James Franco

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James Franco (born 19.04.1978)
James Franco is an American actor who rose to fame with his role on the cult TV show 'Freaks and Geeks' 1999 but is best known for starring in 2001 biopic 'James Dean' and playing Harry Osborn in the 'Spider-Man' film trilogy that began in 2002.

James Franco: Childhood
James Franco was born in Palo Alto, California. His parents are Betsy Lou, a poet and author, and Doug who was the owner of a shipping container security firm before he passed away in 2011.
James was talented at mathematics and became an intern at the technology company Lockheed Martin. He attended Palo Alto High School and was arrested several times as a youngster for petty crimes.
He attended the University of California in LA majoring in English but soon dropped out, preferring to chase his acting career. He took acting lessons whilst working an evening shift at McDonalds to fund it. In 2006, he enrolled at the university again and graduated in 2008.

James Franco: Acting Career
James Franco made his first big break in 1999 with the comedy 'Freaks and Geeks'. In that year, he made an appearance in his first movie, 'Never Been Kissed'. In 2000, he took on a bigger role in 'Whatever it Takes'.
James received true recognition when he was selected for the eponymous role in 'James Dean' in 2001. To get into character, he started smoking, riding a motorcycle and learned guitar. His efforts were duly awarded with a Golden Globe.
In 2002, James became internationally famous when he played the role of Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's 'Spider Man' trilogy. In the same year, he was in the poorly reviewed crime drama 'Sonny' and played a drug addled tramp in 'City by the Sea'.
James has been in several independent movies throughout his career including the 2003 ballet flick 'The Company' and fantasy drama 'Camille' in 2007.
In 2008, he portrayed Harvey Milk, the first gay politician elected into public office, in the biopic 'Milk' and also became a stoner in the comedy 'Pineapple Express'.
James received an Academy Award nomination for his leading role in '127 Hours' in 2010 and later landed a role in 'Planet of the Apes' remake 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' in 2011.
He is set to star as the titular character in 'The Wizard of Oz' sequel 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' in 2013 and currently has a recurring role in ABC show 'General Hospital'.

James Franco: Other Career Ventures
James plans to direct movie versions of Stephen Elliott's 'The Adderall Diaries' and Philip Carlo's 'The Night Stalker' among others. He is currently adapting the film 'Child of God' from the book by Cormac McCarthy.
He has directed projects before and even created several multimedia expeditions. He has written a gritty book about his teenage antics called 'Palo Alto: Stories' which was published in 2010.

James Franco: Personal Life
James Franco has been in relationships with Marla Sokoloff and Ahna O'Reilly; the latter relationship ended in 2011 due to a clash of interests. There has been a lot of media speculation surrounding his sexuality because he has portrayed a number of gay characters in movies but he appears to deny these suggestions.
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Gia Coppola's Palo Alto Is A Next-Generation Movie

17th October 2014 -

 News

One of the more striking things about the new multi-strand teen drama Palo Alto is how it features a series of second and third-generation artists and rising stars. It's certainly a film that looks forwards,...

Palo Alto

17th October 2014 -

 Movie Review

James Franco's collection of autobiographical short stories is adapted into a remarkably evocative film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis. And the film's next-generation credentials don't end there. It stars Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric)...

Palo Alto

30th September 2014 -

 Video

April (Emma Roberts) is a shy young girl attending high school in Palo Alto, California. While she has an unrequited crush on Teddy (Jack Kilmer), a flirtatious relationship with her soccer coach, Mr. B (James...

National Theater Live To Bring 'Of Mice & Men', Starring James Franco, To US Cinemas

13th September 2014 -

 News

Missed out on James Franco starring as George in the recent Broadway adaptation of John Steinbeck's 1937 tale Of Mice and Men? Don't despair as the National Theater Live is bringing the show from the...

James Franco Uses Venice Film Festival To Shoot Scenes For New Movie Sporting A Shaven, Tattooed Head

6th September 2014 -

 News

James Franco caused a few people to do a double take on Friday when he showed off his new look at the Venice Film Festival. With his hair shaved off and sporting a tattoo of...

Venice: Kudos to Franco, but 'The Sound and the Fury' Doesn't Work

5th September 2014 -

 News

Perhaps only James Franco would go from a slapstick comedy about trying to assassinate North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un to an adaptation of William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury - one of most notoriously...

Lindsay Lohan Comments On James Franco Claiming Her Sex-List Is Wrong

17th August 2014 -

 News

Lindsay Lohan was left feeling embarrassed when a list of all the famous people she had slept with, which included 36 high-profile stars, was leaked to the public back in March. But to make things...

Sony May Remove Kim Jong-Un's "Face Melting" Scene From 'The Interview'

14th August 2014 -

 News

Sony is considering removing a scene in which Kim Jong-Un's face melts off in the comedy The Interview, to appease North Korea. Producers of the film, which stars James Franco and Seth Rogen, are considering...

James Franco and Seth Rogen's New Comedy 'The Interview' Pushed Back to December

8th August 2014 -

 News

Originally scheduled to release in October, The Interview is co-directed by Evan Goldberg (who also directed This is the End) and Seth Rogen, and is based around a celebrity talk show host (Franco) and his...

James Franco Is All Over Our Screens This Year - Here's What To Look Out For

7th August 2014 -

 News

James Franco looks to be a busy man at the moment - and we're not just talking about his Instagram selfie habit. Ever the hard worker, the 'Child Of God' star has taken on an...

James Franco Brands Gawker Story About Him Living With Actor Scott Haze A "Homophobic Scoop"

7th August 2014 -

 News

James Franco is known to be very active on social media, mainly known for positing selfies, but on this occasion he used it as a platform to call out a fake story that questioned his...

