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March 25, 2016

James Franco graces the cover of this month’s Rolling Stone, and in the issue, he opens up about his apparent infatuation with gay culture.

Franco reveals that what fuels his “obsession” is his passion for sharing the stories LGBT figures on screen, something that first resonated with him when he was a student.

He says:
“When I was studying at NYU, I took classes in critical studies, and one of my favorites was on queer cinema.

“We’ve told the straight, heteronormative stories ad nauseam by now, in our movies, our shows, our commercials – everywhere.

“I think it’s healthy to make work that disrupts and questions that, and shows alternative narratives. That’s what an artist should do.”

Franco also tackled the rumors surrounding his sexuality, saying that he enjoys them, as they act as a “shield” when he dates women.
“One of the nice things about all that speculation is that it’s a smokescreen.”
Last year, the Oscar-nominated actor announced that he was in the midst of production for the film King Cobra, which will be based on the 2007 murder of gay porn filmmaker Bryan Kocis.

Franco also starred in the 2015 biopic I am Michael, which tells the controversial true story of a gay activist who denounces homosexuality to become a Christian pastor.

In addition to his work in film, he released a book entitled Straight James / Gay James, last year.

Above and beyond the aforementioned projects, Franco has explored LGBTI narratives from behind the camera as director for the films Sal about the 1976 death of openly gay Rebel Without A Cause actor Sal Mineo, the short film Interior, Leather Bar, and the 2011 film The Broken Tower, about American poet Hart Crane.


March 18, 2016

Streaming service Netflix has picked up distribution rights in America for animated feature The Little Prince, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Paramount Pictures had originally slated the title for a March 18th theatrical release, but dropped it last Saturday without any explanation. There’s no word though on when The Little Prince will show up on the streaming service.

The film is the first full-length (non-musical) adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupery’s 1934 book of the same name. It combines both computer-generated and stop motion animation, and features the voices of Hollywood stars including Jeff Bridges, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, and Paul Rudd. It premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in May last year, and was fairly well received. Critics praised the animation style, but noted that the film messes about a little too much with the source material, adding a “Disneyfied empowerment yarn” that’s “rather obviously taking its cue from Up.”


March 11, 2016

As a writer stymied by past success, writers block, substance abuse, relationship problems and a serious set of father issues, Elliott’s cracked-out chronicle of a bizarre murder trial amounts to less than the sum of its parts. Not long into the 2007 trial of programmer Hans Reiser, accused of murdering his wife, the defendant’s friend Sean Sturgeon obliquely confessed to several murders (though not the murder of Reiser’s wife). Elliott, caught up in the film-ready twist and his tenuous connection to Sturgeon (they share a BDSM social circle), makes a gonzo record of the proceedings. The result is a scattered, self-indulgent romp through the mind of a depressive narcissist obsessed with his insecurities and childhood traumas.