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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.

Watch: Teaser Trailer For James Franco's Venice & TIFF Entry 'Child Of God' Stares You In The Face

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 28, 2013 5:30 PM
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Back in the spring, James Franco hit Cannes with "As I Lay Dying," an experimental drama and adaptation of William Faulkner's book that utilized all kinds of split-screen to surprisingly decent effect, even if the movie as a whole didn't amount to much more than a curiosity. Whether that latter charge will be true or not on his forthcoming "Child Of God" remains to be seen, but we now have a very brief taste.

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.

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.)

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."

Watch: James Franco's 15-Minute Gucci Short Film 'La Passione' With Cameo From ATL Twins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 26, 2013 5:06 PM
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Oh, hey. Look, while you were sleeping last night, or maybe getting a coffee this afternoon, James Franco went and completed yet another of his side projects, which are now just too many to count. His latest artistic endeavor is for revered fashion house Gucci, but that doesn't mean the actor/writer/director/model/student/artist is leaving the street swagger behind.

Seth Rogen & James Franco Say They've Talked About A 'Freaks & Geeks' Movie, New Clip & Pics From 'This Is The End'

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • May 20, 2013 6:14 PM
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Just as we were beginning to tire of all of these Kickstarter campaign stories from the trendsetting uber-successful “Veronica Mars” to the backlash-ridden Zach Braff project to a second "Friday Night Lights" (yes, a movie of a TV show of a movie), James Franco and Seth Rogen throw us for a loop. While promoting their upcoming meta-apocalyptic comedy “This Is The End,” Complex asked them about the possibility of a “Freaks and Geeks” movie, referencing the “Veronica Mars” campaign.

Cannes Review: Admirable Ambition Isn't Enough For James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 20, 2013 11:25 AM
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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: First Trailer For James Franco's Cannes Contender 'As I Lay Dying

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 13, 2013 2:34 PM
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As I Lay Dying
Tackling an adaptation of a William Faulkner novel, featuring no less than fifteen different characters, in a narrative that doesn't lend itself easily to a cinematic interpretation would be a challenge for anybody. But not everybody is James Franco. In the past year, he's dropped a documentary about a porn site and another inspired by deleted scenes from William Friedkin's "Cruising," so "As I Lay Dying" is right in his wheelhouse of ambitious fare. The fact that it has been included in the Cannes Film Festival lineup as part of the Un Certain Regard slate appears to mean he's done his job and pulled it off, and now you can judge for yourself.

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