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Watch: James Franco's 32-Minute Test Reel For Cormac McCarthy's 'Blood Meridian' With Dave Franco, Luke Perry & More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 22, 2014 9:21 AM
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At this point, James Franco can only be described as James Franco-esque: he writes books, writes reviews, does art installations and occasionally does some movies—both in front of and behind the camera. You may remember that back in 2011 Franco was circling an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s iconic novel “Blood Meridian” and shot some test footage as a proof-of-concept to get the rights to the novel. Now, in advance of the release of Franco’s adaptation of a different McCarthy novel “Child of God,” the actor-cum-director (among other things) has released that test reel for all to see.

Watch: Michael Shannon Has Sex With A Corpse In James Franco's 2010 Short Film 'Herbert White'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 11, 2014 5:42 PM
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The Missing Person Michael Shannon
Such has been the life of James Franco, that he can still be in school, and when he gets the lark to make a short, he can just get on the phone and called up Michael Shannon to star in it. And that's the case with "Herbert White," a 14-minute 2010 movie Franco made while at NYU, which is probably one you'd probably otherwise pass over, were it not for the uh, promise, of Shannon having a sex with a corpse. Because he does.

Watch: Step Right Up For The New Trailer For James Franco's 'Child Of God'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2014 2:06 PM
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When he's not helping Seth Rogen piss off the government of North Korea, James Franco is busy with one of his many on-the-go projects, and one that's in the can is his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's "Child Of God." And after doing some festival business last year, it's finally ready to be seen and a new trailer is here.

Watch: Seth Rogen & James Franco Try To Kill Kim Jong-Un In First Trailer For 'The Interview'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 11, 2014 10:05 PM
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Seven year on from his anointment as a movie star with "Knocked Up" and "Superbad" (and fifteen from his first appearance on screens in "Freaks & Geeks," and Seth Rogen is still riding high. Sure, there have been moments when his projects didn't work out ("The Green Hornet," "The Guilt Trip," but for the most part, he's continued to make smart choices, and particularly in the last couple of years, as he's taken his career more into his own hands (and those of writing/producing/directing partner Evan Goldberg), and set out to make lower budget movies that have turned out to be hugely profitable, as well as critically acclaimed.

James Franco May Play Tommy Wiseau In Movie About The Making Of 'The Room'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2014 11:07 AM
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The Disaster Artist James Franco
Earlier this year, it was announced that James Franco would be directing a feature adaptation of the memoir, "The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room," with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing. Penned by actor Greg Sestero, it's an inside look at the making of Tommy Wiseau's cult abomination, "The Room," and the idea of Franco—no stranger to ambitious projects that perhaps don't always live up to expectation—taking it on was pretty inspired. But it seems, in typical James Franco fashion, he might take it one step further.

10 One-Man Show Movies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • April 22, 2014 2:04 PM
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feature, 10 One-Man-Show Movies
If there's any justice in the world, many of you will spend 85 minutes of your upcoming weekend in a car with Tom Hardy. "Locke," the formally-rigorous, real-time Steven-Knight-directed film opens on Friday, and it's terrific: a taut drama that unfolds like a thriller despite being a small, detail-specific, domestic story; and an absorbing Richard Burton-inflected showcase for its sole onscreen star. Hardy, aided by the offscreen voices of Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott and others via his handsfree phone ( the way Knight organized the calls, so that they came to Hardy "live" is fascinating) is just brilliant, crucially underplaying most of the time, as though aware that with only him onscreen (also immobile), the tiniest tic is magnified exponentially. It's the kind of tour de force that highlights by contrast just where so many other single-actor films go wrong.

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: 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.

Review: James Franco's 'Interior. Leather Bar' Does Justice To His Eclectic Artistic Ambitions

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 3, 2014 5:03 PM
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So let's clear up a few misconceptions about this film—and of course there are misconceptions, it's a James Franco project. Firstly, "Interior. Leather Bar" is not a recreation/reimagining of the "censored," never-shown 40 minutes from William Friedkin's "Cruising," nor even footage inspired by that missing footage. Instead it's a semi-scripted, hour-long documentary about the production of that reimagined footage, in which much less of the actual recreated footage appears than the stories around its making, the concept behind it and the utterly self-conscious, self-referential approach. Hope you're still with us?

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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FYC Supporting Actors, Oscars 2013
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.

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