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James Franco & Joseph Gordon-Levitt Auditioned For The Leads In ‘On The Road’ & More From Screenwriter José Rivera

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 29, 2012 4:19 PM
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While the screenings were canceled last evening because of Hurricane Sandy, BAMCinematek’s IFC Sneaks was in full force on Friday and Saturday nights. Playing seven IFC Films pictures that won’t be in theaters until later this year or 2013 (Abbas Kiarostami's "Like Someone In Love" and Olivier Assayas' "Something In The Air” for example), on Saturday night, BAM and IFC Films unveiled the New York premiere of Walter Salles’ “On The Road.” Salles’ long-time-coming adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat Generation novel was a five year work in progress, and on Saturday evening BAM screened the newly edited 124 minute version (the iteration that ran at Cannes was 2 hours and 20 minutes and some of the main criticisms of that version was its longwinded approach) that will open in theaters in December.

First Look At James Franco In 'Tar' Premiering At The Rome Film Festival

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 23, 2012 12:44 PM
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James Franco doesn't stop for one second. Currently filming "As I Lay Dying," Franco has been busy overseeing two other projects this year, omnibus efforts by NYU grad students, "Tar" and "Black Dog Red Dog," based the poems of C.K. Williams and Stephen Dobyns, respectively. And one of them is ready to see the light day.

James Franco Says PTA Courted Him For Joaquin Phoenix's Role In 'The Master'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2012 8:56 AM
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Coming to theaters this fall...the new film from Paul Thomas Anderson starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jeremy Renner, Reese Witherspoon and Emma Stone. Yep, had the cards been dealt differently for PTA, "The Master" would have been quite another picture. Now we can add another actor to the trivia list for the version of "The Master" that didn't get made.

Oscars: James Franco Will Compete For Supporting Actor With 'Spring Breakers' & Anne Hathaway For Best Actress In 'Dark Knight Rises'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2012 9:21 AM
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Get our your crystal ball Oscar prognosticators, because it's time to shake it up again. The weekend brought with it a couple more bits and bobs and changes to the Oscar race, with a couple more folks chasing the statue in some unlikely films.

Glenn Close, James Franco & Brit Marling Have ‘The Grace That Keeps This World’

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 4:52 PM
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A legend, a hipster multi-hyphenate, and a rising star and filmmaker all coming together? Could be something special or...something else, but "Terri" director Azazel Jacobs is certainly raising the bar for his next effort.

Selena Gomez Worried About Her Fans, Harmony Korine Aspired For The “Poetry Of Surfaces”: 'Spring Breakers' At TIFF

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • September 9, 2012 11:31 AM
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“I’m tired of seeing the same thing every single day...there’s more than just Spring break,” Selena Gomez laments in Harmony Korine’s latest feature. “It’s your chance to see something different.” The rather orthodox (well at least for Korine), “Spring Breakers,” which premiered in Venice last week (read our review here), makes its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival this week. In our review we called the picture a "semi-conventional genre flick and a future cult favorite.”

Watch: James Franco Has Gold Bullets In New Clip From Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 30, 2012 2:44 PM
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Wacky cornrows aren't the only things James Franco has in Harmony Korine's zany "Spring Breakers." In the latest clip from the film, he brags about the wild assortment of wares his drug-slinging dealer has in his pretty pimped out apartment/house/condo whatever.

Mila Kunis Joins Paul Haggis' 'Third Person'; James Franco & Casey Affleck Also In Talks

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2012 10:02 AM
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Paul Haggis' next film, "Third Person," seems to be moving onward in fits and starts. With sporadic updates throughout last year, this spring the movie started firmly moving foward when Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde boarded, with Jude Law rumored for a part as well and then....not much else. But it seems the wheels are turning once again with some exciting new names now ready to lend their talents.

Watch: James Franco Directs Samsung Galaxy Note Ad Starring James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 5:47 PM
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Well, you gotta give the folks over at advertising firm Cheil USA a hand, because if you're going to come up with a campaign around the Samsung Galaxy Note touting its multitasking capabalities, there are few celebrities more equipped to deliver that message than James Franco. Hell, in the past week or so alone we've seen a pretty shitty trailer for the indie flick "The Letter" (quantity isn't always quality), and learned that he's casting up his feature film adapatation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" and producing some kind of art project about fame riffing on himself and Lindsay Lohan.

James Franco Directing Art Project About James Franco & Lindsay Lohan; 'As I Lay Dying' Starts Casting

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • August 17, 2012 9:00 AM
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Who are you, James Franco? In his never-ending quest to defy convention, Franco recently picked up a role in actioner "Homefront," written by Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham, returned to TV for four episodes of "Hollywood Heights," and will cameo later this year in "Lovelace" as Hugh Hefner, as well as appear in the seemingly-shot-in-a-weekend thriller "The Letter." With starring roles in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" set for 2013, what's next for Franco? How about teaming up with Lindsay Lohan (sort of) for a film about themselves while also directing an adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying?"

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