A Little Girl's Mother has high expectations of her daughter, given her own career success, and thus takes it upon herself to plan out her entire life, complete with a rigorous study and exercise schedule. The Little Girl agrees to knuckle down at first, but soon finds herself distracted by her peculiar elderly neighbour, The Aviator, who wishes to tell her the story of his encounter with The Little Prince - an other worldly being who lived on an astronaut before landing in the middle of a desert on Earth. The Little Girl is fascinated by the tale, and starts to understand what the most important things are in life, such as friendship. She starts to lament the idea of growing up and the idea of forgetting the significant things she understands as a child; that only the heart can give her a true vision in life.
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The cast and crew of upcoming drama 'True Story', including Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones and director Rupert Goold, take us through the plot of the film in a new featurette. They discuss the unlikely relationship between a disgraced journalist and a convicted killer, and what it's like to take on such a sensitive story.
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In a new interview with FourTwoNine, the actor says he likes his public persona as it allows him to "play" with perceptions.
In a strange new interview, James Franco has spoken about his sexuality and career – with himself.
In a piece in the new edition of FourTwoNine magazine, the actor, who has for a long time had to put up with rumours about his sexual orientation, spoke candidly about his perception and public image, and why he doesn’t mind if people think that he’s gay.
James Franco doesn't mind if some people think he's gay
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The annual New York film festival is now in its 14th year.
The line up for this year’s Tribeca Film Festival was announced on Tuesday, with a diverse range of titles from features to documentaries taking part in the annual competition. This year, the best narrative feature category sees 12 films battling it out for the prestigious prize, while 12 documentaries from around the word will compete to be named best documentary feature.
Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning’s hotly tipped Franny will have its world premiere at the festival. Directed by Andrew Renzi the film follows Gere as a wealthy, ageing eccentric who finds a new lease on life by working his way into the life of his late friend’s daughter (Fanning) and her husband, played by Theo James.
The Berlinale's Golden Bear for Best Film has been awarded to Iranian director Jafar Panahi's 'Taxi'.
Jafar Panahi, the critically acclaimed Iranian director, has won the Berlin Film Festival's Golden Bear for his film Taxi. Panahi has been banned from making films by the Iranian authorities yet continues to work and gain international support. Panahi also stars in Taxi as a driver who meets a variety of people as he drives them around Tehran. The film both celebrates Iranian culture and condemns the censorship imposed by the Iranian authorities.
There's half of a great satire here, as Seth Rogen, James Franco and Evan Goldberg combine that freewheeling mayhem from This Is the End with some more pointed political comedy. But in its second half, the script begins to repeat its less-funny jokes, wallowing in smutty gags and excessive violence. These things may please the chuckleheads in the audience, but they wear everyone else out. And they make us work to see the film's much more enjoyable brom-com plot and sharp social commentary.
The story is centred around swaggering TV personality Dave Skylark (Franco), whose chat show majors in shocking celebrity revelations like Eminem's homosexuality or Rob Lowe's baldness. Dave's producer Aaron (Rogen) is feeling like a second-class newsmaker when he discovers that North Korean despot Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) is a fan of Dave's show and is willing to be interviewed live on camera. Then before they can head off, two CIA operatives (Lizzy Caplan and Reese Alexander) convince Dave and Aaron to assassinate Kim with a deadly drug. And when they arrive in Pongyang their mission is complicated when Aaron falls for Kim's media director Sook (Diana Bang) and Dave falls for Kim himself.
Yes, the film has a fairly standard romantic-comedy structure, as Dave and Aaron's close friendship is strained to the breaking point by the arrival of another man. Virtually all of the dialogue is infused with gay innuendo, double entendres and full-on sex jokes. Some of this is genuinely hilarious, such as the first time Dave and Kim discover their mutual love of Katy Perry's Firework. Then that joke is brought back four or five times, so by the end it's not even mildly amusing. Pretty much every gag in the film is beaten to death, even the ones that weren't funny to begin with. Thankfully, the actors' energy never flags.
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Happy 30th Birthday to The Sundance Film Festival! A whole host of stars and celebrities flocked to have their pictures taken at Sundance.
