James Franco might not be the best actor working in movies today, but he's almost certainly the most fearless. His choices are as unpredictable as they are gutsy. He'll try just about anything: television dramas ('Freaks & Geeks'), soap operas ('General Hospital'), comedies ('Pineapple Express'), and big blockbusters ('Spider-Man,' 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes'). His latest role, in Harmony Korine's 'Spring Breakers,' might be his craziest and most daring to date. He plays Alien -- pronounced "A-Leen" in Franco's South Florida drawl -- a drug dealer and aspiring rapper who likes to boast that he's from another planet. Franco's performance is suitably extraterrestrial: hilarious, disturbing, deranged, poignant and endlessly quotable. In an instant classic scene, Alien shows off all his prized possessions -- machine guns and money and nunchucks and 'Scarface' DVDs on constant repeat -- while screaming "Look at my s---!" Alien's orders are superfluous; any time Franco's onscreen, you can't take your eyes off him.
"I don't want to be a good man; I want to be a great one." So says Oscar, a humble (read: crummy) magician in a traveling circus circa 1905, just before a magical tornado sweeps him and his hot air balloon away to a land that just so happens to share his nickname: Oz. In 'Oz the Great and Powerful,' Oscar (James Franco) finds exactly what his heart desires; the chance to be a great man, wealthy and powerful, the ruler of a beautiful kingdom. And the kingdom does look damn good, and most of Oz's adventures in it are pretty entertaining as well.
'Spring Breakers' is about to premiere at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival next month and in advance of the big premiere we have more of what 'Spring Breakers' does best: girls in bikinis. Today, five new character posters from the film introducing us to the Spring Breakers themselves - Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Benson among them - and, of course, wearing bikinis.
The 2013 Super Bowl gives us one last, big look at Disney's 'Wizard of Oz' prequel.
If we can learn anything from the new international 'Spring Breakers' trailer, it's that life is all about big booties until the cops come to break up the party. Unlike the first one that hit a while back, this new trailer hails from France, and is more uncensored and NSFW, so be warned -- there's naughty language.
Back before he was James Franco, James Franco starred as Harry Osborn in the original 'Spider-Man' trilogy. Recently he was asked about 'The Amazing Spider-Man' and whether he had seen the new version of Spider-Man. Indeed he had and he had some tough love for the new era of Spider-Man. Finally James Franco breaks his legendary silence on 'The Amazing Spider-Man!'
A group of girlfriends rob a store to fund their Spring Breaker excursion, but after they're caught, they soon find themselves in the company of an illegal arms and drug dealer who bailed them out of jail.