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Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
The Deuce has no Plan B: Writing staff is working on Season 2 scripts with James Franco's characters integral to the plot
Despite lingering sexual misconduct allegations against Franco, Variety's Cynthia Littleton reports that the HBO drama is set to begin filming Season 2 in a few weeks with the actor still on board as the star and executive producer. "At present," Littleton reports, "The Deuce writing staff is at work on scripts for the second season in which Franco’s characters of Frankie and Vincent Martino are integral to the plot. A source close to the situation said there was no alternate plan for storylines should Franco be forced out." In January it was reported that HBO was taking a "wait-and-see" approach with regard to Franco's future with the show.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
The Deuce writer: James Franco "of course" will be part of Season 2
At Sunday's Writers Guild Awards, Deuce writer Megan Abbott was asked about Franco's status in wake of his sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:34AM EST
Vanity Fair digitally removed James Franco from its Hollywood issue cover following sexual misconduct allegations
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," a Vanity Fair spokespesrson says of scrubbing The Deuce star from the Annie Leibovitz photo shoot.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
James Franco’s accusers speak out on GMA
"Please just apologize," said Violet Paley in a joint interview this morning on Good Morning America with fellow accuser Sarah Tither-Kaplan. "James abused his power by exploiting the non-celebrity women that he worked with under the guise of giving them opportunities," said Tither-Kaplan.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Was it unfair of E! to ask Alison Brie about brother-in-law James Franco on the SAG Awards red carpet?
Some on Twitter were outraged that Brie would be asked about James Franco’s alleged sexual misconduct just because she’s now married to her brother Dave Franco.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Aziz Ansari was a no-show, but James Franco did appear at SAG Awards
Ansari, nominated for best actor in a comedy series, lost to William H. Macy at the SAG Awards. Ansari didn’t attend the ceremony that came eight days after he was accused by a date of sexual misconduct. Franco did attend, but skipped the SAG red carpet. Franco’s sister-in-law, Alison Brie, was asked about the accusations, responding: “I obviously support my family and not everything reported has been fully accurate. But of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
James Franco will reportedly attend the SAG Awards
Entertainment Tonight reports that Franco is set to make an appearance at Sunday’s SAG Awards, which would be his first awards show appearance since several women accused him of sexual misconduct. (He was a no-show last week's Critic's Choice Awards.)
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
The James Franco allegations show the BS actresses have to deal with to make it
The Los Angeles Times story in which five women accused Franco of “inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior” while he was their acting teacher or mentor, shows just how vulnerable young actresses without any clout are, and how they're often treated as disposable, says Adam Epstein. “In addition to highlighting how cruelly difficult being a young actress can be,” he says, “the accusations reveal how abuse in Hollywood takes many forms, including some that are disguised as ‘art.’”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
James Franco’s grilling at the hands of Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers shows how much late-night has changed in the #MeToo era
“In previous eras,” says Alison Herman, “a host like Meyers would be much more unambiguously on the side of his fellow public figure rather than his skeptical audience. Smoothing over scandal, after all, is part of the image-burnishing job. The fact that late-night hosts are even in this position speaks to the growing reach of Hollywood’s anti-harassment groundswell, which began with Weinstein, a man whose influence had finally waned enough for accusations not to be immediately suppressed. The movement has since spread to encompass celebrities still enjoying the spotlight and the protection it affords — so much so that they’re asked to answer for alleged indiscretions at the same time as they’re attending fancy galas and fronting multibillion-dollar enterprises.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
HBO is reportedly taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the James Franco allegations
HBO executives woudn’t comment today beyond David Simon’s statement about having no issues with The Deuce star, according to Variety. “Sources said executives are closely watching the response to the (Los Angeles) Times’ report,” says Variety. “Franco’s future on the show likely hinges on whether more victims come forward with allegations of work-related misconduct.” ALSO: Franco won a Critics' Choice Award Thursday night, but didn't show up to the ceremony.
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 2:57PM EST
The Deuce’s David Simon: We had no problems with James Franco
“I’m still reading it the same as everyone else, trying to discern what is or isn’t there,” The Deuce co-creator said in a statement. “Personally I can only speak knowledgeably to The Deuce. I’ve checked with all my fellow producers and other personnel. We have no complainant or complaint or any awareness of any incident of concern involving Mr. Franco. Nor has HBO been approached with any complaint. In our experience, he was entirely professional as an actor, director, and producer.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 9:34AM EST
James Franco accused by five women of “inappropriate and sexually exploitative behavior”
The Los Angeles Times spoke to five women about Franco’s alleged sexual misconduct, including those who raised the allegations on Twitter following the actor’s Golden Globe win for The Disaster Artist on Sunday night. Four of the five women were Franco’s students, with the other saying he served as her mentor. Some said they felt that Franco abused his power dynamic with them, believing that he could offer career advancement by acquiescing to his wishes. Sarah Tither-Kaplan, one of the women who tweeted about Franco, said that she and other actresses appeared fully nude in an orgy scene. But she was shocked when he removed protective plastic guards covering her and other actresses’ vaginas while simulating oral sex on them. “I feel there was an abuse of power, and there was a culture of exploiting non-celebrity women, and a culture of women being replaceable,” said Tither-Kaplan. Franco’s attorney, Michael Plonsker, disputed all of the women’s allegations and directed The Times to Franco’s comments on Tuesday's The Late Show. Plonsker added that “the allegations about the protective guards are not accurate.”
ALSO: Seth Meyers gave Franco another late-night grilling on Wednesday night: “Does this Time’s Up movement and this moment we’re having right now, does it make you look back at all and question any of your behavior in the past based on this new perspective we’re getting on how women have perceived things for so long?” asked Meyers. Franco responded: “I have my own side of this story, but I believe in, you know, these people that have been underrepresented getting their stories out enough that I will, you know, hold back things that I could say just because I believe in it that much. And if I have to take a knock because I’m not going to, you know, try and, you know, actively refute things, then I will, because I believe in it that much.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 10:24PM EST
The Golden Globes’ inside references, explained
Some references and jokes — like the “two James Francos” — may have gone over the head of some viewers.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 6:16PM EST
HBO: There have been no complaints about James Franco on The Deuce
Sexual misconduct allegations that surfaced against The Deuce star and executive producer following his Golden Globes win Sunday has prompted HBO to release the following statement: “We have verified that no complaints about Mr. Franco have come in on The Deuce production.”
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Stephen Colbert grills James Franco over sexual misconduct accusations that emerged after his Golden Globes win
The Deuce star’s Late Show interview on Tuesday was taped hours before The New York Times canceled a TimesTalk interview with him, saying that "given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein." As Marlow Stern explains, after Franco's surprise Globes victory Sunday night for The Disaster Artist, “the actor was bombarded with allegations of sexual misconduct—some vague, others more detailed—on Twitter." The accusations included several tweets from Ally Sheedy, which she later deleted. A “nervous” Colbert brought up the allegations, saying in part: “I do want to ask you something, and I know I mentioned backstage that I wanted to talk to you about this, and if you’re OK talking about it, I wanted to ask you about some criticism you got on Golden Globes night.” Franco responded, in part, that “in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there’s something wrong that needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long, so I don’t want to shut them down in any way. I think it’s a good thing, and I support it.”