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franco turns bad into gold with globe for 'disaster artist'


beverly hills, calif. — james franco took what was arguably the worst performance in movie history and turned it into what was arguably his own greatest role, taking home a golden globe on sunday for "the disaster artist" that puts him on the inside track for an academy award nomination.franco played tommy wiseau, hollywood cult hero of mysterious origins and the force behind the worst-best-film-ever "the room," in "the disaster artist.""first person i have to thank is the man himself, tommy wiseau, come on up here tommy!" franco shouted when he accepted the award.wiseau darted out of his chair, ran across the room, and leapt up to the stage with his long, dyed-black hair and sunglasses looking, as franco's friend and co-star seth rogen described him earlier in the show, "like johnny depp






palo alto native james franco wins best actor


there had to be at least a few whoops of delight emanating from palo alto on sunday night as hometown hero james franco captured a golden globe for best performance by an actor in a motion picture, comedy or musical.franco, who was born and raised in palo alto, won the award for playing tommy wiseau in “the disaster artist.” wiseau gained infamy for creating 2003’s “the room,” a cult classic that came to be known as “the citizen kane of bad movies.”franco was the second actor with bay area ties to win sunday night. he joined sam rockwell, a native of daly city, who won best supporting actor in a motion picture for his role in “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri.”james franco, with tommy wiseau and dave franco, accepts the award for best performance by an actor in a motion picture mu






james franco channels tommy wiseau to describe tommy wiseau


james franco stars in and directs “the disaster artist,” the impossibly true story of actor and filmmaker tommy wiseau and the making of his now cult classic 2003 movie “the room.” rather than laughing at wiseau, through franco’s unexpectedly heartfelt performance the movie turns him into a heroic ideal of can-do spirit and believing in yourself. in our roundtable, franco talked about what drew him to wiseau as a character, complete with an impression of wiseau’s unusual, difficult to place accent.“tommy wiseau had been told no his whole life. ‘i’m like james dean.’ imagine the whole world saying, ‘no you’re not, dude,’” franco said. “‘i want to shoot on 35 millimeter and hd at the same time.’ why tommy? ‘because nobody ever do it before.’”






james franco's 'the disaster artist': a great movie about the greatest bad movie


james franco’s “the disaster artist” promises to make up for years of devastating reviews and late-night jeers aimed at tommy wiseau and his cult flick, “the room.” the infamous 2003 self-made, self-promoted indie flop turned midnight movie sensation is filled with bad acting, worse continuity and an incomprehensibly soapy plot about love and betrayal. a decade and a half after its disastrous los angeles premiere, “the disaster artist” is redemption for the best-worst movie of all time.“i am tommy wiseau,” franco, the film’s director and star, confessed sunday night at the south by southwest film festival, where standing ovations met his surreal and surprisingly affecting ode to “the room” and the enigmatic filmmaker who wrote, directed, financed and starred in what bad-movie aficionados c






the winners are: the 75th annual golden globes


paul drinkwater – associated pressgallery: this image released by nbc shows james franco, center, accepting the award for best actor in a motion picture comedy or musical for his role in "the disaster artist," as tommy wiseau, left, and brother dave franco look on at the 75th annual golden globe awards in beverly hills, calif., on sunday, jan. 7, 2018. (paul drinkwater/nbc via ap)






dave franco and 'mad men' actor alison brie get married


los angeles (ap) — dave franco and former “mad men” star alison brie have gotten married.franco’s publicist has confirmed a people magazine report that the pair wed. no details were released on where or when the ceremony took place.franco and brie announced their engagement in august 2015, after three years of dating.the 31-year-old franco, a 2003 graduate of palo alto high school, is best known for his roles in the “neighbors,”  “21 jump street” and “now you see me” films.brie, 34, starred as pete campbell’s wife, trudy, on “mad men.” she also played annie edison on “community.”franco and brie appear together in “the disaster artist,” which stars and is directed by franco’s older brother, james. it premiered over the weekend at the south by southwest film festival in texas.






how ‘disaster artist's’ james franco found art and heart in ‘the room,’ the ‘cit


four years ago, during the making of “the interview,” the north korea-provoking comedy that would go on to flirt notoriously with history in its own unpredictable, stranger-than-fiction ways, james franco found the strange and vaguely eastern european patois of cult movie icon tommy wiseau spilling out of his mouth.it was a distinctive, stilted, impossible-to-place pattern of speech already well known to loyal fans of “the room,” arguably the most celebrated cinematic misfire of all time.oh hai, doggie. you’re tearing me apart, lisa!franco hadn’t yet seen “the room,” the infamous 2003 indie melodrama written, directed and produced by wiseau, who also starred in and financed the film so rife with bizarre scenes, stilted performances and baffling technical flaws that it became known as the “






