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James Franco Closes Deal To Helm ’80s Romance The Pretenders

18 November 2016 9:55 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When including documentaries and eccentric shorts, James Franco’s directing slate has been a fairly busy state of affairs since 2010, when the prolific writer-actor-director was busy helming the likes of Masculinity & Me and My Own Private River.

Fast forward some six years and change and Franco has been gobbling up directing gigs as if they’re going out of fashion, and The Hollywood Reporter now brings word of another. It’s called The Pretenders, an 80s-set romantic drama that takes place in New York City. Boasting a script from The Fault in Our Stars helmer Josh Boone, Franco’s new creative venture has already cast three rising stars to headline the period pic: Jack Kilmer, Shameik Moore and Don’t Breathe actress Jane Levy.

With Brian Cox and Juno Temple also on board, THR reveals that The Pretenders is set to tell the tale of a decade-spanning love triangle between »

- Michael Briers

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James Franco Directs Short Film ‘Do it Right’ Starring Gigi Hadid — Watch

27 October 2016 8:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Franco is currently working on a few upcoming films that he will star in and direct, including “Zeroville,” based on Steve Erickson’s 2007 book by the same name, and “The Masterpiece” about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “The Room.” Though busy with many projects, Franco also directed a black-and-white short film entitled “Do It Right” starring fashion model Gigi Hadid. The film promotes a collaboration between Hadid and fashion designer Stuart Weitzman on new footwear “The Gigi Boot,” which is featured prominently in the video. Watch it below.

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In the video, Hadid stars as a boxer who strikes poses as well as she spars against her masked opponents in the ring. All the while, she’s wearing The Gigi Boot while she’s taking down the men who enter into battle with her. »

- Vikram Murthi

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