After The Success of 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes', What's Next?

24th July 2014 -

 News

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has been a huge success both critically and commercially, topping the box office in both the UK and America.The Fox studio has created a movie event bigger than...

A Week In News: North Korea Threatens Seth Rogen, George Clooney Gets Angry, And Robin Thicke Is Knocked Out

11th July 2014 -

 News

Seth Rogen Vs. North Korea: Seth Rogen should be feeling a little nervous right now. The actor and funnyman, who is preparing for the fall release of new movie The Interview, has been threatened after...

North Korea's 'The Interview' Complaint May Give Seth Rogen Better Publicity Than Money Can Buy

10th July 2014 -

 News

North Korea has filed an official complaint with the UN regarding the upcoming movie The Interview, requesting that the comedy be banned from distribution. The movie, which stars Seth Rogen and James Franco, is a...

Will North Korea Really Declare War Over Seth Rogen's 'The Interview'?

26th June 2014 -

 News

Well, this would certainly make high school text books more interesting. North Korea has threatened to reap "merciless" retaliation on the US if they do not ban the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy movie...

'The Interview': Are Seth Rogen and James Franco About to Start Another World War?

25th June 2014 -

 News

Seth Rogen and James Franco’s brand of stoner comedy isn’t for everyone, but it rarely goes beyond immature jokes, underdog characters and a sideways look at America. Now, it would seem, they’ve annoyed one of...

Kim Jong-Un Will Watch 'The Interview'. With A Bowl of Ice Cream.

23rd June 2014 -

 News

The North Korean regime has unsurprisingly attacked a Hollywood comedy movie with James Franco and Seth Rogen as representing the “desperation” of American society. A spokesman for Kim Jong-Un said the dictator would probably watch...

North Korea's Stance on Seth Rogen & James Franco's The Interview: Unhappy

21st June 2014 -

 News

Turns out, North Korea aren’t happy with The Interview, a film that mocks the country’s communist dictatorship and focuses on the assassination of its leader. Or to put it a different way: James Franco and...

James Franco Set To Direct The Off-Broadway Play 'The Long Shrift'

17th June 2014 -

 News

It may seem like James Franco is attempting to become an expert in all aspect of the arts of entertainment.The 36 year-old actor will make his stage production directorial debut at New York's Rattlestick Playwrights...

James Franco To Direct 'The Long Shrift' At Rattlesticks Playwrite Theatre

16th June 2014 -

 News

Clearly James Franco is not busy enough currently starring in the Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men. The actor/film director/writer/producer/lecturer/social media fiend has now decided to become a theatre director. Franco is currently starring...

‘Kim Jong-Un Can Speak To Dolphins’ And 10 Other Things We Learnt From ‘The Interview’ Trailer

13th June 2014 -

 News

The first trailer and poster for Seth Rogen and James Franco’s action comedy The Interview has hit and we now couldn't be more excited about this movie. The movie looks packed full of action and...

Forget Franco and Rogen - 'The Interview' Poster Is A Thing of Beauty

12th June 2014 -

 News

The first trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview rolled out online on Wednesday night (June 11, 2014) giving fans their first look at the frankly bizarre comedy that sees a...

The Writing Career of Actor James Franco (It’s Not All About Lindsay Lohan)

11th June 2014 -

 News

James Franco, actor, celebrity, Instagram user and yes, writer. You may not have been aware of it until Vice published his Lindsay Lohan story this week, but Franco fancies himself as quite the wordsmith. Yes...

James Franco Pens 'Fictional' Short Story About Rejecting Lindsay Lohan

11th June 2014 -

 News

James Franco wanted to clear up any speculation that suggests he has slept with Lindsay Lohan. The 36 year-old star was one of the 36 names on a list the actress allegedly wrote, naming all...

James Franco Wrote A Short Story... And It Stars Lindsay Lohan

10th June 2014 -

 News

Besides starring in movies, producing movies, working for various diplomas and occasionally “chatting” with underage fans, James Franco apparently finds time for literary pursuits – like the short story he recently penned for Vice magazine....

James Franco Writes ‘Fictional’ Story About NOT Sleeping With A Girl Named Lindsay Lohan

10th June 2014 -

 News

When James Franco’s name appeared on Lindsay Lohan’s leaked ‘sex list’ one of the great sexual mysteries of our time began. Did James Franco actually sleep with Lindsay Lohan? We asked....if he didn't, why would...

A Week In Movies: Blockbusters Bombard Cinemas, Tom And Emily Have Three Premieres In One Day, And New Trailers Turn Up For Festival Favourites And Disney Animation

30th May 2014 -

 News

Three big films hit cinemas this weekend in the UK (one of them opens next week in America), with a fantasy blockbuster taking on a sci-fi action thriller and a Wild West comedy for box...

Emma Watson Joins The List of Celebrity Graduates

28th May 2014 -

 News

It’s no Hogwarts, but it just might be the next best thing. Actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the hit franchise Harry Potter, recently graduated from the Ivy League...

'Third Person': Check Out The Trailer For Paul Haggis' "Russian Doll" Drama

22nd May 2014 -

 News

The release of Paul Haggis' unique new drama, Third Person, is looming and fans can finally check out the trailer for the movie that had critics' heads spinning at the Toronto International Film Festival last...

Third Person

22nd May 2014 -

 Video

Love is never uncomplicated and when a third person gets involved, it can make things even more difficult. Michael is an award-winning novelist who has left his wife for a much younger lover. He is...

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