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★★☆☆☆Adapted from James Franco's novel of the same name - a reflection of the hometown ennui he managed to transcend, Palo Alto (2013) is another creative misfire from the talented multi-hyphenate. Franco's novel is a series of loosely connected vignettes that focuses on a group of teenage high schoolers and their inter personal relationships. The film is directed by 25-year-old Gia Coppola and suffers from the internal problems of a wannabe creative unsure of what outlet to use. Coppola has admitted that she was drifting through life: "I wasn't sure what my passion was. I never paid attention to movies until fairly recently." How lucky she is to be the granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola and niece of Sofia Coppola.
- CineVue UK
James Franco has come under fire after he reportedly tackled a paparazzo, who apparently wants justice following the alleged altercation. The 36-year-old attended the Lana Del Rey concert on Friday night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, where he was photographed gleefully running away from a shutterbug lying on the ground beside him with his left fist raised in the air. While it's unclear what occurred between the two, an eyewitness tells E! News that Franco ran head first into the photog and tackled him football style, adding that the thesp was laughing but did not appear to be joking around. TMZ reports that the paparazzo filed a report with the Lapd office on Saturday »
James Franco got into some kind of altercation with a paparazzi photographer while attending the Lana Del Rey show in Los Angeles on Friday, and the paparazzo has now filed a police report claiming Franco broke his equipment and caused a minor back injury. The incident occurred at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, as Franco was leaving the Del Rey concert and encountered the cameraman. »
- Daniel Gates
James Franco took down a photog while leaving the Lana Del Rey concert Friday night in Hollywood ... this according to the paparazzo -- who now wants justice.Franco attended the Ldr show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and based on the pics it looks like James may have just been joking around when it happened.The photog obviously wasn't playing around though ... he went into an Lapd office Saturday morning to file a report -- »
- TMZ Staff
This week, Aaron Paul reunites with his "Breaking Bad" meth van, Lea Michele shows off her Italian cooking skills and Zac Efron posts a pic with his rumored new girlfriend Sami Miro! And, Stephanie Pratt goes makeup-free in her latest selfie, Kylie Jenner flaunts major cleavage in one revealing low-cut top and James Franco shows off his painting skills. Plus, Tara Reid rolls around in the grass, Jamie Lynn Spears performs for her daughter Maddie's class and Jessica Alba gets in the Halloween spirit! 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
James Franco's 2010 short-story collection Palo Alto was inspired by his own, not too distant memories of growing up in that affluent California city, and by stories supplied to him by then current students of Palo Alto High School. Now it has been adapted and filmed by 27-year-old Gia Coppola (Sofia's niece and Francis Ford's grand-daughter), and it retains the authentic-sounding voice of American youth. »
Amy Sedaris is starring in Seriously Distracted, the first scripted series from PopSugar, playing a role that seems perfectly tailored to her comedy strengths: Sedaris will star as Jd LeGrande, a narcissistic boss at a PR firm. Seriously Distracted follows the antics of the employees of LeGrande PR, who work under Sedaris' character, but are constantly, well, distracted by pop culture topics like Scandal and James Franco. The eight-episode series also stars Greta Lee—Girls' Soojin, who recently booked a recurring role on New Girl—and Orange Is the New Black's Kimiko Glenn is set to appear. Of note? »
- Esther Zuckerman
Seth Rogen let out a loud laugh when asked what he had done with Kim Jong Un, the North Korean leader who suddenly and inexplicably dropped out of sight about six weeks ago. "It's all a marketing ploy," joked Rogen, whose upcoming comedy The Interview mercilessly mocks the rotund ruler. "We've hid him somewhere, and he'll be released one week before the movie." See more 'The Interview' Red Band Trailer: Sex Jokes Galore in Seth Rogen-James Franco Comedy Kim's absence is at least a bit easier to laugh about now that he has finally resurfaced, appearing in images released
- The Associated Press
PopSugar doesn't seem to mind if its core audience of millennial women gets a little distracted by its foray into scripted programming. The entertainment news and lifestyle website announced on Friday that Seriously Distracted, its first comedy web series, will debut on Oct. 21. The eight-episode series stars Amy Sedaris as Jd LeGrand, the head of New York publicity firm LeGrand PR. Although the firm is one celebrity client away from making it big, LeGrand's employees are constantly distracted by their pop culture obsessions, which range from Tinder and Scandal to James Franco and SoulCycle. Seriously Distracted is produced by
- Natalie Jarvey
Peter Bradshaw and Catherine Shoard join Xan Brooks for our weekly round-up of the latest cinema releases. This week the team are watching Robert Downey Jr lay down the law, the comedy, the tragedy and the drama in muddled mashup The Judge; stomping in time to the beat of Northern Soul; rolling through the Bay Area's troubled suburbs with James Franco in surprisingly classy celebrity vehicle Palo Alto; and digging deep into the Edward Snowden revelations with Nsa documentary Citizenfour
Want to call video to order? Listen to the audio-only version of this week's show Continue reading »
- Xan Brooks, Catherine Shoard, Peter Bradshaw, Henry Barnes, Richard Sprenger and Joan Portillo
Neil Patrick Harris was the perfect choice to host the Oscars — but maybe not for the obvious reasons.
When Variety broke the announcement of the host Wednesday, industry reaction was positive. He’s like the Sara Lee of performers: Nobody doesn’t like Nph. But some shrugged that he was a safe choice.
