James Franco - Brothers James and Dave Franco on the set of 'The Disaster Movie,' currently filming in Burbank. James wore a rocker look on set, and Dave sported new red locks. - Burbank, California, United States - Saturday 23rd January 2016
James Franco , James Marsden - Los Angeles World Premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre at The ACE Hotel - Arrivals at The Theatre at ACE Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th November 2015
James Franco , James Marsden - Los Angeles World Premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre at The ACE Hotel - Arrivals at The ACE Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th November 2015
James Franco , James Marsden - Celebrities attend Los Angeles World Premiere of 'The Night Before' at The Theatre at The ACE Hotel at The Theatre at The ACE Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 18th November 2015
James Franco - AMBI benefit gala in support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation and Cinema To Help the World at the Four Seasons Toronto - Toronto, Ontario, Canada - Thursday 10th September 2015
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
Werner Herzog, Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Damien Lewis - Celebrities attends the "Queen of the Desert" premiere at the Berlinale Palast for the 65th Berlinale International Film Festival. - Berlin, Germany - Friday 6th February 2015
Damian Lewis, Nicole Kidman, James Franco and Werner Herzog - 65th Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) - 'Queen of the Desert'- Press Conference - Berlin, Germany - Friday 6th February 2015
James Franco and Seth Rogen - ****File Photo** * SONY BOSSES CANCEL THE INTERVIEW RELEASE Sony Pictures executives have officially pulled plans to release SETH ROGEN and JAMES FRANCO's controversial new comedy THE INTERVIEW after hackers threatened the safety of filmgoers. The movie, about two Americans who set out on a mission to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, was due to hit cinemas in the U.S. and Canada on Christmas Day (25Dec14), but its release was thrown into doubt this week (begs15Dec14) after the cyber criminals responsible for stealing material from Sony's databases threatened to carry out 9/11-style terrorist attacks on any theatres screening the film. Officials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) insisted there was "no credible intelligence to indicate an active plot against movie theatres within the United States," but the worrying missive prompted the cancellation of The Interview's New York premiere on Thursday (18Dec14), while Rogen and Franco scrapped all of their promotional appearances. On Wednesday (17Dec14), five of America's top movie theatre chains announced they would not be screening the comedy in light of the security threats, and now Sony bosses have completely axed The Interview's release. A statement released by Sony representatives reads: "In light of the decision by the majority of our exhibitors not to show the film The Interview, we have decided not to move forward with the planned December 25 theatrical release. We respect and understand our partners' decision and, of course, completely share their paramount interest in the safety of employees and theater-goers. "Sony Pictures has been the victim of an unprecedented criminal assault against our employees, our customers, and our business. Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale - all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like. "We are de at The Theatre at Ace Hotel - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 11th December 2014
James Franco - James Franco spotted chatting it up with college students at USC campus during break on the set of "Zeroville" filming in Los Angeles. The actor was also seen wearing a cast on his hands. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 9th November 2014
James Franco - James Franco arrives at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) carrying what looks like an iPhone 6 Plus and an iPad at Los Angeles International Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 7th November 2014
James Franco - Actor Will Ferrell spotted on the set of 'Zeroville' with co-star and director James Franco filming in downtown Los Angeles - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 27th October 2014
It's pretty clear what N. Korea thinks
Seth Rogen and James Franco’s brand of stoner comedy isn’t for everyone, but it rarely goes beyond immature jokes, underdog characters and a sideways look at America. Now, it would seem, they’ve annoyed one of the world’s superpowers.
Hey, it's Seth Rogen
North Korea, according to the AP, is warning that the release of ‘The Interview’ – in which the U.S government charge Rogen and Franco with assassinating Kim Jong Un – would be an “act of war”.
Rogen ignored the criticism and is happy that Kim Jong Un is going to watch his film
Turns out, North Korea aren’t happy with The Interview, a film that mocks the country’s communist dictatorship and focuses on the assassination of its leader. Or to put it a different way: James Franco and Seth Rogen just got more free press for their new movie than they or their Columbia Pictures could ever buy.
Seth Rogen is just glad that Kim Jong Un is going to watch his film
“There is a special irony in this storyline as it shows the desperation of the US government and American society,” a spokesman for Mr Kim told The Telegraph.
The 36 year-old actor is adding a new profession to his resume, this coming summer Franco will direct a stage production at New York's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater for its 20th anniversary.
It may seem like James Franco is attempting to become an expert in all aspect of the arts of entertainment.
The 36 year-old actor will make his stage production directorial debut at New York's Rattlestick Playwrights Theater for its 20th anniversary his coming summer.
