We shared with you a while back that James Franco and Robert Pattinson were in a battle to play Jeff Buckley, who rose to fame covering songs like “Hallelujah” before drowning at age 30 in the ’90s. We assumed James Franco would prevail, since he looks so Buckley-esque and also has an Oscar nomination to his name. But rumor has it that a dark horse third contender has entered and won the race—Penn Badgley of “Gossip Girl,” aka Blake Lively‘s ex. This allegedly has Robert Pattinson upset. “Rob hasn’t heard ‘no’ a lot lately, so he’s really bummed. He was passionate about this project,” a source told HollywoodLife.com.
Penn looks enough like Buckley, and is a pretty good actor. But can he sing? Keep reading »
James Franco will not quit. This time? He’s added fashion photographer to his credit, shooting a spread for Elle magazine featuring friend and fellow beautiful person Agyness Deyn. Jesus Christ, Franco, will you leave some jobs for the rest of us, buddy? Has anybody looked into the possibility that James Franco may be responsible for the rise in unemployment because he is TAKING ALL THE JOBS? Blergh. Check out his handiwork after the jump. Keep reading »
James Franco continues his quest to master every art form out there—from directing to writing to sculpture. Now, he’s a musician too! On July 12, James will be releasing his debut album, Turn It Up, a collaboration with Kalup Linzy, the drag-loving performance artist who James invited for an appearance on “General Hospital.” Thus this side project goes by the name Kalup and Franco. The duo will be making music videos full of “surprise guest cameos” for the three songs on the EP.
So the big question — will this album be good? Keep reading »
Do you love James Franco enough to wear a tote bag with his visage on the front? Enough to profess your love in type on said tote bag? Enough to withstand the jeers and sneers of passerby who think you’re kinda weird for loving the stoner guy from “Pineapple Express”? Well in that case, by all means, sister, enjoy your quality time with James.
Porn may be the only medium James Franco isn’t seeking total domination of … but he’s edging closer with “Cherry,” an indie film set to begin filming next month. Heather Graham, Lili Taylor and Dev Patel will also star in the flick about a troubled 18-year-old girl who moved to San Francisco and started doing porn. The young porn star in question hasn’t been cast yet (may I suggest the incredible Ryan Keely?), but Graham will play an ex-porn star who directs her, Patel will play her best friend, Taylor will play her alcoholic mother, and Franco is a cocaine-addicted lawyer she befriends. Author Stephen Elliot, who wrote The Adderall Diaries, will direct “Cherry.” (And the two might be working together again, as Franco has optioned the book for a film). I can’t wait to see this one! [Variety] Keep reading »
More high art on the way from Mr. James Franco. For his latest project, he is participating in a group art show called “Rebel,” a nod to “Rebel Without a Cause.” Part of the Venice Biennale and promoted by MOCA, the show is being described as a “fracturing [of] the themes and events housed within the original film and reframing them in an unresolved conceptual amalgam.” Whatever that means. Gotta love high art speak. Can anyone translate? Anyhow, James’ solo contribution is an homage to the late actor, Brad Renfro, who died of a heroin overdose in 2008, his co-star in the movie “Deuces Wild.” It is a documentation (both on photo and film) of James having Brad’s name carved into his right arm with a switchblade. I can’t tell if this sounds like artistic genius or bloated indulgence. I guess I’d have to see it. Either way, it’s pretty hardcore for James to walk around with a dead friend’s name carved into his arm. [LA Times]
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