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James Franco - New York screening of 'Child of God' - Arrivals - New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 30th July 2014

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James Franco - A screening of 'Wish I Was Here' held at AMC Lincoln Square Theater - Arrivals - New York, New York, United States - Tuesday 15th July 2014

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Ally Sheedy, Ahna O'Reilly, James Franco, Scott Haze, Allie Gallerani and Brian Lally - 'The Long Shrift' opening night party - Arrivals - New York, United States - Monday 14th July 2014

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Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy
Ally Sheedy, Ahna O'reilly, Robert Boswell, Scott Haze, Allie Gallerani and Brian Lally

James Franco - Broadway Barks 16, a star-studded animal adoption event held in Shubert Alley - Arrivals. - New York, New York, United States - Saturday 12th July 2014

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Bernadette Peters and James Franco
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Bernadette Peters and James Franco

James Franco, Frida Giannini and Patrizio di Marco - Chime For Change one-tear anniversary event at the Gucci flagship store - New York City, New York, United States - Tuesday 3rd June 2014

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James Franco and Frida Giannini
James Franco and Frida Giannini
James Franco and Frida Giannini

Why Paul Haggis Wants 'Third Person' To Irritate People With Its "Russian Doll" Structure


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Third Person has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, challenging audiences with its interwoven storyline and unanswered questions. Paul Haggis directed the romantic drama which employs a star-studded cast and some glamorous locations.

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Paul Haggis: The Riddler.

Starring James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, Maria Bello, Olivia Wilde and Kim Basinger, Third Person incorporates three interlocking love stories in Rome, Paris and New York In Paris, Neeson plays Michael; a writer who leaves his wife and begins and on/off relationship with his lover Anna, played by Olivia Wilde. However Anna is unable to commit to Michael because she has a troubling secret that affects her life.

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'Gravity', Starring George Clooney & Sandra Bullock, Premieres At Venice Film Festival


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Gravity opened the 70th Venice Film Festival yesterday (28th August). The film's two actors, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock, were there on the red carpet to see their efforts at the prestigious festival.

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Sandra Bullock and George Clooney at the Venice Film Festival photocall for Gravity.

Sandra Bullock plays a medical engineer sent into space with astronaut veteran George Clooney. With little experience in space, the engineer, Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock), is reliant on Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). From the trailer and IMDB description, Bullock is reliant on Clooney when they are caught in debris and forced to survive in space. Amazingly the drama unfolds with just two actors supported by the occasional NASA voice. 

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'James Franco Presents...' His Own Art Show On TV


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James Franco-philes will be excited to learn that the actor has a new television show planned that will give fresh insight into the artistic interests of the Spider-Man actor. The arts-themed cable network Ovation will give Franco an opportunity to host his own show, starting this Fall, entitled James Franco Presents.

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The Pineapple Express Actor Is Expanding Into Presenting His Own Art Show.

On 20th August, Franco hinted via Twitter that the announcement of a new project was imminent: "New show, with me, and a bunch of crazy stuff. Announcement tomorrow." He has also recently added Instagram images showing his face trans[planted on to those of famous painting figures, including Munch's The Scream, Van Gogh's self-portrait, and Da Vinci's Mona Lisa. These were accompanied by handwritten captions from James giving details about his new show.

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Chameleon James Franco Turns To Television With Ovation's '...Presents'


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Arguably the busiest star in Hollywood, James Franco doesn't necessarily concern himself one type of medium. He does movies, he writes book, he teaches, and now he does television. 

The prolific actor is to star and executive producer a new unscripted series for cable channel Ovation in which he'll explore his various artistic pursuits and passions. Contracted for ten hour long episodes, 'James Franco Presents' will premiere in November.

The actor had dropped hints about his foray into television on Tuesday, posting unusual artwork on his Twitter and Instagram accounts before announcing the news 24 hours later. 

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Lovelace Review


Very Good

An unusual structure gives this biopic a surprising kick as it explores both sides of the porn industry: the glamour and the sleaze. Oscar-winning documentary filmmakers Epstein and Friedman (The Times of Harvey Milk) keep things so balanced that it sometimes feels a bit clinical, never letting us feel the intense emotions that gurgle throughout the story. But it's a strikingly well-made film with a terrific all-star cast.

It also cleverly looks like it was actually made in the early 1970s, the period in which it's set. This is when 21-year-old Linda Boreman (Seyfried) left the home of her harshly religious parents (Stone and Patrick) to live with her free-spirited boyfriend Chuck (Sarsgaard). By 1972 she was the most famous porn-star on earth, as the lead actress in the crossover adult movie Deep Throat. But the glamorous lifestyle covered a much darker reality: that the abusive Chuck forced her to make the film while selling her body to anyone willing to pay. And it took her several years to break free, tell her story and stand up against the industry that used her.

Cleverly, the film carefully lays out the male-dominated culture in the industry along with the jet-set high life before rewinding and showing us the gruesome underbelly. It's a bold gimmick that undermines the emotional momentum but forces us to examine our own perceptions. And it helps that the filmmakers recreate the period without much fussiness. Yes, there's a lot of big hair and groovy music, but it's never played for laughs. Everything centres on the characters, who are sharply well-played. Seyfried brings a terrific fragility to Linda, while Sarsgaard reveals Chuck's darkness in a complex way. The unrecognisable Stone is also excellent, while Patrick has the film's most moving moment.

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Is Linda Lovelace's Complex Story Simply Unfilmable?


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Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's biopic of porn actress Linda Lovelace has been in development for some time. It's no secret that before Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard came along, Kate Hudson was offered the role in 2011, with James Franco in talks to play Linda's husband Chuck Traynor.

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By November 2011, Epstein and Friedman began to sure up the cast, with the lead stars put in place and Sharon Stone, Juno Temple and West Bentley coming on-board. Franco ended up taking the role of Hugh Hefner.

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Danny McBride Rushed To Hospital Whilst Filming Rollerblading Scene For New 'Eastbound & Down'


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Comedy actor Danny McBride has been rushed to hospital in North Carolina after suffering a roller blading accident whilst filming on the set of his cult HBO series Eastbound & Down. The This Is The End star lost his balance and took a tumble while shooting a roller blades and was taken to a local medical centre after complaining of a persistent and unbearable pain.

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McBride was rushed to hospital after his fall

The 36 year old actor - who plays badboy baseball pitcher Kenny Powers in the HBO comedy series - has since been discharged from the NC hospital after being given a precautionary check-up by doctors. He told TMZ after his discharge from the hospital; "I busted my a** on roller skates. The roller skates won."

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Amanda Seyfried On Taking 'The Riskiest Role In Hollywood'


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Amanda Seyfried, the 27-year-old actress who plays Deep Throat adult film star Linda Lovelace in Rob Epstein's new biopic, says she considered the role the 'riskiest' in Hollywood after first reading the script. Of course, the subject matter of 'Lovelace' will always raise eyebrows, but is the new movie co-starring Peter Sarsgaard and James Franco really that risqué?

