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Trailer And Poster Suggest ‘The Letter’ Needs To Be Rewritten

It looks as though James Franco is working for extra credit as he stars in this trailer for The Letter which is directed by one of his teachers, Jay Anania, who is in charge of the directing programme at the graduate film school of New York University. They previously worked together on the simply awful Shadows And Lies also known as William Vincent. The Letter also managed to grab Winona Ryder as a playwright suffering from paranoia, or are they actually out to get her?

The trailer looks awful in every sense of the word. It looks very amateurish and the editing is simply confusing. I don’t really know what is going on, but worst of all for a trailer, I just don’t care. It’s obvious the film has a low budget but the inclusion of big name stars actually makes it look even cheaper as we
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First Poster For Jay Anania’s The Letter Starring James Franco & Winona Ryder

First Poster For Jay Anania’s The Letter Starring James Franco & Winona Ryder

Today we have for you the first poster from Jay Anaia's next film The Letter, which stars James Franco and Winona Ryder. Originally titled The Stare, the film will mark the second time Franco has worked with Anania. The director taught Franco at Nyu and directed him in William Vincent.

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James Franco's bad grade got Nyu professor fired, lawsuit claims

A teacher on the actor's film course has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed for giving Franco a D for poor attendance

A professor who was fired by New York University has filed a lawsuit claiming he was dismissed for giving celebrity student James Franco a D grade for poor attendance.

Dr José Angel Santana, who taught as an assistant arts professor on the actor's graduate film course, says that Franco – who supplements his acting career with stints as a novelist, installation artist, film director, soap star and part-time lecturer at Nyu – attended just two of his 14 lectures on a course called Directing the Actor II. Santana alleges that the university has given the star preferential treatment because of his celebrity status. "The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that's for sure," he told the New York Post. "The university has done everything in its
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Nyu Prof: I Was Fired For Giving James Franco A Bad Grade

Nyu Prof: I Was Fired For Giving James Franco A Bad Grade
A former professor at Nyu has filed a lawsuit against the university, claiming he was fired for giving Hollywood's most notable academic a 'D' in his class.

The New York Post reports Jose Angel Santana has filed a lawsuit against New York University in an effort to get his job back. Santana says he gave James Franco a bad grade because he missed 12 out of 14 'Directing the Actor II' classes, while the actor was pursuing his master's in fine arts.

"The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that's for sure," he told the paper. "The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco."

The former prof's lawsuit claims Franco missed just as many classes in other courses, but other professors still gave him good grades -- alleging it was all part of conspiracy.

After graduation, Franco went on to teach a
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Nyu Acting Professor Gave James Franco a 'D,' Got Fired

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Ever wish you could get one of your teachers fired? Well, if you're a famous actor named James Franco, you can. At least that's what one Nyu professor claims.

Jose Angel Santana gave the Golden Globe-winner a "D" in his "Directing the Actor II" class after Franco missed 12 of his 14 sessions while pursuing his masters in fine arts. (Ok, even we have to admit that's kind of a lot of absences.)

So did Franco retake the class? Uh. No.

Santana asserts that Franco publicly ridiculed him — claiming the prof had a problem with having a celebrity in class — and then had him fired.

"The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that's for sure," Santana told The New York Post. "The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco."

Specifically, Santana claims that in exchange for the good grades, Franco hired one of his other professors,
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Did Nyu Fire A Professor For Giving James Franco a 'D'?

That's what José Angel Santana is claiming in a lawsuit filed against New York University in Manhattan Supreme Court, according to the New York Post.

Santana claims he was sacked from Nyu's Tisch School of the Arts for awarding Franco a "D" in Directing the Actor II after the Oscar-nominated "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" star missed 12 of 14 classes. (A "D" sounds kind of generous in that regard, eh?) "The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure," the former professor to the Post. "In my opinion, they’ve turned the Nyu graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy."

Santana says that it is known that having a big-name student like Franco enrolled translates into increased enrollment (i.e. dollar bills, y'all) for the university, which is why other members of the Tisch
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Shadows and Lies on DVD and Blu-ray now!

