In the years since jokes about James Franco's many interests were actually funny, he has done very little to fight back against that public image.
Take the movie "Palo Alto," for example. The movie, directed by Gia Coppola (Francis' granddaughter), is based on the collection of short stories by Franco, and he also has a starring role in the movie as a soccer coach that takes inappropriate interest in one of his teenage players (Emma Roberts).
The first trailer for "Palo Alto" (via Vulture) gives the impression that Franco's short stories have been altered to fit into the format of an ensemble drama with interweaving narratives.
"Palo Alto" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival today, and considering the star power involved, this should see a domestic release sooner or later.
This past March, a little movie called "Spring Breakers" had just about everyone talking. Whether you loved it or hated it (or both), there was no denying that Harmony Korine's trippy travelogue to college paradise was worth seeing and discussing.
And now that "Spring Breakers" is out on Blu-ray and DVD tomorrow, July 9, you can relive the trip of a lifetime with a few extras to boot, including this expletive-filled and very-NSFW set of outtakes that didn't make the cut.
In the two takes, the girls hang out in their jail cell, channeling some growling animals in the process, and James Franco's Alien shows off some of his— stuff.
"Spring Breakers" hits Blu-ray and DVD on July 9.
Ever since "Veronica Mars" took to Kickstarter to get their movie going, there has been a very loud and confusing debate (mostly over Twitter) about whether all of this was okay. It only got worse with Zach Braff, who was a polarizing figure even before he decided to make his movie "his way," so it might interest those who aren't utterly exhausted by the conversation that an even more controversial figure has thrown his many hats into the ring.
James Franco just kicked off an indiegogo campaign to bring the three short stories featured in his first book, "Palo Alto," to the big screen. The actor has hand selected three of his favorite NYU filmmakers to each take on one of the stories. Franco put in money himself, but he needs an additional $500,000 to completely fund the project.
But before you start trying to fit your screed about how wrong this is into 140 characters, you might want to read the next part.
The boys from Lonely Island have a brand new single, "Spring Break Anthem," and they went on Zach Galifianakis' talk show "Between Two Ferns" to perform it for the first time.
The segment transitions to a full-on spring break video, complete with a cameo from Alien aka James Franco and one other star that you'll have to watch to video to see. Plus, the song is solid. It's your typical Lonely Island jam. Hilarious, anti-bro, and utterly bizarre.
Check out the NSFW video after the jump!
Rapper Riff Raff has not exactly remained quiet about the fact that he thinks James Franco ripped off his persona for the role of Alien in "Spring Breakers." But has Riff Raff actually seen Harmony Korine's indie hit?
Well, now he has.
The folks over at Next Movie did the world a favor and got Riff Raff to "review" "Spring Breakers" for them. The result is both unexpected and totally predictable.
Riff Raff claims that Franco bought a Riff Raff costume at the store and just put it on for "Spring Breakers," and then he proceeds to challenge the actor in a series of physical competitions to see which one of them is more legit.
That sounds about right.
For as varied as the career of James Franco is, it's important to find a way to keep track of all the different projects the actor has taken on in his year's on screen. Luckily, the folks over at Film.com have assembled this helpful Francography chart to compare and contrast the various roles.
The graph works is an interesting way to see how far Franco has gone in the direction of any one of the four axes. The chart essentially ranges from "Annapolis" to "Milk," but scoping out the in-between is so much fun.
FROM MTV NEWS
James Franco may have just had a massive movie opening with "Oz the Great and Powerful," but the actor knows how to stay true his indie roots.
"Maladies," which stars James Franco, David Strathairn, and Catherine Keener, after premiering a few week back at the Berlin International Film Festival, is screening at SXSW, which is currently underway in Austin, Texas.
In the film, Franco plays James, an actor forced out of the spotlight due to a perceived mental illness, but if this exclusive clip from "Maladies" is any indication of his mental stability, there may be some truth to that.
Check out the clip from "Maladies" above.
My, what perfect timing. The same day that Disney is releasing "Oz the Great and Powerful," it's also been revealed that a sequel is in the works.
No, that sequel won't be "The Wizard of Oz." After all, there's a lot of time between the end of "Oz" and the beginning of "Wizard" to see what shenanigans Oscar Diggs and Glinda can get into. Variety writes that "Oz the Great and Powerful" co-screenwriter Mitchell Kapner has been tapped by Disney to write a sequel based on L. Frank Baum's novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz."
By Tara Fowler
The psychedelic "Oz the Great and Powerful" arrives in theaters this weekend. Starring the one and only James Franco, the "Wizard of Oz" prequel centers on a small-town magician who winds up in the mythical land after his hot-air balloon gets sucked into a tornado (isn't that always the case?). There, he's confronted with three witches (Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis, and Rachel Weisz), one of whom is up to no good.
In real-life, Franco's no magician (though he did many of his own tricks in the film), but he is a mathematician, having interned at Lockheed Martin, an aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company, before he took up acting (among many others pastimes). What else might you not have known about Franco? Check out our list below: