James Franco to Star in and Direct BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE, a Biopic of 60s Hairstylist, Playboy, and Manson Family Victim Jay Sebring

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James Franco appears driven to do everything.  Recently, he produced the indie sex documentary Kink, co-directed Interior. Leather Bar, which is about the deleted 40 minutes from William Friedkin‘s controversial film Cruising, and he’s co-starring in the biopic Lovelace starring Amanda Seyfried.  All three movies are premiering at Sundance, and Franco is currently gearing up more work.  Deadline reports that the actor/director/producer/probably-craft-services-worker is set to lead and direct Beautiful People.  The biopic centers on 1960s playboy and hairstylist to the stars Jay Sebring.  Per Deadline, “The film charts the rise of Sebring as a self-created men’s grooming pioneer, as he climbed the social ladder in Hollywood during the 60s. There is also a focus on his romantic relationship with the beautiful young actress Sharon Tate.” It’s worth noting that at the time, Tate was married to Roman Polanski and pregnant with their child.  I’m curious to see if Beautiful People will also include Sebring’s tragic end as one of the victims of the Manson Family (Tate was also a victim of the quadruple-homicide).  I don’t see why Franco would avoid it.

Franco recently completed his adaptations of William Faulkner‘s As I Lay Dying and Cormac McCarthy‘s Child of God.  He’ll next be seen in wide release in Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers, which opens March 22nd.  Click here to check out the trailer.

Megalyn Echikunwoke Talks Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES, DAMSELS IN DISTRESS, and NBC Pilot BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE

by     Posted 2 years, 53 days ago

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On Showtime’s outrageous comedy series House of Lies, Megalyn Echikunwoke plays sultry temptress April, the love interest of management consultant Marty Kaan (Don Cheadle). This season, she has also recurred on The CW’s reboot of 90210, as the stylish and conniving Holly. Next up, she is playing one third of a trio of girls set out to revolutionize college life at a grungy American University, in the smart and quirky comedy Damsels in Distress, from writer/director Whit Stillman (The Last Days of Disco). And, the busy actress has also signed on for the innovative new NBC pilot Beautiful People, taking place in a not-too-distant future where mechanical human beings exist to service the human population, until some of the mechanicals begin to awaken.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, Megalyn Echikunwoke talked about how her role on House of Lies came about, how physically challenging it was to do a pole dance as her stripper character, how much she enjoyed working with Don Cheadle, and why she thinks it’s important to portray strong women. She also talked about what drew her Damsels in Distress and what it was like working with Whit Stillman, as well as the appeal of the futuristic sci-fi drama Beautiful People, and how she would love the opportunity to do a musical. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

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