James Franco

Get Off Instagram, James Franco: The Photo Sharing App Is No Place To Diss Your Critics

James Franco can do anything. He can act well enough to get an Academy Award nomination or to be in the summer’s biggest movie, write books, novels, short stories, and poetry, enroll in 17 masters and doctorate programs, make three not-that-watchable movies about poets you should read while you’re sleeping like a real human, and then he’s making four more meta pieces of film and art by the time you go to bed the next night. He can make spoofs of Kanye West and spoofs of Cindy Sherman. (Sherman on the latter: “I don’t know if I can say that it’s art… “ ) He can be plastered all over the New York subway system since he’s starring on Broadway in Of Mice and Men. But maybe, just maybe — he shouldn’t be on Instagram. … Read More

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13 Great New-to-Netflix Movies to Stream This Holiday Weekend

Well, friends, spring is in the air (occasional lingering thundersnow aside), and Easter weekend is upon us, which could mean several things for you: participation in some sort of egg hunt, consumption of massive quantities of chocolate and sugar, a biannual visit to some sort of house of worship. Or it might just mean hanging out on the couch/in bed all weekend like it’s any other weekend. Your Flavorwire can’t help much with the first batch of items, but if you’re vegging out this holiday weekend, we’ve got a handful of noteworthy titles that have arrived (either for the first time, or for a return stint) over the past couple of weeks over at Netflix. Click through, fill your queue, and clear a day or two. … Read More

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The Best and Worst of Last Night’s ‘SNL’ with Seth Rogen

The extremely uneven 39th season of SNL is in the homestretch. Seth Rogen returns to the stage to help drag us to the finish line (just a few more eps to go). It’s been five years since Rogen hosted, and we’re expecting plenty of pop culture references, 420-friendly sketches, and one too many dick and fart jokes. SNL isn’t short on the latter, but we’re willing to give the good-natured comedian a chance. See how it all went down last night, below. … Read More

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Flavorwire Interview: Carl Wilson on James Franco, Poptimism, and His New Edition of ‘Let’s Talk About Love’

In 2007, Carl Wilson released what would go on to become the most infamous entry in Bloomsbury’s 33 1/3 series of album-focused books. While his peers were writing about players in the popular music canon and critical darling rock bands, Canadian scribe Wilson looked to one of pop’s most bemoaned divas, Céline Dion, as a gateway into a conversation about cultural taste itself. It was an engrossing read, even for those who had hoped the “My Heart Will Go On” singer might face a similar fate as Jack from Titanic. … Read More

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James Franco’s Attempted Teen-Girl Hookup Shows He’s (Finally) Losing Control of His Narrative

The Renaissance Man this era deserves, noted New York Times and Vice columnist, author, poet, director, academic, visual artist, and actor James Franco, is currently in Internet trouble after an Instagram conversation between Franco and a 17-year-old Scottish girl (who won’t turn 18 until May) was leaked online. Lucy Clode, the girl in question, met Franco at the stage door after Of Mice and Men emptied out on Tuesday. After she got a video, Franco told her, “You gotta tag me,” and an alleged Instagram flirtation took place, with Franco asking questions like, “When is your birthday? You’re single? What’s the hotel? Should I rent a room?” … Read More

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25 Years of Oscar Hosts, Ranked

The perceived success of Oscar night hinges on many factors — how dull the speeches are, how interminable the musical numbers are, whether Debbie Allen is involved, etc. — but no element, it seems, is more important than the host. A good Oscar host has to be something of a miracle worker: they keep the show moving, react spontaneously to whatever clusterfucks occur (and they always do), rib the royalty but only gently, and make the night edgy enough for home viewers, but not too edgy for the Cryptkeepers in the audience. Many have tried, but only a few have succeeded, so in anticipation of Ellen Degeneres’ second run at the job, we’ve ranked every Oscar host from the last 25 ceremonies (save 1989, which had no host). … Read More

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14 Adorable Photos of Famous Authors Kissing (And Being Kissed)

Happy Valentine’s Day! Celebrate by getting yourself kissed today. Or, may we suggest finding a famous writer to smooch? In case you need a little inspiration (or just like to see writers making out), we’ve collected several adorable photos of famous authors in fond embraces, both vintage and quite recent. … Read More

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See the Trailer for James Franco’s Adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘Child of God’

Cormac McCarthy’s 1973 novel Child of God, now being adapted by none other than James Franco, speaks to the apprehension… Read More

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What 10 of Your Favorite Cultural Icons Were Up To in College

Thanks to BuzzFeed’s entertaining roundup, we’ve discovered Mindy Kaling’s college comic strip, Badly Drawn Girl. A shrewd look at the facts of coed life, from frat bros to dining hall food, it’s a peek at what Kaling’s comic sensibilities were like long before she wound up in The Office‘s writers’ room. Other cultural notables have had their fair share of cool college projects, too. We took the liberty of looking up what some of our favorite famous people were up to while they were still living in dorm rooms. … Read More

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