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Last-Minute Reshoots Saved James Franco's Character From Death In 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 3, 2011 1:19 AM
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We're not sure that there was a bigger surprise this year than "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." A tired franchise, from a creative-interference-happy studio, with a green director and a plot straight from "Deep Blue Sea?" Even without the initially unpromising trailers, it looked like a late-summer flop. But happily, it was nothing of the kind: the film became easily the warmest-received blockbusters of the summer, launched director Rupert Wyatt onto the A-list, and has taken an impressive $400 million haul; not bad for a film that allegedly cost less than many of its tentpole competitors. A franchise was (re)born.

Watch: Clip From James Franco's 'My Own Private River' With Outtakes From 'My Own Private Idaho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 22, 2011 7:56 AM
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Mia Wasikowska Reveals Gus Van Sant Cut A Silent Version Of 'Restless'While we may not always understand every artistic endeavour taken on by James Franco -- like his attempt at a music career -- but we have to say this one does interest us.

James Franco & Jonah Hill To Feature As Themselves In 'Jay & Seth Vs. The Apocalypse'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • September 17, 2011 1:30 AM
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Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel have teased and taunted fans of their feature adaptation of "Jay & Seth Vs. Apocalypse," the Internet sensation that hit all the way back in 2007, for far too long. But along with the recent announcement by Rogen that lensing will take place in early 2012, the actor has now revealed that two friends and regular collaborators in James Franco and Jonah Hill will be featuring in the film as themselves.

Gus Van Sant Talks Ben & Matt's Unfinished Post-'Good Will Hunting' Project, 'Restless' & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • September 16, 2011 8:51 AM
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Eclectic Filmmaker Talks James Franco, 'My Private Idaho,' Dennis Hopper & His New Coming-Of-Age RomanceThe title of Gus Van Sant’s latest picture, “Restless” might as well describe the director himself. Genre-hopping, making movies for both the Hollywood system and himself, and long a fixture on the indie film scene, he’s undoubtedly one of the most significant American filmmakers working today. His lastest is a far cry from his more experimental entries like "Gerry," "Last Days" or even the "Psycho" remake, tackling the story of two teens in love even as one of them suffers from terminal cancer. It's yet another new direction for Van Sant and one that will likely land him new fans while giving longtime followers of the director something else to discuss and consider as part of his eclectic filmography.

James Franco Says He's Going To Direct Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God'; 'Blood Meridian' On Hold

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 15, 2011 4:27 AM
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James Franco -- man of many talents -- says a lot of things and puts his name to a lot of projects. Like any artist worth his salt, or any person with good taste in literature, Franco has begun to circle the works of Cormac McCarthy with the hopes of bringing them to the big screen. Earlier this year, it was reported that Franco was attached to direct "Blood Meridian" -- a forever in the works feature adaptation that has seen high profile names like Ridley Scott, John Hillcoat, Michael Haneke and Todd Field attempt to take it on in the past -- but little was heard about it since. Well, taking a jaunt up to Toronto this week to help promote his ambitious installation/documentary piece "Memories of Idaho," created out of the dailies for Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," Franco stopped by the TIFF Bell Lightbox for a Q&A and We Got This Covered were there to catch his update on "Blood Meridian" and the new McCarthy adaptation he's working on.

James Franco Is Making A Documentary About Porn Site Kink Because He's James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 10, 2011 9:14 AM
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So, what do you do when you have the number one movie in America? If you're most actors, you bask in the glory and use that momentum to land another payday gig. If you're James Franco, you go and announce that you're making a documentary about a porn site.

James Franco's Hart Crane Biopic 'The Broken Tower' Picked Up By Focus Features, Heading To TIFF

  • By Simon Dang
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  • August 8, 2011 1:37 AM
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With his latest starring vehicle "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes" earning unexpected critical acclaim and box office gold, James Franco doesn't look like stopping any time soon. With his in-the-can directorial effort "Sal" confirmed for the Venice Film Festival, the actor-director's biopic on poet Hart Crane is now set to appear soon after at the Toronto Film Festival with Focus Features already reportedly acquiring rights to the pic as well.

Weekend Box Office: 'Apes' Rise With Massive $54 Million, Audiences Rise Against Ryan Reynolds

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 7, 2011 4:33 AM
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“The Planet Of The Apes” saga is one of the healthier franchises in movie history. All the sequels occurred within a reasonable time frame, and while they were of varied quality, each one had their own separate reason to exist, and none were truly embarrassing. By comparison, the remake in 2001 was so far removed from the series’ original ethos that most won’t even acknowledge it as part of any continuity. Nevertheless, that atrocity opened to $68 million, which nears $100 million when adjusted for inflation. So while some may have been burned by the series thanks to Tim Burton, ten years might have been the appropriate time to reboot and still retain a base that remains aware of “The Planet of The Apes” as a sketchy form of “cinema history.”

Review: 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes' Monkeys Around, Showcases Action Over Nuance

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 4, 2011 2:19 AM
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When blockbuster films deal with conflict that poses a global threat, the question hangs over them: why is humanity worth saving? It’s the drug-film conundrum: 95 minutes of injections and hard-living make a stronger impression than the therapy and lessons of the remaining 10. Why bother presenting a human population worthy of life, love and discovery when the audience and filmmakers can take more pleasure in annihilating them?

James Franco Says Judd Apatow Wrote Jokes For The Oscars That Were Not Used By The Producers

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2011 5:09 AM
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Wait, we're still talking about the Oscars? Take a time warp back a few months to the Kodak Theater and you might remember an extremely awkward awards show hosted by James Franco and Anne Hathaway. While it was an interesting move by the Oscar producers to enlist two younger hosts, presumably in a bid to engage a younger audience, they kept their stock staff of terrible writers on hand resulting in a show that was woefully unfunny and resorted to cross-dressing to try and wring some kind of laughter out of the easy audience there looking for a good time. Well, in an interview in Playboy (not online, via 24 Frames) Franco addresses the fiasco and admits that he knew the show was doomed.

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