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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.

Watch: Trailer For James Franco Produced Sundance BDSM Porn Documentary 'Kink'

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • January 17, 2013 1:08 PM
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Among the various interesting titles to be hitting the Sundance Film Festival (which kicks off today) is “Kink.” The documentary, produced by James Franco and directed by Christina Voros, explores the world of BDSM pornography. If that alone doesn’t catch your curiosity, the film’s website has just released a trailer, helping to give us a better sense of how they approach the subject matter.

Watch: New TV Spot For Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great & Powerful' With James Franco & Mila Kunis

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 14, 2013 11:20 AM
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Adapting a beloved TV series to the big screen is always a risky prospect, particularly when you start departing from the source material. Be it giving a post-modern meta spin on classics like "Bewitched" or "Starsky & Hutch," or chucking big-budget effects at lo-fi favorites like 'The A-Team" or "Lost In Space," the results are rarely positive, pleasing neither fans or neophytes. We thought we might be on safer ground when we discovered that Sam Raimi was directing a film called "Oz." Surely the brutal prison drama that preempted the golden age of HBO and shows like "The Sopranos" and "The Wire" would make it to the big-screen unscathed, especially in the hands of the director of "The Evil Dead" and "A Simple Plan."

Seven New Images From Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great & Powerful'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • January 8, 2013 1:01 PM
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When the trailer for Sam Raimi’s next film, the prequel to “The Wizard of Oz,” “Oz: The Great and Powerful” hit last year the reaction was decidedly mixed. It all looked a little too much like Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” from a visual standpoint, and the casting jarred a little too. James Franco will be taking on the title role of the man who would be The Wizard of Oz, while Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz are playing the magical land’s three witches.

Watch: Trailer For James Franco's Co-Directed Sundance Film 'Interior. Leather Bar.' Inspired By 'Cruising'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 19, 2012 1:49 PM
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Guys, sit down, because we're not sure you're going to be able to handle this. James Franco has made an art project. No, seriously. But kidding aside, it still seems like not a film festival can go by without Franco showing up with cannisters under his arm, and indeed, he'll be at the Sundance Film Festival for something that is truly...Franco-ian.

Watch: James Franco-Directed, Lindsay Lohan-Featuring Video For R.E.M.'s "Blue"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 3:05 PM
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So remember this summer when it was reported that James Franco was collaborating with Lindsay Lohan on some vaguely described "video/art" project? Well, it looks like we now have the fruits of their labors, and it's certainly unexpected.

Venice Review: Michael Shannon Vehicle 'The Iceman' Is A Tired Take On The Mob Flick

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2012 10:12 AM
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Are we living in a post-gangster movie age? From the early talkies to the Oscar-winning success of “The Departed,” the genre has been ever-popular and responsible for seminal films from “White Heat” and “The Godfather” to “Goodfellas” and “Pulp Fiction.” But one struggles to think of a standout film in the genre since Scorsese's Oscar winner, with memorable mobsters now coming from television rather than the movies. We’re sure that someone will come along and give the form new life one of these days, but that reinvention of the wheel doesn’t come from Ariel Vroman’s “The Iceman,” which is decent enough, but fails to cover ground that hasn’t already been covered many times before.

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