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Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Busy Philipps wants to make it clear that James Franco apologized for allegedly shoving her to the ground on Freaks and Geeks
Source: USA Today
On Instagram, Phillips addressed the reports of her writing about Franco bullying her in her upcoming memoir, This Will Only Hurt A Little, pointing out that "my book is 308 pages, not one paragraph. The Franco story is used to illustrate a larger point about the way women are treated in this business and in life. There are no 'allegations' and no 'accusations'. It's a story that I have been telling for years. James apologized. I accepted. And I still get to tell it because it f*cking happened to me.” In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Philipps said: "It wasn't even outrageous. At the time, 19 and with my first professional acting job, I was under the impression that this was just the way things were. James and I have talked about it over the years. At one point he apologized to me. I was always acutely aware of my expendability, and so I felt I needed to never complain, always show up on time and not be difficult. If someone else was being difficult, it was my job to be the easy one or figure out a way to soothe the situation."
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 1:29PM EDT
Maggie Gyllenhaal defends keeping James Franco on The Deuce following sexual misconduct allegations
Source: The Cut
“I feel like it would’ve been the wrong consequence to those accusations to shut our show down," she said in an interview on SiriusXM's Sway in the Morning. It would’ve been like actually the opposite of the right thing to do,” Gyllenhaal “And yet, you know, look, I believe that there should be consequences for disrespecting or assaulting women. Of course, I do.” She added: “You know, we at the time that the accusations against James came out in the L.A. Times we read them all, we took them very seriously. We spoke to every woman on the crew and in the cast to find out if they felt respected and what their experience of working with James was and everyone said that they had been totally respected by him.”
Posted Monday 10/08/18 at 6:10PM EDT
Busy Philipps' memoir details how "f*cking bully" James Franco threw her to the ground on the Freaks and Geeks set
Philipps has mentioned Franco shoving her to the ground before, in 2016 on Andy Cohen's Watch What Happens Live. But in her forthcoming memoir, Phillips details the incident. According to a report in Radar Online , Philipps writes that she was directed to gently hit Franco in the chest while delivering a line, which prompted him to break character. “He grabbed both my arms and screamed in my face, ‘DON’T EVER TOUCH ME AGAIN!’” she writes in the book. “And he threw me to the ground. Flat on my back. Wind knocked out of me.” She writes that Franco apologized the next day after being ordered to do so by the director and producers. Phillips' book, titled This Will Only Hurt a Little, comes out Oct. 16,
Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
HBO renews The Deuce for a third and final season
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The David Simon 1970s porn drama starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal has been given a third season to wrap things up after performing with modest ratings. "We're always conjuring the last scene before we write the first," tweeted Simon. "So much the better when we work for people who allow us to consistently plan, arc and execute as intended. Thanks, @HBO, for the third and final season renewal and the chance for #thedeuce to tell its full story."
Posted Saturday 9/08/18 at 12:54AM EDT
The Deuce Season 2 struggles with its "James Franco problem"
Source: Vanity Fair
Franco's appearance as two characters months after he was hit with sexual misconduct accusations "works directly against the premise of The Deuce, which seeks to illuminate the hidden corners of an exploitative, but exciting industry," says Sonia Soraiya. She adds of The Deuce, which returns for Season 2 on Sunday: "It's maddening to watch his portrayal of the two Martino brothers—one an a**hole, one slightly less of an a**hole—because it seems to be a brazen reminder to the viewer that six public accusations have not touched his Hollywood career."
- Season 2 maintains The Deuce's brilliant writing, immersive atmosphere and uncommonly excellent acting
- Female characters evolve in Season 2, while the male characters stay the same
- The two most powerful moments in the first four episodes are about women, power and patriarchy
- Season 2 feels lighter -- or at least has a lighter touch — than most of season one
- Maggie Gyllenhaal is operating on a whole other level in Season 2
- Dominique Fishback on playing a Deuce sex worker: "I don’t know that I’m drawn to gritty characters; I think they’re drawn to me"
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 11:01PM EDT
James Franco is in talks to direct the movie about ESPN, Those Guys Have All the Fun
The 2011 ESPN oral history book Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN by Tom Shales and James Andrew Miller is set to become a movie, with Franco in negotiations to serve as director.
Posted Wednesday 7/25/18 at 1:49PM EDT
HBO "felt comfortable" proceeding with The Deuce Season 2 after reviewing the James Franco sexual misconduct allegations
“When the Franco issue came up, we talked internally,” Bloys told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour. “We read the LA Times article. We talked to the executive producers, to Maggie (Gyllenhaal) the actors and actresses on the set. We all felt comfortable moving forward with the second season.” Bloys said HBO takes sexual misconduct allegations seriously, pointing to his network's decision to cut ties with Mark Halperin and Russell Simmons following their sexual misconduct scandals.
Posted Monday 7/09/18 at 1:29PM EDT
James Franco is conspicuously missing from HBO's The Deuce premiere date announcement
HBO tweeted the first promo pic of Season 2, announcing that the 1970s-set David Simon New York City porn drama will return on Sept. 9. But Franco, who was accused of sexual misconduct earlier this year, is nowhere to be found in the image accompanying the announcement. Instead, the promo shows Maggie Gyllenhaal. According to TVLine, "HBO declined to comment, but a source for the cabler tells TVLine that the image accompanying the announcement is merely one of several Season 2 photos set to be released. The insider also stressed that the picture is not the official key art."
Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Paul Feig thinks a Freaks and Geeks musical "will happen one day"
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Revelations from a screening of A&E's Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary include tidbits like how hard it was to write for James Franco and how easy it was to get much-derided NBC executive Garth Ancier to talk for the film. In the documentary, Freaks and Geeks creator Feig also discusses his hope to see a musical based on his beloved series. "I’ve been saying for 15 years I so wanna do the Freaks and Geeks musical," he says. "I just have to write the book for it, but I think it will happen one day because it’s just sitting there, waiting to be done. A musical number of a dodgeball game, come on!" ALSO: Freaks and Geeks alum Jerry Messing reflects on becoming a meme.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Chip Gaines' 40th birthday gift to Joanna Gaines: Reaching 1 million Twitter followers
"This is 40. And I like it," Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines, pregnant with her fifth child, tweeted in honor of her 40th birthday today. Chip Gaines got his wish fulfilled of having his wife reach 1 million followers, tweeting this morning: "I'm a complete @twitter nerd. I'll admit that! & this is sooo superficial & DUMB, but.. I'd really like to see @joannagaines hit 1M followers on her bday. Kindof a #Twitterverse gift to her.. One more thing, for every new follower she gets today. I'll donate 1$ to @StJude. GO!" ALSO: Joanna Gaines shares a birthday with James Franco, who also turns 40 today.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
James Franco's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced
Somebody wrote "Douche" in red marker over Franco's Walk of Fame star for Franco. The Deuce star was accused in January of multiple instances of sexual harassment.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Sharon Stone defends James Franco against sexual misconduct claims
Stone told Marc Maron on his podcast "I'm appalled with what's happening with" Franco, her director on The Disaster Artist. She says of The Deuce star: “I got to say I worked with him, I know him, he’s the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, most elegant, nicest man. Most kind friend, lovely professional. I’m absolutely appalled by this.”
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
James Franco spotted filming The Deuce
Source: The Blast
Franco was seen filming Season 2 of his HBO series on Monday after opting not to attend the Oscars. Even though Franco wasn't personally up for an Academy Award, the screenplay for The Disaster Artist was, losing to Call Me By Your Name.
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.