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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.

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.



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Alien: Covenant Trailer


Ten years after the disastrous expedition that was Prometheus, another group of space explorers band together on the ship Covenant, hoping to uncover a previously untrodden paradise. Among them are Daniels, an expert in terraforming, and Walter, a synthetic android who looks like a replica of David though much more advanced. Unfortunately, the paradise they hoped for doesn't exist and instead they bump into David himself who is 'living' in a world full of terrifying creatures. The face huggers are back, the xenomorph is definitely back, and there is a sickness that threatens to engulf them all. 

Perhaps a dark prophecy of what's to come lies in the 'Last Supper' clip, where one of the crew members, Faris, starts apparently choking on her food as the pilot jokes, 'The food's not that bad'. The scene and the words themselves hearken back to the famous chestburster scene from the original 1979 film, where Kane suffers a grisly alien attack during the final meal before cryostasis. Thankfully, this time was just a minor choking incident, and Walter was on hand to save his team member.

'Alien: Covenant' is the second part in the new prequel series for the franchise, and the sequel to 2012's 'Prometheus'. Directed by the Oscar nominated Ridley Scott ('Blade Runner', 'The Martian') with a screenplay by John Logan ('Penny Dreadful', 'Spectre'), it has already made 7th place in the Most Anticipated Films of 2017 in the Indiewire Critics' Poll. The trailer features a sensationally eerie cover of Nat King Cole's 'Nature Boy' by Norwegian singer-songwriter Aurora, and the film is set to be released on May 19th 2017.

James Franco seen at the Women's March in L.A, held at Downtown Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st January 2017

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Jane Fonda and James Franco

James Franco attending The Art of Elysium presents Stevie Wonder - celebrating the 10th anniversary of the HEAVEN Gala held at Red Studios in Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 7th January 2017

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Bryan Cranston Knows The Truth About Dads And Sons-In-Law


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Bryan Cranston has spoken about his new role in the newly-released comedy Why Him?, and the experiences he’s accumulated as a husband and father that he was able to bring to the part.

The Emmy and Golden Globe-winner plays Ned Fleming, a mid-Western family man with a printing business that has seen a sharp decline and “whose daughter, who he’s so close with, is dating this internet zillionaire freakazoid [Laird] in the form of James Franco.”

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James Franco Got 'Walter Whited' While Filming Why Him?


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Both actors dove into the roles with relish, and clearly had a great time together on-set. For Franco, meeting an actual gaming expert helped him find the right tone for his character Laird. "He was really, really smart," Franco says, "but he cursed up a storm, just interlacing all these smart, interesting things he was saying with all these curse words. And back when he first started getting attention for his designs, he'd go to these conventions dressed like a snowboarder-pimp! And I was like, 'Yeah, that's the character.' Or at least he was on the surface. As crude as Laird is, he really loves this girl. Without that, it would just be Bryan's character Ned and my character undermining each other - just a Spy vs Spy movie."

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Cranston was the one who insisted that he and Franco meet up beforehand to hone their rivalry. "He wanted to really work on, not the line-by-line of the script, but the structure and the characters," Franco says. "And I'm glad. Because it gave me that trust. So even though I didn't have my usual gang around [longtime collaborators Judd Apatow and Seth Rogen], I felt great with this gang."

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Why Him? Review

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Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the Parents so wildly popular, as this comedy pits two very different men against each other. And while it's never terribly clever, at least James Franco and Bryan Cranston are imaginatively cast as opposite forces. So audiences in search of escapism will find plenty to chuckle at as things spiral ludicrously out of control.

Cranston plays Ned, who travels with his wife Barb (the fabulous Megan Mullally) and teen son Scotty (Griffin Gluck) to Silicon Valley to spend the holidays with older daughter Steph (Zooey Deutch) and meet her boyfriend Laird (Franco). What they don't know is that Laird is an internet millionaire with absolutely no filter in how he interacts with people. Almost everything he says is inappropriate, and yet it's so honest that it's disarming. Still, Ned and Barb aren't too happy that their daughter is so serious about dating this guy. And with the help of his sidekick Gustav (Keegan-Michael Key), Laird goes completely over-the-top to impress them.