The play Franco has chosen to take the helm of is Robert Boswell's 'The Long Shrift,' a story about a convicted rapist, who is released from jail after being accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl, the New York Times reports.
Continue reading: James Franco Set To Direct The Off-Broadway Play 'The Long Shrift'
James Franco and Seth Rogen have a mission, to bring us the most action packed comedy of the year.
The first trailer and poster for Seth Rogen and James Franco’s action comedy The Interview has hit and we now couldn't be more excited about this movie. The movie looks packed full of action and laughs and could just be Franco and Rogen’s best collaboration yet. Here’s 10 things we learnt about The Interview from its awesome trailer.
Rogen and Franco are back together again in The Interview
1. Rogen and Franco will attempt to assassinate Kim Jong-Un
'The Interview' trailer is here - but just look at that poster.
The first trailer for James Franco and Seth Rogen's new movie The Interview rolled out online on Wednesday night (June 11, 2014) giving fans their first look at the frankly bizarre comedy that sees a would-be interviewer and his producer buddy tasked with assassinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. Rogen had tweeted out the stunning poster a couple of hours before.
Franco plays the clueless tabloid TV presenter who is informed that Jong-un is a fan of his low-brow show and wants him to become the first western journalist to quiz him. Before he and his pal head out to the east, they are contacted by the CIA who want to capitalize on the opportunity to get close to the fearsome leader. By the looks of the trailer, nothing goes to plan.
Continue reading: Forget Franco And Rogen - 'The Interview' Poster Is A Thing Of Beauty
The 36 year-old actor wrote a short story for Vice Magazine that recalls a time when he and the troubled actress lived in West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont at the same time.
James Franco wanted to clear up any speculation that suggests he has slept with Lindsay Lohan. The 36 year-old star was one of the 36 names on a list the actress allegedly wrote, naming all the famous people she had slept with.
Franco's short story recalled the time he didn't have sex with Lohan
But Franco doesn't seem to recall ever having sexual relations with Lohan, and he recently wrote a short story for Vice, titled Bungalow 89, about the time he rejected her offer when they both lived at West Hollywood's Chateau Marmont.
Continue reading: James Franco Pens 'Fictional' Short Story About Rejecting Lindsay Lohan
If you're looking for some light weekday reading...
Besides starring in movies, producing movies, working for various diplomas and occasionally “chatting” with underage fans, James Franco apparently finds time for literary pursuits – like the short story he recently penned for Vice magazine. Franco’s work will be published in the fiction issue of Vice and centers on a character called “Lindsay Lohan”. Now there’s an unexpected plot twist.
James Franco wrote a short story about Lindsay Lohan.
The story reads much less like fiction than actual recollections from Franco’s life, but we’ll never know. In it, Franco visits Lohan in the Chateau Marmont hotel (from where Lohan was once reportedly banned thanks to an unpaid bill). He reads her Salinger stories, listens to her ramble about her memories, and zones out on a giant Gucci billboard of himself outside. But he still plays with the idea of whether the entire encounter is made up, writing: "Do you think I've created this? This dragon girl, lion girl, Hollywood hellion, terror of Sunset Boulevard, minor in the clubs, Chateau Demon? Do you think this is me?"
Continue reading: James Franco Wrote A Short Story... And It Stars Lindsay Lohan
James Franco has just written some interesting 'fiction'.
When James Franco’s name appeared on Lindsay Lohan’s leaked ‘sex list’ one of the great sexual mysteries of our time began. Did James Franco actually sleep with Lindsay Lohan? We asked....if he didn't, why would she say he did? Then there was the more important question of, why are we even discussing this? Well apparently there’s still more to be discussed on this one as in the latest development, Franco has penned a fictional story about not sleeping with a girl named Lindsay Lohan, a story similar to the one he told Howard Stern (about not sleeping with a girl named Lindsay Lohan). Confusing? A little, yes, but just wait till you read said story, prepare for any love you had left for Franco to slowly evaporate.
James Franco: did not sleep with the real or fictional Lindsay Lohan, apparently
The story, entitled Bungalow 89, has been published in Vice’s fiction issue, so you can kind of guess what we might be in for. James Franco plus Vice sounds like it could be a recipe for try hard artsy junk. But when you add in a few spoonfuls of J.D. Salinger, you’ve got a yourself feast so rich in pretentiousness you’ll need a sick bag to make it through the first few paragraphs.
Emma Watson recently graduated from Brown University. What are some other celebs that have pursued a higher education?
