James Franco Developing College Course on Himself
Purpose is to teach editing, but the actor's life will be the subject
By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff
Posted Feb 1, 2011 2:25 PM CST
James Franco arrives at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011 in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

(Newser) – James Franco is everywhere, doing seemingly everything—hosting the Oscars, starring in movies, acting on General Hospital, working on a PhD, and now this ... He's developing a class at Columbia College Hollywood where the course material is— himself, MovieLine reports. It's really a class to teach editing, but the principle assignment is to create a biography of Franco using clips from his established films and unreleased shorts he directed. The name? "Master Class: Editing James Franco…with James Franco."

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Mersault
Feb 1, 2011 9:17 PM CST
Editing himself ... what a self-important douche! He directed "Apocalypse Now," right? At least he's got a sense of humor, which is more than I can say about the sycophants who'll be taking his "master" class, narcissists all.
YetAnotherCollegeKid
Feb 1, 2011 8:31 PM CST
...Well, why not? Seriously, why the hell not? No one is going to have to take the class that doesn't want to, and it seems like as good a way to get credits as any other.
victoria
Feb 1, 2011 8:02 PM CST
To all you nay-sayers who think they know this guy..... Franco reportedly has "an unusually high metabolism for productivity...a superhuman ability to focus".[1] Dissatisfied with his career's direction,[1] Franco reenrolled at UCLA in the fall of 2006 as an English major with a creative writing concentration. Having received permission to take as many as 62 course credits per quarter compared to the normal limit of 19[66] while continuing to act, he received his undergraduate degree in June 2008 with a GPA over 3.5.[66][1][67] For his degree, Franco prepared his departmental honors thesis as a novel under the supervision of Mona Simpson.[1][68] He moved to New York to simultaneously attend graduate school at Columbia University's MFA writing program, New York University's Tisch School of the Arts for filmmaking,[69][70][71][72] and Brooklyn College for fiction writing,[66] while occasionally commuting to North Carolina's Warren Wilson College for poetry.[1] He received his MFA from Columbia in 2010.[73] Franco is a Ph.D. student in English at Yale University[74] and will also attend the Rhode Island School of Design.[1] the ph.d in english was mentioned when he appeared on letterman last night. if you don't know....don't assume. he's a freaking genius.