Much of the humour is of the gross-out variety, with the main running gag centring on an actual toilet. But at least the jokes aren't about embarrassment this time; they're about the clash between people who prefer to keep their true feelings bottled up inside and someone who can't help but be real, despite the fact that he shocks everyone he meets. This makes each person a little more complex than expected, and gives the actors some texture to work with, even though the script never bothers to even crack the surface. And while Cranston and Franco have more obvious comedy set-pieces to contend with, the film is stolen by Mullally and Key in roles that are more subtly hilarious and broadly amusing, respectively.

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Why Him? Trailer


Stephanie has always been a very intelligent girl and both her parents were joyous when she managed to get into Stanford University; wishing to catch up with their little girl over the holidays, Ned, Bard and their teenage son Scott all get in the car and travel to see Stephanie.

Stephanie is really happy to see her family and she can't wait to introduce them all to the new man in her life and their equally enthusiastic to meet him. All this changed quickly when they first manage to cast eyes on Stephanie's beloved. Laird Mayhew is a young billionaire who made his fortune through tech - though he clearly had a good business mind, Laird, is loud constantly swears and often shares WAY too much information.

Ned and Barb are far from taken with Laird even though their daughter confirms her love for him and explains that his heart is in the right place. Laird loves Stephanie and is eager to commit to his beau. In a bid to convince the Flemings that he is a suitable partner for his daughter, Laird begins wooing Barb and Scott. Ned on the other hand will not be won over as easily, he's convinced that Laird is completely wrong for his daughter and will go to extreme lengths to make sure Stephanie Fleming never becomes Mrs  Mayhew.

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James Franco on the red carpet for his new movie 'In Dubious Battle' held at the Mill Valley Film Festival at CinéArts, Seqouia - California, United States - Sunday 9th October 2016

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James Franco out and about with a friend in SoHo, Manhattan - New York, United States - Wednesday 28th September 2016

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Justin Kelly, James Franco and Gus Van Sant at the 2016 Outfest Los Angeles Screening Of 'King Cobra' and the presentation of the James Schamus Ally Award at Director's Guild Of America. West Hollywood, California, United States - Sunday 17th July 2016

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The Adderall Diaries Trailer


Stephen Elliot is a writer who's lost his way. He's previously had books fictional works published but his current case of writers block is causing disruption to his output. Another increasing problem with his creativity is a growing dependency of Adderall, an ADHD medication.

As Elliott learns of a fascinating murder case, he becomes more and more drawn to the story and the convicted murderer behind the crime. Whilst investigating the case, Elliott also finds himself going through a number of personal changes. His father, who pretty much abandoned his son as a young teenager, once again appears in his life and he's also introduced to a journalist called Lana Edmond which leads to a positive relationship for a man who mainly associates females with negative experiences.

Whilst trying to piece his new novel together,  Elliott finds himself on a journey of self-discovery and must take his past to pieces to reveal exactly what's true and what's been fabricated in his mind.

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The Night Before Review

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This blending of the stoner bromance with the Christmas comedy works surprisingly well, layering gross-out humour with holiday sentimentality. So it's a bit of a shame that the script is thin and ultimately rather pointless. There are observations about the nature of friendship and maturity, but nothing very deep. But along the way, the cast and crew pack in a riotous sense of humour that mainly centres on drugs and genitalia, plus a whiff of Christmas magic.

The movie centres on three best buddies in New York: Ethan, Isaac and Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen and Anthony Mackie). Over the past several years, they've celebrated Christmas together with a series of traditions including karaoke, Chinese food and loudly festive sweaters. But now Isaac's wife Betsy (Jillian Bell) is about to give birth to their first child, and Chris' pro-football career is beginning to take off. So this will be their last Christmas Eve together, and they plan to make it an epic one. Ethan has secured tickets to New York's most exclusive secret holiday party, which he learns that his not-quite-ex girlfriend Diana (Lizzy Caplan) is attending. Meanwhile, Betsy has given Isaac a box of drugs for a last blow-out, and Chris scores a stash of weed from a mythical dealer (Michael Shannon).

