Acting with James Franco
Op-Eds with James Franco
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.
Acting with James Franco
You would think that the clash between two famed Hollywood dilettantes like James Franco and Shia LaBeouf would be inevitable. After all, Mr. Franco got into his weird art phase around the same time he started collaborating with Marina Abramovic, whom Mr. LaBeouf has clearly ripped off in his new “viral” performance #IAmSorry. (Just remove his bag head, and you basically have The Artist is Present, though Ms. Abramovic has called Mr. LaBeouf’s work “manipulative.”)
But instead of lashing out at what seems like just another form of LaBeouferism, Mr. Franco took to the op-ed pages of The New York Times to defend the star.
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):
Adding to the avalanche of violence coming to a screen near you for the holiday season is Homefront, another eye-averting cornucopia of bloodshed and torture with Jason Statham, the balding British import who acts so tough you think he gargles with battery fluid. Considering the popularity of the TV show Homeland, it’s either an act of indifferent courage or an act of ferriferous stupidity to confuse the audience with a title like Homefront. I’ll be the judge. You be the jury.
Fashion Week Observed
Considering how BANANAS Kanye West’s concerts have been recently, it’d almost be believable that he was behind the celebrity mocking of his most recent music video starring his soon-to-be wife, Kim Kardashian.
But you know that Kimye has nothing on Sames Roganco.
The old driver with a long white beard had no idea what he was getting himself into. He had been hired to drive around the ATL Twins Friday night, eventually taking them to The Lightbox, an event space in the Garment District, for The Line Up, a bash thrown for the witty, subversive fashion Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Last night, the Comedy Central Roasts series finally trotted out James Franco for mauling—ironically the one guy you’d want to make cry, But this show was different. It was not like other roasts, as someone (Jeff Ross?) pointed out, mostly because there weren’t a bunch of strangers making vicious fun of a celebrity on stage together. Instead, Mr. Franco’s roast looked more like a party from This Is the End, which I have heard is a movie that begins with a party at James Franco’s house with all of his friends “dogging” each other.
That is certainly what last night was all about! And it genuinely made for a better roast, in our opinion, because it wasn’t just Lisa Lampanelli and Mr. Ross venting their life grievances on whoever is unfortunate to be on stage with them. It was more like bro-time, with the Judd Apatow bros! (In fact, there were only two women: Sarah Silverman and Natasha Leggero.) James Franco didn’t really get roasted, unless in the sense that the president gets “roasted” at the White House Correspondent’s Dinner, where all the jokes serve to reinforce the personality and ideals of the roastee. Ha, ha, you are into “hope and freedom, Mr. President!” Like that, except it was about art and being gay.
The multi-hyphenate James Franco does so much so well—besides acting, à la his brilliant cameo as Hugh Hefner in Lovelace—that it’s a challenge to keep up with all of his projects. His book California Childhood, which came out in June, is a scrapbook-y collection of personal memories, sketches, paintings, poems, and other flotsam and jetsam. Read More
There’s a new trend taking off in Williamsburg, but this one’s a little more commercial than its residents would probably like.
Over the space of two days in the past week, both Kanye West and James Franco have taken over walls in the hip neighborhood across the water, joining a fast growing fashion for P.R. Read More
As part of YouTube’s “Comedy Week,” Zach Galifianakis held a very special edition of his Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns which starts out like a regular James Franco interview but then gets weird real quick. Lonely Island and Edward Norton co-star, which is great, because we haven’t seen those guys in forever. (Edward Norton, where’ve you been hiding?)