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Get lost in Paul McCarthy’s dark forest
The list of former judges on FOX's The X-Factor reads like the attendance list at a Passages Malibu: Addiction Cure Center for celebrities obsessed with proving their talent (Nicole Scherzinger, 2011 and Demi Lovato, 2012), relevancy (Cheryl Cole, 2011 and LA. Reid, 2011-12), sanity (Britney Spears, ... More >>
A thrilling corruption of the Disney-princess set
Spring Breakers’ provocative director on the darkness beneath college partiers’ booze, boobs, and bad decisions.
When Aziz Ansari is on the road, he does fun things like hang out with David Chang, ride a tour bus called Ghostrider, and enjoy a po' boy crawl. Here, the comedian and his opening act, Chelsea Peretti chow down on a shrimp po' boy at Domilise's and fried oyster and shrimp sammy at Verti Marte.
The rumpus comes to Brooklyn
If Noz and The Onion collaborated, they might come up with a scenario like this one: Gucci Mane and Selena Gomez star in a Harmony Korine-directed film alongside James Franco, whose character is loosely based on the little-known YouTube rapper Riff Raff. But, of course, this is the era of trollgaze, ... More >>
The ever adventurous James Franco has written, directed, and starred in a real-life story in which he drinks, has sex with sailors, gets violent, and--here's the real shock--has sex with a woman! It's his NYU thesis film The Broken Tower, which will open at the IFC on April 27. Jimmy plays America ... More >>
Black Clock takes you to the movies
Drooker draws Ginsberg
One of James Franco's MFA professors at NYU had to give the actor a D after he missed 12 "Directing the Actor II" classes in one semester. The professor, José Angel Santana, now says that the school fired him over the D and he's suing NYU in Manhattan Supreme Court. He's also taken his story ... More >>
The era that made movie history
David Shankbone/WikipediaI'm not thrilled about Eddie Murphy being chosen to host the next Oscars. First the good news: After the last telecast with poor, defeated Anne Hathaway and James Franco totally at sea, they're smart to go back to a comedian, someone with a standup background and so ... More >>
Tony Ward, Hustler WhiteIt's the guys' turn. These are the studs who sold it to their audience as persuasively as they did to their screen clients. Get out your PayPal accounts.
The making of a monkey activist in Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Hollywood hottie James Franco looks down a lot when talking to reporters, according to a friend of mine in the biz. The star of the new Rise of the Planet of the Apes and upcoming biopics about gay icons Hart Crane and Sal Mineo, Franco gets a little shy when answering questions and doesn't ... More >>
Special Disco Version (James Murphy and Pat Mahoney) Museum of Modern Art Monday, May 23 Better than: Watching James Franco's "Actors Acting" clip over and over (and over and over) again. It wasn't too long ago that James Murphy said his goodbyes as the frontman of LCD Soundsystem. Accordi ... More >>
Food NetworkLook at that flawless makeup on Sandra Lee!Daytime Emmy nominations were announced this morning, and, of course, James Franco helped lead General Hospital to a whopping 21 nominations, heading the pack. But those more culinarily-inclined were also honored.
If you thought the ceremonies weren't funny, don't blame him.
We've already seen Mamie Gummer in plays, movies, and TV shows. But her 24-year-old sister Grace Gummer is relatively new to me, so I was curious to see her in a suporting role in the new revival of Tom Stoppard's Arcadia. And she's good! Grace has her mother's (and sister's) face, but her ... More >>
You had us at beard. At Refinery 29's Oscar Viewing Party at the W Hotel in Union Square last night, we waited eagerly to be wowed by the celebs on the red carpet. Alas, that moment never came. We mostly shrugged, "meh"ed, and nodded. Not even Helena Bonham Carter, whose eccentricity has kept ... More >>
The Chanel-obsessed bad-boy skater has a book
I was just on Judith Regan's show on Sirius radio when my husbear Bruce Vilanch phoned in and revealed that he'll again be writing the jokes for the Oscar telecast. Vilanch said he recently met with first-time hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway to see how to optimize their presence on the ... More >>
via NY Daily NewsToday, Anne Hathaway and James Franco were named the hosts of this year's Academy Awards. The Daily News reports that Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer (the producers of the Oscars) said, "James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons -- fresh, exc ... More >>
The annual, much ballyhooed issue is slated for November 17th, and tongues are wagging. (All of them publicists', of course.) I suspect it'll be someone like James Franco, Matthew Morrison, Johnny Depp, or Jon Hamm, which is absolutely fine with me. But is there someone else who deserves th ... More >>
Weezer in simpler times, or maybe not In this week's Village Voice, Mike Powell hails the reissue of Weezer's Pinkerton, Theon Weber reviews Taylor Swift's sneakily great Speak Now, and Tad Hendrickson chronicles the belated emergence of the Mali-Cuba connection finally captured on AfroCubism ... More >>
Home is, as they say, where the heart is. So who's the guy selling you your Lipitor and what the hell are all these rats doing everywhere? In this week's Village Voice cover story, join staff writer Elizabeth Dwoskin for a rousing, fun, morbid round of the game New Yorkers everywhere can rela ... More >>
Just one of the 49 faces of influence.All we're saying is, Russell Brand (#49) has got to be pissed. Steven Slater of the blond aerodynamic locks (good for emergency evacuations down airplane slides) and infamous on-board freak-out has been declared 48th of the 49 most influential men from A ... More >>
The title is a spoiler in three parts
Brad Pitt was on to something
Celebrity interviews exist on a strange spectrum of self-awareness. From enigmatic to overshare-y, it's all for publicity, leaving it as the readers' job -- should they care at all about something as trivial as celebrity journalism -- to deduce where the subject's quest to create a character ... More >>
Shooting from the hips about Allen Ginsberg, Ron Galella, and other provocateurs
MacGruber star Will Forte has openly complained that when he deep kissed James Franco on SNL, a gay blog called him unattractive. Well, don't look at me!
So producer Paula Wagner is starting to prepare the inevitable movie of the Broadway smash Miss Saigon--the most popular bunch of wet Saigon noodles in history--and Precious director Lee Daniels reportedly might direct.
Zoilus is oddly (modestly?) quiet today, but Carl Wilson had his 33 1/3 book Let's Talk About Love: A Journey to the End of Taste recommended by James Franco on the Oscars red carpet last night. Since these books are labors of love in a bizarre, almost impossibly quixotic sense, it's good to see W ... More >>
The menace of "Paper Planes" trumps the frivolity of "American Boy." Both are good signs.
Rogen and Franco, on the run and madly in love
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