James Franco, he of the Shia LaBeouf sympathy camp, will be showing a bunch of his art school films that didn’t get wide release as part of IFC’s Francofest from March 5th – March 13. Catch him during one of his eight personal appearances and ask him the secret of life: Legend has it that he’ll be forced to answer you, or pay you off in marijuana. Read More
Acting with James Franco
Update: We’ve been informed that today’s Longest Read actually belongs to this 5,000-word essay on She’s All That. The Observer apologizes for the error.
“Franco, casting the risks aside, has chosen to play Benjy, the Compsons’ developmentally disabled son.” – Mike Spies clocking in at 4,213 words for Vocativ.com, writes about being on-set for James Franco’s cinematic retelling of The Sound and the Fury, which he is also directing.
Here are some highlights (besides Franco playing the mute, mentally retarded brother): Read More
In Spring Breakers, James Franco has made the role of a lifetime: Alien, a gangsta white-boy townie from Florida who seduces (and in turn gets seduced by) the trio of bubble-gum co-eds turned criminals played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and director Harmony Korine’s wife, Rachel Korine. He’s a creepy, status-obsessed wannabe, but Franco managed to take inspiration from outside of himself anyway.
Since the beginning, rapper Riff Raff has been promoting the film, saying the Franco character was based on him. And the similarities are evident: the gold grill, the dreadlocks, the fact that one of his albums was called The Golden Alien and he and Korine appeared on a Sneeze magazine’s cover together.