Short story … Franco has a new movie — “Bukowski” — which is about to be released … it’s about Charles Bukowski, a famous fiction writer who died the year O.J. killed Nicole.
Enter Cyril Humphris, who owns the rights to Bukowski’s autobiography. Cyril says back in 2009 he gave Franco the right to create a screenplay based on the book, but the option expired a year later.
Cyril says Franco’s movie is clearly based on the autobiography … in other words, he ripped Cyril off.
But Franco says in new legal docs Cyril is full of crap. Franco says he was inspired by Bukowski’s writings and independently came up with the idea for the movie.
Sorry, dude – if you option the rights to a movie on Bukowski, let those rights expire and then decide to do a movie on Bukowski, you did not come up with that on your own. You used material you began developing when you optioned that book, thereby making it directly derivative and you need to pay up.
Here’s what I don’t quite understand: James is not broke. He is not some D-List actor with no money to honestly fund his projects, so why be an asshole? Re-option the screenplay and everyone will be happy and you won’t be an asshole. End of.
July 4, 2014 at 11:00 am by Jennifer
I don’t even have words for the fact that James Franco – the same one who denied having any sexual relationship/encounter with Lindsay Lohan and called her mental for suggesting such a thing – wrote a short story about Lindsay that he then published on Vice’s website. WHY?
It’s written as “fiction” though in a first-person voice suggesting this could be totally true, and it’s called “Bungalow 89″. It’s awful, and in case you want to take my advice and not read the entire thing, here are a few choice selections:
There was a Hollywood girl staying at Chateau Marmont. She had gotten a key to my room from the manager. I heard her put the key into my front door and turn it, but I had slid the dead bolt and that thing—I don’t know what you call it; it’s like a chain but made of two bars—that kept the door from opening.
She said, “James, open the door.”
Across the room was a picture of a boy dressed as a sailor with a red sailor cap, and except for his blondish hair (closer to my brother’s color) he looked like me.
She said, “Open the door, you bookworm punk blogger faggot.”
My phone rang. She let it ring until I answered.
“You’re not going to let me sleep, are you?”
“Do you think this is me? Lindsay Lohan. Say it. Say it, like you have ownership. It’s not my name anymore.”
“I just want to sleep on your couch. I’m lonely.”
“We’re not going to have sex. If you want to come in, I’ll read you a story.”
“A bedtime story?”
“It’s called ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish.’”
Do you think I’ve created this? This dragon girl, lion girl, Hollywood hellion, terror of Sunset Boulevard, minor in the clubs, Chateau Demon? Do you think this is me?
I mean, I can’t even go on from there, because it’s just so, so bad. What a crock of shit. This whole thing will probably send Lindsay into another downward spiral, of course, as well. Egads.
June 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm by Jennifer
James Franco should truly be banned from all forms of social media, as he’s proven time and time again that he just can’t be trusted to use it responsibly. You probably remember that late last month, James decided to post a photo of himself in bed with Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen, with both of them appearing naked (or at least shirtless). He likes to poke fun at some of the past reports about his sexuality, so I didn’t even think much of this, but of course it got him press, which is presumably what he wanted. Well, not even presumably – it was all for attention.
From E! Online:
“I went to go say hey to him in his dressing room,” Allen told me at the Race to Erase MS benefit for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. “There were a lot of people there and I asked him, ‘What’s the way to do the best selfie in bed?’ and he showed me. And then he climbed in really quickly and he was like, ‘Let’s blow up Twitter for a second.’”
First of all, there are so many things that are weird about this. Why in the hell did Keegan Allen want to do a selfie in bed, and why did he need advice on how to do it? Also, what, did James just turn around and say, “Here, I’ll show you! Let’s take off our shirts and hop into bed together!”? It’s all so bizarre.
May 5, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
James Franco needs to take his creepy shit down about 1,000 notches. I have no idea what’s wrong with him lately (or, you know, at all) but he’s been so over-the-top with insanity that I am starting to feel like this MUST be performance art or something. Right? … Right?
Welp, he’s really taken it to the next level, as you can see above. That’s right – in the wee hours of the night, James Franco posted a nearly naked selfie (which… barf) on Instagram before deleting it shortly after. Was it a mistake? Was he embarrassed? Did a Rihanna fan report him to Instagram? WHO CAN SAY, but I hope this is burned into your nightmares forever, just as it is in mine.
May 2, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
I never thought I’d say this in all my days, but for once, I agree with James Franco on something. Remember that whole sex list that Lindsay Lohan made (which was apparently part of her rehabilitation? LOL) a while back which got leaked to the press and included James’ name? Well, he’s already denied that anything ever happened to him, but he’s still talking about it, this time to Howard Stern (via US Weekly).
“I will swear on anything you ask that I have never had sex with Lindsay Lohan,” Franco promised the prying host. “I bet if you brought her in here and you asked her face, ‘Did you have sex with James?’ she would say ‘Yes.’ I think she’s that…”
“Delusional?” Stern offered.
“Or doesn’t remember?” Franco mused. “Alright, we maybe kissed. It was lame. I can’t believe she put me on that private list! She’s so delusional!”
The Of Mice and Men star said that when they kissed he was “in awe” of Lohan’s higher celebrity status, but that he quickly felt bad about it, considering “she was young.”
First of all… “She was young”? Well, isn’t that how you like them, James? Second of all, of COURSE Lindsay Lohan is delusional, but more so about her entire life, her career prospects and her drug and alcohol addiction than about ever having slept with him. Frankly, I’m not sure who to believe here. Considering his proclivities for the young people and, like he said, the fact that he was enamoured with her celebrity status, it doesn’t seem far off. He even went so far as to say she was stalking him:
“I’d come home late to the hotel and she’d come find me,” he said. “She even broke into my room one time … I opened my eyes and there’s Lindsay in my room at 3 a.m.”
He added, “Yeah, that’s stalking.”
Stern said that maybe her list was of people she was once in love with.
“Maybe that’s why I’m on the list of her obsessions,” Franco replied.
But actually, regardless of the truth or not, why not be a gentleman and, you know, not speak about it at all? I know that’s a bit much to ask, but it’s almost tackier than the fact that Lindsay made that list at all.
May 1, 2014 at 9:00 am by Jennifer
I still haven’t watched this week’s episode of Saturday Night Live with Seth Rogen hosting, but his monologue went viral yesterday considering all the famous faces who turned up to… support him, I guess?
That’s right – James Franco, Zooey Deschanel and Taylor Swift all turned up to get in on the fun, and I guess it was sorta amusing or something? I dunno – I rarely think the monologues (or the show in general) is anything worthwhile these days, but this is okay. I wish this show would realize, however, that it takes more than extra celebrity cameos to make people laugh. Maybe just try being funny with the regular cast you have? I dunno.