Review: In the Detroit-set ‘Kin,’ a kid with a very big gun
In the teen sci-fi thriller "Kin," a shy 14-year-old kid finds unearthly powers in the vacant warehouses of Detroit — an intriguing if standard young-adult premise that dissolves before your eyes in this inept and erratic directorial debut.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A passenger on an Alaska Airlines flight from Seattle to Anchorage, Alaska, looked up from his audio book to see a naked man yelling and heading toward the cockpit.
"I thought it was some kind of attack," Nick Steffl said.
When the naked man reversed course Monday night and ran to the rear of the jet, Steffl confronted him. Another passenger helped restrain the man and the jet landed safely about 45 minutes later. The man was transported to an Anchorage hospital.
Sean Penn, Oscar winner, is now a novelist
NEW YORK (AP) — Sean Penn, Oscar-winning actor, has other passions these days.
"I'm not in love with the job of acting anymore," says Penn, whose films include "Milk," ''Mystic River," ''Dead Man Walking" and many others. "In fact, what I want to do is write books."
Blu-ray reviews: ‘The Deuce: The Complete First Season’ and ‘Homeland: The Complete Sixth Season’
Here's a look at a few adult-themed, cable-television series now available in the Blu-ray format.
The Deuce: The Complete First Season (HBO Home Entertainment, rated TV-MA, 500 minutes, 1.78:1 aspect ratio, $59.99) Creators David Simon and George Pelecanos (both from "The Wire" and "Treme") offered HBO viewers an urban crime drama that delivered an unwelcomed look at New York City during the 1970s.
James Franco’s high school removes his art after allegations
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — James Franco's former high school has taken down a mural he painted and plans to remove other art donated by the celebrity alumnus who is facing allegations of sexual misconduct in Hollywood.
Removing the artwork from Palo Alto High School is "in the best interests of our students in light of our educational mission," Superintendent Karen Hendricks said Thursday in a statement.
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Vanity Fair regrets extra limbs for Oprah, Reese Witherspoon
NEW YORK (AP) — Social media sleuths had a field day Friday at the expense of Vanity Fair over what appeared to be digital manipulation of the magazine's cover spread on Hollywood that lent what looked to some like a third leg for Reese Witherspoon and an extra hand for Oprah Winfrey.
The magazine responded on Twitter with an apology for an "error" in regard to Winfrey. As for Witherspoon, Vanity Fair said the third leg was actually the lining of her dress.
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James Franco accusers detail misconduct allegations on ‘GMA’
NEW YORK (AP) — Two women who have accused actor James Franco of sexual misconduct said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday that they're waiting for him to make amends.
Violet Paley and Sarah Tither-Kaplan repeated accusations they've made on Twitter that Franco abused his power and behaved inappropriately.
Paley has accused Franco of coercing her into performing oral sex on him. "He kind of like pushed my head down and was like, saying, 'come on,'" she said Tuesday.
“The Shape of Water” is shaping up as the film to beat at this year’s Academy Awards.
Tuesday, it received 13 nominations, including nods for Best Picture, Actress (Sally Hawkins), Supporting Actor (Richard Jenkins), Supporting Actress (Octavia Spencer) and Director (Guillermo del Toro). Del Toro, alone, could win three awards.
Alison Brie has spoken out to defend her brother-in-law James Franco and the way he has conducted himself after being accused of sexual misconduct.
With a lighter touch, SAG Awards follows a familiar script
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With a still undetermined awards race and an industry undergoing tectonic shifts with the Me Too and Time's Up movements, awards shows have become canaries in the coal mine.
After the Golden Globes, it was clear that the entertainment business was not shying away from its problems, but the Screen Actors Guild Awards suggested that perhaps the Hollywood reckoning is now following a familiar script.
4 pressing questions ahead of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations
NEW YORK (AP) — Oscar nominations balloting might be finished but Hollywood's "Me Too" moment has kept right on going.
When Academy Awards nominations are announced Tuesday morning, it might be a brief, celebratory reprieve for an industry enflamed by sexual harassment scandals and gender equality protests.
Apatow: Hollywood ‘waking up to how terrible things have been’
Actresses, shows about women win big at Critics’ Choice
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — It was a good night for women at the Critics' Choice Awards, which honored women-centered stories like "Big Little Lies," ''The Handmaid's Tale" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel." ''Wonder Woman" was named best action movie and star Gal Gadot accepted a special award for challenging gender stereotypes.
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James Franco denies sexual misconduct allegations
NEW YORK (AP) — After allegations of sexual misconduct circulated on social media about James Franco, the actor told late-night host Stephen Colbert that the "the things I heard on Twitter are not accurate."
The allegations against Franco were prompted in part by Franco's best actor in a comedy or musical win Sunday at the Golden Globes for his film "The Disaster Artist." At the ceremony, Franco wore a pin supporting the "Time's Up" initiative for gender equality in Hollywood.