‘disaster artist’ stars talk sexual harassment and turning failure into success


failure is not always failure. that was the resounding message from the l.a. premiere of "the disaster artist" at the tcl chinese theatre in hollywood. james and dave franco and seth rogen were among the stars on hand sunday to celebrate a film that chronicles the creation of director tommy wisea's 2003 movie "the room.""i love hollywood stories," said james franco, who along with his brother read actor greg sestero's book "the disaster artist" and decided to make it into a movie."this was unlike any hollywood story i'd ever heard of and read about," said james franco, who directed and produced the movie. "i read the book and thought this would be so unusual and weird, but at its core it'll have this great story about dreamers trying to make it and friendship."james franco plays wiseau, wh






how james franco's 'disaster artist' became oscar contender


last year, one of the big holiday-season films, “la la land,” followed the story of two dreamers who fall in love as they weather the highs and lows of chasing their artistic, star-struck ambitions. even though they both find success, they lose each other.this year, “the disaster artist” follows a similar script, with some major tweaks. first, you’d have to replace “falling in love” with “forming a colorful, enduring friendship.” you’d also have to note that the pair is are still close friends and redefine how you define success.walnut creek native greg sestero, pictured here in 2010, is the co-author of “the disaster artist.” kristopher skinner/staffbut the account of their hollywood adventure is what’s so wonderfully entertaining about the story of greg sestero, a walnut creek native, an






why james franco and seth rogen's biggest gamble yet might send them to the


seth rogen says slowing down and focusing on 'the disaster artist' helped james franco make one of the best films of his career.        






the latest "disaster artist" trailer is actually kind of heartbreaking


tommy wiseau’s “the room” is, arguably, one of the worst films ever made. it’s so bad that it’s gained a cult following––film professors even study this movie as an example of cult following and what not to do. “the disaster artist” is the behind-the-scenes tell-all about “the room” starring (and directed by) james franco, and this film is definitely not out to poke fun at tommy wiseau. at least, not exclusively. this trailer reveals some of the darker, more emotional side of the story.full story at youtube.more movies. posted by josh urich






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failure is not always failure. that was the resounding message from the l.a. premiere of "the disaster artist" at the tcl chinese theatre in hollywood. james and dave franco and seth rogen were among the stars on hand sunday to celebrate a film that chronicles the creation of director tommy wisea's 2003 movie "the room.""i love hollywood stories," said james franco, who along with his brother read actor greg sestero's book "the disaster artist" and decided to make it into a movie."this was unlike any hollywood story i'd ever heard of and read about," said james franco, who directed and produced the movie. "i read the book and thought this would be so unusual and weird, but at its core it'll have this great story about dreamers trying to make it and friendship."james franco plays wiseau, wh






james franco and seth rogen team up again for '90s-set hulu comedy


why it matters to you james franco and seth rogen have been a winning on-screen team since the late 1990s. now, the two actors are working together behind the scenes on a new hulu series.talk about irony. seth rogen and james franco first appeared together in the late 1990s on the teen series freaks and geeks, which was actually set in the’80s. now, the two actors have joined forces in the 2010s for an untitled teen comedy for hulu that will be set in the ’90s, reports variety.this is, of course, not the first time the pair have worked together since the cult hit freaks and geeks. they have worked on several films together over the last two decades, including pineapple express, this is the end and the interview. their latest flick, the disaster artist, debuted to rave reviews at the south






seth rogen, james franco open up on sexual harassment, the sony hack and their f


'the disaster artist' stars, friends since 'freaks and geeks,' have plenty to say about what's going on in hollywood.        






james franco in talks to play chicago author shel silverstein in biopic


“the disaster artist" director-star james franco is in talks to play the late chicago poet-author shel silverstein in an upcoming biopic he would also direct, deadline.com reports.the movie will be based on the 2007 book “a boy named shel” by lisa rogak. silverstein, who wrote “the giving tree” and “where the sidewalk ends,” grew up in the palmer square neighborhood and attended the university of illinois at urbana-champaign and roosevelt university. he died in 1999 at the age of 68 while living in key west, fla. he is buried at westlawn cemetery in norridge.it's unclear if the film will be shot in chicago. chicago producer gigi pritzker's mwm studios will produce and co-finance the project, according to deadline.franco's "the disaster artist,” a movie about the making of the 2003 cult cla






