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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
Pictures of actor James Franco here in Baltimore during his recent visit to Johns Hopkins University are proving quite popular. Baltimore, it seems, likes looking at some James Franco. Well, fans, here's even more. Video we shot while he was here in town on Friday for the quickest of visits to promote his movie, "The Broken Tower. " (The cut to the audience reminds me of that scene in "Indiana Jones" where they show Prof. Jones' class and it's all rapt women...) And none of you wrote to tell me if you were able to meet him, exchange a few words...anything!
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Every summer, there is one song that's insidious. (How many times did you unconsciously hum along toLMFAO's"Party Rock Anthem" last summer?) But if this year's seasonal favorite seems particularly inescapable, there's good reason. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" not only plays seemingly incessantly, but it's also been covered and parodied dozens of times. Whenever your friend from high school tweets another version of it, the original gets stuck in your head. AGAIN. The first viral cover featured Justin Bieber and some of his famous friends goofing off and lip-syncing the song, and shortly thereafter (and certainly not coincidentally)
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Actor James Franco, he of the dark good looks and "127 Hours" fame is coming to Baltimore Friday. But, before you get any big ideas and think this is your big chance to ask him out for drinks or attempt a marriage proposal -- forget it. Officials arranging his visit told The Baltimore Sun that we better not even think about trying to interview him. Why? Because he's very important, very Hollywood and very, very busy. Their exact words? "A chance at an interview is slim to none.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2012
Pictures of actor James Franco here in Baltimore during his recent visit to Johns Hopkins University are proving quite popular. Baltimore, it seems, likes looking at some James Franco. Well, fans, here's even more. Video we shot while he was here in town on Friday for the quickest of visits to promote his movie, "The Broken Tower. " (The cut to the audience reminds me of that scene in "Indiana Jones" where they show Prof. Jones' class and it's all rapt women...) And none of you wrote to tell me if you were able to meet him, exchange a few words...anything!
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By Glenn Whipp and Glenn Whipp,Los Angeles Daily News | August 14, 2008
P ineapple Express stars James Franco (at left) and Seth Rogen began their acting careers on the 1999 Paul Feig and Judd Apatow TV series Freaks and Geeks. When the show was canceled after its first season, they went their separate ways. "They're complete opposites in almost every way. Seth is an extroverted comedian, the magnificent life of the party, quick-witted, the guy who has everyone rolling," says Pineapple director David Gordon Green. "James is very introverted, constantly at school, reading English literature, soft-spoken and thoughtful.
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By Michael Sragow | January 16, 2009
Milk : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) It may not be a masterpiece, but it does feature masterly performances from Sean Penn as pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, James Franco as his most serious lover, and Josh Brolin as Milk's antagonist, Dan White. With Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, there's no better way to celebrate the rise of a community organizer than with this moving testament to the progress won by a man who understood building power from the ground up. Opening next friday Inkheart : (Warner Bros.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 12, 2005
No wonder The Great Raid sat on the shelf for more than two years. It's damaged goods, fit only to tumble out as part of the "change in management" Miramax fire sale. The Great Raid is about a nearly forgotten corner of World War II history, a daring U.S. Army Rangers rescue of Bataan Death March survivors in the Philippines. The largest surrender of U.S. forces ever had led to thousands interned in POW camps all over the Philippines - those who survived a barbaric march to the camps, a march their Japanese captors intended would kill them.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | August 6, 2008
A few years ago, I tried to reconnect with a college friend who had never stopped smoking marijuana daily for three decades. We were sitting in a diner at twilight, and when the sun sank so low that you couldn't see the french fries in front of you, and the manager turned the lights on, I suddenly heard, "Wwwoh-oh-oh" - and there was my old pal, startled by standard restaurant illumination. It was funny, but it was pathetic, too. So is the new Judd Apatow production, Pineapple Express, except for me, it was less funny and a lot more pathetic.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2011
While everyone's busy watching James Franco and Anne Hathaway yukking it up on Sunday's Academy Awards, consider going to see something a bit more low-key at the 8x10. Jonathan Richman will perform there in support of his latest album, "O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth. " Richman has been playing guitar since he was 15, according to his biography on Vapor Records, which is releasing his new album. But he came to prominence in the 1970s with his band the Modern Lovers. As a solo artist — a career he started in 1983 with "Jonathan Sings!"
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By Sarah Kickler Kelber, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2012
Every summer, there is one song that's insidious. (How many times did you unconsciously hum along toLMFAO's"Party Rock Anthem" last summer?) But if this year's seasonal favorite seems particularly inescapable, there's good reason. Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" not only plays seemingly incessantly, but it's also been covered and parodied dozens of times. Whenever your friend from high school tweets another version of it, the original gets stuck in your head. AGAIN. The first viral cover featured Justin Bieber and some of his famous friends goofing off and lip-syncing the song, and shortly thereafter (and certainly not coincidentally)
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | March 8, 2012
Actor James Franco, he of the dark good looks and "127 Hours" fame is coming to Baltimore Friday. But, before you get any big ideas and think this is your big chance to ask him out for drinks or attempt a marriage proposal -- forget it. Officials arranging his visit told The Baltimore Sun that we better not even think about trying to interview him. Why? Because he's very important, very Hollywood and very, very busy. Their exact words? "A chance at an interview is slim to none.
