Saturday, June 15, 2024

James Franco in a Film Directed by Elizabeth Edwards’ Brother


jfranco James Franco in a Film Directed by Elizabeth Edwards BrotherWhen he wasn’t filming “Howl” or “Eat Pray Love” or going to grad school at NYU or appearing on “General Hospital” or doing art projects last year, James Franco made a movie with Elizabeth Edwards’ brother.

Franco stars with Josh Lucas in “William Vincent,” which used to be called “In Praise of Shadows.” Jay Anania, the brother of Elizabeth Edwards, put upon estranged wife of former Senator John Edwards, directed it. Although, as Lucas remembered it, Franco did the directing.

Lucas told me last week that the Franco film was one of five movies he just made back-to-back. Franco also showed him his short “Herbert White,” which played at Sundance.

“I started out thinking it was a crappy low-budget student film,” he said. “But it turned out very well.” “William Vincent” will go to festivals, maybe Toronto in the fall. There’s no info yet on whether Elizabeth Edwards will help her brother promote it. She may be in divorce court by then.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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