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5:00 PM on 06.12.2014

Teaser trailer for The Interview, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco

James Franco and Seth Rogen are the peanut butter and jelly of the film world; they just work so well together. And their dynamic duo-ness holds up strong in the first teaser for their upcoming and undoubtably hilarious come...

Isabelle Magliari


4:00 PM on 05.17.2014

James Franco is against Spring Breakers 2, producers respond [UPDATED]

[UPDATE 5/17/14] Chris and Roberta Hanley recently spoke to Variety regarding Franco's comments. "Franco is a sequel junkie in his own reality, embracing the too big to fail studio system that is his meal ticket to dilettante...

Mike Cosimano

3:00 PM on 05.09.2014

James Franco and Kate Hudson star in trailer for Good People

In Good People, James Franco and Kate Hudson play an American couple who move to England with dreams of having a home and starting a family. When they fall on hard times financially, the sudden death of a neighbor and subseq...

Liz Rugg

1:00 PM on 02.05.2014

James Franco stars as a troubled actor in Maladies

In Maladies, James Franco plays a semi-washed up soap opera star in the 1960s, appropriately named James. James not only struggles with his floundering career, but with his seemingly failing mind and his fluctuating relation...

Liz Rugg



Michael's 10 Most Unnecessary Nude Scenes of 2013 photo
Michael's 10 Most Unnecessary Nude Scenes of 2013
by Michael Jordan

Some times the film world likes to take things to the extremes, sometimes they just want to see if they can get a way with it, and sometimes they just don't give a flying poo about what they put in their movies as long as people are talking about it. Here enters nudity. Whether you just want to have an excuse to have two young(ish) French girls doing the dirty or a burnt-out celebrity train wreck grabbing that last string of Hollywood fame she could, 2013 had you covered.

And so have we. Below, you'll find the ten most unnecessary examples of nudity in last year's films.

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3:00 PM on 11.25.2013

Rogen and Franco recreated Kanye West's "Bound 2"

On the set of Seth Rogen's directorial follow up to This is the End, The Interview (featuring Rogen and James Franco as a TV personality and producer who are roped into helping assassinate the prime minister of North Korea), James Franco and Seth Rogen did a shot for shot remake of Kanye West's weird music video for "Bound 2." Ye...yeah it's pretty sexy.  [via Twitter]

Nick Valdez



Review: Homefront photo
Review: Homefront
by Mike Cosimano

It’s somewhat fitting that, early on in Homefront, the platitude ‘Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars” can be seen on a wall, because it’s a fitting description for the latest Jason Statham vehicle. Homefront brings up ideas and themes, each worthy of deeper exploration than Sylvester Stallone’s (yes, that Sylvester Stallone) limited screenplay allows for. I mean, you could write a whole movie around what this movie uses for padding.

The film definitely improves as it goes on, and the action is satisfying, but there’s always the nagging sensation that what you’re seeing is the product of compromise upon compromise, resulting in an overall lesser product.

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11:00 AM on 11.19.2013

See Homefront early and free

James Franco action like a crazy, southern crime lord? Yes and please. Add in a little Jason Statham kicking butt and rescuing his daughter and you've got a mixture that's at least weird enough to intrigue. Homefront pro...

Matthew Razak

8:00 AM on 10.21.2013

Red Band trailer for Homefront is so America

Homefront is a film, written by Sylvester Stallone, starring Jason Statham as an ex-DEA agent who has to eventually confront the druglord Gator, played by James Franco. How has this film not been hyped more? If you're lookin...

Nick Valdez



NYFF Review: Child of God photo
NYFF Review: Child of God
by Hubert Vigilla

Allow me to state my bias upfront. While I like James Franco as an actor, I'm not a fan of his work as a would-be Renaissance Man/Jack of all trades. His fiction is pretty mediocre and the stuff I saw about his art installation underwhelmed. It's fair to say that neither of these projects would have come about if it weren't for Franco's celebrity status, but at least he seems like a well-meaning dilettante.

Child of God is the first Franco-directed film that I've seen. It's an adaptation of one of Cormac McCarthy's most brutally dark novels. I can at least give Franco credit for tackling some ambitious material; his other film on the festival circuit this year is an adaptation of William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying.

Ambition isn't enough to make something good, however. Child of God, for instance, feels cheap, quick, and haphazard. Just picture an early John Waters movie, but without the charm.

[For the next few weeks, we'll be covering the 2013 New York Film Festival, now in its 51st year. Flixist will provide you with reviews, video, news, and features on some of the best films on the festival circuit. To check out all of our coverage of NYFF51, click here.]