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"I read the script and I was like, 'Wow, this is the riskiest thing that's happening [in Hollywood] right now,'" said Seyfried to Elle magazine this month. "The first thing you think about is that it could have ruined my career. At the same time, I was like, 'This is my chance to show them, to show the industry, to be recognized.'"

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Lovelace: First Look At Amanda Seyfried As Linda Lovelace [Trailer And Pictures]


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The first trailer for Rob Epstein and Jeffrey's Friedman's biopic of 1970's adult movie star Linda Lovelace has rolled out online. Lovelace, stars Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried in the lead role, with the excellent Peter Sarsgaard playing her sleazy and abusive husband Chuck Traynor.

LovelacePeter Sarsgaard [L] as Chuck Traynor and Amanda Seyfried [R] as Linda Lovelace

Though the movie is set in the nostalgic era of sideburns, flower dresses, flares and sexual exploration, 'Lovelace' is a grimy film about the 'Deep Throat' star who became a battered, broken woman at the hands of a monster of a man. 

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Linda Lovelace was a hugely successful pornographic actress who hit global stardom with her 1972 hardcore film 'Deep Throat'. Although apparently happy, feisty and at ease on the surface, she suffered severe abuse and violence at the hands of her husband and manager Chuck Traynor who forced her into the sex industry at gunpoint; a stark contrast to her previous life, being well-known by her friends for keeping all her previous boyfriends at a good distance. While she apparently seemed to enjoy the highlife of national and international stardom, she made attempts to quit pornography to the anger of Traynor, who did everything he could to frighten her into submission. A vulnerable woman who spent her life being used, and who would go on to be a key figure in later anti-pornography movements.

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First Trailer For Amanda Seyfried's Linda Lovelace Biopic Raises Expectations


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Anticipation mounted, as the first trailer for Lovelace – the Deep Throat star’s biopic, starring Amanda Seyfried, was released yesterday. The film follows the story of Lovelace’s entry into the porn industry and the reasons behind it, as well as her eventual escape from the business and her abusive husband. It tracks the journey from her humble beginnings in the Bronx and her eventual notoriety, as well as the controversy, surrounding her life and career. Lovelace died in a carcrash 2002, after several decades of advocating against the porn industry.

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Seyfried will face the challenging role alongside a talented cast.

The film features a star-studded cast – from Seyfried as Lovelace herself to Peter Sarsgaard as her opportunistic and abusive husband Chuck Traynor. Sharon Stone, Adam Brody, Chris Noth, Chloe Sevigny, Juno Temple and Hank Azaria make appearances in various supporting parts and, of course, where would a 2013 movie be without multi-tasker James Franco. He appears here as a sleazy, but still somehow charming young Hugh Hefner.

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This Is The End Review


Excellent

Comedies don't get much more self-referential than this film, in which a bunch of old friends get together and play themselves facing a biblical-style apocalypse. But they also don't get much funnier. Writing partners Rogen and Goldberg (Superbad, Pineapple Express) move into directing with this super-charged bromance that finds surprising resonance amid a constant barrage of vulgarity, in-jokes and end-of-the-world mayhem.

Rogen also stars as himself, happy that his childhood friend Jay is coming to visit him in Los Angeles. Jay prefers to live at home in Canada, far from the plastic L.A. scene, so Seth sets aside the first day with video games and lots of weed. Then they head to James' house for a starry Hollywood party, during which a series of massive earthquakes kills off most of the A-list guests. Seth, Jay and James survive, along with Jonah, Craig and Danny, and as they set up camp in James' mansion, their friendships are strained. Mainly because Danny eats their supply of food, Jay wants to go home, and Jonah is simply too nice to be believed. Until he's possessed by an angry demon.

The blinding array of cameos gives the film's early scenes a terrific kick, as big stars hilariously spoof their public personas before meeting a variety of fiery ends. An especially spiky Watson gets a few extra scenes of her own, while Cera has the most fun as a diva obsessed with sex and drugs. And Tatum gets the most jaw-dropping moment. But it's our six heroes who hold the film together, and their camaraderie adds a surprising warmth, most notably in the central bromance between Rogen and Baruchel.

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Seth Rogan Talks Backstreet Boys Cameo In This Is The End


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This Is The End follows six friends trapped in a house while the world comes to an end: the land is caving in, there’s fire everywhere and what appears to be a dragon is reeking havoc over everything.

Seth RoganRogan reckons the Backstreet Boys were the perfect choice

So it makes sense that The Backstreet Boys make a cameo at the end. And according to Seth Rogan, the co-creator of the apocalyptic comedyр in which he and his actor friends star as themselves, it was the best way to end the film. He told Den of Geek: “Honestly, it took us forever. We probably knew in August or September that we needed to fill the new ending, and it took us until January to actually come up with what it should be. It took us forever – months and months and months of just spitballing what it could be. We had to write something.”

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Seth Rogen Reveals: 'This Is The End' Does Not Use Original Ending


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Seth Rogen's comedy This Is The End did not use its intended ending. The script was changed in order to accommodate a cameo from 90's pop stars Backstreet Boys leading a sing-along dance to 'Everybody', their 1997 single. 

Director and co-writer Evan Goldberg said the idea had come from an off-the-cuff suggestion from his wife on how to make the ending more interesting. Seth Rogen, who stars in the comedy, was determined to make the idea a reality. 

The Backstreet Boys cameo was not exactly what the writers had planned as the original ending was meant to feature Morgan Freeman, reviving his role as God as in Bruce Almighty. Unfortunately the actor had no interest in participating in the project. Rogen was then adamant the Backstreet Boys should play a part especially, as he said in an interview with The Vulture, he is "the appropriate age" to remember when "Backstreet Boys were kings".

The Backstreet Boys are not the only celebrities to feature in this 'apocalyptic' comedy. In fact the whole film is one cameo appearance after the other. None of the actors are playing characters, merely portraying the public's perception of them. 

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James Franco Wants $500k For Three Films – Where’s All Your Money?


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James Franco – who was reported to earn $7m from Oz: the Great & Powerful alone – has started an indiegogo campaign to procure half a million dollars to fund three films. He's raising money so that a collection of young filmmakers can adapt his 2011 short story collection, "Palo Alto."

"Because of who I am, people often believe that it is easy to find investors and distributors for my films," Franco wrote on the crowdsourcing platform. "Unfortunately, things aren't that easy. More times than not, I have put in my own money to produce my films and my student's films. However, this time it's different; We need more funding, I will still fund part of it but I need of your help, filming three feature films back-to-back requires more funding than I can give."

Like Franco, Zach Braff has opted to get funding from the public and the Veronica Mars film also used this technique, but the aforementioned celebs have been ridiculed and criticised for using a form of funding usually utilised by those without the money to engage in creative projects themselves, especially considering how much these actors make per film.

