Rapper Riff Raff appears on the latest episode of One Life to Live, which now lives on Hulu, playing an art dealer named Jamie Franko. For a quick backstory, Riff Raff thinks that James Franco basically got all his inspiration for his role of Alien in Spring Breakers from him, isn’t super happy about it. Franco wrote an essay about how Dangeruss was one of his main inspirations for the role, also says it was inspired by a lot of people. Somehow, Jamie Franko has become the bizarre next chapter of this story. READ FULL STORY
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Pineapple Express, the 2008 stoner comedy starring James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride, is continuing the story in an inspired follow-up to the original — complete with M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” in the soundtrack and a Woody Harrelson impression from Jonah Hill.
The exclusive red-band trailer, which premiered on Yahoo!, features more drugs, more antics, and even more bromance than the first. Check out the low, low budget preview below…
Of course this is an April Fools gag, but we’ll admit we got our hopes up for a part two of the surprisingly smart stoner flick. Never fear, you can see the men (er, man-boys?) of Pineapple Express collaborate again in This is the End, which opens in June.
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James Franco went on The Late Show With David Letterman to promote his new film Spring Breakers, directed by Harmony Korine, but what he really wanted to know was why Korine had been banned from the show about 10 years ago.
”The legend is that he pushed Meryl Streep backstage,” Franco said, quickly adding ”I mean if you push Meryl Streep backstage you get kicked off.”
”Not necessarily,” Letterman joked.
Letterman tells his own recollection of what actually occurred in the clip below. READ FULL STORY
EW’s Owen Gleiberman called James Franco “mesmerizing” and “genius” in the role of Alien in Spring Breakers, so it’s no wonder his family is proud of him.
In this new ad for Spring Breakers, which was posted on the movie’s Facebook page, Franco’s adorable grandmother offers her support for the film. Her endorsement over shots of girls in bikinis grabbing guns surely has director Harmony Korine kicking himself for not including her in the movie.
Franco’s grandmother also made a memorable appearance in Funny or Die’s ”Christmas Greetings From the Franco’s” telling James that she was so proud of him for his job in 127 Hours.
Watch the Spring Breakers ad here: READ FULL STORY
Colbert tackles 3 equally vital stories: Chavez's death, Jon Stewart's hiatus & James Franco's Francosity -- VIDEO
A glooming peace this morning with it brings… at least for members of the Colbert Nation. Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela and “friend of” The Colbert Report, is dead. Stephen Colbert acknowledged the news last night before moving on to an issue that’s just as pressing: Jon Stewart’s upcoming hiatus from The Daily Show. And naturally, these two story nuggets led to a punchline accented by a pretty awesome photo:
James Franco, actor, director, student, soap star, writer, artist, musician, and Oscars-ruiner, can now add another title to his ever-expanding resume: pro-sex crusader.
The multifaceted multihyphenate has made a video defending his friend Travis Matthews’s film I Want Your Love, which has been banned in Australia due to its graphic scenes of gay male coupling. As Franco explains in the video, Matthews was “using sex in a very sophisticated way” in the film — the director “wants to explore story and character and nuances that sex contains,” he says. Franco also points out that the film probably wouldn’t be banned if it featured explicit violence — though curiously, he ignores the fact that censors likely wouldn’t mind I Want Your Love‘s sex scenes if they featured men and women instead of men alone.
Close your eyes and begin listing all of the various characters, dialogue, imagery, creatures, props, sets, and songs you can from The Wizard of Oz. Chances are, it’ll take you about as long to finish as it took Dorothy and her companions to traipse their way to the Emerald City. That’s because the 1939 film is a part of our collective cultural memory, a work of American mythology so fundamental that it permeates our everyday lives. (Don’t believe me? Grab a box of Munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, visit the ruby slippers in the Smithsonian, or watch any one of these movies.)
So how do you go about making a movie that tells the story of what happened before Dorothy’s house flew over the rainbow and landed lickety-splat on the Wicked Witch of the East? Basically, how do you make a prequel to everyone’s childhood? “Very carefully,” says Sam Raimi. The director of the Spider-Man and Evil Dead trilogies was at first extremely hesitant to take on Oz the Great and Powerful—the huge and expensive family film out March 8 that Disney hopes will hit the same sweet spot as 2010′s Alice in Wonderland—for a very simple reason: “The original is my favorite film of all time,” he says. ” I didn’t want it sullied. I didn’t want to be involved in a production that might trade off the goodwill of that film, so I didn’t even want to read the script at first. Luckily I did. And then I realized that it wasn’t at all what I thought.”
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Much like the Wizard of Oz himself, James Franco really has no idea how to control a hot air balloon.
Franco made a grand entrance to Jimmy Kimmel Live, floating in by hot air balloon. Well, really the balloon was already tied down and they just lowered it a couple of feet so Franco could step out of it. The balloon, of course, was emblazoned with the title of Franco’s new movie, Oz The Great and Powerful, and its release date (March 8).
Here’s hoping that Franco’s hilarious grandmother, who he introduced on the show, makes it in the film. According to Franco, when she visited the set she was dressed as “one of the townspeople in Glinda’s kingdom.”
His grandmother joked, “All of my jealous friends were sure I was a munchkin.”
Watch the full clip below: READ FULL STORY
Promoting a movie isn’t just about late-night talk shows and the occasional photo shoot anymore. At least not if your name is James Franco.
Disney has announced that James Franco will act as the Grand Marshal for the 55th annual Daytona 500, NASCAR’s season-opening race and its Super Bowl, from a fan-interest point of view. How this ties in to Franco promoting his Disney film, Oz The Great and Powerful, we are not sure — perhaps he’ll hold court in a hot-air balloon? — but you can watch Franco’s rendition of “Drivers, start your engines,” when the race airs Feb. 24.
As well as uttering those four famous words, Franco will also participate in pre-race ceremonies and ride in one of the Grand Marshal cars during the pace laps that take place just before the race begins.
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