Posted on Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
As weird as James Franco‘s next film The Disaster Artist sounds, it probably doesn’t stand much chance of being weirder than the film it’s about: The Room, the famously terrible romantic drama that’s gone from little-seen oddity to ironic cult favorite. For starters, whereas director / writer / star Tommy Wiseau‘s oblivious ineptitude accounts for a lot of The Room‘s outsider charms, The Disaster Artist, which follows the making of that movie, is made by professionals with experience appealing to more or less mainstream audiences.
Still, a touch of strangeness is welcome in a project like this, and fortunately (or unfortunately) Wiseau himself is here to help. Franco has the plum role of Wiseau in The Disaster Artist, but Wiseau himself will also appear in a “contractually obligated” cameo. Read More »
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It was presumed Werner Herzog‘s Queen of the Desert would open in theaters last fall, but we’re still waiting on a release date for the biopic. After an underwhelming festival response, the wait makes sense. Herzog’s epic, starring Nicole Kidman and Robert Pattinson, might not be the awards contender some predicted — but it’s still a Herzog film, so, awards worthy or not, it’s still on our radar.
Watch the Queen of the Desert trailer below.
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Posted on Monday, March 14th, 2016 by Angie Han
SXSW tends to be a hectic time for anyone in the general vicinity of Austin, Texas, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg may be even busier than most this year. Not only are they premiering their new series Preacher, which hits AMC this spring, they’re also unveiling the first look at their animated film Sausage Party, in the form of a work-in-progress screening.
Described by Rogen as an “R-rated Pixar-style movie,” Sausage Party follows a bunch of food items at a grocery store who wonder about the “Great Beyond” — i.e., what happens after they get purchased. Rogen, who co-wrote the script with Goldberg, Kyle Hunter, and Ariel Shaffir, voices a hot dog named Frank who falls out of a shopping cart and embarks on an eventful journey to make it back to his shelf before the Fourth of July sale. Greg Tiernan and Conrad Vernon directed. Watch the first Sausage Party trailer after the jump. Read More »
One week before the animated film was slated to hit theaters in the United States, Paramount Pictures has pulled The Little Prince from its schedule release date of March 18th, 2016. The film has been waiting to hit theaters in the US since debuting at the Cannes Film Festival last year and hitting various international markets afterwards. It’s already grossed $80 million overseas, but now it will have to wait a bit longer for a debut in the United States. However, the good news is that it sounds like we’ll still see the movie this year. Find out more about The Little Prince release date after the jump. Read More »
Over five years ago actor, writer, and director James Franco optioned the rights to Stephen Elliott‘s memoir The Adderall Diaries. In addition to starring in the film, it was presumed Franco would write and produce the feature as well, but The Adderall Diaries is written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky.
Watch The Adderall Diaries trailer below.
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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 »
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 »