The Sundance Film Festival is currently in full swing, having begun on 22nd January, and wrapping up on 1st February. This year, something particularly special is in the air at Salt Lake City, as the festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. That's right, the Sundance Film Festival has been running for 30 years! Starting out back in 1985, Sundance screened 86 films with the help of 13 staff members. Last year, the festival showcased 186 films of 12,218 that were submitted. That sort of growth has helped Sundance become one of the biggest independent film festivals in, not only North America, by the world.
Kevin Bacon at The Sundance Film Festival, 2015 (Credit: Larry Busacca - Getty Images)
This year, 54 first-time filmmakers are having their films premiered at the festival, but there are plenty of well-known faces there, as well, as 200 films are being shown this year for the monumental anniversary. For the 12th year running, The Village at the Lift has been set up in Park City with a café, restaurant, nightclub and photo studio. And this photo studio has seen a host of celebrities for the festival flocking in to pose for pictures in promotion for their various films, taken by Larry Busacca.
The two actors take the leads in the trailer for their latest film, True Story
James Franco has a True Story to tell and he wants to tell it to Jonah Hill. That's the premise of Franco's latest film, based on, ironically, a true story, as he plays one of the FBI's most wanted men, Christian Longo, convicted of murdering his wife and three children.
Jonah Hill plays a journalist desperate to get a story out of James Franco's convicted killer
Hill plays disgraced journalist Michael Finkel, who was fired from the New York Times and whose name has been used by Longo to escape police custody.
Continue reading: Franco And Hill Have A True Story To Tell
In 2001, Michael Finkel (Jonah Hill) was fired from his job at the New York Times for creating fictitious characters and using them in an article he published. Not long afterwards, he discovered that Christian Longo (James Franco) had used his name as an alias while on the run after murdering his wife and three children. Finkel confronted Longo in jail, whereupon Longo began to explain what happened and who was really to blame for the murder. As Finkel began to go deeper and deeper into the case, he realised that while this posed a chance to be his comeback, it could also ruin his reputation and career. He desperately hope that he was preparing to publish the true story.
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It could yet end happily ever after for 'The Interview', as Netflix secures a deal with Sony Pictures to make the controversial comedy available to its American and Canadian subscribers.
It’s been quite a turnaround for The Interview in the last month. A little over four weeks ago, the Sony picture had been seemingly consigned to the dustbin following the studio’s cancellation of its release in the face of threats from cyberhackers.
But following its resounding success in its limited digital release, the rumoured Netflix deal has come to pass. Late on Tuesday, the online streaming service announced that the comedy would be available to its US and Canadian subscribers.
'The Interview' is coming to Netflix at the weekend, with Sony Pictures securing a deal with the streaming service
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The remarkable story of the once-cancelled comedy continues, with plans for a European theatrical release and a rumoured Netflix deal.
The revival of The Interview, which so recently seemed to be doomed to the dustbin of movie history, continues unabated. Following the remarkable box office figures returned upon its limited release across the States, streaming service Netflix has tentatively expressed an interest in making the film available to its subscribers.
On Wednesday, Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a press conference “People want to see the movie and we want to be able to deliver the movie.” However, he would not elaborate on the details of any efforts to secure the film. Sony Pictures had no comment on the possibility of such a deal either.
Netflix has signalled a potential deal to provide The Interview to its 53 million online subscribers
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The political comedy, starring James Franco and Seth Rogen, has been well-received in spite of its limited release.
Sony’s last minute Christmas Eve change of heart seems to have paid off, with its controversial film The Interview taking more than $15 million in online sales and rentals, it has been revealed.
In addition to the $2.8 million it made from its four-day opening run over 331 independent theaters that arranged to show the film on December 25th, good enough to put at 16th place in the box office charts, the comedy has become Sony’s highest grossing online release ever, according to Variety.
The Interview has made over $15 million in online rentals and purchases since its availability on December 25th.
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After a bumpy start, the movie has found its footing.
So The Interview has received a fair bit of backlash for turning a complex political conflict into a raging bro fest, but creators Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Dan Sterling are laughing all the way to the bank. It didn’t matter that the Sony hack and threats resulted in the movie being pulled from theatres. After its Wednesday release, The Interview made $15 million on online sales alone.
If you were offended by The Interview, this information might make your head explode.
In just three days following Christmas Eve, The Interview has gone on to become Sony’s most downloaded title of all time. So... er... given the terrible reviews and comments online, are we seeing reverse psychology at work here? Or just good old fashioned American rebellion?
