‘SNL’: Guest Host Seth Rogen Ribs James Franco About Underage Girl Incident

By | Sunday April 13, 2014 @ 2:57am PDT

Seth Rogen — aka “Bear Man” as nicknamed by former Saturday Night Live character Vinny Veducci (Bill Hader) — marked his third guest host appearance on the NBC sketch comedy show tonight. Rogen was only 23 years old when he first hosted, and apparently he was having so much … Read More »

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Justin Kelly Teams With James Franco & Gus Van Sant For ‘Michael’

By | Friday April 11, 2014 @ 12:39pm PDT
Mike Fleming

mag-19friend-t_CA1-articleInlineJustin Kelly, a protege of Gus Van Sant, has set a summer start date for Michael, a film that Kelly will direct that will star James Franco. The pic is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis article “My Ex-Gay Read More »

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Deadline’s Best Film Stories Of The Week

By | Sunday February 9, 2014 @ 5:11pm PST

Catch up on Deadline’s top film stories you missed this week:

James Franco The RoomJames Franco’s Production Company Acquires Book About So-Bad-It’s-Good Cult Movie ‘The Room’
By The Deadline Team – James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned book and life rights to The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the book published last fall by Simon & Schuster from actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell.

BOX OFFICE: ‘Lego’ Blockbuster $69M+; ‘Monuments Men’ Solid Second; ‘Vampire Academy’ Has No Bite
By Anita Busch The Lego Movie is in the record books as the biggest animated pic opener of all time for Warner Bros., surpassing Happy Feet which opened to $41.5M in 2006 (and went onto gross $384.3M worldwide). It’s also the biggest opener ever for the studio in February.

Universal Closes $1 Million Spec Deal For ‘Mena,’ 80s Drug Tale Ron Howard Will Direct
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures today closed a $1 million spec deal for Mena, a script by Gary Spinelli that has Ron Howard attached to direct.

Benedict-CumberbatchBerlin Record Deal: Harvey Weinstein Pays $7 Million For Alan Turing WWII Tale ‘The Imitation Game’
By Mike Fleming Jr.EXCLUSIVE: In what I am told will go down as the highest price paid ever for U.S. rights on a movie at the European Film Market, The Weinstein Company has locked a deal to pay $7 million for The Imitation Game, the Graham Moore Black List script that Morten Tyldum directed with Benedict Cumberbatch playing Alan Turing, the genius British mathematician, logician, cryptologist and computer scientist who led the charge to crack the German Enigma Code that helped the Allies win WWII. Read More »

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James Franco’s Production Company Acquires Book About So-Bad-It’s-Good Cult Movie ‘The Room’

James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions has optioned book and life rights DisasterArtistto The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the book published last fall by Simon & Schuster from actor Greg Sestero and journalist Tom Bissell. Read More »

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One More Hyphenate For James Franco: Acting School Headmaster

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 3:55pm PST
Mike Fleming

jfrJames Franco, already the entertainment industry’s answer to the Swiss Army Knife, has found yet another way to be more versatile. He has teamed up with Playhouse West to run his own acting school, Studio 4, at the Sherry … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: James Franco In ‘Maladies’

By | Tuesday February 4, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

Just as James Franco announces that he’ll be running his own acting school, Tribeca Film has released a trailer for a film he stars in that premiered at Berlin last year. Maladies features Franco, Catherine Keener and Fallon Goodson as three people struggling to coexist … Read More »

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Super Bowl XLVIII: The Good, The Bad, The Ads

Super Bowl 2014Super Bowl XLVIII: total bust as a game, middling year for ads –  though outrage was tearing up Twitter by the time the game sputtered to a close over a Coke commercial in which “America the Beautiful” was … Read More »

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Super Bowl Ad: James Franco To Play Rob Riggle Selling Ford Vehicles: Video

By | Wednesday January 29, 2014 @ 3:32pm PST

Add James Franco to the list of Hollywood glitterati taking over the Super Bowl, ad-wise. Franco will play an alternate version of Rob Riggle in the final 60 seconds of a 90-second ad hawking the Ford Fusion Hybrid. Riggle plays himself in the first 30-seconds. Still with … Read More »

