There’s no story like “The Wizard of Oz,” but the upcoming film “Oz: The Great and Powerful” adds a new twist on the classic tale, telling the story of the Wizard himself, before Dorothy came skipping up the Yellow Brick Road. James Franco plays the future Wizard, while Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz play the three witches, Glinda, Theodora and Evanora. The latter — Evanora, the Wicked Witch of the East — is pictured in the just released poster for the film, in theaters on March 8. I’ll be there, tornado or not.
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“I haven’t talked to [Lindsay Lohan] in a long time because it seemed like she was getting into some more trouble. I’ve tried to help her. I think one of the reasons it’s so hard is when she gets in trouble, she gets all this attention and I’m sure she gets book offers. Like she goes to jail, and instead of feeling like I really hit a low place, she’ll get a crazy offer for her jail memoir.”
Normally I’m, like, “Shut up, James Franco” about … everything. But here, I actually think he has a good
diagnosis point. It’s probably hard for LiLo to hit rock bottom when some entertainment industry vulture is lurking around every corner with a Lifetime original movie or lucrative strip club gig. I’m dying to know how Franco tried to help her and whether it involved interpretive dance or performance art. [The Superficial] [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Admit it, you kind of forgot about James Franco. But just when you think he’s finally crawled back into the Studio City hole from which he came, he pops up again. America, you’ve been Franco-ed, because the 33-year-old actor/”performance artist”/director/perpetual graduate student has a new accolade to add to his list: published poet. The book is titled Directing Herbert White, after a movie that Franco — natch — directed. It’ll be out in 2014, and odds are 100 percent of James Franco’s poems are about James Franco. [Publisher's Weekly]
- God bless James Franco for always keeping things interesting. Here he is getting down and dirty with a set of paints with what looks like a giant Gumby doll inside someone’s bedroom. If you don’t understand, it’s just because you don’t get modern art. [ONTD]
- Pippa Middleton’s new boyfriend has a brother who is a “raging cokehead” and this has Duchess Kate upset. [Celeb Dirty Laundry]
“Paul Thomas Anderson was getting ready to make ‘The Master’ and he called me and we met … When he started talking about the role he said ‘Do you feel like you can do this?’ And I said ‘Yeah, totally. Look, I think you’re like the best American director. I feel confident. I know I can do this.’ And he said to me ‘But I want this to scare you. I want this role, going on this journey to scare you.’ And I was like ‘Scare?! I know I can do it.’ And so, incredible movie, needless to say I didn’t get the part. I guess I wasn’t scared enough or something, or whatever reason I didn’t get it.”
James Franco stars as in this prequel to “The Wizard Of Oz,” playing a magician who gets transported to a strange world via tornado (you know how it goes). There, he meets three witches — Michelle Williams (as Glinda), Rachel Weisz (I presume the evil one) and Mila Kunis (the witch who henceforth shall be known as “The One Who Looks Like Carmen Sandiego) — and decides he’s the only one who can save this magical land from total destruction. James Franco playing a guy with a God complex? You don’t say! Check out the trailer above.
Remember a few years ago, when everybody was doing that horrible “Icing” thing, which was when you presented your “friend” with a Smirnoff Ice and they had to drink it — on one knee! — in public? Yeah, that. Well, Amelia just did the James Franco version of that, Franco-ing. Franco-ing is when you spring a James Franco image, video or story on an unsuspecting friend, specifically a friend who does not like James Franco. Amelia just sent me the URL for the video above, in which James Franco lip syncs Rihanna, and now I’ve been Franco-ed. Which means I need a shot of Jameson. [Huffington Post]
I’d like to officially say that I’m not responsible for any apoplectic fits you might fall into after watching this video of James Franco — clad in Kenny Powers-esque braids — lip-syncing to Selena Gomez’s “I Love You Like A Love Song.” It seems Mr. Franco, of whom I have a documented intense hatre, is making a new film with Gomez and crappy ’90s agent provocateur Harmony Korine called “Spring Breakers.” So yeah, I’m sure this is going to turn out great. [Huffington Post]