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What is James Franco Reading?

A extensive look at all those movies James Franco directed.

James Franco has done a lot of things, we’ve heard. Following a successful turn on Judd Apatow’s Freaks and Geeks and a well-received starring spot on a TNT biopic on James Dean, he turned immediately to a litany of pursuits: from playwriting and English degrees to painting and directing no less than ten feature-lengths. The latter project interested me. Were they any good? In Franco’s Rolling Stone profile last year, Jonah Weiner ran around a thesaurus of words like “dizzying,” “indefatigable“ and, wait for it, “multihyphenate” to describe his subject but none of those words mean very much. Paul Klee painted over a thousand paintings in the penultimate last year of his life. So could I. So what?

“What did we do to deserve James Franco?,” asked Rex Reed in a slightly different era. Back then, even the The Guardian agreed with Jared Kushner
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Showtime cages 'Free' adaptation

NEW YORK -- Showtime will adapt the nationally syndicated comic strip Free for All into an animated series for its primetime schedule in the summer. Animation studio Film Roman will produce seven episodes of Free, a cartoon comedy depicting a pair of cynical friends whose world includes a drunken ferret and a homicidal grandmother. Free was co-written and executive produced by Merriweather Williams (SpongeBob SquarePants) and Brett Merhar, who created the original strip. Film Roman president and CEO John Hyde and Richard Hull also are executive producers. Voices for the series will be supplied by Jonathan Silverman, Jeremy Piven, Juliette Lewis, Mitzi McCall and Sam McMurray.

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