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It seems James Franco is now the hardest-working man in show-business -- if you look back at his 2013, that is.
Franco's multi-tasking started to seem like a Joaquin Phoenix-style put-on a couple years ago; not only was he writing, directing, and starring in various films, but he was also, it seemed, studying for graduate degrees at several universities at once. But then, it became apparent that he really was spreading himself too thin when he practically fell asleep onstage while co-hosting the 2011 Oscars. He took a lot of flak for that, but he hardly seems to have lessened his pace.
Indeed, the Oscar jokes ceased once Franco returned to the good graces of moviegoers with the 2013 smash "Oz the Great and Powerful."
According to IMDb, Franco worked on some 49 film and TV projects in 2013, and while many of those were just guest spots on talk shows, that still means that, »
- Gary Susman
We’re not sure if Ryan Krivoshey’s The Cinema Guild intends to supply snacks or bathrooms breaks during its 2014 theatrical run, but the great news is Filipino New Wave filmmaker Lav Diaz’s Cannes (Un Certain Regard) and Tiff preemed Norte, The End of History, an experimental adaptation that digs into crime and politics of the Philippines.
Gist: A man is wrongly jailed for murder while the real killer roams free. The murderer is an intellectual frustrated with his country’s never-ending cycle of betrayal and apathy. The convict is a simple man who finds life in prison more tolerable when something mysterious and strange starts happening to him.
Worth Noting: Diaz was among the filmmakers invited to participate in Venice 70: Future Reloaded.
Do We Care?: We snubbed it at Cannes because of its length (250 minutes), but patiently waited for it to show in North America for its eventual Tiff screening, »
- Jordan M. Smith
2 items from 2013
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