the disaster artist review

The most surprising thing about The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s adaptation of Greg Sestero’s book of the same name, is that it doesn’t have a mean-spirited bone in its body. Here’s a film about the making of The Room, one of the worst and most baffling movies to ever achieve cult infamy, told with sincerity, sweetness, and pure affection. Franco isn’t here to laugh at The Room – he’s here to laugh with it. The Disaster Artist has no scorn for its subject. Instead, it is fascinated by this impossible-t0-believe tale and the impossible-to-believe movie it produced. No irony. No scorn. Only love.

And that makes a movie whose existence already feels impossible feel all the more unlikely and all the more wonderful.

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The Deuce photos

David Simon‘s (The Wire) new HBO seriesThe Deuce, shows the rise of the porn industry in the 1970s. There to experience its beginning? Twins played by James Franco (The Disaster Artist), who not only played two roles but directed two episodes. He stars what Simon calls a “story about human beings and “a critique of market capitalism.”

Below, check out The Deuce photos.

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alien covenant prologue

If you were watching Legion this evening (and you really should be watching Legion!), you were offered a brief preview of looks like an extended clip from Alien: Covenant. The full scene has arrived online and it introduces us to the crew of the colony ship Covenant, which is venturing deep into space on a mission to establish human outposts on other planets. But it’s not actually a scene from the movie – it’s a short film called Prologue: Last Supper and it’s directed by Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott.

While it probably doesn’t feature any footage from the actual movie, the short does offer something the final film probably will not: this group of people actually having a good time, with no running or screaming or eviscerations. Let’s see what we can gleam from it.

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Katherine Waterston in Alien: Covenant

Yesterday, we got our first look at the complete cast of Shane Black’s The Predator, so it makes perfect sense that today offers up our first look at the complete cast of Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant. After all, these are the definitive science fiction/horror movie series, with the beasties at the center of both franchises even battling it out in the two Alien vs. Predator movies. It’s fun to imagine that rivalry extending beyond the screen – “Well, if they’re going to release a cast picture…”

So here we go: here is our first look at the Alien: Covenant cast gathered in one place.

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james franco as tommy wiseau

Almost three years ago, James Franco optioned the rights to Greg Sestero‘s book The Disaster Artist, which the actor wrote about the experience of making The RoomThe Room, of course, is director/writer/star Tommy Wiseau‘s cult midnight classic, a movie made with significantly more passion than skill. While we were hoping to see Franco’s film and Zeroville out last year, Franco’s behind-the-scenes look at The Room is debuting next month at South by Southwest.

Before The Disaster Artist premieres, there’s a new pic of Franco brothers from the film. Below, check out The Disaster Artist photo.

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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.

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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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