A few questions with James Franco
June 11th, 2012
03:55 PM ET

A few questions with James Franco

[The following post is an excerpt from a longer interview conducted on The Dinner Party, a national public radio show about culture.]

Thirteen years ago, James Franco was one of the stars on the cult TV show "Freaks and Geeks." He went on to co-star in the "Spider-Man" movie franchise, earned raves in Gus Van Sant’s "Milk," and got an Oscar nomination for his starring role in the film "127 Hours."

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NYU prof fired after giving Franco a bad grade?
December 19th, 2011
04:58 PM ET

NYU prof fired after giving Franco a bad grade?

James Franco’s pursuit of higher education has sparked legal drama.

A New York University professor claims that the low grade he gave Franco played a part in him losing his job, and he's included the allegation in a suit he's filed against the institution as a result, the professor's lawyer tells CNN.

The prof, José Angel Santana, awarded Franco a "D" grade in “Directing the Actor II” around the spring of 2010 because of poor attendance, a complaint filed in the New York Supreme Court outlines. The complaint alleges that the actor had about 12 unexcused absences out of a total of 14 sessions.

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Franco conducting seance to contact Tennessee Williams
November 3rd, 2011
02:30 PM ET

Franco conducting seance to contact Tennessee Williams

Halloween’s over, but James Franco still has a spooky trick planned. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Franco has announced that he's going to conduct a seance to contact deceased playwright Tennessee Williams.

Considering Franco’s usual hijinks, a seance isn’t too surprising. The actor says his beyond-the-grave encounter will happen on November 13 during Performa, the biannual NYC performance art festival.

The “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” star, along with video artist Laurel Nakadate, will use a Ouija board to connect with Williams in part one of “Three Artists in Search of Tennessee,” a three-part commissioned piece. It's art!

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James Franco fan sells actor yarn art...of Franco
September 14th, 2011
06:58 AM ET

James Franco fan sells actor yarn art...of Franco

James Franco is a man who loves his fans: The actor bought a yarn rendition of himself crafted by a 13-year-old girl with a blog called James Franco Forever, reports Canada’s CTV News.

Macy Armstrong showed up at the Toronto International Film Festival in a t-shirt featuring Franco’s face. Armstrong arrived to see the actor with her homemade art, including the yarn portrait of Franco.

Franco was speaking about his new art installation, which is a tribute to Gus Van Sant's 1991 film "My Own Private Idaho," when he noticed his young fan with a tribute of her own.

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Franco back on daytime, drops Broadway gig
Apparently things get a little gory for James Franco's character, pictured above, on "General Hospital'.
September 1st, 2011
12:30 PM ET

Franco back on daytime, drops Broadway gig

James Franco quit something?

The man who does everything, from teaching to hosting major awards shows, has backed out of his Broadway debut the BBC reports.

According to the publication, Franco was set to star opposite Nicole Kidman in the Tennessee Williams play "Sweet Bird of Youth."  BBC said Franco's rep confirmed he would no longer appear in the play, however, there was no reason given as to why. FULL POST

While you were working...
July 11th, 2011
06:18 PM ET

While you were working...

Today's news you might've missed:

  • Supermodel Miranda Kerr opens up about the pain of giving birth to her and Orlando Bloom's son, Flynn. No kidding, Miranda. (Us Weekly)

  • Attention, Little Monsters! If you weren't the biggest fan of Lady Gaga's "The Edge of Glory" music video, the pop star could redeem herself with something more theatrical. She's hinting at a mermaid theme for her next single from "Born This Way."  (MTV)

  • Rihanna can add "underwear model" to her résumé come fall - the singer was named the newest face for Emporio Armani Underwear and Armani Jeans. (JustJared)

  • Apparently James Franco isn't superman - in a recent interview, he explained that his Oscar performance might have fallen flat because he wasn't given enough material to work with. (Huffington Post)

  • The holiday season is far from most of our thoughts, but check out the teaser trailer for the fantasy "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn," slated to be released on December 23. If the 2:24 minute trailer is any indicator, the graphics alone will make the film worth seeing. (Wired)

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