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Zachary Quinto Signs on to Star with James Franco in Film About 'Ex-Gay' Activist Michael Glatze


Back in April we reported that James Franco was set to play Michael Glatze, founder of 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.

QuintoNow Variety reports that Zachary Quinto and Emma Roberts have signed on to the film:

Quinto will play the former boyfriend of Franco’s character. Roberts is set to reteam with her “Palo Alto” co-star as his girlfriend. Chris Zylka (“The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Piranha 3DD”) is also attached to the film as another past love interest.

The script for “Michael” is based on “My Ex-Gay Friend,” a New York Times Magazine article by Benoit Denizet-Lewis (author of “Travels with Casey”) about Michael Glatze, a Christian minister from Wyoming who was so entrenched in gay culture before rejected his homosexuality, he founded a gay youth magazine. Justin Kelly will direct. Gus van Sant is the executive producer, along with producers James Franco, Vince Jolivette, Michael Mendelsohn, Ron Singer and Scott Reeve.

Broadway Bares Hauls In Over $1.3 Million for Broadway Cares/ Equity Fights AIDS - VIDEO

Alex Minsky

This weekend marked the 24th annual edition of the long running Broadway Baresthe take-it-off burlesque show fundraiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS - one of the leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS organizations.

Rio_francoFeaturing performances by Alan Cumming, war veteran-turned-underwear model Alex Minsky, and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” winner Bianca Del Rio giving actor James Franco a “full cavity search”, the rock-and-roll themed Broadway Bares: Rock Hard! altogether raised $1,386,105. 

Playbill reports:

The 75-minute show opened with two dads (Matthew Saldivar and Joey Taranto) complaining that they had been dragged to a One Direction concert by their daughters and reminiscing about the great old days of rock. Through the magic of Broadway Bares, they were whisked back in time to watch performances inspired by the likes of Elvis, Michael Jackson, Queen, The Rolling Stones, Led Zepplin and Prince, with their memories putting the sex back in sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll.

To date, Broadway Bares has raised more than $11.3 million in the fight against AIDS.

Check out more photos from the night, including a video of Bianca Del Rio getting up-close with Franco’s exposed behind, AFTER THE JUMP

[photos by Kevin Thomas Garcia via Facebook]

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Have an 'Interview' with Kim Jong-un: VIDEO


In The Interview, James Franco and Seth Rogen play bromantic tabloid reporters who score an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and travel to Pyongyang in an attempt to legitimize themselves as journalists. But their plans change after the CIA recruits them to assassinate him.

Check out the new trailer, AFTER THE JUMP...

The film is in theaters this fall.

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James Franco Hoped to 'Blow Up Twitter' by Cuddling Shirtless in Bed with Keegan Allen


James Franco has a very calculated and mischievous social media strategy (as if you had any doubts), according to Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen, with whom Franco posed for a provocative selfie last week.

Said Allen to E! News reporter Marc Malkin:

"I went to go say hey to him in his dressing room. There were a lot of people there and I asked him, 'What's the way to do the best selfie in bed?' and he showed me. And then he climbed in really quickly and he was like, ‘Let's blow up Twitter for a second.'"

James Franco and Chris O’Dowd Open On Broadway In ‘Of Mice And Men:’ REVIEW

OF MICE AND MEN_ Photo by Richard Phibbs


James Franco’s quest for ubiquity now includes a starring role on Broadway, in the revival of John Steinbeck’s classic 1937 drama Of Mice and Men, which opened April 16 at the Longacre Theatre. Anyone hoping for a spectacular crash and burn may have to settle for a gentle sputter, as the pseudo art-star fades against the glare of stage lights and the formidable talents of co-star Chris O’Dowd.

OF MICE AND MEN_ Photo by Richard Phibbs1From the first moments of director Anna D. Shapiro’s imposingly designed production, the familiar story of two men versus the world is writ large. George (Franco) and his companion Lennie (O’Dowd) are migrant ranch hands in Great Depression California, working to survive equally harsh economic and natural hardship. Lennie is preternaturally strong but has the slow mentality of a child, and the dependency of one, too. The two are en route to a new job, having just fled their last on account of some seemingly innocent misbehavior involving Lennie and a woman in a pretty dress.

The pair encounters a host of characters at the new ranch, including old-timer Candy (a venerable Jim Norton), who soon joins in their dream of owning a plot of land; Curley (Alex Morf) the owner’s hot-headed son, who instantly spells trouble; and his flirty, restless wife (Leighton Meester), who likewise leaves behind the scent of trouble every time she leaves a room.

OF MICE AND MEN_ Photo by Richard Phibbs2Steinbeck’s story is full of visible landmines, and Shapiro’s production navigates them with a certain finesse, thanks in large part to a sensitive and engrossing performance by Mr. O’Dowd. Known best for his starring role in Bridesmaids, the Irish actor does an exceptional job crafting Lennie’s myopic world and inviting viewers inside with every gesture and look of wonder.

As is no surprise by now, Franco also inhabits his own unique world, which doesn’t quite do him the same credit on stage as it may off. George and Lennie have a shared dream—that one of them has control of his wits only makes him more determined to escape their bum fates. But Franco’s George often registers as little more than resentful. With a few notable exceptions, his harshness toward Lennie feels flat rather than mixed with the brotherly love on which the story hinges.

OF MICE AND MEN_ Photo by Richard Phibbs3Lacking a credible bond between the two marquee leads, the production struggles to take off, despite some fine performances from its supporting cast. Norton brings his usual level of ease and expertise to Candy, as does Ron Cephas Jones in the role of the isolated black workman Crooks. Ms. Meester (late of Gossip Girl), cuts a pretty figure and is admirably poised in her major theatre debut, but falters when called on for emotional depth.

Despite ending with a bang, stakes remain low in the escalation to this production’s climax. If Steinbeck’s play relies on our investment in the American dreams of his characters—for George to be a landowner, for Lennie to be a tender of bunny rabbits, for Candy and Crooks to live out their final years with dignity, for Curley’s wife to be a Hollywood star—believing in some, but not all, makes for a soft landing.  

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James Franco Shares Shirtless Moment in Bed with 'Pretty Little Liars' Actor Keegan Allen: PHOTO


James Franco shares a bed with Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen in a photo shared to Instagram.


Keegan shared a similar shot, adding: "Loved seeing "of mice and men. And @jamesfrancotv showed me how to do a proper bed selfie"


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