James Franco

‘Preacher’ Initially Considered James Franco as Jesse Custer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick 2 days ago
AMC / Hulu
Preacher had languished in development hell long enough for every actor to end up fancast in the title role at one point or another, but James Franco might seem a stretch, no matter how much range he shows in a given year. The attachment of Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to AMC’s Preacher changed that, but how close did Franco get to the role Dominic Cooper inevitably won?

‘Goat’ Trailer: Nick Jonas and College Hazing Gone Wrong

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by Matthew Monagle July 10, 2016 @ 1:22 PM
Paramount Pictures
We make fun of James Franco an awful lot on the internet — remember his short-lived flirtation with a Blood Meridian adaptation before it turned out he never had the rights to the movie? — but credit where it is due: Franco isn’t afraid to lend his celebrity to some pretty challenging subject matter. And after checking out the first trailer for Goat, I think it’s safe to say that Franco’s work as both actor and producer were well-placed on this one.

‘Why Him?’ Red and Green Band Trailers: James Franco Is Bryan Cranston’s Worst Nightmare

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by Britt Hayes June 30, 2016 @ 11:26 AM
It’s not much of a stretch to say James Franco is every parent’s worst nightmare. Could you imagine your kid — hypothetical or actual — dating the self-proclaimed artist occasionally known as Semaj? That’s the gist of Why Him?, in which Franco plays an obnoxious, foul-mouthed, tattooed billionaire dating the daughter of Bryan Cranston’s doting dad. He’s not technically playing himself, but it’s a pretty believable nightmare scenario.

James Franco’s ‘Mother, May I Sleep With Danger?’ Remake Gets First Lifetime Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick May 27, 2016 @ 10:59 AM
Lifetime
While the phrase “James Franco lesbian vampire movie” was more than enough to sell us on Lifetime’s Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? remake (hell, “James Franco, Timecop” worked for 11.22.63), the trailer itself is something to behold. See for yourself, as the Tori Spelling camp classic gets a bloody facelift … you know, with James Franco, and lesbian vampires. I want to stress that part.

Stephen King Hints at Potential Plans for ‘11.22.63’ Sequel

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick April 17, 2016 @ 5:08 PM
Hulu
Equal parts electrifying and enigmatic (what baffling performance of James Franco’s isn’t?), Hulu’s take on Stephen King’s time-travel thriller 11.22.63 completed the basic spine of the author’s novel, centered around the assassination of JFK. That said, the limited series’ breakout success wasn’t lost on Hulu or King, who revealed some surprising ideas for a sequel.

James Franco Investigates JFK Assassination in First ‘11.22.63’ Clip

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick February 4, 2016 @ 10:17 AM
Hulu
We’re getting close to the premiere of Hulu’s James Franco / J.J. Abrams / Stephen King thriller 11.22.63, early buzz of which has been pretty strong. You can see for yourself in the first clip, as Franco learns of the deep mystery surrounding Lee Harvey Oswald and JFK’s assassination, as outlined by Chris Cooper. It’s like time-travel Mad Libs!

Yes, James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal Will Make ’70s Porn for HBO

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 19, 2016 @ 7:12 PM
Sony Pictures
HBO had plenty to announce by the recent TCA press tour (as well to keep quiet), and now some more good news has flown in under the wire. The network has handed a series order to a ‘70s New York porn drama from The Wire creator David Simon, rounded out by James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal. No, we’ve made none of this up.

James Franco Time-Travels in a Closet For Hulu’s Full ‘11.22.63’ Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick January 9, 2016 @ 10:42 PM
Hulu
There is no combination of the phrases “James Franco,” “time travel,” “save JFK,” or “Hulu” that fails to amuse, and yet, J.J. Abrams and Stephen King have gone ahead and given it their darnest. Anyway, watch James Franco go back in the closet to 1963 for the first full trailer of Hulu’s time-travelin’, JFK-savin’, Franco-fronted 11.22.63! Some Chris Cooper required.

James Franco Walks Backwards, Fights Cockroaches in New Hulu ‘11.22.63’ Trailer

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by Kevin Fitzpatrick December 17, 2015 @ 1:19 PM
Hulu
Not that the collaboration of Stephen King, James Franco and J.J. Abrams in a JFK-saving time-travel drama wasn’t enough for Hulu’s upcoming event series 11.22.63, the latest trailer definitely puts it over the mark. Join Franco, as he goes from orchestrating assassinations to stopping them, and apparently battling a swarm of cockroaches along the way.