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James Franco: Dangerous Book Four Boys Hardcover – April 17, 2012


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skira Rizzoli; First Edition edition (April 17, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847838137
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847838134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 1.1 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

James Franco is an Oscar-nominated actor, writer, and visual artist. Alanna Heiss was the Founding Director of P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, and is the Founder and Director of the Clocktower Gallery in New York and its radio station, ARTonAIR.org. Klaus Biesenbach is the Director of MoMA PS1, New York. Diana Picasso is a noted art historian. Frank Bidart is a professor of English and an award-winning poet. Niklas Maak is an art critic and journalist. Beatrice Johnson is the Managing Director of the Clocktower Gallery and its radio station, ARTonAIR.org. The book was designed by Richard Pandiscio, principal in Pandiscio Co., an award-winning design and branding firm.


More About the Author

James Franco is an actor, director, screenwriter, and artist. His film appearances include "Milk," "Pineapple Express," the "Spider-Man" trilogy, and upcoming appearances in "Eat, Pray, Love," and "Howl," in which he portrays beat poet Allen Ginsberg. On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks." Franco has also written, directed and starred in several short plays, two of which -- "Fool's Gold" and "The Ape" -- he adapted into feature-length films. He also wrote and directed the film "Good Time Max." Franco will be participating in an upcoming gallery show at Deitch Projects in New York, and his writing has appeared in the Wall Street Journal, McSweeney's, and other publications

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30 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mittie Vine on May 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There's a picture of James Franco with a flaccid rubber penis stuck to his face. No, really... there is. And in case you miss it the first time, it's shown over and over again, in different settings... like he legitimately adhered the meat knuckle to his face and wore it around all day. How ironic. It's referenced throughout the book as "dicknose." I'm convinced that the sole purpose of this book is that damn penis picture... the other 200-some pages are just filler.

Honestly, here's what I think happened: someone (not Franco) bought a cheap camera (to achieve that "faux vintage" feel), and proceeded to stop by each and every household featured on the TLC "Hoarders" show. This rogue artist then photographed the junk piles and picked the lousiest shots -- haphazard clusters of children's toys, dirty bed sheets, and paint-stained school chairs -- and uploaded them to Adobe Illustrator. Then someone -- still not James Franco -- went all crazy marking them up with random words and phrases like "Gucci" or "Eff You." Finally, James Franco attended a gallery opening somewhere and got his name attached to the "project" (is this a "project?") and donated pictures of his penis nose and... well, then this book -- I'm sorry, I mean "boomerang" -- came about. Oh... and something about William Faulkner in Paris. Yeah...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By That Pirate Chick on April 25, 2013
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I was impressed with the quality of the book. The content...eh..The pictures have a Instagram feel to them. and most of the text is scribbled on by no other than James Franco!.. If you're looking to actually read about the exhibit...don't bother if you're looking to own a bit of art by James Franco then by all means get it. Fair warning it's most definitely a "rated R" book and not for the younger fans.
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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By M. Harman on May 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Why did I even take a look at this? Well, it wasn't my copy, and I admit that the novelty that is James Franco did cause me to give him another chance after Palo Alto. I liked him as an actor...I genuinely had respect for him after seeing him in "Freaks and Geeks," but his forays into publishing coupled with very poor reaction to course failure have destroyed my positive perception of him. I know that bringing up the outside factors are not necessarily appropriate in terms of a book review, but with Franco...it does seem to be what he is about...he has created a Franco brand, and this book unfortunately seems to be the latest installation in that line of products, a line of products that is growing increasingly disappointing. My advice...wait for a used copy.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurkat on October 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I went to a book signing to meet James Franco. For the $50 I purchased beforehand to go to this event to get the book, I had no idea what I would be buying. I should have looked online before going to this event. Upon opening the book at the book signing, it was a bunch of words and silly, stupid drawings. I didn't quite understand if he was trying to be avant garde, or just plain stupid. I will admit, I don't really know much of his acting. I went to the signing with a friend who is a fan. Needless to say, I was able to quickly sell this book on ebay, signed, for $100, so I think I made out ok. People at the signing were so put off by this book that they told me that they were going to try and return their copy when the signing was over.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Vince on September 7, 2013
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Great book! James Franco's eye is beyond humanity. It's a great coffee table book and creates heavy conversation. I would recommend this book to anyone
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