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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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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.

Wim Wenders + James Franco + 3D Family Drama = Most Awesome WTF Movie Announcement Of The Day

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 7, 2013 5:43 PM
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Whatever you think of Zach Braff and celebrity Kickstarter campaigns, you have to admit his conversation with Kim Masters late last week was pretty fascinating. Braff paints a pretty dismal picture of the American cinema landscape and part of his self “defense” for going to Kickstater is a just a modicum of control to get a project made. He cites the Hollywood algorhythm that cross-references bankability, Q-factor and other such elements abroad and in foreign markets and then spits out a number that suggests whether a project is worth making or not.

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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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

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