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Love him or loathe him, James Franco can't ever be accused of making boring choices. From his grill-tastic turn in Harmony Korine's phenomenal Spring Breakers to a recurring role on General Hospital -- after becoming an A-list star -- the Oscar-nominated actor has never shied away from going against the grain of mainstream stardom. So it's no surprise that Franco not only stars in but produced the forthcoming gay porn drama King Cobra. The film centers on the rise of gay porn mega-star Brent Corrigan (born Sean Lockhart) and his involvement in the 2007 murder trial of Harlow Cuadra and Joseph Kerekes, two Virginia Beach escorts who were accused (and eventually convicted) of murdering Corrigan's mentor/exploiter, Cobra Video founder Bryan Kocis. Given how taboo the subject of gay porn remains in mainstream filmmaking, it's pretty striking to see a film devoted to the subject. Especially one that stars bold-faced names like Franco, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Garrett Clayton (Disney Channel's Teen Beach Movie) looks primed for a big-time breakout with King Cobra, a crime film set in the world of gay porn. Clayton plays a hot new star who is torn between two producers, one played by Christian Slater, the other played by James Franco. The plot is based on a true story that left one of these characters murdered. Franco is also a producer of the movie, which made its debut earlier this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. And he's again collaborating with filmmaker Justin Kelly, who is directing from his own script. Previously they worked together on Kelly's indie drama I Am Michael and the Hollywood biopic Milk -- both also true Lgbt stories. Watch the first trailer for King...
- Christopher Campbell
Based on a true story, director Justin Kelly dramatizes the fact-based tale of an ambitious young gay porn star (Garrett Clayton) caught in the middle of a sex- and violence-charged conflict between two rival porn producers (Franco and “Mr. Robot” star Christian Slater), leading to a deadly confrontation. This true-crime drama also stars Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone, […] »
- Brent Furdyk
Sex is not a game, it’s a business; so says the first poster and trailer for King Cobra, Justin Kelly’s ripped-from-the-headlines crime drama that chronicles the rise and fall of Sean Paul Lockhart (Aka Brent Corrigan).
Based on the novel Cobra Killer by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway, the feature stars James Franco, Mr. Robot star Christian Slater and Molly Ringwald, who are soon pulled into a murder investigation following the death of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis. Kelly and screenwriter D. Madison Savage are behind the adaptation, and we now have the surprisingly safe-for-work trailer to pour over ahead of King Cobra‘s limited release late next month.
Of all the many feature films lining James Franco’s slate – Zeroville, The Masterpiece et al. – this one piques our curiosity right off the bat for its mix of striking, neon-drenched visuals and a diverse cast comprised »
- Michael Briers
At the beginning of the year viewers were given a sneak peek at Netflix’s new original series, “The Crown,” about the early life of Queen Elizabeth II. Now after many months, the streaming service has shared a new trailer, poster and finally its release date.
Starring Claire Foy as Her Majesty, the 10-episode series is a peek behind the curtain on the personal, political and deeply private world of Queen Elizabeth II’s struggle to reconcile her personal life and public role, the Monarchy, and its precarious position in shifting the sands of post-war politics.
“I am aware that I am surrounded by people who feel that they could do the job better,” states Foy in the lush and epic trailer. “Strong people with powerful characters but, for better or worse, the crown has landed on my head.”
Read More: Watch: Netflix’s ‘The Crown’ Mega-Trailer and Photos Promise »
- Liz Calvario
Based on a true story, King Cobra shows James Franco and Christian Slater face off as gay porn producers, but there’s likely far more to writer-director Justin Kelly‘s movie than that summary. The drama is really about the rise of gay porn star Sean Paul Lockhart (known as Brent Corrigan), and the killing of the producer who helped start his career. Former Disney Channel star […]
- Jack Giroux
The trailer for King Cobra starts off unsettlingly enough. A young Sean Paul Lockhart (Garrett Clayton) is being seduced on grainy video, encouraged to remove his clothes for the man behind the camera, Stephen (played with an arachnid oiliness by Christian Slater). We think we know where the story is going, as Lockhart is lured into Stephen’s orbit with gifts, promises and propositions. Lockhart is rechristened “Brent Corrigan,” and in the wilderness of online pornography’s formative years, Stephen sees Brent as the key to building his own gay porn empire.
