James Franco

Stop Making Fun of North Korea
December 18, 2014

Our laughter is drowning out their horrific human rights record.

James Franco's Utterly Misguided Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy
July 30, 2014

What happens when a selfie-addicted celebrity takes on the darkest of American masters?

The Evasive Charm of 'Third Person'
June 18, 2014

Paul Haggis has a reputation for play.

The Franco/Rogen Video Is a Tribute to Kanye, Not a Parody
November 27, 2013

The new video for Kanye West’s “Bound 2,” the final track off his latest masterpiece, Yeezus, provoked discussion and controversy.

The 10 Most James Franco Lines in James Franco’s New Novel
September 17, 2013

Billed as “an intense, wild ride into the dark heart of celebrity,” James Franco’s novel Actors Anonymous—which comes out next month—is an intense, wild ride into the ego of James Franco.

James Franco Will Not Save the Comedy Central Roast
July 11, 2013

The recent announcement that James Franco would be the subject of the next Comedy Central Roast has been met with general enthusiasm. “Why didn’t anyone think of this sooner?” wondered The Atlantic Wire.

Bikini Overkill
March 21, 2013

Spring Breakers is lacquered with so much Hollywood gloss, it's  hard to tell what's underneath.

Hollywood Can't Handle Gay Sex
February 05, 2013

Tinseltown supports LGBT rights everywhere but the big screen.

The Problem with Oscar Voters: They All Look The Same
February 23, 2012

You may recollect that at the Academy Awards show last year, the hosting job went to Anne Hathaway and James Franco. She was 29 and he was 33, and there was a vague hope that they were young and hot enough to pull in the junior crowd for the television marathon. It didn’t work: Franco seemed bored, while Hathaway was trying too hard. There was no chemistry between them, and very little fun. So this year the host was going to be Eddie Murphy, but he backed off when the producer’s job was withdrawn from Eddie’s chum, Brett Ratner, on account of anti-gay remarks.

David Thomson on Films: ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’ is Slick, Breathless, and Daft
August 10, 2011

Why is this film called Rise of the Planet of the Apes? Because 20th Century Fox, the producers (including co-writer, Rick Jaffa, and Peter Chernin), and director Rupert Wyatt are thinking sequels and franchise rights. They’ll probably get their wish: After all, the Apes model as established by Charlton Heston as the rudely enslaved master race goes back 40 years now, and movie monkey business regards the extraordinary King Kong (1933) as its founding father. But the filmmaking enterprise might attend a little more closely to the eagerness for compromise in its own narrative set-up.