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James Franco goes Indiegogo route for his planned 'Palo Alto' movies

The day after This Is the End became the biggest comedy of the weekend, James Franco appealed to his fans to help secure financing for the latest of his more personal artistic endeavors. The renaissance man launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $500,000 so he can adapt 10 short stories from his 2010 collection, Palo Alto, into three feature films. The stories are fictionalized tales that echo Franco’s own “coming of age” experiences growing up in the Bay Area, and he’s selected a quartet of promising NYU-educated filmmakers to bring them to the big screen. “I’m putting money into these projects because I believe in them, I believe in these filmmakers,” Franco says in the video appeal (which can be viewed below). “We just need a little bit more help.”

Half a million dollars isn’t much to make one film, much less three, but it’s currently unclear how much Franco himself is investing in the movies. (A representative for Franco did not immediately respond to EW’s request for clarification.)

One perk, though, of using Indiegogo’s Flexible Funding campaign, rather than an option like Kickstarter, is that Franco’s team will keep whatever monies are raised, even if they don’t reach their goal in 30 days. If there are ultimately any profits from the films’ sales, Franco intends to give 100 percent of them to Art of Elysium, a nonprofit he works with that unites actors, artists and musicians with sick children.

But it might not just be Franco-philes or dedicated patrons of indie cinema who ultimately make these films a reality; for just $5,000, you can be one of 15 backers who land a speaking role in one of the movies. So far, Franco has raised $25,720 — and gained one cast member — with 30 days remaining.

Watch Franco’s video below:
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'This is the End': Who had the best cameo? And what about that ending? -- POLLS

Have you checked out the surprisingly well-reviewed This Is the End yet? The disaster movie/celebrity-cameo fest officially opened Wednesday, and we’re just dying to hear what you thought about everything from who had the best cameo to the best death scene.

Spoilers abound, and this movie does have a few genuinely fun surprises, so back away if you’ve yet to check out Franco and Co. attempt to survive the apocalypse. Otherwise, make your voice heard on everything from Emma Watson to Pineapple Express below.
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Jonah Hill, Serious Actor, didn't come here to talk about farting

When it comes to passing gas, This Is the End star James Franco takes a covert approach: “I don’t do it in public, but when I’m at home in bed, I’ll fart! And on a plane, I’ll let it go,” he enthuses to Rolling Stone in the magazine’s latest cover story featuring the apocalyptic comedy’s cast. After all, adds Franco, “on a plane, nobody can hear you fart.” (Remind us never to travel with James Franco.)

Franco’s costar Seth Rogen is even more open about his habits. “I will say I’m a pretty bad farter from time to time,” he confesses. “I have a Japanese toilet at home that cleans my ass for me — it’s great. I only like to sh– at home, so I get some pretty bad farts during the day.”

But one This Is the End cast member is too reserved — or maybe just too self-important — to discuss his farting habits: Jonah Hill, whose eyes “nearly jumped out of their sockets” when Rolling Stone asked how often he lets ‘em rip. “I’m not answering that dumb question!” Hill complained to the magazine. “I’m not that kind of person! Being in a funny movie doesn’t make me have to answer dumb questions. It has nothing to do with who I am.”

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'The Great Gatsby': James Franco has some thoughts

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James Franco wrote a piece for Vice where he discussed some of  his impressions of Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Franco, unlike a lot of critics, liked the music.

He wrote, “The jazz music of the 20s was raw and dangerous, but if Luhrmann had used that music today, it would have been a museum piece—irrelevant to mainstream and high culture alike, because they would’ve already known what’s coming.” He thought the 3D was fine. He thought Luhrmann succeeded at “breath[ing] life into the ephemera and aura of the 20s.” Sadly, there is no talk of wanting to “make love” to Leo’s performance like he wrote about Ryan Gosling’s acting in The Place Beyond the Pines. READ FULL STORY

James Franco visits 'Between Two Ferns,' interrupted by new Lonely Island song -- VIDEO

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Between Two Ferns, Zach Galifianakis’ Funny or Die talk show, is known for getting a little weird. So it certainly wasn’t a surprise when James Franco dropped by and things took an odd turn. Galifianakis started by asking him some standard insulting questions. “Of all the art projects you’ve done, what has made people roll their eyes the hardest?” “127 Hours — is that how many hours you look in the mirror per day?” Franco played along with his trademark low-energy that was most famously on display at the Oscars (which he did in fact host, despite what Galifianakis says).

But after belittling Franco for a few minutes, the chat was interrupted by the Lonely Island guys, who’ve got a new song to drop (featuring Franco). It’s about spring breakkkkk — but also marriage equality. Two things that naturally go together, provided you don’t think about it too hard. Plus, Edward Norton!

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Riff Raff plays Jamie Franko on 'One Life to Live,' thinks clubs are full of tumbleweeds -- VIDEO

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

James Franco wants to 'make love' to Ryan Gosling's performance in 'The Place Beyond the Pines'

James Franco wrote an amazing post about Ryan Gosling for The Huffington Post. In it, he calls Ryan”the Gos,” references his ”toned six-pack”, and writes girl with seven “i”s. Here are the best quotes: READ FULL STORY

'Pineapple Express' sequel gets red-band trailer in April Fools spoof

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.

Read more:
See James Franco, Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Danny McBride, and Jay Baruchel as ‘themselves’ in apocalypse comedy ‘This is the End’ — EXCLUSIVE IMAGE
Celebrate the non-ending of the world with the red-band trailer for Seth Rogen’s ‘This is the End’ — VIDEO
James Franco’s grandmother wants you to see ‘Spring Breakers’ — VIDEO

Which Oscar-winner did Harmony Korine shove to earn 'Letterman' ban? James Franco gets answers! -- VIDEO

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

James Franco's grandmother wants you to see 'Spring Breakers' -- VIDEO

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.

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