bryan cranston the masterpiece

James Franco is the human equivalent of the bus from Speed or the shark from that Annie Hall speech – if he stops moving, he dies. Or explodes. Or something. Only James Franco knows the mysteries of James Franco. What we do know is that he currently has 19 projects as an actor in various stages of production and 11 projects as a director in the pipeline. You have to admire the audacity of schedule like that, even if the sheer volume of work means that there are as many misses as there are hits.

One of those many, many films in the works is The Masterpiece, which tells the story of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s infamously terrible cult favorite, The Room. And while we still don’t know when this movie is coming out, we now know that Bryan Cranston is in it and he’s playing himself.

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I Am Michael trailer

Never one to shy away from controversy, James Franco takes on the ex-gay movement in his next release. Directed by Justin KellyI Am Michael recounts the true story of Michael Glatze, a prominent gay activist who made headlines when he suddenly announced that he was renouncing his homosexuality, and went on to marry a woman and become a fundamentalist pastor.

Zachary Quinto plays Michael’s boyfriend, Bennett, and Emma Roberts is Michael’s eventual bride, Rebekah. Gus Van Sant served as executive producer. Watch the I Am Michael trailer below.
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alien: covenant photos

Before the year ends, we’ll see if the Alien: Covenant trailer causes as much excitement as the Prometheus teaser did almost exactly four years ago. As we wait to get our first look at footage from Sir Ridley Scott‘s prequel-sequel, details about the trailer have arrived online, including the fact it’ll feature a cover song by the late David Bowie. Three new photos from the film have also hit the web along with a video of James Franco confirming his involvement in Alien: Covenant and an intriguing quote from Scott.

Below, check out the Alien: Covenant images.

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James Franco in Alien Covenant

After launching the Planet of the Apes prequel franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, renaissance man James Franco has joined another blockbuster prequel franchise.

Even though production on Alien: Covenant has been done for awhile, we’re just now learning that James Franco has a role in in the prequel sequel. That means we’re getting James Franco and Danny McBride in an Alien movie, and that’s just weird to think about.

Find out more about James Franco in Alien Covenant after the jump, but beware that learning about his role dives into a bit of spoiler territory. Read More »

James Franco the pretenders

Before Josh Boone‘s The Fault in Our Stars conquered the box office, one of the projects the busy writer-director wanted to make to was The Pretenders. Boone once described his script as “Carnal Knowledge meets Unbearable Lightness of Being or The Dreamers,” which doesn’t sound emotionally draining at all. In 2013, the director put together an impressive cast for the project, but due to scheduling, it may have fallen to the wayside. Now, The Pretenders is up and running with a new director, James Franco, and new actors.

Below, learn more about the James Franco The Pretenders project.

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Why Him? red-band trailer

Thinking about just how awkward this holiday season is going to be with your family this year can be a depressing and uncomfortable experience. Watching someone else suffer through a really awkward holiday season, though? That’s comedy gold. Or so the new comedy Why Him? would like to think.

Bryan Cranston plays the doting father of a bright young woman (Zoey Deutch) who’s excited to introduce her new boyfriend (James Franco) to her family. Problem is, he’s kind of the worst — an Silicon Valley “zillionaire” who has “literally no filter.” Making matters even more upsetting, he’s thinking about proposing. At first the boyfriend tries to ingratiate himself with the family, but when that plan fails an all-out war develops between the would-be in-laws.

Watch the Why Him? red-band trailer below.  Read More »

king-cobra-trailer

Based on a true story, King Cobra shows James Franco and Christian Slater face off as gay porn producers, but there’s likely far more to writer-director Justin Kelly‘s movie than that summary. The drama is really about the rise of gay porn star Sean Paul Lockhart (known as Brent Corrigan), and the killing of the producer who helped start his career. Former Disney Channel star Garrett Clayton plays Lockhart in the film.

Below, watch the King Cobra trailer.

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Save the Day Campaign Video

Famous people are used to shill for politicians all the time. But unlike making a decision on which soft drink, pizza or shoes you’re going to buy, choosing to vote is a much bigger deal. That’s why a new campaign called Save the Day has called upon an endless array of famous people to encourage you to vote.

Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Keegan-Michael Key, James Franco, Julianne Moore, Stanley Tucci, Nathan Fillion and a bunch more familiar faces (and some not so familiar) were rounded up to create this video that encourages people to register to vote. However, while this starts out like any other pro-voting campaign, it takes one hilarious turn right after the other, right down to a promise made by all the celebrities that Mark Ruffalo is tragically unaware of. Just watch the video below. Read More »

James Franco The Game

An adaptation of Neil StraussNew York Times bestseller The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists has been in the works, on and off, for over a decade now. Back in 2005, Chris Weitz (About a Boy) was attached to direct The Game, which is a look at the life of a pickup artist. A couple of years later, David Levien and Brian Koppelman (Billions) took a shot at The Game, but for whatever reason, it still didn’t get made. Then James Franco became involved, and again, nothing more came of the news. The actor and producer has, however, returned to the project, which is being fast-tracked and will possibly go into production next year.

Below, learn more about the James Franco The Game adaptation.

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‘Goat’ Red-Band Trailer: Guys Gone Wild

Goat red-band trailer

That slight chill in the air means we’re right at the time of year when thousands of teenagers begin descending on college campuses across the country. Some will meet new friends or mentors or discover new passions. A not inconsiderable proportion of the population will join the Greek system. And a few of those kids might find themselves subject to the kind of brutal hazing depicted in Andrew Neel‘s Goat.

Scripted by David Gordon Green and based on the memoir by Brad LandGoat premiered at Sundance earlier this year to promising reviews. Ben Schnetzer (last seen casting spells in Warcraft) stars as Land himself, a 19-year-old college kid who pledges the same fraternity his older brother (Nick Jonas) already belongs to. But the protection and friendship Brad was promised come at a steep cost, as the hazing rituals get more and more intense, with painful results. James Franco also stars, as an alum who can’t quite seem to let go of Phi Sigma Mu. Watch the NSFW Goat red-band trailer below.  Read More »