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'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

'Spring Breakers' sort-of sequel in the works

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Grab the bikinis and machine guns — Spring Breakers 2 is in the works.

Titled Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, the film will follow a new group of revelers battling an extreme militant Christian sect attempting to convert them.

Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) wrote the screenplay, with Jonas Akerlund (Spun, Small Apartments) set to direct. Muse Productions, which was behind the first movie, is producing alongside Wild Bunch.

“It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval told Screen Daily, which first reported the story. READ FULL STORY

Romance and anger collide in 'Third Person' trailer -- VIDEO

Paul Haggis, Oscar-winning writer and director of films like Million Dollar Baby and Crash, sticks with romance in his latest, Third Person.

The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Moran Atias, and is set in New York, Rome, and Paris. Everyone is paired off, and everyone is connected — think Love Actually, but dramatic. (Or Crash, minus racism?)

The film doesn’t have a release date for the U.S. yet, but premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. Watch the trailer below:

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'Palo Alto' trailer: Emma Roberts and James Franco strike up a student/teacher affair -- VIDEO

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Palo Alto — Gia Coppola’s film based on a book of short stories by James Franco — is a high school drama with an interconnected narrative. The heart of the story lies in a forbidden relationship between popular soccer player April (Emma Roberts) and her coach Mr. B. (Franco), a single father she frequently babysits for.

Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'Palo Alto': See the poster for James Franco's new movie -- EXCLUSIVE

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Palo Alto may be Gia Coppola’s first credit as a director and writer, but filmmaking is in her blood. She spent much of her upbringing on the set of her aunt Sofia Coppola’s films, and her grandfather is, of course, director Francis Ford Coppola.

The 27-year-old first came to the film while hanging out with her friend, James Franco, who’d just written his debut collection of short stories, Palo Alto, and wanted to see it adapted for screen. “He said, ‘If you like it, let’s do it,'” Coppola recalls. She was inspired by the stories: “It really captured teenagers in an accurate way, which I don’t think is easy to do, and I hadn’t seen it in a while.” READ FULL STORY

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