ESQUIRE.COM – Jared Leto, currently starring in Dallas Buyers Club, has made a short film with his band Thirty Seconds to Mars called City of Angels about the city of Los Angeles, and for it he’s gathered an intimidating cast of local celebrities to talk about their lives there, including Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Juliette Lewis… and James Franco. Here we’re premiering exclusive unseen footage from the shooting of the doc, in which Franco tells the story of his rise in L.A. Young Franco purportedly dreamed of “sun and palm trees” and wanted to be the “third James” to attend UCLA (following the footsteps of his heroes Jim Morrison and James Dean). Then he goes off on a tangent about broken dreams. All in all, pretty whacky but endearing, which is to say, exactly what we’ve come to expect from James Franco.
Silver Lake residents may wring their hands over neighbors renting out houses on the travelers website Airbnb, but some high-profile L.A. locations will be rolling out the welcome mat for the company next week. With the help of celebrities including James Franco, Lake Bell and Anjelica Huston, Airbnb is installing pop-up houses — modern mini-studios from prefab manufacturer Kithaus — at locations such as the Viper Room (Moby) and the Grove (Molly Sims) for four days starting Friday. Plans also call for entertainment and activities.
Spokeswoman Emily Joffrion said designer Emily Henderson was brought in to serve as chief liaison, translating celebrity questionnaires about style and inspirations into actual interiors with the help of additional designers.
“You think you know these people because they are in the public eye, but then you get their questionnaires back and you see these curveballs, in a good way,” Henderson said. Here’s a rundown of three pop-ups. More details and schedule at www.airbnbhellola.com.
Designer: Matthew Lanphier
Location: Hollywood Forever Cemetery
The look: A custom paint-by-numbers artwork serves as a 1970s-flavored, bohemian backdrop to the giant “YOLO,” the acronym for “you only live once.” “It’s a trite hashtag right now, but we’re trying to use it ironically, since we’re at the cemetery,” Henderson said, laughing. “That was our wink at him to show his mischievous side.” Other elements: a hand chair based on the design of Pedro Freideberg and a headboard upholstered in vintage leather scraps stitched in a random pattern. Out of view: an exterior wall the design team is calling “the mausoleum,” with 32 placards printed with quotes from Franco’s favorite authors and equipped with miniature vases of fresh flowers, just like a real mausoleum. “It’s kind of creepy and totally awesome,” Henderson said.
At the Comedy Central roast of James Franco this Sunday, Seth Rogen, Andy Samburg and Aziz Ansari relentlessly picked apart the honoree.
Franco admitted post-show that sharing the berating burden with the rest of the dais — Jonah Hill’s weight was the biggest target of the night — made it easier to endure countless jokes about his failure as an Oscar host, his ambiguous sexuality, questionable film choices, constant schooling and general renaissance man qualities with a smile on his face. “I’ve never watched one of these roasts. I chose not to research this so I had no idea that they were going to be roasting each other [too]. I thought I’d be sitting here for two hours bearing the brunt of it so it was a huge relief,” Franco explained. “I had a great time. Everybody was awesome, solid.”
You can see just how awesome when the special airs on Sept. 2 and until then here are some of the night’s best putdowns, slams and lampoons:
Seth Rogen: “James has acted alongside some amazing actors — Robert DeNiro, Tommy Lee Jones. He once played opposite an unruly chimp with giant teeth but it was worth it because Eat, Pray, Love turned out awesome. What? Is she here? She’s not here. Like she f–king watches this bulls–t.
They ripped him for his Oscar hosting performance, for his varied roles, for his poetry, the sexuality of his screen characters and his artistic paintings. They even knocked his grandmother.
But James Franco insisted he came out on top of the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco filmed Sunday night at Culver Studios.
“It didn’t hurt,” Franco proclaimed after the show. “If you’re going to do this kind of thing, you should just be ready for whatever. It’s not like I haven’t heard criticism about my performance in the Oscars. Or jokes about my choice of gay roles.”
“I feel great and I feel everyone was awesome,” he added.
As I mentioned this morning, James Franco has been hinting at a return to television. What exactly could the man who has starred on both Freaks and Geeks and General Hospital be up to?
Now we know: This fall Ovation, the arts-themed cable network, will debut James Franco Presents, a series focused on Franco’s artistic works and interests.
From the network:
From his gallery exhibits to his students’ films, the innovative series will provide an exclusive opportunity to hear Mr. Franco’s point of view on his most personal passion projects, most of which have not been seen by the public. … Thousands of hours from Mr. Franco’s personal video library will be showcased, including video diaries, documentary footage from his most ambitious art films and interactions with his heroes from every artistic genre.
Since Comedy Central announced the multi-talented James Franco as roastee for this year’s iteration of the Comedy Central Roast, buzz has continued to heat up. The Roast master of the Emmy award-nominated special will be none other than Seth Rogen, who starred in various films with Franco including “This is the End” and the newest comedy “The Interview.”
Even though we do not have an official list of celebs to match-up against Franco during the special, we do know that every hit thrown is “not gonna be pretty” based on the commercial showing Franco slowly receiving a jab from a boxing glove. Franco will join the list of other notable roastees, which includes Joan Rivers, Pamela Anderson, Donald Trump and William Shatner. The special will be taped in Los Angeles this month and is set to premiere Sept. 2, the Monday of Labor Day weekend, so stay tuned.
The snow is piling up on the streets of small-town Utah, and James Franco is talking about sex.
He is talking about sex in the way James Franco talks about sex: as a narrative tool, as a humanizing mechanism, as a way to help us understand academic differences between film and literature.
“We’ve been using violence as a storytelling device for decades, but we’ve only just begun to use sex that way instead of as simply something to shock,” he says, responding to a straightforward interview question with a disquisition on sexuality and film. Despite Franco’s charm and disheveled good looks, there is something clinical, earnest, unsexy about him. Hearing him talk about sex is like hearing one of the world’s great chefs talk about fine food and feeling no discernible appetite.
The previous evening, Franco had shown his documentary “Kink,” about a fetish website, to a midnight audience at the Sundance Film Festival. The audience was uncomfortable, in a way that midnight Sundance audiences are seldom uncomfortable. Watching them from the back of the theater, Franco found himself surprised. But as he reflects on it now, he does not primarily see in the audience’s reaction a comment on sexuality. He sees a difference between the novelistic and the cinematic.
Zap2it is reporting that James will be starring, or rather making a cameo, in the upcoming Veronica Mars film! As a fan of the series, this just makes the film even more awesome!
Exciting news, Marshmallows! Zap2it has some scoop on the “Veronica Mars” movie.
A source tells us that James Franco is scripted to appear … as himself. He’ll be one of several celebrities in the movie who have been victims of a hidden camera scam. No, not like on “Duped!” — “one of those reality shows where people get duped into doing stupid things like giving some stranger their car or a bunch of money.”
But the kind of scam where someone hides cameras in famous people’s houses and tries to sell the videos. Sounds like a case for everyone’s favorite pint-sized private eye.
As part of YouTube’s “Comedy Week,” Zach Galifianakis held a very special edition of his Funny or Die web series Between Two Ferns which starts out like a regular James Franco interview but then gets weird real quick. Lonely Island and Edward Norton co-star, which is great, because we haven’t seen those guys in forever.
Here is the first trailer for As I Lay Dying.