His Own Private Idaho
James Franco Remakes a Classic in His Own Image; Meanwhile, André and Purple Make It Rain
James Franco likes Gus Van Sant's 1991 film My Own Private Idaho so much that he spent months remaking it, using outtakes and behind-the-scenes footage, into two art videos, one of which is 12 hours long. The opening of his installation (which is being exhibited alongside watercolors by Van Sant) at L.A.'s Gagosian Gallery last night drew an eager crowd, even if, as author Bret Easton Ellis pointed out, the crowd's excitement was "not about the movie."
"It's not a director's cut. It's more like a portrait of the time, a portrait of the people, that kind of examines the relationship of the actors to the characters," Franco explained during a brief respite from the onslaught of friends, admirers, and collaborators. (Even Robert Duvall made a humble request to be introduced.)
The 127 Hours star digitized hundreds of rolls of film he discovered during a visit to the original film's setting of Portland, Oregon, for the premiere of Milk, and edited the whole thing on his computer. And the camera crew following him around at the opening? Gathering footage for one of the two music videos Franco is planning to direct for Michael Stipe. Clearly, someone's got this multitasking thing down to a science.
Paul & André is a different sort of collaboration—a new club just off Hollywood Boulevard from nightlife rock stars Paul Sevigny and André Saraiva. "It's definitely a whole new twist for L.A.," noted Jeremy Scott, one of many Angelenos who came from a nondescript alley, up the stairs, through the kitchen, and into the velvety den for some late-night partying courtesy of Purple magazine. (Adrien Brody, Gia Coppola, and Kelly Osbourne were three others.) Not all the kinks are worked out yet—in a couple spots, the rain that's been predicted to fall all weekend was leaking through the ceiling. What inspired Saraiva to set up shop in L.A.? "The weather," he quipped.