James Franco Is Back? Actor Set To Star In Action-Thriller Film ‘Mace’

It’s been a minute since we’ve had any James Franco news to report, at least good news. The 44-year-old actor was forced to take a couple years off after being accused of sexual misconduct by multiple women. Basically, there were several young women from his short-lived acting class who accused him of taking advantage of them.

But now, it looks like he’s ready to make a return? According to a new report from Deadline, Franco is set to star in the upcoming action-thriller ‘Mace’ from director Jon Amiel.

It follows the story of two very different kinds of cops. Mace (Franco) is a veteran officer, corrupt and dangerously unhinged, while Virgin Woods is a young rookie who believes that he can change the system that fosters cops like Mace from within. Inspired by the racial injustice on the streets of America, Woods refuses to be bullied and pits his principles against the amoral Mace, risking everything he believes in to stop Mace from destroying the city when Mace unleashes a gang war to cover up his crimes.

This thriller is set to be the first production from Meyers Media Group. As mentioned above, Amiel has been hired to direct the project based on a script by David Chisholm.

‘Mace’ is currently in pre-production. Filming is scheduled to begin later this year in New Jersey.

It’ll be interesting to see the reaction to this movie. Are people ready to accept Franco again? It’s a huge gamble for everyone involved, but we’re assuming they did some testing/market research beforehand… at least you’d think.

The Complete List Of Oscar Nominations Is Here, And No James Franco Was Not Nominated

Everyone was waiting for the 2018 Oscar nominations to be released, mainly because they wanted to see if James Franco would be nominated for Best Actor. And if he was nominated, would he attend? As you all know, five women accused him of acting inappropriately during sexual encounters.

The allegations against him came out shortly after he won the Golden Globe award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy. He was also nominated for Best Actor at the SAG Awards last weekend, but he did not attend that event. And when his name was announced, the audience did not cheer for him.

Well, the 2018 Oscar nominations were released early Tuesday morning, and Franco’s name did not appear on the list. He was not nominated for Best Actor, which means the question, “Will he attend?” has been answered. He won’t be there because he was not nominated. His movie, The Disaster Artist, wasn’t completely shut out though. It received a nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay.

You can view the full list of nominees below. It looks pretty much like I expected. It’s a bit surprising that The Florida Project wasn’t nominated for Best Picture. In fact, the only nomination it received was for Willem Dafoe’s performance in a supporting role.

ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Mary J. Blige, “Mudbound”
Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape of Water”
ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Richard Jenkins, “The Shape of Water”
Christopher Plummer, “All the Money in the World”
Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
“A Fantastic Woman”
“The Insult”
“Loveless”
“On Body and Soul”
“The Square”
DOCUMENTARY (SHORT)
“Edith + Eddie”
“Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405”
“Heroin(e)”
“Knife Skills”
“Traffic Stop”
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
“Abacus: Small Enough to Jail”
“Faces Places”
“Icarus”
“Last Men in Aleppo”
“Strong Island”
ORIGINAL SONG
“Mighty River,” “Mudbound”
“Mystery of Love,” “Call Me by Your Name”
“Remember Me,” “Coco”
“Stand Up For Something,” “Marshall”
“This is Me,” “Greatest Showman”
ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Boss Baby”
“The Breadman”
“Coco”
“Ferdinand”
“Loving Vincent”
ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
“Call Me by Your Name”
“The Disaster Artist”
“Logan”
“Molly’s Game”
“Mudbound”
ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
“The Big Sick”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”
Daniel Day-Lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Denzel Washington, “Roman J. Israel, Esq.”
ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape of Water”
Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”
Meryl Streep, “The Post”
DIRECTOR
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Paul Thomas Anderson “Phantom Thread”
Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water”
BEST PICTURE
“Call Me by Your Name”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Get Out”
“Lady Bird”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Post”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
PRODUCTION DESIGN
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
CINEMATOGRAPHY
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Darkest Hour”
“Dunkirk”
“Mudbound”
“The Shape of Water”
COSTUME DESIGN
“Beauty and the Beast”
“Darkest Hour”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Victoria and Abdul”
SOUND EDITING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
SOUND MIXING
“Baby Driver”
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Dunkirk”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
ANIMATED SHORT FILM
“Dear Basketball”
“Garden Party”
“Lou”
“Negative Space”
“Revolting Rhymes”
LIVE ACTION SHORT FILM
“DeKalb Elementary”
“The Eleven O’Clock”
“My Nephew Emmett”
“The Silent Child”
“Watu Wote/All of Us”
ORIGINAL SCORE
“Dunkirk”
“Phantom Thread”
“The Shape of Water”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
VISUAL EFFECTS
“Blade Runner 2049”
“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”
“Kong: Skull Island”
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi”
“War for the Planet of the Apes”
FILM EDITING
“Baby Driver”
“Dunkirk”
“I, Tonya”
“The Shape of Water”
“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING
“Darkest Hour”
“Victoria and Abdul”
“Wonder”

YES! The Full Trailer For ‘The Disaster Artist’ Has Been Released, And It’s Everything We Hoped For (VIDEO)

In July, we shared the teaser trailer for ‘The Disaster Artist‘ with you, and even though it was only a minute long, it did a wonderful job of getting everyone excited.

