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James Franco Has A Cameo In 'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' That Even James Franco Didn't Know About

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 15, 2014 12:21 PM
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Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes
There was a time when it was hard to imagine being excited for a “Planet of the Apes” movie. When “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” came out three years ago to rave reviews and became a box office success, surely nobody could have seen it coming. Now, “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” is just a few months away, and it’s pretty safe to say that it’s the most anticipated film in the franchise. Still, while buzz surrounding the film is definitely strong, not everyone is particularly thrilled about what will appear on screen.

Watch: First Trailer For Paul Haggis' 'Third Person' Starring Liam Neeson, James Franco, Adrien Brody, Mila Kunis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 15, 2014 9:14 AM
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Third Person
Paul Haggis sure likes his multi-threaded dramas, in which lives intersect and secrets are revealed and we all learn valuable lessons about who we are. Hell, "Crash" won the guy an Oscar, so why not try and do it again, only this time take that concept around the globe? That's just what he did with "Third Person," which debuted at TIFF last fall, and is still without a domestic release date.

Tom Hardy Joins Musical 'London Road,' Ryan Reynolds Visits 'Woman In Gold' & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • April 4, 2014 9:00 AM
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He may have starred in two of the worst blockbusters of recent years -- “Green Lantern” and “R.I.P.D.” -- but don’t hold that against him, given the right film and role (like in this year’s “The Voices”) Ryan Reynolds can shine. Deadline reports Reynolds will stay in the arthouse world with a role in the Helen Mirren-starring “Woman In Gold” alongside Daniel Bruhl, who’s in negotiations with The Weinstein Company.

Watch: Visit 'Palo Alto' With New Trailer For Gia Coppola's Feature Debut Starring Emma Roberts & James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 1, 2014 2:08 PM
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Palo Alto
The name Coppola carries with it some weight, not just because of the legacy already attached to Francis Ford Coppola, but also the oeuvre carved out by Sofia Coppola. But now Gia Coppola (Francis' granddaughter) is getting in the family way with "Palo Alto," her debut feature film and a new trailer is here as it gears up to hit theaters.

James Franco & Seth Rogen Troll Kanye West & Kim Kardashian Again By Recreating Their Vogue Cover

James Franco & Seth Rogen Vogue
Creative inspiration comes in many forms, but lately for forever pals Seth Rogen and James Franco, the publicity machine of Kanye West and Kim Kardashian has spurred a little wicked stream in them. First was their hilarious shot-for-shot redo of West's video "Bound 2," entitled "Bound 3 (Vague)," and now they've poked fun at Kimye once again. Read More »

Review: James Franco's 'Maladies' With Catherine Keener & David Strathairn Is Alienating And Dull

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • March 19, 2014 5:06 PM
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Carrying the dubious distinction of being a film that managed to try our patience after just five minutes, “Maladies” is for us best summed up in one word: wasteful. It is wasteful of the considerable talents of a fabulous cast, wasteful of a pleasingly off-kilter visual approach, and wasteful of our time. It is even wasteful of a director whose instincts, no matter how much he may want to kick against them, seem to lie more in the direction of the kind of classical, straightforward story he is at pains here to not give us. Nope, this is a film that Comments On The Creative Process, and Refers To Itself As A Film and Makes Statements About Sexuality And Gender and Has Its Characters Conflate With Their Real-Life Personas—this is nothing so fusty and old-hat as a classically told story.

James Franco Reportedly Starring In Adaptation Of Harmony Korine's 'A Crack Up At The Race Riots'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 11, 2014 2:00 PM
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A Crack Up At The Race Riots Harmony Korine James Franco
While the Oscar nomination never came through for James Franco and his delightfully deranged turn in Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," it was some of the best work the actor has ever done. And it would seem that Franco isn't done being inspired by Korine's particular sensibilities.

James Franco To Direct Movie About The Making Of Tommy Wiseau's Cult Favorite 'The Room'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 11:10 PM
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The Disaster Artist James Franco
There are movies that are bad, and then there's "The Room." Like a modern day "Plan 9 From Outer Space," Tommy Wiseau's 2003 passion project went from horribly reviewed, self-released indie to something of a contemporary cult classic, with the movie still screening frequently, often with audience participation encouraged with everyone shouting out memorable lines ("You are tearing me apart, Lisa!") and throwing spoons at the screen (if you've seen it, you know what that means). And now, "The Room" is getting a touch of James Franco.

Watch: James Franco Isn't Feeling Well In Trailer For 'Maladies'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 5, 2014 11:31 AM
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In the upcoming "Maladies," James Franco plays a former soap opera actor named James who gets lost within his own mind. And while we're not suggesting Franco is mentally unstable, the other details do lend something of a meta quality to the latest Thing That Franco Did, which seems about right for the multi-hyphenate who likes to play with the perception of his persona.

Watch: Super Bowl Spots Directed By David Gordon Green & Nicolas Winding Refn, Plus 'Seinfeld' Reunion & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 9:04 AM
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Nicolas Winding Refn David Beckham
Last night, a game was played, and a team won and a team lost, and Seattle seemed to be super happy for some reason. But for our purposes, the Super Bowl means lot of new trailers (including "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the first teaser for "Transformers: Age Of Extinction" among others) and of course, lots of celeb talent getting paid big bucks to sell things. So, clear away the bones from last night's chicken wings and check out the below.

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