First THIRD PERSON Trailer and New Images Featuring Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrian Brody, and Moran Atias

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Writer-director Paul Haggis’ Third Person trailer is now available online.  As a treat, we’ve also got a look at the film’s international trailer, a bunch of character images, and the film’s poster.  All of the varied media give looks at stars Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Adrien Brody, Moran Atias, and Maria Bello.  That’s quite the cast that Haggis has assembled for his romantic drama that tells the tale of three interlocking stories of couples in Rome, Paris, and New York, familiar territory for the Oscar-winning writer of Crash.

Also starring Kim Basinger, the film will make its U.S. debut on April 24th at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Watch the first Third Person trailer after the jump, plus a bonus international trailer and a host of new images.

Trailer for Gia Coppola’s PALO ALTO Starring Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, and Val Kilmer

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A trailer has been released for Gia Coppola‘s high school drama Palo Alto.  Based on a book of short stories by James Franco (who co-stars in the film), the film features interconnected narratives involving a soccer player (Emma Roberts) getting involved with her coach (Franco), a precarious friendship between two young men (Jack Kilmer and Nat Wolff), and a young woman (Zoe Levin) who bases her self-esteem on having sex.  This trailer doesn’t do anything for me, but that’s because I’m not really hooked by the subject matter.  That doesn’t mean I think the film will be bad.  It’s just not something that piques my interest at this point.  If you are fan of these kinds of movies, then you should probably put it on your radar.

Hit the jump to check out the Palo Alto trailer.  The film also stars Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val KilmerPalo Alto opens in limited release on May 9th.

James Franco to Direct Film about the Making of Cult Classic THE ROOM

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At any given time, James Franco is attached to write, direct, produce, star in, and adapt so many different projects that it’s hard to keep track.  However, Franco just set another future project in motion that is particularly intriguing.  Deadline reports that Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned the book and life rights to The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, which is chronicles the making of Tommy Wiseau’s “so-bad-it’s-good” cult classic The Room.  Franco will direct and co-produce the adaptation, and he has also expressed interest in starring in the pic alongside his brother Dave Franco.  Moreover, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are onboard as executive producers.

Hit the jump for more, including the synopsis for the book.

Melissa Leo & James Franco in THE FIXER; Glenn Close, Sophie Nelisse & Octavia Spencer in THE GREAT GILLY HOPKINS; Cuba Gooding Jr. Is GRIDLOCKED

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Here’s a bit more casting news for you today:

  • Melissa Leo and James Franco are set to star in Ian Olds’ The Fixer.
  • Sophie Nelisse (The Book Thief) will star in the title role of The Great Gilly Hopkins for director Stephen HerekGlenn Close, Kathy Bates, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer also star.
  • Cuba Gooding Jr. will star in director and co-writer Allan Ungar’s action thriller, Gridlocked.

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Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, James Franco, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, and More to Voice R-Rated Animated Film SAUSAGE PARTY

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The This Is the End gang is getting back together—and then some.  Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill, and Evan Goldberg have been developing a hard-R animated film called Sausage Party for some time, and when Sony Pictures agreed to produce the pic alongside Annapurna Pictures last year, we assumed that Rogen, Hill, and some of their regular collaborators would be leading the voice cast.  We assumed correctly, as The Wrap now reports that Rogen, Hill, and James Franco will lead the voice cast for the film, with Michael Cera, Kristen Wiig, Edward Norton, Nick Kroll, and David Krumholtz also lending their voice talents to the pic.  Hit the jump for more.

First Trailer for James Franco’s CHILD OF GOD

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The first trailer for James Franco’s adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel Child of God has landed online.  The film takes place in 1960s Tennessee and tells the story of a violent, dispossessed man who retreats further and further into isolation.  The trailer certainly has a strong sense of foreboding, with a fittingly terrifying turn from star Scott Haze.  The aesthetic feels quite similar to Franco’s other projects, but he’s been passionate about making Child of God for quite some time so it should be interesting to see how it all comes together.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Tim Blake Nelson, Jim Parrack, and Franco himself.

