420 Cambridge

420 Cambridge home to new James Franco stoner reality show

“Four Twenty Cambridge” is a new HBO Comedy, executive produced by James Franco, starring Tom Franco, Teddy Franco, Betsy Franco and Andrew Shue, as two brothers, in the shadow of their hot shot brother, who move in with their mom, and her hot new husband, who himself lives in the shadow of his even hotter sister, in a set of “detached townhomes” — which in itself is a stoner joke, how something can be both “detached” and a “townhome” — and a metaphor for “family” — above a marijuana dispensary, you know, the mythical legal kind. Garrett Morris plays their retail tenant, who comes from not the wrong side of the tracks but too, too, too close to the tracks (nice verismilitude that) and has a son, played by Mark “Stew” Stewart (of “Passing Strange and “Spongebob Squarepants” fame) who is a Stanford Thespian Shakespearean and, like the Jonathan Richman character in “Something About Mary” delivers all his lines in original song, and you are not sure if he is diegetic or non-diegetic. George Schultz and Condoleeza Rice make guest appearances as Garrett Morris’s sponsors. Adam Werbach plays a weird eco-too-friendly cult-leader and pseudo-activist who comes over in every episode to shower and then never appears dressed again and always is babbling on about “heat” and “joules” and the principals not being “Gaia enough”. !!

In episode 1 Lauren Weedman plays a recent Stanford grad who wants to live in the 420 Cambridge bike locker while training for the 2012 Olympic Cycling team. They turn her out, but not before running a credit app.

edit to add, nearly two years later: James Franco is producing a set of films locally based on his “Palo Alto Stories” so maybe this will actually happen, and by the way that last unit seems to be still out there, with the truth. Also, in a perhaps related development — for the theme music, perchance — Steve Jenkins’ “Semi-Charmed Life” is getting second life in the new KFOG.

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Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player, and blogger; he also sang in local choir, fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32 Reads 'Howl' and owns a couple musical instruments he cannot play
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7 Responses to 420 Cambridge

  1. I once lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

  2. markweiss86 says:

    weedman’s character is based on stanford’s nicole freedman, who i met once at kinko’s on cali ave:

  3. Mark Weiss says:

    The Weekly reported in its Info Palo Alto publication that the combined value of Palo Alto commercial real estate went from $5 billion in 1985 to $25 billion today, a $20 billion delta — so I would ask, who benefits from that gain?

    And how much of that are these guys willing to pay, in pr, in election donations, to get their way every time, and what does that say about democracy?

    Fair question, but not reported in these pages.

    Who are the ten leading developers or land-holders in Palo Alto and who are their closest relationships on Council and Commissions?

  4. Mark Weiss says:

    betsy franco screen test:

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