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Sharkey on Film: James Franco and Sundance fever

December 23, 2009 |  4:24 pm


For all you Franco-philes out there...

Caught James Franco hosting "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend and it put me in a Sundance frame of mind. Why, you ask? Simple. His movie "Howl" hits on the first day of the film festival, Jan. 21. Franco stars as famed cultural provocateur Allen Ginsberg, whose poem "Howl" was at the center of an obscenity trial years ago.

"Howl's" writer-directors, Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman, have long made hot topics and history their mainline as the creative team on 1995's "The Celluloid Closet," about cinema's portrayal of gays, and as the producers of "Sex in '69," a documentary about the sexual revolution, among others.

Now back to "Howl" and the subject of obscenity. Just wondering what the film will be rated...

But until then, here's Franco's monologue from "SNL."

  -- Betsy Sharkey

Photo of James Franco from the trailer for "Pineapple Express" from Columbia Pictures

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