Shadows and Lies on DVD and Blu-ray now!
The Millenium Entertainment film “Shadows and Lies” is now released for your home entertainment! The film, starring James Franco (“127 Hours”), is on sale on DVD And Blu-ray for $28.98, and is also available for digital download for $14.99. With the Blu-ray or DVD purchase, you will also receive a free digital copy. The film, written and directed by New York University professor Jay Anania, features Franco as a person involved in a criminal life: Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) also stars as the crime boss who ensnares Franco’s William Vincent. At first, William is hesitant to take on new work, but when he meets the boss’ #1 call girl,...
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Win The Crime Drama Shadows And Lies Starring James Franco On Blu-ray

It's contest time again my peeps! This time you have a chance to win the new crime drama Shadows and Lies on Blu-ray. The film stars James Franco, Julianne Nicholson, Martin Donovan and Josh Lucas. The Blu-ray comes out today and you have a chance to win it right here!

Synopsis:

Written and directed by esteemed New York University film professor, Jay Anania, Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) plays crime boss who ensnares Franco’s William Vincent. At first, William is hesitant to take on new work, but when he meets the boss’ #1 call girl, Ann ( Nicholson, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), he’s in for more than just the money. When things between William and Ann get too intense, and the boss banishes him from New York. How will William get back to the life he misses and the woman he loves?

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Watch James Franco Menacingly Eat a Sandwich in Indie Crime Drama Shadows & Lies

Watch James Franco Menacingly Eat a Sandwich in Indie Crime Drama Shadows & Lies
Gentleman-thug enforcer Martin Donovan has been sent to bring loner James Franco to his boss, slick gangster Josh Lucas, in Nyu professor Jay Anania's indie drama Shadows & Lies. But Franco's eating a sandwich, and you don't want to bother Franco when he's eating a sandwich. "Are you muscling me?" asks Franco's William Vincent. "You'd know if I was," replies Donovan. Watch Movieline's exclusive clip after the jump.
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"Meeting The Boss" Clip From Shadows And Lies Starring James Franco

Here's the new "Meeting the Boss" clip from the upcoming crime/drama Shadows and Lies from Millennium Entertainment. The flick stars James Franco, Josh Lucas and Julianne Nicholson.

The talented Franco stars in Shadows & Lies as William Vincent, a quiet and mysterious criminal. When he falls for a New York gangster’s favorite call girl, Vincent is forced to flee the city, threatened with death if he should ever return. But after four years in exile, Vincent secretly returns intent on rescuing the woman he loves from her dangerous fate.

Written and directed by esteemed New York University film professor, Jay Anania, Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) plays crime boss who ensnares Franco’s William Vincent. At first, William is hesitant to take on new work, but when he meets the boss’ #1 call girl, Ann ( Nicholson, “Law & Order: Criminal Intent”), he’s in for more than just the money. When things
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Trailer and Clips from Shadows & Lies

Millennium Entertainment's Shadows & Lies aka "William Vincent" stars James Franco, Julianne Nicholson, Josh Lucas, and Martin Donovan, and tells the story of William Vincent as he recounts the eccentric and curious path that has brought him, at mortal risk, to New York City, after four years in exile, to rescue a woman he scarcely knows, Ann, from the vague crime syndicate that first brought them together. Watch the trailer and clips after the jump.<center><embed src="http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="460" height="300" swliveconnect="true" allowfullscreen="true" wmode="transparent" flashvars="file=http://www.filmsnmovies.com/media/sconfig.php?id=20680&width=518&height=457&siteId=329&pid=fsnm002&autostart=false&allowscriptaccess=always&usefullscreen=true"></embed></center><center><embed src="http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="460" height="300" swliveconnect="true" allowfullscreen="true" wmode="transparent" flashvars="file=http://www.filmsnmovies.com/media/sconfig.php?id=20681&width=518&height=457&siteId=329&pid=fsnm002&autostart=false&allowscriptaccess=always&usefullscreen=true"></embed></center><center><embed src="http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="460" height="300" swliveconnect="true" allowfullscreen="true" wmode="transparent" flashvars="file=http://www.filmsnmovies.com/media/sconfig.php?id=20682&width=518&height=457&siteId=329&pid=fsnm002&autostart=false&allowscriptaccess=always&usefullscreen=true"></embed></center><center><embed src="http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/yo033.swf" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="460" height="300" swliveconnect="true" allowfullscreen="true" wmode="transparent" flashvars="file=http://www.filmsnmovies.com/media/sconfig.php?id=20683&width=518&height=457&siteId=329&pid=fsnm002&autostart=false&allowscriptaccess=always&usefullscreen=true"></embed></center>
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Exclusive: Shadows & Lies Blu-ray Photo Gallery