It’s no Hogwarts, but it just might be the next best thing. Actress Emma Watson, best known for her role as Hermione Granger in the hit franchise Harry Potter, recently graduated from the Ivy League school Brown University for a degree in English literature. Enrolling in the school in 2009, the degree had been a work in progress as Watson took breaks in between to finish off the remaining Harry Potter films, and she even worked on her schooling abroad as she studied at Oxford University in England, as well. You’d think adapting to the college life could be difficult for someone with such a star status, but Watson said it was pretty easy adjusting. "I've never even been asked for an autograph on campus," she said in an interview in 2013. "I threw a party for nearly 100 students and not a single person put a photo on Facebook."
Emma Watson graduated from Brown University
Watson joins the list of quite a few celebrities that have graduated from top tier schools, and it’s an admirable accomplishment whether it was done before they became famous, or after. In fact, there’s probably a ton of your favorite celebrities that you never even knew had a degree in some weird categories completely unrelated to their career choice. Either way, for these actors and musicians, they’ve proven that at one point or another, an A mark was once a more important accolade than an Oscar or a Grammy.
Continue reading: Emma Watson Joins The List Of Celebrity Graduates
Love is never uncomplicated and when a third person gets involved, it can make things even more difficult. Michael is an award-winning novelist who has left his wife for a much younger lover. He is in Paris finishing his latest book which eerily seems to reflect his own personal problems which get more intense by the day. Meanwhile, a dodgy businessman named Scott travels to Rome to get involved in a fashion design scam only to meet an attractive young woman named Monika. She reveals that she has finally been given the chance to see her daughter again but when the money she needs to see her is apparently stolen, Scott finds himself embroiled in a much deeper con. Then there's Julia, a former actress who has been refused contact with her child and is going through a serious legal battle to be able to hold her son again.
Continue: Third Person Trailer
James Franco + social media sites = strange things in abundance.
When James Franco hit on that Scottish 17 year old we were really hoping he was going to say it was part of the promotion for his film Palo Alto. The thing is, James Franco sort of had it all. Aside from resembling a modern day Greek God, the Masters educated Hollywood star put in an Academy Award nominated performance in 127 Hours and does tons of charity work. Like, seriously, what’s not to like? On paper he's just too good to be true.
James Franco has become synonymous with 'weird' in recent months
Now, we all like a bit of quirk, there’s something even more attractive about a gorgeous man who doesn’t mind a smidgen of silliness. So when James Franco began posting bizarre images on his Instagram account, cryptic tweets on his Twitter and a myriad of selfies on his Facebook, we were all, “Oh, James Franco, thou art so silly.”
Continue reading: Is There Method To James Franco's Madness?
Pussy Riot may be involved in the sequel to the 2012 comedy ‘Spring Breakers’ if they manage to appear at the Cannes Film Festival and talks with ‘Spring Breakers: Second Coming’ producers go ahead.
The sequel to Spring Breakers, the hit 2012 comedy, is going ahead and Pussy Riot may be the stars.
Nadya Tolokonnikova is one of the most notorious members of Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot, the highly politicised Russian punk band, consists of a number of women the most prominent being Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alyokhina. They have, allegedly, a meeting with Spring Breakers: Second Coming director Jonas Akerlund and the film’s producers which is scheduled to take place in Cannes later this week, according to Variety.
Continue reading: Pussy Riot Linked To 'Spring Breakers' Sequel 'Second Coming'
Tom and Anna Reed are a young married couple who have moved all the way to London with the intention of restoring the house that Anna grew up in and subsequently starting a family. However, it isn't long before the pair fall on hard times and they are faced with losing the house they have been so desperate for. One day, they fail to get a response from their basement tenant Ben and go down to his apartment to check on him, only to be faced with a brutal murder scene. Their luck seems to change, however, when they discover a bag of £220,000 in bank notes stashed in the ceiling tiles. They take the money, agreeing to only use what is needed to cover their mortgage and credit card bills. Unfortunately, there are people after the money. People who Ben made a mistake to cross. People intent on hunting down the Reeds.
Continue: Good People - Trailer Trailer
The 36 year-old actor has one thing to say to people who don't appreciate his shirtless Instagram snaps: "If you don't want to see it, don't follow me."
James Franco leaves many of his social media followers clueless to why he posts several selfies of himself half-naked.
But finally they get an explanation, and the 36 year-old actor also reiterated it is only for a bit of fun, and apparently "it's what the people want."
Franco defended his shirtless Instagram snaps to David Letterman while appearing on 'Late Night' this past Thursday (May 8th).
Coppola is the recipient of huge praise
Adapted from a collection of short stories penned by James Franco, Gia Coppola’s ‘Palo Alto’ has proved a hit with the critics, accumulating a score of 75 on Metacritic, and attracting quote-worthy review segments, like David Ehrlich’s “Palo Alto is one of the best movies ever made about high school life in America”.