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You Should See 'This Is The End' And Here's Why


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We’ve all wanted to see This Is Then End ever since the very first trailer hit the airwaves, but now it looks like a ticket to the screening of the apocalyptic party movie might be more worth it than we thought. Oh, you thought you were getting a simple-minded comedy with celebrities acting like idiots? Well, it is that too, don’t worry, but surprisingly, This Is The End also takes its place as a skewering satire of celebrity culture – part of a definite trend lately.

While, yes, there are more famous faces in the film than at a Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty, what makes this film isn’t the mere presence of so many stars. Instead, the appeal is in the way the hyperbolized versions of famous actors interact with each other. Penned by Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen (who also doubles as a member of the apocalypse squad in the movie,) this film sees both writers on top of their game. At the beginning of their career, the creative team set the bar pretty high with the hilarious nerdy romp Superbad. Unfortunately, they then failed to repeat the act with films like Pineapple Express.

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The Iceman Review


Excellent

Much more involving than the usual hitman thriller, this film takes a deliberately personal approach to its characters that makes it unusually involving. Of course, since it's a film about mafia assassins, none of the characters are hugely likeable. But we're able to identify with them because the cast and crew help us see their souls. And of course, this kind of character brings out the best in Michael Shannon.

He plays Richie, who in the early 1960s has settled down with his new wife Deborah (Ryder) in New Jersey. She thinks his job involves dubbing Disney cartoons, but his projects are actually part of an illicit mob-run porn network. And when local boss Roy (Liotta) asks Richie to work as his henchman, Richie proves to be surprisingly adept at murder. This is mainly because he's so good at compartmentalising his life: keeping his family and work completely separate. But when things with Roy start turning sour, and Richie turns to a rival killer (Evans) for more work, Richie's two worlds begin to collide.

Based on a true story, the film is chilling in its matter-of-fact depiction of a family man who ruthlessly bumps off anyone who falls afoul of the mob. And as the clashes in Richie's life begin to escalate into something personal, the film cranks up the tension to unbearable levels. Shannon is mesmerising in the role, letting us see cracks in Richie's dispassionate surface as he's required to kill friends and colleagues (including Franco in a memorable cameo). So when his wife and daughters are threatened, he's like a tamed wild animal pushed into the corner. We know what he's capable of doing to protect them. 

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Amanda Seyfried Wants Her 'Beautiful, Huge Breasts' Back!


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Les Miserables actress Amanda Seyfried says she lost her "beautiful, huge breasts" after moving to Hollywood to pursue a career in movies. The 27-year-old - who plays Linda Lovelace in a forthcoming biopic - called in on the Ellen Degeneres show this week to discuss her beginnings.

"I looked way better when I was 15. I had beautiful, huge breasts!" the actress explained, "And then I came to Hollywood and I was like I gotta lose weight. I gotta look thin. I gotta get fit. And I lost them a little bit." It seems she lost more than "a little bit," telling DeGeneres she was an D cup though that she doesn't miss them, "...because they were ... uncomfortable."

Despite her own decisions, Seyfried warned, "I was feminine. I had some nice curves. And I think we should appreciate that instead of trying to get rid of everything."

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A Week In Movies: Cannes Film Festival Kicks Off, Coen Brothers' & James Franco Are Potential Award Winners, Michael Douglas Portrays Liberace In Behind The Candelabra And Much More!


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The 66th Cannes Film Festival kicked off this week with the glittering red carpet premiere of The Great Gatsby, attended by filmmaker Bas Luhrmann and cast members Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher. The film opened in America last Friday and in the UK this Thursday.

Mulligan also stars in another film in competition at Cannes: the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis is the story of a folk singer (Oscar Isaac) in 1960s New York. The eclectic, starry cast includes Justin Timberlake, Garrett Hedlund and John Goodman. And to go with the Cannes world premiere, the film launched its first trailer this week. It looks pretty unmissable, and is being released to target awards season.

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James Franco Takes On Faulkner In 'As I Lay Dying' [Trailer & Pictures]


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As I Lay Dying, written, directed and starring James Franco, is aiming to become the first American movie to win the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival since 2008's Tyson documentary. Franco's movie is adapted from William Faulkner's classic American novel of the same name and stars the Oscar nominee as a son's quest to bury the body of his mother in accordance with her wishes.

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Though the trailer hints at Franco's penchant for the avant-garde, it looks far more of a straight narrative affair then, say, Interior. Leather Bar. Franco plays the second oldest child Darl, while Tim Blake Nelson appears to do a sublime job of portraying father Anse. Danny McBride plays friend of the family Vernon Tull while Ahna O'Reilly - who's making a buzz with the Weinstein's Fruitvale - plays daughter Dewey Dell. The movie has a reasonable chance of scooping for 30,000 euro prize at Cannes, though it's safe to assume festival favorite Sofia Coppola is the frontrunner with hipster tale The Bling Ring - still, it would be a long-awaited American success. 

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As I Lay Dying Trailer


Addie Bundren is on her deathbed in the Mississippi town in which she lives with her family. However, she has very specific last wishes; she wants to be buried in the town of Jefferson, which is not the most straightforward of arrangements for her children Cash, Darl, Jewel, Dewey Dell and Vardaman, and husband Anse. Nonetheless, they dutifully make preparations to carry her coffin across county in a wagon but encounter many obstacles in the way from flooding to disturbing family secrets that threaten to tear their once tight-knit family apart. With each of the Bundrens suffering their own problems in their lives, the prospect of laying their beloved mother to rest becomes a burden for many of them and the entire mission turns into less of a dying woman's final request, and more of a test of loyalty.

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James Franco Takes On William Faulkner, The World Is Divided


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Besides the obvious fact that there’s money in making literary adaptations, James Franco’s take on Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying is obviously motivated by something else as well. The recently released trailer for the film, which will be featured in the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, definitely doesn’t present it in a blockbuster light.

Instead, the main point of the trailer seems to be to show us that yes, James Franco read the book, he understood it and now he’s going to prove to everyone what a good director he can be. Which is as admirable a goal as any, to be sure, but whether it will make for a good movie is another matter entirely.

Of course, critics are weary of adaptations of great American classics right now, with The Great Gatsby controversy still fresh in everyone’s mind (that controversy being that some people liked it and some people didn’t, despite the very promising trailer). So, who knows? After the success of Spring Breakers, this may in fact turn out to be Franco’s year and As I Lay Dying, his breakout directorial gig. Or it may be a complete flop. In any case, it won’t affect Faulkner or his novel in the slightest, so everyone might as well stop getting so hung up about it and give the film a chance. From the trailer alone it does look very promising.

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James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' Packs A Punch [Trailer]


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As I Lay Dying - which competes for the Un Certain Regard award at the Cannes Film Festival this month - is very much James Franco's baby. The 35-year-old Oscar nominee wrote, directed and stars in the movie adapted from William Faulkner's classic American novel of the same name.

