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 »
James Franco is not the most popular cat around The Frisky offices. We even coined a saying for when someone sends you too many links about Franco’s latest annoying antics, catching you off guard and ruining your day: “I’ve been Franco-ed.” (Everyone knows not to Franco Julie when she has a migraine. Not a good combo.) Being Franco-ed is the worst.
But, really, it hasn’t always been that way. In fact, my emotional reactions to the existence of James Franco have come full circle. I imagine it is the same for most of you (don’t lie). Look, I even made an infographic! Let’s review… Keep reading »
In my old age, I’ve gone a bit soft on Mr. James Franco, the writer/actor/director/churlish bon vivant responsible for things like this and this. Maybe it was his spot on impression of himself in “This Is The End” that made me warm to him, but his stupid face doesn’t make me nearly as angry as it used to. Still, I can’t help but enjoy this Christina Aguilera-soundtracked commercial for his forthcoming Comedy Central roast (airing on the network on September 2). The gloved hand is just doing what so many of us wish we could. [Celebuzz]
Rapper and professional James Franco hater Riff Raff is a pretty special guy. So it makes sense, then, that Cranbrook graduate Tré Reising would want to make him a super unique piece of commemorative art. Reising, who majored in sculpture, created an entire tableau for the man. It includes handmade resin letters, a papier mache gun, and the MTV logo. It’s apparently all part of Reising’s ongoing project, titled “Traphouse Bauhaus” in which Reising memorializes rappers like Gucci Mane (with a giant Gucci Mane ice cream cone!) and Project Pat. Reising presented it to Mr. Raff at his NYC show last night, and based on this photo, we’re guessing it went pretty well. [Art Fag City]
James Franco has announced that James Franco will be the subject of the next Comedy Central Roast. A roast, if you’re not familiar, is basically where a bunch of comedy friends, frenemies and acquaintances get together to make completely vulgar and tasteless jokes about each other. Comedy! Franco announced his impending ridicule via Instagram (as you do), so it must be real? We have no idea who’s gonna show up — we imagine roast regulars like Lisa Lampanelli and Jeffrey Ross will be there — but to help the powers that be at CC figure out who else to bring along, we’ve compiled this helpful list: Keep reading »
My feelings on James Franco are well known, and I’m aware that some of you think that when it comes to JFrancs, I’m just some intolerant harpy, shaking my first in the air and cursing the various venerable degree-granting institutions he attends. If that’s how you feel, no hard feelings, skip ahead to the next post. The rest of us? We need to talk about something. James Franco is now trying to remake “Psycho.” With himself as Janet Lee.
Franco’s Psycho Nacirama is on view right now at London’s Pace Gallery, but just in case you can’t go, here’s an essay Franco wrote about it. His closing words say it all: “What’s my motivation? I’m just trying to get to the core of these weird recreations we call the movies.” He’s such a philosopher! [Guardian]
Rapper/gold chain impressario Riff Raff is a magical unicorn. The inspiration for James Franco’s “Spring Breakers” character Alien, Riff has been determined to get back at Franco for copping his whole act. So he did the most logical thing and signed up for a stint on “One Life To Live” as art gallerist Jamie Franko. (This all makes sense because Franco did a guest stint as performance artist FRANCO on “General Hospital,” and the world is an ouroboros.)
In this largely (seemingly) improvised clip, Riff Raff as Franko threatens a club owner (there are crazy hot clubs on in Llanview now!), swears (Hulu, man), encourages a couple of girls to indulge in recreational lesbianism, and hits on a waitress. Yup, sounds about right. This guy definitely has a future! [Hulu]
Ahh, James Franco. For his 35th birthday, J.Francs was a gifted a cake topped by a dildo, ball gag, leather whip and anal beads. The cake was presented to him while he was in Miami attending the Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, where he picked up an award for being an ally of the LBGTQ community. Franco’s BDSM-themed cake may be a nod to his latest “art house” project, “Interior: Leather Bar,” or it could be a reference to him being a total penis-face. Whichever! Also, did James Franco get married and not invite me to the wedding? Because that looks like a weddin’ rang on his weddin’ rang finger. Or maybe it’s just more performance art.