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Bill Maher Unveils the King James Franco Bible to Help Entice Millennial Back Into Christianity: VIDEO

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Earlier this week we reported on Pew's new poll finding that the number of individuals identifying as Christians fell eight percent since 2007, with millennial and educated youth leading the exodus out of church. 

Real Time host Bill Maher caught wind of the poll and devised a brilliant solution to revamp Christianity and bring back the youngins: the King James Franco Bible.

Watch Maher read some choice verses from the new Scripture, AFTER THE JUMP...

Previously, "James Franco Shaves Nipples, Flaunts a Tattooed Torso for 'The Long Game': PHOTOS" [tlrd]

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James Franco Shaves Nipples, Flaunts a Tattooed Torso for 'The Long Home': PHOTOS

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James Franco's latest film is the coming-of-age story of a Tennessee carpenter and the moral battles he faces over the death of his father years earlier. The film, which Franco is directing, producing, and starring in, is an adaptation of The Long Home by William Gay (his projects do all have a gay angle).

The film is providing Franco a wealth of opportunity to showcase the film as well as his shirtless (and creatively tattooed - love the suspenders) bod on Instagram.

One interesting additional gay angle: the portrait behind Franco in the Instagram photo below was painted by out artist Paul Richmond, who wrote on Facebook:

Last week I was commissioned to paint a portrait for actor James Franco to use in his new movie, The Long Home. Yesterday DennisAaron, and I delivered it to him on the set! It was such a fun adventure that culminated with Aaron and me donning period costumes and appearing in the background of several scenes with him and co-star Courtney Love. James loved the painting and has already commissioned me to do another piece for him. I can't share any pics or details yet, but I'm so glad I was given the ok to tell you about it -- keeping secrets is not my greatest strength. 

Wrote Franco: "I think this is my favorite role/movie I've ever done."

Check out four more shirtless Instagram shots of Franco, including a bloody Ashton Kutcher and a nipple shaving session, AFTER THE JUMP...

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James Franco Discusses His Sexuality With His Gay Self

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In the latest installment of “James Franco Plays Itself,” the 36 year old actor sat down to have a casual rhetorical conversation in which “Straight James” and “Gay James” wax philosophic about whether or not gestalt James is, in fact, a gay dude. The exchange is everything you would expect it to be and then some.

“Let’s get substantial,” Straight James intones to his queer reflection. “Are you f--king gay or what?”

“Well, I like to think that I’m gay in my art and straight in my life,” Gay James responds thoughtfully. “Although, I’m also gay in my life up to the point of intercourse, and then you could say I’m straight.” 

“So I guess it depends on how you define gay. If it means whom you have sex with, I guess I’m straight. In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with. Sailors would fuck guys all the time, but as long as they behaved in masculine ways, they weren’t considered gay. I wrote a little poem about it.”

Gay James then reads the poem. It’s not good.

In a certain light the interview can be seen as Franco’s attempt at playfully batting at the persistent rumors about his sexuality that are constantly stoked by his affinity for homoerotically-charged acting projects.

In many ways his roles in “Interior. Leather Bar.,” “I Am Michael,” and “Milk” work because of Franco’s intentional blurring of the lines between his own identity and that of his gay characters. We’re meant to gaze and question and fantasize about who Franco is and what he’s into, but ultimately it’s just more queerbaiting. Just ask Instagram James; he’ll tell you all about it.

 

 


James Franco On Why He's Drawn To Gay Stories: 'These Are Important Issues Of Equal Rights'

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In an interview with Vulture, James Franco opens up about his self acknowledged affinity for projects focused on stories about gay lives and the struggle for queer rights. I Am Michael, Franco’s latest film that’s currently doing the Sundance circuit, tells the story of Michael Glatze, a former editor at XY magazine who suddenly renounced his homosexuality in the early oughts following a health scare and became a high-profile member of the ex-gay movement.

“It's because of their art, and then their art was partially informed by their sexuality,” Franco said of his storied history acting in gay-themed projects. “But then with something like Interior Leather Bar or Milk, those are obviously engaging with gay themes, gay rights, gay politics.”

Franco continues:

“Lee Daniels says that gay rights are the civil rights of our era, so I like doing a movie like Milk or Interior Leather Bar where I can bring themes and ideas I've been engaged with, and do it in such a way that those ideas are pulled into the mainstream more.

I feel like that's my place: I can in some ways lend myself and say that these are important issues of equal rights, though on the other hand, I'm very much about preserving this queer kind of space of defying identity and defying labels. I think there are a lot of those themes in this movie as well.”

