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Report: Eddie Murphy to Host the Oscars?

by Jean Bentley, posted Sep 4th 2011 4:00PM
Eddie MurphyAfter 2011's Anne Hathaway/James Franco Oscars disaster, producers are looking to go a little more old school in their choice for 2012 ceremony host: Eddie Murphy.

According to Deadline, producer Brett Ratner has just one name on his wish list this year -- Murphy's -- and is expected to present his top host choices to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences in a meeting on Tuesday.

Hathaway and Franco were universally panned for their performances as Oscar co-hosts last year -- her for being too peppy, him for being too blase -- so choosing a well-known, experienced comedian for the job could please the critics.

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James Franco's Return to 'General Hospital' Will be Bloody

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 31st 2011 4:00PM
James FrancoJames Franco, the jack of all trades Oscar-nominated actor, is in fact returning to 'General Hospital,' despite having said the contrary.

According to E! Online, Franco, who plays the murderous performance artist named Franco, will return just in time to wreak havoc before Jason Morgan (Steve Burton) and Samantha McCall's (Kelly Monaco) marriage.

In July, TV Guide Magazine first reported Franco would be returning to 'General Hospital.' A few days later, the actor told E! that news was false.

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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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'Community' Is Hiring! Filling the Greendale Yearbook with More Awesome Human Beings

by AOL TV Staff, posted Jul 28th 2011 11:00AM
It's been a busy week for the casting directors of 'Community.' Greendale Community College is in hiring mode, and the faculty is freshly stocked with two new, sufficiently awesome (and yes, a little random) teachers: Michael K. Williams, coming on board to play a fresh-out-of-jail biology professor, and John Goodman, the new vice dean of the school of air conditioning repair.

While neither actor seems quite perfect, tonally, for the offbeat, referential comedy, the choices may prove brilliant for that very same reason.

With that in mind, we got to thinking about some other slightly plausible, square-peg-in-round-hole teacher choices that might just be crazy enough to work.

Even if they don't take any of our casting advice, that faculty lunchroom is about to get even weirder, in the best way possible.

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James Franco Returning to 'General Hospital'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 25th 2011 12:10PM
James FrancoJames Franco is returning to 'General Hospital,' news that leaves us wondering if this man ever sleeps.

According to TV Guide Magazine, Franco's upcoming arc is "longterm." The Oscar nominee returns Sept. 20 and could stick around for much of the fall. Along with 'General Hospital,' Franco is heading to Broadway opposite Nicole Kidman to star in a revival of 'Sweet Bird of Youth.'

Franco's character, the serial killer and performance artist Franco, will return to town just as Jason gets ready to marry Sam. An ABC representative told TV Guide that Franco's plan is twisted. Look for him to pull in Maxie Jones and Carly Jacks into his murderous plans.

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Josh Duhamel to Make Farewell Appearance on 'All My Children'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jun 7th 2011 7:04AM
Josh DuhamelSome good news for soap fans already mourning the loss of ABC stalwart, 'All My Children' later this year. Josh Duhamel, who got his big break playing con artist Leo du Pres on the soap, has agreed to return for a cameo appearance this summer.

According to 'Entertainment Weekly,' Duhamel will appear in an episode in August, and there's a chance that he could even appear in a second episode before the veteran soap bows out in September.

Leo died (or did he?) back in 2003 trying to save Greenlee (Rebecca Budig) in a waterfall accident. However, death -- as we all know -- is no impediment to soap opera comebacks and as Leo's body was never found, we'll now get to find out what he's been up to all these years.

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James Franco and Stephen Colbert Argue About Who's the Bigger Tolkien Fan (VIDEO)

by Jeremy Taylor, posted Apr 6th 2011 8:00AM
James Franco on 'The Colbert Report'During James Franco's appearance on 'The Colbert Report' (Weeknights, 11:30PM ET on Comedy Central) he managed to get into an intense argument with Stephen Colbert over who had been the bigger fan of 'Lord of the Rings' author J.R.R. Tolkien growing up.

"I hear that you were a big Tolkien fan," Franco told Colbert. "I was the biggest Tolkien fan."

"You were not the biggest Tolkien fan, Colbert responded. "I was the biggest Tolkien fan."

Franco immediately disagreed, and what followed was a debate over happenings in the Tolkien universe that was probably quite illuminating and endearing to all the other "biggest Tolkien fans" out there.

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James Franco Plays 'Late Night' Skee-Ball Against Jimmy Fallon (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Apr 5th 2011 6:00AM
James Franco Plays 'Late Night' SkeeballJimmy Fallon introduced a new game on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC) when James Franco visited the show. Giant Skee-Ball had the same concept as the smaller arcade version. But a large ramp led up into the crowd, with various seated audience members holding large baskets. Like the original, the baskets more difficult to reach earned more points.

