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James Franco on Actor-Directors Like Clint Eastwood and, Reluctantly, Mel Gibson (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 2nd 2011 4:11AM
James Franco, 'Late Show with David Letterman'James Franco is already an acclaimed actor, but he admitted on 'Late Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on CBS) that he actually loves directing more. Don't worry, he's not going to give up acting. When have we ever known Franco to quit something? He just adds more and more to his plate and seems to thrive on everything he tackles.

"Now do you think that a person can have both skills equally?" David Letterman asked him, to which Franco insisted it was of course possible. Clint Eastwood came to mind immediately for both men.

But Frano was reluctant to laud the next name to pop into his head. "Hate to say it, but Mel Gibson's a pretty good director," he said. He did agree, though, that Gibson's antics in his personal life don't reflect on his abilities as a director, or an actor for that matter.

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James Franco Previews His 'Apes' and 'Oz' Prequels on 'Today' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Aug 1st 2011 2:10PM
Matt Lauer and James Franco discuss 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' on 'Today' James Franco's been busy lately. Between his work on 'General Hospital,' hosting the Oscars and his frequent talk show appearances, we sometimes forget that he's also a movie star. Franco took a break from his varied activities to talk to Matt Lauer Monday on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC) about two upcoming prequels in which he stars -- 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' and 'Oz, The Great and Powerful.'

Lauer said when he saw the original 'Planet of the Apes' decades ago, he didn't sleep for three-and-a half years. He asked Franco how high the "freakout factor" is in the new installment. "Actually, it's not a freakout movie," said Franco, struggling to hit on the right description. Lauer suggested "thoughtful," which Franco thought was apt. "It's a little bit of a character piece with feeling," he said.

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Seven Possible Recasts for Charlie Sheen on 'Two and a Half Men'

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 7th 2010 9:03AM
Charlie Sheen, 'Two and a Half Men'While nobody wants to see him go, of course, in practical terms we must consider the possibility of a 'Two and a Half Men' without Charlie Harper. While the show has been renewed through the next two seasons, Charlie Sheen has expressed interest in leaving; his contract is up this season. Even if it's just a negotiating ploy, CBS is probably considering how the show could continue without him.

Tiger Woods was immediately interested in doing the show after he'd heard how many different women Charlie has slept with, but he backed out when he found out it was all acting on the show. Luckily, the PGA welcomed him back with open arms mere moments before the entire sport collapsed.

Conan O'Brien was briefly considered, but NBC said no before they even heard what it was. When advised that he probably wouldn't be needed until next September, when the network's hold over O'Brien expires anyway, they relented. "At least," no one from NBC actually said, "...it would keep him the hell away from 11:30."

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'General Hospital' Casts Michael Learned and Unveils New Credits

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 26th 2010 1:02PM
Michael_learned_varietyWhat do you get when you turn 12,000 episodes old? Why, a new set of opening credits, naturally. That's what'll happen today as 'General Hospital' unveils a new set of opening credits to coincide with the milestone occasion.

By the way, if you're wondering, 'GH's' 12,000 episodes equates to nearly 47 years of continuing daytime drama. The show began on April 1, 1963, and it was not an April's Fool joke. It was something different at the time, because most of the soaps were New York based.

In fact, on the same day 'GH' launched, NBC premiered a new medical soap, too, out of New York. It was called 'The Doctors,' and for the first decade or so 'GH' and 'The Doctors' were on TV, the NBC show was a better soap. However, all that changed in 1978 when Gloria Monty became executive director... which led to the Luke and Laura sensation.

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Gone Too Soon: 'Freaks and Geeks'

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 22nd 2010 4:02PM
Freaks and Geeks
Created by Paul Feig and produced by Judd Apatow, 'Freaks and Geeks' is one of those rare television treasures that no one saw or appreciated until it was too late. Okay, that's unfair. Critics, the press and the loyal fans who did find the show on NBC immediately knew that it was something special. Unfortunately, it didn't find wide enough appeal to last beyond its first season.

Ironically, the show's cast of virtual unknowns now reads like an all-star comedy troupe, which is a testament to the brilliant casting that went on behind the scenes of the show. Finding such talented kids, and then coupling them with brilliant writing crafted on of the most revered television shows of all time.

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Staff Crush: James Franco

by Andrew Scott, posted Feb 8th 2010 5:00PM
James FrancoIn honor of Valentine's Day, AOL TV's staff will be revealing their crushes all week.

We all know that James Franco is good-looking. In fact, there have been studies to prove it.

But his looks, however wonderful, are just a small (albeit essential) reason I consider him to be the ultimate man. Beneath the eyes, the scruff, the smile (that smile!) is an actor who, at age 31, is actually making something out of his career.

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Liz, James Franco and an Anime Body Pillow Get Kinky on '30 Rock' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 15th 2010 1:00PM
On '30 Rock,' Jenna engages in a fake relationship with James Franco to help dispel rumors that the actor has an unhealthy obsession with inanimate objects, when, in truth, Franco is deeply in love with, and common law married to, a body pillow emblazoned with an anime character.

In the end, Jenna and Franco break up, and Liz, Franco and the pillow, which he calls "Kimiko," get involved in a (thankfully vague) fantasy.