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Golden Globe winners celebrate backstage
The Latest: New Globes winners get their trophies engraved
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the presentation of the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards from the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California (all times local):
The newly minted Golden Globes winners had a good reason to stop by the official show after-party this year, and it has nothing to do with the booze.
James Franco hails Oprah’s Globe speech
Franco turns bad into gold with Globe for ‘Disaster Artist’
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — James Franco took what was arguably the worst performance in movie history and turned it into what was arguably his own greatest role, taking home a Golden Globe on Sunday for "The Disaster Artist" that puts him on the inside track for an Academy Award nomination.
Franco played Tommy Wiseau, Hollywood cult hero of mysterious origins and the force behind the worst-best-film-ever "The Room," in "The Disaster Artist."
List of winners for 75th annual Golden Globe Awards
List of winners for the 75th annual Golden Globe Awards, announced Sunday by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association:
—Motion Picture, Drama: "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
—Actor, Motion Picture, Drama: Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour."
—Actress, Motion Picture, Drama: Frances McDormand, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri."
—Director, Motion Picture: Guillermo Del Toro, "The Shape of Water."
List of nominees for the Screen Actors Guild Awards
WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) — A list of the nominees for the 24th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, announced Wednesday in West Hollywood, California:
Actor: Timothee Chalamet, "Call Me By Your Name," James Franco, "The Disaster Artist," Daniel Kaluuya, "Get Out," Gary Oldman, "Darkest Hour" and Denzel Washington, "Roman J. Israel, ESQ."
This week in art-house cinema: Classic movies, Christmas movies and a silent movie
Holiday classics and some Circle Cinema unique offerings fill the specialty cinema calendar for the week.
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“The Disaster Artist”: James Franco is getting some of the best reviews of his career for this comedy biopic in which he plays indie filmmaker Tommy Wiseau, whose cult film “The Room” has been called the worst movie ever made.
James Franco directs and stars in one of the year's best films – about one of the worst movies ever made
Made by a famously flighty director-star and taking its inspiration from one of the worst movies of all-time, "The Disaster Artist" could have been a disaster itself.
Alison Brie saw brother-in-law James Franco naked on Disaster Artist
Alison Brie saw her brother-in-law James Franco naked on her first day on set on 'The Disaster Artist'.
The 34-year-old actress stars in the new the dramatization of the making of Tommy Wiseau's 'The Room' alongside her husband Dave Franco, 32, and his older brother James - who directed and stars as Tommy as he portrays Johnny in the 2003 cult film.
The drama has been named the year's best film; other winners include 'Three Billboards' and 'Get Out'
Detroit has a lot of love for Florida.
"The Florida Project" was chosen as the year's best movie by the Detroit Film Critics Society, which announced its picks for its end of 2017 awards on Thursday.
‘The Disaster Artist’ writers discuss making a movie about a movie they’ve never seen
'The Disaster Artist' writers discuss making a movie about a movie they've never seen
CLEVELAND, Ohio – It might surprise you to learn that screenwriters Michael Weber and Scott Neustadter, who wrote the screenplay to James Franco's "The Disaster Artist," never saw the movie that inspired their latest work before they took on the project.
LOS ANGELES -- Sometime in 2003, a billboard sprang up over Highland Avenue advertising a new movie called “The Room,” adorned with a screening RSVP hotline and the strange, looming mug of its writer, director, producer and star, Tommy Wiseau.
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James Franco "only" worked for two weeks this year.
The 39-year-old actor has over 50 acting credits to his name, has directed productions, written screenplays, published a book of short stories, and worked as a lecturer teaching film making, among other numerous projects, but despite his achievements he has claimed he has been taking it easy this year.
The dark-haired hunk told Variety: "I have stopped. I only worked as an actor for two weeks this whole year, in a Coen Brothers film."
To be a cultural phenomenon, you have to form an active and engaged fan base and have a strong duration in your appeal. Above all, you need the bandwagon effect, making people like your creation largely because others do.
How James Franco made a good movie about the worst film ever
LOS ANGELES (AP) — There are bad movies, and then there is "The Room," a spectacularly bizarre independent drama from 2003 starring, written, financed and directed by Tommy Wiseau, a unique-looking and accented man of ambiguous age and origin. "The Room" tells the story of a San Francisco banker, Johnny (Wiseau), whose fiancé, Lisa, and best friend, Mark, have an affair. And it is bafflingly awful — scenes are out of focus, plotlines are left dangling, soft-core sex scenes leave you cringing and the dialogue sounds downright alien.
