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James Franco’s latest isn’t a part of the films I was sent to Sweden to judge, but in my apparent need to one day become the pre-eminent expert on the 36-year-old’s career, I decided to find time for The Sound and the Fury. His second Faulkner adaptation after last year’s As I Lay Dying shows that Franco is improving as a director when it comes to the creation of coherent and engaging cinematic worlds, but while somebody like the equally fast-moving Xavier Dolan is able to take his inspirations and weave them throughout his own auteurial style, Franco’s films still feel like he’s merely copying what he has seen elsewhere without »
- Glenn Dunks
Exclusive: Prolific jack-of-all-artistic-trades James Franco arrives on the Lido this week to accept the Venice Film Festival’s Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award, which goes to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. Fitting then that his latest directorial effort, The Sound And The Fury, will have its world premiere out of competition at the fest (see the exclusive clip above).
The film is based on the novel of by William Faulkner; it’s Franco’s second time adapting the author — a notoriously tough challenge given the author’s penchant for stream of consciousness. Franco tells me he nevertheless stayed faithful to the book, which is broken into four sections and focuses on the decline and fall of the Compsons, a once-proud, aristocratic Southern family. A major obstacle to translating their story »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Following a first look at James Franco's forthcoming film The Sound and the Fury, a period drama that also stars Seth Rogen and Danny McBride and is premiering at the Venice Film Festival, we have a look at one of the actor's forthcoming starring roles currently in production. After going gay with a pivotal role in Milk previously, this time director Gus Van Sant is producing Michael, a drama which will see Franco playing Michael Glatze, a San Francisco gay activist who somehow evolved himself into an ex-gay Christian fundamentalist, as chronicled in the New York Times article "My Ex-Gay Friend" by Benoit Denizet-Lewis back in 2011. Now we have a first look photo from the set showing Franco at work, filming a scene. Look! Here's James Franco in Justin Kelly's Michael from the actor's Instagram page: Michael is directed by freshman filmmaker Justin Kelly who co-wrote the script »
- Ethan Anderton
Despite his work being sometimes tepidly received at all corners of the globe, James Franco, the filmmaker, has been a major force on the world festival stage. He'll be showing up at Venice once again this year with his William Faulkner adaptation "The Sound and the Fury," but while he's there he'll be picking up some hardware. The festival has announced that Franco has been awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker prize, dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. Calling the multi-hyphenate a "relentless 'manufacturer' of cultural imagery" (problem a great, non-value-judgment way of putting it), Venice Film Festival director Alberto Barbera said that Franco "is one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene, as an actor in cinema and theatre, director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist and much more." Barbera went on to note that Franco's latest, »
- Kristopher Tapley
This might sound like an elaborate piece of James Franco-brand performance art, but it’s a real thing: The actor, director, and writer will receive the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the Venice Film Festival this year. Franco will also debut his latest directorial effort, an adaption of Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury, this year.
The Glory to the Filmmaker Award honors “a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.” Last year, the award went to Italian filmmaker and Fellini-collaborator Ettore Scola. Previous recipients include Spike Lee, Sylvester Stallone, Al Pacino, »
- Jackson McHenry
The Venice Film Festival will honor James Franco with its Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker award dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema.
Franco will pick up his nod on September 5 when he comes to the Lido for the world bow of his new film “The Sound and the Fury,” based on the William Faulkner novel, which will screen at Venice out of competition. Franco directed and also stars in the adaptation of the great American classic.
Venice topper Alberto Barbera in a statement praised him as “one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene,” noting that Franco is a film and theatre actor, a director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist “and much more – indeed, a relentless ‘manufacturer’ of cultural imagery.”
- Nick Vivarelli
Actor-director to receive Jaeger-Le Coultre filmmaker award.
The prize is dedicated to “a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema”.
Venice director Alberto Barbera said: “James Franco is one of the most versatile and multi-talented auteurs on the current American scene, as an actor in cinema and theatre, director, screenwriter, producer, soap-opera star, video-artist and much more – indeed, a relentless ‘manufacturer’ of cultural imagery.
“The adaptation of the great classics of American literature, like his new film based on a novel by Faulkner which will be presented in Venice, is a major thread in his creative approach, characterized by boldness, lucidity, courage and self-confidence. These values transform his omnivorous verve into a concept of total art performance, founded on considerable curiosity and intelligence”.
Franco’s film The Sound and the Fury, based on [link »
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The super-busy James Franco has set aside time in each of the past several years to make a trip to the Lido where he’s become an increasingly familiar presence to Venice festgoers. His first appearance there as director/screenwriter was in 2011 with the Horizons entry Sal. In 2012, Spring Breakers, which he produced and in which he starred, was one of the big crowd pleasers when it screened in competition. Last year, Child Of God, which he wrote and directed, ran in competition while he was also the star of Gia Coppola’s Horizons title Palo Alto, based on Franco’s own […] »
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
Although he is still much better known as an actor, James Franco continues to rack up more credits as a director, including recent indie offerings such as Sal, Interior. Leather Bar. and As I Lay Dying. The actor/filmmaker returns with the first trailer for his latest offering, Child of God, which he co-stars in, directs and produces, along with co-writing the screenplay adaptation, based on Cormac McCarthy's 1973 novel.
Scott Haze stars as Lester Ballard, a maniacal loner who slips into a downward spiral of violence and disorder. Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack and James Franco's co-writer Vince Jolivette co-star in this upcoming indie thriller, arriving in theaters August 1.
A dispossessed, violent man's life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Successively deprived of parents and homes and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller as he falls deeper into crime and degradation. »
Exterior. The Heternormative: Franco & Matthews’ Experimental Exercise Takes Temperatures
James Franco, already cementing a reputation as one of the most eclectic and noteworthy cinematic commodities as actor, writer and director, teams up with queer filmmaker Travis Matthews for what has to be one of the most excitingly experimental queer cinematic projects of recent memory, Interior. Leather Bar, a re-imagining of the lost 40 minutes from William Friedkin’s infamous and controversial 1980 film, Cruising. Franco, an oddity for his ability to use fame and notoriety as a way to produce and finance challenging projects and bring them to the befuddled mainstream, manages to make this concoction with Matthews intriguing, but it’s too bad that it ultimately feels like a footnote to a much greater discussion. Conversations and impressions reveal that while surface societal mores have undergone an inherent PC facelift, fear and discomfort with the queer community still runs deep.
- Nicholas Bell
Given the eclectic nature of James Franco's projects, it was only a matter of time before someone thought to host a festival in Franco's honor, and it looks like the man himself plans to attend. New York's IFC Center will host FrancoFest, a retrospective celebrating the work of James Franco, from March 5-13, with Franco appearing at several screenings. The festival will showcase several of Franco's most notable performances ("127 Hours," "Howl," "Spring Breakers"), as well as a number of his efforts as a director ("As I Lay Dying," "The Broken Tower," "Sal"). Perhaps the most notable inclusion is Franco's Berlin and Sundance hit "Interior. Leather Bar.," which re-imagines the destroyed explicit scenes cut from William Friedkin's controversial thriller "Cruising." Friedkin's film will appear in concurrence with Franco's. Also scheduled to appear is Gus Van Sant's "My Own Private Idaho," which influenced the included films "My Own Private River" and "Idaho, »
- Max O'Connell
12 items from 2014
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