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On The Strombo Show Credit: Vanessa Heins, 2017

The Strombo Show welcomed James Franco to celebrate his new film, The Room. He discusses his appreciation of The Wire, how he approached “the best worst movie ever made,” telling the universal story about dreamers on the outside, the soul of The Room’s Tommy Wiseau, choosing to honour other artists, Basquiat, Pollock, the addiction and pitfalls of public persona, relieving ego to find happiness, recognizing workaholic and escapism tendencies to find happiness and what’s on his work-out playlist (Jonathan Richman, Jamie XX, Mura Masa, A$AP Rocky).

If you want to read and watch the complete unedited interview of James Franco’s conversation with George Stroumboulopoulos on the Strombo Show. You can under the cut

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James Franco will host NBC’s Saturday Night Live on December 9, his fourth time. Kevin Hart takes the gig the following week, December 16, marking his third time as host.

Those SNL episodes will round out December’s three-week run of new shows. As previously reported, Saoirse Ronan will make her hosting debut this Saturday, December 2., with musical guest U2.

Musical guests for the Franco episode will be SZA, and Hart’s will be Foo Fighters.

Each of the hosts has a movie to plug: Ronan is starring in Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird, Franco’s The Disaster Artist opens this Friday in limited release and December 8 nationwide, and Hart’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle opens December 20.

As for the musical guests, U2’s 14th album, Songs of Experience, is out December 1, and Foo Fighters are touring to support their latest, Concrete and Gold. SZA’s album Ctrl was released in the summer.

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Fox is in negotiations with James Franco to star in a movie about the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man.

The studio is also in talks with “Wonder Woman” writer Allan Heinberg to pen the script. It’s negotiating with Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films to produce with Franco through his Ramona Films with brother Dave Franco and Vince Jolivette.

Multiple Man, aka Jamie Madrox, is a character in the X-Men universe who received cloning powers at birth. In the comics, Jamie’s father, who works at the Los Alamos Nuclear Research Center, moves his family to a farm, where his son is fitted with a special suit — designed by X-Men leader Professor X — to control his powers. The suit malfunctions, causing Multiple Man to go crazy.

Jeremy Kramer will oversee the movie for Fox, if the deals go through. Franco and Kinberg have been developing Fox’s “The Hardy Men” as a potential starring vehicle for both James and Dave Franco, who would portray the grown-up versions of The Hardy Boys.

Fox has scheduled three movies in its expanding “X-Men” universe for 2018, with “New Mutants” slated to open on April 13, “Deadpool 2” on June 1, and “X-Men: Dark Phoenix” on Nov. 2. It also recently set “Gambit,” the “X-Men” spinoff starring Channing Tatum, for Feb. 14, 2019.

Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” which has been embraced by critics, opens Dec. 1. He is repped by UTA and Anonymous Content. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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Based on Greg Sestero’s best-selling tell-all about the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult-classic disasterpiece The Room (“The Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made”). THE DISASTER ARTIST, starring James Franco, Dave Franco, and Seth Rogen. In Select Theaters December 1. Nationwide December 8.

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The actor and his The Deuce co-star Chris Bauer recently went undercover at Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights to give unsuspecting park goers the fright of a lifetime. Slipping behind-the-scenes of a maze modeled after The Shining, Franco donned a Jack Nicholson mask, red flannel and axe for the big event.

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While filming The Disaster Artist — the comedy about the making of the infamously terrible 2003 movie, The Room — star and director James Franco stayed in character as Tommy Wiseau for the entirety of the shoot.

For the uninitiated, Wiseau has a distractingly eccentric personality, shoulder-length black hair, a vaguely Eastern European affectation and a style of dress akin to the frontman in an AC/DC cover band.

“I couldn’t deal with it, straight up, for the first two days,” remembers co-star and producer Seth Rogen. “People would come up and ask me, ‘Where’s James?’ And I was always like, ‘He’s right fucking there!'”

Franco and Rogen, along with co-star Dave Franco, spoke after a packed Saturday night screening at the DGA. The Disaster Artist, which is set to be released by A24 on Dec. 1, first premiered to rave reviews in March at SXSW before screening last month at the Toronto International Film Festival. Now, the comedy about one of the notoriously worst movies ever made is gaining early awards buzz.

“My grandmother came out and she just did not get what the fuck was happening,” Rogen said. “She was walking around like, ‘I thought James was in the movie?’ I never explained it to her.”

But James Franco was not Wiseau’s first choice to portray him in the movie.

“I was his second choice,” Franco said. The first choice? “He wanted Johnny Depp.”

When asked about how he came to understand Wiseau as a character, Franco said, “I think Tommy really thinks he is James Dean.”

Franco played the legendary actor in Mark Rydell’s 2001 telepic James Dean and said his preparation to play Dean was the same process he employed to play Wiseau — he would watch their work, religiously.

Added Franco, “But The Room is a little different than East of Eden.”

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SAN SEBASTIAN — Having placed second in Toronto’s People’s Choice Awards, James Franco scored his first big outright win as a director, his “The Disaster Artist” scooping Saturday night the 65th San Sebastián Festival’s Golden Shell, the top plaudit at the highest-profile film event in the Spanish-speaking world.

“This was a family affair, my brother, my sister, my old friend Seth Rogen,” Franco said, accepting the award on stage at San Sebastián.

He added, thanking Warner Bros,: “It’s a very simple film about a crazy man but he had big dreams and it’s better than not having dreams. I hope that in these crazy times this brings a little light and inspiration.”

Described by Variety as “the comedy sensation of SXSW,” James Franco’s uproarious “making-of” satire of 2003’s “The Room,” Tommy Wiseau’s best worst movie of this century, “The Disaster Artist” had already won the Spanish critics’ Feroz Zinemaldia Prize, and was one of the two best-ranked titles on a reviewers’ poll run by El Diario Vasco, a local newspaper.

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Just days after its series premiere, HBO has renewed its praised drama series The Deuce for a second season.

Created by George Pelecanos and David Simon and starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the show chronicles the rise of the porn culture in New York from the early 1970s through the mid-1980s. Titled after the local slang for the city’s fabled 42nd Street, The Deuce explores the rough-and-tumble world of the sex trade from the moment when both a liberalizing cultural revolution in American sexuality and new legal definitions of obscenity created a billion-dollar industry that is now an elemental component of the American cultural landscape. It follows a cast of barkeeps, prostitutes, pimps, police and nightlife denizens as they swirl through a world of sex, crime, high times and violence and the porn business begins its climb from mafia-backed massage parlors and film labs to legitimacy and cultural permanence.

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“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said Casey Bloys, president HBO programming. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”

Said Simon: “Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to take the narrative where it needs to go. We knew the theme and purpose of the story, but there are many people in the entertainment industry who might not have it told — or worse, would have told it for the wrong reasons. HBO is a serious outfit. And they don’t scare.”

Added Pelecanos: “Many thanks to HBO, our longtime partners, who’ve now given us the opportunity to continue to tell this compelling story. We’re ready to get back to work with our amazing cast and crew.”

The Deuce, which began its eight-episode first season Sunday, is executive produced by Pelecanos, Simon, Nina Kostroff Noble and Franco; the pilot was executive produced by Michelle MacLaren, who also directed the pilot and final episode of the first season.

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