James Franco Child of God

James Franco pays the bills (and has a great time) in big movies, and in friend projects such as This Is the End and The Interview. On the side, he has become a prolific art house director. His latest directorial effort to hit theaters is a really something to behold. Based on the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God, this latest film from Franco is a tightly-crafted and very effective story of a wildly unstable man.

Child of God is pure, undiluted McCarthy. Anyone who has hoped to see the core of a novel like Blood Meridian translated to the screen should see this one. If nothing else, it makes clear why putting hardcore McCarthy concepts into a mainstream movie is particularly difficult. Child of God is grimy, ugly, and odd. The lead, Scott Haze (above), gives one of the most raw, rub-till-it-bleeds performances I’ve seen in a long time. His work is chilling. (Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack also co-star, and Franco appears in a brief role.) Check out the latest trailer below. Read More »

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North Korea Denounces ‘The Interview’

North Korea denounces The Interview

North Korea is mad at Seth Rogen and James Franco. The country’s supreme leader, Kim Jong-un, has denounced their upcoming film, The Interview. Which makes sense, really, given that The Interview is about a would-be journalist (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are given the chance to interview the dictator. But a clandestine organization sees an opportunity there, and recruits the pair to assassinate Kim instead. Pretty easy to understand, then, why the leader wouldn’t be all that into the film. Read More »

The Interview Trailer

Here’s the first trailer for The Interview, which is the second film from co-directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg. Rogen and James Franco star in this follow-up to This Is the End, with Franco playing a talk show host who is sent to North Korea to interview Kim Jong-un. Franco heads out, with his producer (Rogen) in tow, but is first recruited by the CIA to assassinate the dictator. And then things get more complicated. Lizzy Caplan and Randall Park co-star. Check out The Interview trailer below. Read More »

The Interview poster header

Briefly: Later this week, we’re going to get our first look at The Interview, which is Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s follow up to This is the End. The trailer will be attached to 22 Jump Street and should be online soon. But first, the poster for the October comedy has been revealed and it’s excellent. Check out The Interview poster below. Read More »

Dave Franco The Room

James Franco‘s upcoming film based on the book, The Disaster Artist, just got a little weirder. The book tells the behind the scenes story of the making of cult classic, The Room. One of the film’s co-stars Greg Sestero (“Oh hi, Mark”) co-wrote the book about the unfathomable production of the notoriously terrible film and Franco purchased the rights earlier this year. He’ll direct and play one of the film’s two leads, The Room director and star Tommy WiseauSeth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are producing.

One of the funniest threads in the book is the awkward bromance between Wiseau and Sestero and, in classic Franco fashion, he’s upping the awkward. It seems his younger brother Dave Franco (Neighbors) has been tapped to play Sestero, the film’s main character. Read More »

Palo Alto

James Franco has been an actor, a director, an author, a scholar, a painter, and an Instagram creepster. Now he’s going to be a documentary subject, too. First-time director Lisa Vangellow has been collecting footage for Franco: A Documentary since last June, and is now heading into the editing bay. More details on the project after the jump.

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James Franco Spring Breakers 2

What’s Spring Breakers without James Franco and Harmony Korine? We’re about to find out, thanks to the Franco-free, Korine-less Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. And not surprisingly, Franco and Korine are none too thrilled about it.

The actor and the director have taken to social media to voice their displeasure about the upcoming film, which is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund and written by Irvine Welsh. But it’s happening whether they like it or not, so we also have a first look at the new poster for the sequel. Check it out, and read Franco and Korine’s comments, after the jump.

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Spring Breakers: The Second Coming

Just in case you wondered: that recently-announced sequel to Spring Breakers is being made without the participation or even the consent of Harmony Korine. The director of Gummo and Trash Humpers masterminded Spring Breakers as a savage, strange fever dream of excess and influence, but this sequel will probably be… something else. Something more tame, regardless of how much flesh and blood hits the screen. Read More »

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