Though the trailer hints at Franco's penchant for the surreal and avant-garde, it looks a far more straight laced movie than his previous stints behind the camera. The movie tells the story of Addie Bundren's death and her impoverished family's subsequent quest to bury the body in accordance with her wishes. Franco plays the second oldest child Darl, while Tim Blake Nelson appears to do a sublime job of portraying father Anse. Danny McBride plays friend of the family Vernon Tull while Fruitvale's Anha O'Reilly plays daughter Dewey Dell.

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This Is The End Trailer


When actor James Franco threw a party for his fellow movie stars including the star-studded cast of 'Knocked Up' and several stars of Seth Rogen's comedies including Seth himself, Jay Baruchel, Jason Segel, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, no-one expected it to be anything more than your average drink fuelled Hollywood superparty. However, things take a turn for the worst when they experience a major earthquake; the ground opens up to the hottest depths of the Earth's core swallowing up Rihanna and Jason Segal as mysterious beasts start swarming around outside. What's a comedy cast to do with limited food and no real skills of the like they portray in the movies - especially when golden girl Emma Watson bursts in on them wielding an axe demanding all their resources. This is Hollywood versus the apocalypse, but who would really win?

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James Franco Gucci Documentary: The Director Has A Trailer [Video]


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James Franco can do it all. He’s an actor (an Oscar nominated one), he’s got loads of degrees, and he’s studying for a Ph.D In English from Yale. Add documentary filmmaker and producer to that, too.

"The idea of the documentary was really born out of a provocation," said Giannini. "James Franco and I were asked to interview each other for a special magazine feature and when I asked him, 'What's your next project?' he replied, 'to make a documentary about you.' I actually thought it was his dry sense of humour at play, but then somehow the provocation became a reality." The film, which follows Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini, premiered on April 21 as part of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.

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Video - James Franco Appears On The Red Carpet At The Tribeca Premiere For 'The Director'


'127 Hours' star James Franco makes an appearance at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of 'The Director: An Evolution in Three Acts' in New York.

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Spring Breakers Review


Very Good

Arthouse filmmaker Harmony Korine (Mister Lonely) comes dangerously close to making a mainstream movie with this blackly comical thriller. While the film is often very funny, and constantly challenges our preconceptions by veering in directions we don't expect, it's also an intriguing exploration of America's hedonistic subculture.

Gomez and Hudgens also crush their Disney princess images as Faith and Candy, who decide they want to go to Florida for spring break with their pals Brit and Cotty (Benson and Korine). But they've spent all their cash on drugs, so they rob a restaurant and head to the beach. After indulging in a series of raucous parties, they end up in jail and are bailed out by a sleazy rapper-gangster who calls himself Alien (Franco). He takes them under his wing, getting them involved in his war with a dangerous cross-town rival (Mane).

The film is shot in lurid colours, with the girls wearing little more than fluorescent bikinis, sometimes accompanied with pink balaclavas. And the score by Skrillex and Cliff Martinez is visceral and hugely atmospheric, adding unexpected texture to the way Korine explores physicality, drugs and violence. It's also quite deliberate that, apart from the religiously minded Faith, these young women kind of blur together anonymously, like all the other bikini babes at the various beer-chugging, arms-in-the-air parties.

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Letterman Banned Guest Harmony Korine For Stealing From Meryl Streep


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David Letterman banned guest Harmony Korine from the Late Show after he found the Spring Breakers director rifling through the purse of Meryl Streep. Letterman told the story on Monday (March 25, 2013) when prompted by guest James Franco, the star of Korine' latest movie.

The actor said he heard Korine was banned after pushing Meryl Steep backstage, though defended his director, saying, "Harmony is a very sane guy now -- a great artist and great person to work with. But I think he had a period where he was going a little off the rails, so maybe he was on something that night.

Letterman proceeded to correct Franco on the incident, saying, "I went upstairs to greet Meryl Streep and welcome her to the show, and I knock on the door ... and she was not in there.And I looked around, and she was not in there, and I found Harmony going through her purse. True story. And so I said: 'That's it. Put her things back in her bag and then get out."

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Spring Breakers Wide Release - Is This One Worth Seeing?


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Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers is a big deal this… well, this spring break.

And ok, it may be mostly because of the semi-naked girls gracing the landscape throughout the whole flick, but still, Spring Breakers isn’t without its merits, if you take it for what it is. The popping color palette and at times seizure-inducing editing might put some more serious movie-goers of this, but it certainly does a lot to entice the target audience – which, for this visual romp would be bored teens and twenty-somethings. But don’t be fooled – beyond the bikinis and hot pink tones, Spring Breakers, which premiered last week at SXSW does have some substance as well. Ok, a little substance. But still.

Firstly, let’s talk about Disney actresses playing girls gone wild. Well, it’s fun and, let’s be honest – it’s a much healthier way for ladies like Vanessa Hudgens and Selena Gomez to break out of the Disney mould than, say leaking nude pictures online. And, to be fair, Gomez does show remarkable depth of character – well, as much as the Spring Breakers script will allow anyway.

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Is Record Breaking 'Spring Breakers' A Cult Movie In The Making?


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Though 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' dominated the box office for a second consecutive week - pulling In $42 million to take its takings to $282 million - it was another of James Franco's movies that performed the strongest. Harmony Korine's debauched drama 'Spring Breakers' pulled in just $270,000, though it did so from just three theaters, easily the best per-theater average of the weekend with $90,000. Oz averaged just $11,000 per theater.

The new movie is now likely to roll out across more theaters and should turn a profit for Muse Productions and A24, the tiny companies behind the film. It stars Franco as a thuggish drug dealer who charms college girls Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens into a world of crime, sex and violence. It looks to be Korine's biggest hit to date and represents Gomez and Hudgens' first serious roles outside of their Disney work - the former is best known for Wizards of Waverly Place while Hudgens found fame with High School Musical. 

So far, critical reception has been strong too, with Spring Breakers earning a solid 70% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. The New York Times said, "[Korine] turns his exploration into such a gonzo, outrageously funny party that it takes a while to appreciate that this is more of a horror film than a comedy," while Peter Travers of Rolling Stone magazine wrote, "Spring Breakers, beach-party fluff done as an art film by the reliably bizarre Harmony Korine, is a return to form for Franco."

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Selena Gomez Brings 'Spring Breakers' Premiere To SXSW


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Harmony Korine's new movie 'Spring Breakers' premiered at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday (March 10, 2013) with its stars Selena Gomez, James Franco and Ashley Benson turning out for the screening. The movie follows four friends, (Benson, Gomez, Rachel Korine and Vanessa Hudgens) as they rob a bank to pay for their spring break trip, though get thrown in jail before being bailed out by a drug dealer, played by Franco.

The movie premiered at the Austin Convention Center, with Gomez showing off an elegant looking Cushine et Ochs frock. The dress featured cut-out detailing at the shoulders and across the midriff - Gomez certainly showed her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber what he was missing. The sexual and violent themes in 'Spring Breakers' are certainly a departure from Gomez's usual Disney movies, though speaking to FlavorWire at SXSW, director Korine said he isn't too concerned with analysis of his films. "It's funny for me to listen to it," he said, adding, "But I don't really have that much to do with that part of things, I don't have a relationship with that type of analysis. I usually make the movies, and I put them together, and I put them out into the world and then I just go home and cut off as much as possible from all that."

