Actor, pot smoker, wannabe BJ-giver and all-around intellectual James Franco bought a great little house in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Silver Lake a while back (from one of the costume designers on Mad Men, oddly), and while the people who lived next door were initially psyched about the star moving in, they’ve now written an “anonymous” (we see you!) letter to Curbed LA about how he’s not only never there, but he’s also letting his staff turn the place into a full-blown production studio.
From Curbed LA:
At first, my partner and I were pleased to have Mr. Franco living next door. His work in ‘Milk’ and his academic pursuits made us happy he was on our street. That is no longer the case.If, in fact, Mr. Franco has purchased the house next door, it does not appear to be inhabited by the actor; it does appear to be inhabited by several people who are working for him. In addition, over the course of the last weeks the individuals living on the property appear to be running a MAJOR production company out of the house and have also used it for shoots. To be fair, they did provide us with notice for one shoot. Unfortunately, the occasional film shoot comes with living in Los Angeles.
But this appears to be way more than just a film shoot: The property has become a production house. In fact, Iris, who works for the actor informed me that they are running production from the house. Iris is the same individual who, when we complained to her a few weeks ago about constantly blocking our driveway said, “Have you guys met James?” Yeah, that’s not going to make it better.Large white production trucks and various other vehicles block our driveway and use it as a loading zone and block our street with such regularity that we have begun calling parking enforcement to have them ticketed; racks of costumes come and go; crowds of people constantly stream in and out of the house and have business meetings in front of OUR house and treat us as if we are eavesdropping sycophants when we walk out our gate to our car; and as I write this, they’ve set up hair and make-up in their driveway. When I asked Iris about this, Iris basically informed me they could do whatever they want on their property. Really? Running a production of such impact and magnitude in a residential area doesn’t violate any zoning restrictions? Are there no limits to the kinds of businesses one can run?
We like James Franco and we like some of his movies, but we’re not so enamored of his presence that we are willing to give up our sanity in our own home.
Note to the neighbor – it’s a little passive aggressive to write a note to a website instead of going over to the house and attempting to talk to the people there about it and contacting the proper authorities if they’re not willing to compromise and/or show common courtesy moving forward.
Second of all, the house is kind of a dump (at least on the outside) so I’m not sure what kind of productions are happening there (please let it be gay porn, please let it be gay porn), but whatever. You can’t be running shoots late into the night if it means the whole neighborhood is lit up but if they’re doing this in their own house and aren’t bothering anyone, what’s the harm?
March 12, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
James Franco is going to be in his first Broadway show. He’s going to play George in Of Mice And Men. Uh. Really? I’m surprised. I can see him more in a Mamet kind of thing. Or something more modern. And George isn’t even the standout role in that one. It’s all about Lennie. (“Tell me about the rabbits, George.”) Oh damn, my theater nerd is creeping out.
It’s all in the very early stages and no premiere date is set. According to Broadway.com they don’t even know who the costars will be yet.
There’s some good stuff happening in theater for TV and film celebs. Jane Lynch is going to play Miss Hannigan in Annie on Broadway, Mean Girls is becoming a Broadway musical, Emilia Clarke is naked for two seconds in a Broadway show to the delight of cultured theater perverts, and Tom Hanks is going to be in his first ever Broadway show in the spring. So, fun times if you’re into that. And have enough money and/or strings to pull to get a seat.
March 9, 2013 at 10:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
I’m just going to let James Franco dig his crater a bit deeper here.
From Attitude (via Metro):
The straight heartthrob insists he’s accepted the question mark over his sexuality, which wasn’t helped when he volunteered to perform oral sex on a bloke in his 2011 flick The Broken Tower.
‘One of the things that’s very much part of my public image is the question of my sexuality,’ the 34-year-old conceeded, ‘it’s not something that bothers me in the slightest. It hasn’t gone away and I get asked about it from all sides. It’s partly my doing and partly not my doing.’
