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James Franco To Direct & Star In Serial Killer Tale 'The Night Stalker'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 3:05 AM
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Also Working On Comic Quasi-Documentary With Dave FrancoAnother week, another few projects lined up for James Franco and his burgeoning career as an actor, writer and director.

James Franco Talks Potential Adaptations Of 'As I Lay Dying' And 'Blood Meridian'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 4, 2011 12:30 AM
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Actor Went To Scott Rudin With Test Sequence Of 'Meridian' Starring Mark Pellegrino, Scott Glenn, Luke Perry & Brother DaveAnother turn in the tale of James Franco's very ambitious directorial hopes. After a story broke yesterday revealing the actor's plans to adapt two classic novels -- William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" for Fox Searchlight and Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"-- word from producer Scott Rudin (reported to be teaming with Franco on the latter) put a dent in the story by alluding, in an email, to the story being inaccurate.

Updated: James Franco In Talks To Write & Direct 'As I Lay Dying'; Circling 'Blood Meridian'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2011 7:01 AM
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Also Wraps Indie Film 'The Broken Tower'So we've been spending the morning in a post-New Year's Eve haze, slowly getting back up and running while we wait for the news cycle to once again kick in. And it has. In a huge way.

Cate Blanchett In, Greta Gerwig Out For Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2010 7:54 AM
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Filming Begins Next SummerWhile we'll always long for the never-made version of "Greenberg" with Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams, the fact that Ben Stillerand Noah Baumbach are now total besties means that financing probably comes much, much easier for the indie auteur, and if that means he gets more films greenlit, then who are we to complain? It was with much excitement that reports broke earlier in the month that Baumbach was quickly gearing up another film, "While We're Young," a relationship film (shock!) with Ben Stiller and James Franco set to star, and with offers out to both Cate Blanchett and Greta Gerwig. And while we love both actresses, it looks like only one of them will make it to the set.

Watch: Trailer For 'Your Highness' Promises Big Laughs, Bigger Special Effects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 8:58 AM
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David Gordon Green isn't fucking around. A new trailer for his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness" has arrived and while it's just as funny (though not as raunchy) as the red-band spot that hit last month, it definitely gives us a look at more of the whizz-bang digital effects that look very good, especially for a not-so-serious quest picture.

Oscarbation: The AFI, NYFCO, Boston And Los Angeles Critics Freak For 'The Social Network'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • December 13, 2010 2:55 AM
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Sending a signal to Oscar prognosticators, the fake-intellectuals who mock "Iron Man" and masturbate to "The King's Speech," a phalanx of critics organizations revealed their top honors this weekend, drawing a line in the sand. Their message? "The Social Network" is on one side of that line, and all other movies are on the other. The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Online and the Boston Society Of Film Critics selected the David Fincher drama as the year's best film, while the AFI listed the film as one of the year's (unranked) 10 best.

James Franco Eyes Writing & Directing Sal Mineo Biopic (Obviously)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2010 5:55 AM
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James Franco Also Returns As Franco On 'General Hospital' Following The OscarsJames Franco has already portrayed James Dean in the appropriately titled television movie "James Dean" (see the awesome trailer below) so why not make a biopic about his onscreen pal Sal Mineo ("Rebel Without A Cause," "Giant")?

James Franco, Alan Cumming, Catherine Keener & Claire Danes Star In Currently-Filming 'Maladies'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 8, 2010 1:50 AM
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Project Is Payoff To Franco's 'General Hospital' RoleJames Franco's had a pretty good 2010, but his 2011 is likely to be even better. The polymath will kick things off by not only co-hosting the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway, but also with a near certain-nomination at the awards for his stunning performance in Danny Boyle's "127 Hours." April will then see him topline the fantasy comedy "Your Highness," and the summer will see him take on his first full-flung blockbuster lead in 20th Century Fox's "Rise of the Apes."

Noah Baumbach Readies 'While We're Young' With Ben Stiller & James Franco

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 2, 2010 3:35 AM
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Offers Out To Greta Gerwig & Cate BlanchettIt seems Noah Baumbach and Ben Stiller are new BFFs. Of course, they teamed on "Greenberg" which hit theaters this spring and for a while, they were both tentatively attached to the family film "Mr. Popper's Penguins" until they both dropped off (the project is now moving ahead with Jim Carrey and Mark Waters). Not only that, Baumbach was tapped to do a quick punch up on Stiller's character in the script for the currently shooting comedy "Tower Heist," so it was pretty inevitable the two would find a film to work on again as director and actor.

"Looks Like" James Franco & Anne Hathaway Will Host The Oscars (Unless They Don't)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 29, 2010 3:39 AM
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Update: So this one is now official. Insert joke about Oscar ceremony being 127 hours long here.

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