Gia Coppola at the 70th Venice Film Festival
“The movie perfectly captures the vibe of late high school, in a way that's both of its time and timeless. Palo Alto is set in the present, an era in which kids can text one another their whereabouts instead of having to walk or drive around aimlessly until they run into someone they know, or might want to know,” writes Stephanie Zacharek of The Village Voice.
Wild Bunch, a Paris-based production company, will feature Spring Breakers going against an "extreme militant Christian sect," in the sequel.
'Spring Breakers', the 2013 Harmony Korine-directed flick, has been granted a sequel.
A follow-up to the provocative and mesmerizing film, titled 'Spring Breakers: The Second Coming,' is now under development by the Paris-based production company Wild Bunch, according to Screen Daily.
The cast of 'Spring Breakers'
Continue reading: 'Spring Breakers' Sequel Is Officially In Development
The 36 year-old actor revealed 'Ye "loved it [Bound 2 parody]...he wanted us to perform it live the night before his wedding at Versailles."
The 36 year-old music star liked it that much he apparently asked the comedy duo to perform 'Bound 3' the night before his and Kim Kardashian's upcoming wedding, according to Mr Franco.
This revelation came when the 36 year-old actor appeared on 'The View' with his 'Of Mice And Men' cast, Chris O'Dowd and Leighton Meester to talk about heir Broadway show.
The 35 year-old actor is "embarrassed" and admits to using "bad judgement" when attempting to chat up a 17 year-old girl on the social media site.
James Franco was forced to address the situation of him attempting to chat up a 17 year-old British girl via Instagram.
The 35 year-old actor met Lucy Clode, a Scottish teen who was on vacation in New York City, outside the theatre where he is starring in Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men' on Monday (March 31st).
When the young fan asked for a picture, Franco obliged and told her to tag him on Instagram.
The 35 year-old actor is one of the 36 names that appeared on a list in which Lohan allegedly names all the famous people she has slept with.
Among the stars the 'Mean Girls' actress has had sex with are Ashton Kutcher, Zac Efron, Adam Levine and the late Heath Ledger.
In Touch, who obtained the list, claims a source handed over the piece of paper, which was written when Lindsay and a few of her friends were at the Beverly Hills Hotel on January 30th.
Continue reading: James Franco Claims Lindsay Lohan Is Lying About Ex-Lovers List
James Franco has denied claims made by Lindsay Lohan in her infamous sex list.
James Franco has openly denied the claim made by fellow actor Lindsay Lohan that the pair slept together. The 127 Hours actor was one of the many celebrities named by the Mean Girls star in her infamous, so-called "sex list" alongside the likes of Orlando Bloom, Benecio Del Toro, Ashton Kutcher, Ryan Phillippe to hockey player Aaron Voros and model Petey Wright.
James Franco Has Denied That He Slept With Lindsay Lohan.
In an interview with Los Angeles Magazine, Franco briefly discussed his relationship with Lindsay and how his name appears on her alleged list of lovers, which In Touch published. The 35 year-old film star features many celebrities, including Lohan, in his recently-published poetry book, Directing Herbert White. "I didn't write anything bad about them," the actor said. "And Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she's-slept-with list! So I feel like what I said is much less than what she's said," Franco added.
Continue reading: James Franco: Lindsay Lohan Came On To Me But I Didn't Sleep With Her
What do Miss Piggy and Kermit; Kim Kardashian and Kanye West; and James Franco and Seth Rogen all have in common? They've somehow, as unlikely as it sounds, appeared on the cover of Vogue!
A war of words has been waging on social media between those who believe Kim Kardashian is the height of fashion and sophistication and those who feel her name should not be mentioned in the same sentence as such words. Since she appeared on the cover of US Vogue with fiancé Kanye West, a number of couples have stepped forward to show they can out do the loved up couple. These aren't just any couples either: Miss Piggy and Kermit as well as James Franco and Seth Rogen have made their own photographic contribution to the Kimye Vogue debate.
Kim Kardashian wangled the cover of US Vogue, realised on Friday (21st March).
Miss Piggy is a style icon. No one can possibly deny this: she can sing (sort of); dance (most definitely); has worked for Vogue (as a Plus Size Editor); and has graced our screens since 1974. She's one of the greatest stars of all time, yet she was still pipped to the cover of Vogue by none other than the reigning Queen of popular culture, Kim Kardashian. We can weep at the cruel injustice - everyone knows Miss Piggy and her beau are considerably more Vogue friendly than Kardashian and Kanye but alas it was not meant to be.
