James Franco, in addition to being an actor, performance artist, director and avid Instagrammer, is a writer of both fiction and poetry. He’s a big reader too — he’s currently starring on Broadway in “Of Mice and Men” — and one of his many upcoming projects includes a film adaptation of William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. In a recent interview with Shelf Awareness, Franco discussed some of the writers from contemporary literature who’ve influenced and had an impact on him, both as a writer and as a person. David Foster Wallace! Cormac McCarthy! Great writers indeed. But of the writers discussed in the interview — including Franco’s Top 11 list of all time faves — not a single one was a woman. (Wait, I lied. Asked to name a book he bought based on the cover alone, Franco offered up Madonna’s Sex. So yeah, let’s not count that one.)
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The honeymoon is over. For quite awhile there, I was hanging out in the Admiration stage of the Lifecycle of Emotional Reactions to James Franco, thanks to his hilarious, balls-to-the-wall performance in “Spring Breakers.” Then I went to Francofest in New York City and saw James’ “documentary” “Francophrenia,” which was beyond abysmal and pretentious; yet he, in the Q&A afterward, really tried to act like it was some sort of high art and I found myself thrust into the Annoyance Phase. But I wasn’t there long. I am now firmly camped out in the Abhorrence Phase for the foreseeable future, because I am revolted by Franco’s recent comments denying that he slept with Lindsay Lohan.
To recap: a few weeks ago, In Touch published a photo of a list, allegedly written by Lindsay Lohan, naming her various celebrity sexual conquests. The 36 sexual partners included Jared Leto, Adam Levine, Colin Farrell, Justin Timberlake and, yes, James Franco. So far, Lindsay has not commented on the leaked list — though she is supposedly going to discuss it on “Ellen” – nor have any of the dudes on it … except James Franco. “Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she’s-slept-with list!” James declared to a reporter at an event promoting his poetry book this week. Last year, Franco told Howard Stern that he did not bed Lohan, explaining, “I mean, I don’t want to brag about it. I don’t know how that got out. She was having issues even then, so you feel weird. Honestly, she was a friend. I’ve met a lot of people that are troubled and sometimes you don’t want to do that.” Keep reading »
In 1931, Winston Churchill predicted a future in which all the world’s meat would be grown in labs. But he never predicted they would be grown from celebrity tissue samples. Bitelab.org, a company that grows artisanal salami from tissue samples, wants us all to eat more celebrity meat. They have been hard at work developing the technology to create high-quality charcuterie from your favorite celebrities’ DNA. All it takes is a quick biopsy of, say, James Franco. In a process by which they isolate stem cells, they grow cultures into in-vitro meats, which can be dry aged and spiced into the finest sandwich stuffers. Keep reading »
This is my life: after every major awards show, I lie awake contemplating my feelings toward Taylor Swift. What we have is a love/hate relationship of epic proportions, that leaves me fighting an inner battle every time I see her on television. Do I cheer? Hiss? Pre-order her next album? Most of the time I just watch her with awe, annoyed that I’m so compelled by someone who bothers me so much. But she’s not the only celebrity who leaves me with conflicted feelings. Here’s a whole gaggle of stars we love to hate (and hate to love).
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]