This Is The End played with the balances between reality and parody, this video smashes it over the head with a sledgehammer. Hilarious isn’t the word. Read More »
The omnibus film Tar is based on the life and work of poet C.K. Williams, but the real attraction of the film is the cast. Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, and Bruce Campbell are among the actors who worked with twelve new directors from NYU to create a film that acts as both biopic for Williams and an exploration of his work.
Check out a trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013 by Angie Han
James Franco got pretty weird in Spring Breakers earlier this year, but Alien is a big old teddy bear compared to the unhinged meth kingpin he plays in Homefront. He’s so scary, in fact, that Jason Statham may be the only man who can take him down.
The Gary Fleder-directed, Sylvester Stallone-scripted thriller follows a former DEA agent who retires to a quiet rural community to start a new life with his daughter. But the peace is soon disturbed when he discovers the town’s secret, and the town discovers one of his. A new red-band trailer has hit, and you can check it out after the jump.
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