Seth Rogen loves weed - we know that. But who's he been smoking with?
Just days after Lindsay Lohan allegedly released a list of her famous bedroom partners, Seth Rogen has revealed all the Hollywood stars that have joined him for a premium pot-smoking session. Rogen - the star of Knocked Up, Pineapple Express and Neighbors - has made no secret of his penchant for a smoke, and now we know who he's lighting up with.
Seth Rogen Smokes Weed, A Lot
During an interview with Watch What Happens Live, Rogen said: "This is really depressing for me to say ... I've never smoked weed with James Franco because he doesn't smoke weed. That's why he's such a good actor! It's really sad, actually." The friends starred together in the stoner comedy Pineapple Express.
Continue reading: All The Celebrities That Seth Rogen Has Smoked Weed With.
Funded by fans, this follow-up to the cult TV show feels a lot like an extended reunion episode. But even those unfamiliar with the series will enjoy the twisty plot and smart dialog, plus the sparky Kristen Bell in the title role. And while there are rather too many characters for a stand-alone movie, they all feed nicely into the central mystery.
After escaping from the run-down seaside town of Neptune, California, nine years ago, Veronica (Bell) has become a New York lawyer. But just as she's on the verge of landing her first proper job, an old friend is murdered back home, waking her investigatory instincts. The worst of it is that her ex Logan (Dohring) is the prime suspect, so Veronica heads home to help him clear his name. Her private eye dad (Colantoni) just rolls his eyes when she slips back into her old mystery-solving role, working with her pals Mac, Weevil and Wallace (Majorino, Capra and Daggs). But three other classmates - Gia, Cobb and Dick (Ritter, Starr and Hansen) - are also involved. And the fact that she keeps putting off her return to New York annoys her boyfriend Piz (Lowell).
The most refreshing thing about this film is the way filmmaker Thomas refuses to play by the usual rules. Bell may have been offered a dream job, but we fully understand why she's blowing it off to help her friends. And the whodunit plot is just intriguing enough to hold our interest: we don't really care who the villain really is, but it's fun to watch Veronica dig through the clues and challenge every level of authority. And the script gleefully stirs in red herrings, side-plots and lots of suspicious-looking characters.
Continue reading: Veronica Mars Review
Should Judd Apatow still be taking revenge for the 'Freaks and Geeks' cancellation? Of course
‘Freaks and Geeks’ may have only lasted for one season, but the show has had an enduring legacy, not least of all for producer Judd Apatow who has just called his whole career 'revenge' for its cancellation. With just 18 episodes (only 12 of which NBC aired), how can such a little show have made such a big impact? Well you only have to look at the list of people who came together on the ‘Freaks and Geeks’ set to understand while we’re still talking about it 14 years later. James Franco, Seth Rogen and Jason Segel are just a few of the names who started their careers in the McKinley high cafeteria.
Judd Apatow is still taking revenge for the cancellation of 'Freaks and Geeks'
Firstly if you’ve never seen or heard of ‘Freaks and Geeks’, you need to go and find a way to watch it, now. The short lived series, which originally aired on NBC between 1999 and 2000, has become a cult classic thanks to its fantastic script and timeless cast of characters, many of whom were played by now well known faces.
Continue reading: As Judd Apatow Continues His Revenge, We Remember 'Freaks And Geeks'
Sirens is set to air on USA Network this week, but what promising series were cancelled after just one season?
The US are gearing up for the launch of a new comedy show called Sirens. Sirens will be aired on USA Network and is a remake of the British comedy of the same name. The series is a based around the shenanigans of three Chicago emergency medical technicians. Does shenanigans sound like a light-hearted way to describe what EMTs do on the job? Well, it is a comedy after all!
Claire Danes Starred in 'My So Called Life'
The pilot episode has been penned by Denis Leary and Bob Fisher. Leary was the co-creator of TV show Rescue Me while Bob Fisher is the name behind hit comedy movie Wedding Crashers. It looks like these two will be a dynamic duo working together, but every now and then some great shows never even make it past their first season, it’s a tough crowd out there.
Continue reading: Will 'Sirens' Last? Other Series Cancelled After One Season
Veronica Mars spent her teenage years as a private eye alongside her detective father. Despite achieving a private detective's license at the age of 18, she plans to walk away from that part of her life now having seemingly had her fill of solving grisly murders. Now older and wiser, she has made it as a formidable New York lawyer, to the immense pride of her father. However, her new start is interrupted when she is called back to her hometown of Neptune during a high school reunion. Her former boyfriend Logan Echolls has been accused of murdering someone for a second time, despite her proving his innocence to a first murder as a teenage sleuth. Will her eye for detail and supreme intelligence prevail once again and help her solve another mystery, or has she lost her touch?
Continue: Veronica Mars Trailer
Tommy Wiseau's not done yet...
It’s not a big budget adaptation of The Room – which would probably be a disaster considering the organic brilliance of the original - but James Franco is directing an adaption of The Disaster Artist, the book written by Greg Sestero about The Room, and so much more.
James Franco looks pretty happy with himself doesn't he?
Greg Sestero put the Mark in “great story Mark,” and subsequently penned this thoughts on the bizarre experience of living with Tommy Wiseau, the man responsible for creating the film so terrible it quickly became one of the most talked about of all time.
Continue reading: James Franco Is The Ideal Guy To Adapt The Making Of The Room
The latest outing from the Coen Brothers took home the top awards on Saturday (4 Jan.) night, but how good are it's Oscar chances?
Inside Llewyn Davis took home the top honour at the National Society of Film Critics Awards last night, winning the majority of votes from the panel made up of some of America's top film critics from the nation's best-known publishers. Having already found success at the Gotham Awards last month, the latest win for ...Llewyn Davis might further outline the credentials of the latest Coen Brothers film as a potential Oscar contender, having largely been overlooked by most commentators.
The film's star Oscar Isaac was also honoured with the Best Actor award
The film was crowned Best Picture ahead of American Hustle, which came second in the overall voting, and 12 Years a Slave, which placed third. Despite winning yet another award, the Coen Brother's 'a week in the life' tale of a musician traveling through the Greenwich folk scene in 60's New York is still largely considered an outsider for major awards success, however if these gongs keep on piling up for the Coens then the Academy may be persuaded to change their mind somewhat when the votes are cast.
Continue reading: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Wins Big At US Critics Society Awards
James Franco states that selfies gain attention and "attention is power" in a New York Times article explaining why we love the sharing photos of ourselves.
Why do we love 'selfies'? James Franco attempts to explain the reason.
The ator is qualified to tackle this issue as he is guilty of posting various self-portraits on social media sites and has even been dubbed 'the selfie-king' by the TODAY show on NBC.
The 35 year-old actor wrote a column in The New York Times this past Thursday (Dec 26th) talking about the Instagram craze and how it is the best way of gaining attention, especially for someone who is well-known.
Continue reading: James Franco Attempts To Explain The Phenomena Of The 'Selfie'
With layers of meaning, this offbeat documentary by James Franco and Travis Mathews (I Want Your Love) provokes viewers as we watch its ideas challenge the people who are on-screen. The central issue is artistic expression, more specifically the way sexuality is depicted and censored in the movies.
Franco says that his goal as an artist is to continually shake himself up, and this project offered a specific challenge: "I don't like the fact that I have been brought up to think in a certain way. We can put people killing each other in movies, but we can't put realistic sex." To explore the idea, he goes back to the notorious 1980 thriller Cruising starring Al Pacino as a cop who goes undercover in the gay leather-bar scene to chase a serial killer. The film was the subject of protests while it was shooting and when it was released, and director William Friedkin (hot off his work on The Exorcist) was forced to cut 40 minutes from the film to secure an R rating.
Franco and Mathews' idea here is to recreate these lost 40 minutes, imagining what they could possibly have contained. So they gather a group of actors and a crew and document the process, showing us behind-the-scenes conversations as well as some fairly explicit finished footage. At the centre is Franco's friend Val Lauren, who takes the Pacino role with more than a little trepidation. The charged conversations between Lauren and Franco are the heart of this film, as they waver between fear and excitement over the project. There's clearly a spike of adrenaline for everyone as they all put themselves into an unfamiliar situation, then explore why it feels so uncomfortable.
Continue reading: Interior. Leather Bar. Review
Leighton Meester joins James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in Broadway's 'Of Mice and Men'.
Leighton Meester Filming 'Gossip Girl' in New York
In what is shaping up to be the hottest Broadway ticket of 2013, Of Mice and Men will see Franco and O'Dowd take the leads in the Depression-era tale.
With a powerhouse cast and an anaemic script, this violent revenge thriller never quite gets off the ground. It's watchable for the character detail, but resolutely refuses to make any logical sense as it charges through its corny plot. Fortunately the slick filmmaking and charismatic acting hold our attention, adding a hint of sophistication to the bluntly brutal story.
