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If you’ve read Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, you’re well aware that it’s not particularly commercial stuff. It focuses on Lester Ballard (Scott Haze). Back when Lester was just a kid, his father committed suicide, leaving Lester to fend for himself. Years later, when his family’s property is auctioned off, Lester takes to the woods, aimlessly roams around, shows off his precious rifle whenever he pleases, eats whatever he can get his hands on and makes everyone in the vicinity uneasy in the process. It’s tough material to read, let alone watch, but that didn’t stop James Franco from giving making a film version a shot. With Child of God heading towards a Friday, August 1st limited release, both Franco and Haze sat down to participate in a roundtable style interview. The duo discussed adapting some of the more shocking scenes from the book while omitting others, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The motley crew of rebels and mercenaries in Guardians of the Galaxy make their theatrical debut this weekend, and all signs point to a stellar opening. They might not be the most popular or well-known Marvel characters, but strong reviews and an even stronger marketing campaign have helped to drum up interest for these unlikely superheroes, which include an earthling (Chris Pratt), a talking raccoon (Bradley Cooper), and tree (Vin Diesel). As the widest August release in history with a 4,080 screen launch, Guardians is tracking at $65 million, but many analysts think that it has the potential to earn much more. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Fox Searchlight has had two great box office wins with this year’s Grand Budapest Hotel and Belle, though some challenge with I Origins. Calvary from John Michael McDonagh with Brendan Gleeson and Chris O’Dowd will be the distributor’s next title opening this weekend in a summer season that has heated up in recent weeks among Specialties with films like Boyhood. Sundance documentary winner Rich Hill will also join this weekend’s newcomers with a New York bow via The Orchard, while writer-director-star James Franco‘s Child Of God will open in 10 locations courtesy of Well Go USA. KimStim will open German […] »
When James Franco directs, he calls Scott Haze. The actor (named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch last year) not only stars in Franco’s movie adaptation of Cormac McCarthy novel “Child of God,” opening Aug. 1. He also plays the lead in Franco’s Off Broadway directorial debut “The Long Shrift,” now running at the Rattlestick Theater. And he takes on a major role in Franco’s “The Sound and the Fury,” bowing this fall at the Venice Film Festival.
With Franco fresh off his recently closed Broadway debut “Of Mice and Men” and Haze starring in “Long Shrift” through Aug. 23, the two sat down to talk about the past, present and future of their ongoing collaboration.
How’d you two meet?
Haze: I met James well over 10 years ago in Hollywood, in the back of a parking lot. He came and saw a play I was in called “The Beach Play, »
- Gordon Cox
Since CBS announced Stephen Colbert will inherit “The Late Show” from David Letterman, the talk-show host has been saddled with questions about whether he plans to drop the right-wing political shtick he's famous for on Comedy Central. James Franco tried untangling that enigma on Wednesday's episode of “The Colbert Report,” but he didn't get far. As their interview about Franco's “Child of God” wound down, Colbert attempted cutting to commercial — but Franco stopped him. See video: James Franco's Genius Movie Brain Is Tested in Jimmy Fallon's 5 Second Challenge “Are you going to go Democrat when you go to this new show? »
- Travis Reilly
The beef between Bieber vs. Bloom is definitely heating up!In some awesome video from TMZ, Orlando Bloom threw a punch at Justin Bieber in Ibiza on Wednesday -- the two battling over exes Miranda Kerr and Selena Gomez -- and now celebs are taking to Twitter to weigh in on the feud in 140 characters or less. Alyssa Milano tweeted that she's on "#TeamOrlando," while James Franco said he's also on "Team Bloom" during an appearance on "The Colbert Report." Notorious Bieber hater Drake Bell posted photos of Looney Tunes characters Spike the Bulldog and Chester the Terrier and the message "@justinbieber I found these cool pictures of you and your body guard from the other night!"He later asked Justin's army of fans "Can you kids start looking up to a good person?!"Another former child star, Mara Wilson, sounded off as well. "Orlando Bloom punched Justin Bieber? My »
- tooFab Staff
Requiem for a Cave Man: Franco’s McCarthy Adaptation Displays Growth
On a similar directorial trajectory as, let’s say, Joe Swanberg, where quality vs. quantity tends to have adversely affected the end product of many a project, actor/screenwriter/director James Franco has shown surprising growth with his latest directorial effort to hit theaters, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God. Begrudging as many may be toward the film, especially rabidly committed fans of the source material, one has to admit that considerable growth has been evidenced in this recent sampling of Franco’s cycle-stomping over his literary idols, veering haphazardly over Faulkner, McCarthy, and Bukowski. Certainly, there are a few issues to haggle over, but there’s a captivating performance and a queasy ambience to the film that at least makes it a sober sort of hillbilly horror. Yes, perhaps this is sacrilege to those »
- Nicholas Bell
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It was a battle of character actors on The Colbert Report Wednesday night when James Franco tried to get host Stephen Colbert to slip out of his beloved flag-waving, gut-following alter ego by asking the host about his upcoming move to The Late Show.
