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Career Watch: From Instagram to Broadway to Movies – When Will James Franco Fatigue Strike?

Ubiquity, thy name is James Franco. The year is not even two-thirds over, and already this self-styled 21st-century Renaissance dude is monopolizing the world of art circa 2014 at an exhausting rate.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • August 11, 2014 2:15 PM
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Rogen's Roll Continues as Sony Pushes Bumbling Spy Bromance 'The Interview' to Christmas (VIDEO)

Seth Rogen is on a roll, from comedies "This is the End" to "Neighbors," and now Sony is pushing back the multi-tasker's latest comedy "The Interview" from October to holiday prime time, Christmas Day. Rogen co-wrote, co-produced, and co-directed with partner Evan Goldberg, and also stars with equally workaholic James Franco and Lizzy Caplan ("Masters of Sex").
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 7, 2014 3:39 PM
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Screen Talk: from Comic-Con's Sublime 'Interstellar' and 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to James Franco

This week Eric Kohn and I have plenty to chew over. We dig into Comic-Con, parse the promise of Chris Nolan's "Interstellar" --who's the audience, anyway?--and debate Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" as well as offering our picks of the week. I'm in the thrall of Brendan Gleeson, while Kohn argues that James Franco might be a good director after all.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 1, 2014 2:04 PM
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First Image from Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert’ Arrives as Director’s Films Stream on Fandor

Ubiquitous as always, there’s a whole lot more of Werner Herzog coming our way over the next few months. The upcoming 16-film Blu-ray set, arriving at the end of this month, would normally be plenty, but there's also his first narrative feature since 2009: "Queen of the Desert."
  • By Nick Newman
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  • July 15, 2014 2:36 PM
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WATCH: Rogen and Franco Land 'The Interview' of a Lifetime (POSTER and TRAILER)

Up next for Seth Rogen and collaborator Evan Goldberg is "The Interview," in which Rogen and James Franco star as a TV reporter and his producer who get a chance to interview North Korean Kim Jong-Un and are then contracted by the CIA to assassinate the dictator.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 13, 2014 12:13 PM
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Arthouse Audit: Two Comedies Score as 'Chef' Beats Out 'Fading Gigolo,' 'Palo Alto' Shows Promise

Jon Favreau's "Chef" (Open Road) and Gia Coppola's "Palo Alto" (Tribeca) both scored more than $20,000 per screen in limited openings this weekend. Radius/Weinstein veered from its usual pattern with a wider initial release of the food documentary "Fed Up," eschewing VOD for now.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • May 11, 2014 4:28 PM
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Five Films to See, or Not-to-See, This Weekend, from 'Neighbors' to 'The Double'

This movie weekend offers unexpected pleasures -- as well as a few clunkers -- for all cinematic tastes, including the very R-rated "Neighbors," modestly scaled indies "Palo Alto," "The Double" and "Chef," and a potently disturbing food doc, "Fed Up."
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • May 8, 2014 5:23 PM
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Gia Coppola's 'Palo Alto' Takes the Festival Tour (VIDEO)

Emma Roberts, Gia Coppola, Nat Wolff at the Apple Soho Store
On the first day of shooting Gia Coppola was feeling her nerves. "I was so eager to do it," she says. "It had fallen apart so many times, that it reached a point, on the first day of shooting, I didn't believe it. I had gone through all the emotions, believing it would fall apart again: 'Oh my god, I'm here and I don't know what to do.'"
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 5, 2014 4:44 PM
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WATCH: Stars Collide in First Trailer for Paul Haggis's 'Third Person'

A trailer has landed for the most recent effort from writer-director Paul Haggis (Oscar winner "Crash"). "Third Person," which bowed at last year's Cannes, is finally eyeing a limited stateside release on June 20. Like the multiple-narrative-heavy "Crash," this new drama also follows an array of characters -- in the forms of Liam Neeson, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody and Moran Atias.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 16, 2014 3:34 PM
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Hollywood Stars Michelle Williams, James Franco and Zach Braff Walk the Broadway Boards (VIDEOS)

Why is Sam Mendes back in New York with "Cabaret?" Michelle Williams. She's the talk of the town as she makes her Broadway debut as song-and-dance ingenue Sally Bowles opposite Alan Cumming in Roundabout's revival of the dark musical "Cabaret," directed by Mendes, a prolific stage director before foraying into film with his Oscar-winning debut "American Beauty" in 1999. (Watch a clip from "Cabaret" below.) While many Hollywood stars are packing up their bags and moving to television, a few A-listers are heading to a new arena: Broadway.
  • By Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 16, 2014 2:16 PM
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