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'Blood Meridian' deserves a director who understands the Western genre

With James Franco’s recent test footage for his not-to-be Blood Meridian film adaptation now online, it’s time to think about what we want from a movie version of the landmark novel. Franco shot that test footage a few years ago and showed it to Scott Rudin, who owns the rights to the novel, but Rudin seems to have turned him down—and should continue to do so.

So Franco, instead, directed another movie adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel: Child of God. The movie comes out this week, and Franco wrote a piece for The Daily Beast explaining why he loves McCarthy’s work and why he wanted to bring it to the screen. It’s a heartfelt essay that shows a sincere appreciation for McCarthy’s vision, and an understanding of his signature poetic ugliness. READ FULL STORY

North Korea vows 'merciless' retaliation if U.S. theaters show films mocking its leader

Last week, a spokesman for North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-Un revealed that Kim would probably watch Seth Rogen and James Franco’s film The Interview, about a TV interviewer and his producer who get caught up in a plan to assassinate Kim (played in the film by Randall Park). But even before the supreme leader got a chance to see the film for himself, his government took a harder stance.

Today, a North Korean foreign ministry spokesman announced that the country would consider the release of “a movie on a plot to hurt our top-level leadership” an “act of war.” The spokesman did not mention the project by name, but was more than likely referencing The Interview, which is set to be released in October—barring a political intervention.

“If the U.S. administration allows and defends the showing of the film, a merciless counter-measure will be taken,” the spokesman was quoted by KCNA, the state news agency, as saying.

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Kim Jong-un will probably watch Seth Rogen's comedy about assassinating Kim Jong-un

Last week, Columbia released the first trailer for The Interview, in which a talk-show host (James Franco) and his producer (Seth Rogen) land an interview with Kim Jong-un, supreme leader of North Korea (played by Korean-American actor Randall Park) and become miserably underqualified hit men when the CIA enlists their help in assassinating Kim.

It’s a funny enough premise in America, where many are more familiar with Kim as an eternally springing fountain of Internet hilarity than as a real political figure. On Friday, though, a spokesman for Kim told The Daily Telegraph that the supreme leader would probably watch The Interview when it comes out in October. READ FULL STORY

James Franco's goal in adapting Cormac McCarthy's 'Child of God': 'Try to live up to the material'

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Cormac McCarthy adaptations are tricky.

The Coen brothers’ take on No Country for Old Men may have picked up four Oscars, including Best Picture, but that hasn’t exactly been the norm when it comes to translating the venerable author’s stark worldview onto the big screen.

Billy Bob Thornton’s $57 million All the Pretty Horses was panned in 2000; it currently boasts a dismal 32 percent on Rotten Tomatoes and only made $15 million domestically. John Hillcoat’s take on The Road fared better critically (75 percent), but it flopped at the box office too — netting a mere $8.1 million on a reported $25 million production budget. And then there was Ridley Scott’s star-studded The Counselor from just last year. Based on an original screenplay from McCarthy, the film also failed to woo critics and audiences (though some still ardently defend its bleak genius).

But, the scattered history didn’t dismay renaissance man James Franco, who decided to take on McCarthy’s 1973 novel Child of God. It premiered at the 2013 Venice Film Festival to limited mixed reviews and is finally getting it’s theatrical due on Aug. 1. The story follows Lester Ballard (played by Scott Haze), a violent man intent on living on the outskirts of society in Appalachian Tennessee as he descends further into isolation and crime. “When one is working with material like a Cormac McCarthy book, the goal is easy: try to live up to the material,” Franco told EW via email.

Check out what else he had to say about the film: READ FULL STORY

'The Interview' trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco plan to assassinate Kim Jong Un

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Seth Rogen and James Franco are trading the apocalypse for North Korea.

The duo’s latest comedy, The Interview, finds the stars playing a bumbling journalist (Franco) and his producer (Rogen). When it’s discovered that Kim Jong Un (Randall Park) is a fan of theirs, the two score an interview — but then the CIA asks them to assassinate Jong Un, a job they’re grossly unequipped to handle.

Some might think the goofy action-comedy’s plot sounds like an exaggerated version of what’s going on with Jong Un’s BFF Dennis Rodman. But as Franco previously explained, the movie was in the works before Rodman’s escapades.

