Kim Jong-Un and James Franco Are Katy Perry Fans in New THE INTERVIEW Trailer

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Sony has released a new The Interview trailer for This Is the End directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg‘s upcoming comedy.  James Franco and Rogen star as a talk show host and his producer, respectively, who travel to North Korea to interview dictator Kim Jong-un and legitimize themselves as real journalists.  Their plans are upended when the CIA recruits them to instead assassinate Kim Jong-un.  This new trailer introduces the film’s iteration of the North Korean dictator, played by Veep standout Randall Park.  We only get a brief glimpse of the character here, but it’s a promising introduction and I’m very eager to see how far Rogen and Goldberg take things as the full film progresses.

Watch the new (and apparently final) The Interview trailer after the jump, and if you missed any of Steve’s set visit coverage be sure to check out interviews with Rogen, Goldberg & Franco, Park, and his full set visit reportLizzy Caplan also stars.  The Interview opens in theaters on December 25th.

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams Set as SNL Hosts for December

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NBC has announced the next three hosts of Saturday Night Live for the month of December, and they’re mighty promising.  James Franco will kick things off on December 6th with his third appearance as host, accompanied by musical guest Nicki Minaj.  Franco is well-versed in SNL lore having directed the incredibly fascinating documentary Saturday Night, which provided a first-ever behind-the-scenes look at the weeklong process of making an episode.  The actor will of course be promoting his upcoming comedy The Interview in which he stars opposite Seth Rogen, so a Rogen cameo on the episode seems likely.  More after the jump.

THE COLOR OF TIME Trailer and Poster: James Franco, Jessica Chastain, Mila Kunis, and More Go through the Life of Poet C.K. Williams

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Starz Digital Media has released The Color of Time trailer and poster.  We last reported on this film over two years ago, and at the time it looked like it was an adaptation of the poetry of Pulitzer Prize-winner C.K. Williams, but as this new trailer and synopsis explain, it’s really more of a biopic.  The plot has Williams (James Franco) preparing for a reading in New York City, but he’s haunted by memories from his past.  The Color of Time has the hook of being handled by 12 directors, and the cast also includes Mila KunisJessica Chastain, Zach Braff, Henry Hopper, and Bruce Campbell.  However, looking at this trailer, it seems like the ensemble of directors really wanted to make The Tree of Life minus dinosaurs.

Hit the jump to check out The Color of Time trailer and poster.  The film will be available for early digital download on December 2nd, On Demand and on iTunes on December 9th, and in theaters on December 12th.

First MICHAEL Image Featuring James Franco and Zachary Quinto

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The American Film Market kicks off tomorrow and there are a number of high profile projects foreign film distributors could go after like Michael Winterbottom’s latest, The Emperor’s New Clothes, J.C. Chandor’s Deepwater Horizon and The Hateful Eight from Quentin Tarantino.  However, right in the middle of all those big names is a first timer, Justin Kelly.  He’s Gus Van Sant’s protégé and has completed three short films, but Michael starring James Franco and Zachary Quinto will mark his feature directorial debut.

With AFM due to kick off tomorrow, the very first Michael image has surfaced.  Hit the jump to check it out and to get some additional information on the project.

FAULT IN OUR STARS Scribes to Pen James Franco’s THE ROOM Movie THE DISASTER ARTIST

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James Franco’s movie about Tommy Wiseau is really happening, and he’s enlisted two unlikely screenwriters to pen the script.  Franco is set to direct and star in The Disaster Artist, which revolves around eccentric The Room writer/director/producer/star Tommy Wiseau, and now The Wrap reports that The Fault in Our Stars and The Spectacular Now screenwriters Scott Neustadter and Michael Weber have been hired to pen the script.  They will be adapting the book of the same name by The Room actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell, and Dave Franco is already attached to play Sestero in the film.