Watch the video after the jump.

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What's Hot on Inside Movies: Cozy Up to Michael Cera, Andy Serkis Riddles 'Batman,' James Franco Reaches New Heights

by Daynah Burnett, posted Jan 7th 2010 6:00PM
Around here the only thing that we like as much as TV is the movies! Luckily, we've got our blog-brothers over at Inside Movies to keep us posted on everything that's happening on the big screen. Right about now is when we give the remote a rest a check out the day's hottest posts.

Think you know Michael Cera? Check out this fact sheet that gives you the low-down on young Hollywood's funniest Canadian by far.

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Review: Scrubs - Our White Coats / Our Couples

by Joel Keller, posted Jan 6th 2010 10:09AM
Donald Faison and John C. McGinley in Scrubs: Our Couples
(S09E07 / S09E08)
I don't usually do a joint review when two episodes of a show air in the same night, but both these episodes were so interestingly similar in tone, that I felt it was better to discuss them together than separately. Also, I've got a case of the winter lazies.

But back to that first point: Many of you couldn't understand why I hated the episode on New Year's Day so much; many of you felt that it did a nice job of showcasing the med students as well as a maturing Turk and Elliot. But there was something so off about how those characters were written last week that it didn't sit well with me. This week's episodes showed me why. They also gave me a good indication of the pace and tone that Med School should settle into. Just hope it's not too late.

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Looking back at the soaps in 2009

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 31st 2009 10:05AM
guiding_light_cbsI'm not going to go into the best and worst things that happened in the world of soaps in 2009, but I have do some thoughts I'd like to share. So before we drop the ball and turn the calendar to 2010, a few highs -- and lows -- from daytime this past year.

1. Disappointing daytime. How could any soap fan not be upset about the fate of Guiding Light and As the World Turns in 2009? Guiding Light departed daytime after 72 years, going out not with a bang, but definitely a whisper. The show was a shadow of its former self, relegated to on-the-fly shooting with camcorders and lights that were likely bought at Home Depot. CBS then made the pain of GL's exit more painful but announcing that As the World Turns would be ending in 2010.

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James Franco and His Overly-Affectionate Family on 'Saturday Night Live' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Dec 21st 2009 9:56AM
In a skit from 'Saturday Night Live,' actor James Franco played a college student introducing his new girlfriend to his overly-affectionate family for the first time.

Here, Franco and family greet each other with inappropriate displays of affection, including a breast groping and an open-mouthed kiss between Franco and his grandfather, played by Will Forte.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Review: Saturday Night Live - James Franco/Muse

by Annie Wu, posted Dec 20th 2009 12:50PM
james franco muse snl
I hope you all rolled a towel against the crack of the door before watching James Franco host. This was the most I've laughed at an episode in quite a while, but I am still not entirely sure if it's because watching for ninety minutes gave me a bit of a contact high. Okay, even if you argue that I'm inferring a lot because bits of Pineapple Express are still lingering in my brain, there's no denying Franco was definitely extra-squinty, extra-grinny, and was half-slurring, half-spitting his speech through most of the night.

There was also a lot of making out. No man, woman or tree was safe. Or bong, I guess. Maybe.

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James Franco on 'Saturday Night Live': Clip Highlights (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Dec 20th 2009 12:35PM
Saturday Night Live: James FrancoDashing James Franco hosted this week's 'Saturday Night Live' - the last live show of the decade!

His monologue touched on all the highlights of his life right now, including a new gig on 'General Hospital' and his college classes. But he dipped into the Idea Bin for some other options.

Mike Tyson stopped by the 'What Up With That?' show, and things got a little crazy on 'The Twizzle Wizzle Show.' Here are a few clips.

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James Franco's General Hospital bit is performance art?

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 4th 2009 11:26AM
franco_james_general_hospitalIf you had any doubt before, James Franco is taking his guest appearance on General Hospital very seriously. This isn't a stunt or a grab for attention, as some have speculated. It's not even a challenge to see if he could dip into the soap opera world and keep up with the pace and volume of a TV convention that's extremely demanding (250+ episodes a year without reruns). Well, James has written about his goals in the Wall Street Journal and for him, General Hospital is performance art.

I'm sure I'm simplifying what he's writing about because I'm not savvy about the form, but in his own words, he wrote, "I took the plunge and experimented with the form myself when I signed on to appear on 20 episodes of General Hospital as the bad-boy artist."

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'Saturday Night Live' December Lineup: Blake Lively, Taylor Lautner, James Franco

by Jason Hughes, posted Nov 30th 2009 10:45AM
Taylor LautnerThe December slate of hosts is coming together for NBC's 'Saturday Night Live.' Joining the already announced Blake Lively ('Gossip Girl') and the ever-dependable James Franco will be cinema's sexiest werewolf, Taylor Lautner.

According to Variety, Lautner is on board to host the Dec. 12 episode, with Bon Jovi as musical guest. The 'Twilight' co-star is currently riding the blockbuster success of 'New Moon,' as well as his shorter -- and much more appealing -- locks. Maybe they could bring Taylor Swift back for the 'Firelight' sequel trailer, with Lautner playing his own parody.

Check out the December schedule after the jump.

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