James Franco has gone from acting to writing. He's appeared on a popular soap opera. And now, in his latest bit of high-art navel-gazing, he's starring in Maladies, a film in which he naturally plays "James," a soap opera actor turned mentally ill writer and artist.
The film is written and directed by a multimedia artist who goes simply by "Carter," and too is apparently a thinly-veiled character here. Franco has said that the film is about the two of them--previous collaborators on the James Franco project Erased James Franco--with Catherine Keener representing Carter. David Strathairn also co-stars. He probably represents either the personified concept of artistic frustration or Seth Rogen.
Reportedly written and directed by a dozen NYU filmmakers, Tar follows in Howl's and this Obama inauguration poem's path of poetry by way of Franco, casting James Franco as Pulitzer Prize-winning poet C. K. Williams. For whatever reason, the result is a Wreck-It Ralph scenario... / Continue →
The oft-asked question of "what now, James Franco?" today has a pretty benign-for-Franco answer: just a movie about the late actor Sal Mineo. The Franco-directed Sal has actually been done for a couple years but, to promote its October 22 on-demand release, just recently finall... / Continue →
With a script from Sylvester Stallone and a cast where any given actor has a five-year fame buffer between any other, Homefront may be the strangest shape yet someone's managed to fit in Jason Statham's wheelhouse.
The actor stars as a single dad who moves his daughter to rura... / Continue →