You GUYS. We don’t know why this made our day but it really, really did. Page Sixhas reported that sources are whispering about Ashley Benson dating James Franco! Please tell us this blew your mind too? Of course it did. She’s a Pretty Little Liar and he’s … well … he’s James Franco of the Franco-freaky weird celluloid moments and facial scruff. And she’s Ashley Benson of vanilla perky perfectitude. Yes, she inspired us to make up a new word. Apparently the two have been spotted together on numerous occasions look very much like a couple. Of the sightings enumerated, we have Ashley and James sitting in a tree busted hanging out together in Washington Square Park earlier this month. Last week saw them walking hand-in-hand at the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride — and you know ain’t nothing more romantic that that, right? One source reveals, “They have been seeing each other for a little over a month, but things are going well.” While this sounds like the Franco-Benson union has been happening quite swimmingly, sadly their spokespeople have not been answering their calls, so we have t put it in the rumor department. But seriously — it’s a rumor we love!
James Van Der Beek might be playing “James Van Der Beek” in Don’t Trust The B In Apartment 23, but he’s not, you know, playing James Van Der Beek. “It’s funny, people say, ‘He’s playing himself,’ and I think, Well, I’m playing this demented version of — I don’t know what. It has echoes of me in maybe, like, my worst day ever,” the Dawson’s Creek star laughs in his new Vulture interview. “But most of it is just completely made up with little kernels of truth: behavior I’ve seen from other actors, or some of the writers have seen.” Personally, we absolutely love when celebs play weird or awful version of themselves; it shows that they have a sense of humor about themselves. Luckily James joins a cadre of excellent celebs who have lampooned themselves on TV, such as…
One look at Kristen Stewart in her stunning hair and makeup, white Balenciaga button-down and harem pants at last night’s screening of On the Road in New York, and we wonder what guy in his right mind hasn’t had thoughts of swooping in on the actress in an attempt to be her rebound. We still don’t know if she and Robert Pattinson have actually broken off their relationship — and we’re not making any pronouncements on that front. We’re just saying that, according to at least one report, there are guys possibly making a move to be her rebound. Guys like James Franco. Maybe.
We know Franco is a huge admirer of Stewart, based on the effusive Snow White and the Huntsman review he wrote for the Huffington Post back in June. Now Radar Online is reporting that his admiration went a little further when the two met in Toronto over the weekend. A source said they talked for 20 minutes, during which James praised Kristen’s work in On the Road.
“She seemed at ease in his company, and he was certainly making her laugh,” the source said. “She was wearing a huge grin on her face. At the end of their chance meeting, James took Kristen’s number and asked her out for dinner. Kristen initially said no, but is mulling over the idea. She knows she has to move on now following her break up with Rob.”
All of this sounds like a huge leap to conclusions based on observing someone else’s conversation. We’re sure we’d be grinning too, if the ever-charming and weird James Franco started complimenting us. That doesn’t automatically mean we’d be planning our future romance together. Anyway, between this meeting and the stories of Kristen’s encounters with Emma Watson and Jennifer Lawrence, it sounds like she was the most popular girl in Toronto last weekend!
We know it’s selfish, but we hate it when a genius performer feels like he or she has to “spread their wings” and “do something new” with their “craft.” Remember when Robin Williams was in One Hour Photo? We could never watch Bicentennial Man again! Which is why we are so, so glad to see that it’s business as usual for James Franco in his new Spring Breakers clip. “This is my f—ing dream, y’all. All this s—. Look at my s—. I got shorts, every f—ing color. Designer t-shirts. Gold bullets. Motherf—ing vampires,” he mumbles through gold teeth in the teaser. Mothereffing. Vampires. As Franco rants we see a wall of guns, then a wall of hats. Oh, and his character’s name is Alien. It all feels so familiar, like coming home. Coming home to James Franco’s house, where you look over and see a wall of guns, and a wall of hats.
We knew James’ role was going to be beautifully weird based on set photos alone (plus the firstSpring Breakers clip was great) but we had no idea we’d get to look forward to “a scene where Franco sings the [Britney] Spears classic ‘Everytime’ while [Vanessa] Hudgens waves a machine gun over her head” in the film. As it should be. As it should be.
Oh, so you thought Spring Breakerswas just a movie about neon bikinis, bad dye jobs and scooters? Think again, amigos. It’a also about existential despair. That’s what we’re picking up from the first clip from Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson‘s dark comedy anyway. “I’m so tired of seeing the same thing every single day. Everybody’s miserable here because everybody sees the same things. They wake up in the same bed in the same houses,” Selena intones in the video, as Vanessa, um, faux-shoots herself in the head with her finger gun. And are they in a jail cell? Yikes. This clip real bums us out. It bums us out so much, in fact, that we completely understand why they would follow (let alone speak to) a corn-rowed, Hawaiian shirt-wearing James Franco. In fact, if Party Time James Franco strolled into our cubicle right now, we’d finish our sandwich and go drive his getaway car.
