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Watch: A24 Drops For Your Consideration Sizzle Reel For James Franco's Turn In 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2013 12:06 PM
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While prognosticators like to think they can predict the awards season race weeks and even months away from when the dust settles, there is always a surprise or two that no one would have seen coming. (For example, who would've thought Benh Zeitlin would get a Best Director nomination over Ben Affleck last year?) And so, A24 is hoping a bit of hustling can do some wonders for James Franco.

Contest: Win 'Homefront' Poster Signed By The Cast Plus Watch 2 New Clips From The Movie With James Franco & Jason Statham

This weekend at the movies, you'll have no shortage of choices including award season contenders, shiny blockbusters and fare for the whole family. But sometimes during the holidays, you need a break from the grind and some entertaining, escapist entertainment in the shape of "Homefront" could bit the bill. Opening today, our review notes that the movie "this is [Jason] Statham’s show, and as always he doesn’t disappoint." And so, with the holidays upon us, some treats for fans of the action star. Read More »

Watch: Seth Rogen & James Franco's Shot-For-Shot Recreation Of Kanye West & Kim Kardashian's 'Bound 2' Video

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 25, 2013 11:27 AM
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Last week, Kanye West unveiled his awesome/strange/terrible/kind of great video for "Bound 2" from his latest album Yeezus. Combining hilariously (ironic?) images of Americana—horses! mountains!—it mostly was an excuse for Ye to straddle a topless Kim Kardashian on a motorcycle. And inevitably, a parody has arrived.

James Franco Thinks Being A Sex Addict In 'Shame' Wasn't So Bad, Criticizes Gay Club Sequence

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 15, 2013 2:10 PM
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Shame James Franco
So, James Franco has seen "12 Years A Slave" three times already. And after the second viewing, he penned a review for Vice because that's what he does sometimes these days, and leave it to Franco to reference Alexis de Tocqueville and two of his own movies ("Homefront," "This Is The End") in the process. But he also talks about "12 Years A Slave," the book versus the movie and the previous movies of director Steve McQueen, notably "Shame," which Franco has some problems with. Mostly, he thinks being a sex addict probably isn't so bad, and more crucially, he thinks the downward spiral culminating in a gay sex club visit during the third act was a bit offensive.

For Your Consideration: 5 Overlooked Supporting Actors Who Deserve Some Awards Season Attention

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 14, 2013 2:26 PM
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The Phoney War phase of the awards season is starting to come to an end: we've already had nominations from smaller precursors like the Gotham Awards and the British Independent Film Awards, and in a little over two weeks, things will get underway properly with the New York Film Critics Awards and the National Board of Review Awards, kicking off a month full of nominees and winners ahead of the opening of Oscar voting on December 27th.

Watch: First Trailer For CK Williams Inspired 'Tar' Starring Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 8:25 AM
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Almost a year since it premiered at the Rome Film Festival, the dramatic omnibus "Tar," which features a star-studded cast that includes Jessica Chastain, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Zach Braff, Bruce Campbell and Henry Hopper, is still without a U.S. distributor or release date. But we guess it's coming out somewhere in the world as the first trailer for the movie has finally arrived.

Watch: Anton Yelchin & Kate Mara Team Up For Broken Bells; Jared Leto Tapes Kanye West, James Franco For Short & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 10:24 AM
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Anton Yelchin Kate Mara After The Disco
Indie bands doing short films is kinda so hot right now. As it becomes increasingly challenging to get noticed above the fray, bands have taken to the medium to give fans and newcomers alike a different way of entry for their music. Of course, Arcade Fire teamed with Spike Jonze for "The Suburbs," while Beach House took the more DIY route and made "Forever Still" themselves. And now a couple more bands are stepping towards cinema with interesting results.

Watch: James Franco Is Gator In Red Band Trailer For 'Homefront' With Jason Statham

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2013 5:24 PM
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Homefront
In 2013, James Franco has played Alien ("Spring Breakers"), Oz ("Oz The Great And Powerful"), Darl Bundren ("As I Lay Dying"), Hugh Hefner ("Lovelace") and James Franco ("This Is The End"). Say what you will, but Franco can sure choose 'em. And now for his next unlikely gig? He plays a dude named Gator in the Sylvester Stallone-penned (yes, really) "Homefront."

Review: James Franco's Ambitious Adaptation Of William Faulkner's 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 7:09 PM
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As I Lay Dying, James Franco
To be certain, James Franco has never been lacking in ambition. From the meta quasi-doc "Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" to the Hart Crane biopic "The Broken Tower" to the kinky "Interior. Leather Bar." to the primate co-starring "The Ape," Franco has leapt into filmmaking, taking on challenges and narrative most other filmmakers wouldn't dare to attempt. And while there is something to admire in the ambition of the 35 year-old actor/writer/director's latest venture, "As I Lay Dying," it never amounts to much more than a curiosity.

Watch: Arcade Fire's 22-Minute 'SNL' Concert, Directed By Roman Coppola, Featuring Ben Stiller, James Franco & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 29, 2013 12:35 PM
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Is there any doubt that Arcade Fire can pretty much do whatever they want at the moment? The Montreal-based band has become nothing short of a phenomenon, with an ambition and reach far beyond that of their peers. So when it was revealed that they would follow their appearance on "Saturday Night Live" this weekend with a half hour concert, it was just another example of the far reaching vision for their music. And it went down last night, and if you missed it, here's your morning brew.

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