from his bad-boy days in Palo Alto to a brief stint in the UCLA cafeteria.
Franco shares the inspiration beneath his many hats as a performer in
California Inspires Me, a Google Play x California Sunday Magazine collaboration.
The entertainment that shaped James Franco is available right here on Google Play.
other sordid souls, is a place that reeks of death and hopelessness, where a lonely vampire is stalking
the towns' most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to
The first Iranian Vampire Western, Ana Lily Amirpour's debut feature basks in the sheer pleasure of
pulp. A joyful mash-up of genre, archetype and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti
westerns, graphic novels, horror films, and the Iranian New Wave. Amped by a mix of Iranian rock,
techno and Morricone-inspired riffs, its airy, anamorphic, black-and-white aesthetic and artfully drawnout
scenes combine the simmering tension of Sergio Leone with the weird surrealism of David Lynch.
I'm a nocturnal creature,
And I'm here to cheat time.
You can see time and exhaustion
Taking pay from my face—
In fifty years
My sleep will be death,
I'll go like the rest,
But I'll have played
All the games and all the roles.
"There's never been a book quite like this. Hollywood—fame, celebrity, the promise of becoming an artist—is the beast at its center. Franco knows it like Melville knows whaling. Hollywood in this book devours its young. Obsessed with myths about its own past, it can be survived only by finding a vantage point that is not Hollywood. Bold yet subtle, fearless yet disarming, Franco has made a book you will never forget." —Frank Bidart
"A star-studded cast moves like ghosts across the screen of James Franco's poetic consciousness, imbuing the writing with scenes of icons who are also humans replete with sorrow and presence in our own psyches. James Dean, Monica Vitti, Catherine Deneuve, Sal Mineo, Heath Ledger, pass and fade. The author has a wonderful, self-reflexive insouciance about his own fame and roles inhabited, from Hart Crane to Allen Ginsberg to Harvey Milk's lover. Franco is a gifted contemporary Renaissance kind of guy, surveying the waterfront of illusion, suffering, and impermanance. We leave the movie theater a little wiser." —Anne Waldman
Superunknown was a critical and commercial success and became the band's breakthrough album. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 310,000 copies in its opening week and reached high positions on charts worldwide. Five singles were released from the album: "The Day I Tried to Live", "My Wave", "Fell on Black Days", "Spoonman", and "Black Hole Sun", the latter two of which won Grammy Awards and helped Soundgarden reach mainstream popularity. In 1995, the album was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album. The album has been certified five times platinum by the RIAA in the United States, has sold 9 million copies worldwide and remains Soundgarden's most successful album.