James Franco

In Praise of Kanye West, James Franco, and Other High-Art Multi-Hyphenates

Earlier this year, famed rapper, producer, and headline subject Kanye West put out a fashion line through Adidas, called Yeezy Season 1. It was not the prettiest thing in the world, and, though he made grand proclamations about his intention to have these items priced fairly, at $450 for a sweatshirt, it is not affordable to most human beings, no matter how you shake it. To put it simply: the line was pretty much universally panned, and people told him to stop. But he shouldn’t stop. Neither should James Franco, Lena Dunham, Miranda July, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBeouf, or any of their other multi-hyphenate friends. They should do whatever the hell they want — and, in fact, the more the merrier. … Read More

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10 SXSW 2015 Movies We Can’t Wait to See

Hold my calls, I’ll be in Austin. Yes, tomorrow marks the start of the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, one of the most purely enjoyable weeks of the movie year (and, no small side plus, a welcome blast of sunshine after a particularly miserable winter). With a remarkable 145 features in this year’s fest — from a record 2,385 submissions — there’s no way to even come close to seeing everything that looks interesting, or striking, or fun. But here are a few of the movies we’re looking forward to seeing, either in Austin or soon thereafter. … Read More

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The Funniest and Most Vicious Comedy Central Roast Speeches

We’ve reached the “publicly begging people to show up” phase of planning for Justin Bieber’s March 30th roast on Comedy Central; yesterday, the noted Photoshop template took to social media to ask Seth Rogen, whose low estimation of Bieber is well known, to tear him a new one on national television. As the hype surrounding the Kevin Hart-hosted event (Kate McKinnon, presumably, didn’t have time for the gig given her SNL schedule), we’ve rounded up some of the best appearances from the network’s 17-year tradition of having comedians puncture stars’ egos, and each other’s, on camera. … Read More

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‘A Kim Jong-Il Production’ Is an Incredible True Story About North Korea and Film

In December 2014, the imminent release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s idiots-take-North Korea comedy The Interview set off both the Sony Pictures hacking scandal and the terrorist threat that any theaters showing the film would be attacked: “The world will be full of fear,” the hackers wrote. It was still a strange, surreal, largely online controversy that was hard for the average American citizen to see and feel the effects of in their day-to-day life. For me, the clearest example of a world with and without The Interview was when I was walking past a days-in-the-making painted mural advertising the movie in Williamsburg; the day after the film was officially pulled from theaters, that ad was, once again, a white wall. … Read More

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See ‘The Interview,’ Or Don’t — Neither Option Makes You a Hero

Some people like to spend their holidays surrounded by presents, family, and an inadvisable amount of sugar cookies. And some people — Texans, obviously — like to spend their holidays not only seeing The Interview, the bro comedy that inadvertently made Amy Pascal America’s favorite poet, but singing “Proud to Be an American” at the screening. This, like many reactions to The Interview and its release, is dumb.  … Read More

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