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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 Iím not sure thereís one who routinely finds himself in the middle of more weirdness. From obnoxious Oscar campaigns to invisible art to underage girls, heís almost a magnet for the bizarre, which is why the following lawsuit shouldnít 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 didnít 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 ďWestern Capitalist PigsĒ that brought you This Is the End and Neighbors. Thatís funny. And so was both Neighbors and This Is The End, reminding audiences that Rogen and his crew are on a hot streak that isnít 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 didnít mean to be the bearer of the apocalypse, Mr. Franco also apparently didnít mean to play a cameo role in upcoming sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Yet according to EW, heís doing just thatÖ whether he knows it or not.
Sex, drugs, chainsaws, and alcohol are all present and filmed with a style that looks like it runs in the more contemporary branch of the Coppola family tree. Interestingly enough, similar subject matter was covered by Sofia Coppola in her debut film The Virgin Suicides
Are you still pissed off about Freaks And Geeks get cancelled all the way back in 2000? I am, and let the record show Judd Apatow is too. In fact, the popular director and super producer still carries so much anger from the critically acclaimed show getting axed by NBC that it drives him to keep accomplishing more and more.
The story of Sausage Party follows a forgotten sausage who accidentally falls out of someoneís grocery cart. He must then team up with a bunch of other store items as he works towards getting back on the shelf before the 4th of July sale.
Discover the life story of Pulitzer Prize-winning American poet C.K. Williams with Tar. The drama is named for one of Williams' best-loved poems, which also happens to be a favorite of its star and producer James Franco. See him as Williams, a young lover, distracted writer, and tortured artist, in the trailer above.
It looks like Lizzy Caplan will be reuniting with Freaks and Geeks stars James Franco and Seth Rogen for The Interview, a comedy to be directed, written and produced by Rogen and Evan Goldberg. We learned back in March that Rogen and Franco were re-teaming on screen for The Interview, which would star the duo as a talk show host and produce who accidentally wind up in the middle of a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea.
Itís been a long wait since Sal, a Sal Mineo biopic directed by Renaissance Man James Franco, made its world premiere at the prestigious Venice Film Festival in 2011. But at long last we have a trailer as the film readies for its theatrical opening.
Can that even happen? I mean, they do realize that Franco is at the apex of all saturation points, and that people would throw money to see him do just about anything. And this seemed like something of a prestige project, even though it was merely one of a half-dozen or so movies heíll have been involved in directing this year.
Unfortunately, as with most of the other actors, thereís no real sign of who Brooks will be voicing, and itís only mentioned that heíll play ďone of the filmís villains.Ē Thatís a strange description, since there arenít any real villains in The Little Prince, so to speak.
Yes, plenty of what's on display in the Homefront trailer looks ridiculous, from the little girl using MMA fighting skills on the playground to Kate Bosworth's Southern drawl seemingly leftover from the Straw Dogs remake. And watching British Jason Statham arrive in rural America only to beat up its residents reeks of all kinds of cross-country snobbery. But Jason Statham is our British thug, and we love him, and we will let him beat up our hicks if we damn well want to.
If you remember March's Spring Breakers at all, you probably remember it for the performance from James Franco as Alien, a DJ and low-level crook whose catchphrase "Look at my shit!" became its own mini-phenomenon-- and distributor A24 knows it
Franco and a small list of other celebrities will feature into the film as victims of hidden camera scams. In the movie, celebrity houses are being broken into and cameras are set up to record private moments - with the tapes then being sold online.
Franco says heíll also star in the film, which he co-wrote with Matt Rager, who was also involved in the screenwriting for As I Lay Dying. If all things go correctly, he wants Mad Menís Jon Hamm to play the filmís patriarch Mr. Compson.
Beyond giving directors somewhat high-profile projects to make, Franco will be donating all proceeds from the sales of the three films to Art of Elysium, a non-profit that encourages actors, artists and musicians to spend time with children suffering from serious medical conditions.
For those unfamiliar with the book, the plot centers on a pilot who crashes in the Sahara desert and miraculously comes across a young boy who claims to hail from an asteroid and has fallen to Earth. The pilot fixes his plane and tries to get it ready for flight again while the boy tells him stories about his homeworld. Sources have informed THR that Bridges will be providing the voice of the pilot, but fails to mention who the rest of the actors will be portraying.
First up, here's Franco looking broody as Darl Bundren, the younger brother of Cash (Parrack) as well as the main storyteller in the novel. (You can spot Parrack as Cash in the center of the shot at the top of the page. Also spotted behind him is the youngest Brundren, Vardaman, played by newcomer Brady Permenter.)
Disneyís big budget live action adventure story, Oz the Great and Powerful had a long and bountiful run at the box office, earning $80 million in its first weekend in the US and going on to earn $482 million worldwide. Since it spent a long while in theaters, the film is getting a fairly quick Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download, and On Demand turnaround, too, hitting the market on June 11.