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James Franco Wants a Shot at Anne Hathaway (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 25th 2011 11:45AM
James Franco Wants a Shot at Anne HathawayDuring an interview on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), James Franco asks fellow 2011 Academy Awards co-host Anne Hathaway if she plans to get married soon, because, he says, he was hoping for a "shot" at her himself.

Franco says he was excited to co-host with Hathaway because he was hoping to strike up a romantic relationship. But, alas, he realized she already has a boyfriend. "One of the reasons I was excited about Anne hosting is I, you know, thought maybe I had a shot. And then I realized there's a boyfriend around. So, those dreams have been shot," he said.

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From 'Freak' to 'Franco': The Evolution of James Franco's Career

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 25th 2011 11:35AM
James FrancoHe's in your movie theaters, your DVD shelf, your library, your art gallery. He may have even enrolled at your school. Last Wednesday, he was on prime time (did you spot his cameo on 'Minute to Win It'?); this Friday he's on daytime; on Sunday, he's hosting the Oscars.

But as ubiquitous as Oscar nominee James Franco has become in the past 12 months, most of America probably knows him best as Tobey Maguire's BFF-turned-archnemesis in the 'Spider-Man' trilogy or, for TV fans with long memories, the star of the short-lived but well-loved 'Freaks and Geeks,' a dramedy that aired on NBC for one season from 1999–2000.

At 32, Franco has accomplished more in the past decade than most people achieve in a lifetime. Join us after the jump for a look back at where James Franco's been and a look ahead at where he's going, regardless of whether he wins that little gold statue on Sunday.

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CBS Subs 'Mike & Molly' for 'Two and a Half Men,' Will Ferrell is Not the New 'Office' Boss and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Jan 31st 2011 6:00PM
Charlie SheenCBS is enacting its first Charlie Sheen contingency plan: The network ordered two more episodes each of 'Mike & Molly' and 'Rules of Engagement' to help deal with any issues arising from the 'Two and a Half Men' star's absence, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Sheen began rehab this weekend after being hospitalized in the wake of a reportedly very wild party with some porn stars at his home. 'Two and a Half Men' went on immediate hiatus. THR reports that Sheen will be unable to work for three months while he undergoes treatment.

In other TV news ...

Richard Dreyfuss has signed on for a multi-episode arc on 'Parenthood.' The actor will appear in the final four episodes of the season as theater producer Gilliam T. Blount, an old friend of Zeke's who's looking for a comeback. [TV Line]

Will Ferrell's guest spot on 'The Office' will not turn into something bigger. Star Rainn Wilson confirmed that Ferrell's character will definitely not become the new Dunder Mifflin boss. [Entertainment Weekly]

'The Daily Show' beat 'Conan' in the 1834 demographic for the first time last last week. After a strong debut in November, 'Conan' has only managed to hold onto his lead in the 18–34 demo until this week, while 'The Daily Show' has beaten 'Conan' in the 18–49 demo since December. [Deadline]

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James Franco Gets Trapped By a Mini-Fridge in 'The Daily Show' Green Room (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jan 26th 2011 2:16AM
James Franco, 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'James Franco barely survived a harrowing experience on 'The Daily Show' (Weeknights, 11PM on Comedy Central). After having to get into character for his film '127 Hours,' where his character's arm was trapped in a rock collapse, it must have been eerie to suffer a similar calamity.

As he explained it, "I was trying to get a Fun-Size Snickers bar out of the mini-fridge and it came down on me and I can't get my arm out." Franco immediately began to panic, preparing to sever his arm with a spork.

Jon Stewart came to the rescue, with a suggestion of using his other arm to lift the mini-fridge and free himself. All was well, until Franco saw that there were Fun-Size Snickers in there.

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Could James Franco Win a DEGOT?

by Kelly Woo, posted Jan 25th 2011 5:30PM
James FrancoThe 2011 Oscar nominees announcement brought the welcome news that actor James Franco earned a nod for his performance in the movie '127 Hours.' The multi-talented star is also likely to receive a Daytime Emmy this year for appearing as the demented artist/killer Franco on 'General Hospital.'

Which led us to wonder: Could Franco become first person to win the DEGOT -- Daytime Emmy, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony?

EGOT is a term coined 'Miami Vice's' Philip Michael Thomas; currently, 12 people hold an EGOT. And Whoopi Goldberg's "E" is actually a Daytime Emmy.

