The only Busy book I will be reading is Busy, Busy, World by Richard Scarry. That other Busy book, This Will Only Hurt A Little by Busy Phillips, is not on my reading list. Why should I bother, the only part I’m interested in, how James Franco is a dick, has already been widely covered. That’s good for me, but Busy isn’t too happy about it. She recently appeared on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and bemoaned the fact that the James Franco story is all anybody wants to focus on in her book.
It’s been quite some time since it was announced that the viral story of Zola, a stripper who went on a wild weekend road trip, was going to be made into a movie. Zola’s story is one for the ages. When we all die from nuclear war, Zola’s story will be all that’s left; whispered across the dunes of radiated sand, carried by the poisonous fallout winds. Collider is reporting that the movie is still moving forward and has cast some of its stars.
Earlier this year, James Franco was accused of being a creep by five women who spoke to the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he’ss kept his head down and was likely counting down the weeks until his worst year was officially over. Unfortunately for James, he’s not going to leave 2018 without at least one last Google alert about his alleged shitty behavior. Although this time, it’s about how he got violent with Busy Philipps during the filming of Freaks and Geeks.
From the looks of things, James Franco’s time isn’t up just yet. He’s currently shooting season 2 of The Deuce and weekending in the Hamptons, according to Page Six. Most recently, he’s been seen out on the town with his girlfriend, 25-year-old Isabel Pakzad and two of Isabel’s BFFs, eyebrow #1 and eyebrow #2. The foursome made a rare public appearance at the Broadway opening of the a play called Straight White Men, starring straight white men, Armie Hammer and Josh Charles.
After five women brought James Franco into the #MeToo conversation with accusations of power abuse and misconduct, he laid low. A good idea, considering he wouldn’t want to risk getting scalped by Scarlett Johansson at the Women’s March. Not many Hollywood actresses jumped to James’ defense; the best he got was some red carpet damage control courtesy of his sister-in-law. James finally has a co-star who is willing to come to his defense, and defend him she did.
Last month, five women told The Los Angeles Times sexual misconduct stories about James Franco’s alleged creepy behavior. Ever since then, things haven’t been great for James Franco. The New York Times cancelled a Disaster Artist event. Scarlett Johansson dragged him at the L.A. Women’s March for wearing a Time’s Up pin. And then he was shut out of the Oscar nominations. Based on that downward trajectory, I fully expected to read that HBO had casually “forgotten” to send James a save-the-date card for the first day of shooting the second season of The Deuce. But as it turns out, there are no plans to send James packing.