Spring Breakers runs this week at SXSW and opens Friday (March 15, 2013) on limited release. The movie receives a nationwide opening on March 22. Watch the Spring Breakers below.

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James Franco - Interview


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At 34, James Franco is almost ludicrously overqualified for anything he sets his hands to. He has several university degrees, has written short stories, novels and poetry, and has written and directed award-winning films. As an actor, he's was Oscar-nominated for 127 Hours and continues to surprise audiences with his eclectic choices, from the Spider-man trilogy to Milk to playing a rapper-gangster in Harmony Korine's arthouse romp Spring Breakers. And in early 2013 he has nine films in various stages of production. So seeing him turn up as the title character in the family friendly Oz the Great and Powerful was a bit of a surprise...

Why did you decide to make this film? The Wizard of Oz is a tough act to follow.
First of all, I heard Sam [Raimi] was directing this movie. I did the three Spider-man films with him, and I've known him over 10 years. Not only is he one of my favourite directors to work with, but I'm a fan of his films. So I jumped at the opportunity to do this. I've also been a fan of the world of Oz since I was a boy. I read all the L Frank Baum books when I was a kid, so I was excited because I'd be able to step into that world of my childhood imagination. And when I read the script I saw that they were going to be loyal and respectful of everything we lovers of Oz expect, and that there would be familiar things that you need for it to be the land of Oz.

What kinds of familiar things?
You need the yellow brick road and the Emerald City and witches, flying monkeys and Munchkins. But now it's 70-plus years later and they'd be able to capture this world in a much more spectacular and seamless way. They didn't need to rely on theatrical conventions like men in lion pyjamas with the faces cut out; they could create these magical creatures in ways that are believable to the eye.

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Oz The Great And Powerful Review


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Like Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, this film shows the overpowering strength of Disney and producer Joe Roth, as they once again bury a gifted filmmaker and cast in an effects extravaganza that's strong on visuals but short on story. There are glimpses of Raimi's genius here and there, most notably in his eye-catching use of 3D. And the actors manage to inject a bit of spark into their family-friendly characters. But the plot and the relentlessly simplistic tone will only please children or undemanding adults.

At least it looks amazing. And like the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz, the film opens in black and white with a Kansas-set prologue, where the womanising conman Oscar (Franco) performs as the flashy magician Oz. Chased into a hot-air balloon by an angry husband, he is engulfed by a tornado and drops into the colourful land of Oz, where people are looking for a messianic wizard named Oz to save them from the witch who murdered their king. But which witch is the wicked one? Oscar first meets the naive Theodora (Kunis), who hasn't yet decided if she'll be evil or not, then her big sister Evanora (Weisz), the steely interim ruler, and then the too-good Glinda (Williams). And even though he's not a real wizard, he might have some tricks up his sleeve that can help.

The film mixes ideas from L Frank Baum's stories with references to the iconic 1939 film, plus much more epic landscapes of Oz recreated with eye-popping digital trickery. On the other hand, the plot is formulaic and predictable, with characters who are only superficially complex and are far too obvious in the way they interact, badly underestimating the sophistication of even very young children in the audience. But the real problem is that the film is focussed on visual spectacle rather than endearing characters. The sidekicks this time are a slightly creepy-looking flying monkey (Braff) and a feisty china doll (King), both rendered with elaborate motion-capture effects that never quite seem to be there on the set with the actors.

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Ashley Benson Is Working Towards An Oscar But Already Criticised For Publicising Inappropriate Movie To Teens


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Ashley Benson is co-starring in a new movie alongside Selena Gomez and James Franco called Spring Breakers. It's a raunchy comedy-drama filled with sex and drugs, including a threesome scene between the characters played by Benson, Gomez and Franco. With such salacious material as the focus of the film why is she promoting it in teen magazine 'Seventeen' which is predominantly aimed at those aged 12 and upwards? That is the question being asked by some people.

Speaking to Fox411 body image expert Sarah Maria said: "It is not just inappropriate for Benson to be on the cover of Seventeen, it is ludicrous. The girls reading Seventeen are 13 and 14 years old, and they are learning about an actress whose most recent film includes a threesome sex scene? That is awful."

"We all came from a Disney background, and this was different from anything we've done. But we wanted to prove that we're not just girls who play happy parts," Benson explained in her interview with the magazine according to the Daily Mail. "It was such a crazy experience and it was character-building. I'm so proud of all of us. I'm really, really excited for everybody to see it."

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James Franco On Oz The Great & Powerful And Justin Bieber


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James Franco stars in Oz the Great & Powerful - released tomorrow - and he’s been chatting about playing the titular character, and mimicking Justin Bieber in a recent interview.

Franco says he identifies with the character of Oz – full name Oscar Zoroaster Phadrig Isaac Norman Henkel Emmannuel Ambroise Diggs – because of his goals and ideals in life. “He dreams about becoming great, becoming recognised, and when I was younger those were things I dreamed about too,” explained Franco to The Telegraph. “My parents weren’t happy; they wouldn’t pay my rent any more so I worked at McDonald’s.” The 127 Hours Star also opened up on his spoof of Justin Bieber’s song Boyfriend, after it appeared as though the bratty teen star wasn’t happy with his portrayal. “To me that wasn’t a criticism of Bieber as such, it was just having fun and reflecting a bit of pop culture,” explained Franco. “The thing is, when I do something like that, the response is very positive, people say ‘He did Bieber, that’s genius’, but if I do something that has the slightest bit of pretension or inclination towards something deeper, people just go crazy. It drives them cr-aaaaaaaa-zy that an actor would dare write a poem or a book or make a piece of art.”

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Bestiality, Fine. Gays? No Thanks: James Franco Slams Australia Over Movie Ban


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James Franco has slammed Australia's film board for banning Travis Mathew's gay-themed film 'I Want Your Love.' The movie star dubbed the organization "hypocritical" for shunning the movie, the story of a gay man who has sex with his best friend during his last night in Los Angeles. Franco has previously collaborated with filmmaker Mathews on Interior.Leather.Bar, a reimagining of 40 minutes of scenes deleted from William Friedkin's 1980 film Cruising.

The Australian government-sponsored film board has banned the screening of I Want Your Love at two gay-themed festivals in the country, the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and the Brisbane Queer Film Festival, citing the sex scenes between the men as indecent. 

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Selena Gomez Wasn't Fazed By Spring Breakers Bikinis


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Selena Gomez says she wasn't fazed by her outfits in the forthcoming movie Spring Breakers and was simply "playing a character." Gomez and co-star Vanessa Hudgens wore bikinis for almost the entirety of the indie flick, though Justin Bieber's former squeeze says it was all part of the experience.