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James Franco Questions Meredith Vieira's Bias Toward Colin Firth (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Jan 25th 2011 1:00PM
On 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), Meredith Vieira promises to "polish" Colin Firth's Oscar should he win Best Actor for his role in 'The King's Speech.' But James Franco, who's competing against Firth in the same category for his role in '127 Hours,' seems to take exception to Vieira's obvious bias.

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James Franco Makes Out With Himself in a Mirror (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 9th 2010 4:25PM
James Franco kisses himself on 'Access Hollywood Live'As much as we've all been seeing James Franco lately, the actor has seen a lot more of himself. Clearly he likes what he sees. At least that's how it looks in this clip from 'Access Hollywood Live' (Weekdays, syndicated) in which the hosts give a of play-by-play of a black and white video of Franco kissing himself in a mirror.

Franco, star of '127 Hours,' Oscars host, and sometimes 'General Hospital' psycho, is no stranger to weird conceptual art. This video was made as video companions to the New York Times Decisive Moments Series from the New York Times Magazine. Each video features an actor trying to tell a story in 60 seconds.

This one features Franco flirting in a mirror, making small talk, and then going in for the kill. Billy Bush wonders if the mustaches will get in the way, and Kit Hoover jokes that it gets worse. "The next one, he goes in with a little tongue," she says.

All of this just proves how considerate Franco is. If he's going to get caught in a celebrity sex tape, he at least has the common courtesy to not going drag anyone else down with him.

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Seth Meyers to Host White House Correspondents Dinner, James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 8th 2010 7:00PM
Seth MeyersSeth Meyers is the latest comedian tasked with skewering the political elite in front of their faces -- er, hosting the White House Correspondents Association dinner.

CNN reports that the 'Saturday Night Live' head writer will take a stab at in-person satire when he emcees the April 30 event, which the president usually attends.

Wanda Sykes, Stephen Colbert and Jay Leno have made headlines for their hosting turns in years past. Meyers is already scheduled to host the 2011 ESPYs.

In other TV news ...

James Franco is returning to 'General Hospital.' The Oscar host will guest star on the soap in February when he's in Los Angeles for the awards ceremony. [TV Guide]

Freddie Smith will play Teddy's new love interest on '90210.' The newcomer was cast after the actor who plays Teddy's current flame, Kyle Riabko, left the show to take part in pilot season. [Movieline]

David E. Kelley gave an update on the 'Wonder Woman' project he's developing. "There's no real deal in place yet, but yeah, my intent is to take a stab at it," Kelley said. "It's a very, very different genre for me, a very tricky beast. I won't know whether I've cracked it or not until I've finished it, but it's going." [Zap2it]

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James Franco on Learning How to Act -- While Working at McDonald's and Being Semi-Homeless (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 8th 2010 1:45AM
James Franco on Learning How to Act -- While Working at McDonald's and Being Semi-HomelessWould you like an actor with those fries? During his appearance on 'Inside the Actors Studio' (Tue., 8PM ET on Bravo), James Franco revealed that he learned the craft of acting while dishing out hamburgers at a McDonald's drive-through window.

James dropped out of college to become an actor, but his parents weren't about to support him financially. After leaving school, he was broke ... and quasi-homeless (he slept in friends' cars, or on the docks at the waterfront).

While working at McDonald's, James started attending Playhouse West, one of the best acting schools in the world. Naturally, he couldn't afford the tuition. But Robert Carnegie -- who ran the school -- let him take classes at a reduced price. While speaking of his old drama coach, Franco started to choke up. "He was the one person who said, 'You should take a chance on yourself.'"

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James Franco Hopes Hosting The Oscars Will Reduce His Chances of Winning for '127 Hours' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Dec 7th 2010 1:55PM
James Franco talks Oscars on 'Live with Regis and Kelly'James Franco will be co-hosting the Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway in February. He also could very well be nominated for an Oscar for his work in '127 Hours,' the story of a mountain climber who gets trapped between boulders, and has to take gruesome measures to survive. Could he actually end up taking home a golden statue on the same night he hosts the show? Franco discussed his chances and rationale for hosting on 'Live with Regis and Kelly' (Weekdays, Syndicated).

Franco finds the talk of a possible Oscar nomination to be flattering, but somewhat bewildering. With his work on the film over and done with, there's nothing left for him to do now except worry about it. "It'll drive you crazy!" the actor explained. In fact, part of the reason he accepted the hosting gig was so that he could stop thinking about the possibility of his own nomination.

