James Franco at the movies.
This week, VICE premiered "This Charming Man," a meta music video from James Franco's band, Daddy, which is based off of a poem cycle inspired by the Smiths. Here are a few words about the project from James, as well as a few original poems.
I love an acting-career comeback, especially for someone as deserving as Jake Gyllenhaal. His role as a creepy, Los Angeles crime videographer in Nightcrawler signals a career revival that could be the next McConaissance.
I wanted the rights to Stephen's King's recent sci-fi novel about the JFK assassination, but J. J. Abrams is already adapting the excellent book into an online miniseries. Come on! That guy gets to do everything.
I recently started thinking and writing about the infamous LA serial killer. Not because I sympathized with him, or wanted to humanize what he had done, but because there was something in his extreme behavior that was fascinating.
Goat Boy is the cobbled-together remains of a student film I made based on Frank Bidart's poem, "Herbert White." These are the bits of backstory provided by Frank to fill out the title character. We cut out this backstory in our film, but later too…
In honor of the premiere of his film The Sound and the Fury at Venice and Toronto, here's a test Franco shot for a short film that was to be based on a Faulkner story. It's set during the early days of Faulkner's fictional county, Yoknapatawpha, Mi…