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While most of the characters in Rogen and Goldberg.s This Is The End find a way to get raptured and taken off to heaven, that was not the fate that wound up being orchestrated for James Franco. Instead, a plan to "sacrifice" himself in the third act of the movie goes horribly awry, and he winds up getting eaten by Danny McBride and his team of cannibals. It.s hysterical to see unfold watching the film, but apparently James Franco has carried a bit of a chip on his shoulder about it ever since he did the movie. Last December . approximately six months after the release of This Is The End - I had the opportunity to travel to the set of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg.s new film, The Interview, and while sitting down to interview Franco, Rogen and Goldberg it was revealed that the former has »
Chicago – Jason Segal is one of the most genuine people in show business, and he also makes very funny movies and TV shows. He was in Chicagoland recently, making an appearance on behalf of his first novel, “Nightmares.” He greeted admirers and signed the book at the historic Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove, Ill.
After making his film debut in 1998 in “Can’t Hardly Wait,” Jason Segel got his first hit with “Freaks and Geeks,” the legendary one season series in 1999 that combined an amazing cast (James Franco, Seth Rogen) with memorable episodes. Segel has since done two other multi-season series, including “Undeclared” and “How I Met Your Mother.” At the same time, he was no slouch at the film box office, with a long list of hits starting with “Knocked Up,” “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “I Love You, Man.” He recently rebooted a major franchise with “The Muppets.” and scored with “The Five-Year Engagement. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
James Franco’s list of personal and professional achievements continues to dazzle and/or perplex the public at large. Between his mission to adapt William Faulkner’s most unfilmable novels, impress the New York art scene with his canvases, and become an established author via his volumes of poetry and short stories, the man somehow fits in time to produce movies as well. On that note, today we’re hearing that his production company, Rabbit Bandini, will be producing a frat hazing flick titled Goat.
The movie will mark a reunion of sorts for Franco, who’ll once more be working with Pineapple Express director David Gordon Green. However, the Pineapple director won’t be calling the shots this time – although he was originally slated to. His original line-up for the flick even had casting underway, with Emile Hirsch attached in the lead role. After Green opted out of directing, »
- Gem Seddon
James Franco has come on to produce “Goat,” an adaptation of Brad Land's acclaimed memoir that “King Kelly” filmmaker Andrew Neel will direct for Killer Films and Rabbit Bandini Productions, TheWrap has learned. Neel will direct from a screenplay by David Gordon Green, with revisions by Neel and Mike Roberts. Christine Vachon and David Hinojosa of Killer Films will produce with Rabbit Bandini's Franco and Vince Jolivette. John Wells will serve as executive producer. Also read: James Franco's ‘SNL’ Documentary to Air on Hulu Ahead of Season Premiere (Photo) Reeling from a terrifying assault, a 19-year-old boy enrolls »
- Jeff Sneider
Last year when directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were filming The Interview (their directorial follow up to This is The End) in Vancouver, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters. As most of you know from the extremely funny red and green band trailers, James Franco plays a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), lands an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park). But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader. During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Franco. They talked about how the project came together, pulling from real-life inspiration, improvisation, Franco's Instagram, how they wanted to do things people don’t usually do in comedy and "abandon how comedies look as much as we possibly could, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) and Dave Skylark (James Franco) are inside a tank in North Korea talking about Katy Perry and margaritas. They're debating if drinking fruity margaritas and loving Katy Perry's music means you're gay. After saying the lines a few different ways, directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg call out a few new ways to say the dialogue and I erupt with laughter. And I'm not alone. The other reporters I'm with on the Vancouver set of The Interview are also laughing out loud. So much so that after the take ends, an assistant director comes in the room where we're watching playback and says they can hear us laughing on set. While I'm sure they were mad at us for possibly ruining a take, I'm sure it made them happy to know they were making comedy gold. While I've done a lot of set visits, I've »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
I didn’t have to be asked twice if I wanted to visit the Vancouver set of Seth Rogen’s latest comedic endeavor, The Interview. Not only was he teaming up with James Franco again, it’s always a treat to watch the comedy genius in action especially behind the scenes.