Fast forward two months, and now the full trailer has been released. The movie, which is based on the making of Tommy Wiseau’s 2003 cult film, The Room, has been receiving great reviews from critics after premiering at the Toronto Film Festival.

Some people even say James Franco could get an Oscar nomination for his work in the film. That’s still up in the air, but after watching this full trailer, I can proudly say I’ll be inside the theater opening night.

I wouldn’t be surprised if this turns out to be one of the best films of the year. It’s set to hit a theater near you December 8.

James Franco Talks About His Depression, Also Reveals At This Point In His Life, He Enjoys Directing The Most

James Franco’s life might seem fabulous now, but he wasn’t always this secure in life. At 39-years-old, Franco has hit a sweet spot in his career. He’s got a potential award-winning film (The Disaster Artist) coming out later this year, and it’s a film he both starred in and directed.

That last bit of information is the most important because Franco is slowly starting to move behind the camera. In a new interview with OUT magazine, Franco admitted he has the most fun directing…

“I’ve got to say, of all the things that I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot, the actual process of directing is the most fun, because you’re in the middle of all these different creative people. But no, I will not stop acting.”

He also talked about his depression as a teenager. He tried to fight his depression by ignoring it. Franco talked about his addictive personality.

“When I was a teenager I got over certain addictions, and that’s when I started acting, at age 17. I really threw myself into it, and that became everything, to the point where I didn’t even socialize. And then after, like, 10 years of that, at age 27, I realized, Man, I’m so depressed. On the surface my life seems pretty good—I have a career and everything—but I feel isolated and lonely. So then I threw myself into school, but again it was just this sort of running, running, running.”

I could always tell that Franco was a deep guy, so this is not all that surprising to learn. You can tell he is truly passionate about creating art. There are some actors who do it for the money, and then others do it because if they don’t, they can’t function. The money is just a bonus.

You can read more from the interview by clicking on this link.

Watch James Franco Star As Tommy Wiseau In The First Trailer For ‘The Disaster Artist’

James Franco is going for an Oscar nomination with this role, but will he get one? It’s too early to say, but this teaser trailer makes it seem like he has a decent shot.

On Tuesday, A24 released the first teaser trailer for The Disaster Artist, a dark comedy about the making of the 2003 movie The Room, which has been called the worst movie ever made.

The Room was written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, and that’s who James Franco plays in The Disaster Artist. The film first premiered at SXSW Festival in March, and critics claimed Franco’s performance was award-worthy.

It currently sits at a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, but there have only been 12 reviews counted. Still, this first teaser trailer backs up those positive reviews. I am really excited to watch this movie now.

In addition to Franco, Alison Brie, Lizzy Caplan, Zac Efron and Bryan Cranston also star in the film. It’s scheduled to be released December 1, 2017.

Watch the first trailer below…

Christmas Is Getting Dirty With New Red-Band Trailer For ‘Why Him?’ Starring Bryan Cranston And James Franco

Looking for a movie to watch with your grandma during the holidays? Well, we got the perfect film for you. It’s the classic scenario, what does a father do when his daughter falls for the wrong guy?

Bryan Cranston plays the loving (slightly strange) father of a successful and bright woman played by Zoey Deutch. When Zoey’s character brings her new boyfriend (James Franco) home for the holidays, Cranston is shocked to see how vulgar and douchey this guy is.

When you look at the cast, you think, “Wow! This movie is going to be amazing!” but then you watch the trailer and see just how generic it looks.

Maybe the folks behind ‘Why Him?’ are trying to keep the best jokes out of the trailers, but that seems extremely unlikely because that goes against everything Hollywood stands for.

It just looks like such a safe movie, and that’s not what you’re looking for when you hear that Bryan Cranston and James Franco are making an R-rated comedy together.

But hey, I’ll still give it a chance. Maybe it’ll surprise everyone. It’s scheduled to be released December 23, 2016.

 

A24 Tries To Continue Their Hot Streak With James Franco’s ‘The Adderall Diaries’ — Watch The Trailer Inside!

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2015 was a huge year for A24. They seem to have found a perfect recipe to create/purchase films that are both successful with critics and successful at the box office. You have The Spectacular Now, Room, Ex Machina, While We’re Young, and most recently The Witch.

They are on fire, and they’re hoping to continue the success with The Adderall Diaries, a film based on Stephen Elliot’s 2009 true-crime memoir. The film stars James Franco, Amber Heard, Christian Slater, Cynthia Nixon and Ed Harris.

Franco plays Stephen Elliot, a once-successful writer, who becomes engrossed in a high-profile murder case to distract himself from his personal troubles, which include trying to deal with his vindictive father and drug dependency.

The adaptation was written and directed by Pamela Romanowsky. It actually had its world premiere last year at the Tribeca Film Festival. It will debut as a DirectTV exclusive on March 10. It’s not expected to hit theaters until April 15.