While the 127 Hours star insists he’s comfortable with his sexuality, he reckons it’s high time big name Hollywood stars come out despite fears gay stars can’t win straight roles.
‘I think that the people I have known who are performers who haven’t publicly come out didn’t because they’re afraid it’ll hurt their careers. And they’re afraid they won’t be able to play straight roles anymore,’ said Franco.
Methinks the lady doth protest too much, if you get my drift. Like, no man who wishes he could give a real life blowjob (and does it at every opportunity on inanimate objects) can sit there and say he’s straight. Unfortunately, shit like this still matters to some people. I say the more the merrier – like what you like, suck what you want to suck and everyone just be happy. Just shut up about it already.
March 5, 2013 at 10:30 am by Jennifer
Oz the Great and Powerful is probably going to be really good in a way that’s completely disconnected from the original Wizard of Oz and that’s okay. I mean, come on – admitted professional deep-throater James Franco as the Wizard? Michelle Williams, Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz? I’m going to see it (or download it), for sure.
One thing that will definitely not be great about it is that Mariah Carey is doing the theme song. It’s a new track called ‘Almost Home’ that sounds like a demo she would have recorded in 1987 before getting a deal and a decent producer. While the full thing won’t be out until tomorrow, you can listen to a 30 second preview below:
February 18, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
I hesitate to do this write-up during daylight hours (or, you know, at all), but James Franco has thrown his common sense into the great beyond and given an interview to Details in which he discusses his talent for deep-throating and his disappointment at not having been brave enough to suck on the real thing in The Broken Tower. I’m sorry, okay? There’s literally no way I can do this story without sounding – or feeling – a bit sleazy… and like vomiting in my mouth. Stoner, poet, method actor… is there anything he won’t do?
Take it away, James:
In the first of several three-ways, Franco performs some very impressive deep throat on two of his character’s pistols after the girls turn the tables on him and shove them in his mouth.
“Most people can’t get past that gag reflex at the back of the throat,” I say.
“Guess I’m a natural,” he says with a laugh. “It was my first time.”
“So that wasn’t you in Broken Tower?”
“Oh shit, you’re right!” Franco’s eyes light up. “It wasn’t my first time.”
“You’re known for going the extra mile, but that was, what, a good eight inches?”
He gives me a get-real look. “That was a dildo.” Then he turns that look back on himself, and I see the real James Franco: “If I’d had the guts, it woulda been real.”
First of all, we’re a big supporter of all things LGBTQ here at Evil Beet, so no one’s going to hate on James Franco for what he wants to do behind closed doors. I just think this is so bizarre. So, James Franco is more than a little bi-curious – who cares? Besides, I’m sure he’d have no problem finding a nice bro to take him out and show him a good time. I’m just not sure what this exchange means, why it was said or how I’m going to get my eyebrow to go back down to its regular place rather than risen halfway up my forehead.
February 13, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
At this point, I think it’s safe to say that James Franco is better than all of us. And I say that without any resentment. It’s just the truth. James Franco is a beautiful, talented soul, and we might as well be made of shit. Truth!
But did you know that James Franco is also better than all other celebrities, and basically every other person working in Hollywood? Specifically, he’s better than everyone who worked on the latest Spiderman movie.
Here’s what he had to say about it:
“Eh,” Franco told MTV with his signature smirk and a shrug. “I mean, they could have strayed a little bit more from the original. It’s like, ‘Why?’ Well, I guess they made a lot of money. Congrats. But good for them…Sam and I moved on, we made Oz.”
See? He was in three Spiderman movies, and one video game, but the difference is that he was in the original. He was in the ORIGINAL Spiderman. The movie that he was in with Tobey Maguire was just so creative, so cutting edge! Like, some regular guy was just being regular, but then he develops all these super powers after getting bitten by some weird spider! How did they even come up with that? SO original.
And I love that last little zinger James Franco made: he moved on to make another astoundingly original movie about some wizard in some magical place called Oz! Flying monkeys, even! Where do they come up with this stuff?!