Posted on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 by Angie Han
So far, most of Disney’s promos for Oz: The Great and Powerful have played up the lush fantasy world created by Sam Raimi, or perhaps the epic tale of James Franco‘s Oscar Diggs. The newest featurette, however, delves into the movie’s more comedic aspects.
Or perhaps that should be “comedic,” in quotes, since the jokes are more groanworthy than funny. And they’re definitely not any better when delivered by a CG flying monkey. On the bright side, the video does offer some better insight into who the three witches (played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams) are, and what makes each one tick. Watch it after the jump.
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James Franco certainly sets his sights on difficult novels to adapt. His first two announced projects were Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian and William Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying.
Neither of those is exactly an easy task. And while As I Lay Dying is moving forward, Blood Meridian never went anywhere. But that hasn’t stopped Franco from trying again with another big novel. Now he says he’s setting up a deal to make a film based on James Ellroy‘s American Tabloid, the first novel in Ellroy’s Underworld USA trilogy, which is his fictionalized, violent and profane version of the middle twentieth century. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Even before its debut at Venice last fall, Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers was attracting attention for its unexpected cast and wild premise. Former Disney gals Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez star with Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson as longtime pals desperate to get out of their boring college town. They hatch a plan to rob a convenience store, and then use the cash to head to Florida and party all day in skimpy neon bikinis. But the police eventually get the jump on them, and the girls are arrested.
Enter James Franco‘s Alien, flashing a totally ridiculous grill and even more absurd-looking cornrows. The drug kingpin/rapper bails the girls out of jail and convinces them to join his crew, promising all the debauchery and adventure they could ever ask for. Watch the trailers after the jump.
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Since it premiered at festivals last year, Harmony Korine‘s latest film Spring Breakers has been turning heads and earning more than a few WTF? reactions as it rolled from one screening to another. Doesn’t hurt that it features Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine vamping around in bikinis as they circle a cornrowed malcontent played by James Franco, who leads the girls straight to hell (or just Florida) after they’re jailed for robbing a convenience store.
The film will now hit New York and LA on March 22. Check out the new teaser poster for the movie below. Read More »
Well, it’s 2013 and that means we can wipe the slate clean in all kinds of ways. Gone are the days obsessing over The Avengers and Dark Knight Rises. Now it’s about the latest and greatest. One such film, or at least Disney hopes, is Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful. The big budget prequel to the classic 1939 film stars James Franco as a magician who is run out of a small town, only to end up in Oz. There, he encounters magic beyond his wildest dreams as he’s forced to choose sides in an epic battle for the land between three sisters: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams).
Raimi’s film will be released on March 8 and Disney released two spots during the New Year’s Eve celebration to get fans excited. Check them out below. Read More »
This Is The End (formerly Jay and Seth Versus the Apocalypse, aka The End of the World, aka The Apocalypse) is the new title of the directoral debut of frequent collaborators Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. The pair, who co-wrote Superbad, Pineapple Express and more, also co-wrote this apocalyptic comedy about a group of actors who end up hanging at James Franco‘s house during the end of the world. Co-stars, as themselves, include Rogen, Franco, Jay Baruchel, Jonah Hill, Aziz Ansari, Rihanna, Paul Rudd, Danny McBride, Emma Watson, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz, Martin Starr, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson and others. Some are larger roles, some are cameos but all are super frightened to be witnessing the end of days with their fellow famous friends.
With the Mayan Calendar predicting Friday, December 21 as the possible end of the world, Rogen decided it was a perfect time to release a teaser clip from the film, which is scheduled for release June 14. You know, just in case the end of the world stops us from seeing This Is The End. Check it out below. Read More »
Before Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes was released, most people probably thought of it of a James Franco movie. That was not the case after seeing the finished product. Apes was unquestionably Andy Serkis’ series. Franco may have been at the center of the first movie but when telling a story of a planet slowly but surely being taken over by an intelligent race of apes, the humans become decreasingly important.
Franco has now been quoted as saying he was expecting to do a small cameo in 2014′s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes when Wyatt was directing. However Wyatt’s long since left the project, making with for Matt Reeves, and Franco said he hasn’t heard from anyone since that happened and now doesn’t expect to appear. How will that work? Read his quote and speculate after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012 by Angie Han
If three is a trend, stage magic seems to be Hollywood’s next big obsession. McG recently signed on to direct Magic Castle, based on Hollywood’s secretive club for magicians, but he’s not even at the front of this wave. Next year sees the releases of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Now You See Me, both of which also center around illusionists.
But hey, if they all look this fun I’m not about to complain. Directed by Louis Leterrier, Now You See Me stars Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Dave Franco, and Woody Harrelson as a quartet of acclaimed magicians who team for a special series of shows. Their jaw-dropping finale catches the attention of an FBI agent (Mark Ruffalo) and an Interpol agent (Melanie Laurent) when it turns out to involve literally stealing from the rich and giving to the poor. Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman round out the impressive cast. Watch the first trailer after the jump.
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