Friday, April 19, 2024

James Franco: Cuts Brad Renfro’s Name Into His Arm


James Franco‘s short film, called “Rebel,” may make to the Venice Biennale after all. Or to the Venice Film Festival. Or to Venice, California. Late actor Brad Renfro has something to do with it, as you can see from the billboard on Sunset Boulevard. Franco had Renfro’s name cut into his arm. This is the evidence. At least he just had “Brad” carved. (It could also be Pitt.) The film is an art installation concerning James Dean, whom Franco played a decade ago. Gucci’s backing it. Franco is currently shooting his Sal Mineo movie in L.A. His first feature, “The Broken Tower,” opens at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 20th. Later this summer comes “Rise of the Apes.” Rust never sleeps! More info as it comes in…Franco, PS, is currently on a road trip through Utah, looking at Earth art. (I think that means cliffs and stuff.) Luckily, he’s told us, in case he gets stuck for…some hours.


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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