Posted on Friday, February 5th, 2016 by Angie Han
For a few days last fall, the big watercooler pop culture event wasn’t yet another premium cable antihero drama or $200 million superhero blockbuster, but a 148-tweet epic of a stripper’s Florida road trip gone dramatically awry. The true-ish tale of Aziah “Zola” Wells followed two sex workers, a violent pimp, and a very sad boyfriend through a drug- and sex-fueled odyssey that eventually involved betrayal, kidnapping, a suicide attempt, and even a murder.
Naturally, the story immediately won over the internet and had fans clamoring for a movie adaptation, and now it’s actually getting one. From director James Franco, of course, because if a feature film based on a sordid Twitter rant doesn’t sound right up Franco’s alley, what does? Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, January 20th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The Deuce sounds like a dare gone horribly right. Here is a television series created by the great David Simon of The Wire fame, starring the never-not-fascinating James Franco, and set in the in the New York City porn scene during the ’70s. It’s like HBO said to Simon “Go ahead and pitch us anything!” and he called their bluff.
Because the TV gods are apparently real, The Deuce has been given a series order by HBO, which means this strange combination of talent and subject matter will eventually be something you can witness with your own two eyes.
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Posted on Saturday, January 9th, 2016 by Fred Topel
James Franco was on a Television Critics Association panel for his Hulu series 11.22.63. After the panel he stayed to speak with journalists further. One project that came up was Franco’s remake of the Lifetime original movie Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?. Franco said the opportunity came about because Will Ferrell had done a straight Lifetime movie last year. Read More »
There seems to be nothing that James Franco can’t do, and now we can add time traveler to his long list of achievements. Franco leads the new Hulu series 11.22.63, an adaptation of Stephen King’s novel of the same name about a high school history teacher who is sent back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. So far we’ve only gotten brief glimpses of the series produced by J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner, but now a full trailer shows us more of what we can expect. Read More »
Posted on Monday, December 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
It says something about James Franco‘s career that his current project The Disaster Artist, a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most notoriously terrible films ever made, is one of the more normal things he’s done. But Franco gonna Franco, and so he’s got a more offbeat project lined up for his near future as well.
Franco is teaming with Lifetime and Sony Pictures Television to remake Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?, the memorably titled Tori Spelling TV movie that premiered on NBC in 1996. Franco is not expected to appear onscreen, but Spelling is. More about the Mother May I Sleep With Danger remake after the jump. Read More »
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Yet another adaptation of Stephen King‘s work is on the way next year, with a series take on his time travel novel 11.22.63. coming to Hulu from executive producer J.J. Abrams. The story sees a high school teacher sent back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. But it turns to be much easier said than done with a variety of obstacles in his way, including love, of course. Now a new 11.22.63 trailer shows off some more footage from the series coming to Hulu next year. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, December 17th, 2015 by Angie Han
Tommy Wiseau‘s infamous cult favorite The Room features a no-name cast of first-time actors, starting with Tommy Wiseau himself — the director / writer / producer cast also himself as the lead, despite a total lack of professional experience on every single one of those fronts. James Franco‘s making-of movie about The Room, on the other hand, is turning out to be quite the star-studded affair.
The latest notable name to sign on for The Disaster Artist is Sharon Stone, who’ll star alongside Dave Franco, Seth Rogen, Zac Efron, and many more in the film. Find out who she’s playing after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
The Room is one of the most fascinating bad movies ever made. Like so many examples of accidental outsider art (see the likes of Dangerous Men), here is a movie that isn’t lazy or lacking in passion – it’s just made by somebody whose burning desire to tell a story outweighs his talent on every conceivable level. The mainstream acceptance of The Room has been a double-edged sword for the film’s legacy. It is now one of the most famous stinkers of all time, but its status as an underground sensation has been tarnished by its move into the mainstream. Everyone can quote The Room, which dulls the mystique that powers so many cult favorites.
I’m absolutely fascinated by The Disaster Artist, James Franco‘s new film that will chronicle the making of The Room. I wonder if this look behind the curtains, brought to you by one of the most delightfully weird guys working in Hollywood at the moment, will restore the film as a B-movie oddity worthy of discussion or continue to reduce it to memes.
Long story short: Franco has revealed a first look as himself as The Room director Tommy Wiseau and a bunch of new people have joined the cast.
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Posted on Monday, December 7th, 2015 by Angie Han
After spending much of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 evading explosives and monsters, Josh Hutcherson is getting ready to deal with catastrophe of another kind. He’ll join James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen in The Disaster Artist, about the making of Tommy Wiseau‘s The Room, widely considered one of the worst movies ever made. Read More »