1. Gary Shteyngart is our guest today for his memoir Little Failure.

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  1. As part of our Best of the Year we’re revisiting our interview with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about their film “This is the End.” In the movie, they’re at James Franco’s house when an earthquake hits.  At least, they think it’s an earthquake. Turns out it’s the Rapture — the End of Days, as foretold in the Book of Revelation, has arrived.
Terry Gross talks to the guys about apocalyptic films, writing Superbad when they were 13, and their Jewish upbringing. 

"All the ideas — the sinkholes, the smoke … the hills on fire, are stuff from the actual Bible, which we did read!" Rogen says. "And in reading [it, we were] like, ‘Crazy. This is unbelievable!’ "
"Yeah," says Goldberg, who also collaborated with Rogen on Pineapple Express. “Lord of the Rings got nothing on this.” View in High-Res

    As part of our Best of the Year we’re revisiting our interview with Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg about their film “This is the End.” In the movie, they’re at James Franco’s house when an earthquake hits.  At least, they think it’s an earthquake. Turns out it’s the Rapture — the End of Days, as foretold in the Book of Revelation, has arrived.

    Terry Gross talks to the guys about apocalyptic films, writing Superbad when they were 13, and their Jewish upbringing.

    "All the ideas — the sinkholes, the smoke … the hills on fire, are stuff from the actual Bible, which we did read!" Rogen says. "And in reading [it, we were] like, ‘Crazy. This is unbelievable!’ "

    "Yeah," says Goldberg, who also collaborated with Rogen on Pineapple Express. “Lord of the Rings got nothing on this.”

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  1. Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of “The Mindy Project" which starts its second season Tuesday September 17th on Fox.
The season ended with Mindy getting engaged to Casey (played by Anders Holm, right) while doing philanthropic work in Haiti. She returns to her OB-GYN practice and meets the doctor (James Franco) that filled in while she was away.
When Mindy spoke to Terry Gross she talked about how she wanted to approach her job as show-runner:

One thing my mom and dad raised me believing is that everyone is busy, so it’s not really a good conversation topic to talk about how busy you are. And it’s a little narcissistic, in fact, to talk about that, because everyone is stressed out no matter what job you’re in. Nobody is like, ‘Yeah, I’m doing really well — work is just a total snooze and so easy.’
So when I got this job, I thought, ‘I’m going to be that person who is the star of their own show and the show-runner and the head writer, et cetera, et cetera — but I’m going to always seem like it’s no big deal.’ And I was actually able to do that for the first six weeks. And now, I have to say, it’s a little hard to pretend that I’m just like this cool-as-a-cucumber person.


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    Mindy Kaling is the creator and star of “The Mindy Project" which starts its second season Tuesday September 17th on Fox.

    The season ended with Mindy getting engaged to Casey (played by Anders Holm, right) while doing philanthropic work in Haiti. She returns to her OB-GYN practice and meets the doctor (James Franco) that filled in while she was away.

    When Mindy spoke to Terry Gross she talked about how she wanted to approach her job as show-runner:

    One thing my mom and dad raised me believing is that everyone is busy, so it’s not really a good conversation topic to talk about how busy you are. And it’s a little narcissistic, in fact, to talk about that, because everyone is stressed out no matter what job you’re in. Nobody is like, ‘Yeah, I’m doing really well — work is just a total snooze and so easy.’

    So when I got this job, I thought, ‘I’m going to be that person who is the star of their own show and the show-runner and the head writer, et cetera, et cetera — but I’m going to always seem like it’s no big deal.’ And I was actually able to do that for the first six weeks. And now, I have to say, it’s a little hard to pretend that I’m just like this cool-as-a-cucumber person.

    photo via Huffington Post

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  1. AnnMarie interviews Gia Coppola, granddaughter of Francis Ford Coppola, about the Toronto premier of her film “Palo Alto,” based on a book of short stories by James Franco, and starring Franco, Emma Roberts and Zoe Levin.

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  1. David Edelstein on James Franco’s lackluster performance in Oz The Great and Powerful:

To prove he’s a wizard, he has to kill a certain wicked witch, along the way picking up a sidekick monkey that flies and talks in the voice of Zach Braff. I’ve seen few actors as unconvincing as James Franco when it comes to staring down and talking to a creature to be computer-generated later — and Franco doesn’t just have to act opposite that insufferable monkey but also a sassy talking China Doll. It’s not that Franco is bad. He doesn’t risk enough to be bad. My guess is that with all his stammers and shrugs opposite actors playing it straight, he’s trying to be a cowardly hipster like Bob Hope in the Road pictures — or Woody Allen, who actually cited Hope as an inspiration, in Sleeper. But Franco doesn’t have the jokes. He’s playing a noncommittal character in a noncommittal way, so that he sort of floats above the role. You want to yell, “This isn’t a performance-art project! You’re carrying a movie!”