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Sundance: Well, Wake The Gimp! James Franco Finally Finds Distributor For Last Year’s Fest Docu ‘Kink’

By | Sunday January 19, 2014 @ 1:04pm PST
Mike Fleming

kinkHow long should it take for a Sundance film to find distribution, with James Franco behind it and the subject matter kinky sex? How about a year for the film to climax in a deal? Just got a press release that MPI Pictures acquired North American rights and plans a late summer theatrical release for Kink, the documentary that played at Sundance 2013, about the San Francisco fetish website Kink.com. Franco exec produced, Vince Jolivette produced through their Rabbit Bandini banner, and Christina Voros directed it. She worked with Franco as cinematographer on As I Lay Dying and Child Of God. The film was repped by Preferred Content‘s Kevin Iwashina. Pic tells the story of sex, submission and big business as seen through the eyes of the unlikely pornographers whose 9-to-5 workdays are spent within the confines of the San Francisco Armory building. That’s the home to the sprawling production facilities of Kink.com, the world’s largest producer of pornography with BDSM themes. Read More »

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Specialty Box Office: ‘Her’ Strong; ‘August: Osage County’ Holds; ‘Interior. Leather Bar.’ Rings In Quiet Start To 2014

Specialty Box OfficeLet’s hope the first weekend of 2014 is just a blip in the calendar. As newcomers are mostly hiding out, some holdovers have held steadfast in a freezing cold weekend for a huge chunk of the country. TWC’s Read More »

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2013 LA Film Critics: ‘Gravity’ & ‘Her’ Tie For Best Picture (Winners List)

LAFCA LogoUPDATED, 2:35 PM: The LA Film Critics Association held its annual end-of year awards vote today, handing Best Picture to WB pics Gravity and Her in one of multiple ties. The big surprise of the day went down as Best Supporting Actor award resulted in a tie between Oscar contender Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and James Franco (Spring Breakers). Also tying for LAFCA honors were Cate Blanchett for Blue Jasmine and Adèle Exarchopoulos for Blue Is the Warmest Color, while Nebraska‘s Bruce Dern was named Best Actor and Alfonso Cuaron beat Spike Jonze for Best Director.

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Runner-up: The Great Beauty

BEST PICTURE (tie): Gravity and Her

BEST ACTRESS (tie): Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Blue Is the Warmest Color

BEST SCREENPLAY: Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy, Ethan Hawke, Before Midnight
Runner-up: Spike Jonze,

BEST ACTOR: Bruce Dern, Nebraska
Runner-up: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
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James Franco, Chris O’Dowd Debut On Broadway In ‘Of Mice And Men’

By | Tuesday November 26, 2013 @ 3:04am PST
Mike Fleming

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd have signed on to make their Broadway debuts in Of Mice And Men, the first new production of the John Steinbeck novel … Read More »

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UPDATED: Slain TSA Agent With Warner Bros. Ties ID’d; LAX Shooting Leaves News Networks Cautious, Celebrities Cub-Reporting, ‘Mad Men’ Crew Stranded

By and | Saturday November 2, 2013 @ 10:00am PDT

UPDATED: TSA has ID’d its slain officer as Gerardo I. Hernandez, who was the husband of Warner Bros.’ Manager of Worldwide Marketing Budgets Ana Machuca.

PREVIOUS UPDATE, FRIDAY PM: Cable news networks exercised extreme caution covering the shootout at LAX this morning when a gunman opened fire with a high-powered rifle at a security area and made his way deep into Terminal 3 before being wounded and apprehended — a shooting that left one TSA agent dead, and actors and network execs reporting for news operations.

In the cable news First To Bulletin Race: Fox News Channel broke in first, at 12:42:43 PM ET, followed by CNN at 12:44:38 and MSNBC 12:46:34 to cover the shooting that left injured seven — six of whom were sent to local hospitals, including the gunman, who was shot multiple times in the chest by an LAPD officer.