James Franco’s ‘The Disaster Artist’ succeeds as a movie-about-a-movie
James Franco's 'The Disaster Artist' succeeds as a movie-about-a-movie
CLEVELAND, Ohio - Movies about movies are nothing new, as Hollywood seems to revel in examining the filmmaking process and give itself props for how creative and important it is. But few films offer a truly reflective and affecting glimpse behind the scenes as James Franco's "The Disaster Artist."
James Franco is in talks to join Fox's 'X-Men' universe.
The 39-year-old actor is in negotiations to play Multiple Man in a new standalone movie being developed by producer Simon Kinberg - who is currently working on 'X-Men: The Dark Phoenix', The Hollywood Reporter said.
The film will reportedly be penned by 'Wonder Woman' scribe Allan Heinberg and will be produced by Kinberg under his Genre Films label and Franco's Ramona Films.
Tulsa writer of ‘Wonder Woman’ moves on to new superhero movie with James Franco
Tulsa's Allan Heinberg, who scripted the summer's biggest hit in "Wonder Woman," will now take on a character in the "X-Men" world as a film project in which James Franco will star.
According to a story on Deadline Hollywood's website, Heinberg has been selected to write a script for "Multiple Man," a Marvel Comics character, for 20th Century Fox and producer Simon Kinberg, who's responsible for films including "Deadpool," "Logan" and "X-Men: Days of Future Past."
50. "Trapped in Paradise"
Smart Rating: 42.36Release year: 1994Genre: Holiday, ComedyLocal hospitality foils a bank heist by three bumbling brothers (Nicolas Cage, Jon Lovitz, Dana Carvey) in Paradise, Pennsylvania, on Christmas Eve.
49. "The Trust"
Smart Rating: 42.59
Release year: 2016Genre: Crime Drama, ThrillerCorrupt cops working in the police department evidence room make plans to rob a vault full of drug money in the back of a convenience store.
James Franco is in the midst of a "midlife crisis".
The Oscar-nominated actor will turn 40 in April next year and as his landmark birthday appears on the horizon, the self-confessed "workaholic" has admitted to reconsidering his life priorities over the last 12 months.
James explained: "I guess it's called a midlife crisis. I've certainly hit a wall this past year. It's not like I went out and had to buy a Ferrari or anything like that.
Cult of ‘The Room’ cheers James Franco’s ‘Disaster Artist’
TORONTO (AP) — The spoon-throwing, football-tossing cult of "The Room" was out in full force at the premiere of James Franco's "The Disaster Artist," a making-of movie that earned the blessing of the notorious film's creator Tommy Wiseau.
James Franco doubles up for ’70s New York drama ‘The Deuce’
NEW YORK (AP) — You don't have to look far to find a New Yorker who beefs about what 42nd Street has become.
That stretch between Eighth Avenue and Broadway just off Times Square: It's now a frothy family friendly cauldron of theaters, eateries and other tourist draws that many natives denounce as "Disneyfied."
James Franco is "addicted" to his work.
The 'Spring Breakers' star - who had previously admitted to dabbling in drugs and alcohol in the past - has confessed he is a complete workaholic.
James Franco says jealousy got him into acting.
The 'Spring Breakers' star decided to join his high school's drama department when the girl he was dating was asked to act alongside another student who had crafted and was starring in a romantic one-act.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Music's elite and Hollywood stars remembered Chris Cornell at a somber memorial service Friday that focused on the Soundgarden frontman's love of family and friends as much as it did on his musical achievements as one of rock's leading voices.
T he sixth film in the 20th Century Fox “Alien” franchise that began in 1979 and the second prequel, Ridley Scott’s “Alien: Covenant” is a movie that has run out of ideas.
David, Michael Fassbender’s evil and prissy android from the 2012 “Prometheus,” is back in opening scenes preceding the action of the disastrous voyage in Scott’s first prequel. David can be seen talking and serving tea to his maker in opulent surroundings.
NEW YORK (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to a drug charge after a New York dermatologist died of cocaine and alcohol intoxication in his apartment building was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison.
U.S. District Judge Jesse M. Furman announced the punishment for James Holder, who had pleaded guilty to maintaining a drug distribution house. Prosecutors had sought a sentence of more than six years.
BERLIN — Real women have been good for Nicole Kidman.
This year she received her fourth Oscar nomination, this time for her portrayal of Sue Brierley, the adoptive Australian mother in “Lion.”
Kidman won her Best Actress Oscar as remarkable English writer Virginia Woolf and now tackles another: Gertrude Bell, whose political savvy in the post-World War I Middle East earned her the sobriquet “the female Lawrence of Arabia.”
CONGRATS: Forget those “save the date” cards — “The Little Hours” co-stars Dave Franco and Alison Brie have already tied the knot.
Their reps confirmed the I-dos to People. In January, brother James Franco said the ceremony would happen “early this year,” to which 31-year-old Dave replied to E! News at Sundance, “He doesn’t know anything. He doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”