James Franco’s tedious post-apocalyptic B-movie Future World is nothing new

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James Franco, whose résumé as a director is as extensive as it is undistinguished, leaves behind the misbegotten literary adaptations that have been the bedrock of his filmography to try his hand at a sci-fi B-movie in Future World, co-directed with repeat collaborator Bruce Thierry Cheung. In a post-apocalyptic…

Today's Trailer Happy Hour has sci-fi guns, big anime monsters, and Gus Van Sant

It may be Sunday afternoon (depending on where you live), but it’s always a good time for Trailer Happy Hour—The A.V. Club feature where we grab a handful of trailers, toss them into a bucket, and then dump the bucket over our heads as an elaborate prank. Today, we’ve got James Franco looking down the wrong end of a…

Vanity Fair scrubbed James Franco from its annual Hollywood issue

The extra hands and legs on Reese Witherspoon and Oprah on yesterday’s Vanity Fair cover were instantly infamous, but the bigger story may be what wasn’t there. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Disaster Artist star James Franco was photographed alongside the “12 Extraordinary Stars” who ended up gracing Vanity…

The A.V. Club weighs in on the snubs and nods of this year’s Oscar nominations

Katie Rife: Well, we’ve reached the pinnacle of awards season: The 2018 Oscar nominations were announced this morning. Watching the live stream, there were two films that exceeded my admittedly cynical expectations: Get Out defied the Academy’s historical bias against genre films with four major nominations—Best…

Scarlett Johansson addresses James Franco at Women's March: "I want my pin back"

Just a few days after James Franco attended the Golden Globes with a Time’s Up pin indicating his support for the campaign to set up a legal defense fund in support of women who have been harassed in the workplace, The Los Angeles Times published a story about five women who had accused him of “sexually inappropriate…

Stephen Colbert taped his show just in time to ask James Franco about those sexual misconduct allegations

Like everyone else these days, late-night hosts (and their bookers) are constantly on the alert for the next high-profile entertainment figure accused of sexual abuse, harassment, or general creepiness. For example, Stephen Colbert and his Late Show staff had time back in November to ax a scheduled appearance by Louis…

Not even Tommy Wiseau could distract Twitter from James Franco's alleged sexual misconduct

Whether it came from an earnest desire to let women take the spotlight or a panicked attempt to avoid attracting attention, the fact remains that none of the men who won awards at the Golden Globes last night had much—scratch that, anything—to say about the #MeToo movement. There was a sea of black tuxedos, sure, but…

Leslie Jones was actually holding back vomit in this week's SNL

James Franco’s fourth go at hosting Saturday Night Live this past weekend marked one of the show’s better turns in an uneven season, but one sketch was an unmitigated disaster (and not one that would require an “artist” to pull off). In it, Franco plays an enthusiastic Bloomingdale’s gift wrapper who can’t stop…

James Franco is answering The Disaster Artist phone number as Tommy Wiseau

James Franco is very, very into playing The Room’s Tommy Wiseau, not just in The Disaster Artist, for which he’s receiving raves, but also out in the wild. Nary a late-night interview has gone by without Franco dipping into the voice at least once, and if you stick around after the credits for the film you’ll see him…

The Room's Tommy Wiseau and Greg Sestero on why they trusted James Franco to tell their story

The past few years have seen Tommy Wiseau’s opus, The Room, discover unexpected relevancy, culminating in this year’s The Disaster Artist, the film adaptation of Greg Sestero’s memoir about the making of the film. But why did Sestero and Wiseau entrust Franco to earnestly tell the story of making the most famous bad…