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Bob Franken: 'The Interview': A real farce

...I'm speaking, of course, of "The Interview," a cinematic masterpiece starring Seth Rogen, who also directs, and James Franco, who plays the totally vacuous TV host Dave Skylark. Since I'm someone who has spent a professional lifetime in...
Topsy-turvy opinion of 'Oz the Great & Powerful'

...have, could have made for a very interesting and entertaining fantasy adventure, but instead creates a major muddle. James Franco, playing his normal aw-shucks-affability-with-a-mischevious-twinkle to the hilt, is Oscar Diggs, known...
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The Interview

Opens Thursday, Dec 25, 2014 Synopsis: A talk show host and his producer get wrapped up in a plot to kill North Korea's prime minister in this comedy from actor/writer/director Seth Rogen. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi Cast: James Franco, Lizzy Caplan, Seth Rogen Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

Good People

Opens Friday, Sep 26, 2014 Synopsis: A debt-ridden couple believe that all of their financial problems are solved when they discover a stash of cash in their dead tenant's apartment, but realize their lives are in danger from the thief who will kill to get it back. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi Cast: James Franco, Kate Hudson, Anna Friel, Tom Wilkinson, Omar Sy Movie Details Play Trailer Buy Tickets Movie Review

You don't have to be Spider-Man to go canyoneering

...Canyoneering started in Europe during the 1970s, but it's probably best-known from the 2010 film, "127 Hours" in which James Franco portrayed Aron Ralston, a real-life canyoneer whose arm got stuck under a boulder in a remote slot canyon in Utah...
Movie reviewer has possible Oscar nominees on radar

...about director Danny Boyle, who won two years ago year with "Slumdog Millionaire." Also getting a lot of talk is James Franco, as the hiker, Aron Ralston. Praise has been pretty much universal, so I guess I'll give them the benefit of the...
Reeling It In: And the Oscar goes to ... Billy Crystal?

...felt even more keenly on Sunday when they brought him out for a small segment. This year's hosts, Anne Hathaway and James Franco, through really no fault of their own, were completely out of place, especially compared to a consummate showman...
'Eat Pray Love' feels unfulfilling

...the universe. And so, she leaves Stephen for David, a small-time stage actor played perpetually sleepy-eyed by James Franco. The act of bailing on Stephen shakes her to her core and this pseudo-spritual thespian seems just the ticket. But...
'Apes' impresses human: remake has confidence, maturity

...five were pretty bad. Luckily, and surprisingly, to be frank, this latest "Apes" film knocks it out of the park.James Franco plays Will Rodman, a genetics researcher who has spent the last five years working on a gene therapy for the brain...
Arts & Entertainment
Reeling It In: 'The Green Hornet' is a blast

...minutes, which features a hilarious exchange between Christoph Waltz's evil Chudnofsky, and a deliciously slimy James Franco. The scene had me and my friends burst out laughing, much to the surprise, I think, of our fellow moviegoers, who...


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