"Now I heard that you are very competitive," noted Franco before they began. "I heard that you didn't let Betty White win." Fallon was unapologetic. "Betty White did not deserve to win ... If she'd played better, she would've won."

In this particular match-up, Franco's bowls were more consistent but low-scoring. Audience members occasionally caught a ball and tossed it into a higher-scoring basket. But Fallon got 100 points from one bowl all by himself. What 'Late Night' guest will beat him?

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James Franco's Post-Oscar Appearance on 'General Hospital' (VIDEO)

by AOL TV Staff, posted Feb 28th 2011 7:09PM
Here's an odd post-Oscar bit with Academy Award ceremony co-host James Franco, who has returned briefly to 'General Hospital' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC) as psychopathic artist Franco.

Franco -- dressed in a tux -- calls Jason at the hospital. "Oh God, what a weekend," he says as he pulls off his tie. "I'm not much of a party animal, are you?" he asks. "I'm guessing not!"

Wait a second. Is this deja vu? Based on James Franco's real-life hosting of the Academy Awards -- which can charitably be described as somnambulistic -- we don't think that Franco is much of a party animal either. Oh God, what a (boring) weekend.

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Whoopi Criticizes Oscar Hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 28th 2011 3:00PM
Whoopi Critcizes Oscar Hosts James Franco and Anne HathawayOn 'The View' (weekdays, syndicated), Whoopi Goldberg criticized James Franco and Anne Hathaway for their job of hosting the 2011 Academy Awards. In particular, Goldberg said they failed to understand the dynamics of a live show and didn't take charge of the event.

Goldberg, who has herself hosted the Oscars four times, specifically pointed to Melissa Leo's F-bomb during her acceptance speech for Best Supporting Actress, and said that such a gaffe requires strong hosts to keep the show moving forward.

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This Year's Oscar Ceremony Works Despite Mismatched Hosts

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:16AM
The annual Academy Awards telecast is always going to be something of a slog. No matter what films are nominated, no matter who the hosts are, there are always going to be parts of the ceremony that drag (especially in that middle hour, which feels as though it lasts 90 minutes or more).

Yet Sunday's telecast on ABC was about as painless as these things get, relatively speaking. James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn't necessarily make a brilliant splash as co-hosts -- Hathaway seemed determined to overcome Franco's sodden, wooden presence through sheer perkiness -- but they acquitted themselves respectably.

All in all, the telecast, which saw crowd-pleasing yet thoughtful fare like 'The King's Speech,' 'The Social Network' and 'Inception' winning big, had a classy, low-key vibe. The tributes to film history were gracefully done, there were a few entertaining speeches and it was fun to watch the parade of gowns (including Hathaway's glam costume changes).

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Oscars 2011: James Franco Takes Stage in Drag, Anne Hathaway Sings to Hugh Jackman (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:43PM
Anne Hathaway and James Franco in drag at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011We're not sure if Anne Hathaway ever truly planned a musical number with Hugh Jackman for 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC), or if she just decided to give him grief about not doing one for no particular reason, but her impromptu song did set up James Franco's most memorable outfit of the night.

Hathaway sang her number in a very nicely tailored tuxedo, so Franco decided to continue the gender bending by coming out in a rather ill-fitting pink dress.

"Oh wow!" Hathaway said when Franco came out. Her reaction was so genuine we suspect this may have been a surprise for her as well. Or maybe ... acting!

"You got to wear a tuxedo, so I wore this," Franco explained. "The weird part is I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen."

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway Take Dream Tour of Nominated Films for Oscars Intro (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:01PM
Anne Hathaway & James Franco invade 'Black Swan' - 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011While 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) is a celebration of movies, it has become a television spectacle as well. And no sequence has become more anticipated than the opening number, which often features elaborate stunts or musical numbers.

With this year's hosts -- Anne Hathaway and James Franco -- coming from the world of movies themselves, there was a lot of anticipation as to how they might interpret this tradition. They did so by sticking to what they know best. They brought us into the movies.

More specifically, they decided to use the technology of 'Inception' to step into the dreams of Alec Baldwin to learn how to be the best hosts they can be.

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James Franco Returns to 'General Hospital' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Feb 25th 2011 5:15PM
James Franco returns to ';General Hospital'James Franco made his return to Port Charles on today's episode of 'General Hospital' (weekdays, syndicated on ABC). Franco plays artist and serial killer Robert "Franco" Frank, and the fact that Franco is back in town means trouble for mob enforcer Jason Morgan.

Franco witnesses Morgan disposing of a body (Claudia Zacchara) and has every intention of tormenting him with that information. Franco had been away for awhile, but gave Morgan a friendly call on the episode today to remind him that he's still lurking about.

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