'The Interview' will be given a limited release on Christmas Day and Seth Rogen, James Franco and President Obama are amongst those celebrating.
The Interview will be shown in limited cinemas in the US from Christmas Day. Sony Pictures Entertainment has granted the film's release despite threats from hackers directed at cinema goers. Mounting political pressure, including a number of statements released by President Barack Obama, is believed to have contributed to Sony's decision to release The Interview.
In a recent interview George Clooney has expressed his horror at the control of content and censorship resulting from the hacks and subsequent violence threatened by the hacker group Guardians of Peace. Clooney created a petition in the hopes of uniting the film industry against further threats but his attempts so far have been in vain - no one will sign his letter.
George Clooney's attempt at creating a petition in which members of the film industry could show their support for Sony and determination not to give in to violent threats in the face of freedom of speech did not gain the support he had expected.
George Clooney has created a petition hoping to encourage the studios to make a stand against cyber terrorism.
Continue reading: George Clooney Created Pro Sony Petition But "Nobody Stood Up"
Some theatres are also said to be deciding not to carry the film when it opens on December 25th.
The Interview, the now very, very controversial new comedy from Seth Rogen and James Franco has had it glitzy New York premiere cancelled after another threat was made by the group thought to be behind the recent Sony hack.
Seth Rogen and James Franco have caused contraversy with The Interview
The film, which centres on an attempted assassination of North Korean president Kim Jong Un, was supposed to have its big premiere at Manhattan's Sunshine Cinema on Thursday evening (December 18th). However the Los Angeles Times now reports that Landmark Theatres, which owns the venue has said that Sony had cancelled the premiere.
Continue reading: New York Premiere Of 'The Interview' Reportedly Cancelled Amid Threats
Sony executives have major doubts about 'The Interview'.
There was absolutely an air of uncertainty about Amy Pascal's leaked emails to Seth Rogen. The comedy actor was unwilling to make edits to his controversial movie The Interview but, on the face of it, Pascal seemed a little disinterested anyway.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Interview, though the executives have their doubts
The executives ended up getting their way and altering the gory final scene in the movie, during which Kim Jong Un's head explodes and is set aflame. However, in a new set of leaked emails, it appears the head honchos hate the entire movie anyway, calling it too offensive, "desperately unfunny" and likely to fail given the starring berth of James Franco.
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The salaries from 'The Interview' have been leaked online - but did North Korea have something to do with it?
In a development that appears to add credence to the accusation that North Korea could have something to do with the recent hack at Sony, Seth Rogen and James Franco's payment for controversial movie The Interview have appeared online.
Seth Rogen [L] and James Franco [R] star in The Interview
North Korea had threatened to retaliate against the United States if Sony went ahead with its December release date of the movie, which follows two journalists tasked with assassinating North Korea dictator Kim Jong-Un.
Continue reading: Hackers Reveal Seth Rogen, James Franco's Salaries For 'The Interview'
In London, it's a UK premiere for Angelina Jolie's new WWII drama Unbroken and a world premiere for the Paddington movie. Fans are buzzing about the new Jurassic World trailer, while there are also teasers and clips for Pan, Strange Magic, The Interview and Pitch Perfect 2...
Angelina Jolie, Jack O'Connell and Luke Treadaway were on hand for the UK premiere of their new movie Unbroken this week. The film is gathering awards buzz as expectations build to its Christmas Day release.
James Franco and Seth Rogen are Skylark and Aaron in 'The Interview', with hilarious results.
'The Interview' has already become arguably the most controversial comedy of the moment, with its less than sensitive approach to the crisis in North Korea. Nonetheless, it's another tremendously funny venture from a comedy duo we just can't get enough of.
Franco and Rogen are the comedy duo of the moment
James Franco and Seth Rogen appear to be simply inseparable at the moment; having been best buddies since meeting on the set of late nineties show 'Freaks and Geeks', the pair have collaborated on numerous projects such as 2008's Golden Globe nominated 'Pineapple Express', Evan Goldberg's memorable 'This Is the End' (in which they play themselves) and Franco's own film adaptation of William Faulkner's 'The Sound and the Fury' (yeah, we couldn't imagine them doing 'serious' either).
