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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?

James Franco & 'Kink' Director Christina Voros Teaming Up For Gucci Documentary

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 1, 2013 1:43 PM
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We’re only in the second month of 2013 and while most of us have failed to meet our New Year’s resolutions, James Franco has already dropped two movies at Sundance -- the BDSM porn doc “Kink” and the “Cruising”-inspired “Interior. Leather Bar.” -- is in post on the Cormac McCarthy adaptation “Child Of God” and is signed up to direct two more films. Franco isn’t take a break yet, though, as Variety is reporting that he’s teaming up again with “Kink” helmer Christina Voros for a less pornographic documentary.

Tim Blake Nelson Joins James Franco-Directed 'Bukowski' & Tommy Lee Jones' 'The Homesman'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 29, 2013 12:45 PM
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Tim Blake Nelson has always been a talent equally as adept on-screen as he is behind the camera -- putting his stamp on such diverse films as WWII drama “The Grey Zone” and pot comedy “Leaves of Grass” -- but as his primary focus and the majority of his credits remains acting-based, he's now found back-to-back roles in the ambitious directorial efforts of his fellow peers.

James Franco To Direct & Star In Adaptation Of James Ellroy's 'American Tabloid'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 10:26 AM
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So, what you have done this January? If you're James Franco, you're currently at the Sundance Film Festival dropping two films, signing on to direct and star in the biopic of hairstylist Jay Sebring in "Beautiful People," and you wrote a poem for the inauguration. Seriously. And it seems the always busy Franco has just added yet another project to his slate.

James Franco To Direct & Star In 'Beautiful People,' A Biopic Of '60s Hairstylist Jay Sebring

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2013 6:45 PM
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Okay, so in addition to having two films at the Sundance Film Festival -- "Kink" which he produced, and "Interior. Leather Bar." which he co-directed -- James Franco is also in post on his Cormac McCarthy adaptation "Child Of God" and the omnibus film "Black Dog, Red Dog." And that's not to mention the stuff that pays his bills, like Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" and Sam Raimi's "Oz The Great And Powerful" which are coming to theaters later this year. You would think that heading to Park City would allow Franco a moment to breathe, but nah, dude just lined up another project.

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