The DOXA Documentary Rilm Festival is well underway in Vancouver and there are two films right before the ending that we are checking out and can’t be more excited about it, and they are screening at the same day in the same theater. So much easier on my poor old joints.
The first one is I Am Divine, which is a documentary about the legendary drag performer DIVINE. Here’s the write up:
From rather humble beginnings, Divine became an iconic symbol of filmic and sexual anarchy, a larger-than-life diva who shocked audiences and critics alike. As one interviewee puts it, “She was simultaneously sexy and monstrous and terrifying. Is she gonna screw me or eat me?” Possibly both, since Divine came to fame for putting some truly shocking stuff in her mouth. From the earliest collaborations of Eat Your Makeup, which featured a reenactment of the Kennedy Assassination, to Multiple Maniacs, which was capped off with a sexual assault by a giant lobster to Pink Flamingos (1972), the film that firmly launched Divine as an underground sensation (a.k.a. “The filthiest woman alive!”), John Waters and his leading lady created a new form of transgressive cinema. But behind the giant fright wigs, and eyebrows to the sky, was a soft-spoken soul who mused philosophically about people’s need to be shocked. Director Jeffrey Schwarz (Vito) has fashioned a deeply affectionate homage that recreates those heady days.
You know me, I LOVE my drag movies and Divine is probably one of the most famous performers in the history of drag. This is definitely a movie not to miss. Also once you’re there you definitely want to make it a double bill because right after the highly anticipate James Franco documentary Interior, Leather Bar is screening. You’ve heard of this one right? It’s like a what if movie about the 40 minutes of footage that was lost during the filming of Cruising.
This latest outing from modern-day Renaissance Man, James Franco, is a rather curious documentary hybrid. The apocryphal story of the lost 40 minutes of footage cut from Cruising, the Al Pacino/William Friedkin film, forms the jumping-off point. But really that is only the beginning. Reality and fiction make for interesting bedfellows. One intermingles with the other until it is hard to say where documentary leaves off and fiction begins.
“Hermoine just stole our sh*t.” Based on that line alone, I’m sooooo seeing this. After releasing a faux Pineapple Express 2 movie trailer on April Fools’ Day to promote This Is The End, Seth Rogen drops an actual one for it. It’s the second red band trailer for his on-screen reunion with James Franco.
“This Is The End” features all the actors playing fictional versions of themselves. They congregate at Franco’s house for a kick ass house party. Given that it’s a gathering in Hollywood, expect a few celebrities to pop in. Rihanna, Aziz Ansari, Michael Cera, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Paul Rudd and Mindy Kaling all partake in the festivities. Rihanna even slaps Cera after he makes the moves on her.
During the party, as luck would have it, the end of the world happens. One by one people start dropping dead. Rihanna gets swallowed up by the earth and Cera gets lanced by a light post. An axe-wielding Emma Watson also makes an appearance in the flick. Check out the brand new trailer featuring some violence and lots of references to titty f**king.
Almost everyone panned James Franco for his Oscar co-hosting duties last year. Even his performance as the titular wizard in OZ: The Great and Powerful earned mixed reviews. On the flip side, the 34-year-old actor has been universally praised for playing the pot-smoking Saul Silver in Pineapple Express. His real-life persona lends itself really well to that role. He always looks like he’s on a permanent high. LOL. It only makes sense that Franco revisit his well-received character.
A brand new red band trailer debuted online earlier today for Pineapple Express 2. I had no idea a sequel was even in the works. Turns out I was correct. The movie trailer is actually an April Fools’ Day joke. In the clip, Seth Rogen and Franco are instructed to kill Woody Harrelson. The faux movie trailer also serves as a promotional clip for Rogen’s upcoming summer flick, This Is The End. Check out the video after the jump.
Spring Breakers co-stars, Ashley Benson and James Franco have done it again. Not too long ago, the two did a spoof of Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” track by making their own music video for it. Now, they’ve decided to spread the love to Bieber’s ex and their fellow co-star, Selena Gomez.