Exclusive: Shadows & Lies Blu-ray Photo Gallery
We have an exclusive photo gallery for the upcoming thriller Shadows & Lies, which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD June 7th. We also have the DVD trailer and the full press release, which you can check out below.

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Shadows & Lies DVD: DVD Pictures Gallery++++++See All 8 Photos »

Millennium Entertainment proudly announces the DVD, Blu-ray and digital release of Shadows & Lies, a New York crime drama starring Academy Award nominee James Franco (127 Hours). Written and directed by esteemed New York University film professor, Jay Anania, the film is available on DVD (including a free digital copy) and Blu-Ray at an Srp of $28.98, as well as digitally for $14.99 (Standard Definition download) and $19.99 (High Definition download). Josh Lucas (Sweet Home Alabama) also stars as the crime boss who ensnares Franco's William Vincent. At first, William is hesitant to take on new work, but when he meets the boss' #1 call girl,
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James Franco and Winona Ryder to Co-Star in The Stare

James Franco (127 Hours) and Winona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted) have signed on to co-star in The Stare.

The Stare will center on a playwright (Ryder) who finds her mind beginning to warp as she struggles to launch her next production. She’s plagued by dreams and visions of being watched, but can’t decide if she’s at the center of a manipulative plot or simply losing her grip on reality.

Franco will play one of the performers in the playwright’s production.

Directed by Jay Anania (William Vincent), The Stare will be the first project to be funded by Waterstone Entertainment, a new production company formed by producers Jeff Kalligheri and Steve Bowen.

Production is expected to begin next month in New York.

Source: Deadline
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New Release: James Franco drama Shadows and Lies DVD

Millennium Entertainment will release the 2010 independent film noir-ish drama Shadows and Lies, starring James Franco (127 Hours), on Blu-ray and DVD on June 7.

Drifter James Franco makes his way to New York in Shadows and Lies.

Originally titled William Vincent, the movie’s story turns on an eccentric drifter who just happens to be named William Vincent (Franco). He returns to New York after being away for years and comes to the rescue of a woman he barely knows, Ann Julianne Nicholson (Flannel Pajamas). She’s apparently in trouble with a young gangster (Josh Lucas, Life as We Know It) who has previously hired William to work for him doing various nefarious deeds and chores.

Written and directed by Jay Anania, Shadows and Lies played a few festivals in 2010, including the Tribeca Film Festival, and was described by Variety as a “quasi-experimental/existential drama.”

The film’s release on Blu-ray and
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Spider-Man: Chris Zylka Is Playing Parker’s Nemesis Flash Thompson

Earlier this month, Campbell Scott (Damages, Royal Pains) and Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, William Vincent) joined the cast of director Marc Webb’s as yet Untitled Spider-Man Reboot. The pair were cast as Peter Parker’s parents. Irrfan Khan (In Treatment) and Annie Parisse (Fringe, The Tested) were also cast in the film, as Nels Van Atter and Van Atter’s wife, respectively.

Now, Chris Zylka (Kaboom) confirmed on twitter that he has been cast as Peter Parker’s high school nemesis, Eugene “Flash” Thompson. Flash is a star high school football player and classmate of Parker who mercilessly bullies “Puny Parker”, and ironically admires Spider-Man.