james franco's 'the disaster artist' is a hilarious, heartening celebration of f


sometime in 2003, a billboard sprang up over highland avenue advertising a new movie called “the room,” adorned with a screening rsvp hotline and the strange, looming mug of its writer, director, producer and star, tommy wiseau.unlike some of my more adventurous colleagues, i never called the number or attended a screening, not even after the movie — a work of reportedly transcendent, olympian awfulness — went from indie curio to cult phenomenon, driven by some of the strongest so-bad-it’s-good reactions since “plan 9 from outer space” or “troll 2.”but i still remember the billboard (it stayed up for years) and wiseau’s comically sinister expression, his left eye frozen mid-blink, as if he were both the teller and the butt of his own joke. that’s as good a metaphor as any for the curious f






what's it like to be a man in hollywood these days?


jake gyllenhaal loves “the disaster artist.” gary oldman initially didn’t want to play winston churchill in “darkest hour.” but then, he also at first turned down the role of sid vicious in “sid and nancy.”“that’d be a travesty,” jeremy renner told oldman.and who wouldn’t agree with that?welcome to the gold standard, the newsletter from the los angeles times that helps guide you through the ins and outs of the awards season leading up to the oscars.i'm glenn whipp, the times' awards columnist and your newsletter host.‘let’s talk about my wacky movie’the above exchanges came during the envelope's annual actors roundtable. this year, six leading contenders — james franco (“the disaster artist”), timothee chalamet (“call me by your name”), gary oldman (“darkest hour”), jeremy renner (“wind ri






what golden globe nominees and olympians said at gold meets golden about the tim


“hi everybody,” jessica chastain whispered, as she made her way inside the “gold meets golden” brunch, billed as a “hollywood send-off” for those competing in the upcoming pyeongchang winter games. the golden globes nominee let her ralph lauren-designed skirt with the thigh-high slit do the talking for her as she skipped speaking with press on the red carpet.once inside, chastain mingled with soccer star alex morgan. elsewhere, nicole kidman found a friend in snowboarder amy purdy; james franco hugged it out with gold medalist laurie hernandez; and hugh jackman tried summer sanders’ gold medal on for size.the event paralympic champion tatyana mcfadden, winner of multiple gold medals, meets nicole kidman at gold meets golden on saturday. phillip faraone / getty images for gold meets goldent






james franco's 'the disaster artist' will premiere at sxsw


february 08, 2017, 10:00 am new york -here is j.d. vance, a long way from middletown, ohio, arriving at the gilded fifth avenue temple of the university club, a m ive pile of excess born of robber-baron lucre and standing in the shadow of its gl -and-steel successor, trump tower.






afi festival 2017 adds 'disaster artist,' 'call me by your name,' 'hostiles' and


the afi fest has added centerpiece galas for three festival favorites to this year's lineup. luca guadagnino's "call me by your name," which premiered at sundance, james franco's "the disaster artist," which bowed as a work in progress at sxsw, and scott cooper's "hostiles," which was unveiled at telluride. in addition, acclaimed documentary filmmaker errol morris will receive a special tribute following a screening of his latest work, the hybrid docu-drama netflix series "wormwood," on nov. 11.all gala screenings will take place at the tcl chinese theatre and the errol morris tribute is set for the egyptian theatre. the festival had previously announced an opening night gala for dee rees' sundance-premiered netflix drama "mudbound" and a closing night gala for the world premiere of ridley






carmen franco, only child of spain's dictator, dies at 91


madrid — carmen franco, the only child of spanish dictator francisco franco, has died. she was 91.her grandson luis alfonso de borbon confirmed her death in an instagram post friday. he did not give details.in a recent interview with el mundo newspaper, carmen franco revealed she had been diagnosed with cancer.journalist nieves herrero, who published a novel last month about franco's life based on interviews with her, wrote on friday that she had died at her madrid home after saying goodbye to loved ones.general francisco franco joined a military uprising in 1936 and ruled spain from the end of spain's civil war in 1939 until his death in 1975. his daughter married spanish aristocrat cristobal martinez-bordiu in 1950. they had seven children.






spanish vote calling for franco’s exhumation revives old divisions


san lorenzo de el escorial, spain—spanish lawmakers on thursday voted to exhume the remains of dictator francisco franco, in a symbolic decision that is reigniting a divisive debate about whether digging up spain’s dead will open old wounds.the parliamentary vote, the first ever in support of disinterment, is underscoring the longstanding division among spaniards about how to remember franco, whose rule was marked by the...






