December 9, 2010 at 8:00 am by Sarah
James Franco went on Jimmy Kimmel to talk about his new movie 127 Hours, but of course he fielded questions about how in the hell he wound up hosting this year’s Oscars. When the clip above picks up, he had just explained that he and the show’s producer, Bruce Cohen (who also produced James’ movie Milk), were brainstorming about how he could be involved in the show when Bruce asked him if he’d just host the whole thing.
Of course James says he’s mainly hosting the Oscars for the experience, which is seems to be the motivating factor behind most of his career choices these days. Not that that’s a bad thing; Franco is one of the most interesting dudes in showbiz because of his penchant for popping up in kind of odd places… Including the roof of Jimmy Kimmel’s studio.
December 3, 2010 at 3:00 pm by Molls
Are you guys way excited about this? You should be. We’re going to see Anne Hathaway be gorgeous and perhaps attempt to discuss anal sex with James Franco, who will tragically be too preoccupied with carrying the show. There will be stoner jokes, art jokes, hipster jokes, and jokes about whatever Anne Hathaway does (Jake Gyllenhaal’s penis?).*
Here’s the official announcement:
“James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27. We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.”
See? Fresh and exciting, that’s exactly what I said. Following this line of thought, I’m going to go ahead and predict that the Academy Awards in 2016 are going to be hosted by Justin Timberlake and Justin Bieber. If I were you, I’d go ahead and mark your calendars.
*I don’t have anything against Anne Hathaway, it’s just that I feel like this is going to be James Franco’s Special Day. It seems like everyone who’s ever watched a movie thinks he’s getting nominated for his work in 127 Hours, and meanwhile all Love and Other Drugs seems to be good for is screencapping Anne and Jake’s (NSFW) naughty bits. Tough break for Anne, that’s all I’m saying.
November 29, 2010 at 1:47 pm by Emily
Jeff Bridges’ official title is Icon of the Year, and maybe I’m young and naive, but why? Is it because of the new TRON movie? Is it a nod to his work in The Last Unicorn? It’s probably because of how Crazy Heart was all over the Oscars like a bad case of crabs, isn’t it? Yeah, that’s probably why.
Then there’s Drake, who’s been named the Breakout of the Year, and I just don’t know who he is. I mean, I know he sang some songs, but let’s be real, the only time I would have heard of any currently popular hip hop artist would be at the gay bar, and it’s not like I’d ever go up to the DJ and ask for names because I’m always way too focused on my margarita and on talking to this guy who likes to sing Disney songs to me and then pretend like I didn’t notice that he just snorted something off his hand. So I apologize, Drake, but I’m sure you’d understand.
Next is James Franco, whose work I’m actually familiar with, as the Leading Man of the Year. I’m pretty sure this is because everyone thinks he’s going to get an Oscar for 127 Hours. Has anyone seen that? From what I’ve read, it’s pretty gruesome and also not that great. Whatever, GQ is about ten years too late anyway. Remember Freaks and Geeks? Exactly.
Finally, Stephen Colbert is the Patriot of the Year, and this is by far my favorite. I don’t understand how one could not love Stephen Colbert, and I might go as far as to say that he deserves higher honors, such as the sole GQ cover or perhaps something of the Nobel variety.
What do you guys think about GQ’s list? Do you have cruel words for me because of my Drake ignorance? Are there men who have been tragically overlooked? Tell me all about it, guys.
November 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm by Emily
Ok, I’ll give you a couple more words, but really, just look at the picture for a minute. Doesn’t James Franco make such a dramatic-looking woman? Like if you gave him some finger waves, he could totally be banging Humphrey Bogart?
This is definitely what looks like another awesome photo shoot by Terry Richardson, and it’s for Candy, a newish magazine that refers to itself as “the first fashion magazine ever completely dedicated to celebrating transvestism, transexuality, cross dressing and androgyny, in all its manifestations.” In related news, I am incredibly excited for the future.
October 6, 2010 at 8:31 am by Emily
His solo art show opens on June 23rd in New York, and there is no doubt in my mind that it will be a brilliant assault to the senses.
The show, titled “The Dangerous Book Four Boys,” has a little bit of everything: there are sculptures, photographs, drawings, and video (including home videos of Franco as a child). Wall Street Journal got the chance to talk to Franco and the show’s curator, Alanna Heiss, about the show’s subject matter:
“The Dangerous Book Four Boys” addresses boyhood and the “sexual confusion” of adolescence, as Ms. Heiss put it. Short films focus on demolition, showing burning or bullet-riddled structures like a plastic toy home or a large wooden rocket (the exhibition contains originals or replicas of these). Another work explores a romantic encounter between “Star Trek” characters Spock and James T. Kirk.
And don’t for one second think that James Franco is just being a pretentious celebrity. He’s actually ridiculously well-educated, so he kind of knows what he’s doing. He’s a stoner/scholar/movie star/inspiration, and don’t you forget it.