David Skylark (James Franco) is a worldwide celebrity. His talk show is watched everyone, including the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. Skylark's producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogan), is beginning to doubt the direction of the show and Skylark's sell-out nature. But everything changes when they organise an interview with Kim Jong-un. Suddenly, they are approached by the CIA, offering them a mission to assassinate the world leader. From there, they engage in a ridiculous secret mission, trying to arrange the interview with Skylark being alone in a room with Jong-un and allowing for the assassination.
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There are moments when this three-strand drama almost ascends to the emotional resonance of writer-director Paul Haggis' Oscar-winning 2004 movie Crash. Perhaps even more ambitious, this film is exploring issues of creativity, attraction and grief, but Haggis puts so much effort into the literary trickery that he fails to create characters the audience can connect with. So the drama ends up being interesting but never moving.
The central plot-thread is in Paris, where blocked writer Michael (Liam Neeson) is holed up in a hotel after leaving his wife (Kim Basinger) and arranging to meet his whip-smart mistress Anna (Olivia Wilde). But their witty romance seems to get entangled with his struggle to write a new novel. Meanwhile in Rome, dodgy American businessman Scott (Adrien Brody) meets Monika (Moran Atias), a sexy Roma woman trying to rescue her kidnapped daughter from local gangsters. With his own haunting back-story involving a lost child, Scott offers to help. And in New York, fallen soap-star Julia (Mila Kunis) has hired a lawyer (Maria Bello) in an effort to get custody of her son from her wealthy-painter ex (James Franco). But her life has gone so far off the rails that it's unlikely any judge will see things her way.
There's a clear sense that these storylines are swirling around in Michael's head as he tries to write. Each character has parent-child issues, including the event that sent Michael's career into a downward spiral. But Haggis never quite defines all of this, leaving ideas and themes dangling everywhere without connecting them to authentic people or experiences. So it's very difficult to get involved in any of the story strands, even though the actors deliver open, raw performances. Kunis has the film's strongest role, a complex journey into the aching soul of a mother, and she plays it beautifully. And Bello finds some moments of consuming emotion in her smaller part. Everything else feels rather cliched, from Neeson and Wilde's cute-prickly romantic games to Brody's journey to the dark side of Italy.
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Gia Coppola's adaptation of James Franco's Palo Alto is another string to the Coppola family bow
One of the more striking things about the new multi-strand teen drama Palo Alto is how it features a series of second and third-generation artists and rising stars. It's certainly a film that looks forwards, crafting a very different style of teen drama than anything we've seen before.
Intriguingly, the film most closely resembles writer-director Gia Coppola's Aunt Sofia's debut film The Virgin Suicides (1999), another evocative teen movie that centred on emotions rather than overt plot points. Gia is also of course the granddaughter of master filmmaker Francis (of The Godfather and Apocalyse Now fame). Her famous cousins include Nicolas Cage and Jason Schwartzman, whose mother Talia Shire (best known as Adrian in Rocky) also appears in Palo Alto.
Continue reading: Gia Coppola's Palo Alto Is A Next-Generation Movie
James Franco's collection of autobiographical short stories is adapted into a remarkably evocative film by Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis. And the film's next-generation credentials don't end there. It stars Emma Roberts (daughter of Eric) and Jack Kilmer (son of Val), superb young actors who bring their characters to vivid life even as multiple story strands weave around them. And what makes the film important is its willingness to present teens authentically, often in ways parents probably wish they didn't know about.
It's set in suburban Northern California, where high school teen April (Roberts) worries that she's the last virgin in her class. She's secretly in love with Teddy (Kilmer), and he likes her too, but everyone thinks he's having a fling with the class slut (Zoe Levin). So while babysitting one night for her soccer coach (Franco), she is both startled and thrilled when he makes a move on her. Meanwhile, Teddy's best pal Fred (Nat Wolff) is causing chaos everywhere he goes, as the school's teens go from party to party indulging in alcohol and drugs, testing the boundaries of authority. And their parents seem fairly oblivious to all of this.
Coppola shoots and edits the film in a way that's deeply personal, focussing on the inner lives of the characters rather than the gyrations of the various plot strands. This gives the film a surprisingly cohesive tone, linking everything together into a single tale of young people trying to work out a path to adulthood in a society full of mixed messages. And things rarely go as expected. For example, Teddy is sure he'll go to prison when he crashes his car while driving stoned, but he is given a second chance. And he discovers that doing community service is actually rather enjoyable.
