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Noah Baumbach's 'While We're Young' Loses James Franco & Cate Blanchett; Ben Stiller Still In

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 6, 2011 5:37 AM
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With filming set to kick off in June, Noah Baumbach just lost two huge names from his gestating relationship dramedy "While We're Young."

James Franco & Harmony Korine Working On Street Gangs Fighting Film Reminiscent Of 'Fight Harm'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 1, 2011 3:47 AM
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As evinced by the recent 83rd annual Academy Awards, and the every-other-day piece of news that breaks, James Franco must sleep about 20 hours a week maximum, as he's constantly announcing or working on some new enterprise. Not content with hosting the Oscars and tweeting at the same time, while starring on "General Hospital" and juggling a myriad of ventures, including films, short films, art projects and books, the "127 Hours" star -- who did not win an Oscar this past Sunday -- is teaming up with arthouse enfant terrible-turned-relatively-mellow, Harmony Korine ("Gummo," "Mister Lonely," "Trash Humpers").

'Black Swan' Takes Best Feature, Actress, Director & Cinematographer At Indie Spirit Awards

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 27, 2011 1:05 AM
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The second-to-last hurrah of the movie season took place this afternoon, with the Independent Spirit Awards, the looser neighbor to the big Oscar show tomorrow night. And while it's unlikely "Black Swan" will repeat the feat on Sunday, Fox Searchlight must be very pleased to close off their year in such a winning a fashion.

Watch: The Franco Makes Meta Jokes About James Franco On 'General Hospital'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 25, 2011 11:06 AM
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We should've seen this one coming. Just a couple days before James Franco hosts the Oscars, the actor reprised his role as the murderous The Franco on "General Hospital" in a brief cameo today. Vulture captured the moment for eternity and who knew so much awesomeness could be packed into a clip that runs just about a minute and a half. The self-portraits! The eye rolling one liners referencing the Oscars and "127 Hours"! It's all there, it's all amazing and it's probably about 10 times more entertaining than watching that red carpet stuff on Sunday evening (but you know we'll be watching it anyway; check out our live blog on Sunday for all of our zingers).

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.

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