It's set in the Louisiana bayou, where former undercover agent Phil (Statham) is trying to have a quiet life with his young daughter (Vidovic). But the locals are wary of outsiders, and a schoolyard confrontation escalates into a feud between Phil and a resentful woman (Bosworth) who calls her gangster brother Gator (Franco) for help in getting even. Gator quickly discovers Phil's past, then enlists his trashy pal Sheryl (Ryder) to contact Phil's old enemies. But as these ruthless thugs descend on the bayou, they fail to take into consideration the fact that Phil has nearly super-human fighting skills.
There's plenty of possibility in this rather tired premise, but Stallone's boneheaded script never bothers to make things believable, skipping over key details and indulging in trite coincidences. Fleder manages to obscure this with his fluid, pacey direction, and the cast is unusually good for such a simplistic thriller. The charismatic Statham doesn't stretch himself much, occasionally attempting a bit of real acting in the father-daughter scenes (his romance with LeFevre's teacher is never developed). Bosworth and Ryder add some unpredictable edges to their stereotypical roles. And it's Franco who steals the film as an unusually thoughtful redneck thug. Although his moral quandary doesn't put off any of the nastiness.
Continue reading: Homefront Review
Zac and Seth pose for 'Bound 4' to squeeze out a few more laughs.
Zac Efron has joined in the fun of spoofing Kanye West's new music video, 'Bound 2,' by posting his own version of the cheesy scene on Instagram. The real 'Bound 2' was released last week showing Kanye and his topless fiancée Kim Kardashian riding a motorbike through mountains and sunsets. Naturally the video was an open invitation for parodies and we were quickly given Seth Rogen and James Franco's hilarious 'Bound 3.'
Efron Has Joined In The 'Bound 2' Spoofing.
Kim Kardashian responds to James Franco and Seth Rogen's hilarious parody of Kanye West's 'Bound 2' music video.
James Franco and Seth Rogen have worked with each other before, in such films as 'Pineapple Express' and 'This Is The End', but their latest joint venture is quite unique. The two Hollywood actors have made a parody of Kanye West's 'Bound 2' music video which features his future wife, Kim Kardashian.
Phil Broker is an ex-cop sadly widowed and left with his 10-year-old daughter Maddie. The pair decide to move to a beautiful small Southern town with the most stunning lake views, a good size house and plenty of places for quiet horse riding. However, their utopic vision is ruined very soon when a bully targets Maddie at her school. Like her father taught her, she fights back and she and her father find themselves facing the wrath of one unhappy parent with connections to the local drug lord Gator. Soon their lives get very comfortable when Gator begins to torment them by breaking into their house while their out. When he discovers Broker's former occupation, he and his comrades arm themselves and set out to teach this newcomer a lesson. Broker can handle himself, but when his daughter his kidnapped, he finds himself fighting harder than he ever has before.
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Since Charlie Hunnam's decision to drop out of 'Fifty Shades of Grey', the internet has been consumed with gossip surrounding who will take over the role of Christian Grey.
Speculation surrounding the replacement for Charlie Hunnam in Fifty Shades of Grey continues, with media outlets reporting actors from the lowliest soap star to Hollywood A-listers may well be up for the role of Christian Grey.
Alexander Skarsgard is a possibility, rumours suggest.
Hunnam decided to drop out of the production last week after weeks of negative attention surrounding his casting as the S&M obsessed billionaire Grey. Fans were up in arms and fervently requested a recast, and now they have their wish!
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Stiller, Bullock, Clooney and Hanks rule the red carpets at film festivals in New York and London, Radcliffe promotes Kill Your Darlings, we get a look at January's I Frankenstein, and Tarantino declares his best of the year ...
Ben Stiller's remake of the 1947 classic premiered at the New York Film Festival this week, with Stiller and costars Kristin Wiig and Adam Scott in attendance. The film, about a mild-mannered office worker with a vivid daydreaming life, won the festival's Fellowship Award. It opens in December. You can watch Ben Stillier in action as Walter Mitty in the trailer here. We also have video from this week's premiere at the New York Film Festival, you can see Ben Stiller And Kristen Wiig arriving here or watch a video of 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty' cast posing together at New York Film Festival as they are joineed by Stiller's wife Christine Taylor and his co-star Adam Scott.
Also on the red carpet in New York were Sandra Bullock, George Clooney and Alfonso Cuaron, presenting the US premiere of their space-orbit thriller Gravity, which went on to set US box office records over the weekend. Afterwards, Bullock and Cuaron jetted across the Atlantic for the film's UK premiere at the London Film Festival this week. We have video footage taken at the 'Gravity' NY Premiere featuring stars George Clooney And Sandra Bullock and another video featuring director Alfonso Cuaron arriving at the 'Gravity' NYFF premiere. We also urge you read our report on how studio pressure almost ruined the movie and how Alfonso Cuaron had to fight for the version we are seeing and enjoying today.
