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 »