Rogen co-directs The Interview with his childhood buddy, Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Pineapple Express), drawing from a script that the pair co-penned with former Daily Show executive producer, and South Park writer, Dan Sterling. The duo who refuse to be pigeon-holed are touching on a new genre: Dr. Strangelove-esque absurdist political satire.
- Tiffany Rose
“It doesn’t get any better than this,” screams one of the most evil men in the world. “Me and David Skylark, in my tank, blasting Katy Perry!” The horrific dictator is right. The mix of pop music, foul language and male machinery is just about the perfect amount of awesome on a cold, snowy Vancouver […]
- Germain Lussier
Vancouver - It's no wonder that Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen and James Franco finish each other's sentences. The former two grew up together in Vancouver, have collaborated on scripts since they were 12 years old. Rogen produced and co-starred in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," which filmed 10 years ago; it also cast James Franco, the first of many creative starts for the two of them. For 2013's "This Is The End," Goldberg and Rogen co-directed, Rogen and Franco co-starred -- the same as the setup to forthcoming comedy "The Interview." "Basically until [Sony Pictures] saw 'This is the End, we didn’t know if they’d let us direct another movie," Rogen explained. "So, once they saw it, they decided they would let us direct another movie." Goldberg and Rogen headed back home to Vancouver to shoot much of this action-oriented flick, with the story set mostly in North Korea. Franco with them -- »
- Katie Hasty
Palo Alto, 2013.
Directed by Gia Coppola.
A tale of two American high schoolers and their path along their awkward romance.
Palo Alto feels like a film that has been out forever, having been shown at several film festivals dating back to June last year. It has been shown theatrically in the Us already but has only recently made it across the Atlantic into British cinemas, starting general release early next month. This could have attributed to why by the time I finally sat down and watched Palo Alto it felt so tired and boring.
Set in suburban America we follow April (Emily Roberts) who is torn between a crush on Teddy (Jack Kilmer) and her teacher and soccer coach Mr B (James Franco). We follow April through her decisions and day to day life, going »
- Gary Collinson
After years of success writing some of the funniest moves in Hollywood, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg truly stepped up their game in 2013. The duo made their directorial debut with This Is The End, and the apocalyptic comedy was not only a smash hit at the box office, but also won mass critic approval. Now they are back to show that their freshman effort was no fluke, and they.re doing so with a project that is equal parts funny, epic and controversial. In December, audiences worldwide will get to see the new comedy The Interview, but it was around that time last year that I got a special early sneak peek at the film. Based on a screenplay by Rogen, Goldberg and Dan Sterling, The Interview centers on Dave Skylark (James Franco) and Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), a celebrity talk show host and his producer. Together they are offered a »
The 2014 Austin Film Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Barry Levinson’s “The Humbling” on Oct. 23, along with Richard Lagravenese’s “The Last 5 Years,” an adaptation of the Jason Robert Brown musical. Jon Stewart and Maziar Bahari will present Stewart’s “Rosewater” to close the festival on Oct. 30.
“The Humbling,” (pictured) based a Philip Roth novel of the same name, stars Al Pacino as an aging actor who begins an affair with a much younger woman, played by Greta Gerwig. “The Last 5 Years,” which writer-director Lagravenese will present at the festival, explores a five-year relationship between an ascending novelist, played by Jeremy Jordan, and a struggling actress, played by Anna Kendrick.
Stewart wrote and directed “Rosewater,” based on Bahari’s book “Then They Came for Me” with Aimee Molloy about the Iranian journalist’s experience of as a prisoner in his native country for 118 days »
- Kevin Noonan
Yes, the very busy Fall movie season is known for its profusion of Oscar-bait films, but it's not going to be all darkness and drama. The next few months have plenty of comedy offerings this season, including some long-awaited sequels and the always-welcome reunion of James Franco and Seth Rogen. Check out this list to find the next movie that will make you do a movie theater soda spit-take! »
On Friday, Hulu Plus made available doer-of-literally-everything James Franco's Nyu thesis film, "Saturday Night," a documentary on what goes on behind-the-scenes each week on "Saturday Night Live." And though it may be more of a fly-on-the-wall look at the process rather than anything particularly in-depth, there was still plenty of interesting stuff to learn for anyone who's a fan of the long-running sketch comedy series. »
- Alicia Lutes
While the writers and the cast of Saturday Night Live worked on the 17th floor of 30 Rock this week to once again pull off the magic trick that is creating a 90-minute live TV show in less than one week while on the run from expectations, exhaustion, the clock and the ever changing topical landscape, James Franco’s behind the scenes documentary about the show was released after six years of sitting dormant.