James Franco makes his directing debut with this ambitious adaptation of William Faulkner's notoriously downbeat novel. No surprise: it's extremely grim! It's also a bit too cleverly shot and edited to tell the tale from each character's perspective, which means there's no central point to draw us in emotionally.
The story takes place in rural Mississippi in the early 20th century, where the Bundren family have surrounded Addie (Grant) on her deathbed. Her children are all nearby: daughter Dewey Dell (O'Reilly) stays by her side, Cash (Parrack) saws timber for her coffin, Jewel (Marshall-Green) rides his precious horse to clear his mind, and Darl (Franco) tries to keep everyone happy, including youngest brother Vard (Permenter). But their dad Anse (Nelson) has promised to bury Addie in Jefferson, a three-day journey away. And as they painstakingly make their way across the countryside, each of them has a personal issue to deal with along the way.
All of the characters get a chance to narrate part of the film, which lets us see their inner thoughts and dreams and understand the secrets they are hiding from each other. Along with Franco's use of split screens to show scenes from multiple angles, this essentially makes us all-seeing witnesses to the story, unable to dive in and engage with the raw emotions that are churning around everyone. The film is beautifully shot and acted with real soulfulness, but it also feels eerily dispassionate about these fragile people.
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The new trailer for the upcoming action promises a film with the potential to be a huge success
Homefront is a tense action thriller that wants to poke holes in the typical story of a rural town's collective hostility towards a new family. Based on the Chuck Logan novel of the same name, the film will introduce Logan's much-used character Phil Broker (Jason Statham) to the big screen for the first time and judging by the trailer alone, we should be in for a wild ride when the film is released later this year.
Things start off blissfully for Broker and his daughter
Broker is an ex-DEA agent (not a former Minnesota cop, as he is in the book) who moves out to a rural town in the south of the United States to begin a new life with his daughter, Maddie (Izabela Vidovic), following the death of his wife. At first, things seem to be as idyllic as Broker would have hoped, with horses to ride, lakes to swim in and a large house to call their own, however things soon take a turn for the worse when Broker's daughter fights back against the school bully.
Phil Broker is a former DEA agent who moves to a beautiful small town with his 10-year-old daughter Maddie after the death of his wife. It seems like the perfect place to live with its incredible lakes, horses and a large house, but things aren't always what they seem which Phil finds out when his daughter fights back against a bully at school. The mother of that bully takes revenge by getting in touch with Gator; a local drug lord who enjoys subjecting his victims to weeks of fear and paranoia. He breaks into Phil's house while he and Maddie are out and doesn't hesitate to leave a few clues that someone's been there. Phil proves to be able to handle himself, but that only puts him in further danger when Gator and his crew force their way into the house at night armed with guns and try to take his daughter from him.
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There's been a lot of head-scratching after 'Third Person' premiered at TIFF.
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.
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.
Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, premiered at the Venice Film festival last night (Wednesday 28th August).
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.
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.
The actor will introduce viewers to his own artistic works and interests.
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.
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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James Franco is returning to television - this time unscripted - with 'James Franco Presents'
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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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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Linda Lovelace's story remains difficult to tell on-screen.
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.
Peter Sarsgaard [L] and Amanda Seyfried [R] In Lovelace
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.
Continue reading: Is Linda Lovelace's Complex Story Simply Unfilmable?
The star of the cult HBO comedy series was injured whilst filming scenes for the upcoming fourth season of the cult comedy
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.
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."
Amanda Seyfried considers the role of Linda Lovelace to be the riskiest in Hollywood.
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?
Amanda Seyfried as 'Linda Lovelace' in Rob Epstein's Forthcomig Biopic
"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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The first trailer for 'Lovelace' gives the first look at a hugely talented cast.
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.
Peter 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.
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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The film finally has a trailer and a release date - August 9 in the US.
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.
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.
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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We're interested to know what you think of the ending... when the film comes out.
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.
Rogan 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 in an interview with 'The Vulture', that the end of 'This is The End' was changed to accommodate a "childhood dream".
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.
Continue reading: Seth Rogen Reveals: 'This Is The End' Does Not Use Original Ending
The film star wants to set his vision in motion
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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The movie manages to move beyond parody, straight to clever satire.
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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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 says she lost weight after moving to Hollywood.
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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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.
Continue reading: 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!
Can James Franco's movie become the first since 'Tyson' in 2008 to win the Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes?
Jim Parrack & James Franco in As I Lay Dying
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.
Continue reading: James Franco Takes On Faulkner In 'As I Lay Dying' [Trailer & Pictures]
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