"It was so funny. The rest of the girls were in the trailer doing crunches. I didn't mind. I didn't care," she told MTV News, "People take pictures. People already have opinions. I wasn't there for that, necessarily. I was playing a character, so I just completely indulged myself in that. So whether I was in a bathing suit or a turtleneck, I was fine." The minimal wardrobe choices for the movie have been a prominent talking point since the trailer for the movie - also starring James Franco - hit the web. The adult themes in Harmony Korine's latest movie - which was shortlisted for the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival - is a new direction for Gomez, who warned her younger fans to sit this one out. "I do everything for my fans. I know that I have a younger following, and I so appreciate that, and I'm thankful for that, but I did warn them in my best ability, as I could," she said. "When I see the parents, I go, 'Maybe they don't see this one'."

Spring Breakers opens in New York and Los Angeles on March 15 before expanding nationwide on March 22, 2013.

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Spring Breakers Breaks Selena Gomez Out Of Disney Bubble


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You've got to get out of the Disney castle some time, and there's no use sneaking out the back door. As Britney Spears did before her (in a school girls uniform, singing 'hit me baby, one more time'), Selena Gomez has bust right outta there with seemingly no holds barred, as she opts for Spring Breakers to be her first major non-Disney pursuit. New posters for the movie see her clad in a tiny blue bikini, an image which is a far cry from the innocence of her Disney days. 

It's not just the poster image that wont be accessible for Gomez's young fans, the premise of the movie is for a distinctly older audience as well. Gomez plays one of four best friends who live together at college. Without enough money to go on vacation, they rob a restaurant to fund their trip to Florida. When they get there they're arrested on drugs charges, but a drug dealer (James Franco) bails them out. His help doesn't come for free though and he expects them to pay him back one way or another. 

Another poster in the series features Franco who is almost unrecognisable, with cornrows, tattoos, shades and a gun shoved in his jeans. Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine also star. Directed by film maker Harmony Korine, who is best known for Kids and Mister Lonely. Spring Breakers is set for release March 8th. (Huffington Post)

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The Many Faces Of James Franco: Why He's Fast Becoming One Of Our Hollywood Favourites


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James Franco has been a busy man over the last couple of years having completed a string of upcoming and recently released movies that he's both directed and starred in, and you can hardly call him typecast! He is set to shock us as usual this March with his unusual choice of role in 'Spring Breakers' where he stars as a charismatic, platinum-toothed drugs and arms dealer, followed by the very different role of Hugh Hefner in the pornstar biopic 'Lovelace'. 

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We love this sense of 'anything is possible' that James seems to live by; his ability to transform himself into absolutely any character and yet never take himself too seriously is both engaging and tremendously entertaining. Here we have the many faces of James Franco; our favourite, and the most memorable, roles of his career so far.

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Spring Breakers Trailer


Four beautiful college girls; Brit, Faith, Candy and Cotty; live together in a college dorm and lead distinctly boring, repetitive lives. Spring break is coming up, however, and the girls are determined to have the best vacation ever hoping to jet out towards sun, sand and freedom. Saving money hasn't been easy, so the group decide to don balaclavas and guns to rob a restaurant in town in order to obtain enough money for their spring break adventures. It isn't long after they get to their destination, though, before the cops catch up with them and they are taken straight to court still in their beachwear. Luckily for them, platinum-toothed drug dealer Alien sees potential in the girls and bails them out of a lengthy jail stay in exchange for a little job he needs doing in his own crime circle. Just how determined are these girls to have the best spring break vacation of their lives?

'Spring Breakers' is a new crime comedy directed and written by Harmony Korine ('Gummo', 'Kids', 'Mister Lonely'). It was in line for the 69th Venice International Film Festival's highest honor the Golden Lion award and will hit US movie theaters on March 22nd 2013.

Starring: James Franco, Ashley Benson, Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Heather Morris, Cait Taylor, Lauren Vera, Emma Holzer, Gucci Mane, Ash Lendzion, Debbie Whited, Vivian Fleming-Alvarez, Josh Randall, Tony Robinette,

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Gus Van Sant To Direct Fifty Shades Of Grey? James Franco Lets Rumour Slip


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James Franco may have let slip who’s on board to direct Fifty Shades of Grey. The actor was speaking to the Sunday Times at the Sundance Festival and revealed that he was under the impression that Gus Van Sant was on board to do it. And, he revealed, if the Good Will Hunting director was on board, he’d be in favour of stepping into the hotkey-contested role of Christian Grey.

“It sounds interesting,” said Franco, when asked about the forthcoming novel adaptation. “I heard Gus [Van Sant] might direct it. If he directed it, I'd do it.” It wouldn’t be the first time that Franco had been involved in a cinematic BDSM adventure, either. He produced the BDSM documentary Kink as well as playing the role of Hugh Hefner in the porn biopic Lovelace. Gus Van Sant is no stranger to a controversial subject matter, either, with movies such as My Own Private Idaho and Drugstore Cowboy under his belt. Interestingly, as Examiner.com reported, Van Sant recently finished filming Promised Land, with the very same production company being used on Fifty Shades of Grey.

Fans of Fifty Shades are starting get impatient, waiting to find out who will be cast in the movie, as well as who will helm the production from the director’s chair. A number of fan-made ‘trailers’ have surfaced, including one with Amanda Seyfried and Garrett Hedlund but excited fans will be disappointed to learn that the movie has not been cast yet. 

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2013: The Year Of Porn? Steve Coogan's The Look Of Love Sundance Success Is The Tip Of The Iceberg


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Good reviews have been pouring in for Steve Coogan’s turn as the King of Soho Paul Raymond in his new film The Look Of Love followings its airing at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. The film is another team-up between Coogan and director Michael Winterbottom, the pair most famously getting together for 2002’s 24 Hour Party People, and alongside a glut of positive acclaim, it’s been picked up by IFC Films for development.

With the success of Coogan’s The Look Of Love, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s Don Jon’s Addiction, at the Sundance Film Festival, it really does seem to be the year of porn. We don’t mean that the porn industry is set to release some of the biggest grossing films this year; but with The Look Of Love focusing on the real life smut baron Paul Raymond, founder of adult UK magazines like Esquire and Mayfair, and Don Jon’s Addiction’s main character being addicted to pornography, it’s a subject that’s clearly become fashionable to take on. If those two weren’t enough, then James Franco’s Interior. Leather Bar also screened over the weekend, a movie inspired by rumors that hardcore porn footage had to be cut out of 1980 Al Pacino movie Cruising.

We could look beyond even the Sundance event too, with Paul Schrader’s Lindsay Lohan-starring The Canyons also featuring real life porn star James Deen in its own tale of sexual depravity. Though that film is without a buyer, what is clear is that Coogan’s turn as Raymond is just the tip of the iceberg: 2013 appears to be the year where film makers decide to discuss the fascination with porn.

