Comic-Con 2012: 'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Trailer Lands

So that's where James Franco's been hiding. The Land of Oz. It's been awhile since we've heard much from James Franco and those worried that he would no longer appear in every single movie, can rest assured. He was just busy with Sam Raimi's new epic Oz: The Great and Powerful, which the director presented to a Comic-Con audience yesterday afternoon. The Wizard of Oz prequel takes a look at the humble beginnings of the Wizard before he found his way to Oz and leveled up. We're also given glimpses of Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, and Rachel Weisz as hot witches. No sexy Munchkins yet though. Gotta save something for opening day crowds.

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'Oz: The Great And Powerful' Trailer Gives Us An Origin Story, Mila Kunis

Really great, but only sorta powerful. This much-anticipated Sam Raimi film appears to be everything that we would like a Tim Burton film to be. It's got great effects that seem relevant to the story. It's got central characters that aren't played by Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. It's got a story, though somewhat familiar, that seems pretty damn crafty and fun. I don't want to get too gushy about a trailer, but Oz: The Great and Powerful looks as though it's oozing originality. And how could it not? It's got Franco!


Multiple James Francos Converge On 'General Hospital'

"Oscars" James Franco meets Art Gallery James Franco meets Evil "General Hospital" James Franco. James Franco seems to be doing so many different projects, from art gallery movie director to recently appointed Wizard of Oz, that it was only a matter of time before the Francoverse started collapsing in on itself. Evidence: In this clip from "General Hospital," which Franco has a recurring character on because he needs to fill the occasional bits of free time in his schedule, his murdering "The Franco" is going to a black tie affair. Could it be..."The Academy Awards?" That sly reference to his role in 127 Hours makes me think "perhaps." They even worked in his self-portraits and compulsive multi-tasking. Oh man, does this mean his role as a scientist in Rise of the Apes will somehow tie into Akira? I'm hoping that's a "yes" too. For now, though, it looks like "General Hospital" is the nexus point between Franco universes. (The Playlist)


James Franco Now Available In Straight To Video Form

James Franco doesn't have enough of your attention yet. It's been a while since anything's been heard from actor/writer/student/professor of Egyptology James Franco, presumably because he's been trotting the globe on his latest adventure. Or maybe he was just working on Shadows & Lies. Here's what it's all about, Francophiles: "Franco plays William Vincent, a quiet and mysterious criminal. When he falls for a New York gangster’s (Josh Lucas) favorite call girl (Julianne Nicholson), Vincent is forced to flee the city, threatened with death if he should ever return. But after four years in exile, Vincent secretly returns intent on rescuing the woman he loves from her dangerous fate." Sounds pretty cool. The movie is coming out on DVD, Blu-ray, and VOD on June 7, but you can see a clip from the movie above. Enjoy, because Franco just doesn't have enough of your attention yet. (Film School Rejects)


Rest Assured, Javier Bardem Has Silly Hair In Full 'Skyfall' Trailer

Ha, ha. It looks like Muppet hair. Much like all recent spy movies, the trailer for Sam Mende's Skyfall opens with MI6 losing sensitive information about their embedded agents, and the consequent fallout those agents experience when telemarketers begin to call their cells during dinner. Then James Bond pretends to be dead. That's one way to shake those telemarketers. Most thrilling about this trailer, besides the action and the women is Javier Bardem's hair. The man is a treasure when it comes to absense of silly wig vanity. He's right up their with Samuel L. Jackson and those Kitty Wigs cats.


'Pitch Perfect' Meets 'The Wizard Of Oz'

Not as insufferable as it seems on paper. Todrick Hall teamed up with the group Pentatonix to create this ambitious retelling of The Wizard of Oz by using acapella mashups of popular songs from Frank Ocean, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Motley Crue amongst others. As insufferable as that sounds as a pitch, it's actually really well-done and they spared no expense. They even rented a monkey. Let the countdown to Glee stealing their hard work and arrangements begin... now.


Seth Rogen And James Franco Bring Us The Trailer For 'The Interview'

I couldn't think of worse spies if I tried. Which I haven't. Seth Rogen, having sometimes, but still not all that often decided to stray from the road-tested formula of being a giant, grown-up boy, has once again teamed with James Franco and buddy/partner Evan Goldberg to bring us The Interview. It seems pretty high concept for him, too. The Interview follows Rogen and Franco as they take a diplomatic trip to North Korea to kill Kim Jung Un. Huh. That's...that's something. Even though the project is something of a departure, somewhat in the action vein, you'll still see a lot of familiar faces, including fan fave Lizzie Caplan. Take a look.


James Franco Does K-Fed In 'Spring Breakers' Trailer

You girls wanna get weird? The first trailer for Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is here and it looks like Alpha Dog filmed on the Girls Gone Wild set. Ashley Benson, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, and Rachel Korine star as four girls who fund their spring break vacation by breaking the law. Faced with the prospect of living the spring break lifestyle forever and running their fingers through James Franco's sick Kevin Federline braids, the girls get in over their head by getting into it with Gucci Mane. Not a wise move. The man has an ice cream cone carved into his face. I don't know if that makes someone tough or not but it at least warrants you keep your distance from them.


James Franco Picks A Fight With Jason Statham In 'Homefront' Trailer

He's going to get his ass beat spectacularly. We've already seen James Franco saw off his own arm in 127 Hours, but now it looks like we'll get the chance to see Jason Statham tear it off and beat him with it. It's a story as old as time. Little girl uses martial arts training to kick the shit out of big, fat bully. Bully's mom hires a sinister meth dealer to get revenge on the little girl. Little girl's undercover cop dad beats down every cartoon redneck in town. If only she didn't wear that hat that day. Homefront also stars Kate Bosworth, Frank Grillo, and Winona Ryder with Gary Fleder directing from a script by Sylvester Stallone, who presumably didn't feel like punching and kicking swamp people this time around.