March 7, 2013 |
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 |
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.
September 21, 2012 |
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.
March 26, 2013 |
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,...
May 14, 2012 |
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.
HOME & GARDEN
February 5, 2010 |
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)
June 26, 2010 |
About four hours after soap opera and contemporary art fans arrived to watch actor James Franco tape an episode of "General Hospital" at the Pacific Design Center Thursday night, many were still baffled. "Do you know what's going on?" one asked in a not-so-quiet whisper. "I'm still learning myself," answered another. Over the course of the evening, Franco found that he had a lot of explaining to do. The event was "Soap at MOCA: James Franco on 'General Hospital,' " hosted by the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. New MOCA director Jeffrey Deitch collaborated with Franco to produce what they consider a performance art project, which is elaborate and complex in its layers of fantasy and reality.
February 25, 2011 |
At the tail end of an ever-expanding awards season that has already seen the Golden Globes, the Grammys and countless other awards functions, the main event is finally in sight. The Oscars are upon as, and as sure as James Franco and Anne Hathaway are prepping "Black Swan" gags, we're prepared to party all weekend. Here's a comprehensive guide to who, what and where for Academy Awards weekend soirees. Friday Women in Film: For their fourth annual pre-Oscar celebration, WIF taps Halle Berry and producer Cathy Schulman to toast female nominees and their admirers.
January 1, 2014 |
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.
July 8, 2013 |
Before Ernst & Young rebranded itself EY, maybe it should have run a quick Google search. The giant London-based accounting firm and professional services company now shares a name with a racy magazine, EY! Magateen. The magazine, which features scantily clad young men, is the work of Luis Venegas, a Spanish creative director known for his flamboyant, sexually charged fashion publications. A Google image search of "EY" brings up photos of young male models clad in low-cut briefs, right alongside the Ernst & Young logo and some exterior shots of the company's offices.