The song they chose to lip sync to is Selena Gomez’s “Love You Like A Love Song” and in the video, Franco wears a wig and plays a woman for part of it, and at other times plays a cute dumb guy – lol. So random that they make these videos but who cares, I do weird and random stuff like this myself.
Check out the video below and check out Spring Breakers in theaters now!
If I didn’t know any better, I swear I was staring at a young Matt Dillon in this 80s-inspired fashion spread. James Franco’s chiseled features are the epitome of classic Hollywood handsomeness. With a clean face and a coiffed ‘do, Franco gives 80s realness for Bullett Media’s Spring issue. The look is a far cry from the cornrows, tatts and grill he sports in Spring Breakers opening wide this weekend.
Photographed by Frederik Heyman, the 34-year-old actor looks at home on the surrealist art deco set. It’s like he popped out of Ruthless People starring Bette Midler or from a Devo music video. In the issue, James talks about Franco the image, Franco the artist and Franco the ego. It’s the “Three Portraits of James Franco” which happens to be the title of the publication’s piece. Check out a few quotes and photos below.
“I don’t know if I ever tried to break away from being considered a heartthrob. I actually think there are times when a role calls for you to look your best.”
What the heck happened before Dorothy landed in Oz? Wait…that’s the tagline for the musical WICKED isn’t it? Well hoenstly what DID happen? And how did some old man from Kansas become the WIZARD of OZ? That’s the question answered in Oz: The Great And Powerful. It is a a good answer? Before I divulge we should go to the beginning.
So Oz (James Franco) is actually not a wizard, but a travelling circus con man magician, and he’s also a big womanizer which is what gets him into Oz (The land) in the first place. See while part of the travelling circus one of the other acts ( a strong man or something) find out Oz has been flirting with his lover, so Oz jumps in his hot air balloon and travels to OZ. It seems to me that the only way to get to Oz is by tornado.
That maybe the most appropriate title ever. Doesn’t it seem like James Franco is always addressing his sexuality in every interview lately. This time he’s chatting about watching gay men have sex in front of him to gay publication Attitude while being snapped by photographer Terry Richardson. That’s a whole of gay. No wonder the British magazine bestowed him with the title, “Hollywood’s Gayest Straight Man.” As a side note: Did you know Richardson was straight? I always assumed he was gay. LOL.
In addition to talking about constant speculation about his sexuality, the 34-year-old actor talks about how certain career choices have led him to lose out on lucrative endorsement deals. Read his answer below, along with his experience about filming gay sex.
It is a risk. I was supposed to do a commercial with this company and they pulled out because they weren’t happy, they didn’t like the subject matter of my films at Sundance. If I’m at the threshold of doing a project and the question comes up, ‘Will this be harmful to your career?’, I never want that to be the deciding factor.
When Rise of the Planets of the Apes hit theaters a few years back, I wasn’t keen on seeing it. The 2001 remake of the original Planet of the Apes which starred Mark Wahlberg disappointed on many fronts, especially in the makeup department. All the apes looked like Michael Jackson, most notably Helena Bonham Carter. I feared the prequel starring James Franco wasn’t necessary. Boy, was I wrong. I absolutely loved it and it gave a great insight on how the talking apes became to be.
After some behind-the-scenes drama, the sequel to the 2011 film is back on track. Rupert Wyatt who directed the prequel dropped out due to creative differences. Stepping in to take his place is Matt Reeves (Cloverfield). Penning Dawn of The Planet of The Apes is screenwriter Mark Bomback (Live Free and Die Hard). Definitely stoked that Bomback is writing it, because his Die Hard film was the best of the franchise to date.
Since Dawn of The Planet of The Apes takes place fifteen years after Rise of The Planet of The Apes, James Franco is not expected to return for a major role. Andy Serkis, however, has signed on to reprise his role of Caesar. In the sequel, his ape character will struggle to maintain dominance over his kingdom. Another plot point will revolve around human scientists struggling to survive alone in San Francisco. Find out who one of the scientists is below.