Read the full interview with James Franco and I Am Michael director Justin Kelly HERE.


'Ex-Gay' Michael Glatze Says James Franco Film Gave Him 'New Life', Apologizes to Gay Youth: VIDEO

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Michael Glatze, writer for the (now shuttered) gay twink magazine XY and the short-lived publication Young Gay America who went "ex-gay" and became a poster boy for that movement, marrying a woman in 2013, sat down for an interview with vlogger Jake Reynolds following the screening of the new movie, I Am Michael at Sundance.

I Am Michael is based on the Benoit Denizet-Lewis NYT article "My Ex-Gay Friend". You can read it here.

Glatze (played by James Franco in the film) appeared thrilled with his portrayal and told Reynolds that it is a turning point in his life:

"Life is starting up again. It's almost like a new life. I thank James Franco for that. I did. I sent an email for him and I said 'thank you so much for your interest in this project' because it has been the spark to a gigantic healing process for so many people in my world, and now we can rejoin the rest of the world."

For those who are not familiar with Glatze's story this requires a bit of context.

Wayne Besen, founder of Truth Wins Out, an organization that has devoted much time to exposing the "ex-gay" myth, wrote about Glatze's story in 2013:

Mr. Glatze worked for XY Magazine and was the co-founder of a short-lived LGBT teenie-bopper mag, Young Gay America. Suddenly, he broke up with his boyfriend and had what appeared to be a nervous breakdown, where he had severe panic attacks about dying. During these disturbing episodes, he renounced his sexual orientation and temporarily converted to Mormonism. Though he had dived into the Mormon faith with gusto, he just as quixotically abandoned this faith to become an outspoken fundamentalist Christian...

...He began writing incendiary op-eds for World Net Daily where he claimed to be “repulsed by homosexuality.” He appeared on Porno Pete LaBarbera’s radio show. However, his time on the “ex-gay” circuit was short-lived and he proved to be an incompetent spokesperson. His columns were so beyond the pale, that he alienated long-time “ex-gay” activists. Eventually, Glatze was drummed out of the “ex-gay” industry after a meltdown. His demise came after he wrote a racist rant against president Barack Obama on his blog...

FrancoFranco this week reacted to the experience of meeting Glatze for the first time and said that Glatze told him the film was "healing" as well.

Franco added:

"In a way, we had to show to him we were going to have a very even-handed, non-judgmental approach, but we also had to say to ourselves, 'We’re not telling this story just to make Michael happy, we’re telling the story to get both sides.' The best we could do was say to him, 'We have good intentions. We’re not going to crucify or judge you but we also need to tell the story from the other side as well as the side you’re on now.'"

However, there is only one side to the "ex-gay" story, and if the film (which I have not seen but was reviewed by our film critic here) presents being "ex-gay" as a valid option in life, it will certainly do a disservice to all of the young gay people who have been irreparably damaged by so called "conversion therapy", "ex-gay" ministries, and so on. As time goes by, former "ex-gays" and proponents (John Paulk, Randy Thomas, Robert Spitzer, and James Stabile, and more) continue to come out and reveal that being "ex-gay" is a damaging, damaging myth.

In the new interview, Glatze is asked what he would say to the gay youth who have said they were hurt and felt betrayed by Glatze's renunciation of his identity:

"I'm sorry, and that is one of the things I would say to anyone who has been hurt by any of the words that have come through my mouth or typed out on a computer screen...and even through video is that I'm sorry for any of the pain that I have caused. I literally feel that and have been dealing with that over the past really three or four years especially. It has just been a lot of the process of healing for me - we've been going through that together - and just growing in what the Buddhist teacher kind of observed was missing in me at that time was compassion...If there (are) amends to be made then to make those amends and not offend anyone on either side. We've got to be very careful with that."

Watch the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Zachary Quinto and James Franco Kiss in Slo-Mo, Enjoy a Popcorn Shower Together: VIDEO

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Zachary Quinto and James Franco were in Sundance for the screening of their film I Am Michael, about "ex-gay" activist Michael Glatze.

The New York Times set up a slow-motion photo booth on Main Street and Quinto and Franco were two of the stars corralled to have some fun in it. They were joined later by co-star Charlie Carver and director Justin Kelly.

Others who dropped by: Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Jake Johnson, Joe Swanberg, Melissa Rauch, The Angulo Brothers, Matt Heineman Tig Notaro, Mya Taylor, Christopher Abbott, and Slash.

Watch, AFTER THE JUMP...

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