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Sundance 2013: James Franco Brings The Leather-Clad, X-Rated Gay Scenes


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Thank god for James Franco, huh? Everyone's favourite actor-turned-student-turned-performance-artist had two films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival on Saturday evening (January 19, 2013), though one of them caused more of a stir than the other. Franco is co-director of Interior. Leather Bar, a movie purporting to be a re-creation of "40 minutes of hardcore gay sex that director William Friedkin cut out of his controversial 1980 movie Cruising," reports Hollywood.com.

The original film starred Al Pacino who goes undercover in the New York leather scene to resolve a number of grisly murders. Had Friedkin kept in the gay scenes, the movie would have almost certainly been rated X and not reached an extensive audience. With "oral sex, masturbation, and erect penises galore," it seems Interior, Leather Bar is going to be pretty hard to screen too.

Though not as controversial as 'Interior..', James Franco's other Sundance effort still contained plenty of pornography. The actor serves as co-producer of Christina Voros' Kink, a straightforward documentary about the porn website Kink.com. The film explores how the multi-million dollar company goes about managing the world's largest collection of BDSM (bondage, discipline, sadism and masochism.) 

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Trailer: Impressive Cast For Hitman Adaptation 'The Iceman' (Video)


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With an impressive cast, including James Franco, Michael Shannon, Ray Liotta and Winona Ryder, The Iceman is a movie adaptation of the true story of the hitman Richard Kuklinski. Between 1964 and 1986, Kuklinski killed 100 people, whilst working as a hitman and simultaneously upholding a life as a perfect family man.

Not only does The Iceman look to be an impressive return to form for Winona Ryder, whose output has been scant of late (she plays Kuklinski’s wife), but the rest of the cast appear to be on top form, too, with Ariel Vromen in the director’s seat to guide them through the action and high drama. Reviews for the movie are positive, so far, with The Hollywood Reporter’s David Rooney writing “The redoubtable Michael Shannon leads a superb cast in Ariel Vromen's compelling portrait of New Jersey career criminal Richard Kuklinski.”

Shannon’s performance seems to be one of the highlights of the movie, with Robbie Collins of The Daily Telegraph commenting “Michael Shannon embodies Kuklinski down to the bone: there are shades of Paul Muni's Scarface in his lighter moments, although for most of the film he looks as if his face might have been hewn from granite.” The Iceman is released on May 3, US and June 7, UK. 

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The Iceman Trailer


Richard Kuklinski is a contract killer who has murdered over 100 men for a variety of criminals. He's very good at his job and rarely leaves any traces behind, though his ethics extend at least to a refusal to kill a woman or a child - even if they are key witnesses to a terrible crime. Whilst earning enough as a hitman to live a more than comfortable life, he is a family man with daughters and a beautiful wife who he truly dotes upon. They have no idea about his questionable career and he intends to keep it that way, but with constant reminders that he's not the loving family man he tries so hard to be and ever more dubious jobs being put upon him, he is set to lose everything .

'The Iceman' is the true story of the real Richard Kuklinski who was arrested in 1986 after his prolific work as a hitman for several major crime rings. It has been adapted by Ariel Vromen ('Danika', 'Simple Lies'), who co-wrote the screenplay with Morgan Land ('Simple Lies'), with the story being taken from Anthony Bruno's book 'The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer' and the Jim Thebaut documentary 'The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer'. It is set to hit cinemas on June 7th 2013.

Director: Ariel Vromen

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Is James Franco's Version Of Justin Bieber's 'Boyfriend' Better Than The Original?


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James Franco made a lip-sync video of Justin Bieber's hit single 'Boyfriend', although he originally deleted it, a keen eyed viewer managed to save it and has re-uploaded it onto YouTube for us all to enjoy.

Franco dresses up as Bieber sporting that famous Bieber fringe, along with a flat-peak and a hoodie to mimic the young star. According to Franco himself, Bieber already wants to kick his ass. "I also hear that I've been dating Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart and Ashley Benson. Hot damn, am I a lucky guy." wrote the actor in his blog on the Huffington Post.  "As for Gomez and Benson, those are Bieber's girls and I wouldn't dare tangle with the Biebs. I heard he wants to kick my ass. Yikes!" 

We can forgive Franco for getting that wrong - Biebz and Gomez split recently amid rumours that her partying without him drove her crazy (which means that both he and Harry Styles are single for 2013). Ashley Benson does however appear in Franco's video, so although he denied their relationship back in October, that may have been a tiny lie. Bieber's and Franco's videos are largely incomparable. Franco's is fairly amusing, and Bieber's is simply uncomfortable to watch. 

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The Ten Most Anticipated Films Of 2013


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As always, we'll need to sift through a vast number of sequels and remakes to find something original next year. But here are a few things worth looking forward to. Of course, release dates are subject to change...

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1. Star Trek: Into Darkness (May)

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Boy Meets World Star Danielle Fishel Graduates College Despite Fear


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When Boy Meets World ended in 2000, Danielle Fishel was 19, and had already missed out on a year of college which meant it took her a long time to pluck up the courage to go. Via her tumblr blog today, she's revealed that she is now a very proud college graduate with a degree in Psychology, from the California State University. It certainly wasn't an easy ride for her, and she explains why. 

"I was too afraid" she said, "of being the old lady in class, of being whispered about, and especially of not remembering how to do simple math equations." However, she adds: "After my 27th birthday, I made the decision to stop letting fear be a factor in fulfilling my dreams and living the life I wanted, so... I enrolled." Although her fears came true- she was the oldest, whispered about and not so hot at math, she adds: "I persevered and sometimes I wasn't the oldest person in class, some of the whisperers became good friends, and I did so well in math, I even became a tutor. And that is how I met my fiancé. :)" Alls well that ends well.

She's not the only celebrity to head back to college a little later in life- James Franco also headed to college in 2008 to complete a degree in English at Columbia University. In 2002 Steven Spielberg got his degree at the age of 55, ironically, in Film- like he needed it. Queen guitarist Brian May even managed to get himself a PhD in physics- genius! A little less impressively, this year Drake managed to graduate from highschool, which is just as worthy of celebration. Anyway, congrats to Danielle! And we're looking forward to her return as Topanga in the Boy Meets World spinoff, 'Girl Meets World', currently in production.

Seth Rogan And James Franco See Out End Of The World In Hilarious New Trailer For 'This Is The End'


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The end is nigh! Well, it isn't really, but if it were then the new trailer for the upcoming Seth Rogan and James Franco staring comedy This Is The End probably leads the way in acceptable ways to see out the end of days.

The new clip sees the pair inside 'real-life' Franco's bunker, presenting the trailer for the film which we will all unfortunately miss, because it comes out next summer (we wont really miss it though of course). The two spend the last night on the world as we know it playing with a gun, masturbating, engaging in a 'sword-fight,' fighting over weed and eventually spooning before bed - what else would you want to do.

After the brilliant into, we're treated to an all new, red banded trailer of the actual film about the end of the Earth, which just so happens to be as funny as the beginning. As well as the Pineapple Express, there's a host of other big names set to star in the upcoming film, including: Danny McBride, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel and Craig Robinson, as well as a few cameos from the likes of Emma Watson to name but one, each playing an exaggerated (maybe) version of themselves.

