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  • James Franco: Of Entice and Rejection

    By Melissa Weller

    2 weeks ago

    Call it luxury or call it tragedy, but history writes that celebrities aren’t typically known for their moral upstanding, especially in the field of sexual (mis)conduct. Google almost anyone with an IMDB page and throw “controversy,” “affair” or “sex tape” into the search bar —...

  • James Franco explains Shia LaBeouf in NYT opinion piece

    February 20, 2014 | 2:17 pm

    James Franco has added yet another couple of lines to his epic resume. It seems the film actor, soap opera star, professor, muralist, and selfie-master is now also a New York Times contributer and defender of erratic celebrities — in this case actor Shia LeBeouf.

    In an opinion...

  • Watch: Mila Kunis, James Franco, and Zach Braff in ‘Tar’ trailer

    November 12, 2013 | 9:55 am

    And now for your viewing pleasure, the trailer for the indie film “Tar,” or as we like to call it, a film featuring a supremely high ratio of Jews.

    There’s the sexy Mila Kunis, the highly roast-able James Franco, and the quintessential Kickstartering Jersey boy next door, Zach...

  • Best (Jewish) jokes from the James Franco roast

    August 27, 2013 | 10:10 am

    Comedy Central’s roast of James Franco doesn’t air until September 2nd, but already a slew of critics and bloggers are hard at work ruining it for enlightening the rest of us who weren’t lucky enough to attend the event Sunday night.

    While we really did want to wait to actually...

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  • Seth Rogen to lead James Franco roast

    August 5, 2013 | 10:22 am

    The prospect of Comedy Central’s upcoming James Franco roast got funnier on Friday when the network announced that Seth Rogen has been named Roast Master.

    The two Jewish actors go way back, having co-starred a little over a decade ago on the TV series “Freaks and Geeks,” and more recently in the films “Pineapple Express” and “This is the End.”

    The special will air on Sept. 2, improving Labor Day for fans everywhere and helping Jewish fans everywhere ring in the New Year (which hits two days later).

  • Comedy Central to roast James Franco [VIDEO]

    by Jana Banin, JTA

    July 11, 2013 | 10:07 am

    Say what you want about James Franco, but at least you can’t accuse the guy of not being able to laugh at himself. Last night the Jewish uber-overachiever announced via an Instagram video that he will be the subject of an upcoming Comedy Central roast.

    “Hey, yo. What’s up? I’m gonna get roasted on Comedy Central. Be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that. All right. Ha ha,” he said.

    The special will be filmed over the summer and air Sept. 2.

  • Monday Check In: Hulu, Franco on Veronica Mars

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 8, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    So there's no news on the Hulu deal yet-- hopefully updates will be forthcoming when everyone has slipped out of their post-long weekend haze.

    But speaking of alternative content distribution, there's a little baby rumor going around that James Franco might appear in the upcoming...

  • Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen: Friends for the end of the world

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 26, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Evan Goldberg is the writer and director — with Seth Rogen, his longtime writing partner — of the new film “This Is the End,” which just could be the first Jewish rapture comedy.

    In it, Rogen and his real-life Jewish (and half-Jewish) pals James Franco, Jonah Hill, Jay Baruchel...

  • James Franco paints ad for ‘This is The End’

    by Jana Banin, JTA

    May 20, 2013 | 11:40 am

    Proving once again that there isn’t anything he doesn’t do, James Franco has created marketing material for his upcoming film “This is The End.”

    The actor/artist/Ph.D. candidate was spotted in Williamsburg, Brooklyn over the weekend painting a mural of the movie’s cast on the...

  • Review: ‘Oz The Great And Powerful’

    By Joan Alperin-Schwartz

    March 7, 2013 | 3:43 pm

    'We're off to see the Wizard...The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz'...except...

    In Sam Raimi's 'Oz The Great And Powerful' he's not exactly wonderful or a wizard.

     

     

    In fact, he' Oscar Diggs (James Franco) a 3rd rate circus magician/con artist, who escapes from Kansas in a hot...

  • Segel leaves HIMYM, surprising stars in action flicks, and more Hollywood news

    by Cora Markowitz

    August 3, 2012 | 4:10 pm

    Segel Set to Leave
    How I Met Your Mother, a successful TV show that will begin its eighth season in September, may not have main cast member Jason Segel in it for much longer. Segel has played character Marshall Eriksen since season one but now seems ready to move on. He’s had...

