Whoosh! The summer flew by and I have barely gotten myself together to start and finish a few of those projects I always say I’m going to get to. Or, if I finally make time to see my friends from time to time, it seems like I’m out and about being a busy, busy bee. Well, just to let you know, even if you think you’re the busiest person on the planet, I think it’s safe to say James Franco did more than you did this summer. You know it’s true.
While James Franco has been directing and starring in ads, writing a novel, interviewing noted artists, keeping a Huffpo blog, starring in several student and studio films, directing his own films, managing his own production company, making music, partying with various famous and not so famous friends, getting sued by professors, teaching various film/directing classes, cross-dressing for magazine spreads, working with LiLo, posting on his Whosay blog for fans/stalkers, writing poetry, and travelling around the world to various movie festivals to promote his latest endeavors, YOU, you slacker, have not been. So I’ve decided to write and highlight two of his latest projects, because, hey – I’m good like that.
The first one I thought I’d write about is his appearance in About Cherry, a film in which he plays a small part as a coke addicted attorney who lives in San Francisco. This film is the work of one of his NYU film grad school classmates, Lorelei Lee, a porn veteran who decided to make a film about her industry. It’s a fictionalized behind-the-scenes account of the world of porn and the experiences of a girl from a broken home who happens to land on the seamier side of the street. Although I’ve heard it isn’t the next coming of Boogie Nights, those who are serious James Franco or Heather Graham fans might get a kick out of it.
The independent film was released on September 21st and is in a handful of theaters. In NYC, it’s only playing at the IFC Center. If you are interested in seeing it, you can try IFC and I think you can watch it streaming as well.
His other latest project is a musical collaboration between him and another friend, Tim O’Keefe, called Daddy. I haven’t quite figured out where the name originates, but it does makes for some interesting questions, right? James has posted a link to one of the videos for his new songs, Crime. Smokey Robinson is featured on vocals and Daddy seems to want to evoke a Beach Boys/Motown/Doors sort of vibe. It feels more California relaxed and it’s easy on the tempo.
As for me, I’m just going to try not to exhaust myself following all his career moves and ideas. As ever, I’m always interested in his Hollywood stuff, especially the upcoming OZ. I wouldn’t discount some of his more indie style projects though, like his interview with Rob Pruitt and other various artists. He’s also going to direct Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, too.
If you’re a Franco fan, what do you think about his new projects? Are you interested in anything James has coming up? Sound off! Let us know your thoughts!