Franco noted that no host has won an Oscar since David Niven in the 50s (Niven hosted the 31st Academy Awards in 1958 and won Best Actor that year for 'Separate Tables'). "I thought, all right, if I am the host, I'll really cut down my chances," said Franco, "and I won't have to worry about it anyway."

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James Franco Races (and Screams) for Oscar Glory on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 3rd 2010 4:50AM
James Franco Races (and Screams) for Oscar Glory on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live'It's been announced that James Franco will be hosting this year's Oscars, along with Anne Hathaway. This is a little unexpected, but the two of them aren't the most unusual hosting picks. Plus, Mr. Franco has been doing a lot of unexpected stuff lately, from appearing on a soap opera, to writing a book of short stories, to starring in a movie where he's trapped under a rock for a very, very long time.

In addition, James seems really excited about this whole thing! So excited, in fact, that he can't contain his enthusiasm on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12AM ET on ABC). While talking with Jimmy Kimmel, James requests a favor. Jimmy's studio is right across the street from the Kodak Theatre, where the Oscars will be held. So Franco asks if he can just step away from the interview desk for a second.

Then, James suddenly breaks into a jog. But wait -- what's this? He's headed the wrong way! The theatre is in the other direction! Still, he is showing a lot of ... enthusiasm. We can't find fault with him there.

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Why James Franco and Anne Hathaway Could Be Great Oscar Hosts

by Joel Keller, posted Nov 29th 2010 4:15PM
Anne Hathaway and James Franco were named hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards in Feburary 2011
Being the host the Academy Awards is a job that's scrutinized almost as much as being President of the United States.

It's a strange notion when you think about it, mainly because the host's job is to do an "opening act," usually involving a musical number or comedic monologue, then basically step out of the way while the presenters and performers traipse across the Kodak Theatre stage and give out Oscars. If the host lets loose an occasional quip while introducing a presenter or a Best Song nominee, all the better. But, after the first half hour of the show, the host really doesn't matter all that much.

So, when the news broke that James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been selected to host the 83rd Academy Awards on February 27, my reaction was pretty much "why the hell not?" Oscar hosting is such a crapshoot that pretty much anyone the Academy and producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer would have picked had an equal chance to shine or stink.

But Hathaway and Franco could be an inspired choice if things break right, for a number of reasons:

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James Franco Gets Creepy on 'General Hospital' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jun 30th 2010 5:55PM
After a two-month stint last fall, James Franco returned to 'General Hospital' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) Wednesday in the role of crazy serial killer and murder artist James Franco.

Course, that's not very far from the truth: Franco is an artist -- he's been painting for 20 years -- and as part of his arc on 'GH,' he'll travel to Los Angeles (with other 'GH' characters) where he'll have an exhibition at L.A.'s MOCA Pacific Design Center space, at which time he'll attempt to lure Jason and others into his art-trap. The episode was filmed before a live audience at MOCA and will air in late July.

For the time being, check out Franco's creepy character turn.

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James Franco Talks About Returning to 'General Hospital' -- Possibly Again and Again (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 11th 2010 11:00AM
James Franco on 'General Hospital'Franco is back in Port Charles, and just like last time, the mysterious artist with the creepy theme song and the penchant for murder is up to no good.

'General Hospital' was ecstatic (and probably just as surprised as we all were) to welcome Emmy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actor James Franco into the fold a few months back, and with the June 30 return of his murderous, scheming, familiarly named character Franco comes the return of some explosive storylines. "I am probably more excited about this than most things I've done," Franco admits.

I sat down with the real Mr. Franco to find out what the fake Franco is up to this time around. He shared a bit of his master plan, the art show-slash-bait he's working on and what the fan reaction has been like. He even answered the question on everyone's mind: Will he return to the show again? You've gotta watch to find out.

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The Show Girl's Got Scoop on Summer's Hot Cops & Robbers (VIDEO)

by Maggie Furlong, posted Jun 11th 2010 9:00AM
Jason Lee, 'Memphis Beat'It's shaping up to be a summer full of sexy cops and the thieves they chase, starting off with 'Memphis Beat,' Jason Lee's new detective drama with a twist. A very southern, very King-like twist.

There's also some new kids on the block in 'Rookie Blue,' which is basically like 'Grey's Anatomy' with badges and guns instead of scrubs and scalpels. Then we've got a new family of crime with 'Scoundrels,' starring Virginia Madsen and David James Elliott, and the return of James Franco's mysterious (and murderous) 'General Hospital' character Franco.

Want more? E-mail me TV questions at TheTVShowGirl@aol.com and I'll try to get you answers on the show. -- By Maggie Furlong

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