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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 he’ll 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 Men’s Jon Hamm to play the film’s 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.)
Disney’s 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.
Unlike the situation with Jane Got A Gun, which Law dropped because he wouldn't be able to work with director Lynne Ramsay, the site says that Law dropped off of Queen of the Desert so that he would be able to be a part of a production of Henry V.
The movie tells the story of an American couple living in London who have fallen on hard times. Their luck seems to change, however, when the tenant that lives below them dies and leaves behind 200,000 pounds in cash - but that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.
On some set visits, you spend a lot of time talking to the people who make the film look the way it does, from the production designers to the costumers to the director, all of them showing you their amazing special effects and the unique world they've created, usually within a soundstage. And while the effects on This Is The End will no doubt be impressive-- directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg still seemed slightly amazed that Sony even gave them the budget they had-- the movie is really all about the talking
Given how often apocalypse movies are set in Los Angeles, and the never-ending threat of an earthquake that will send all of California out to sea, you'd think at least a couple of famous people would have a disaster plan in mind. But as we can see in this brand-new clip from This is The End, apparently all there is is an assumption that they'll rescue the famous people first-- and a deep, totally understandable desire not to die in James Franco's house
April Fools! OK, you probably didn't fall for it, since we're not cruel enough to go with their joke in our headline, but it's fun to pretend for at least a little while that this really is the low-budget sequel to Pineapple Express that James Franco, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson made in their house, somehow stealing the original costumes from the Sony props department and convincing David Gordon Green to sign off on it
No one outside Sony has yet gotten a look at This is The End, but the studio is apparently happy with what they've seen, signing Rogen and Goldberg to write, direct and produce The Interview, a comedy about what happens when a talk show host and his producer accidentally wind up in the middle of a plot to assassinate the prime minister of North Korea
I truly don't understand why people are compelled to look at their cell phones while watching a film in a theater. Isn't the point of going to the movies to remove yourself from the real world for two hours while you get caught up in a dark drama, hilarious comedy or kick-ass action movie?
Ask a hundred rappers how to get famous, and chances are you’ll get a hundred different answers. Build street cred by selling drugs and flashing weapons. Polish the lyrical linguistics. Perfect the freestyle. Make a YouTube video. Have an uncle who’s a record producer.
It was over a decade ago that Sam Raimi first cast James Franco as his Harry Osborn for what would become the Spider-Man trilogy. Over the course of three movies we watched Harry change as a character, but also saw Franco develop as an actor.
Spring Breakers centers on four college girls (the aforementioned Hudgens and Gomez, as well as Ashley Benson and Rachel Korine). Dreaming of a Spring Break vacation they'll never forget, these bosom buddies rob a restaurant to fun their trip, but land in jail. Sprung by a drug and arms dealer (Franco), they have a second shot at Spring Break glory, but first there's some dirty work to do.
Spring Break forever bitches! Harmony Korine movies will always exist on cinema’s most dangerously tangled fringes, fingerpainting the line between cultural satire and straight-up oddballery. With his latest filmSpring Breakers, he dips his feet into contemporary commercial cinema, blasting it full of bullets and blowing weed smoke through the holes
In February 2002, reporter Michael Finkel was hit with a major double whammy. He was fired from the New York Times for falsifying elements of an investigative article, and he discovered a dangerous killer apprehended in Mexico had been going around using Finkel's name and identity.
Franco can't come right out now and say he thinks Oz The Great And Powerful will be silly, but he has no fear saying that about other franchises-- and especially those that mimic one he already made. Asked by MTV at Sundance what he thought about The Amazing Spider-Man
O Brother, Where Art Thou?’s Tim Blake Nelson is pretty familiar with actors stepping behind the camera. He’s gone behind the lens on several occasions himself, most notably for 2010’s Leaves Of Grass, and now, he’s signed up to help two of his fellow actors work on their own directorial projects.
The last time that James Franco was in a Sam Raimi film he was riding a hover-snowboard and wearing body armor while trying his hardest to avenge his father's death and murder Spider-Man. This March, however, he reunites with Raimi wearing a much different costume and is ready to cast a spell over the Land of Oz.
Ellroy’s book came out in 1995, and is a period thriller not unlike Ellroy’s other crime-noir stories (such as L.A. Confidential or The Black Dahlia). It is divided into five sections as it follows three unconventional law enforcement agents as it attempts to connect a series of conspiracy theories entangling the CIA, the FBI and the Mafia.
In a time of publicist-controlled images and fake reality TV personalities, it's good to know there's at least one star out there who wants to use his power just to fuck with your head. At this year's Sundance, that involved premiering two different movies in one might, both of them about kinky sex, and at least one of them featuring actual, unsimulated sex
Franco is now set to both direct and star in Beautiful People, a new project about Jay Sebring. The film will chronicle the stylist's rise as a "self-created men’s grooming pioneer" and follow through to his early death at the hands of Charles Manson and the Manson family. The site notes that Sebring had a romantic relationship with Sharon Tate, who also notably died during the Manson spree.