James Franco seems geared for yet another new project coming down the pipe. The actor is currently looking at doing Werner Herzog’s Queen of the Desert should scheduling work out. He is being woo’d to play a role that once belonged to Jude Law in this story about Gertrude Bell. Naomi Watts and Robert Pattinson are currently attached to the project which is set around the dawn of the 20th century.
Franco has too many projects for me to really care about mentioning them all. IMDB has eight in post-production or completed and one currently filming, but if I had to point one out, it would be his next pic which is called This Is the End–a Pineapple Express reunion with Seth Rogen. Third Person with Mila Kunis, Liam Neeson, and Olivia Wilde might also be worth the quick mention.
Reports are surfacing of a James Franco follow-up project to Spring Breakers. The Oz the Great and Powerful star has been cast alongside Kate Hudson and Omar Sy in the English-language directorial debut of Henrik Genz. The project is not exactly an unknown though despite its low-key nature as it is based on a Marcus Sakey book called Good People. Millennium Films is producing the “tense” thriller with Tobey Maguire among the many behind-the-scenes players on the project.
Kate Hudson is coming off a recurring role as Cassandra July on Fox’s Glee while Omar Sy (who has next to no name recognition) hails from the well-received foreign hit The Intouchables. His North American coming out party looks to be his role in X-Men: Days of Future Past which will not arrive in theaters until next July. Continue Reading
Last week, viewers got their second red-band glimpse at one of Hollywood’s many R-comedies coming out this year, This Is the End. The Seth Rogen-directed feature appears to be in front of many peoples’ minds, thus warranting some further footage. Sony likely wants to maintain this momentum in light of heavy competition from The Hangover 3, The Internship, and The Heat which are all vying for a similar crowd come June (or in Hangover’s case, late May.) Today’s footage is explained in the title. Hit the jump for the view. Continue Reading
Earlier today, Sony released an April Fools’ Day trailer for Pineapple Express 2 as a cloak and dagger marketing scheme for This Is the End. The project, hailing from Seth Rogen who co-directed the effort, is in the same vein thus the faux sequel attitude, although the two really could not be more different. This one has Jonah Hill, Craig Robinson, Jay Baruchel, an apocalypse theme, and a ton of cameos. A brand new red-band trailer already hit the web, so go ahead and take a look if you haven’t already. Continue Reading
Let this be a lesson to fledgling talent: do not rummage through Meryl Streep’s purse! Spring Breakers’ Harmony Korine learned that the hard way as he was banned from the program soon after Dave caught him doing just that. As a result, the three-time guest has not been on the comedy program since the late 90′s. Of course, none of this was made public until yesterday when James Franco took to The Late Show to promote his new film where he prompted an explanation from the host. Continue on for the footage. Continue Reading
James Franco took to The Tonight Show last night where he was promoting his two new films: Oz the Great and Powerful and this week’s release Spring Breakers. Much to everyone’s surprise, the latter received better reviews despite its sleazy nature, but then again it does feature legitimate acting from the front man opposed to a top hat-differentiated alter ego. Continue Reading
Hey, remember that sleazy James Franco movie, Spring Breakers? Well, apparently it is a whole lot better than we thought as reviews already have it as one of the better movies from the month of March (which is not saying much,) even better than Oz the Great and Powerful. A new clip landed online earlier today so potential theater-goers can see what the flow is like, and it definitely does not feel too low-budget as some of you might have feared. The footage features a scene from the film’s trailer that has Franco first meeting the title characters upon bailing the foursome out of jail. Continue Reading
The same day it became known that Disney wants a sequel to Oz the Great and Powerful, the star of the whole show took to Conan to promote today’s big premiere of the Sam Raimi-directed fantasy effort. Franco has already done a lot of press for this one, including an appearance on The Colbert Report earlier in the week, but let’s get real and say if any movie really should get the talk show reminder, it is this one given the early enthusiasm. Expect some huge numbers to roll out mid-day. It probably did not do incredibly well at the 10 pm/midnight hours, so extrapolation will not come easy until after matinee receipts are counted on the east coast. Hit the jump for the Conan footage which does include some discussion of Franco’s “other” film, Spring Breakers. Continue Reading
James Franco took to The Colbert Report last night to do a little bit of promotion for Oz the Great and Powerful releasing on Friday. This is going to be the actor’s first major big budget offering since Rise of the Planet of the Apes, so it may be a big deal for him personally even though he often looks disinterested. That said, it is really Disney’s show and Mila Kunis has been getting most of the attention from the press despite Franco’s top billing. Hit the jump for the actor’s latest talk show interview complements Mr. Stephen Colbert. Continue Reading
This time last week, we were all anticipating the release of Jack the Giant Slayer which many perceived to be on a collision course with certain death. Its studio backers (that’s WB) believed that the pic could post a $35 mil opening weekend in the States alone–a good start, but still disappointing number considering the film’s budget. Ultimately, the pic found only $28 mil, down 20% from those estimates. Needless to say, soft theater attendance is definitely not a good way to lead into the Mouse House’s first big budget tentpole release of 2013.
Alas, tracking came online for the Sam Raimi-directed Oz the Great and Powerful in a big way. Disney believes their $200 million fantasy flick could debut north of $80 million in its first three days of release which would be nearly triple what John Carter did for them last year in the same time period. The comparisons are definitely closer to Alice in Wonderland though as many believe this female-skewing feature has a chance to exceed $100 million. Continue Reading
There have been plenty of clips already for Oz the Great and Powerful, but this one could easily be my favorite. It features the China Girl (voiced by Joey King) guilt tripping James Franco into allowing her on his journey down the yellow brick road. Like I said before, this pic’s PG so look really closely at the dialogue moments in the marketing materials to decide if you think this film is any good. While there is tons of action in the Sam Raimi pic, that will only make up a fraction of the movie. Continue Reading
We are now about a week away from release of what aims to be the first juggernaut picture of the year: Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful. A new promo just hit the web, billed as another trailer, that shows a bit of additional footage. Be sure to check it out if you are at all interested. Go for the special effects, but be on notice that this is PG rated fare that lacks the expected adult themes. Odds are it will not matter too much as tracking has the pic debuting north of $65 million next weekend. Continue Reading
James Franco in cornrows. Need we say more. Check out the full-length red-band trailer just released for the actor’s second March feature landing in theaters two weeks after Oz the Great and Powerful takes the nation by storm. This film entitled Spring Breakers has the star playing a pimp-like drugs and arms dealer opposite the title characters played by Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson, and Rachel Korine. Ridiculous and trashy, we know, but for whatever reason it is pretty hard to look away. Continue Reading
More Oz the Great and Powerful hype took place last night as the title actor James Franco showed up on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. This follows an appearance Mila Kunis put in on Ellen earlier in the day which just goes to show the lengths Disney is going to plug their Sam Raimi-directed tentpole. The movie is still three weeks from release, but a lot is expected on par with the success achieved with Alice in Wonderland three years ago. That movie went on to make $1 billion globally, setting the bar for March releases going forward. Continue Reading