Oscar Beat: Best Supporting Actor – Is Jared Leto on His Way to an Oscar Win?

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As we continue our in-depth look at the coming awards season, it’s now time to delve in the Best Supporting Actor race.  It’s a tough category this year, with a number of impressive turns from a variety of actors.  The two big standouts emerged at the Toronto Film Festival this past September with Jared Leto earning extremely high praise for his turn as a transsexual opposite Mattthew McConaughey in Dallas Buyers Club, and Michael Fassbender turning heads as a ruthless slave owner in the highly emotional 12 Years a Slave.  But there are plenty of other contenders as well, with both Jonah Hill and James Franco firmly in the race for a pair of more comic performances.

Hit the jump to read the latest edition of Oscar Beat, in which we examine the Best Supporting Actor category.

Los Angeles, Boston, and New York Online Critics Announce Awards; HER and GRAVITY Tie for Best Picture in LA Awards

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The critics group awards are off and running.  Last week we saw the New York Film Critics Circle, the National Board of Review, and the Boston Online Critics announce their annual awards, and today we have three more groups to add to the pile.  12 Years a Slave won Best Picture in the Boston and New York Online groups, but the Los Angeles voting resulted in a tie for Best Picture between Gravity and HerAlfonso Cuaron took Best Director in the Los Angeles and New York Film Critics Online awards, while Boston went for 12 Years a Slave’s Steve McQueen.  While many votes seemed to be in line with early predictions, James Franco shared the Best Supporting Actor moniker in the Los Angeles group for his work in Spring Breakers.

If there’s one takeaway from the critics group awards we’ve seen thus far, it’s that Spike Jonze’s Her has a heavy amount of love in the film community, which could very well translate to Oscar.  Hit the jump to read the full list of winners for all three groups, as well as the runners up for the L.A. and Boston awards.

TOP 5: FROZEN, IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE Trailer Cut Like THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, HOMEFRONT, What to Watch Online, OLDBOY

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Last night I rewatched Man of Steel for the first time since catching it in theaters back in June. Previously, I wrote that the film had me emotionally invested in Supes in a way that only Grant Morrison‘s All-Star Superman had done before. While I’ve since been blown away by Alan Moore‘s For the Man Who Has Everything tale, my second Man of Steel viewing from yesterday corroborates my previous statement. I see the pic as being good, borderline great thanks in large part to the outstanding performances of Michael Shannon and Kevin Costner. The tragedy of Zod’s story was somewhat lost on me during my first screening (perhaps it was dulled by the impressive array of action set pieces). This time around, though, I felt the full brunt of it and I couldn’t help but sympathize with him for knowing no other purpose than to defend the people of Krypton at any cost. Also, the scene where he introduces himself to the citizens of Earth? Downright frightening. Regarding Pa Kent: although I loved every facet of Costner’s performance the first time I watched the film, I was surprised at how much his scenes still resonated with me on the repeat viewing. Kudos to Zack Snyder and Co. for limiting his screen time and, in doing so, making every single second with him in the frame mean that much more.

My Blu-ray pick of the week aside, this week’s Top 5 features Frozen interviews with Kristen Bell and more, an It’s a Wonderful Life trailer cut in the style of Martin Scorsese‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, Homefront interviews with James Franco and more, the first installment in Allison’s new monthly list of recommended streaming, and Oldboy interviews with Spike Lee, Josh Brolin, and more. As tradition dictates, a brief recap and link to each of the above rests after the jump.

