November 11, 2013 |
It sounds like an art project that could swiftly go awry: A dozen writer-directors -- NYU students -- collaborate to turn a book of poems into a feature film. What could make it be a success? James Franco, of course. Franco is the tireless movie star slash literary figure, a writer and director in his own right, who is ready to throw his megawatt smile behind the most improbable of projects. To which now can be added "Tar. " The independently produced "Tar" is based on the 1983 book of the same name by poet C.K. Williams.
June 19, 2013 |
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.
August 8, 2012 |
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.
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.
May 26, 2013 |
CANNES, France--Even by the standards of 20th-century postmodernists, William Faulkner is considered a difficult, if not unfilmable, moviemaking challenge. His sentences can be fractured, his action can be interior and his points-of-view often splatter in 10 different directions. So of course James Franco thought this was good movie material. The prolific star turned out to the Cannes Film Festival last week to premiere his newest movie, an adaptation of Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" that he wrote, directed and stars in. The film stays more or less faithful to Faulkner's narrative premise of the Bundren's family quest to bury their matriarch, while mixing in some cinematic tricks to capture Faulkner's style (e.g., split screens early in the drama)
February 19, 2014 |
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.
July 6, 2013 |
The snow is piling up on the streets of small-town Utah, and James Franco is talking about sex. He is talking about sex in the way James Franco talks about sex: as a narrative tool, as a humanizing mechanism, as a way to help us understand academic differences between film and literature. "We've been using violence as a storytelling device for decades, but we've only just begun to use sex that way instead of as simply something to shock," he says, responding to a straightforward interview question with a disquisition on sexuality and film.
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,...