The next stop for the Oz promo tour was Tokyo, Japan on February 20. James attended the premiere alongside director Sam Rami and co-star Rachel Rachel Weisz. Several photos from the premiere as well as James arriving in Japan have been added to the gallery.
Back on February 13, James arrived in style (via hot air balloon) to the Los Angeles premiere (the first of many premieres) of Oz: The Great and Powerful. Photos of James walking the Yellow Brick Road have been added to the gallery.
And here are some red carpet videos.
Here’s a quick roundup of several video interviews of James from the Oz: The Great and Powerful press junket.
In case you missed James’ appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, you can check it out below!
If you haven’t heard already, James is on the cover of the March issue of Details Magazine! The site has a pretty lengthy interview with James on their site. You can read a bit of it below.
James Franco is trying to remember why he was in Paris that summer, five, six years ago. He’s spent the past few minutes explaining, without pause, how it all came together for him there, a kind of eureka moment, and he started to become this A-list actor/eternal grad student/writer/avant-garde artist-filmmaker/soap-opera regular James Franco character that everyone appears to be so confused by. Now, if he could just remember why he was in Paris.
“I thought I was going to have to learn French because . . . Damn, why did I think I had to learn French?”
Franco has this stonerlike way of zoning out, then talking in Faulkner-length paragraphs. They take you places, then other places, and times—his native Palo Alto, Hollywood, New York, New Haven (where he’s currently working on his Ph.D. in English at Yale). And at this moment, to Paris, in what I’m construing was 2008. In this pause, the first since we sat down for coffee an hour ago, Franco looks up at nearby tables in the Restaurant at the Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood, where everyone’s suddenly busy pretending he’s not there, and I look down at my five pages of questions for him, sitting where they were when we first shook hands. A half-hour from now, when we agree to meet up again at the Warhol show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (his idea) and perhaps write a poem together (mine), they’re still sitting there.
Franco is about to re-enter the mass consciousness, with six films slated to open in 2013, including Sam Raimi’s prequel to The Wizard of Oz, Oz the Great and Powerful. I’ve been boning up on him—no easy task: The places and times of Franco’s life at 34 are so much more far-flung and numerous than you might imagine. But the thrust of my five-page “questionnaire,” as he calls it, is reducible to a simple question: Is this a serious post-Warhol actor/meta-celebrity or just another actor gaming his celebrity? And in either case, what is Franco trying to do?
As I’ll learn, it’s exactly the question he has been trying to answer. Because he’s been puzzling his own way through it since that summer in Paris . . .
Directors Christina Voros and Travis Matthews join James Franco to discuss their new movies premiering at Sundance.
The interesting thing about Kink is that it operates as a big, strange family of sorts. All 130 employees share a similar vision and all seem very gung ho about their racy products.
After optioning Stephen Elliott’s 2009 book The Adderall Diaries, Franco, as a favor, agreed to shoot a couple of days on the film adaptation of Elliott’s first screenplay, About Cherry, in mid-2011. The movie shot a few days inside the Armory, and Franco was given a crash course in the world of Kink.com.
“I was given a tour of the place, and then I got to watch a video being made,” says Franco. “It was very interesting because the dynamic in front of the camera was very different from what was happening off camera. It was a BDSM scene of a girl in a cage, and very intense, but off-screen it was surprisingly warm and cooperative, with everyone as a willing participant. I thought I’d like to explore this, and I’m sure a lot of other people would, too.”
It took several months to convince Acworth and the Kink.com team that they were going to make an objective documentary and once their subjects agreed, Franco offered the directing task to Voros, his longtime collaborator.
“One of the things I learned in making the film is the world of BDSM really is a continuum, and from the outside, a lot of it may seem very extreme, but there are elements that are very relatable,” says Voros.
James Franco had no intention of being the sex king of the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. But sometimes the universe gifts us a miracle.
So it has come to pass that the 34-year-old actor has arrived in town to promote no less than three sex-filled films. In “Lovelace,” the dark story of the ’70s-era porn star, he plays Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. “Kink” is a Franco-produced documentary about the world’s largest producer of BDSM pornography. And then there’s a co-directing effort called “Interior. Leather Bar.,” a sexually charged riff on a 1980 film about gay cruising.
Has this all been part of Franco’s plan, the next step in his always-keep-you-guessing, is-he-really-going-there-now career? Or is it just happenstance, the entertainment gods smiling down upon us? Franco, predictably thoughtful on the subject, can see it both ways.
“If you think about the origins of each of these films, it is a coincidence,” he told MTV News. “But if you think about it as there’s something in the air — and I do believe there are waves of things that interest filmmakers and people in television — then maybe it’s not such a coincidence.”
A few weeks ago, James attended the Rome Film Festival for the premiere of his films as well as other events. Photos have been added to the gallery.
– Appearances > 2012 > James Franco And Douglas Gordon Premiere – The 7th Rome Film Festival
– Appearances > 2012 > James Franco And Douglas Gordon Masterclass And Cubovision Award – The 7th Rome Film Festival
– Appearances > 2012 > Lancia At The 7th Rome Film Festival – Day 8
– Appearances > 2012 > ‘Dream & Tar’ Premiere – The 7th Rome Film Festival
And some videos…
Playing a bit of catchup here on the site and to start things off, I’ve added photos of James at the Gucci store opening in Brazil from November.
– Appearances > 2012 > Gucci store opening in Sao Paolo, Brazil
And some videos from the event.