The Untitled Spider-Man Reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 3rd, 2012.
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Spider-Man: Parker’s Parents and Another Villain Have Been Cast; Emma Stone Debuts Her Gwen Stacy Hair

Just last month, we told you that Martin Sheen, Sally Field, Zooey Deschanel and Denis Leary had joined Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans and Andrew Garfield in director Marc Webb‘s forthcoming Untitled Spider-Man Reboot for Sony’s Columbia Pictures.

Now, THR reports that Campbell Scott (Damages, Royal Pains) and Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent, William Vincent) will be joining the cast as Peter Parker’s parents, and Irrfan Khan (In Treatment) will be playing Nels Van Atter, alongside Annie Parisse (Fringe, The Tested) as Van Atter’s wife.

Nels Van Atter is rumored to be the film’s second villain. In the comics, Van Atter was Mendel Stromm’s research assistant, and an employee of Norman Osborne. He was used in high-tech experiments, and served as a test subject for a chemical that was developed by Osborne and Stromm, which turned him into a red beast with fangs and claws known as Proto-Goblin.
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Take Three: James Franco

Craig here with another Take Three.

Today: James Franco

Well hell, if I didn’t feature James Franco on Take Three now I never will. His largely supporting career is likely to spill over into full-time leading man status any day now. I’d bet my Spider-Man box-set that in seven months he’ll have either a Best Actor Oscar sat on his desk or at least a well-deserved nomination as consolation; his lead role in Danny Boyle’s freshly-completed true-life tale 127 Hours will surely see him shunted up a few rungs on both the awards and career ladder.

<-- Franco in the true story 127 Hours

Either way, this time next year Franco may very well be beating off his peers for bigger, meatier roles in even more substantial fare (The Rise of Franco may coincide with The Rise of the Apes), or he may continue alternating occasional leads with
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James Franco adds a 10th page to his resume with 'Ricky Stanicky'

James Franco adds a 10th page to his resume with 'Ricky Stanicky'
Has any actor been busier the last few years than James Franco? On top of roles in Milk, Pineapple Express, Nights in Rodanthe, Date Night, and the upcoming movies Howl, William Vincent, Your Highness, 127 Hours, and Eat Pray Love, Franco has appeared on 30 Rock plus 23 episodes of the soap opera General Hospital, where he played a performance artist named, well, Franco. (He’ll shoot even more episodes for the daytime series this summer). He’s done all this while earning a bachelor’s degree in English from UCLA and studying filmmaking at Nyu and writing at Columbia; the actor may
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James Franco Celebrates Saturday Night on Sunday Afternoon

James Franco Celebrates Saturday Night on Sunday Afternoon
James Franco stepped out yesterday to support his short documentary Saturday Night during the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC. The piece, which already won awards at the SXSW Festival, is a behind-the-scenes look at the week leading up to hosting SNL, and stars from the show like Kenan Thompson, Will Forte, and Jenny Slate were there to attend the premiere with James. After the red carpet, James headed inside for a screening and a Q&A session where he said the goal of his piece was to find out "what that mysterious comedy process was." James's directorial effort was one of two projects he had playing at Tribeca, as he also starred in a movie created by one of his Nyu professors called William Vincent. View 10 Photos › To see more James Franco, just read more. View 10 Photos ›
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Tribeca Review: William Vincent

William Vincent, played by James Franco, is a mystery. When we are first introduced to his character, he's riding a bus from San Francisco to New York after just missing a plane to Tokyo that ended up crashing and leave no survivors. Though we learn nothing of his past, we see him acquire fake paperwork in the name that is used as the title of the film and we know that he is running from something. Despite living in a city of 1.5 million, he is an island unto himself, spending his days working in his apartment as an editor of nature films and keeping no company. His life begins to change, however, when a local crime boss, Josh Lucas, sees him pickpocket a stranger and recruits him. As throttling a life change it may be, it is nothing compared to what happens to him when he meets the beautiful Anne
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