Perpetrators of the Sony hack got a lot more serious today when they issued a threat that went far beyond stealing internal emails and documents. “Remember the 11th of September 2001,” says the threat. “We recommend you to keep yourself distant from the places at that time. (If your house is nearby, you’d better leave.) Whatever comes in the coming days is called by the greed of Sony Pictures Entertainment.” In this case, “the places” refers to theaters showing The Interview, the film from writer/directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg in which Rogen and James Franco play a couple of media types who are recruited to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
While no link between North Korea’s government and the hackers (who ironically call themselves “Guardians of Peace”) has been proven, the threat stirred up fears of action that goes beyond the digital realm. And even as Franco and Rogen canceled promo appearances meant to pitch The Interview to various audiences, the Department of Homeland Security says there’s no credible info to indicate an actual threat.
Update: Sony has told theaters there won’t be a problem if they decide to drop The Interview, despite any prior bookings.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 by Angie Han
Jonah Hill and James Franco have worked together a few times before, but their latest team-up is a little bit different. True Story isn’t a joke-a-minute raunchfest, but an R-rated drama. As the title suggests, it’s based on a true story.
Hill plays disgraced New York Times reporter Michael Finkel, and Franco is accused killer Christian Longo, who assumes Finkel’s identity. Get your True Story first look after the jump. Read More »
We know the basic story of The Interview: a buffoonish TV personality (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) are given the chance to interview North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, but are recruited by US intelligence agencies to assassinate the dictator. Things aren’t as easy as all that, of course. One problem may be that Franco’s character and the reclusive North Korean leader get along better than anyone thought they would. This new trailer shows how something as minor as a Katy Perry song can be a big between cultures — and who knows what effect that might have on the nefarious mission these guys have accepted?
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The picture above isn’t a Halloween party shot; it’s a behind the scenes pic from James’ Franco‘s film adaptation of the novel Zeroville. And Seth Rogen isn’t really playing screenwriter and director John Milius. In fact, he’s playing a character called Viking Man… who is a very thinly-disguised representation of Milius. Zeroville features quite a few such figures. Some of the book’s characters are famous (Martin Scorsese is represented, for instance) while others are fairly obscure.
See the full Zeroville shot, complete with an appearance from Will Ferrell, below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2014 by Angie Han
James Franco‘s Hollywood dramedy Zeroville is putting together quite an impressive Hollywood cast. Franco himself is set to star as well as direct, and now we have word he’ll be joined by — take a deep breath — Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox.
Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville centers on an alienated movie lover who makes his way to Los Angeles in the late ’60s. Hit the jump for Zeroville cast details including character info.
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On the set of The Interview, talking to James Franco, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg really isn’t much of an interview. It’s more like three really good friends joking around with journalists trying to direct the conversation. The trio are incredibly familiar with each other. They’ve worked together on Pineapple Express, This Is the End, and now the December 25th release The Interview. In this most recent film, Franco and Rogen star as an entertainment journalist and producer respectively who head to North Korea to interview an evil dictator. However, the CIA has asked them to kill the leader while they’re over there.
Much like their last collaboration, This is the End, Rogen is serving quadruple duty here star and co-director, producer and writer along with his long time partner Goldberg. We’ve already written about all the shenanigans that went on on set back in December 2013 and now, you can read the full transcript of our “interview” with the trio. Read More »
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” screams one of the most evil men in the world. “Me and David Skylark, in my tank, blasting Katy Perry!” The horrific dictator is right. The mix of pop music, foul language and male machinery is just about the perfect amount of awesome on a cold, snowy Vancouver day.
David Skylark is a character played by James Franco in The Interview, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s follow-up to the massive 2013 hit This is the End. The faux entertainment journalist is driving in the tank of Kim Jong Un (played by Randall Park), the North Korean dictator who is preparing to be interviewed by Skylark. Oh, and by the way, the CIA has asked Skylark and his producer Aaron (Rogen) to kill him.
Though the tank and North Korean setting are fabricated on a soundstage in Rogen and Goldberg’s hometown of Burnaby, British Columbia (just outside of Vancouver) that Katy Perry love isn’t fabricated. Everyone on set is singing, laughing, and that’s just the beginning of the madness that went down on December 10, 2013, the 42nd and final day of shooting on The Interview, which hits theaters December 25. Read More »
After four years in limbo, fans will finally get a chance to see James Franco‘s Saturday Night Live documentary this weekend. Saturday Night will hit Hulu Plus on Friday September 26, marking the end of a long road for the comedy documentary.
Back in 2009/2019, Franco spent a week watching the then cast of Saturday Night Live put together an episode for one of his NYU film classes. He then realized the access he had was unprecedented, and created a feature based on the experience. Saturday Night premiered at South by Southwest in 2010 to solid reviews and got picked up for distribution. However, complicated rights issues and red tape locked the film up for some time. Read more about the James Franco Saturday Night Live documentary below. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 by Angie Han
Chances are, if you’re in the target audience for Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s The Interview, you’re not the type to be easily offended by a bit of nudity and some salty language. Still, maybe you prefer to keep things tamer while you’re at the office. Or maybe you just want to save the wildest jokes for the movie itself. So Sony has released a new The Interview green band trailer, which manages to be pretty funny even without the NSFW stuff. Watch it after the jump.
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