In Saturday Night, Franco shows us what’s going on behind the curtain at the show, allowing fans a chance to appreciate the labor and personnel required to make SNL happen. It’s an exercise in trying to make order from chaos, but despite that effort, there is always chaos. Jokes don’t ...
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- Jason Tabrys
This week, Justin Timberlake has some fun at the Australia zoo, Demi Lovato shows off her backside and Jessica Simpson's hubby Eric Johnson plays with their baby boy Ace in the pool! Videos: Jessica Simpson Says Weight Criticism "Hurt," Reveals Marriage Has Changed Her! And, James Franco parties with some film school students, Kylie Jenner posts another super revealing snap and Selena Gomez goes glam in her latest selfie. Plus, Kathy Griffin has a really bad hair day, Lauren Conrad shares one gorgeous shot from her honeymoon with new hubby William Tell and Jennifer Lopez posts a photo of her "minime" daughter, Emme! Photos: See the First Photo From Lauren Conrad's Wedding!Click "Launch Gallery" above to see these stars' personal pics and even more celeb candids in this week's best celebrity TwitPics! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
The Important News With The Maze Runner topping the box office last weekend, we got our first news on and look at the sequel The Scorch Trials. We also got some fresh new images of Fast & Furious 7 and of Interstellar. Joseph Gordon-Levitt could play Edward Snowden. William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy could reunite for the next Star Trek. Anna Paquin will be added back into X-Men: Days of Future Past. The next Syfy guilty pleasure will reunite three Police Academy stars. Key and Peele (who are also doing the Police Academy reboot) are turning one of their hit sketches into a movie. James Franco's Saturday Night Live documentary is finally available via Hulu. Lindsay Lohan wants to make another Mean Girls movie.  ...
- Christopher Campbell
“The Simpsons” boss worries Sunday’s major death may be overhyped: We never said we’re killing off an “iconic” character “I’ve done everything I can to temper any disappointment by saying that, although the press is claiming this is an ‘iconic’ character, we never said that,” says executive producer Al Jean, in an interview with TVLine. “We just said it’s a ‘beloved’ character. I think it may have become overhyped, though I’ve never heard the term ‘underhyped’ before. Either way, it’s an emotional story, and it’s one we’re really proud of.” Plus: What TV critics said of “The Simpsons” when it debuted, and how “The Simpsons” looks at night -- illustrated. “Family Guy’s” crossover with “The Simpsons” is alternately fascinating, frustrating, amusing and annoying In other words, it’s your typical “Family Guy” episode. “Family Guy” Season 13: Stewie will get pregnant »
- Norman Weiss
After years of being in limbo, a documentary by James Franco about Saturday Night Live’s creative process is finally ready to debut. The doc titled Saturday Night is available for streaming on Hulu Plus starting September 26. Filmed in 2008, the documentary was shot over the week leading up to an SNL episode hosted by John Malkovich, focusing on the show’s development and production before even appearing on TV. The film was created for Franco’s Nyu grad school assignment, meant to be no longer than seven minutes. And yet that seven-minute goal turned into a 90-minute piece Franco didn’t believe should be restricted to the classroom. "It's something I'm very proud of, and it got a great response at the festivals we took it to," Franco said in March 2013 to The Huffington Post. "I realized I had all of this access that people had never been granted before. »
- Bree Brouwer
James Franco is so clearly above the material in “Good People” — an unambitious, ultra-conventional block of blahness devoid of pretension or curiosity — that his appearance in this low-budget thriller opposite the professionally flailing Kate Hudson just might be some kind of performance art. Sure, great actors star in wretched material all the time, but Danish director Henrik Ruben Genz's English-language debut offers Franco little more than the chance to slum it in some genre schlock with grainy cinematography and a conspicuously limited number of backdrops. At least when the actor-writer-scholar-director played a very loose version of himself in »
- Inkoo Kang
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