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10 Of The Best Big Budget Film Trailers For 2013


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Next year looks set to be a seminal year for movies. Forget sequels and the so-called impending apocalypse; 2013 is all about beginnings as we discover the dubious past of 'The Wizard of Oz' in upcoming sequel 'Oz: The Great and Powerful' and how loveable 'Monsters, Inc.' protagonists Sulley and Mike got qualified to become scarers. Move over 'Breaking Dawn', 'The Dark Knight Rises' and 'Skyfall', and let's see what 2013 has in store! There have been plenty of dodgy trailers come out for 2013 releases, but here are ten of the trailers we consider worthy of your time! 

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Oz: The Great And Powerful Trailer


Oscar Diggs is a magician in a circus in Kansas who has about as much moral fibre as he has accomplishments to his name; that being none whatsoever. However, all that changes when he is magically transported to the land of Oz after his hot air balloon gets caught in a ferocious storm. He is about to have his ethics and his trickery put to the test after initially seeing the colourful and sparkling new world as a way of gaining the fortune he so longs for. Things change when he meets three beautiful witches Theodora, Evanora and Glinda who doubt his so-called magical powers are genuine but do believe he could still be great and powerful like the rest of Oz believe him to be if he saved the land from the wicked witch and became the righteous man he truly ought to be.

This vibrant Disney adventure has been adapted by director Sam Raimi ('The Evil Dead', the 'Spider-Man' trilogy) and screenwriters Mitchell Kapner ('Romeo Must Die', 'The Whole Ten Yards') and David Lindsay-Abaire ('Robots', 'Inkheart', 'Rise of the Guardians'). It has been based on the 1900 novel 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' by L. Frank Baum and serves as the prequel to the 1939 movie 'The Wizard of Oz'. Due for release on March 8th 2013. 

Directed by: Sam Raimi

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Video - James Franco Snapped On Red Carpet Arriving For 'Tar' Premiere


'Hollywood Heights' star James Franco poses for press photos on the red carpet as he arrives for the 'Tar' premiere at the 7th Rome Film Festival at Auditorium Parco Della Musica. He is dressed fairly smart/ casual in black pants and a light brown sweater.

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Anne Hathaway Marries Adam Shulman In California


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Anne Hathaway, famed for The Dark Knight Rises and The Princess Diaries franchise has tied the knot in Big Sur, California to her now husband, actor Adam Shulman.

Hathaway and Schulman were photographed in the sunset looking joyous, in her stunning tulle VALENTINO wedding gown. The designer, a close friend of the actress, let the world know earlier this month that he had created the dress for her. She also wore a dress of his at last year's Oscars which she hosted alongside James Franco, and thus knew that Valentino was the right man for the job. Anne Hathaway’s wedding bucked the trend, by starting in the evening – the couple married around 5pm.

Perez Hilton reports that they wed in front of 180 guests in a beautiful ceremony at sunset, taking place at a private estate in Big Sur, California. Vogue reports that the couple hired Yifat Oren and Stefanie Cove to plan the wedding, and was allegedly 'inspired by nature'.

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James Franco Unveils New Music Video


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James Franco is clearly a very talented person indeed as the actor has taken a short break from his usual trade to become a part-time rock star, unveiling a music video to go with his original song, 'Love in the Old Days.'

The track is a collaboration with his long-time friend Tim O'Keefe and is about romance in the 1960s. If acting and singing/song writing wasn't enough, then Franco has also decided to go another one better by directing the video, making sure his fingers are in as many pies as possible.

The 127 Hours actor has long demonstrated his multiple talents in the past, being a published writer as well as occasional journalist. His foray into music then cannot come as that much of a surprise to many then it would seem.

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Video - Selena Gomez And Vanessa Hudgens Bring Extra Glamour To The Venice Film Festival At The 'Spring Breakers' Premiere


'Spring Breakers' stars Ashley Benson, James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Rachel Korine are glammed up on the red carpet as their arrive for the movie's premiere at the 69th Venice Film Festival in Italy. All the girls don long gowns for the occasion; Selena looks her usual stunning self in a very pale pink, patterned number with a train and her hair swept to the side while her co-star Vanessa looks equally as elegant in a low necked, white and gold sequined get up. Rachel also went for gold in a million dollar floor length dress while Ashley tied up her hair and wore a beautiful, tight-fitting blue dress.

Ashley and James are also snapped before they have even had time to glam up as they sign autographs for their fans on their arrival

Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes Review


Excellent
Rebooting this franchise seemed somewhat iffy until we heard it would involve Weta performance-capture technology (complete with Serkis). And indeed, it's an eye-popping, involving summer movie that manages to layer thoughtful substance with the lively action.

Will (Franco) is a San Francisco scientist experimenting with a new Alzheimer's medication he hopes will cure his father (Lithgow). But things take an unexpected turn when his greedy boss (Oyelowo) gets rid of his lab-test chimps, leaving Will to raise infant ape Caesar (Serkis) in secret. But Caesar's super-human intelligence can't keep him out of the clutches of the nasty father-son animal controllers (Cox and Felton), who badly underestimate him.

Can Will and his chimp-expert girlfriend (Pinto) sort out the mess before a furious Caesar takes matters into his own capable hands?

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Video - James Franco Puts Fans First In New York City


James Franco, the star of 'The Rise of Planet of the Apes', arriving for a taping of 'The Late Show with David Letterman' at the Ed Sullivan in New York City. Wearing a thick brown jacket with dark sunglasses, Franco only briefly acknowledged the press before spending a considerable amount of time posing for photos with fans.

After the taping, Franco emerged in a sharp black suit and again signed autographs for fans before leaving in his vehicle. The actor is currently filming Sam Raimi's prequel to 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', titled, 'Oz: The Great and Powerful'

Milk Review


Good
Thirty years before Sen. Barack Obama broke through a significant political color barrier, Harvey Milk tore down a similar wall that was obstructing America's gay community from holding political office.

Milk finds experimental auteur Gus Van Sant taking cautious steps back toward the mainstream to celebrate Harvey's accomplishments. Van Sant's tender human-interest story, which showcases Sean Penn's considerable talents, is a closer relative to earlier efforts such as Finding Forrester or Good Will Hunting than to recent, abstruse features like Elephant, the spare Gerry, or the haunting Last Days.

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Spider-Man 3 Review


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Did Batman & Robin teach us nothing?

Universally considered the worst superhero sequel ever, Joel Schumacher's bloated monstrosity temporarily derailed Warner's lucrative Dark Knight franchise when it tried in vain to fill gaping plot holes with a multitude of C-list villains and unnecessarily whiny sidekicks.

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Spiderman 3 - Alternative Trailer


Columbia Pictures' Spider-ManT 3 reunites the cast and filmmakers from the first two blockbuster adventures for a web of secrets, vengeance, love, and forgiveness that will transport worldwide audiences to thrilling new heights on May 4, 2007.

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