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October 4, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Franco's image -- one part Hollywood hearthrob, one part nomadic art world eccentric -- has long been a topic of discussion. Are his multimedia abstract projects a hoax? Is he distracting from an underlying insecurity about his place in show business? Can the stoner from "Pineapple Express" really have such diverse interests?  In the sixth season opener of "Iconoclasts," the Sundance Channel and Grey Goose Entertainment series that pairs bold names from different corners of the creative universe, we get a nice dose of insight straight from the Franco's mouth.
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April 21, 2014 | By David Ng, This post has been corrected, as indicated below:
Daniel Radcliffe returned to Broadway on Sunday with the official opening of Martin McDonagh's "The Cripple of Inishmaan" at the Cort Theatre in New York. The drama is the third Broadway outing for Radcliffe, who performed in the play last year in a London production directed by Michael Grandage. McDonagh's play, which debuted in 1996 at the National Theatre in London, has been extensively performed in the U.S. and England. The drama bowed at the Public Theater in New York in 1998 and had its Los Angeles premiere the same year at the Geffen Playhouse.
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April 7, 2011
James Franco has yet another new undertaking: employee of "The Colbert Report. " The actor appeared on the Comedy Central program Tuesday and said he wanted to work for host Stephen Colbert. One of Franco's many interests is performance art, and he said he considers Colbert — who plays the role of the conservative host of the satire news commentary show — a great contemporary artist. Said Franco: "You rule. I want to work with you. " Comedy Central didn't immediately explain how serious Franco's potential involvement with "The Colbert Report" might be. —Associated Press 'Hangover II' trailer unhitched Filmgoers who've gone to see the science-fiction film "Source Code" since it opened last weekend may also have seen a trailer for the upcoming "The Hangover Part II," Todd Phillips' follow-up to his 2009 R-rated hit. But on Wednesday, Warner Bros.
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April 18, 2014 | By David Ng
A new drama inspired by the life of author Patricia Highsmith and written by Australian playwright Joanna Murray-Smith will be among the offerings of the Geffen Playhouse's 2014-15 season, which was announced on Friday. The season will also include recent works by playwrights Tarell Alvin McCraney, Conor McPherson and Stephen Belber. Murray-Smith's "Switzerland" will be a co-production with the Sydney Theatre Company and will debut in Australia this fall before running in Los Angeles from March 3 to April 12, 2015.
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March 14, 2014 | By Amy Kaufman
James Franco has played a rapping gangster in "Spring Breakers," created an art project about "Three's Company" and taken a recurring role on "General Hospital. " But “Veronica Mars” creator Rob Thomas still wasn't certain the actor would consider a cameo in his feature-film version of the cult television series. In fact, he wasn't even sure of the best way to get him the script. Spoiler alert: Key plot details follow. if you'd rather not know, please stop reading here.
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March 15, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career. And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing. It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If anything, the problem is how good his self-referential work has become in the years since his 2011 Oscar nomination for playing someone else in "127 Hours. " That performance as a stranded solo hiker, the fear rising, the bravado breaking down, put him on the hot list of the young and the talented.
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May 8, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Franco seems way too preoccupied in his experimental art projects (and day job as an actor) to care about something as superficial as appearance, but that doesn't mean we don't have to look at him. When images of the Oscar nominee surfaced from "Spring Breakers," his latest project from director Harmony Korine, the looking-at-him task got a bit difficult thanks to his rapper character's loud tattoos and Kevin Federline-esque cornrows....
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August 2, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
Seth Rogen has just been announced as the roast master for the upcoming Comedy Central roast of James Franco. Which guarantees two things: The proceedings will get very raunchy, and there will be a lot of jokes about weed. Rogen and Franco first teamed up in 1999 on the TV series "Freaks and Geeks" and have since joined forces on "Pineapple Express," "This Is the End" and the forthcoming "The Interview. " PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times The roast will tape at Culver Studios on Aug. 18 and air on Labor Day, Sept.
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June 7, 2012 | By Matt Donnelly
James Franco has Kristen Stewart fever, y'all.  Franco sang the praises of the actress Thursday, saying her talent -- and not "Twilight" -- is responsible for her meteoric rise. In one of his frequent blog posts for the Huffington Post, Franco reviews Stewart's "Snow White and the Huntsman," telling readers that she's deserving of attention for her performance (and all those prior) rather than the voracious interest in her off-screen life.  "Stewart has braved more scrutiny of her private life than most presidents,” Franco writes . “She has taken big career risks by doing films like'Welcome to the Rileys,"The Runaways' and'On the Road' (nudity, I hear)
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March 15, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
The Internet is already a-chatter over James Franco's new movie, “Spring Breakers,” thanks in no small part to the presence of Disney girls gone wild Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens. But let's not forget, this is also the film that required everyone's favorite scruffily handsome movie star/perpetual grad student to transform into a dead ringer for Kevin Federline . Ever the multi-tasker, Franco paid a visit to “The Tonight Show” Thursday to plug “Spring Breakers” less than a week after the release of his other current project, “Oz the Great and Powerful.”  Jay Leno asked the actor about the tone of the movie, which he described (somewhat oddly)
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April 16, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
NEW YORK - Why is James Franco, the world's most famous perpetual student, making his Broadway debut in a revival of that panting war horse "Of Mice and Men," a favorite of high school English teachers and Turner Classic Movies addicts? It's a strange choice for this multi-hyphenated star, who has conducted his career like a postmodern experiment designed to reveal - who knows? - the pointless distinction between high and low culture or maybe the susceptibility of the arts and academia to the whorish charms of celebrity.
