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James Franco to tackle sexual depravity with Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God”

James Franco to tackle sexual depravity with Cormac McCarthy’s “Child of God” (photo)

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Recently, actor/director/writer/sentient-piece-of-performance-art James Franco made public his interest to take over directorial duties on “Blood Meridian,” an adaptation of what is arguably author Cormac McCarthy’s most impressive accomplishment. While that project seems to have stalled out for unknown reasons, Franco is now making noise about adapting one of the writer’s earlier novels, “Child of God.”

In a Toronto International Film Festival appearance picked up by WeGotThisCovered, Franco explained that although a 20-minute test for “Blood Meridian” “turned out pretty well,” the adaptation has since been put on hold. Fortunately, “Blood Meridian” isn’t the only time that McCarthy meditated on the inherent and defining violence of both America and the human condition itself.

Like much of McCarthy’s work, “Child of God” plays around with structure and formal aspects, eschewing literary conventions like quotation marks while regularly moving in between different styles of narration. All of this is done in the service of one of the author’s most oppressively dark and grim tales, as the book tells the story of a man named Lester Ballard, described as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps,” who attempts to live outside of the social order.

While more popular McCarthy stories like “The Road” and “No Country for Old Men,” have their share of violence and brutality, “Child of God,” the author’s third novel, delves much deeper into sexual depravity like necrophilia, as it explores the story of Ballard and his fall into complete degradation. So, yeah, something for the kids.

What do you think about James Franco taking on “Child of God”? Do you trust him to adapt something with the narrative and thematic complexity of Cormac McCarthy’s work? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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