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A brawny working-class recruit (James Franco) at America's Annapolis naval academy enters the college's notorious boxing tournament to achieve his dream of becoming an officer. A naval drama with a strong Fast & Furious connection, with Justin Lin on directing duty, Jordana Brewster as the love interest and Tyrese Gibson as the battle-seasoned company commander who stands between Franco and that all-important commission. »
Actors don't often trash their own movies, but when they do, it's usually a cathartic experience for film goers. After all, it's one thing to think "The Happening" was a bad movie; it's quite another to have those thoughts confirmed by the film's star, Mark Wahlberg. ("It was a bad movie that I did.") Ahead, 10 instances of actors bashing their films, from Wahlberg and Shia Labeouf to Katherine Heigl and Shia Labeouf. (Shia does this a lot.)
Shia Labeouf on "Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull": "I think the audience is pretty intelligent. I think they know when you've made [a bad movie]. And I think if you don't acknowledge it, then why do they trust you the next time you're promoting a movie. […] We [Harrison Ford and Labeouf] had major discussions. He wasn't happy with it either. Look, the movie could have been updated. There was a reason it wasn't universally accepted." (via »
- Christopher Rosen
After finding out how sound helped move us to tears in Star Trek Into Darkness and was created for the suits in Iron Man 3, the third installment of our new series Sounds Like a Summer Movie takes a look at how supervising sound editor Peter Brown, who’s been with the Fast and the Furious franchise since Tokyo Drift and has an Emmy for his work on the “Blackwater” episode of Game of Thrones, got engines revving for Fast & Furious 6. Warning: Major spoilers ahead.
To please the film’s car aficionado fans, Brown had to make the cars sound »
- Mandi Bierly
Next week's release of Fast & Furious 6 marks Tyrese Gibson's third big screen appearance as Roman Pearce. The actor made his franchise debut in 2003's 2 Fast 2 Furious and then returned to the role for 2011's Fast Five . It was between these two projects, working on the Naval Academy drama Annapolis , that Gibson first met director Justin Lin and, as he explains in the interview below, just might have helped contribute to Lin becoming a Fast & Furious four-time director. In addition to his work in the speed-fueled franchise, Gibson is well known for appearing in the first three films of Michael Bay's Transformers series and hopes to return as Epps for Transformers 4 . When he's not performing for the camera, Gibson is a Grammy-nominated musician with a new »
James Franco has been in a few stinkers through the years -- but there's one movie even he admits is pure trash.So, which movie does the star of such poorly-rated flicks as "Tristan & Isolde," "Annapolis," "Flyboys" and "Eat Pray Love" cite as a career low point?The answer: "Your Highness."The medieval comedy, which costarred Natalie Portman, Danny McBride and Zooey Deschanel, was released in 2011 and currently has a horrible 26% on Rotten Tomatoes.“Your Highness? That movie sucks. You can’t get around that," Franco says in the June issue of GQ.This isn't the first time that Franco has publicly criticized one of his own films. While promoting "Spring Breakers," James told Badass Digest that "Annapolis" was "a really bad movie" -- adding that "it didn't turn out very well" and he "ended up not liking the experience and not liking the movie."Ouch, biting the hand that feeds much? »
- tooFab Staff
No one will ever accuse James Franco of sugarcoating things after he admitted that at least one of his movies "sucks."
The 35-year-old graces the cover of GQ's June 2013 issue, and he got quite candid with the magazine about his image and career.
"My public persona is something that is only partially constructed by me, so if people want to mock that, it's fine. I mock it," he told GQ.
And his persona is not the only thing he's open to mocking. The Oscar-nominated actor is well aware that not every project he's worked on has been a good one. "'Your Highness'? That movie sucks," he admitted. "You can't get around that."
