So Seth Rogen and James Franco decide to make a little movie about a plot to assassinate the dictator of North Korea.
James Franco’s artist experiments can sometimes be baffling, but his latest is pure entertainment. To add an element of randomness, a crowd-sourced list of movie scenes is written on a giant wheel, which Franco spins at the beginning of each video. “We thought it was going to be just weird,” Franco told AOL during an introductory Q&A.
James Franco’s appearance at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood last Friday was his latest achievement in unusual mash-ups (which includes spinning an art installation from a guest-stint on long-running soap opera General Hospital). The actor-director exhibited his special brand of movie star-meets-cultural experimentalist for the screening of his latest directorial effort, Child of God. Franco’s film, which he adapted from the 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name, deals in human horror (including a depiction of necrophilia).The story follows Lester Ballard — a feral loner cast out by society — as he is driven to violence and murder. Played by newcomer Scott Haze, the mumbling and socially defective Ballard is a woodsman living in ’60s rural Tennessee.
By Linda Ge A letter written to the U.N. Secretary-General demands the US ban production and distribution of the comedy North Korea is not letting Seth Rogen and James Franco off the hook for their upcoming comedy “The Interview,” and has now lodged a formal complaint with the United Nations, according to a report by Reuters. In a letter written to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, dated June 27 but obtained by Reuters on Wednesday, North Korea’s U.N. Ambassador Ja Song Nam accused the United States of sponsoring terrorism and committing an act of war by allowing the production and forthcoming distribution of a movie about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (played in the film by actor Randall Park). Also read: North Korea Considers James Franco and Seth Rogen’s ‘The Interview’ to be an ‘Act of War’ “To allow the production and distribution of such a film on the assassination of an incumbent head of a sovereign state should be regarded as the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war,” Ja writes.
The 127 Hours star, known for dabbling in art, short-story writing, and multiple graduate programs, has recently published his first poetry collection, Directing Herbert White. Some of his poems focus on fellow celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan and River Phoenix. But it’s an ode to the late Heath Ledger that’s received the most attention — and mockery — on the web. The poem describes his relationship to the actor: "There had been a time/ When we were up for the same roles,/ 10 Things I Hate about You/ (Based on The Taming of the Shrew),/ And The Patriot— / Funny, you were Australian and so was Mel—/ You were the knight in A Knight’s Tale/ Although I’m sure you wished you weren’t.” Gawker joked that the poem reads as “a loosely rhyming retelling of Heath Ledger’s IMDB page.” The Telegraph was also unimpressed: ”North Korea recently condemned the actor James Franco’s upcoming film, The Interview, as ‘an act of terrorism and war.’ Let’s hope they don’t find out about his poems.” Franco has weathered bad reviews before.
James Franco’s Southern Gothic ‘Child of God’ Gets a New Trailer Here’s a trailer for a James Franco movie that (probably) won’t start a war with North Korea. Child of God — which the star also co-wrote, produced, directed — is an adaptation of the 1973 novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Cormac McCarthy, author of No Country for Old Men and The Road. It’s the chilling story a pathological loner’s descent into crime and madness. [Related: North Korea Calls James Franco Comedy ‘The Interview’ an ‘Act of War’ ] Franco’s latest directorial effort is a meditative piece based on an acclaimed novel set in the South, much like his 2013 dramaAs I Lay Dying.
The Interview Exclusive Trailer Seth Rogen James Franco Seth Rogen and James Franco have faced murderous drug dealers and demons from Hell. The two are sent to North Korea to interview their show’s biggest fan: Kim Jong-un, the country’s mysterious supreme leader. Rogen, who co-wrote and co-directed the film with his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg (This Is the End), told Yahoo Movies that the idea sprang from a legitimate premise: “People have the hypothetical discussion about how journalists have access to the world’s most dangerous people, and they hypothetically would be in a good situation to assassinate them,” he says. Rogen explained that the original script had been about a meeting North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-il, but when the dictator died in 2011, they reworked it to focus on his mysterious successor.
The Los Angeles premiere of Gia Coppola's Palo Alto unspooled at the Directors Guild Theater Monday after months of festival play for the first-time director’s portrayal of disaffected youth. The film, based on a book of short stories by James Franco, owes a debt stylistically to aunt Sofia’s assured lensing and tonal control but also... Read more »
The family boasts three generations of Oscar winners: five-time winner Francis Ford Coppola; Other members of the clan have also staked out fruitful showbiz careers — Talia Shire, Jason Schwartzman, Roman Coppola. And now we have one more name on the list: Gia Coppola, who makes her directorial debut with “Palo Alto.” Gia is the daughter of Francis’s firstborn son, Gian-Carlo, who was killed in a boating accident at the age of 22. Gian-Carlo had appeared in several of his father’s films and was an associate producer on “The Outsiders” and “Rumble Fish.” Gia (whose full name, Gian-Carla, is in tribute to her father) was born seven months after his death.
Seth Rogen and James Franco take you behind the scenes of ‘Pineapple Express 2,’ the movie-within-the-movie, ‘This is the End.’