And then King Cobra’s trailer quickly takes a left turn as James Franco enters the picture as Joe, a rival porn producer who would love to contract out Stephen’s golden body for a spin. “Brent Corrigan” is Stephen’s licensed trademark, and the producer doesn’t seem inclined to hand his pet golden goose over to »
- B.G. Henne
Ahead of its Us release next month, the first trailer has arrived online for director Justin Kelly’s upcoming crime drama King Cobra. Based on the book Cobra Killer by Andrew E. Stoner and Peter A. Conway about the murder of gay porn producer Bryan Kocis, the film stars James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen, and Molly Ringwald; take a look below after the official synopsis…
When a lonely suburban man turned gay porn producer discovers a hot, lucrative new star, he finds himself the target of rival pornographers who will stop at nothing to steal his money maker. Based on the novel “Cobra Killer”.
King Cobra is set for release on October 21st in the States.
- Amie Cranswick
James Franco and Christian Slater are giving us a sneak peak into a whole new world. The trailer for King Cobra has finally surfaced on the Internet, and we're telling you right now—it's hard to look away. Franco and Slater star as two gay-porn moguls who go to war over the employment of the industry's newest star, Brent Corrigan (Garrett Clayton), and the fight is everything but clean. As conflict rises, the possible solution to the problem becomes serious. Yeah, we're talking blood and possible murder. Mix all that in with sex and lust, and you got yourself a movie, people! Pretty Little Liars star Keegan Allen also flaunts his nearly naked bod as Franco's lover in the film (and »
"Just wait 'till I make you a star." IFC Films has debuted a trailer for an indie drama titled King Cobra, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year. Based on a stranger-than-fiction true story, King Cobra is a "deliciously dark, twisted plunge into the behind-the-scenes world of the porn industry." The film is about a young gay porn star, played by Garrett Clayton, who decides to leave the producer who originally made him famous but encounters more trouble by way of two rival producers who try to cash in on his fame. The impressive cast includes James Franco, Christian Slater, Molly Ringwald, Alicia Silverstone, Keegan Allen and Sean Grandillo. It's described as "part delirious, tabloid-shocker satire, part American tragedy." Definitely not going to be for everyone, but might be worth a watch. Take a peek. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Justin Kelly's King Cobra, direct »
- Alex Billington
Justin Kelly’s ripped-from-the-headlines drama “King Cobra” premiered at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival to positive reviews. In his B+ critique, IndieWire’s David Ehlich called it the “’Boogie Nights’ of gay porn and possibly the best film ever made about the business end of America’s gay porn industry.” Now, after being acquired by IFC Films, the first trailer has been released.
The film centers on Sean Lockhart (Garrett Clayton), a boyishly handsome seventeen-year-old who dreams of fame and success. After he meets the seemingly conservative Stephen (Christian Slater), founder of Cobra Video, he starts to perform in gay porn under the alter ego Brent Corrigan and soon becomes an overnight sex symbol. When two rival porn producers Joe (James Franco) and Harlow (Keegan Allen) try and recruit Corrigan, things take a turn for the worse. Molly Ringwald and Alicia Silverstone also co-star.
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- Liz Calvario
While he’s currently shooting David Simon’s new HBO series The Deuce, which looks at the porn industry in the 1970s and ’80s in New York City, James Franco has another production which explores a more modern look at the industry. King Cobra, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, follows Franco and Christian Slater as rival gay porn producers who fight over a burgeoning star. Ahead of a release next month, IFC Midnight has now released the first trailer.
We said in our review, “Throw Boogie Nights, Shooting Porn, Downloading Nancy, and Party Monster in a blender, add some cocaine, a scope of whey protein and squirt of lube and you’ve got the unexpectedly fun King Cobra. Inspired by a true story, the sophomore feature from writer-director Justin Kelly is a darkly comic tale set in the wake of Katrina, a piece of background information that informs the lack of smart phones, »
- Leonard Pearce
The world of porn has served as the backdrop for more than a few cautionary cinematic tales, none more famous than Paul Thomas Anderson‘s “Boogie Nights.” However, the gay porn sphere hasn’t been explored nearly as often, but it’s set to get some rather steamy treatment in the upcoming “King Cobra.”