Franco's comments likely won't sit well with the film's director, David Gordon Green, who referred to the film as his "baby" and seemed pretty proud of his work when he spoke to HuffPost Entertainment in April: »
- Stephanie Marcus
"Fast & Furious 6" director Justin Lin doesn't understand why James Franco would ever bad mouth their 2006 collaboration, "Annapolis." "He's going on publicly about stuff and I honestly don't understand it," Lin told the Huffington Post in an interview published Tuesday. "I think James is a good guy, but I don't know. I wish he would just not say anything." Also read: James Franco Protests Australia's 'Really Silly' Decision to Ban Gay-Themed Film (Video) While promoting "Spring Breakers" in March, Franco referred to Lin's naval academy boxing drama as "a really bad movie." »
- Greg Gilman
Justin Lin is ready to respond to James Franco. In an interview with The Huffington Post, the Fast & Furious 6 director opened up about how it felt to hear Franco call their 2006 drama, Annapolis, a "bad movie" while the actor was making the publicity rounds for Spring Breakers. "Well, it is very hurtful," the Taiwanese-born filmmaker told the site. "And it's actually not very respectful because I know a lot of the crew worked really hard on that." Annapolis starred Franco as a boxer from the wrong side of the tracks who fulfills his dream of attending the Annapolis Naval Academy, only to wind up fighting for respect as a boxer in a school tournament. The film grossed a tepid »
We are all interconnected here on the World Wide Web, and all of us entertainment sites operate on a friendly basis. So what are Vulture's awesome partner sites excited about today? That meanie James Franco, the death of a Smash character, and the still disastrous Rihanna 777 plane tour. Read on:* Justin Lin: James Franco's Comments About Annapolis Were Hurtful —Huffington Post"The crew had a great experience; we were all very young and we were all doing the best we can. And for someone to kind of lay judgement, you know, it is hurtful. And I think it's very disrespectful." * Why Smash Killed Off A Fan Favorite Character —BuzzFeed"'The character of ____ was sort of born to die,' showrunner Josh Safran told BuzzFeed." * The Reality of Rihanna 777 —Daily Beast"'‘I want a glass of water so badly, but I guess I should be glad I don't, »
- Vulture Editors
Justin Lin has achieved mass success by directing the last four installments of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, including the newest entry, "Fast and Furious 6," which opens May 24. Before his relationship with Dom Toretto started in earnest however, Lin was best known for the 2002 Sundance Film Festival favorite "Better Luck Tomorrow." That film's indie success earned Lin his first studio job as director of 2006's "Annapolis."
As Lin tells it, he wouldn't be where he is as a filmmaker without "Annapolis." Sure, he's aware that the film -- about boxers at the Naval Academy -- wasn't embraced by audiences or critics, but the effort and experience allowed Lin to grow as a director. Lin has a sentimental bond with "Annapolis," which is why he's having trouble wrapping his head around some recent comments made by the film's star, James Franco.
During the press tour for "Spring Breakers," Franco recalled »
- Mike Ryan
Imagine that you are 42 years old, your last three films earned over $1.1 billion at the worldwide box office, you have transformed a sagging franchise into a robust film series, and you are a native Mandarin speaker at a time when Hollywood is hungry to plant a flag in the Chinese market.
In short, it’s a great moment to be Justin Lin.
Yet the unassuming man who sits on a sofa in his editing suite on the Universal Studios lot on a recent afternoon might easily be mistaken for the UCLA grad student he once was rather than one of the movie industry’s prime directors. Fresh-faced and attired in a Nike golf shirt, he politely excuses the acrid aroma of fermented soybeans emanating from the take-out container on his lap.
When he first embarked on the “Fast & Furious” franchise, there were days when Lin had trouble getting past the »
- Scott Foundas
For as varied as the career of James Franco is, it's important to find a way to keep track of all the different projects the actor has taken on in his year's on screen. Luckily, the folks over at Film.com have assembled this helpful Francography chart to compare and contrast the various roles.
The graph works is an interesting way to see how far Franco has gone in the direction of any one of the four axes. The chart essentially ranges from "Annapolis" to "Milk," but scoping out the in-between is so much fun.
- MTV Movies Team
James Franco steps away from his indie project and into major blockbuster territory with this week's Oz the Great and Powerful, but the actor has been making a splash since movies like Whatever It Takes. Find out how well you know Franco by matching the close-up to the movie it comes from. Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: Milk In the Valley of Elah Sonny Annapolis »
- Maggie Pehanick
All roads lead to this. We're still counting down the debut of the first actual footage from Universal's Fast Six sequel, but Vin Diesel has decided to one-up them and drop the first teaser poster for the movie on his Facebook (via ComingSoon). The title on this poster says Fast & Furious 6, and features nothing but Vin Diesel, a car, lots of clouds, and the epic tagline mentioned above. I actually think it's a really nice poster, good use of space and it has an epic feel, even though I'm sure this is not really the very end, despite "all roads" indicating that it may be. I'm sure there'll be plenty of other posters besides this to see. Take a look! Here's the first teaser poster for Justin Lin's Fast & Furious 6, debuted in high res on Vin Diesel's Facebook: Fast & Furious 6, being directed by Justin Lin (Annapolis, »
- Alex Billington
Check out a new photo of Paul Walker and Vin Diesel for the upcoming movie Fast and Furious 6. Jordana Brewster is back for more action in Fast Six. Dwayne Johnson, Luke Evans, Michelle Rodriguez, Gina Carano, and Gal Gadot round out the cast. The film is directed by Justin Lin (Annapolis, Tokyo Drift, Fast & Furious, Fast Five).
In the sixth installment of Universal’s ‘Fast and Furious’ street-racing/heist franchise, Dominic (Vin Diesel), Brian (Paul Walker) and the crew find themselves on the wrong side of the law once again as they try to pull off a high-octane heist on the streets of Europe – with federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) hot on their tails.
Diesel shared that the film’s first trailer will be debuted during the Super Bowl Xlvii on Sunday, February 3rd.
Fast and Furious 6 is scheduled for release on May 24th, 2013.
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- Allan Ford
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