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First Look At Danny McBride & More New Pics From James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2013 9:56 AM
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As I Lay Dying, James Franco
Among the many filmmakers and actors packing their bags for Cannes this year is James Franco, because nary a festival can go by with something by the multitasking polymath being in the mix. And this year, the south of France will be getting his adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying," which looks to be a bit more than just an art goof by Daniel Desario.

Why You Actin’ ‘Spicious? ‘Game of Thrones’ Star Emilia Clarke Will Star In James Franco’s ‘The Garden Of Last Days’ Adaptation

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 2, 2013 11:30 AM
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James Franco has cast the lead in his adaptation of Andre Dubus III’s singularly intense novel “The Garden of Last Days,” and he had to go all the way to Westeros to find her: Emilia Clarke, who plays the dragon-loving Daenerys Targaryen on the smash HBO fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. She will play a Florida stripper who brings her 3-year-old daughter to work with her on the fateful night that she ends up dancing for several of the terrorists who would be involved in 9/11.

James Franco Plants 'The Garden Of Last Days' For Next Directorial Project

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 29, 2013 4:00 PM
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James Franco simply does not know how to stop working. So far this year, his film, “Interior. Leather Bar.,” debuted at Sundance; his adaptation of “As I Lay Daying” premieres at Cannes next month; and oh yeah, he starred in “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Spring Breakers” which both came out this past March. It would be news if he announced that he was going on vacation, but that is not the case here. He has added yet another project to his slate

First Look At James Franco's Cannes Contender 'As I Lay Dying'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2013 12:01 PM
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It seems a film festival can't go by without a project starring, produced, directed or breathed on by James Franco unspooling. The ever busy multitasker seems to have his fingers in a dozen different pies at any one time, but even then, many were surprised to find "As I Lay Dying" slated for Cannes in the Un Certain Regard category. Certainly, Franco already has more than a few films under his belt as a director, but this is definitely the splashiest premiere any of his movies have received, and now an advance peek is here.

The Surprises & Notable Absences Of The 2013 Cannes Line-Up

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • April 18, 2013 11:28 AM
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So the 2013 Cannes lineup has finally been unveiled and as usual, there were a fair few surprise inclusions, a fair few snubby exclusions/category decisions, and some mildly oh!-inducing title changes. The majority of our firm predictions made it in (the Coens, Soderbergh, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Gray, Refn, Denis, Coppola among others) but sometimes into surprising sections, while a couple of films we had down as possibilities or longer shots paid off. So now that we know the lineup from G ('Gatsby' -- opening film) to Z ("Zulu" -- closing film) -- and it's a fairly U.S.-friendly list for Jury President Steven Spielberg to preside over -- lets dive right in and talk about the more eyebrow-raising moments from this morning's announcement.

Harmony Korine Was Banned From David Letterman For Trying To Steal From Meryl Streep's Purse

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 26, 2013 11:10 AM
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Maybe it's our fault for watching too many late-night talk shows in the late 1990s (to be fair this writer was in his pre-teens, and also on the wrong continent) but we'd never in a million years have thought that Harmony Korine, the one-time enfant terrible of the independent world as the writer of "Kids" and director of "Gummo" and "Julien Donkey-Boy," would be a popular figure on the late-night circuit.

Watch: James Franco's Grandma Wants You To See 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • March 23, 2013 11:00 AM
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After posting healthy numbers in limited release last weekend and a $3 million opening in France (where it is being heavily pushed), "Spring Breakers" is getting another publicity boost ahead of its expansion this weekend, courtesy of none other than James Franco’s grandma.

Watch: New, Wild Red Band Trailer For Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2013 2:23 PM
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For the past few months we've been eating a steady diet of awards season fare, glossy blockbusters and studio throwaways. But soon the Oscars will be over, and we'll be needing some kind of cinematic release. So, it's a good thing that Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" is right around the corner, and it's an even better thing that it looks brilliantly bonkers.

Listen To Mariah Carey's Theme To 'Oz The Great & Powerful,' Plus Clips, A Featurette And Spoiler-y Images From The Film

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 19, 2013 1:08 PM
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After the quietish few months of the year, we're only a few weeks out from the first would-be major blockbuster of the year (if you exclude the underperforming "A Good Day To Die Hard," and the noticeably buzz-free "Jack The Giant Slayer"); Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great & Powerful," the first theatrical film to go back to L. Frank Baum's magical land, featured in the beloved "The Wizard Of Oz," since "Return To Oz" in the 1980s.

Berlin Review: 'Interior. Leather Bar' Is A Surprisingly Successful James Franco Experiment On Male Sexuality & Filmic Process

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 12, 2013 3:43 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. In fact it's the third title to boast his involvement at this Berlin Film Festival (after "Lovelace" and "Maladies"), but here he is pulling double duty as co-director with Travis Matthews, and performer, as himself (kinda). 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?

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