In case you missed the memo, James Franco is a Very Serious Artist, Academic and All-Around Sophisticated Guy. What a catch! You’d think he would be pretty pleased with being such an evolved, accomplished human being, but you’d be wrong because it’s actually super tiring to be so amazing.
Cry us a river, James (from Marie Claire, via DigitalSpy):
“I love the academic world but I also like being silly. When a serious image becomes a part of your life, it [is] draining.
“I guess it comes from wanting people to like you. I don’t know [if I'm liked]. I’ve been involved in projects that people enjoyed, and I’m grateful. But now I feel free to do projects for more artistic reasons.”
I don’t think anyone is assuming that academics lack a sense of humour or that you can’t have both a serious and playful side. If that’s what James Franco thinks, perhaps he’s been smoking a bit too much of the good stuff and the complexity of human personality is lost on him. Also, who in the hell views James Franco as a super serious artist? Anyone? Thought not. Looks like he believes the hype he has tried desperate to create about himself. After all, this is the guy who wore cornrows and simulated oral sex on a gun in Spring Breakers. Not exactly Matisse, is he?
April 8, 2013 at 7:30 am by Jennifer
We all remember when James Franco and Anne Hathaway hosted the Oscars. It’s not the ceremony we remember so much as the intense backlash the pair received following their performance, which was, shall we say, less than stellar. James was stoned the whole time and Anne was, well, Anne. When all was said and done, things were left less than friendly between them – though they’ve since made up. Still, this story is not yet over.
In an interview with Howard Stern (via US Weekly), James admitted that he can see why some people find Anne a bit hard to warm to, and he kind of doesn’t blame them:
“I’m happy to revisit this, but you’re going to have to take the lead,” Franco, 34, warned Stern. “If you’re going to talk about it, you’re going to have to give your opinions . . . She does not want me talking about this, but okay.”
“Everyone sort of hates Anne Hathaway, and I’ve explained that I do too and I don’t know even know why sometimes,” Stern explained. “She’s just so affected [and] actress-y that even when she wins an award she’s out of breath, and then she has the standard joke that sounds like it’s [been] written [for her]. And it all seems so scripted and acted.”
“She comes off like the goody two-shoes actress and it’s just fun to sort of hate her,” the radio host added. “Hate is a strong word . . . but [I] dislike her, even though she is a great actress. Is that accurate?”
“I’m not an expert on — I guess they’re called ‘Hatha-haters’– but I think that’s what maybe triggers it,” Franco agreed.
“Are you still friendly with her?” Stern asked.
“We haven’t talked in a while,” the Oz the Great and Powerful actor admitted of his relationship with the now Oscar-winning actress. But he later added, “Anne and I made up, by the way. Let’s just get that on the record.”
“It was a really hard time after the Oscars,” Franco added. “She wasn’t mad at me, I don’t think . . . she didn’t say she was mad at me for what happened . . . The critics were so nasty.”
You can bet your balls she was mad at you, Franco. You ruined her big night!! It was Anne Hathaway’s special evening to dress up pretty and be a superstar and you robbed her of the experience! How very dare you.
March 26, 2013 at 9:30 am by Jennifer
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: