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Jason Statham and James Franco face off in 'Homefront' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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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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James Franco talks directing biopic 'Sal' and his upcoming Broadway debut

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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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James Franco on his adaptation of 'As I Lay Dying': 'I'm not out to bore anyone'

William Faulkner is notoriously hard to read, the bane of many a high school sophomore’s existence. But James Franco wasn’t one of them. “I’ve been a huge fan of Faulkner’s works since I was in high school and my dad turned me on to his books,” Franco tells EW. And many years later, he’s now turned As I Lay Dying, Faulker’s 1930 tale of a woman who dies and her body is taken to the city to be buried, into a film that uses a split-screen technique to tell the narrative from various characters’ points of view. Franco spoke with EW about his experience making the film, his choices in casting — including Eastbound & Down star Danny McBride, and how making comedies with Seth Rogen helped inform his filmmaking , even in creating a serious drama.

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'Sal' trailer: James Franco made a Sal Mineo biopic

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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

'Homefront' trailer: Jason Statham goes head-to-head with James Franco, the meth dealer -- VIDEO

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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'Spring Breakers': James Franco tells Oscar voters to 'Consider this sh-'

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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'This Is The End' returning to theaters

Good news for those who were left wanting more after The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco last night: This Is the End, the disaster apocalypse movie starring Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and others playing themselves, will return to theaters Sept. 6, Sony announced today.

The well-reviewed R-rated comedy has made $96.8 million to date at the domestic box office since opening June 12. This re-release is likely a push to get the film over the $100 million benchmark; stars and producers typically have bonus deals in place if a movie hits that amount.

This Is the End really struck a chord with comedy moviegoers this summer,” Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures, said in a press release. “For everyone who didn’t get a chance to see it — or saw it and loved it and wants to see it again on the big screen — we are thrilled to have it back in theaters.”

James Franco's minimalist 'Child of God' teaser aims for intensity

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The literary works of Cormac McCarthy represent an extremely high degree of difficulty for Hollywood filmmakers. For sure, the Coen brothers passed the test with the Oscar-winning No Country for Old Men, but All the Pretty Horses nearly killed director Billy Bob Thornton and The Road delves deeper into the post-apocalyptic grime than the heart and mind of Viggo Mortensen’s physically decaying father. But such creative challenges were made for James Franco, who adapted and directs McCarthy’s Child of God, which premieres at the Venice Film Festival this weekend before screening in Toronto.

In the first teaser, the voice of Tim Blake Nelson introduces us to Lester Ballard (Scott Haze), a murdering Tennessee necrophiliac who’s clearly mastered the Kubrick Glare. READ FULL STORY

'This is the End' gets Blu-ray date -- EXCLUSIVE

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The End was just the beginning.

This is the End, the apocalyptic comedy starring James Franco, Jonah Hill, Seth Rogen, and their friends as versions of their real selves, arrives on Blu-ray and other home-viewing formats on Oct. 1. The movie, which has grossed $96.2 million since it opened in June, was the rare summer comedy that the critics loved. Now, you can finally enjoy the movie in the spirit that the end-of-the-world tale engenders: at home in the dark, behind locked doors and bolted windows, with only your closest frenemies and one Milky Way bar.

Fans won’t be disappointed by the extras, which include commentary from co-directors Rogen and Evan Goldberg, a featurette with the cast and crew discussing the delicate feat of playing heightened versions of their Hollywood personas, and the original short that Rogen and Jay Baruchal made that inspired the making of the movie. (Click on Jay & Seth vs. The Apocalypse below after the jump to see its foul-mouthed trailer.) READ FULL STORY

Venice Film Festival loaded with American movies

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Terry Gilliam, James Franco, and Errol Morris are among the filmmakers who will premiere their new movies in competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival in late August, it was announced today. Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem (pictured above), which stars Christolph Waltz as a computer hacker close to cracking the code that explains humanity, is his first film since The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus in 2009. Franco directs himself in Child of God, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel, and The Unknown Known, Morris’ study of former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfield, is the first documentary to ever compete in the main category at Venice.

Overall, there is a strong contingent of American filmmakers showcasing their movies, including David Gordon Green’s Joe, starring Nicolas Cage and Mud‘s Tye Sheridan, and Peter Landesman’s Parkland, the story of the colliding lives at Dallas’ Parkland Hospital in the days around the Kennedy assassination in 1963. Seven of the 20 films in competition are American or co-American productions. “The richness of American cinema at the moment is really extraordinary,” said Alberto Barbera, artistic director of the Venice Film Festival, “both from the indies and from Hollywood.”

Also in the main competition are Stephen Frears’ Philomena, starring Judi Dench, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, with Scarlett Johansson, and Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, Peter Sarsgaard. Click here for the entire list. READ FULL STORY

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