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September 4, 2013 | By Rebecca Keegan
James Franco's history with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is an infamous one: During his 2011 Oscar co-hosting stint with Anne Hathaway, the actor's low-key demeanor seemed more appropriate for a backyard barbecue than an entertainment event watched by 40 million people. Now Franco, who was also nominated for an Oscar that year for his performance in "127 Hours," is giving academy members another reason to shake their heads -- an irreverent awards campaign for his raunchy arthouse hit "Spring Breakers.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 2, 2013 | By Susan King
"Fifty Shades of Grey" novelist E.L. James was very busy on Twitter on Monday morning. No sooner had she announced that Dakota Johnson ("Ben and Kate") had been cast in the feature film version of her erotic novel as Anastasia Steele she broke some other news too. "The gorgeous and talented Charlie Hunnam will be Christian Grey in the film adaptation of 'Fifty Shades of Grey,' " she wrote. Though Johnson's casting was a surprise, Hunnam's name had been bandied about of late as one of the leading candidates to play the 27-year-old billionaire who finds romance with a college student.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2013 | By Matt Cooper
Customized TV Listings are available here: www.latimes.com/tvtimes Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 1 - 7, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Stalked by a Ghost A psychic comes to the aid of people who claim to be haunted by relentless spirits in this new reality series. 7 and 8 p.m. Biography Tamra's O.C. Wedding One of the stars of "The Real Housewives of Orange County" gets her own spinoff.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2013 | By Susan King
It's a hectic week for James Franco. But then again, what week isn't? On Saturday, Franco premiered his latest directorial effort, "Child of God," at the Venice International Film Festival, and on Sunday he was back on the red carpet there for the screening of "Palo Alto," Gia Coppola's film in which he stars. Then on Labor Day evening, Comedy Central is airing its roast of the actor/director/poet/artist/novelist that was taped on Aug. 25. PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 And on Friday, the Playhouse West Film Festival is presenting "An Evening with James Franco and Jim Parrack" as its opening-night event at the El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 26, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
After Comedy Central's roast of James Franco on Sunday (a.k.a. the night Miley Cyrus went cray-cray at the MTV Video Music Awards, and 'N Sync reunited), the honoree could sum it up only one way. "It was pretty dirty up there," Franco said backstage after the nearly three-hour-long taping. "I didn't look at my grandma during some of the speeches. " Of course, he noted, she's seen her grandson in "Sonny," a film directed by Nicolas Cage in which Franco plays a male prostitute, so we're guessing nothing makes the 91-year-old flinch anymore.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By David Ng
Between his gigs in front of the camera as an actor and increasingly behind the camera as a director, not to mention his writing career and a highly anticipated Comedy Central roast, James Franco will find the time to host a new art-related series for the Ovation cable station. "James Franco Presents," which is scheduled to premiere in November, will follow Franco on his exploration of gallery exhibitions, his personal videos and other pet art projects. "It is an art show that is an art piece, meaning the show has synched with the rhythms of my life and work," said Franco in a release.  Ovation said the series will feature Franco's video diaries -- "thousands of hours from James' personal video library will be showcased" -- as well as footage from his most ambitious art films and interactions with his "heroes" from every artistic genre.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 21, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
It keeps getting funnier and funnier. Aziz Ansari and Andy Samberg have just signed on to the dais for Comedy Central's roast of James Franco. The two comedians will join roast master Seth Rogen and previously announced roasters Bill Hader, Sarah Silverman, Jonah Hill, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero and Jeff Ross. 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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2013 | By David Pagel
History, it's often said, is written by the winners. If that task fell to the nut jobs, the world might be more interesting. High school textbooks would certainly be more entertaining. At Monte Vista, Ben White's new paintings treat history as a swirling stew of possibility, a kind of primordial ooze filled with more twists and turns than a pretzel and more wacky coincidences than a conspiracy-theorist could make sense of. Ten midsize panels line the gallery's walls. Each depicts a historical figure or two, at a time and in a place they may never have visited.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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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