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James Franco Locks In To Visit 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 5:03 AM
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We'll say this: it's kind of amazing the amount of buzz James Franco -- aka The Franco -- has managed to create for himself. It's the kind of chatter and publicity most stars would love to have, but it's all the more remarkable considering that it's only after this weekend when he hosts the Oscars that James Franco will become something of a household name. Sure, he had a co-starring role in the "Spider-Man" films but other than that, he hasn't really toplined a major franchise. But that's all about to change. Later this year he will fight the "Rise of the Apes" and now Deadline reports that the ink is pretty much dry on earlier talks that will find the actor reteaming with Sam Raimi for "Oz: The Great and Powerful."

Apeless First Look At James Franco In 'Rise Of The Apes'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2011 8:08 AM
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Word has been pretty quiet on the upcoming franchise reboot "Rise of the Apes," but it seems that's all about to change as 20th Century Fox has dropped a first look (via JoBlo) at the lead star James Franco in the film, not coincidentally just before the actor is set to host the Oscars this weekend.

James Franco Has Directed A 12-Hour Movie Using Outtakes From 'My Own Private Idaho'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 23, 2011 5:25 AM
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Also Has Another Film In The Can With A Score By Michael StipeDoes James Franco sleep? It seems this guy spends every waking moment being productive and at the rate of his output, he'll have enough work to start filling his own museum and frankly, we wouldn't be surprised if he built one. The James Franco Museum Of James Franco Stuff. Yeah, we could dig that.

Jennifer Lawrence In Talks For Oliver Stone's Drug Cartel Thriller 'Savages'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2011 11:19 AM
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Oliver Stone Has Met With Leonardo DiCaprio, Aaron Johnson, Tom Hardy, James Franco & Garrett Hedlund For Two Male Lead Roles; Benicio Del Toro Courted For Role Of Cartel EnforcerThere is nothing we like better than young actresses making smart, interesting choices and "Winter's Bone" breakout star and Oscar nominee Jennifer Lawrence continues to diversify her resumé. She's got a starring role in the upcoming "X-Men: First Class" (whose solid trailer just dropped) and now she's made a nice little gear change into a project with great potential.

Add It To The List: James Franco Says He Might Be Developing 'Three's Company' Feature Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2011 9:52 AM
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If you're James Franco, it appears that movie projects are low hanging fruit that you can pluck at a whim and not only is his basket full, it's fucking overflowing.

James Franco In Talks To Lead Sam Raimi's 'Oz: The Great And Powerful'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2011 12:45 AM
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Man of the moment James Franco is reportedly in early talks to take the lead role in Sam Raimi's "Oz: The Great and Powerful," a quasi-prequel to "The Wizard of Oz," after Robert Downey Jr. bailed on the role and Johnny Depp passed after early discussions.

James Franco Calls 'The Social Network' "Classically Made" But Conventional

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 26, 2011 4:18 AM
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Actor/director/writer/painter/Oscar host James Franco stopped by the Movieline suite at Sundance to discuss his latest film, Best Picture nominee “127 Hours,” as well as its competitor and possible frontrunner “The Social Network.” In the candid and clearly uncoached interview (his PR agent is probably having a freak out right now), Franco says that he believes “127 Hours” was the most innovative movie of 2010 and for a movie supposedly about technology, “The Social Network” is actually a very straightforward narrative.

James Franco Says He'll Direct 'As I Lay Dying' This Summer; Joaquin Phoenix, Paul Dano & More Cast

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 9:18 AM
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It looks like one of the many, many big projects James Franco has dipped his toes in the water for is coming closer to fruition. Speaking with MTV on the slopes of the Sundance Film Festival, James Franco went ahead and dropped some truth bombs about one major picture he says he will direct this summer.

James Franco In Talks, Offer Out To Kate Hudson For Linda Lovelace Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 4:22 AM
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Yes, its yet another project linked to James Franco who seems to be spending his time between classes, just calling up producers in Hollywood and chatting with them about projects that pique his curiosity.

2011 Oscar Nominations: 'The King's Speech' Leads The Pack With 12 Nominations

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 25, 2011 1:50 AM
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"The King's Speech" sits on the throne this morning, earning 12 Oscar nominations and looking like the film to beat at the 83rd Academy Awards, while "True Grit" follows with 10 nods and "The Social Network" with 8. Not much in the way of shockers this year, but some pleasant surprises in the mix as well as few snubs.

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