Image of James Franco in Oz, The Great And Powerful courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures View in High-Res

    David Edelstein on James Franco’s lackluster performance in Oz The Great and Powerful:

    To prove he’s a wizard, he has to kill a certain wicked witch, along the way picking up a sidekick monkey that flies and talks in the voice of Zach Braff. I’ve seen few actors as unconvincing as James Franco when it comes to staring down and talking to a creature to be computer-generated later — and Franco doesn’t just have to act opposite that insufferable monkey but also a sassy talking China Doll. It’s not that Franco is bad. He doesn’t risk enough to be bad. My guess is that with all his stammers and shrugs opposite actors playing it straight, he’s trying to be a cowardly hipster like Bob Hope in the Road pictures — or Woody Allen, who actually cited Hope as an inspiration, in Sleeper. But Franco doesn’t have the jokes. He’s playing a noncommittal character in a noncommittal way, so that he sort of floats above the role. You want to yell, “This isn’t a performance-art project! You’re carrying a movie!”

    Image of James Franco in Oz, The Great And Powerful courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures

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    Oz

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    The Wizard of Oz

  1. James Franco just sold a $10,000 non-visible piece of artwork called “Fresh Air.”
Last year, James Franco was actually on a visible radio show, also called “Fresh Air.”

    James Franco just sold a $10,000 non-visible piece of artwork called “Fresh Air.”

    Last year, James Franco was actually on a visible radio show, also called “Fresh Air.”

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  1. Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel star in a medieval sword-and-sorcery spoof that strays often into beyond-kinky territory — and plays it so resolutely straight that the profane seems downright divine. View in High-Res

    Natalie Portman, Danny McBride, James Franco and Zooey Deschanel star in a medieval sword-and-sorcery spoof that strays often into beyond-kinky territory — and plays it so resolutely straight that the profane seems downright divine.

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    your highness

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    natalie portman

    movie review

    danny mcbride

  1. James Franco, on the reason why he acts, juggles classes, and writes (among other pursuits): "If there’s something I like, it’s hard for me to not engage with it fully." [full interview here] View in High-Res

    James Franco, on the reason why he acts, juggles classes, and writes (among other pursuits): "If there’s something I like, it’s hard for me to not engage with it fully." [full interview here]

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  1. Tomorrow: We continue a Friday series of interviews about films nominated for Oscars. We hear from James Franco, who is nominated from his role in 127 Hours and will be cohosting the ceremony. And we listen back to an interview with Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech.

    Tomorrow: We continue a Friday series of interviews about films nominated for Oscars. We hear from James Franco, who is nominated from his role in 127 Hours and will be cohosting the ceremony. And we listen back to an interview with Tom Hooper, who directed The King’s Speech.

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James Franco on the cover of the new issue of Candy… shot by [Terry Richardson.]

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    James Franco on the cover of the new issue of Candy… shot by [Terry Richardson.]

    I wish I saw this two days ago to post with the James Franco story.

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  1. I’d like to keep talking but you’re going to be late for class.

    — Terry Gross to James Franco, who is juggling an acting career, a writing career, and classes at both Yale University and the Rhode Island School of Design.

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  1. "I loved the Beats and I had been reading  them since I was about 15, and ever since I got into acting I always  dreamed about doing a movie about the Beats. But I never  thought that I would play Allen. I always thought I would play [Jack]  Kerouac or [Neal] Cassady." — James Franco, on his role as Allen Ginsberg in the movie Howl. (Franco also discusses his other movie roles, his writing, his graduate career and his time on General Hospital.) View in High-Res

    "I loved the Beats and I had been reading them since I was about 15, and ever since I got into acting I always dreamed about doing a movie about the Beats. But I never thought that I would play Allen. I always thought I would play [Jack] Kerouac or [Neal] Cassady." — James Franco, on his role as Allen Ginsberg in the movie Howl. (Franco also discusses his other movie roles, his writing, his graduate career and his time on General Hospital.)

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  1. Our guest today: James Franco.

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    Tomorrow: James Franco. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: James Franco.

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