'The King's Speech' to hit the stage in 2012
August 9th, 2011
10:12 AM ET

'The King's Speech' to hit the stage in 2012

Plans are underway to bring "The King's Speech" to Broadway.

Producer Michael Alden said the current goal is to launch the stage rendering in U.K. regional theater in the winter of 2012, then move to London's West End and before opening on Broadway in the fall.

None of the actors from the film are slated to reprise their roles in the play, which calls for nine cast members, Alden said.

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While you were working...
July 8th, 2011
05:17 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Megan Fox is determined to show the world she doesn't use Botox. And obviously, posting a photo of her wrinkled forehead takes care of that. (JustJared)
  • Even if you're not one to gush, Alicia Keys' 8-month-old son, Egypt, is absolutely adorable. Who wants to bet that having parents like Keys and Swizz Beatz means the kid is going to be musically inclined? (E! Online)
  • There's something going around - Katy Perry rescheduled two of her concerts, only a couple of days after Taylor Swift was forced to do the same. Get well soon! (USA Today)
  • The once "it girl" Chloe Sevigny is switching it up by going brunette. We're glad to see the"Big Love" actress is getting into character for her next role, but let's hope it's temporary dye. (PopEater)
  • According to an interview with Cosmopolitan U.K., Rihanna has officially joined ranks with all the other single ladies. But remember: the R&B singer is a working gal - she's got a career to focus on! (MTV)
  • Is there anything the woman can't do? Oprah Winfrey is reportedly being considered as a candidate to host the Oscars. (Los Angeles Times)
Franco: Maybe I had 'low energy' at Oscars
April 1st, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Franco: Maybe I had 'low energy' at Oscars

After being criticized by Oscars viewers, James Franco is finally speaking out about his hosting gig, saying that perhaps he was a little too "low energy."

On tonight's "Late Show With David Letterman," Franco tells the talk-show host that many people thought he was stoned during the ceremony.

"People said I was under the influence," says the actor. "I've thought about it. I think I know why: I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway. She has a lot of energy!"

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James Franco to teach directing at NYU
March 31st, 2011
09:31 AM ET

James Franco to teach directing at NYU

He's already teaching a class about himself at Columbia College Hollywood, and now James Franco is taking his knowledge to NYU. The everywhere actor will serve as the instructor for a third-year course on directing at the Tisch School of the Arts, reports the New York Post.

The course will be limited to 12 students and will focus on adapting poetry into short films. Oscar nominee Franco has previously directed several short films, is planning to direct three screenplays, and recently teamed up with rockers R.E.M. to direct two mini movies for the group's Collapse Into Now Film Project.

"He's here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students," John Tintori, chair of the graduate film program, tells the New York Post. "He's incredibly prolific, and that comes from a real work ethic — and that's another thing to impart to our students."

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'Black Swan' studio: Natalie Portman did most of her own dancing
March 28th, 2011
11:42 AM ET

'Black Swan' studio: Natalie Portman did most of her own dancing

"Black Swan" choreographer Benjamin Millepied claims his fiancée Natalie Portman did 85 percent of her own dancing in the acclaimed film, but Portman's ballet double Sarah Lane insists the star only did 5 percent.

Now, Fox Searchlight has stopped dancing around the issue and is having the final say about the Oscar winner's footwork.

“We were fortunate to have Sarah there to cover the more complicated dance sequences and we have nothing but praise for the hard work she did," the studio said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. "However, Natalie herself did most of the dancing featured in the final film.”

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Oscars writer: Franco wasn't high, just unprepared
March 22nd, 2011
01:02 PM ET

Oscars writer: Franco wasn't high, just unprepared

Viewers weren't the only ones who were critical of James Franco's Academy Awards hosting gig. Longtime Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch admits that even he thought Franco was a snooze during the ceremony.

"No, he wasn't high," Vilanch tells Vulture of Franco's lackluster performance. "I was with him, and he wasn't high. And I asked him, 'Are you high, and can I have some?' And he said no to both."

So what was the problem?

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