15 Celebs Who Went From 'Whatever' to 'Wow' in 2010
Even Gwyneth Paltrow's appeal is up
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2010 10:54 AM CST
Cast member James Franco arrives at the premiere of "127 Hours" in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010.   (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)
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(Newser) – It's hard to believe that last year, James Franco was just, as the Daily Beast puts it, "that guy from Freaks & Geeks." He joins 14 other celebs on the Beast's list of the most-improved stars of 2010:

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