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Review: James Franco's Tossed Off And Drab Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Child Of God'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 29, 2014 6:32 PM
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Child Of God
James Franco might not be the first person to debut a film he'd directed at each of the three major European festivals in the same year (Ulrich Seidl recently managed the feat with his 'Paradise' trilogy, albeit not in the same calendar year). But it's an undoubtedly impressive run, especially given that Franco has spent the same period of time starring in two legitimate blockbusters in the shape of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "This Is The End," as well as working on his umpteen other projects of various shapes and sizes.

Casting: James Franco, Emma Roberts & More Join Anti-Gay Priest Drama 'Michael,' Ben Kingsley Helps ‘Tut’ & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 15, 2014 9:28 AM
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Palo Alto
James Franco, his "Palo Alto" co-star Emma Roberts, Zachary Quinto and Chris Zylka are all aboard "Michael," which packs a powerful story behind a bland title. Based on the 2011 New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend," the story follows an anti-gay "Christian minister from Wyoming who was so entrenched in gay culture before he rejected his homosexuality, he founded a gay youth magazine."

Watch: Step Right Up For The New Trailer For James Franco's 'Child Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 2:06 PM
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When he's not helping Seth Rogen piss off the government of North Korea, James Franco is busy with one of his many on-the-go projects, and one that's in the can is his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child Of God." And after doing some festival business last year, it's finally ready to be seen and a new trailer is here.

Review: Paul Haggis' Embarrassing 'Third Person' Starring Liam Neeson, Mila Kunis, James Franco, Olivia Wilde & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2014 7:00 PM
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Third Person
We're coming on a decade since Paul Haggis' "Crash" won Best Picture at the Oscars, and it's still one of the most divisive victories in recent memory. Detractors of the film are quick to point out the flaws in the L.A.-set drama, citing what they perceive to be the film's crass manipulativeness, one-dimensional characters, clumsy hand with racial politics and eye-rolling core of sentimentality. But frankly, you haven't seen anything yet. Haggis' return to the ensemble drama in "Third Person" makes "Crash" look like a work of understated, subtle art. A disastrously and ludicrously awful effort from the writer/director, absolutely nothing works in this facile, cliche-filled and astoundingly dull film that trades in cheap drama and soap opera theatrics.

Watch: James Franco Talks 'Palo Alto,' Bring His Book To The Big Screen & More In 30-Minute Interview

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 5, 2014 9:46 AM
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Palo Alto
On the page, "Palo Alto" seems like the most James Franco of James Franco projects. It's a coming-of-age tale based on a book of short stories by Franco, adapted for the big screen by Gia Coppola (of course), with Franco taking a role in the movie too (obviously). But put those assumptions aside, because the final product is a "strong and soulful" one, and a worthy entry into the teen movie genre. So what was that process like bringing the page to life in front of the camera?

Amber Heard Joins James Franco's 'Adderall Diaries,' Kristen Wiig Teams With Zach Galifianakis & Owen Wilson & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 16, 2014 3:54 PM
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 Kristen Wiig. Amber Heard
James Franco continues to work a mile-a-minute, and "The Adderall Diaries" is gearing up. Coming aboard the project are Amber Heard, Ed Harris, Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and Jim Parrack, in the movie based on Stephen Elliot's memoir about "a young man navigating the unstable terrain of truth and identity."

'Spring Breakers: The Second Coming' Producers Hit Back At James Franco, Make Fun Of His Blockbusters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 2:04 PM
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It's all fun and games until James Franco says your project will result in "a terrible film, with a horrible reason d'être: to make money off someone else's creativity." Those were the actor's words about "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming," but the producers aren't taking it lightly. They've hit back at the star of the first movie, by mocking Franco's blockbuster choices in the past.

James Franco Says 'Spring Breakers' Sequel Will Be "A Terrible Film" That Makes "Money Off Someone Else’s Creativity"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 15, 2014 9:03 AM
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James Franco isn't finished yet voicing his displeasure at the recently announced "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming"—one being made without the involvement of Harmony Korine or the original cast (instead Jonas Akerlund will direct with Irvine Welsh penning the script). Earlier this week, Franco hit social media to announce that the project is moving ahead without Korine's consent. And once again, the actor has hit the web to level more charges against the producers of the sequel, and he doesn't hold back.

Edgar Ramirez Replaces Gerard Butler In The ‘Point Break’ Remake, Movie Scheduled For Summer 2015

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 14, 2014 2:01 PM
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Edgar Ramirez, Point Break
Personally, I have zero interest or nostalgia for “Point Break” or the remake, but the remake just got a serious upgrade. In the lead role was Gerard Butler, until he dropped out recently and but he's now been replaced with Edgar Ramirez. The Venezuelan actor is far from a well-known actor, but he killed it as Carlos The Jackal in Oliver Assayas' three-part "Carlos" epic in 2010 and was strong in "The Bourne Ultimatum," Steven Soderbergh's "Che" and "Zero Dark Thirty."

James Franco Says 'Spring Breakers 2' Happening Without Harmony Korine's Consent

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 12, 2014 4:22 PM
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Last week came the news that "Spring Breakers: The Second Coming" was in development and headed to the Cannes marketplace to drum up financing, and it set off the alarms of fans of Harmony Korine's bonkers, neon soaked original. Firstly, he wasn't involved, nor was the cast, and instead, Jonas Akerlund has been tapped to direct with Irvine Welsh penning the script about hot young things fighting taking on militant Christians. While there hasn't been any feedback yet from Korine himself on these developments, James Franco has commented in the most James Franco way possible.

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