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Joining me on this week’s episode is Cinema Blend’s own Sean O’Connell, and together we pitch six different actors who we would like to see potentially take on the lead role in Doctor Strange. Who do we want to see get the part? You’ll have to watch to find out!
While most of the characters in Rogen and Goldberg’s This Is The End find a way to get raptured and taken off to heaven, that was not the fate that wound up being orchestrated for James Franco. Instead, a plan to "sacrifice" himself in the third act of the movie goes horribly awry, and he winds up getting eaten by Danny McBride and his team of cannibals.
After years of success writing some of the funniest moves in Hollywood, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg truly stepped up their game in 2013. The duo made their directorial debut with This Is The End, and the apocalyptic comedy was not only a smash hit at the box office, but also won mass critic approval. Now they are back to show that their freshman effort was no fluke, and they’re doing so with a project that is equal parts funny, epic and controversial.
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Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey, if we’re getting formal, is the story of a guy who earned the vomit-influenced nickname Rant thanks to a particularly disgusting prank he pulled as a child. Though disturbing, the story is engrossing due to Palahniuk’s use of “oral” narratives given by many of the people who knew Rant during his relatively short life.
MTV and Sony say that Franco and Rogen’s special will have the duo in character interacting with VMA performers Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and VMA nominee Jason Derulo.
One is the alteration of various buttons worn by the North Korean characters in the film, which apparently are accurate representation of what is worn by certain military officials in North Korea, a detail that seems unnecessarily blasphemous.
There are a lot of actors who routinely find themselves in more trouble than James Franco, but I’m not sure there’s one who routinely finds himself in the middle of more weirdness. From obnoxious Oscar campaigns to invisible art to underage girls, he’s almost a magnet for the bizarre, which is why the following lawsuit shouldn’t surprise you in the least.
Earlier this month, the first trailer for the Seth Rogen/ James Franco comedy The Interview dropped. It played pretty well here in America, but given its plot follows a group of journalists who decide to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, it didn’t exactly send pleasing ripples through the Asian Communist country.
You throw into this mix the obvious resemblance between the Franco brothers, and suddenly this is DePalma-levels of creepy. The very making of The Room, a film that feels like a cry for help from a crazy person, is a Heart Of Darkness-type story of absolute power corrupting absolutely.
From the “Western Capitalist Pigs” that brought you This Is the End and Neighbors. That’s funny. And so was both Neighbors and This Is The End, reminding audiences that Rogen and his crew are on a hot streak that isn’t likely to cool with The Interview.
Never mind the fact that Franco is tossing Akerlund and Welsh under the bus, two experienced, skills artists who have proven themselves in the past. Akerlund's aesthetic hovers between challenging and challenged, but he's made a number of really unique and peculiar films. He's not exactly Shawn Levy.
What would you do if you stumbled across $400,000? Would you keep it? Would you call the cops? What if you found it in your home--well, within the portion of your home rented out to a shady tenant? This is the curious conundrum that faces James Franco and Kate Hudson in the upcoming thriller Good People. In the film's first trailer, you get a sense of the temptation and danger these questions arouse.
To recount his shady-sounding story of how he raised the money for The Room is pointless: he is an enigma, appearing out of thin air to debut his magnum opus in Los Angeles in the early aughts, buying out entire theaters and, slowly, building a reputation for the movie (which he writes, directs and stars in) that led to midnight screenings nationwide and a bizarre counter-cultural reputation as a fool, a genius, or... well, probably a fool.
Much like how his character didn’t mean to be the bearer of the apocalypse, Mr. Franco also apparently didn’t mean to play a cameo role in upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Yet according to EW, he’s doing just that… whether he knows it or not.