Franco describes his take as a “funny, heartfelt story about trying to make your dreams come true,” and I’m rather curious to see how he navigates the line between parody and earnestness in his chronicle of Wiseau’s path to making The Room—truly one of the most entertaining bad movies ever made.  More on The Disaster Artist movie after the jump.

Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride and More Join James Franco’s ZEROVILLE

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Back in September, James Franco hit the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival rocking a shaved head with a tattoo of A Place in the Sun’s Montgomery Clift and Elizabeth Taylor on the back of it.  It wasn’t some oddball stunt like what Shia LaBeouf pulled at Berlin, but rather, while attending the festival to debut The Sound and the Fury and also to accept his Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker award, he decided to get a little work done.  Franco took the opportunity to shoot some shots for his next directorial endeavor, a film called Zeroville.

But even though Franco started knocking off shots last month, his co-cast is first being announced now.  It’s being reported that Seth Rogen, Jacki Weaver, Megan Fox, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Dave Franco, Craig Robinson, Joey King and Horatio Sanz will all join him in the film.  Hit the jump for more on Zeroville.

James Franco to Produce Adaptation of Frat Hazing Memoir GOAT

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The big screen rendition of Brad Land’s book Goat: A Memoir has been around for a while.  David Gordon Green penned the initial draft of the script and also planned to direct it as well, but in 2008, he passed directorial duties over to Mud’s Jeff Nichols.  However, now it’s being reported that the film is finally moving forward and that Andrew Neel (King Kelly), not Nichols, will direct it.

James Franco is also on board to produce the film, which follows the story of a 19-year-old boy recovering from a vicious assault who pledges a fraternity with his brother and faces brutal challenges to prove his loyalty to the brotherhood.  Hit the jump for more on Goat.

Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Franco Talk Real-Life Inspiration, Improvisation, Franco’s Instagram, and More on the Set of THE INTERVIEW

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Last year when directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg were filming The Interview (their directorial follow up to This is The End) in Vancouver, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As most of you know from the extremely funny red and green band trailers, James Franco plays a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), lands an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park).  But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader.

During a break in filming, I participated in a group interview with Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, and James Franco.  They talked about how the project came together, pulling from real-life inspiration, improvisation, Franco’s Instagram, how they wanted to do things people don’t usually do in comedy and “abandon how comedies look as much as we possibly could,” how the film should play out like a serious, political thriller that’s loaded with jokes, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to either listen to or read the interview.

20 Things to Know About Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s THE INTERVIEW From Our Set Visit

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Kim Jong-un (Randall Park) and Dave Skylark (James Franco) are inside a tank in North Korea talking about Katy Perry and margaritas.  They’re debating if drinking fruity margaritas and loving Katy Perry’s music means you’re gay.  After saying the lines a few different ways, directors Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg call out a few new ways to say the dialogue and I erupt with laughter.  And I’m not alone.  The other reporters I’m with on the Vancouver set of The Interview are also laughing out loud.  So much so that after the take ends, an assistant director comes in the room where we’re watching playback and says they can hear us laughing on set.  While I’m sure they were mad at us for possibly ruining a take, I’m sure it made them happy to know they were making comedy gold.  While I’ve done a lot of set visits, I’ve never laughed as much on a movie set as I did on The Interview.  As a huge fan of what Rogen and Goldberg accomplished with their directorial debut, This is the End, I left Vancouver thinking they were making another home-run.

As most of you know from the red and green band trailers for the film, Franco plays a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Rogen), lands an interview with Kim Jong-un.  But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader.  Besides getting to watch the tank scene, I was able to speak with most of the cast during breaks in filming.  From the on-set interviews, I’ve put together a list of 20 things to know about the film.  Hit the jump to learn more about The Interview which arrives in theaters December 25.