James Franco Talks HOMEFRONT, Whether it’s More Fun Playing the Hero or Villain & Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg’s THE INTERVIEW

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Opening this week is the Jason Statham-starrer Homefront.   Adapted by Sylvester Stallone from the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront centers on DEA agent Phil Broker (Statham) who moves to a quiet town with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord (James Franco), his band of thugs, and meth’d-out sister (played by Kate Bosworth in a bit of a shocking turn).  Homefront also stars Winona Ryder, Rachelle Lafevre, Clancy Brown, Omar Benson Miller and Frank Grillo.  For more on the film, watch the red-band or regular trailer.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed a video interview with Franco.  He talked about whether he has more fun playing the hero or the villain, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s next film The Interview, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Exclusive TV Spot for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham and James Franco

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Just in time for Thanksgiving festivities, we have a new exclusive TV spot from Gary Fleder’s Homefront to get you in the holiday spirit.  Written by Sylvester Stallone and based on the Chuck Logan novel, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter.  Unfortunately, he runs afoul of the local drug dealer, played by James Franco, and tensions quickly escalate.

Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank GrilloHomefront opens November 27th.  Hit the jump to watch our exclusive spot.

Watch: Seth Rogen and James Franco Recreate Kanye West’s “Bound 2” Video in Shot-for-Shot Remake

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Following this summer’s excellent This Is the End, Seth Rogen is currently busy making his second directorial feature with co-director Evan Goldberg on the comedy The Interview.  Rogen stars opposite James Franco in the film about a TV personality and his producer who are enlisted to help assassinate the prime minister of North Korea, but it appears that the Pineapple Express actors had a bit of downtime on set that they decided to put to good use. Rogen and Goldberg have given Kanye West’s music video for “Bound 2” the Gus Van Sant’s Psycho treatment by creating a shot-for-shot remake that puts Franco in the West role and Rogen in the place of Kim Kardashian.  The result is pure comedy gold.

Hit the jump to watch the video for “Bound 3.”

Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, Izabela Vidovic and Director Gary Fleder Talk HOMEFRONT, Stunts, Action, Kittens and More

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Opening November 27th, Homefront follows the classic Western paradigm of an ex-lawman who goes to live a quiet life in a small town only to discover he can’t escape his troubled past.  Jason Statham plays former DEA agent Phil Broker, a family man who moves off the grid with his daughter (Izabela Vidovic) to a seemingly quiet bayou backwater until meth kingpin Gator Bodine (James Franco) puts them in harm’s way forcing Broker back into action.  Directed by Gary Fleder from a screenplay by Sylvester Stallone based on the book by Chuck Logan, the action thriller also stars Kate Bosworth and Winona Ryder.

At the film’s recent press day, Statham, Franco, Ryder, Bosworth, Vidovic and Fleder talked about bringing depth and humanity to the characters, finding the right emotional tone, Bosworth’s physical transformation, Statham’s unusual role as a father protecting his daughter, handling the dangerous stunts and action sequences, how production designer Greg Berry and D.P. Theo Van de Sande created the film’s authentic look, shooting on location in rural southern Louisiana, and composer Mark Isham’s indigenous score that acknowledges the region.  Franco also revealed what he’s learned from teaching, how he balances it with his busy filmmaking career, and his decision to adopt the film’s kittens.  Hit the jump to read the interview. 

THIS IS THE END Blu-ray Review

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Seth Rogen made a bold decision in his directorial debut This is the End (which he co-wrote and co-directed with Evan Goldberg) that could have just as easily blown up in his face.  He stars as himself, as do his friends/co-stars Jay Baruchel, James Franco, Jonah Hill, Danny McBride and Craig Robinson in this comedy about what happens when actors survive the rapture.  My review of the Blu-ray of This is the End follows after the jump.

New Red-Band Trailer for HOMEFRONT Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank Grillo

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If you have doubts that James Franco can play an unhinged, meth-cooking, backwoods gangster named Gator, then this new red-band trailer for Homefront might just change your mind.  Written by Sylvester Stallone and directed by Gary Fleder, Homefront stars Jason Statham as a former DEA agent who moves to a quiet town with his daughter in order to start a new life, but winds up tangling with the local druglord and his band of thugs.  I hope Statham saves some energy to kick his realtor’s ass because this town is the worst ever.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  Also starring Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth, and Frank GrilloHomefront opens November 27th.

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