Continue reading: Palo Alto Review
April (Emma Roberts) is a shy young girl attending high school in Palo Alto, California. While she has an unrequited crush on Teddy (Jack Kilmer), a flirtatious relationship with her soccer coach, Mr. B (James Franco) is steadily developing into something more physical and altogether more dangerous. At the same time, in the same town, a girl named Emily (Zoe Levin) is the polar opposite of April. Emily indulges in sexual interactions with Teddy and his friend Fred (Nat Wolff) who are themselves engaging in acts of juvenile destruction. But as the kids are forced together as their paths collide, questions arise about the nature of love, lust, boredom, and recklessness in the modern youth culture.
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The 28 year-old actress opens up about her infamous sex-list going public, and how the experience was "really violating,"
Lindsay Lohan was left feeling embarrassed when a list of all the famous people she had slept with, which included 36 high-profile stars, was leaked to the public back in March. But to make things worse, someone on that list claims the 28 year-old actress is a liar.
Lohan wrote a list of all the famous people she had sex
Zac Efron, Orlando Bloom, Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Heath Ledger, Benicio Del Toro, and Colin Farrell, are just some of the individuals Lohan has supposedly had sex with, but James Franco is the only person who has come forward to deny this allegation.
Continue reading: Lindsay Lohan Comments On James Franco Claiming Her Sex-List Is Wrong
Bad news for comedy fans, but good news for North Korean dictators: James Franco and Seth Rogen's new film has been pushed back to a December release date.
Originally scheduled to release in October, The Interview is co-directed by Evan Goldberg (who also directed This is the End) and Seth Rogen, and is based around a celebrity talk show host (Franco) and his producer (Rogen) who are tasked with assasinating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. The film has upset North Korea, who unsurprisingly aren't seeing the funny side, but as it turns out, audiences won't be seeing it either- at least, not for another two months.
Franco fans will have to wait a little while longer for his next comedy
Workaholic James Franco is on a roll this year - and he's not looking to stop!
James Franco looks to be a busy man at the moment - and we're not just talking about his Instagram selfie habit. Ever the hard worker, the 'Child Of God' star has taken on an enormous amount of projects this year - each one more different than the next - whether it's acting, directing, writing or producing.
James Franco is taking no breaks this year
His most recent movie roles include controversial romance 'Palo Alto', action thriller 'Homefront', London set crime movie 'Good People' and, obviously, the aforementioned violent drama 'Child Of God'. So what's coming up in the near future?
The 36 year-old actor sarcastically responded to a story that claimed he may be a homosexual because he lives with a man.
James Franco is known to be very active on social media, mainly known for positing selfies, but on this occasion he used it as a platform to call out a fake story that questioned his sexuality just because he lives with his close friend, and fellow actor, Scott Haze.
Franco and Haze have been friends for ten years
The 36 year-old actor wasn't too impressed with a recent story posted on Gawker, which highlighted an article published in The New York Times that stated Franco was living with another man.
Ding ding! The gloves were off in the land of showbiz this week as squabbles broke out, feathers were ruffled and tensions arose.
Seth Rogen Vs. North Korea: Seth Rogen should be feeling a little nervous right now. The actor and funnyman, who is preparing for the fall release of new movie The Interview, has been threatened after North Korea issued an official complaint to the UN. The shady country raised its hackles over the plot of Rogen's new movie, which depicts a plot to kill dictator Kim Jong-Un. This is unbelievable. If you want to thumb your nose at the Supreme Leader, go giggle at the poster - it's hilarious.
George Clooney Vs. The Daily Mail: George Clooney should only have seating arrangements and wedding cake tasting on his mind at the moment but the Gravity actor has had to engage in battle with The Daily Mail over comments the tabloid made alleging that the mother of Clooney's fiancée, Amal Alamuddin, was not happy with her daughters upcoming nuptials on religious grounds - a claim the actor has called a "lie." Clooney got angry, the Mail apologised, Clooney got angrier.
James Franco Wednesday 9th December 2009 St. Jude Children's Reseach Hospital benefit at Brooks Brothers New York City, USA
Date of birth
19th April, 1978
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