franco hits grand slam, phillies beat marlins 7-4


philadelphia — maikel franco hit his second grand slam of the month, helping the philadelphia phillies beat the miami marlins 7-4 on wednesday night for their fifth straight win.franco connected off wei-yen chen (2-1) in the third inning with a shot to left-center for a 4-2 lead. with two runners on, odubel herrera singled to load the bases. phillies pitcher vince velasquez held at third instead of trying to score.franco, who had three hits, made up for the conservative baserunning with his fourth homer of the season. he also hit a grand slam in a 5-4 loss to the new york mets on april 12.






the latest: best film actor golden globe nominees announced


los angeles — the latest on nominations for the 75th annual golden globe awards (all times local):5:55 a.m.the golden globe nominees for best motion picture drama actress have been announced in beverly hills, california. they are: jessica chastain, "molly's game"; sally hawkins, "the shape of water"; frances mcdormand, "three billboards outside ebbing, missouri"; meryl streep, "the post" and michelle williams, "all the money in the world."the nominees for best actor in a motion picture are: "timothée chalamet, "call me by your name"; daniel day-lewis, "phantom thread"; tom hanks, "the post"; gary oldman, "darkest hour" and denzel washington, "roman j. israel, esq."___5:47 a.m.the golden globe nominees for best motion picture drama have been announced in beverly hills, california. they are:






'the disaster artist,' 'loveless,' 'mary and the witch's flower' and other movie


movie recommendations from critics kenneth turan and justin chang. battle of the sexes this enjoyable and entertaining film, with the gifted and innately likable actors emma stone and steve carell as billie jean king and bobby riggs, respectively, is most involving when it deals not with sports or society but with the personal struggles both players, especially king, were going through in the run-up to their 1973 tennis match. (kenneth turan) pg-13.blade runner 2049 you can quibble with aspects of it, but as shaped by denis villeneuve and his masterful creative team, this high-end sequel puts you firmly and unassailably in another world of its own devising, and that is no small thing. (kenneth turan) r.the breadwinner in its power and its beauty, this story of a young girl's struggles in t






this ar-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any ipad-equipped classroom


geography is cool, whatever the kids say. in fact, the only thing cooler is augmented reality. so what if i told you there was a gadget that combined these two cool things into one?! it’s called the orboot, and it actually looks like it would be a lot of fun, provided your classroom is nice enough to have an ipad or two lying around.orboot is a special 10-inch globe and companion app (ios or android) that lets kids check out the world and do little activities in a little ar environment. sure, you could just have an app with a globe in it, but that’s boring. seriously. having a real globe is a great idea, and turns it into a hands-on activity rather than yet another swipe-fest.the symbols on the globe pop up into things like stories, animals, and maps, which kids can interact with in variou






this ar-enhanced globe would be a fun addition to any ipad-equipped classroom


geography is cool, whatever the kids say. in fact, the only thing cooler is augmented reality. so what if i told you there was a gadget that combined these two cool things into one?! it’s called the orboot, and it actually looks like it would be a lot of fun, provided your classroom is nice enough to have an ipad or two lying around.orboot is a special 10-inch globe and companion app (ios or android) that lets kids check out the world and do little activities in a little ar environment. sure, you could just have an app with a globe in it, but that’s boring. seriously. having a real globe is a great idea, and turns it into a hands-on activity rather than yet another swipe-fest.the symbols on the globe pop up into things like stories, animals and maps, with which kids can interact in various






james franco, gal gadot and mary j. blige help w magazine kick off the 75th gold


emilia clarke and james franco smiled for the phalanx of photographers surrounding them as they perched beside a sofa; brooklynn prince paused in the entry hall to spend a moment with gal gadot; and mary j. blige found a spot, just barely quieter, to relax with friends. there, in a penthouse suite at the chateau marmont in hollywood, a mass of a-listers crowded into the various rooms, some spilling onto the terrace for fresh air, while others ducked into side rooms to sample the dinner or dessert buffets.“it’s kind of a great moment” said party host stefano tonchi, editor-in-chief of w magazine, taking time out to chat with the los angeles times. “it’s the beginning of the awards season. the oscars, somehow, are the grand finale, but now, before the golden globes, everybody has a chance.”t






an honest trailer for the room


“the room” has gone down in film history as one of––if not the––worst film ever made and released. it’s so bad that there are still screenings of it, where “fans” get together and mock the film. almost every decision in the movie was the wrong one. it’s so famously awful that a movie, “the disaster artist,” has been made about it. if you don’t want to watch “the room” but still want to see “the disaster artist,” watch this honest trailer.full story at youtube.more “great” movies. posted by josh urich






