Month: October 2014

James Franco shows off the Motorola Droid Turbo in mildly unsettling viral ad

Motorola hasn’t officially announced the existence of its upcoming Droid Turbo smartphone yet, but the Kevlar-coated device has appeared all over the internet, with leaked images showing the Android phone’s red and black variants. With the Droid official Twitter account posting teasers for the Turbo, it can only be a matter of time before the phone gets an official release — even actor James Franco has one.

Franco — poet, polymath, and star of pot comedy Pineapple Express — appears of a new viral ad for the Droid Turbo. The 30-second clip shows Franco being filmed by a fan as he’s riding a bike in a button-down shirt. He engages in small-talk with the unnamed cameraperson, flashing her a sinister grin, before peeling off into the darkness. In a second he’s back again, pulling out his red Droid Turbo to take a picture of the people filming him. The viral short appears to be emphasizing the Droid Turbo’s speed: Franco tweeted it alongside the hashtags #FrancoFast and, with slightly less subtlety, #ad

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James Franco & Kate Hudson Star In ‘Good People,’ On DVD & Blu-ray Oct 28

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In “Good People,” a young American couple (James Franco and Kate Hudson) living in London falls into terrible debt for all the right reasons.

One morning they discover the tenant in their downstairs apartment has died and left behind $400,000 in cash. All they have to do is take the money, and all of their problems will be solved.

Of course they take the money, but that’s when very bad things start happening to good people.

Tom Wilkinson and Omar Sy also star.

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Artist James Franco Teams Up With Daniel Arsham

Artist Daniel Arsham has teamed up with actor, art enthusiast, and wannabe renaissance man James Franco for the second installment of his nine-part series, Future Relic .

The series, which the Miami-born New York-based artist has been working on since December this past year, illustrates Arsham’s meditations for the future and our planet’s imminent destruction. Shot in film noir style, Future Relic 02 features Franco as a laboratory worker who meticulously examines, catalogs, and subsequently destroys quotidian objects such as telephones and cameras. The nine-minute clip, which was shot over four days in Arsham’s Brooklyn studio, includes some of the artist’s own sculptural works as well as a silver space suit designed by up-and-coming New York fashion label Public School.

The short film follows on the heels of Arsham’s debut video Future Relic 01 , for which he collaborated with hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz and fashion designer Richard Chai. It seems Franco, known for his myriad artistic collaborations, however dilettantish, was a natural choice for the part. “I try to look at the world as a repository of antiquated artifacts and experiences,” he said, “all of them worth preserving.”

It’s been a busy year for Franco. His exhibition “New Film Stills” opened at Pace Gallery earlier this year and was universally panned (see “Why James Franco’s Cindy Sherman Exhibition Is Not Just Bad But Offensive”); he released a memoir Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures and Poems (see “James Franco’s New Memoir Is Full of Instagram Photos”); his documentary on the history of Saturday Night Live was released on Hulu; and his web series Making a Scene with James Franco debuted on AOL. And that’s not to mention his other forays in the art world, like his reading Walt Whitman poems with artist and musician Patti Smith to kick off this summer’s “Rockways!” public art festival.

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‘Megan Foxxy is the best!’ James Franco poses with actress wearing bloodied nightdress in pre-Halloween Instagram

The spookiest day of the year is just a week away, but James Franco and Megan Fox are already getting into the spirit of things.

The actor posed with the Transformners star in an Instagram snapshot which showed her sporting a long white feathered nightdress soaked with fake blood.

‘Megan Foxxy is the best,’ the shaven-headed actor wrote alongside the picture which showed Megan looking rather pouty in artfully applied make-up and loose tumbling hair. It is unclear what project Fox and Franco were working on together or where the photograph was shot.

The 36-year-old star wore an all-black outfit and moustache as he sat on a staircase beside the actress.

James is no stranger to cryptic Instagrams, having recently posted a few shots of himself and actor pal Seth Rogen posing nude outdoors.

‘Boom boom, NAKED and Afraid. Me and Seth, in the bush, naked, together. For reals,’ he wrote alongside one shot.The actors hinted may have something to do with the Discovery Channel television show, Naked And Afraid.

One snap shows the men entirely naked (but pixelated from the hips down) and covered in bits of dirt, with canvas bags slung over their shoulders and brown pendant necklaces around their necks.

Those bags and necklaces are the same ones used by the documentary series.

The popular show usually follows two strangers who meet for the first time and must figure out a way to survive – i.e, find food and shelter – whilst naked.

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Film review: Palo Alto

In Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age film Boyhood, being a teenager looks like a lot of fun. The sense of possibility is palpable, and the world seems like an endless stream of opportunities for the taking. In Palo Alto, being a teenager looks bewildering and the world seems utterly incomprehensible.
Adapted from a series of short stories by modern Renaissance man James Franco, the sleepy Californian suburb of Palo Alto epitomises a typical American town. Gia Coppola, Sofia’s niece and Francis Ford’s grand-daughter, has streamlined the narrative for this, her debut feature film, weaving several stories of adolescence into one quiet, but affecting film.
Emma Roberts gives an unusually vulnerable performance as class virgin April who falls for Mr B (Franco), an unnerving PE teacher who preys on members of the girls’ soccer team. Practically every adult in the film is a mess, from self-involved vaping mothers to depressed, suppressed homosexual fathers. With examples like these, it’s a wonder anyone comes out alive, let alone emotionally intact.
Coppola’s voyeurism is more sympathetic than her aunt’s, and she poignantly captures a moment in our lives when we’re uniquely beautiful and inquisitive, but without the tools to deal with either gift.

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Making a Scene and Talking 10 Top Films With James Franco

Today, AOL Originals unveiled three all-new episodes of its 10-episode comedy “Making a Scene With James Franco,” an innovative comedy showcasing Academy Award nominee James Franco’s recreation of cinema’s most iconic moments. Whether it’s an irreverent twist on genre or a mash-up of two entirely different scenes, the series throws convention out the window and in the end delivers a truly unique— and always hilarious —twist on cinematic history. The latest installments of “Making a Scene”—all available now—deliver a trio of fresh mashups, including “I’m the King of Wayne’s World,” an absurdist look at what happens when “Wayne’s World” poses as “Titanic”; “Forrest to the Future,” a glimpse at what might have been if “Back to the Future’s” Doc Brown took a journey with the titular Forrest Gump; and “I’m the One That I Want,” a new, narcissistic slant on mega-musical “Grease.” Making a Scene With James Franco is a 10-episode comedy on AOL Originals.

We sat down with the actor, author, artist and photographer to discuss “Making a Scene With James Franco”—a project born of the film buff’s love of movies and a childhood spent acting out scenes with his brothers—his favorite films and what iconic movie he fervently wishes he had been cast in.

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