We guess our only question is: is anyone perturbed seeing Gomez get so grim? (Or Pretty Little Liars‘ Benson?)(Or Hudgens, while we’re at it?) “People will be a little shocked, I think. I’m a little nervous about it, but honestly, it’s a right step for me, I’m really proud of it,” Selena told MTV back in June. “I think as an actress it really challenged me. All of the other actresses are also trying to prove themselves, so it was just really, really fun.” Is Selena’s morose turn jarring to you, or does it have you secretly psyched to see her run wild in the streets? Or does it just make you want to go lie down under some blankets?
Clear out your desk, James Franco! Looks we got a regular Daniel Day Lewis on our hands. (Gangs of New York Daniel Day Lewis, not My Left Foot Daniel Day Lewis. Let’s not get crazy.) You know who is getting crazy, though? Shia LaBeouf, as he tries out a bunch of edgy method acting techniques like actually dropping acid for an LSD scene in his upcoming flick The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. “There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” the actor told USA Today about the experience. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to.” Jeez Franco, how are you going to top this? Drinking a little salvia in About Cherry just isn’t going to cut it next to Shia!
LaBeouf’s intensity seems to have started with his naked Sigor Rus video, and the nudity has only continued. “I don’t know what’s going to be asked of me,” the actor said of having actual sex in Lars Von Trier‘s upcoming Nymphomaniac. “But I’m willing to do whatever is asked of me to get closer to the truth that’s on the page.” Frankly, that makes the fact LaBeouf was drunk while shooting Lawless look downright normal. “He says go off for five minutes through the woods and get there,” Shia said of director John Hillcoat instructing him to booze it up. “It took away a lot of my inhibitions, just made it easy to actually be in the scene, and in the moment.” Cut to Jame Franco frantically researching whether he can somehow give birth on-camera. If anyone can do it, it’s you, James. It’s you.
What’s grosser: the fact that James Franco drinks a spit-laced cocktail in Vulture’s new exclusive clip from his porn movie About Cherry, the fact that James Franco drinking a spit-laced drink is supposed to be sexy, or the fact that James Franco drinking a spit-laced drink is actually kind of sexy? Ugh, we know. We can’t help it! We suffer from severe Francophrenia! Of course, drinking another human’s saliva as a flirtation tactic isn’t the only weird thing James Franco has done for his art. In fact, it barely makes it into the top five:
Twilight isn’t the only phenomenon to hit Comic-Con this year! While we were super stoked to see the Breaking Dawn cast at their panel discussion, this little tidbit of news has us beside ourselves with glee! Wizard of Oz fans, please stand up! Did you know that Disney is releasing their version of the classic tale next year, which is being directed by Sam Raimi. They released the first footage from the film yesterday, and the movie is called Oz The Great And Powerful. It’s actually a prequel to the regular Wizard of Oz, and stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a magician from Kansas who is carried away to Oz by, you guessed it, a tornado. Then we have the witches — Theodora, Evanora and Glinda — played by Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams respectively, with incredible wardrobes, FYI. They’re a bit disillusioned by Oz, and it’s up to Diggs to find his way through to the truth and realize what, or who, is good and bad. The trailer itself is just magical and gave us chills, segueing from the darkly whimsical, black-and-white world of Kansas to the technicolor world of Oz. “Am I dreaming,” Franco wonders, as he walks through the fantastical realm. “Are you the great man we’ve been waiting for,” floats into the voice-over. Watch the trailer, and ask those questions too.
Good lord in Fugven! The wardrobe on Reese Witherspoon in Devil’s Own and Elizabeth Olsen in Very Good Girls has our eyebrows kissing the top of our heads. See, this is what can happen when they try to make the beautiful people look less beautiful: they transform a beautiful person…into a blazing hot mess. That paisley? How? What? Wha? No!
Now, fugly wardrobe is not to be confused with an actor or actress who purposely become less hot in order to transform into an actual preexisting human being (Charlize Theron in Monster, anyone?), like those Oscar nominees featured in our list of Scarily Accurate Historical Figure Portrayals. It is simply a costume that was carefully hand-selected by a film’s wardrobe department to depict a certain time period or personal style…and also happens to be very, very, very fugly. Reese and Elizabeth, you know what we’re talking about. Why does Dakota Fanning look relatively normal and Elizabeth have that monstrous shirt on? Okay, sorry. Let us do our breathing exercises for a second. You can’t see it, but we’re shaking our heads on your behalf, ladies, and on behalf of everyone else on our Fugliest Movie Wardrobe list:
It will go with the Taran Killam“Call Your Girlfriend” lipdub you got him for his birthday! What father wouldn’t want a shaky video of actor James Franco dressed in smeary drag belting out Robyn‘s “Call Your Girlfriend”? What’s that? Almost all fathers? Well, surely some dads out there would be thrilled by Franco’s emphatic crooning, which he posted to Twitter with the message “happy father’s day.” That being said, we’re betting not one parent of either sex would approve of the driving style preferred by the Spring Breakers actor and his friends. You are in a car, people! Wait until you’re in your dressing room before you start sassily pouting in a mirror!
While we believe this is Franco’s first vid to feature a full face of lady makeup, it’s certainly not the first musical gift he’s tried to bestow on the fathers of the world and/or everyone else; lest we forget, James also has Rihanna‘s “You Da One” and Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” under his musically deranged belt. On a completely unrelated note….does anyone else think Franco looks kind of hot like this? Just a little? Dads? Okay, okay, sorry we asked!