Directed by Justin Kelly (“I Am Michael“) and featuring the intriguing/odd cast of James Franco, Christian Slater, Garrett Clayton, Keegan Allen, Molly Ringwald, and Alicia Silverstone, the story follows a young man who becomes a star in the burgeoning world of web porn, but money and ambition cause all sorts of problems.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Regular IndieWire readers know that prolific actor-director James Franco is a regular contributor. So when we had the opportunity to interview Nicolas Winding Refn for the Blu-ray and DVD release of “The Neon Demon” (September 27), we thought Franco was the right man for the job. Franco and Refn previously collaborated on a Gucci advertisement last year, but the following interview finds the pair journeying back to Refn’s early days and working their way toward the present.
James Franco: Your parents were filmmakers. Tell me a little bit about that — growing up and how you started. I also heard that you took your wife on a first date to see “Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” So what I really want to know is how you started making films out of that kind of upbringing.
Nicolas Winding Refn: Well, how did it all start? I guess it started with television. I »
- James Franco
Nicolas Cage. Willem Dafoe. Paul Schrader. Together, on the big screen, as God and nature intended. The trio have teamed up for Schrader’s latest crime thriller, a heist-centric feature called “Dog Eat Dog” that, by all accounts, is as wild a film as one could hope for. The film debuted as the Closing Night feature of Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight, and is now cruising towards its theatrical rollout.
The film is an adaptation of Eddie Bunker’s novel of the same name, a crime thriller that marks Schrader’s own return to the other side of the camera after decades of writing and directing. The film is a violent, darkly comic look at the one-last-heist movie trope that also includes the talents of Louisa Krause, Omar Dorsey, John Patrick and Melissa Bolona. The film reunites Schrader and Cage, who most recently went through one hell of a Hollywood nightmare with »
- Kate Erbland
Mr. Robot TV show creator, Ep Sam Esmail, is teasing the upcoming third season of the drama series. USA Network renewed Mr. Robot for season three, back in August.While Angela's (Portia Doubleday) story ended on a cliffhanger, last night's finale of the psychological thriller included a big reveal about Tyrell Wellick (Martin Wallström). The Mr. Robot TV series cast also includes: Rami Malek, Carly Chaikin, and Christian Slater. Warning: Spoilers after the jump. Read More… »
Do not read on unless you’ve seen “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z,” the Season Two finale of “Mr. Robot.”
At one point, USA had planned to show last week’s episode of “Mr. Robot” and this week’s on one night, as a two-episode block. I’m glad that the network spread out the episodes, because there was a lot to process in each of them. Both of them together might have broken my brain. As it is, this week, thanks to a flood of season premieres and reviews that had to be filed (check them all out here), my brain is about as fried as a circuit board in a toaster. (Do not toast a circuit board to see what happens, just trust me on this — it’s bad!)
In any case, before you download my short-and-sweet take on the season finale, you should read Variety’s finale post-mortem with creator Sam Esmail. The »
- Maureen Ryan
Check out these voice cast photos and episodic images from the first season of the animated Milo Murphy's Law TV show, premiering on Disney Xd, Monday, October 3, 2016 at 8:00pm Edt. A special preview of the first episode will be available Monday, September 26 on the Disney Xd App, On Demand, and on YouTube.Created by executive producers Dan Povenmire and Jeff “Swampy” Marsh, Milo Murphy's Law stars: Weird Al Yankovic as Milo Murphy. Sabrina Carpenter voices Melissa Chase and MeKai Curtis voices Zack Underwood. Chrissie Fit voices Amanda Lopez.The recurring voice cast includes: Ming-Na Wen, Christian Slater, Vanessa Williams, Sarah Chalke, Jemaine Clement, Vincent Martella, Diedrich Bader, Pamela Adlon, Kate Micucci, Mackenzie Phillips, Dee Bradley Baker, Brett Dalton, Gregory Michae, Sophie Winkleman, Michael Culross, and Kevin Michael Richardson. Read More… »
Mr. Robot eps2.9pyth0n-pt2.p7z Trailer USA Network‘s Mr. Robot: Season 2, Episode 12: eps2.9pyth0n-pt2.p7z TV Show Trailer stars Rami Malek and Christian Slater. The last episode of the season will reveal what it calls “the final secret”. Mr. Robot: Season 2’s plot synopsis: Mr. Robot follows Elliot (Rami Malek, “The Pacific”), a young programmer who works […] »
- Reggie Peralta
Mr. Robot is currently airing its third season on USA, but the end already planned. The man in charge of the popular series has ideas for the series, and he knows about when the series will end. That end is not coming soon though. Fans can expect “four or five seasons” out of Mr. Robot.Read More… »
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