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James Franco Directing Art Project About James Franco & Lindsay Lohan; 'As I Lay Dying' Starts Casting

  • By Ryan Gowland
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  • August 17, 2012 9:00 AM
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Who are you, James Franco? In his never-ending quest to defy convention, Franco recently picked up a role in actioner "Homefront," written by Sylvester Stallone and starring Jason Statham, returned to TV for four episodes of "Hollywood Heights," and will cameo later this year in "Lovelace" as Hugh Hefner, as well as appear in the seemingly-shot-in-a-weekend thriller "The Letter." With starring roles in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful" and Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers" set for 2013, what's next for Franco? How about teaming up with Lindsay Lohan (sort of) for a film about themselves while also directing an adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying?"

Paul Dano Explains His Process For 'Being Flynn,' Working With Robert De Niro & More

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 1, 2012 10:59 AM
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Paul Dano certainly has been lacking in talented on screen sparring partners, and over the years he's impressively shared screen time with Daniel Day-Lewis ("There Will Be Blood"), Steve Carell ("Little Miss Sunshine"), Tom Cruise ("Knight And Day") and Harrison Ford ("Cowboys And Aliens") but in "Being Flynn," he works with the most celebrated actor of them all: Robert De Niro. In the adaptation of the memoir "Another Bullshit Night In Suck City," Dano plays his son, long estranged from his father, who crosses paths with him at the homeless shelter where he works, forcing the pair to face their past.

Paul Dano Says Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Aiming For Summer Shoot; Says 'He Loves Me' Will Arrive Later This Year

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 21, 2012 1:53 PM
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While other young actors might be chasing the next hot project, few of Paul Dano's colleagues boast the kind of resume he has already assembled thus far into his career. Earning early notice thanks to turns in "L.I.E." and "The Girl Next Door," he broke out with the comedy smash "Little Miss Sunshine" and has since worked with folks like Paul Thomas Anderson ("There Will Be Blood"), Spike Jonze ("Where The Wild Things Are"), Ang Lee ("Taking Woodstock"), James Mangold ("Knight & Day") and Jon Favreau ("Cowboys & Aliens"). Not bad. And in 2012, he's already showing off a diverse slate from the indie "For Ellen" (that recently premiered at Sundance) to Rian Johnson's forthcoming sci-fi trip "Looper." And next month, he spars with Robert De Niro in "Being Flynn." We recently caught up with the actor and discussed some of things he's working on year.

Michael Shannon Compares Zack Snyder To Martin Scorsese; Says 'Mud' Will Be Like A "Fairy-Tale"

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • February 8, 2012 9:58 AM
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It's a statement that's thrown around a lot, but there aren't many better working actors today than Michael Shannon. He's consistently proven to be a mesmerizing fixture in any film he's a part of, whether in a lead role ("Take Shelter") or just playing support to bigger names ("Revolutionary Road").

Michael Shannon Says His General Zod In 'Man of Steel' Will Be Very Different From Terence Stamp's

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 11, 2011 11:53 AM
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Also Says That Crime Film 'The Iceman' & James Franco's 'As I Lay Dying' Aren't Happening Any Time Soon We have to confess, when considering the possibilities as to who might end up playing villain General Zod in Zack Snyder's Superman reboot "Man of Steel," Michael Shannon was never on our list. Not that he's not a fine actor -- he's one of the finest out there right now, one who goes from strength to strength with seemingly every performance. And not that he's resisted studio fare in the past -- indeed, he'll be playing a villain in the Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle "Premium Rush" at the start of next year. It's more that Shannon's particular brand of bug-eyed crazy is so very different from the steely fascism embodied by Terence Stamp in the character's last big-screen appearance in "Superman II."

James Franco Says He'll Direct 'As I Lay Dying' This Summer; Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Dano & More Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 9:18 AM
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It looks like one of the many, many big projects James Franco has dipped his toes in the water for is coming closer to fruition. Speaking with MTV on the slopes of the Sundance Film Festival, James Franco went ahead and dropped some truth bombs about one major picture he says he will direct this summer.

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.

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