  • Harry Potter to play gay Jewish poet

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 12, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Daniel Radcliffe, aka Harry Potter, is slated to play Allen Ginsberg for the new movie “Kill Your Darlings.” Radcliffe will step into the shoes of the “gay Jewish poet for the film about beat poetry and murder in 1940s New York,” reported the Jerusalem Post.

    Ginsberg was recently played by another Jewish actor, James Franco, last year in “Howl.”

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” Q & A with Author Eric Greene [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 5, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Eric Greene is a civil rights activist and the regional director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice.  But I didn’t first meet him as a result of my job at the Jewish Journal.  Rather, it was the late 1990s and Eric was lecturing on the original five...

  • Two Jews on Film give “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” five out of five bagels

    Joan Schwartz (Video by Joan and John Schwartz)

    August 4, 2011 | 11:04 am

    What makes ‘Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes’ so unique is that it’s the first live-action film to be told from the point of view of a sentient animal—A chimpanzee—named Caesar…brilliantly portrayed by Andy Serkis, the world’s foremost performance capture actor. Andy infuses Caesar...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes:” Let My Monkeys Go! [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:47 pm

    After a screening of “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” (opening Aug. 5), my husband, Ron Magid, and I, were discussing Rupert Wyatt’s new film as Jewish parable – specifically a retelling of the biblical story of Moses—with Eric Greene, the Southern California regional...

  • James Franco Q & A:  His Film on Tortured Gay Poet Hart Crane

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 15, 2011 | 9:48 pm

    One has to wonder when James Franco ever sleeps. Hollywood’s most educated thespian — perhaps best-known for his Oscar-nominated turn as the guy who cut off his own arm in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” – has famously juggled acting on soap operas and in blockbusters (think Rupert...

  • “Rise of the Planet of the Apes’” David Oyelowo Stars in “Who Do You Love” at L.A. Jewish Film Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 11, 2011 | 11:22 pm

    The closing night film of the 2011 Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival, “Who Do You Love”—starring Alessandro Nivola and David Oyelowo (of the upcoming “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”)—will screen on May 12 at Laemmle’s Town Center 5 in Encino. It’s a biopic about Leonard Chess...

  • Oscars 2011:  Top Jewish Moments [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2011 | 11:14 pm

    There was Aaron Sorkin’s win for scripting “The Social Network;” Natalie Portman’s for her turn as a deranged ballerina in “Black Swan;” David Seidler‘s for his original screenplay, “The King’s Speech;” Jesse Eisenberg vs. James Franco for best actor, with Colin Firth taking home...

  • The Academy Awards: What to Look For

    By Misha Henckel

    February 27, 2011 | 9:44 am

    1. Hosts: do Anne Hathaway and James Franco take notes from Ricky Gervais (Golden Globes) or are they trying too hard to please?

    2. Does the Academy award the brilliant, the gifted, the unique or do they go with the hype? Hype – Black Swan, The Social Network. Great films – The...

  • James Franco’s Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 26, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Ever since James Franco agreed to host the Academy Awards on Feb. 27 with Anne Hathaway, I’ve thought back to my interview with him last year during a break from his performance-art project involving the soap opera “General Hospital” at the Museum of Contemporary Art.  His...

  • James Franco: Portrait of the Performance Artist as a Young Man

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 30, 2010 | 12:00 am

    James Franco rubbed his eyes and downed coffee during a break from his intense preparation for his performance-art project at the Museum of Contemporary Art at the Pacific Design Center recently. His Gucci cologne-endorsing face sports some stubble, his lanky frame lounges in a...

  • Live at Sundance:  James Franco Howls

    By Larry Mark

    January 23, 2010 | 5:06 pm

    At the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, it seems as if there are more films of interest to the Hebrew tribe this year than in the past, and as it so happens, the most prominent ones all start with the letter “H.”  They are: “Holy Rollers,” about Hasidic drug mules (more on this...

  • Day One at Sundance:  Live From Park City

    By Larry Mark

    January 21, 2010 | 11:36 pm

    My flight from New York City to Utah for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was overbooked and very bumpy.  Betty Davis was nowhere in sight.  Unlike yesterday’s U.S. Airways Express flight from NYC to Kentucky, on which the pilot became worried about a Jewish teenager wearing...

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