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James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel & Lilli Taylor To Star In Porn Drama 'Cherry'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 19, 2011 2:10 AM
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Guessing James Franco's next step is an entirely foolhardy pastime. The absurdly busy polymath star jumps from project to project seemingly at random, with recent movements including playing a guy who chops his own arm off, a blockbuster about super-intelligent monkeys, a stint on a soap opera, making his directorial debut, teaching a college class about himself, a collection of short stories, a Julia Roberts vehicle adapting a self-help book, a stoner comedy parody of 1980s fantasy movies, a mega-budgeted Disney prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," and fucking up the Oscars.

Michelle Williams To Make Tentpole Debut As Good Witch Glinda In 'Oz The Great & Powerful'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 17, 2011 10:32 AM
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Well, while we might roll our eyes slightly when it comes to the idea of "Oz The Great & Powerful," a prequel to classic "The Wizard of Oz," it's hard to deny that director Sam Raimi has landed a mightily impressive cast. The "Spider-Man" helmer might have lost Robert Downey Jr., who was originally intended for the lead role of Oscar Diggs (aka Oz), a conman who ends up being transported to the magical land seen in the 1939 Judy Garland musical, and becomes embroiled in a conflict between three witches, but he managed to replace him with newly anointed Oscar-nominee James Franco.

Indecisive Ape Spotlighted In Riveting New Photo From 'Rise Of The Planet of The Apes'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 12, 2011 1:30 AM
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And that indecisive ape would be Caesar, as performance-captured by Andy Serkis, in this brand new shot from "Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes." Caesar appears to be having a hard time deciding whether he wants his beverage to taste great, or to be less filling. He could just ask a human but - oh, crap, no he totally can't because that would just be another attempt for the human to undermine him and his kind. Less filling, you flesh-hogging two-legged miscreants!

'Green Lantern,' 'Drive,' 'A Better Life' Lead New Los Angeles Film Festival Additions

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 11, 2011 8:22 AM
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Guillermo Del Toro Announced As Guest Director, Will Premiere "Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark'Considering it's the world center of the movie industry, it's surprising that historically speaking, Los Angeles never really had a film festival to rival the likes of Cannes, Venice and Berlin. But a quarter of a century ago, things started to change: the excellent AFI Festival celebrated its 25th year in its most recent incarnation, while the Los Angeles Film Festival, goes from strength to strength every year.

James Franco Casts Val Lauren As Sal Mineo In Forthcoming Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2011 1:46 AM
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James Franco Will Direct, But Won't Be Starring In The FilmBookies could make serious money laying odds on which of the many James Franco-associated projects will go in front of cameras first. It always seems to be a bit of a surprise, and today's news is definitely a bit out of left field.

Winona Ryder & James Franco Team For Psychological Thriller 'The Stare'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 18, 2011 6:51 AM
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Another week, another James Franco movie project in development. But guess what, this one is actually really and truly happening! We swear.

Watch: Trailer For 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' Has Distinct Whiff Of 'The Happening'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 14, 2011 1:03 AM
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The value of a home-grown franchise for a big studio can't be undervalued, and since they adapted Pierre Boule's novel "La planète des singes" into 1968's "Planet of the Apes," it's become one of 20th Century Fox's key properties, spawning five additional movies, and two separate TV series. But the monkey-heaviest sci-fi series around isn't what it once was, and 2001's Tim Burton 're-imagining' failed to successfully re-launch the franchise, due to being really, really terrible. But you can't keep a good merchandising opportunity down, and the studio have gone back to the well, with the talents of Andy Serkis, James Franco and effects geniuses WETA Digital leading the charge.

Watch: Are James Franco & Harmony Korine Re-Staging The Tupac Vs. Biggie Battle On Bikes?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 13, 2011 7:24 AM
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We Hope SoThe problem with being on the outer fringes of the cinema world doing your own freaky thing is that it's a fine line between being interesting and bizarre and just plain predictable and bizarre. But leave it to Harmony Korine, we never know what that guy is gonna do next, and he always seems to keep it fresh. His latest effort, the Die Antwoord short film "Umshini Wam" delighted us at SXSW. But the ever busy director is already on to his next thing, and it's teaming with actor/artist/soap opera star/writer/teacher/philosopher James Franco on a mysterious street gangs project.

Weekend Box Office: 'Hop' Defeats Four Newcomers; 'Your Highness' Flops Loudly And Rudely

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2011 4:48 AM
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Earlier in the year, the tepid box office returns were something to be ignored, as 2011 was competing with the previous year, with both “Avatar” and then the anomaly of “Alice In Wonderland” each raking in a cool billion. Well, it’s April, and it’s time for Hollywood to panic. There have been no genuine out-of-the-box hits so far this year and lots of flops, and the two (barely) $100 million grossers considered underperformers (“Rango” and “Just Go With It”). Let’s face it, part of it is a failure of marketing, but the blame must be laid on inadequate product. Even when it comes to the early year doldrums, this has been a banner year for garbage.

'Rise Of The Apes' Becomes 'Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 7, 2011 2:19 AM
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This Summer, You Will Believe A Planet Can RiseThose damn dirty apes at Fox can't stop monkeying around with the next film in the "Planet of the Apes" series. First, they went ahead and offered it to every major director only to be turned down. Then they ordered multiple rewrites despite already having a release date. Finally, they declared June 24th to be the day audiences would see "Cesar," though they had already changed the name to "Rise Of The Apes." Then, of course, they bumped the film to Thanksgiving to allow for more time to finish the special effects. Then, at some point, they must have replaced the special effects guys with wizards, because "Rise Of The Apes" returned to August 5th.

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