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 »
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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.
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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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Posted on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013 by Angie Han
After casting a bunch of his most famous friends in his co-directorial debut, This Is the End, Seth Rogen is calling upon another old familiar face for his follow-up The Interview.
Lizzy Caplan has just clinched the female lead role in the assassination plot comedy, which also stars Rogen and James Franco. Evan Goldberg will direct with Rogen. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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There are a lot of people who still consider James Franco primarily an actor, but thanks to the sheer volume of his output, Franco’s career as a film director is flowering. He’s got 22 credits to his name, and while many of his efforts are very under the radar efforts, Franco is commanding attention for his adaptation of works by authors such as William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy.
As I Lay Dying has done festival rounds, The Sound and the Fury is shooting now, and the McCarthy adaptation Child of God just played the New York Film Festival and at a “secret” screening at Fantastic Fest. I admire Franco’s dedication to just getting work done, and love that he’ll tackle difficult material like Child of God, which he managed to turn into an interesting, engaging movie without watering down any of the weird or alienating elements of the story. All of which is a long preamble to argue for taking Franco seriously as a filmmaker.
And so here’s a trailer for Sal, a film Franco completed in 2011. The film follows the last day of Sal Mineo, who was nominated for Oscars for his work in Rebel Without a Cause and Exodus, but soon found his career faltering. Openly homosexual after coming out in the ’60s, Mineo’s career had started to take an upswing when he was murdered outside his apartment in 1976. Val Lauren plays Mineo, and you can get a taste of his work, and the film, in the trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Of all the reasons to love This Is the End, the amazing cast is by far the best. As hilarious as Seth Rogen (who also co-directed with Evan Goldberg), Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Danny McBride, and Craig Robinson are individually, they’re even better together. The gang has been tight for years, and it shows in every perfectly silly riff.
We can only assume that that set must have been a hoot, what with all of these comedians trying to outdo each other. Now a gag reel from the production only lends credence to that theory. Hit the jump to see the guys getting even goofier on the set than they do in the final film.
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Posted on Thursday, September 12th, 2013 by Angie Han
In most respects, Gary Fleder‘s Homefront sounds like a pretty typical action thriller. Jason Statham stars as a retired DEA agent, who moves to a small, quiet town for the sake of his young daughter. Once there, however, he quickly gets entangled with the local villain, a drug lord played by… James Franco. Wait, what?
It’s an oddball combination for sure, but it’s also an effective one in that it got our attention right away. In addition to those two, Kate Bosworth, Winona Ryder, and Rachelle Lefevre also star. Oh, and Sylvester Stallone wrote the script based on book by Chuck Logan. Watch the trailer after the jump.
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