Saturday, May 25, 2024

James Franco Directed Two Videos for New REM Album


Okay yes, I know, enough already: but what the heck? I told you the other day that Michael Stipe had commissioned a bunch of videos for the new REM album, Collapse Into Now. The album–which is great– and is streaming now on NPR’s website–hits stores next week. Now it seems that of the 12 tracks, James Franco has directed two: for the songs “Blue” and “That Someone Is You.” Franco apparently did this during “alternate” hours on Earth’s mirror planet, Franconia. Some of the other directors on the “Collapse”project are Britain’s Sam Taylor-Wood, who directed “Nowhere Boy,” famed documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, Tom Gilroy, and Stipe’s sister, Lynda.

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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