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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.
November 17, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
A forbidding mixture of droning guitars and sub-Beat poetry about the ocean and Walt Whitman, R.E.M.'s "Blue" didn't seem like a song in need of additional artiness when it closed the veteran alt-rock band's 2011 swan song, " Collapse Into Now . " A year and a half later, though, that's precisely what "Blue" has received in the form of an impenetrable new music video directed by James Franco. Part of R.E.M.'s Collapse Into Now Film Project , in which the album's 12 tracks were entrusted to directors including Franco, Lance Bangs and Albert Maysles, the "Blue" clip stars Lindsay Lohan as ... well, Lindsay Lohan, basically: Between shaky hand-held shots of such L.A. landmarks as the Chateau Marmont and the Griffith Observatory, we see the "Liz & Dick" actress posing for celebrity photographer Terry Richardson, something the real-life Lohan has done plenty of herself.
August 8, 2012 | by Carolyn Kellogg
Are you feeling like a William Faulkner character? Head to Mississippi, where open call casting sessions for the film adaptation of "As I Lay Dying" begin this week. Don't be surprised if you think you see James Franco; the Oscar-nominated actor adapted the novel for the screen, and will be directing. "I want to be loyal to the book - my approach is to always be loyal in a lot a ways - but in order to be loyal I will have to change some things for the movie," Franco told Entertainment Weekly in 2011.
June 19, 2013 | By Jenny Hendrix
The ubiquitous James Franco, author, actor, etc., etc., is raising funds on the website Indiegogo for a three-film series based on his 2011 short story collection, "Palo Alto. " The book, which was Franco's debut in the world of letters, was inspired by his youth in the California city of the title. "Although it's a book of fiction, it was inspired by experiences I had growing up here," Franco says on his fundraising video, "things that people I knew went through, and generally I see it as a book that's supposed to touch on universal things about being a teenager, coming of age, and learning about the bigger world.
March 7, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Back in the days of the Hollywood star system, actors were routinely told by studios what roles they should take, who they should date and even what names they should have. Stars like Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland sued for more freedom, but it would be decades before they would fully get their wish.  Many of these actors were essentially owned by the studios, and dollar-hungry companies like MGM and Warner Bros. weren't going to let something as small as a person's will get in the way of their moneymaking.
June 27, 2013 | By Chris Lee
Another day, another James Franco art project. On Wednesday, Vice Media posted the multi-hyphenate renaissance man's impressionistic 15-minute film “ La Passione ” to its website (see below). Presented by Gucci -- the global luxury conglomerate for which Franco hawks fragrances and clothing -- to inaugurate a new store in Sao Paulo, Brazil, the experimental Fleurette depicts beautiful people doing odd and provocative things amid a pervading atmosphere of exquisite melancholy, backdropped by swells of violin and trip-hop beats.
March 26, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Keeping up with James Franco isn't easy. He can currently be seen in theaters as the Wizard in “Oz the Great and Powerful” and as an outrageously scary-funny rapper-gangster named Alien in “Spring Breakers.” In the last few weeks, Franco has promoted both films while pursuing his wide-ranging outside artistic and academic pursuits.  He released multiple music videos, including one starring the infamous filmmaker and author Kenneth Anger,...
September 21, 2012 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
James Franco's renaissance continues with the multi-hyphenate star dipping into music again. Somewhere between shooting films, going to college, playing director and heaping a handful of other projects on his plate, Franco found time to start a band, Daddy, with friend and musician-artist Tim O'Keefe. Daddy will release its debut EP, “MotorCity,” on Tuesday.  “MotorCity,” was written and recorded while Franco was on location in Detroit filming the upcoming "Oz: The Great and Powerful" alongside  Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams and Rachel Weisz.
May 14, 2012 | By Deborah Vankin, Los Angeles Times
James Franco is an actor-turned-artist-turned-author-turned-actor-playing-an-artist-named-Franco in the soap opera "General Hospital" — who has made a movie, "Francophrenia," that documents the experience. He's about as "meta" as it gets. Now Franco has brought his knack for melding pop culture and fine art in unorthodox ways to a new exhibition for Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art. "Rebel," which opens Tuesday, is a high-concept group show that is a loose, interpretive ode to the 1955 James Dean film "Rebel Without a Cause.
February 5, 2010 | By Lauren Beale
Update: Actor James Franco , who plays Allen Ginsberg in the 2010 film "Howl," has sold his Sunset Strip-area compound for $3.3 million, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The Spanish-style villa, built in 1923, has three bedrooms and 3 1/2 bathrooms in 4,000 square feet. There are vaulted and beamed ceilings, city views and a master bedroom suite with a 19th century marble bathtub. The walled and gated property includes a swimming pool and a guest casita. Franco, 31, starred in "Pineapple Express" (2008)
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