“[Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg] wrote a version of this script before Rodman went to North Korea,” Franco told EW. “And then as this movie went into pre-production, Rodman started going over there. So it was a very strange coincidence that I think ultimately will make this movie somehow more legitimate. Our movie is already so crazy, but things like that are actually kind of happening — so now it isn’t that out there. It’ll just make our movie resonate in different ways. It’ll become a few steps away from just being an outrageous comedy towards, I guess, [being] social satire or something.”

Watch the trailer — which features Lizzy Caplan (Freaks and Geeks reunion!) explaining why Jong Un is so dangerous — below: READ FULL STORY

Dave Franco to star in James Franco's movie about 'The Room'

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James Franco has found the man to play actor Greg Sestero in his forthcoming adaptation of Sestero‘s 2013 book The Disaster Artist, which details the author’s involvement in the cult film The Room. Not that Franco had to look very far: According to 3 News, Franco’s brother Dave attended a Los Angeles screening of The Room over the weekend and, during a Q&A with the film’s mercurial writer-director-star Tommy Wiseau, asked him, “How do you feel about me playing Greg Sestero in the movie?” Wiseau responded by declaring, “That’s what I say: It’s a good choice.” James Franco seemed to confirm the casting news when he tweeted a photograph of Wiseau with his brother, which you can see above.

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James Franco's life is -- of course -- a documentary

It all makes sense now. Sort of. James Franco has been a willing subject in a documentary about his life for the last year. One of his former film students at UCLA, Lisa Vangellow, is directing the nearly-completed film, which promises to “examine the incredible stamina and work ethic that James Franco possesses and how he incorporates this into his various areas of artistic interest,” according to Vangellow’s production company’s website.

According to The Wrap, Franco. A Documentary enjoyed access to Franco colleagues, including Seth Rogen and Klaus Biesenbach of New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Curtiss Clayton (To Die For) is editing the film, and Vangellow, in an email to EW, says she plans to bring the finished film to festivals.

Franco’s representative did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment.

 

'Palo Alto' director Gia Coppola and star Emma Roberts talk teenage angst, days of the week underwear

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The teens are lost, the adults are wrecks, and everyone is grasping for some meaning in Gia Coppola’s feature debut Palo Alto, based on James Franco’s 2010 collection of interconnected short stories of upper middle class teenage angst.

Emma Roberts stars as the heartbreaking April, a quiet teen who catches the leering gaze of her adult soccer coach, played with unsettling charisma by Franco. As April navigates the increasingly inappropriate attention and escalating physicality of her relationship with Mr. B, her classmates drift in and out of trouble, parties, and desperation in Coppola’s dreamy portrait of this grim, privileged suburb.

EW got a chance to speak to Roberts and Coppola about the film, Franco material, and how they reimagined some of the more intense scenes for the big screen. Check it out after the jump. (There are some slight spoilers.) READ FULL STORY

'Good People' trailer: James Franco and Kate Hudson are broke -- VIDEO

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What do you do if you’re broke and about to lose your house? Steal a dead neighbor’s cash, of course! (Just kidding, please never do that.)

In upcoming thriller Good People, James Franco and Kate Hudson play a couple who are dealing with debt but soon discover their neighbor dead with $370,000 in cash left in his apartment. They take the cash, thinking they’ve solved all their money problems… and then things go downhill from there.

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'The Room': James Franco may play Tommy Wiseau in film based on 'The Disaster Artist'

Oh hi, James Franco.

According to pal Seth Rogen, the perpetually misunderstood actor may soon portray Tommy Wiseau, the mysterious Hollywood outsider who wrote, directed, and starred in The Room, the spectacularly bad 2003 film that became a revered cult classic.

Here’s some back story: Franco’s public fascination with Wiseau seems to have begun with an in-depth piece he wrote for Vice back in December (it even features a pic of Franco Photoshopped as the Mickey Rourke-esque Wiseau). In it, he calls the wannabe filmmaker “ageless, muscled, sweet, and scary; he is part vampire, part Hollywood dreamer, part gangster, part Ed Wood, and super lonely.” Franco attempts to dissect the artist desperate to unleash his vision at any cost — The Room reportedly cost $6 million to make — while using Wiseau’s tale as a parable for his own creative drive. READ FULL STORY

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