You can watch the trailer below. It certainly doesn’t look like it’s going to be one of A24’s best films, but it’ll probably be worth the $10 movie ticket.

 

Movie Review: True Story – Tailor Made for James Franco; Everyone Else Couldn’t Seem To Pull it Off.

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I have a theory that you can’t throw a rock in Hollywood without hitting James Franco. For some reason, it feels like he’s in everything. While Franco is best known for his comedic roles, he’s been known to pull out a bit of drama as well. True Story does show some true talent from him, but not so much from fellow comedic actor Jonah Hill.

The movie is a bit of “In Cold Blood.” We have disgraced journalist Michael Finkel (Johan Hill), a man who has recently been fired from his prestigious job at The New York Times for fabricating details of a major story. In order to get his credibility back, he scores himself an interview with Christian Longo (James Franco) a high profile murderer in jail for killing his wife and children.

First off, True Story is based on a true story. The horrific killings occurred in 2001, when Longo’s wife and children were found murdered and floating in suitcases thrown into the Lint Slough, a waterway in Oregon. Longo fled to avoid prosecution and was eventually located and arrested in Mexico. He was sentenced to death in 2003.

The story occurs while Longo is on trial, and before he took responsibility for the killings. The manipulation between the two characters does bring back In Cold Blood, the major difference in this case being that Longo is a far more intelligent adversary.

What I particularly like about this story is how Finkel is portrayed. The movie was adapted from Michael Finkel’s own book on the subject. In that book, Finkel was particularly brave, portraying himself as arrogant, gullible and completely unethical. That’s not something journalists are really known for.

It doesn’t shine through into the film. While Hill has proven his chops as a dramatic actor, the feel of the character from Finkel’s book isn’t there. He comes across as flat, if a bit prickly and intolerable.

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Playing Longo was a breakthrough role for Franco when it comes to dramatic acting. Anyone who knows the story knows that Longo got the press talking to him through manipulation and flattery. This is a skill he used to great effect on Finkel and in that portrayal, Franco becomes a man you love to hate. As the movie goes on, Franco keeps getting shiftier and slowly draws out the suspense. I’m impressed with any movie that can do this when everyone knows what happened anyway.

The shame here is Hill came across as blank and vapid, not playing a believable foil to Longo’s manipulation. The other side characters also seem a bit one note and many times, completely unnecessary.

True Story could have been a very good story. It seemed tailor made for James Franco. Everyone else can’t seem to pull it off. Just because we all know the ending doesn’t mean the story can’t have a great amount of suspense. It seems like Franco was the only one who understood that.

Due to that, this became a bit of a disappointing effort. Two funny men tried to do drama, but only one really pulled it off.

WE GAVE IT: 3.5 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

3.5 stars

 

 

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See James Franco Have A Threesome With Zachary Quinto And Charlie Carver In ‘I Am Michael’ Stills

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A three-way sex scene in a film is nothing new. We have seen it several times; however, most of the time it’s a MFF combination. You don’t see too many sex scenes involving three men, but you will be seeing one in James Franco’s new movie, I Am Michael.

The film, which was directed by Justin Kelly, follows the true story of Michael Glatze. A former gay activist, who went on to deny his homosexuality and become an anti-gay Christian pastor. It’s definitely a sensitive subject, and the new stills released from the film are already getting a lot of attention on the web.

The photo getting the most attention is, of course, the threesome between Zachary Quinto, Charlie Carver and James Franco.

For some people, the threesome photo is enough to make them want to skip the film. And for some people, it’s the only reason they are going to see the movie.

For me? Well, I personally wouldn’t care if Betty White slurped a Vanilla Ensure Nutrition Shake out of James Franco’s anus. The only thing I care about is the quality of the film.

Does I Am Michael deliver in that department? I guess we’ll find out next week when it premieres at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. In the meantime, check out the new images down below.

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‘The Interview’ Will Stream On Netflix In Just A Few Days, Get The Details Inside!

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Are you sick of hearing about The Interview? You are not alone. Constantly writing about this film and the controversy surrounding it has made me physically ill. Honestly. My head hurts, I can’t concentrate, and I am feeling really nauseous at the moment. I know that sounds like a Hangover, but I recovered from that film years ago.

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Anyway, we have one more piece of information about this film to share with you all. It was announced earlier this week that The Interview will begin streaming on Netflix in Canada and the U.S. on January 24. Some of you may remember that Netflix tried to get the rights in December; however, Sony wasn’t ready at the time because they were trying to maximize the amount of money they were receiving from VOD sales.

In total, The Interview, has earned more than $40 million in satellite, telecom, cable, and online VOD sales. And while that number is close to the $44 million it cost to produce the film, it’s still not close to touching the extra $30 million in promotion.

But with this added Netflix deal, maybe they will inch closer to breaking even. That’s great news for Sony, especially when you consider the fact that most critics have slammed the movie.

So yeah, if you still haven’t seen the flick, you can watch it on Netflix this weekend. If you are interested in actually watching some decent films on Netflix, we suggest you click here to check out our top 10 list for January.