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2:00 PM on 09.13.2013

First trailer for Homefront, written by...Sly Stallone?

This first trailer for Homefront, adapted from a Chuck Logan novel with a screenplay written by Sylvester Stallone, is everything great about movies. It's about an ex-DEA agent, played by Jason Statham, who travels to a back...

Nick Valdez





10:00 AM on 09.02.2013

This is the End getting re-released in theaters soon

This is the End was the best film of the Summer hands down (Fast & Furious 6 notwithstanding). It brought the biggest surprises, biggest laughs, and most memorable moments (that finale had to be the greatest thing I've se...

Nick Valdez

6:00 PM on 07.02.2013

James Franco adapting The Sound and the Fury

I had a great idea to write this news post about James Franco adapting William Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury in a stream of consciousness style with italics confusingly jumping us back and forth in time. The I realiz...

Matthew Razak



NRH's Weekly Analysis: A Freudian take on Spider-Man 2 photo
NRH's Weekly Analysis: A Freudian take on Spider-Man 2
by Nathan Hardisty

Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest superhero films ever made. It is incredible how it manages to have Peter Parker confront one of the most common dilemmas we all face--time management--and still keep a quick pace; Alfred Molina as Doc Ock was possibly one of the best casting decisions of all time; and the whole ‘comic book flair’ that was introduced in the original Spider-Man just seems a whole lot more ‘hearty’ this time. So what on Earth does Sigmund Freud have to do with anything?

Join me as we take a deeper look into some psychological concepts and Spider-Man. I’ll analyze how it approaches Freud’s common theories and how it links with pop psychology nonsense all in the bid of finding richness in the film. Films are whatever you make them, so why not make Spider-Man 2 100% more Freudian?

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12:00 PM on 06.13.2013

Flix for Short: The Real World: This is the End Edition

This is the End is one of the funniest films of the year so far if you're a fan of Seth Rogen and his gang. Even if you're not, you're still going to find yourselves laughing. A good gauge of how funny This is the End is goi...

Nick Valdez



Review: This is the End photo
Review: This is the End
by Nick Valdez

I've been harsh toward This is the End from the very beginning. First batch of trailers painted the film as a "Hey look at [enter famous name here] acting wacky!" sort of comedy, but as the trailers rolled on and hinted at the bigger picture, there was something intriguing about the premise. But I always saw the film ending up one of two ways: hilarious now but doesn't hold up down the line, or just fall flat on its face. Thankfully neither of those things happened. I'm glad to be wrong here. 

While not everything works perfectly, This is the End's entire package definitely comes from the heart...and its package. 

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9:00 AM on 05.31.2013

Trailer: This is the End

Opening in just a little under two weeks, we have one more trailer for This is the End. This is the international version of the trailer so there's mostly repeat footage, but the new material? The new material is just fantas...

Nick Valdez

1:00 PM on 05.30.2013

New This is the End posters take yo panties off

I'm still holding firm in my belief that This is The End, the post-apocalyptic Rapture comedy starring famous funny guys like Seth Rogen and Jay Baruchel as themselves, is going to go either one of two ways. It's either going...

Nick Valdez

8:00 AM on 04.03.2013

Trailer: This is the End (Red Band)

This new Red Band trailer for This is the End has enough new content and hints of plot (it seems to be a biblical apocalypse) to help you figure out what kind of movie it's going to be. It's filled to the brim with comedians...

Nick Valdez



Review: Oz the Great and Powerful photo
Review: Oz the Great and Powerful
by Matthew Razak

You may or may not know it, but Sam Raimi is a director with a very specific style and thanks to the success of Spider-Man he's usually allowed to let that style run wild. It's an awesomely lavish style that feels both new in it's ability to capture scenes and old in it's passion for slapstick and gags. It's a style that can work wonders (Evil Dead, Spider-Man) or fall flat (Spider-Man 3). 

With the Wizard of Oz Raimi is given a massive budget, a fantastical world and a bevy of gorgeous actors. What would any nerd, which Raimi most assuredly is, do with that? Make it everything they always wanted. Unfortunately sometimes everything you want doesn't gel into a whole you need.

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8:30 AM on 02.27.2013

Trailer: Spring Breakers (Red Band)

As the release of Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers approaches, a new red band trailer for the film has dropped. You've got the ladies (Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Benson), you've got the skeevy g...

Hubert Vigilla

8:00 PM on 01.21.2013

Trailer: Kink (Red Band)

Kink is the James Franco produced documentary the explores the BDSM website, Kink.com. This trailer proves that the documentary won't be sex acts, but the process and mentality about sustaining the entertainment behind it. T...

Nick Valdez