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.
Continue reading: Third Person Review
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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!
Continue reading: 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Casting Fever Continues
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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