The premise is certainly packed with possibility, and the filmmakers have a ball with the druggy excesses as the night unfolds, including wildly anarchic set-pieces that throw these likeable characters into all kinds of messy situations. The three lead actors make the most of their roles, adding layers of complexity that aren't in the script while indulging in rampant silliness at every turn. And the supporting cast are up for it as well, fully committing to the movie's crazed atmosphere. There are also hilarious extended cameos from James Franco and Miley Cyrus.

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James Franco Signs Record Deal For The Smiths Inspired Album


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Actor James Franco and his band Daddy have signed a record deal to release an album and film inspired by The Smiths. The album will be titled Let Me Get What I Want in reference to The Smiths' song 'Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get What I Want’ and will be released in 2016 through Kobalt records.

James FrancoJames Franco and his band Daddy will release a Smiths inspired album.

Daddy is comprised of the actor and multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Keefe, while the album will also feature actual Smiths' bassist Andy Rourke playing on every track. Franco has previously written poetry influenced by The Smiths’ music and will use them as the basis for the album.

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James Franco's Emma Watson Tattoo Was Fake! Sadly, The Same Can't Be Said For These Stars...


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You nearly had us there, James Franco! This actor has sent rumours flying around after unveiling a tattoo of Emma Watson's FACE on his NECK. Needless to say, it wasn't actually real; merely a startlingly elaborate Photoshop job from artist Cheyenne Randall. Though it did get us thinking about all the real tats celebs have gotten over the years.

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James Franco Writes A Whole Book About Lana Del Rey


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James Franco is taking his fandom of Lana Del Rey to a higher level, with the news that he’s to follows up an essay he wrote about the singer earlier this year with a full book, to be released in 2016.

Music news site Stereogum reports that 37 year old actor has co-authored a 100-page book with the help of writer David Shields, entitled ‘Flip-Side: Real and Imaginary Conversations with Lana Del Rey’. It follows a short essay called ‘Shades of Cool’ he wrote for V magazine earlier in 2015, and will be published on March 15th next year.

James FrancoJames Franco has written a book about Lana Del Rey

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James Franco

Date of birth

19th April, 1978

Occupation

Actor

Sex

Male

Height

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James Franco Movies

Alien: Covenant Trailer

Alien: Covenant Trailer

Ten years after the disastrous expedition that was Prometheus, another group of space explorers band...

Why Him? Movie Review

Why Him? Movie Review

Writer-director John Hamburg continues to recycle the formula that made his first hit Meet the...

Why Him? Trailer

Why Him? Trailer

Stephanie has always been a very intelligent girl and both her parents were joyous when...

The Adderall Diaries Trailer

The Adderall Diaries Trailer

Stephen Elliot is a writer who's lost his way. He's previously had books fictional works...

Sausage Party - Teaser Trailer

Sausage Party - Teaser Trailer

Frank is a hot dog Wiener who's packed into a vacuum seal bag with all...

The Night Before Movie Review

The Night Before Movie Review

This blending of the stoner bromance with the Christmas comedy works surprisingly well, layering gross-out...

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The Little Prince Trailer

The Little Prince Trailer

A Little Girl's Mother has high expectations of her daughter, given her own career success,...

True Story - Featurette Trailer

True Story - Featurette Trailer

The cast and crew of upcoming drama 'True Story', including Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity...

The Interview Movie Review

The Interview Movie Review

There's half of a great satire here, as Seth Rogen, James Franco and Evan Goldberg...

True Story Trailer

True Story Trailer

In 2001, Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) was fired from his job at the New York...

The Interview - Trailer & Featurettes Trailer

The Interview - Trailer & Featurettes Trailer

David Skylark (James Franco) is a worldwide celebrity. His talk show is watched everyone, including...

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