Can the making of a bad film make for a good one? That is the question raised by the news — reported by Deadline — that James Franco is to direct an adaptation of The Disaster Artist, actor Greg Sestero’s memoir about his time spent starring in the so-bad-it’s-awesome cult movie The Room.
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Casting Net: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan in talks for 'Triple Nine'; Plus James Franco, more
• 12 Years a Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael B. Jordan (Fruitvale Station), and Casey Affleck (Out of the Furnace) are in talks to star in Triple Nine, a crime drama from director John Hillcoat (The Road). Oscar-winners Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) have also been circling the long-gestating project, which follows a group of corrupt police officers looking to plan a heist. Affleck would be replacing Charlie Hunnam in the pic. [The Wrap]
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards: 'Gravity' ties with 'Her' for Best Picture, James Franco ties with Jared Leto
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association named ties in three major categories Sunday. Gravity tied with Her for Best Picture, James Franco and Jared Leto tied for Best Supporting Actor for their performances in Spring Breakers and Dallas Buyers Club, and Cate Blanchett and Adèle Exarchopoulos tied for Best Actress for their work in Blue Jasmine and Blue is the Warmest Color.
The LAFCA did choose distinct winners in the other major acting categories. Bruce Dern was named Best Actor for his portrayal of Woody Grant in Nebraska, and Lupita Nyong’o picked up a supporting actress win for playing the tragic Patsey in 12 Years a Slave.
Gravity was the big winner beyond its Best Picture tie with Spike Jonze’s Her, walking away with nods for Best Director, Best Editing, and Best Cinematography. Also of note, Sarah Polley’s Stories We Tell — recently selected as one of the 15 docs on the Academy’s shortlist — won Best Documentary.
Noticeably absent from any recognition was David O. Russell’s American Hustle, which the New York Film Critics Circle named Best Picture; Sundance favorite and recent Gotham Awards-winner Fruitvale Station; and the Robert Redford survival pic All Is Lost.
Check out the full list of winners below.
Sometimes, small quiet towns can turn out to be the most dangerous.
Jason Statham learns that the hard way in the new film Homefront. Statham plays an ex-DEA agent who moves to a rural town to take care of his 10-year-old daughter — and he may have picked the wrong town. James Franco also stars in this modern-day western, written and produced by Sylvester Stallone, as the guy trying to scare Statham off, by any means necessary. Silly James: Haven’t we learned anything from Statham’s previous films? This man can kick some serious ass. And that’s before you put a gun in his hands.
Check out the explosive behind the scenes look below:
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More than a decade after playing James Dean in the 2001 TV biopic of the actor, ultimate multitasker James Franco went behind the camera to direct Sal, a film depicting the final day in the life of Sal Mineo, Dean’s co-star, two-time Oscar nominee, and openly gay former teen heartthrob who was murdered outside his L.A. home in 1976 at age 37.
Franco pursued the film after reading the 2010 biography of Mineo. Starring Val Lauren as Mineo, Sal was reportedly shot in nine days — “It was shot quickly,” Franco tells EW, adding that he couldn’t remember the exact number — and examines the mundane daily tasks of Mineo’s life while exploring his passion for the arts.
Of course, this isn’t Franco’s only project slated for release — the actor/director/writer/film professor is set to tackle the “Of Mice and Men” stage revival in his Broadway debut next year, as well as more than a dozen other works in progress. Franco took a break to talk to EW about Sal and his upcoming Broadway turn.
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Popular actor and supposed director James Franco has a busy release schedule, between his adaptations of Cormac McCarthy and William Faulkner novels and that movie where he fights Jason Statham. And now you can add in Sal, the biopic about Rebel Without a Cause Sal Mineo which Franco made a couple of years ago in the midst of what scholars now refer to as Franco’s Blue Period. The film stars Val Lauren as Mineo and explores the actor’s final hours. It’s available on VOD and iTunes on October 22. READ FULL STORY
With Walter White out of the business, is James Franco taking the reins? Not exactly. However, in his new film Homefront, Franco plays a meth dealer who doesn’t particularly like the new guy in town: Jason Statham.
In the film’s trailer, we see what happens when Statham, who plays an undercover cop, moves his young daughter to the South on assignment. Here’s a clue: An altercation between Statham’s little girl and a school bully puts Statham on the radar of just about every meth-head in town. Those meth-heads are led by Franco and his wife, played by Kate Bosworth. A lot of broken bones follow (as well as at least one kidnapping). Winona Ryder also stars.
Watch the trailer for Homefront below:
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With summer coming to a close, Oscar season is officially in full swing. James Franco, fresh from his Comedy Central Roast, kicks off the first of the “For Your Consideration” ads that appeal to awards-show voters. In a bid to secure a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role as Alien in Spring Breakers, the film’s distributor, A24, launched a campaign called “Consider This Sh–,” The Hollywood Reporter first reported.
In Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, Franco plays a kind of Spring Break Jesus, in the form of a rapper/hustler/predator of college girls — replete with chest-length cornrows and a grill, and a psycho-Southern accent.
Though not considered a leading contender for the category, a spokesperson for A24 films told The Hollywood Reporter, “James Franco has created a character so indelible it deserves recognition. We are excited to be able to support it with a campaign and know the impact of Alien will last far past this awards season.”
In the ad, Franco, dressed to the Florida-swag hilt as Alien, is book-ended by two out of four of his college-age, perma-bikini-clad protégés: Brit (Ashley Benson) and Candy (Vanessa Hudgens). Franco is leaning against a white car and proudly double-fisting Oscar statuettes.
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