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James Franco Calls 'The Social Network' "Classically Made" But Conventional

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 26, 2011 4:18 AM
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Actor/director/writer/painter/Oscar host James Franco stopped by the Movieline suite at Sundance to discuss his latest film, Best Picture nominee “127 Hours,” as well as its competitor and possible frontrunner “The Social Network.” In the candid and clearly uncoached interview (his PR agent is probably having a freak out right now), Franco says that he believes “127 Hours” was the most innovative movie of 2010 and for a movie supposedly about technology, “The Social Network” is actually a very straightforward narrative.

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 In Talks, Offer Out To Kate Hudson For Linda Lovelace Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 4:22 AM
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Yes, its yet another project linked to James Franco who seems to be spending his time between classes, just calling up producers in Hollywood and chatting with them about projects that pique his curiosity.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

James Franco, Benicio Del Toro & Michael Shannon Sign On For Mob Killer Pic 'The Iceman'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 20, 2011 10:50 AM
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Don't be confused. This isn't the film about the same guy -- mob hitman Richard Kulinski -- that Mickey Rourke was linked to earlier in the fall. Instead, this one is based off the biography by Anthony Bruno and it has attracted some strong names to the project.

James Franco To Direct & Star In Serial Killer Tale 'The Night Stalker'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 17, 2011 3:05 AM
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Also Working On Comic Quasi-Documentary With Dave FrancoAnother week, another few projects lined up for James Franco and his burgeoning career as an actor, writer and director.

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.

Cate Blanchett In, Greta Gerwig Out For Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 23, 2010 7:54 AM
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Filming Begins Next SummerWhile we'll always long for the never-made version of "Greenberg" with Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams, the fact that Ben Stillerand Noah Baumbach are now total besties means that financing probably comes much, much easier for the indie auteur, and if that means he gets more films greenlit, then who are we to complain? It was with much excitement that reports broke earlier in the month that Baumbach was quickly gearing up another film, "While We're Young," a relationship film (shock!) with Ben Stiller and James Franco set to star, and with offers out to both Cate Blanchett and Greta Gerwig. And while we love both actresses, it looks like only one of them will make it to the set.

Watch: Trailer For 'Your Highness' Promises Big Laughs, Bigger Special Effects

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 21, 2010 8:58 AM
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David Gordon Green isn't fucking around. A new trailer for his upcoming medieval stoner comedy "Your Highness" has arrived and while it's just as funny (though not as raunchy) as the red-band spot that hit last month, it definitely gives us a look at more of the whizz-bang digital effects that look very good, especially for a not-so-serious quest picture.

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