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April 16, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
NEW YORK - This Tony season, an unprecedented number of movie and Hollywood stars under 40 are hitting Broadway for the first time. "Scrubs'" Zach Braff just made his debut in Susan Stroman's staging of Woody Allen's comedy-musical "Bullets Over Broadway. " Golden Globe winner and Oscar nominee Michelle Williams is trying out her singing talents - and a British accent - as Sally Bowles in the Roundabout's sort-of revival of "Cabaret. " But nothing epitomizes this influx more than the trio of Broadway rookies bringing a burst of star power - and their fan followings on social media - to Tony-winner Anna D. Shapiro's staging of the John Steinbeck classic "Of Mice and Men" about Depression-era migrant workers in California.  PHOTOS: Hollywood stars on stage The show, which hasn't been seen on Broadway in four decades, opens Wednesday at the Longacre Theatre with James Franco (1.9 million Twitter followers)
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April 13, 2014 | By Saba Hamedy
As the start of the 2014 MTV Movie Awards approached Sunday evening, hundreds of fans gathered behind the roped-off red carpet at the Nokia Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, awaiting the arriving stars and screaming for the cameras. Meanwhile, MTV "Teen Wolf" star Tyler Posey prepared for the official pre-show with co-host singer Zendaya by playing in a pen of puppies dressed like characters from 2013 movies. The star of the litter was a doggelganger for Alien, James Franco's character in "Spring Breakers," sporting dreadlocks and shades.  Complete list of winners/nominees Check back with more scenes and interviews from the red carpet and winners at the MTV Movie Awards.
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April 13, 2014 | By Claire Zulkey
Marijuana? Check. James Franco? Check. Some cringe-worthy sophomoric phallic jokes? Check. Seth Rogen last night hosted what was probably a frat house's favorite episode of “Saturday Night Live” from this season. The weed humor came fast and furious (or slow and mellow), kicking off with Rogen's monologue, during which he read from his "journal," mentioning getting high twice before joking about setting up friend James Franco's Instagram scandal . Franco showed up smiling, not really looking like a man hiding in shame from an underage-sex-text scandal, making the “It's a hoax” theories seem more plausible.
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April 4, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
On Thursday, James Franco was looking like a creepy old guy or a PR maestro for his leaked social-media come-on to a 17-year-old Scottish tourist. Come Friday, Franco was just looking embarrassed.  The 35-year-old actor appeared on "Live! With Kelly and Michael" and admitted his gaffe, saying he was "embarrassed," "doubly embarrassed" and had "used bad judgment" over social media with the fan. He didn't address the difference in their ages. The story was brought up first thing during Franco's appearance on "Live!
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April 3, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla, This post has been corrected, as detailed below.
Wait, James Franco did what ? With whom ? Really? It's a story that sounds almost too perfectly dishy to be real. Gossips were abuzz Thursday after screen shots surfaced showing a Tuesday text conversation that allegedly occurred between the actor, 35, and one Lucy Corde, 17, in which Franco seems to be trying to talk the Scottish schoolgirl into a hookup at a hotel. The alleged exchange all started with Corde, who was visiting New York with her mom as an early 18th birthday present, meeting Franco on Tuesday amid a crowd outside his "Of Mice and Men" theater.
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February 12, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN - With three films and a solo art exhibition, James Franco is present in Berlin this week in multiple ways, but that didn't include the news conference for the premiere of “Maladies.” The film, the first feature-length effort from artist Carter, has ties to a previous collaboration, 2008's "Erasing James Franco," a 63-minute art film that plays with performance and identity by having Franco re-act scenes from his own movies and others....
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August 13, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
The dais for the Comedy Central roast of James Franco is getting hotter. Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross and Sarah Silverman are among the roasters who will join Roast Master Seth Rogen in roasting Franco. PHOTOS: James Franco: Career in pictures To accommodate the growlng list of roasters and attendees, the taping date has been moved from Aug. 18 to Aug. 25 at Culver Studios, and will air Sept. 2 on Comedy Central. Additional roasters are scheduled to be announced.
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March 20, 2014 | By Gary Goldstein
Even the ubiquitous James Franco should have known better than to star in "Maladies," a pretentious head-scratcher involving would-be artistic expression, mental illness and shaving cream (don't ask). Franco brings a bit of his trademark charisma to the muddled role of an unstable soap-opera-actor-turned-novelist, also named James, who finds himself in a Long Island beach house living "an artistic life" with his moody, cross-dressing painter friend (Catherine Keener) and his disturbed sister (Fallon Goodson)
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March 15, 2014 | By Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
I fear for the future of James Franco's acting career. And when I say acting, I'm referring to Franco's portrayal of other characters, not the growing number of meta performances the actor is amassing. It's not that Franco is bad at playing Franco. If anything, the problem is how good his self-referential work has become in the years since his 2011 Oscar nomination for playing someone else in "127 Hours. " That performance as a stranded solo hiker, the fear rising, the bravado breaking down, put him on the hot list of the young and the talented.
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