June 10, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - The music is blaring inside James Franco's house and there's booze - and drugs - everywhere. Actor Michael Cera is snorting lines of cocaine, while comedian Aziz Ansari is trying (and failing) to hook up with Rihanna. Dozens of scantily dressed women mill about in Franco's architecturally sleek crib, which is decorated with artwork made by the actor himself. If the whole bash wasn't unfolding on a soundstage in Louisiana, you might be fooled into thinking it was the real Hollywood Hills deal.
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)
May 22, 2013 |
Now that we've raised the "mission accomplished" banner on the "Arrested Development" reunion , can we get the wheels in motion and reassemble the cast of another dearly departed cult TV favorite -- "Freaks and Geeks"? "Oh, we couldn't afford them," "Freaks" creator Paul Feig says. "It'd be the most expensive cast ever. " We think Feig, who's following up his acclaimed directing work on "Bridesmaids" with the upcoming female buddy cop flick "The Heat," is being a bit disingenuous . Yes, we know "Freaks" cast members James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel and Linda Cardellini ( was this a great ensemble or what?
May 16, 2013 |
James Franco's film adaptation of "As I Lay Dying" by William Faulkner will be in the "Un Certain Regard" competition with 17 other films at Cannes. The official trailer, full of family feuding, sweetness, violence and rage, is above. Faulkner is the Nobel-prize-winning novelist whose work has remained some of the most significant American literature of the 20th century. He published "As I Lay Dying," the third of his novels set in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, in 1930.
April 30, 2013 |
If you would like to extend your "spring break forever" into autumn, the lineup of this year's Mad Decent Block Party should do the trick. The dance-hall party monsters Major Lazer, synth-pop sugar rushers Matt & Kim and Twitter poet laureate Riff Raff ( one of the inspirations for James Franco's most esteemed role ) will headline the L.A. version of the roving mini-festival. The tour stops in the Southland on Sept. 14, but the location is still to be announced. Other dates get sets from Baauer, Danny Brown, Skream and 3BallMTY.
April 18, 2013 |
The Cannes Film Festival is making a statement at this year's gathering: We still really like Americans. The main competition will feature four directors from the U.S. -- Alexander Payne (“Nebraska”) Joel and Ethan Coen (“Inside Llewyn Davis”), James Gray (“The Immigrant”) and Steven Soderbergh (“Behind the Candelabra”) -- equaling last year's strong total of North American helmers in competition. In addition, new movies from U.S. filmmakers James Franco, Sofia Coppola, James Toback and J.C. Chandor will play in other sections.
April 15, 2013 |
Sam Jackson cursed. Snoop Lion shared a blunt with Ke$ha. Selena Gomez was all "hurray for Bollywood. " (We think. What was that?) "Avengers" director Joss Whedon coined a new word while accepting the best movie award. ("What's the opposite of humbled? We're Biebered. ") And host Rebel Wilson and the "Pitch Perfect" gang raised the roof singing "Thrift Shop" to an audience of movie stars that, from all appearances, had used the No. 1 Macklemore song as the main inspiration for their evening's wardrobe.
April 10, 2013 |
Is it a sex tape? Or a porn video? Or simply a souvenir from a special time in a girl's life? Farrah Abraham has us wondering. Whatever it is, it does exist, the "Teen Mom" star confirmed Wednesday. That after days of chatter of the did-she-or-didn't-she variety, fueled by her onscreen partner, porn star James Deen, saying she definitely did. The two were seen exiting the offices of porn company Vivid Video together Sunday, hand in hand. "I wanted my own personal video made and photos taken for myself.
April 8, 2013 |
Three-time Oscar nominee Todd Field is set to direct and co-write the adaptation of Jess Walter's bestselling book "Beautiful Ruins. " Field will team up with Walter to write the screenplay. Beginning in Italy in 1962, the story picks up with a few characters connected to the ill-fated production of "Cleopatra" before jumping forward to present-day Hollywood. The book's ambitious storytelling should present a particular challenge for Field and Walter in finding a way to bring it to the screen.
April 1, 2013 |
Did Snooki and fiancé Jionni LaValle elope? Nope! The "Jersey Shore" star tweeted a photo of herself in a fluffy wedding dress and enormous tiara hugging her fiancé (prom-style) Monday, which happened to be April Fools' Day. "Jionni and I eloped!!! Here's a pic of the magical day!!" she titled the pic. Her Celebuzz blog blasted email subscribers with the message as well, and commenters went at it , sending in April Fools' props, accusations of Photoshop use, congrats and some messages not appropriate for a family website.