Top 20 TV Moments of 2013: Stephen Colbert Gets Lucky
On hand to discuss his new film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's Child of God, Franco was charming as ever — even when discussing the serial killer and necrophiliac at the center of his film — and before Colbert could go to commercial, »
James Franco has an eclectic mix of friends, and they turned up on Wednesday night at the New York City premiere of his passion project Child Of God, which he wrote, directed and co-stars. Film co-star Brian Lally, Lana Del Rey, Bernadette Peters, director Amy Heckerling, singer-songwriter Caitlin Moe and stylist Cleo Wade all stepped out to support Franco at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. Photos James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Make Their Broadway Debuts in 'Of Mice and Men' Filmed in 2012 in West Virginia, Child of God is based on the 1973 novel by Cormac McCarthy about Appalachian
- Christy Smith-Sloman
Love him or hate him, James Franco has one of the more interesting Hollywood careers going these days. My own relationship with the man was born of indifference and suckled at the teat of hatred, thanks in no small part to the 2011 Oscars. But his skeezetastic turn in Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers weaned me of my hate, and I'm slowly starting to feel the love, if not for his artistic output, then at least for the audacity of his career choices. He's pretentious yet self-deprecating, prudent yet reckless. He stars in blockbuster tentpoles, ridiculous self-referential soap opera arcs, makes no budget art films, and adapts "unfilmable" works of literature. I don't know, but I think it might be time to start taking him seriously. So what does...
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James Franco is more than just an Oscar-nominated actor. His is also both a director and a writer. For Franco's newest film, "Child of God," he combines all those skills, as he did on "As I Lay Dying." Franco appears in a small role alongside star Scott Haze, he directs the movie, and wrote the screenplay with Vince Jolivette based on Cormac McCarthy's book. "Child of God" is the story of Lester Ballard (Haze), a loner in Tennessee who finds himself increasingly marginalized within his society. The movie follows Ballard's descent into ever more disturbing acts. Over the course the movie, Ballard has several run-ins with not just other locals, but also with the law in the form of Sheriff Fate played by Tim Blake Nelson. Ballard's progression is not the easiest of things to watch, but it is definitely interesting. The plot of the film, as Ballard is a loner, »
- Josh Lasser
It can be argued that James Franco is never more likable than he is on The Colbert Report. Last night was no exception. The best part came at the end of his interview, when Franco asked Colbert about his upcoming move to The Late Show. However, Colbert the character isn't the one moving. Colbert's response is just another example of why we'll miss Colbert the character so much. »
- Jesse David Fox
With James Franco’s recent test footage for his not-to-be Blood Meridian film adaptation now online, it’s time to think about what we want from a movie version of the landmark novel. Franco shot that test footage a few years ago and showed it to Scott Rudin, who owns the rights to the novel, but Rudin seems to have turned him down—and should continue to do so.