James Franco was on the scene — of course he was — though stuck in a plane at LAX. “At #lax Some S**tbag shot up the place” he tweeted, also Instagramming a pic of himself stuck on the plane. Tim Daly called in to CNN and delivered one of the most colorful initial reports from the scene. He’d been in a VIP lounge at Terminal 3 when the gunman was wounded and apprehended very nearby, in the vicinity of Gate 35, he said. Very quickly after the shooting “The LAPD burst into the lounge…weapons drawn, herding everybody together to make sure there were no bad guys in the lounge,” he described, noting that “having a gun pointed at you” in real life is a harrowing experience. He complimented authorities for doing “an outstanding job trying to keep people calm” and said he and others were locked in the lounge for “almost an hour” and when they were brought out, he saw a rifle and several clips on the ground about 30 feet away, as well as a blood and broken glass. Authorities told them to be careful not to disturb the blood or glass as they moved to the tunnel.

But Discovery Channel’s Mythbusters personality Tory Belleci is credited with breaking the new that something was up at LAX when he tweeted at 9:23 AM:”Something crazy is doing down at LAX. People running everywhere. We just got evacuated.” He and Mythbusters colleague Grant Imahara were in Terminal 3 at the time of the shooting, en route to Delaware for the filming of Discovery’s Punkin Chunkin. The two are tentatively booked to tell their stories to CNN’s Anderson Cooper tonight; Belleci was closer to the shooting, at Gate 33, while Imahara was also in the Virgin Airlines lounge. “During evac, I counted officers from Airport Police, LAPD, Homeland Security & other local PDs. All calm, all working together. Thanks guys!” Imahara tweeted about two hours after the gunfire.

AMC’s Lionsgate period drama Mad Men was the only thing filming at the airport today, according to officials at the LAX film office. The crew of about 20-30 had just completed the scene they were filming, at Terminal 4, before shooting occurred and, like many others at LAX, were held in limbo while authorities investigated the shooting. Only late this afternoon was the crew at the airport –able to get the last of their equipment out of the airport, and they had to literally walk it out – no trucks allowed.

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James Franco’s ‘Child Of God’ Acquired By Spotlight Pictures

By | Wednesday October 23, 2013 @ 9:45pm PDT

The film premiered at Venice and later screened as a special presentation at Toronto. Spotlight Pictures has taken international rights to director-star James Franco‘s Child Of God, an adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel … Read More »

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James Franco Visits ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ To Talk Shakespeare, Tarantino, His New Book: Video

By | Tuesday October 22, 2013 @ 6:11am PDT

James Franco explained his new book, Actors Anonymous, on Jimmy Kimmel Live last night. Some of the chapters are lists of statements:

- I was alive when Shakespeare wrote all that crap.

- I am all actors.

- When they get older some actors that were once respected become clowns.

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Hot Trailer: Sly Stallone-Penned ‘Homefront’ Red Band

By | Friday October 18, 2013 @ 4:25pm PDT

Open Road’s Homefront stars James Franco and Jason Statham from a script by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Sylvester Stallone. The Gary Fleder-directed action thriller follows a widowed ex-fed who moves his daughter to a small town to start rebuilding. Nice idea, anyway. It opens just in time for … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: James Franco’s ‘Sal’

By | Monday September 30, 2013 @ 5:00pm PDT

James Franco directs the pic about 1950s teen idol and Oscar-nominated actor Sal Mineo, who rocketed to fame with his turns in Rebel Without A Cause and Otto Preminger’s Exodus before he was stabbed to death at age 37. Sal, scripted by Stacey Miller with a … Read More »

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James Franco Parts Ways With Longtime Manager

By | Friday September 27, 2013 @ 9:11am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: James Franco and his manager of almost two decades Miles Levy have split, Deadline has learned. He continues to be repped by CAA, but for now he will … Read More »

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Fox Gives ‘The Mindy Project’ Early VOD/Digital Debut

By | Tuesday September 10, 2013 @ 7:39am PDT

In a move we’ve come to expect for freshman series — but for returning ones, not so much — Fox will preview the season debut of The Mindy Project on VOD and digital platforms beginning today. That’s a … Read More »

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