THE INTERVIEW Green-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Are Ruining America and Must Take out Kim Jong-un

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A few days ago, we got the red-band trailer for The Interview, and it was painfully funny.  All the jokes were landing, and it helps that they’ve got a great premise: James Franco plays Dave Skylark, a vapid talk show host who, along with his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen), land an interview with Kim Jong-un (Randall Park).  But their attempt at hard news gets upended when the CIA asks the duo to assassinate the North Korean leader.  If you’re worried that the movie can’t work without R-rated jokes, this green-band trailer should put your mind at ease.  This could easily be one of the funniest films of the year.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer for The Interview.  The film opens December 25th, and also stars Lizzy Caplan

THE INTERVIEW Red-Band Trailer: Seth Rogen and James Franco Are Massive Sell-Outs

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Sony Pictures has released a new, full-length The Interview red-band trailer for the upcoming comedy, and it’s kind of fantastic.  The film marks the directorial follow-up of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg after the excellent This Is the End and sees James Franco playing a popular entertainment news interviewer who, along with his producer (Rogen), is tasked with assassinating Kim Jong Un in North Korea.  While the first trailer was just a taste of what we could expect from the pic, this new one dives deep into the plot while also revealing a bevy of wonderful cameos from the likes of Rob Lowe, Timothy Simons (Veep), and Anders Holm (Workaholics).  Not only does the movie look incredibly funny (and filthy), but the prospect of Lizzy Caplan as a CIA agent is highly promising.

Watch the new The Interview red-band trailer after the jump.  The film opens in theaters on December 25th.

James Franco Options Chuck Palahniuk Novel RANT as Possible Starring Vehicle; Pamela Romanowsky to Write and Direct

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James Franco keeps his slate full with notable literary adaptations like The Sound and the Fury, Child of God, and Zeroville.  Franco will add another, as Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk tells Lit Reactor that Franco optioned his book Rant: The Oral Biography of Buster Casey.  Set in the near future, the story centers on recounted memories of Buster “Rant” Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby who “will die a spectacular highway death, after which his friends gather the testimony needed to build an oral history of his short, violent life.”

Deadline adds that Franco is eying the title role and Pamela Romanowsky is in line to write and direct the adaptation.  Hit the jump for Palahniuk’s full quote and the book synopsis:

THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

TIFF 2014 Adds James Franco’s THE SOUND AND THE FURY, ST. VINCENT Starring Bill Murray, Conversations with Denzel Washington, Robert Duvall and More

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The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival lineup is complete!  With the event now just a little over two weeks away, the Discovery Program, the Kids Program and additional selections for other festival sections have been announced.  James Franco’s The Sound and the Fury will have its North American premiere and the Bill Murray-starrer, St. Vincent, will get a world premiere in the Special Presentations section, ’71 featuring Jack O’Connell will play in the Discovery Program and Martin Scorsese’s The 50 Year Argument will screen in the Mavericks Program, just to name a few.

On top of that, Mavericks is now also loaded with iconic talent set to take part in discussions including Denzel Washington, Antoine Fuqua, Juliette Binoche, Robert Duvall and more.  Hit the jump to check out all of the new additions to the TIFF lineup.

Watch a 20 Minute MTV Special for THE INTERVIEW Introduce James Franco and Seth Rogen’s Characters

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The Interview is one of my most anticipated movies of the year (though it did inch down half a notch on the list when they decided to censor it to appease a military dictator), and I can’t wait to see it at Christmas.  The release date delay was probably made after Sony and MTV had agreed to air this special (this is now a bit of a long lead for such specific awareness), but it’s here and it’s hilarious.

The Dave Skylark Very Special VMA Special aired last night on MTV and very nicely introduces the newsman and producer characters James Franco and Seth Rogen play in the film (along with roasting celebrity guests Nicki Minaj and Iggy Azalea, and Jason Derulo).  It’s about 20 minutes long, so unfortunately it actually has commercial breaks, but you should give it a whirl regardless.  Hit the jump for The Interview character introduction.  The film itself was written and directed by Rogen and his creative partner Evan Goldberg and will be released on December 25th.

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