Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Sundance ’11: Franco Gets with Chrissie, Jack and Janet


James Franco hits Sundance tomorrow night, but not in the usual way.

Last year, Franco was here with “Howl,” the opening night film in which he brilliantly played Alan Ginsberg.

This year he’s back with “Three’s Company,” a kind of psychedelic take on the late 70s sitcom that starred John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt.

Franco and pals have kind of reinvented and filmed the first three episodes of ‘Three’s Company.” The resulting video will unveil tomorrow night as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers as the main element of an art installation. There’s a rumor that Richard Kline, who played the main characters’ pal Larry, will attend. A “secret” party is set to follow on Main Street in Park City, up the hill from the former Miners Hospital.

Sadly, the Ropers–the late great Norman Fell and Audra Lindley–are unavailable. But I’m told that partygoers may be asked to don wigs and other paraphernalia to recreate the “Three’s Company” vibe.

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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