'my career is over now': marvel terminates 'x-men gold' artist's contract amid c


marvel has fired “x-men gold” artist ardian syaf after the controversy over the politically charged hidden messages in the first issue.“marvel has terminated ardian syaf’s contract effective immediately,” the company said in a statement that also explained that syaf’s work will still be seen in “x-men gold” nos. 2 and 3 because the next two issues of the bi-weekly series have already been shipped to the printer.“issues no. 4, no. 5 and no. 6 will be drawn by r. b. silva and issues no. 7, no. 8 and no. 9 will be drawn by ken lashley,” the statement continued. “a permanent replacement artist will be assigned to ‘x-men gold’ in the coming weeks.”featuring superheroes fighting to save humanity despite the fear and bigotry they often have to face as mutants, “x-men” has always been political. b






local boxer daniel franco in coma following knockout loss to jose haro


inland empire boxer daniel “twitch” franco is comatose after undergoing emergency surgery to stop bleeding in his brain following a knockout loss to featherweight jose haro on saturday night in sloan, iowa.franco, a 25-year-old from riverside, was dropped by a right-handed punch from haro (13-1-1) in the eighth round at winnavegas casino and resort during a bout televised on cable.haro also knocked down franco in the eighth. although franco briefly rose after the knockout punch, he was eventually taken from the ring on a stretcher.in a statement released by franco’s promoter, rocnation sports, manager ray chaparro said from a local hospital, “at this point, the doctors have told us the next 48 hours will be critical in regards to making a complete recovery.“we ask for prayers from the boxi






list of winners for 75th annual golden globe awards – the mercury news


by the associated presslist of winners for the 75th annual golden globe awards, announced sunday by the hollywood foreign press association:motion picture—motion picture, drama: “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri.”—actor, motion picture, drama: gary oldman, “darkest hour.”—actress, motion picture, drama: frances mcdormand, “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri.”—director, motion picture: guillermo del toro, “the shape of water.”—supporting actor, motion picture: sam rockwell, “three billboards outside ebbing, missouri.”—supporting actress, motion picture: allison janney, “i, tonya.”—motion picture, musical or comedy: “lady bird.”—actor, motion picture, musical or comedy: james franco, “the disaster artist.”—actress, motion picture, musical or comedy: saoirse ronan, “lady bird.






franco hits grand slam, phillies beat marlins 7-4


philadelphia — maikel franco took such a wild corkscrew cut, his helmet tumbled off his head."i think last year, i lost my helmet like 20, 25 times," he said. "i'm working on it."franco took a breath, relaxed and used an easy swing that kept his equipment in place and slammed the ball into the seats.franco hit his second grand slam of the month, helping the philadelphia phillies beat the miami marlins 7-4 on wednesday night for their fifth straight win."i just try to calm down, try to see the ball and put a good contact on it," franco said.franco connected off wei-yen chen (2-1) in the third inning with a shot to left-center for a 4-2 lead. with two runners on, odubel herrera singled to load the bases. phillies pitcher vince velasquez was held up by third base coach juan samuel to load the






'saturday night live': seth rogen, jonah hill, steve martin show up to


did you know only one stoner can host per season? apparently, that's a thing, according to franco.        






daniel franco in medically induced coma with brain injury after knockout loss


daniel franco suffered two brain bleeds and underwent emergency surgery.        






california boxer daniel franco in medically induced coma after knockout, father


al franco late monday morning posted an update on his son, rancho cucamonga featherweight boxer daniel franco, who was seriously injured three days earlier during an eighth-round knockout loss to jose haro at winnavegas casino in sloan, iowa.the statement, on franco’s gofundme page, read in part, “daniel had a rough night, his brain pressure was high, pushing the limits doctors would like to see on the monitor and he ran a fever of 102. this morning they medicated him to fully paralyze him. they don’t want any movement or brain activity whatsoever so that he can fully recover.“now we have to wait another 48 hours. i will keep you all posted.”daniel franco, 25, suffered two knockdowns in the eighth round saturday night. the referee, celestino ruiz, waved off the bout after the second one an






'rogue one'-inspired trump resistance m acres the politics of religion


usually, hollywood writers leave their intellectual influences implicit in the script: “follow your dreams,” “be true to yourself,” “question authority,” “don’t conform,” and a million other clichés. you know the ideology: it’s present in just about every hollywood movie, especially those made after 1970.shortly after donald trump’s win, however, two “rogue one” writers made the relationship between their political ideology and their product explicit. one tweeted, “please note that the empire is a white supremacist (human) organization.” another responded: “opposed by a multicultural group led by brave women.” since then, some opponents of trump have taken to calling themselves “the resistance.”star wars has always been a romantic narrativein one sense, there is very little new going on he