- Jacob Shamsian
Howdy ladies and gentleman For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to go ahead and take a look at a rather unique A-lister. Someone who vacillates between humongous Hollywood blockbusters and odd little independent films, always doing his own thing. The A-lister in question? None other than James Franco. He’s many things to many people, but he’s unquestionably a star. He’s given a few incredibly good performances, but he’s never a boring actor to watch. He’s easily one of Tinseltown’s most interesting actors to follow. Almost constantly engaging in some form of art, Franco is at his core, just that…an artist. He may be a bit of a weirdo to some, but he’s an A-lister regardless and deserves this tribute. Franco wasn’t always considered a “weird” star. He got his start basically as a heartthrob. He first came on to »
- Joey Magidson
Based on best-selling American author Cormac McCarthy’s third novel of the same name, Child Of God explores typical McCarthian themes of nihilism, violence and masculinity. The story follows Lester Ballard, an outsider in ’60s Tennessee who ends up going a bit Colonel Kurtz and discovering the inner horror of Man when he runs amok in the countryside, killing people and defiling corpses left, right and centre.
Of course, this is par the course for McCarthy. His novels have featured infanticide, cannibalism, torture and sexual deviancy. No wonder filmmakers are so keen to adapt his work – we’ve already had The Road, No Country For Old Men and All The Pretty Horses, while his screenplay The Counselor was adapted by »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
If director/co-writer James Franco had retitled his adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel Child of God to A Man's Love for a Corpse, he'd have a more honest film on his hands — not to mention a purposefully campy one. Even if he'd aimed a little higher, to keep in line with McCarthy's unendingly portentous prose, and come up with something like A Yowling Man Didst Defile Her, there'd still be a twinkle of humor in the project. But no such luck. Franco, his co-collaborator, Vince Jolivette, and star Scott Haze appear to regard this outlandish outcast-against-the-world saga with utmost solemnity. As it stands, Child of God is brazenly, outstandingly bad, as vague, pretentious, and pointless as its sorry title. But it's certainly memorable, ful »
James Franco stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his recently wrapped performance in the Broadway run for Of Mice and Men — which became a midsummer hit and earned more than a million dollars at the box office last week. The guys played a lightning-fast game called Five-Second Summaries, in which they had just a few seconds to summarize the plots to various movies and make each other guess the titles. After dropping a few F bombs and changing the rules about five times, Franco finally got into the swing of things. Fallon’s one-word clue to the actor about Pineapple Express — Franco’s beloved stoner comedy with Seth Rogen — is pretty great. Play along with Franco and Fallon, below. [via Vulture...
- Alison Nastasi
James Franco stopped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon to celebrate his recently wrapped performance in the Broadway run for Of Mice and Men — which became a midsummer hit and earned more than a million dollars at the box office last week. The guys played a lightning-fast game called 5-Second Summaries, in which they had just a few seconds to summarize the plots to various movies and make each other guess the titles. After dropping a few F bombs and changing the rules about five times, Franco finally got into the swing of things. Fallon’s one-word clue to the actor about Pineapple Express — Franco’s beloved stoner comedy with Seth Rogen — is pretty great. Play along with Franco and Fallon, below. [via Vulture]
- Alison Nastasi
This is a reprint of our review from the 2013 Venice Film Festival. James Franco might not be the first person to debut a film he'd directed at each of the three major European festivals in the same year (Ulrich Seidl recently managed the feat with his 'Paradise' trilogy, albeit not in the same calendar year). But it's an undoubtedly impressive run, especially given that Franco has spent the same period of time starring in two legitimate blockbusters in the shape of "Oz The Great And Powerful" and "This Is The End," as well as working on his umpteen other projects of various shapes and sizes. He certainly wins points for his work ethic, but reaction to the films so far—"Interior Leather Bar," which played Berlin after premiering at Sundance, and "As I Lay Dying," which unspooled at Cannes—has been decidedly mixed. But nevertheless, hopes were high for his latest, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
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