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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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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.

Kristen Stewart & Julianne Moore Team For 'Still Alice,' Seth Rogen's 'Sausage Party' Gets Voice Cast & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 29, 2014 10:21 AM
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Still Alice Kristen Stewart Julianne Moore
Riding high from the Sundance Film Festival off strong notices for her performance in "Camp X-Ray," Kristen Stewart isn't wasting a moment. The actress has lined up a new project, one that will see her working alongside a pretty solid cast of players.

Watch: Bloody, Gun Toting New Trailer For James Franco's Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Child Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2014 5:32 PM
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We're not sure if James Franco keeps a diary but if he does, 2013 likely takes up several volumes. Tackling everything from the major studio comedies to left field documentaries to hard scrabble indie flicks, working as a writer, director, actor, producer and more (sometimes all at once), James Franco is nothing if not prolific and creatively curious. One film he managed to get on the festival circuit last year was his Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Child Of God," and while it still needs distributor, a new trailer for the project has dropped.

James Franco Talks Spike Jonze's 'Her' And How It Relates To 'Brokeback Mountain' & 'Child Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 6, 2014 9:21 AM
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Her, Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams
On top of the many projects James Franco generally has in the mix on any given day, the polymath also spends some time writing for Vice, giving him a place to talk about art, movies, "12 Years A Slave," why Walt Whitman was the first Kanye West or whatever else might cross his mind. And his latest thing he's ruminating on? Spike Jonze's sci-fi rom-com, "Her."

Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor: 'Inside Llewyn Davis' Dominates National Society Of Film Critics Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2014 8:48 PM
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Inside Llweyn Davis
Could "Inside Llewyn Davis" have a few more songs left in its awards season campaign? After a week that left its Oscar prospects in serious question, after being shut out by both the PGA and WGA nominations, the latest from the Coens has scored some big honors at the National Society Of Film Critics Awards.

Josh Gad Heads To 'Gilligan's Island,' James Franco Is 'The Fixer' & More

  • By Ben Brock
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  • December 18, 2013 11:35 AM
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Amid all the insane speculation about the awards chances of a half-dozen movies that are probably all coming out this month, it's nice to be reminded that there is life after January. There are always films on the way and here's news on five of them, new projects all.

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