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Venice Review: James Franco's Cormac McCarthy Adaptation 'Child Of God'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 31, 2013 11:33 AM
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James Franco might not be the first person to debut a film he'd directed at each of the three major European festivals in the same year (Ulrich Seidl recently managed the feat with his 'Paradise' trilogy, albeit not in the same calendar year). But it's an undoubtedly impressive run, especially given that Franco has spent the same period of time starring in two legitimate blockbusters in the shape of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "This Is The End," as well as working on his umpteen other projects of various shapes and sizes.

It's Game Time: Watch The First Trailer For Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Starring James Franco, Emma Roberts & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 29, 2013 10:18 PM
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What did people do before the internet? Even if you can't make it to Venice, Telluride or TIFF, we live in an age where you can get instant reactions, early looks and more from pretty much every movie making a premiere to at least get a taste of what's on offer. And so, this evening comes the first trailer for "Palo Alto," and you know what? We're kinda pleasantly surprised.

James Franco Gets His Own Reality TV Series

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 21, 2013 10:42 AM
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Well, this was kind of inevitable... James Franco's career has always had an air meta-ness to it, with the actor's personal and professional personas, and his mix of brow-furrowing art projects with mainstream Hollywood fare, blending and overlapping. Need evidence? Well, the movie he co-directed "Francophrenia (Or Don't Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is)" took footage from his stint on "General Hospital" (wherein he played an artist/serial named Franco) and reshaped into a quasi-"profile" about himself "as he muses on the absurdities of fame, its suffocating, ever-present spectre that dominates his every interaction, and his longing to do a bit of serial killing himself, starting with his agent." Now Franco is taking it to the next level.

Rachel McAdams Joins Wim Wenders' 'Every Thing Will Be Fine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 4:14 PM
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In the works for about a year now, you may have missed the announcement, Wim Wenders' next feature film is now in front of cameras in the lovely city of Montreal. In addition to the previously revealed James Franco, the picture also bolstered its cast with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Marie-Josée Croze. Now another actress has joined the picture, and one that makes the project all the more enticing.

New Images From James Franco's 'Child Of God' & Adaptation Of His Book 'Palo Alto' Starring Emma Roberts

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 16, 2013 12:01 PM
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It can't be film festival season without at least a couple projects involving James Franco and 2013 is no different. Over the coming weeks we're going to see yet another film directed by the prolific polymath and another based on his book of stories, which he will star in. So let's dive right in.

Review: 'Lovelace' Starring Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco, Adam Brody & More

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • August 8, 2013 8:00 PM
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Lovelace
Not so much a film about Linda Lovelace as a film about a bunch of things that happen to Linda Lovelace, including a destructive marriage to seeming complete, total, bonafide scumbag sonofabitch Chuck Traynor, "Lovelace" is a glossy, starry package featuring loving '70s set design, costuming and narratively crucial hairstyling (more on that later). But, the main question was always around the casting of the leading lady, especially given that the last few years have seen a flurry of names come and go from both this and rival Lovelace project “Inferno” (which famously once boasted Seyfried’s “Mean Girls” co-star Lindsay Lohan). Yes, Lovelace was herself by many accounts a very sweet and warm person, but she was also the first porn superstar, and later on a vocal anti-porn crusader; we knew Seyfried could play the white swan, but could she play the black swan? Actually she probably could have, if she had been given the right script: Seyfried’s performance is the best thing about the film by miles, it’s just a shame there isn’t more to her role.

Watch: See James Franco's Hugh Hefner & Adam Brody's "Dick Long" In 2 New 'Lovelace' Clips; Plus Bounty Of New Photos

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • August 7, 2013 2:34 PM
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Lovelace
Do you appreciate a biopic cataloguing the trials and tribulations of fame: abusive relationships, drugs, exploitation, etc.? Are you a closeted connoisseur (or not-so-closeted) of vintage porn, particularly prime 1970s skin flicks? Whether either or both (they're not mutually exclusive), you're in luck this Friday when the Linda Lovelace biopic "Lovelace" hits theaters. (Check out our Berlin review here.)

5 TV Comedy Actors Turned Movie Stars (5 More Who Floundered)

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 12, 2013 12:29 PM
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With "Grown Ups 2" starring "SNL" alumnus Adam Sandler and "King of Queens" star Kevin James opening this weekend, and "The Way Way Back" with Steve Carell of "The Office" fame out since last week, your local multiplex will soon be playing a choice of films with star actors who originally made their names in TV comedy shows. All three of these guys have carved out the kind of big-screen success that means we arguably now associate them more with movies than with television, but that's a trick that many have tried and only few have really pulled off.

James Franco Lining Up To Direct 'The Sound And The Fury,' Wants Jon Hamm For The Lead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 2, 2013 5:24 PM
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Well, that didn't take long. Less than a week after bailing on directing "The Garden Of Last Days" James Franco has another directorial effort in the works, it's yet another literary adaptation and he's rounding up friends and colleagues to take part.

James Franco Bails On Directing 'Garden Of Last Days,' Kiboshes Entire Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2013 6:52 PM
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Well, here's proof that James Franco is capable of walking away from a project. Just yesterday, dude dropped his 15-minute Gucci short film/advertainment thingy, but as for his next feature? Well, it's not going to be "Garden Of Last Days."

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