Here are three reasons why TV viewers and the Academy should be excited:
1. He actually Is edgy: True, he has proven his ability when hosting the Tony and Emmy Awards. But Harris is also capable of being edgier than that. On Broadway in “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” he showed a demented energy, like a combination of Al Pacino in “Dog Day Afternoon” and Anna Magnani in just about everything she made.
- Tim Gray
Over the past few years, we’ve seen some terrific Oscar hosts (the inimitable Billy Crystal), some awful ones (the painfully unfunny Seth MacFarlane) and some ones whom we’re not really sure even remember being there (here’s looking at you, James Franco). But for next year’s ceremony, the Academy has opted to turn to someone who is almost guaranteed to deliver a legen (wait for it!) dary show. That’s right, folks – meet your new host, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris.
While this will be Harris’ first time hosting the Oscars, he has plenty of experience, having hosted the Tonys four times and the Emmys twice. The new gig puts him one show away from a hosting Egot, with only the Grammys left to check off (and just wait, he’ll get there).
Meanwhile, the How I Met Your Mother alum is having a pretty spectacular month. »
- Isaac Feldberg
This week’s TV Throwback Thursday takes us to August 2001. Back then, James Franco was coming off playing high-school burnout Daniel Desario on the brilliant-but-canceled Freaks and Geeks, was still taking uncredited roles as Apartment Guy 3 and was still about a year away from becoming a household name as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man film franchise. Sept. 11 was still just another day next month. And Lori Acken still went by the delightfully alliterative name Lori Lundquist. Lori got to interview burgeoning star Franco back in the day (he still had two arms), when he starred in the TNT … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
It's the mashup we never knew we wanted and now can't live without. At first glance, you wouldn't think Wayne's World and Titanic would be able to come together for , but hey, that's why James Franco is an actor, producer, scholar, [insert any job title here] and we are just lowly reporters. In his new AOL webseries Making a Scene, Franco and his team mix together two iconic cinematic masterpieces, including Wayne's World and Titanic. The results? Pure hilarity. We've got your exclusive first look at the latest episode of Making a Scene, as well as some pictures you won't be able to unsee, like Franco dressed as Garth (Dana Carvey) posing as Rose (Kate Winslet) for the »
Lonely, hungry, cranky, and freaky-thin. That was Jake Gyllenhaal during production on his nerve-rattling new drama, Nightcrawler, which hits theaters Oct. 31. Portraying Lou Bloom—an unscrupulous paparazzo who trawls nocturnal Los Angeles in search of roadside carnage for the insatiable “If it bleeds, it leads” maw of local broadcast news—the actor decided to adopt the “hungry and searching” manner of a coyote. “I made a lot of choices physically,” he says. That meant subsisting on kale salad and chewing gum for the role, shedding nearly 30 pounds from his already wiry frame and worrying his mom in the process. Moreover, »
- Chris Lee
The Stockholm International Film Festival (Nov 5-16) is to present its Achievement Award to Us actress Uma Thurman.
The Kill Bill star will will visit Stockholm to receive the prestigious Bronze Horse and meet the audience during an exclusive “Face2Face”.
Thurman will also take part in the inauguration ceremony, which will include the unveiling of an ice sculpture by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.
Weiwei was a Stockholm jury member last year but since he wasn’t allowed to leave China, he sent an empty chair named ”The Chair for Non-attendance” as symbol of his absence.
The festival will focus this year on Brazil »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Snoop Dogg is finally taking the high road.
After a rather brutal war of words, Snoop posted a video on Wednesday saying that after speaking with Iggy's mentor T.I., he's decided that "the war is over." "I apologize," the rapper said. "I won't do it again."
Photos: Biggest Celebrity Feuds
His Instagram video caption reads: "It's over I'm bac on my cool sh** no harm no foul. #ifitaintaboutthe much love @troubleman31t respect sorry bout that."
It's over I'm bac on my cool shit no harm no foul. #ifitaintaboutthe »
Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »
- Steve Montgomery
Chris O'Dowd is bringing “Moone Boy” to ABC. “The It Crowd” and “Family Tree” star has sold a comedy project, “Moone Boy,” to the network with a put pilot commitment. The half-hour, single-camera project is based on O'Dowd's semi-autobiographical Irish sitcom of the same title. Described as a “quirky comedy,” the project revolves around 12-year-old Martin Moone and the sarcastic, imaginary friend who helps him navigate the challenges of his eccentric childhood. Also read: ‘Of Mice and Men’ Theater Review: James Franco, Chris O'Dowd Bring Vibrant and Poignant Life to Steinbeck Revival O'Dowd — who created, writes and stars in the original. »
- Tim Kenneally
With awards season getting into swing, there's no better time for Variety to report that the 87th Academy Awards, airing on ABC on February 22nd, 2015, will be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The former child star has enjoyed s great career since his comeback following Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, and he has enjoyed great success as a series regular every single season of "How I Met Your Mother," several big stage musicals and most recently, a pivotal role in the thriller Gone Girl this month. As for hosting duties, Harris has already livened up both the Tony Awards and the Emmy ceremony this year, so he's ready. Check out how Neil Patrick Harris revealed the news on Twitter too: http://t.co/ZG1EC9ooxK— Neil Patrick Harris (@ActuallyNPH) October 15, 2014 You can probably expect Harris do some singing and dancing since he's a musical star and whatnot, but »
- Ethan Anderton
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