On this week's Voice Film club podcast, L.A. Weekly chief film critic Amy Nicholson, Village Voice film critic 'Stephanie Zacharek and Voice film editor Alan Scherstuhl discuss two movies opening this weekend, including the James Franco'd Palo Alto, which we fully recommend, and the latest version o ... More >>
That right there, pictured above, is James Franco doing his best to channel Cindy Sherman's famous "Untitled Film Stills" series for his latest art contribution, fittingly titled "Film Stills." His opening reception is on Thursday, among many (many) other events going on. So go ahead and double-book ... More >>
In 2013, love came in many forms: girl on zombie, boy on smartphone, and James Franco on -- count 'em -- two hot bikini babes at the same damn time. Sure, romantic comedies are as extinct as Oprah Winfrey's chances of winning Best Supporting Actress at the Golden Globes, but audiences had plenty of ... More >>
NewFest prizes representation to a fault
James Franco discusses growing up in Silicon Valley
James Franco the film star also turns out to be a pretty good film critic, suggesting that the old adage should be amended to "Those who can, teach." For Vice, Franco took a look at The Great Gatsby and decided it was an engaging adaptation and he didn't even mind the 3D. That's good because a majo ... More >>
The Spring Breakers director explains it all
If you think Oz The Great and Powerful is a scandal, wait till you see James Franco in Spring Breakers, in which he's Alien, a cornrowed, silver-toothed rapper/dealer who watches Scarface on heavy rotation, goes down on guns on command, and has a lovely artistic side to match his psychotic one. In ... More >>
As you know, this week's column is a wildly informative tete-a-tete with Harmony Korine, the 40-year-old provocateur whose latest act of outrage is Spring Breakers, in which James Franco takes some vacationing babes on an immorality spree. The movie's a big hit and has gotten some raves, so I aske ... More >>
The way to make it in music these days is to play cruise ships and theme parks, but if you want to be a movie star, break out on TV first. Oz The Great and Powerful--opening today--features no fewer than four major film folk who started on the small screen.
Sorry James Franco, this Oz is neither great nor powerful
Dave Franco is the younger and shorter brother of James Franco, and he's every bit as adorbs. The costar of Warm Bodies and many other movies has a warm face too. Check it out.
I told you about Interior. Leather Bar., the short Sundance Film Festival attraction--co-directed by and costarring James Franco--in which lost footage from the controversial 1980 film Cruising is reimagined. Well, Franco delivers again. After observing some light bondage and light moaning, he--pl ... More >>
Here's Leonard Maltin's description of the 1980 William Friedkin film Cruising, starring Al Pacino. "Cop Pacino goes underground to ferret out bloody killer of homosexuals in this distasteful, badly scripted film. Gay world presented as sick, degrading, and ritualistic. Filmed on authentic N.Y.C. l ... More >>
Let the West African Griot Summit take you away
This is a blog post about two movies that were screened for the press within the first 24 hours of the Toronto Film Festival, both of which feature three-way sex scenes. In Spring Breakers, characters played by James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson "do it" in a swimming pool; in Do Not Dis ... More >>
Let's start at the very beginning, even before all the huffing and puffing takes place: *Make your profile reasonably truthful. Don't present yourself as basically James Franco when you're really James Holmes. The truth will come out eventually--even if the lights are low. Remember, they can fe ... More >>
The gayest straight man in history--or maybe the straightest gay man--James Franco has a delightful taste for the homo-sexy-arty. There was his short film The Feast of Stephen, a controversial melange of gang banging and desire that was a far cry from the typical student project, thank you. Let's ... More >>
The actor/writer/artist shows off his latest book
Disney has learned that if you bring back a classic cartoon in 3-D, you make many more dimensions of moola. But I pray the same trend doesn't hit some other types of screen gems because in my lifetime, I absolutely never want to see the following: *Gandhi in 3-D Thrill to Mahatma's protruding ri ... More >>
This is in the newest Flaunt magazine. If you've got it, flaunt it. And baby, James Franco has got it. I could look at this for, I don't know, 127 hours.
Who can resist?Well, this is not the real James Franco, but this version of James Franco can live on forever. For a measly $8,000, original photographs taken by the lovable Jack-of-all-trades can be yours when they go on sale next week at the RxArt Pop-Up Shop. The nonprofit, which places f ... More >>
It could happen, even though John"Junior" Gotti himself doesn't know anything about Franco! According to the New York Post, a movie is being readied for 2013, with John Travolta as Gotti Sr., and director Nick Cassavetes apparently wants Franco for the offspring. (Well, after hosting the O ... More >>
In a very ungracious move, a high-ranking member of the Academy of blah blah has given an interview saying that James Franco and Anne Hathaway were terrible choices as Oscar hosts. Let me add to the ungraciousness by saying "Hallelujah!" The Academy member cites the two comely stars' lack ... More >>
Or at least since the Rob Lowe/Snow White one. Here's why: *ZERO suspense. Any random person on the street has known the winners for months. *The tug between "young and hip personalities" and ancient film references was as schizo as Cate Blanchett's dress. *The acceptance speeches were either da ... More >>
Ok, get this, kids. The worst sitcom ever--except for My Mother The Car--has become James Franco's obsession to the point where he's threatening to take it to the stage and/or big screen. You see, Franco just did a Three's Company-related art installation, and the original show's creators w ... More >>
It was announced the other day that James Franco will join Nicole Kidman this fall in a Broadway revival of Tennessee Williams' Sweet Bird of Youth, about a gigolo's attempt to relaunch his dreams via an aging movie star.
Is he the world's most gay-friendly straight man or the world's most straight-friendly gay man? Either way, James Franco is going to keep things murky just to drive us cuckoo-crazy over it. Says ew.com, "Unlike the loud denials from some stars and even louder silences from others, the respo ... More >>
According to Colton Burpo, who had a near-death experience as a four-year-old but lived to write a book about it with his dad (Heaven Is for Real, Christmas-list it!): There are no old people in heaven. If you make it up there, you get the Benjamin Button treatment. Also, as he explains in this Fox ... More >>
In Danny Boyle's 127 Hours, James Franco plays the real-life adventurer who got his arm pinned by a boulder and spent six days alone in the wilderness trying to survive until he finally cut his arm off and escaped. I'm not sure if this will be a big date movie, especially since at the screen ... More >>
Can Jame Franco write, too?
I thought James Franco would be the problem with Howl, the new movie about the Allen Ginsberg poem's place in the history of obscenity and art. After all, when you think of Ginsberg, you don't exactly picture the hottest man on earth, a sort of nouvelle James Dean with moist eyes and pouty l ... More >>
We came to know him as an actor (Milk, Pineapple Express, Knocked Up, and soon, Eat, Pray, Love), then, as a brainy student (New York University, Columbia, Brooklyn College, Yale, and the Rhode Island School of Design). Now he's created his first solo art exhibit, The Dangerous Book Four Boys ... More >>
CLICK HERE for my column telling exactly how much the stars of a certain gay reality show are getting paid for the whole season. It might make you rethink your dreams of stardom.
See Pineapple Express the way Mother Nature intended
Remember the old days, when actors would studiously avoid gay roles or projects because of what creepy people out there might think? Well, sexuality pioneers like James Franco have been making that kind of career queasiness as obsolete as separate restrooms for gays. In his already impressive care ... More >>
The annual fest for lit lovers returns
This will seem strange, but the Oscars were not even a week ago. Not that they were all that memorable--at this point, we only retain a foggy recollection, something about a Beck song and James Franco recommending a certain book on the red carpet... To be fair, a lot's happened since. Tom Jones was ... More >>