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By Erik Maza, The Baltimore Sun | February 24, 2011
While everyone's busy watching James Franco and Anne Hathaway yukking it up on Sunday's Academy Awards, consider going to see something a bit more low-key at the 8x10. Jonathan Richman will perform there in support of his latest album, "O Moon, Queen of Night on Earth. " Richman has been playing guitar since he was 15, according to his biography on Vapor Records, which is releasing his new album. But he came to prominence in the 1970s with his band the Modern Lovers. As a solo artist — a career he started in 1983 with "Jonathan Sings!"
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By Michael Sragow | January 16, 2009
Milk : *** 1/2 ( 3 1/2 STARS) It may not be a masterpiece, but it does feature masterly performances from Sean Penn as pioneering gay politician Harvey Milk, James Franco as his most serious lover, and Josh Brolin as Milk's antagonist, Dan White. With Barack Obama's inauguration Tuesday, there's no better way to celebrate the rise of a community organizer than with this moving testament to the progress won by a man who understood building power from the ground up. Opening next friday Inkheart : (Warner Bros.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
The only reason to see Nights in Rodanthe is to check in with Diane Lane. Rarely have movie fans had a chance to grow up with a star the way they have with Lane, from her youthful heartbreaker days in films like Streets of Fire (1984) to her mature vibrancy in Unfaithful (2002). If you've followed her career, you bring an affectionate familiarity to her movies that make them watchable even when they stink. Neither a femme fatale nor a girl next door, Lane has always had an intense prettiness and the confidence to let her passions crack it open.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW | August 22, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. The Dark Knight Heath Ledger gives a bravura performance as the Joker in this handsome piece of work, but it takes you from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then goes on for two hours more. It's scaled to be an urban epic about the deterioration of hope and possibility in Batman's (Christian Bale) hometown, Gotham City, but there isn't a single inspired moment in it. Yes, Ledger detonates a savage sick joke or two. But it's a Pyrrhic acting victory.
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By Glenn Whipp and Glenn Whipp,Los Angeles Daily News | August 14, 2008
P ineapple Express stars James Franco (at left) and Seth Rogen began their acting careers on the 1999 Paul Feig and Judd Apatow TV series Freaks and Geeks. When the show was canceled after its first season, they went their separate ways. "They're complete opposites in almost every way. Seth is an extroverted comedian, the magnificent life of the party, quick-witted, the guy who has everyone rolling," says Pineapple director David Gordon Green. "James is very introverted, constantly at school, reading English literature, soft-spoken and thoughtful.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,michael.sragow@baltsun.com | September 26, 2008
The only reason to see Nights in Rodanthe is to check in with Diane Lane. Rarely have movie fans had a chance to grow up with a star the way they have with Lane, from her youthful heartbreaker days in films like Streets of Fire (1984) to her mature vibrancy in Unfaithful (2002). If you've followed her career, you bring an affectionate familiarity to her movies that make them watchable even when they stink. Neither a femme fatale nor a girl next door, Lane has always had an intense prettiness and the confidence to let her passions crack it open.
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By MICHAEL SRAGOW | August 22, 2008
Capsules by Michael Sragow. Full reviews are at baltimoresun.com/movies. The Dark Knight Heath Ledger gives a bravura performance as the Joker in this handsome piece of work, but it takes you from absorption to excruciation within 20 minutes, and then goes on for two hours more. It's scaled to be an urban epic about the deterioration of hope and possibility in Batman's (Christian Bale) hometown, Gotham City, but there isn't a single inspired moment in it. Yes, Ledger detonates a savage sick joke or two. But it's a Pyrrhic acting victory.
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By Michael Sragow and Michael Sragow,Sun movie critic | August 6, 2008
A few years ago, I tried to reconnect with a college friend who had never stopped smoking marijuana daily for three decades. We were sitting in a diner at twilight, and when the sun sank so low that you couldn't see the french fries in front of you, and the manager turned the lights on, I suddenly heard, "Wwwoh-oh-oh" - and there was my old pal, startled by standard restaurant illumination. It was funny, but it was pathetic, too. So is the new Judd Apatow production, Pineapple Express, except for me, it was less funny and a lot more pathetic.
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By Roger Moore and Roger Moore,ORLANDO SENTINEL | August 12, 2005
No wonder The Great Raid sat on the shelf for more than two years. It's damaged goods, fit only to tumble out as part of the "change in management" Miramax fire sale. The Great Raid is about a nearly forgotten corner of World War II history, a daring U.S. Army Rangers rescue of Bataan Death March survivors in the Philippines. The largest surrender of U.S. forces ever had led to thousands interned in POW camps all over the Philippines - those who survived a barbaric march to the camps, a march their Japanese captors intended would kill them.
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