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October 4, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Franco's image -- one part Hollywood hearthrob, one part nomadic art world eccentric -- has long been a topic of discussion. Are his multimedia abstract projects a hoax? Is he distracting from an underlying insecurity about his place in show business? Can the stoner from "Pineapple Express" really have such diverse interests?  In the sixth season opener of "Iconoclasts," the Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment series that pairs bold names from different corners of the creative universe, we get a nice dose of insight straight from the Franco's mouth.
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March 15, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career. And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing. It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If anything, the problem is how good his self-referential work has become in the years since his 2011 Oscar nomination for playing someone else in "127 Hours. " That performance as a stranded solo hiker, the fear rising, the bravado breaking down, put him on the hot list of the young and the talented.
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February 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
It was only a matter of time before James Franco, the actor, writer and director who can sometimes treat his career as an ongoing performance piece, weighed in on the recent antics of Shia  LaBeouf , who has recently taken a page out of Franco's playbook with a number of spectacles-cum-art-displays. In an op-ed piece for the New York Times published on the paper's website Wednesday, Franco expresses concern for and support of the 27-year-actor, writing : "Though the wisdom of some of his actions may seem questionable, as an actor and artist I'm inclined to take an empathetic view of his conduct.
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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
James Franco has played a rapping gangster in "Spring Breakers," created an art project about "Three's Company" and taken a recurring role on "General Hospital. " But “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas still wasn't certain the actor would consider a cameo in his feature-film version of the cult television series. In fact, he wasn't even sure of the best way to get him the script. Spoiler alert: Key plot details follow. if you'd rather not know, please stop reading here.
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August 7, 2008 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
In "PINEAPPLE EXPRESS," he plays a visibly unwashed hippie pot dealer on the run from mobsters: a THC-addled naif with a crinkly smile, a curtain of lank, dark hair and a heart of gold. But don't get the wrong impression about James Franco just because of his spot-on performance in the most anticipated stoner action-comedy of the year. He's no dope, even though he smokes plenty on-screen. To wit: Dude can almost carbon-date his experiences making certain movies by recalling what literature he was reading at the time.
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April 7, 2011
James Franco has yet another new undertaking: employee of "The Colbert Report. " The actor appeared on the Comedy Central program Tuesday and said he wanted to work for host Stephen Colbert. One of Franco's many interests is performance art, and he said he considers Colbert — who plays the role of the conservative host of the satire news commentary show — a great contemporary artist. Said Franco: "You rule. I want to work with you. " Comedy Central didn't immediately explain how serious Franco's potential involvement with "The Colbert Report" might be. —Associated Press 'Hangover II' trailer unhitched Filmgoers who've gone to see the science-fiction film "Source Code" since it opened last weekend may also have seen a trailer for the upcoming "The Hangover Part II," Todd Phillips' follow-up to his 2009 R-rated hit. But on Wednesday, Warner Bros.
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March 15, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career. And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing. It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If anything, the problem is how good his self-referential work has become in the years since his 2011 Oscar nomination for playing someone else in "127 Hours. " That performance as a stranded solo hiker, the fear rising, the bravado breaking down, put him on the hot list of the young and the talented.
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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
James Franco has played a rapping gangster in "Spring Breakers," created an art project about "Three's Company" and taken a recurring role on "General Hospital. " But “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas still wasn't certain the actor would consider a cameo in his feature-film version of the cult television series. In fact, he wasn't even sure of the best way to get him the script. Spoiler alert: Key plot details follow. if you'd rather not know, please stop reading here.
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October 17, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times
Most people who write fiction have day jobs mainly because writing fiction tends to pay poorly and sporadically. But James Franco, who has written a collection of short stories entitled "Palo Alto" (Scribners) is a movie star. So when he landed one of those stories in Esquire this spring, it was part of a package that included a dapper cover-shot. Obviously, this doesn't happen to most newbie fiction writers, or even award-winning fiction writers unless you are Jonathan Franzen. And perhaps Jennifer Weiner and Jodi Picoult can stop being so mad at Franzen and start being mad at Franco ?
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May 8, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Franco seems way too preoccupied in his experimental art projects (and day job as an actor) to care about something as superficial as appearance, but that doesn't mean we don't have to look at him. When images of the Oscar nominee surfaced from "Spring Breakers," his latest project from director Harmony Korine, the looking-at-him task got a bit difficult thanks to his rapper character's loud tattoos and Kevin Federline-esque cornrows....
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March 13, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Seth Rogen has thrown in his lot with the Bieber bashers.  The "Neighbors" star, 31, stopped by Andy Cohen's "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday, and the host asked him about a tweet he'd posted in January following Justin Bieber's arrest on suspicion of DUI in Miami. Sorry, guys, we can't republish the tweet here, but it involved Rogen calling the pop star "a piece of" something. The 20-year-old "Beauty and a Beat" singer's latest antics have further sullied his name.
