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.
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.
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.
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.
The film will be released in France in July, with US and UK plans still unannounced.
It was pretty gutsy of American director Mark Osbourne to take on the adaptation of one of the most beloved works of French literature – The Little Prince – and then give it a Cannes premiere.
Paul Rudd voices The Prince in the ambitious production.
So maybe it was self-awareness that led Osbourne to employ a slightly different take. The movie is a story within a story, where in which a Little Girl, voiced by Mackenzie Foy (the 10-year old Murph in "Interstellar") is introduced to poet and novelist Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic by an elderly aviator (Jeff Bridges). It echoes the original story, in which an aviator, who crashes in the dessert, forms a friendship with a small boy, the "Little Prince", who says he is from an asteroid and tells the story of his life.
James Franco - A host of stars were photographed as they arrived for AOL 2015 NewFront presents AOL Unleash which was haled at the 4 World Trade Center in New York City, United States - Tuesday 28th April 2015
The actors star in the new thriller directed by Rupert Goold.
In what could be one of the most chilling and uncomfortable true story thrillers in recent years, James Franco and Jonah Hill star in just that: 'True Story'. And the experience has helped them relate to journalist Michael Finkel on which the film is based.
James Franco and Jonah Hill star in 'True Story'
When Finkel was fired from the New York Times for fabricating a news story, he found himself without any job prospects. However, as luck would have it (good or bad, depending on how you look at it), he soon became embroiled in a high profile murder case when Christian Longo used Finkel's name on being arrested for killing his family. This was finally a job that Finkel could take on, but little did he know how complex and unnerving his relationship with Longo would become.
A Little Girl's Mother has high expectations of her daughter, given her own career success, and thus takes it upon herself to plan out her entire life, complete with a rigorous study and exercise schedule. The Little Girl agrees to knuckle down at first, but soon finds herself distracted by her peculiar elderly neighbour, The Aviator, who wishes to tell her the story of his encounter with The Little Prince - an other worldly being who lived on an astronaut before landing in the middle of a desert on Earth. The Little Girl is fascinated by the tale, and starts to understand what the most important things are in life, such as friendship. She starts to lament the idea of growing up and the idea of forgetting the significant things she understands as a child; that only the heart can give her a true vision in life.
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The cast and crew of upcoming drama 'True Story', including Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones and director Rupert Goold, take us through the plot of the film in a new featurette. They discuss the unlikely relationship between a disgraced journalist and a convicted killer, and what it's like to take on such a sensitive story.
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In a new interview with FourTwoNine, the actor says he likes his public persona as it allows him to "play" with perceptions.
In a strange new interview, James Franco has spoken about his sexuality and career – with himself.
In a piece in the new edition of FourTwoNine magazine, the actor, who has for a long time had to put up with rumours about his sexual orientation, spoke candidly about his perception and public image, and why he doesn’t mind if people think that he’s gay.
James Franco doesn't mind if some people think he's gay
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The annual New York film festival is now in its 14th year.
The line up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was announced on Tuesday, with a diverse range of titles from features to documentaries taking part in the annual competition. This year, the best narrative feature category sees 12 films battling it out for the prestigious prize, while 12 documentaries from around the word will compete to be named best documentary feature.
Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning’s hotly tipped Franny will have its world premiere at the festival. Directed by Andrew Renzi the film follows Gere as a wealthy, ageing eccentric who finds a new lease on life by working his way into the life of his late friend’s daughter (Fanning) and her husband, played by Theo James.
James Franco - A host of stars including previous cast members were snapped as they arrived to the Rockerfeller Plaza for Saturday Night Live as it celebrated it's 40th anniversary with a star studded gala in New York, United States - Sunday 15th February 2015
The Berlinale's Golden Bear for Best Film has been awarded to Iranian director Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi'.
Jafar Panahi, the critically acclaimed Iranian director, has won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for his film Taxi. Panahi has been banned from making films by the Iranian authorities yet continues to work and gain international support. Panahi also stars in Taxi as a driver who meets a variety of people as he drives them around Tehran. The film both celebrates Iranian culture and condemns the censorship imposed by the Iranian authorities.
Wim Wilders and James Franco - A host of stars were photgrpahed as they attended a photcall at the 65th Berlin International Film Festival for 'Everything Will Be Fine' in Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 10th February 2015
There's half of a great satire here, as Seth Rogen, James Franco and Evan Goldberg combine that freewheeling mayhem from This Is the End with some more pointed political comedy. But in its second half, the script begins to repeat its less-funny jokes, wallowing in smutty gags and excessive violence. These things may please the chuckleheads in the audience, but they wear everyone else out. And they make us work to see the film's much more enjoyable brom-com plot and sharp social commentary.
The story is centred around swaggering TV personality Dave Skylark (Franco), whose chat show majors in shocking celebrity revelations like Eminem's homosexuality or Rob Lowe's baldness. Dave's producer Aaron (Rogen) is feeling like a second-class newsmaker when he discovers that North Korean despot Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of Dave's show and is willing to be interviewed live on camera. Then before they can head off, two CIA operatives (Lizzy Caplan and Reese Alexander) convince Dave and Aaron to assassinate Kim with a deadly drug. And when they arrive in Pongyang their mission is complicated when Aaron falls for Kim's media director Sook (Diana Bang) and Dave falls for Kim himself.
Yes, the film has a fairly standard romantic-comedy structure, as Dave and Aaron's close friendship is strained to the breaking point by the arrival of another man. Virtually all of the dialogue is infused with gay innuendo, double entendres and full-on sex jokes. Some of this is genuinely hilarious, such as the first time Dave and Kim discover their mutual love of Katy Perry's Firework. Then that joke is brought back four or five times, so by the end it's not even mildly amusing. Pretty much every gag in the film is beaten to death, even the ones that weren't funny to begin with. Thankfully, the actors' energy never flags.
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Happy 30th Birthday to The Sundance Film Festival! A whole host of stars and celebrities flocked to have their pictures taken at Sundance.
The Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, having begun on 22nd January, and wrapping up on 1st February. This year, something particularly special is in the air at Salt Lake City, as the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. That's right, the Sundance Film Festival has been running for 30 years! Starting out back in 1985, Sundance screened 86 films with the help of 13 staff members. Last year, the festival showcased 186 films of 12,218 that were submitted. That sort of growth has helped Sundance become one of the biggest independent film festivals in, not only North America, by the world.
Kevin Bacon at The Sundance Film Festival, 2015 (Credit: Larry Busacca - Getty Images)
This year, 54 first-time filmmakers are having their films premiered at the festival, but there are plenty of well-known faces there, as well, as 200 films are being shown this year for the monumental anniversary. For the 12th year running, The Village at the Lift has been set up in Park City with a café, restaurant, nightclub and photo studio. And this photo studio has seen a host of celebrities for the festival flocking in to pose for pictures in promotion for their various films, taken by Larry Busacca.
The two actors take the leads in the trailer for their latest film, True Story
James Franco has a True Story to tell and he wants to tell it to Jonah Hill. That's the premise of Franco's latest film, based on, ironically, a true story, as he plays one of the FBI's most wanted men, Christian Longo, convicted of murdering his wife and three children.
Jonah Hill plays a journalist desperate to get a story out of James Franco's convicted killer
Hill plays disgraced journalist Michael Finkel, who was fired from the New York Times and whose name has been used by Longo to escape police custody.
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