On the subject of James Franco, I have learned not to ask questions. For clarification: how many questions? None. Zero questions. Just go along with it. The provocative Mind of Franco has developed a new “work” (??) called “50 Shades of Batman and Robin,” which presumably involves elements of both the “50 Shades” series and its S&M connotations and the beloved DC Comics superheroes Batman & Robin. The artist introduced his latest release on Facebook today in the form of two images. The first, depicting a shirtless man (likely Franco himself) and his nipples in a Batman costume and bondage restraints, is fairly tame by Franco standards. But the second photo … well, it’s a lot. Or a load, rather. Keep reading »
Somewhere, Kanye West is not laughing. James Franco and Seth Rogen loved the wildly ridiculous”Bound 2″ music video so much, they decided to recreate Yeezy’s ode to a topless Kim Kardashian shot for shot. I don’t care where you are on the James Franco Emotional Life Cycle — this video will have you settling into the “Amusement” phase faster than Kanye can fire off his first infuriated tweet. [The Daily Beast]
“[As the sex addict in Shame] he wasn’t such an addict in my opinion … I mean, what did he do? Watch porn and screw a handful of people a week? I could point to quite a few folks who do that. And that scene where he’s at his lowest point and wants to fuck and goes into a gay club, and it’s depicted like the seventh level of hell… I mean, it goes back to the horrible representations of gays in the ’70s, where the gay club is meant to signify everything dark and depraved. Then the guy gets a minor blowjob, from, ‘Oh no, a man! The horror’!”
James Franco reviewed “12 Years A Slave” for VICE and no, nothing about that particular assignment makes sense to us either, but OK. Because this is James Franco we’re talking about, there’s a deviation mid-way through the movie review in which he complains about the portrayal of sex addiction in “Shame.” The connection is that Michael Fassbender stars in both movies, which are both directed by Steve McQueen, you see. James Franco has a good point about the gay club thing for sure; I actually hadn’t considered that viewpoint before. But if he thinks all “Shame” was about was someone who watches porn and screws a couple people a week … he really, really didn’t get it. [VICE]
By now you’ve probably heard that there was a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport this morning. According to The Los Angeles Times, three people were shot, including a TSA agent, and the suspect is apparently in custody. You can read more about this developing story here. Or you could just keep your eye on James Franco’s Instagram. The actor’s plane out of LAX is currently grounded and he posted the above selfie when he heard about why. We’ll be monitoring his Insta feed for more breaking updates. (In all seriousness, our thoughts are with those affected by this incident. Stay safe everyone.) [Instagram]
Thanks to Charlie Hunnam dropping out of “Fifty Shades,” the Christian Grey casting game is back in action and heating up more than ever before. Among rumors of Jamie Dornan being the new frontrunner, continued prayers it’ll magically be Ian Somerholder, there’s now even a campaign for James Franco to take on the sexy role, thanks to Britney Spears.
While we love James Franco, jack of all trades, we think that could be a disaster … for several good reasons. Why should he not play the troubled billionaire and be ourboyfriend instead?
Britney, “Fifty Shades Of Grey” fanatics, here’s why James Franco is not a sex-obsessed business man — but a “hearts and flowers” guy instead. Read more on Your Tango…
We heard way back in December that Emma Roberts had a thing for one James Franco, which we suspect may have made things a touch awkward on the set of “Palo Alto”. Directed by Gia Coppola (yes, Francis Ford’s granddaughter, Sofia’s niece, Jason Schwartzman’s cousin, and so on and so forth) and based on a collection of short stories penned by Franco himself, the new movie revolves around a group of high school students in the Northern California suburb of Palo Alto. Roberts stars as the film’s female lead, with Franco as a teacher with whom she becomes romantically entangled. They should probably just have cut to the chase and called it “Famous People’s Attractive Children” — Roberts plays opposite Val Kilmer’s son, Jack. From the looks of the very promising trailer, “Palo Alto” has just the right formula of dark humor and atmospheric ennui that will make it the kind of cult hit teen movie in the vein of… well, anything Sofia Coppola has ever done. Must be that Coppola blood! The film is on the festival circuit right now, and is still in search of a U.S. distributor, but I don’t doubt that it’ll catch somebody’s eye this festival season. Watch the trailer above! [via Deadline]
Did y’all watch Comedy Central’s Roast of James Franco last night? You guys. SO FUNNY. While some of our picks for roasters were not present — Anne Hathaway didn’t make it and was the butt of many jokes — Franco pals like Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, Andy Samberg, Nick Kroll, and Aziz Ansari were on hand, as were Roast staples like Sarah Silverman and Jeffrey Ross, and Roast newcomers Natasha Leggero and Bill Hader. They each took the others to task in truly hysterical, no-holds-barred fashion: Jonah Hill was torn a new asshole for how much of a cock he’s become since being nominated for an Oscar, Hader and Samberg were ribbed for making the dumb decision to leave “Saturday Night Live,” and there were lots of jokes about how much Judd Apatow dick they all suck. Then, of course, it was all about roasting Franco — for his squinty eyes, shit hosting job at the Oscars, his many, many, many (crappy) side careers, and, of course, all those gay rumors. My favorite roasters were Bill Hader, who came out as “The President of Hollywood” and delivered his roast in character, and Andy Samberg, who perfectly delivered a series of intentionally weak zingers. Watch Hader’s roast above, and then Samberg’s after the jump. Franco then took to the stage to roast his pals and it was, well, way better than anything we saw from him at the Academy Awards. Keep reading »
The MTV VMAs weren’t the only game in town on Sunday night. Overstimulated moppet James Franco — the guy we love to hate then love then hate again — was the subject of a Comedy Central roast, too. Franco’s BFF Seth Rogen officiated the event, which will air on Monday, September 2, and comedy mainstays like Jeffery Ross and Andy Dick roasted the multi-”talented” Franco. There were also plenty of foine ladies in attendance, too. From left to right: comedienne Sarah Silverman, actress Kate Walsh, Busy Philipps (who worked with Franco on “Freaks & Geeks”), Maribeth Monroe (from “Workaholics”) and actress Natasha Leggero. There were lots of jewel tones and shiny fabrics on the red carpet, but which look do you like best?
I’m currently somewhere between the Amusement and Attraction stages of the Lifecycle of Emotional Reactions to James Franco. (So funny! So cute! Even with his “Spring Breakers”‘ cornrows.) But as one’s feelings about James are forever evolving, I know it won’t be long before I’m making my way through the Admiration, Annoyance and Abhorrence stages, coming full circle (again and again). Something tells me that I’ll be firmly entrenched in the latter stage once Franco’s reality show, “James Franco Presents,” makes its debut on Ovation in November. Keep reading »