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March 8, 2014 | By John Penner
When Charles Bukowski died in San Pedro 20 years ago, the obituaries in the next day's papers typically began with some iteration of Time magazine's stock description of the writer as the "laureate of American lowlife. " In the decades since, the drinking, brawling, gambling, whoring cliche has become so entrenched and widely propagated it can be hard to see Bukowski's words for his shadow. The "Barfly" legend, sprouted from the self-mythology Bukowski cultivated in countless quasi-autobiographical works including his celebrated movie screenplay and fed by his real-life drunken bouts of abusiveness, has only grown posthumously.
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March 2, 2014 | By Christy Khoshaba
Ah, the role of the Oscar host: to entertain without being offensive, to crack jokes that aren't too insider-y and to think on one's feet. Sounds simple in theory. But when it comes to practice, it can be a whole other story. To concoct the perfect Oscar host formula, the Academy has tried it all . It's gone with one host to two hosts to four hosts. It's tried young hosts and old hosts. It's even run the show without a host -- does 1989 year ring a bell for anyone? The telecast that year raised the curtains to a singing Rob Lowe and a dancing actress as Snow White.
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February 19, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
It was only a matter of time before James Franco, the actor, writer and director who can sometimes treat his career as an ongoing performance piece, weighed in on the recent antics of Shia  LaBeouf , who has recently taken a page out of Franco's playbook with a number of spectacles-cum-art-displays. In an op-ed piece for the New York Times published on the paper's website Wednesday, Franco expresses concern for and support of the 27-year-actor, writing : "Though the wisdom of some of his actions may seem questionable, as an actor and artist I'm inclined to take an empathetic view of his conduct.
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January 29, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
"Sausage Party," the upcoming raunchy animated comedy from writers Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, now has a guest list. The voice cast for the film will reunite "This Is the End" stars James Franco, Jonah Hill, Michael Cera, David Krumholtz and Rogen himself, as well as add Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton and Nick Kroll to the mix, the Wrap reports . Two veterans of the animation world, Conrad Vernon ("Madagascar 3," "Monsters vs. Aliens")...
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January 21, 2014 | By Carolyn Kellogg
Three full weeks of 2014 passed before James Franco did something bookish and newsworthy: He directed "Child of God," a film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel, and the (extremely violent) trailer is now online. "Child of God" was McCarthy's third novel; like his other early books, it is set in rural Tennessee. In it, a man who is a town outcast is pushed and compelled beyond the margins of society to depravity and murder. Brutal, wild, and without conscience, he is described -- bitterly?
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October 9, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
The registrar's office at the University of Southern California is about to get very busy. James Franco, the actor-Oscar-host-soap-star-artist-poet-novelist, is set to teach a film production class at USC next spring, according to an email sent to USC film students from the School of Cinematic Arts.  The class, which will be co-taught by Franco's business partner Vince Jolivette, will require students to direct a short film of no more than 10...
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March 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The Internet is already a-chatter over James Franco's new movie, “Spring Breakers,” thanks in no small part to the presence of Disney girls gone wild Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. But let's not forget, this is also the film that required everyone's favorite scruffily handsome movie star/perpetual grad student to transform into a dead ringer for Kevin Federline . Ever the multi-tasker, Franco paid a visit to “The Tonight Show” Thursday to plug “Spring Breakers” less than a week after the release of his other current project, “Oz the Great and Powerful.”  Jay Leno asked the actor about the tone of the movie, which he described (somewhat oddly)
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January 21, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Does James Franco ever sleep? In the past year, he's starred in such diverse films as "Oz the Great and Powerful," "Spring Breakers" and "This Is the End"; directed art house efforts like "Sal" and "Interior. Leather Bar. "; mentored Gia Coppola in adapting his book "Palo Alto Stories" into a film; been roasted on Comedy Central; mounted an unusual Oscar campaign; and even parodied a Kanye West video for good measure. Now a new trailer has been released for his directorial effort "Child of God," adapted from the novel by Cormac McCarthy.
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January 1, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
Built upon a movie-history footnote, "Interior. Leather Bar. " is an hourlong provocation from directors James Franco and Travis Mathews - a cheerfully unsettling exploration of mainstream representations of male homosexuality. Their jumping-off point is William Friedkin's controversial 1980 murder mystery, "Cruising," in which Al Pacino's undercover cop entered a lurid pre-AIDS club scene in Manhattan's pre-gentrification Meatpacking District. Friedkin, who filmed actual club patrons' "activities in their entirety," has said he cut 40 minutes to avoid an X rating and subsequently lost that footage.
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