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Star-Studded Cast Set for Confusing JT LeRoy Biopic

Kristen Stewart, James Franco, Helena Bonham Carter in talks

(Newser) - Kristen Stewart, James Franco, and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to star in a biopic of JT LeRoy, "a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world, and elite literary circles," as the subject... More »

Stripper's Epic Twitter Tale Is Becoming a Movie

James Franco will reportedly star and direct

(Newser) - Aziah "Zola" Wells' epic 148-tweet rant "about why me & this b---- here fell out" will be adapted for the big screen. Variety reports James Franco will direct a film based on David Kushner’s in-depth Rolling Stone article "Zola Tells All: The Real Story Behind The... More »

8 Celebs Who Have Taught College Classes

From Kanye West to Amal Clooney

(Newser) - With their surreal and sometimes bizarre lives, it's not surprising that celebrities are occasionally the subjects of college-level classes ( The Sociology of Miley Cyrus , anyone?), but some A-listers have also been inspired to get behind the lecture podium, too. Below are eight celebs who've moonlighted as college... More »

Hey, Seth Rogen: Assassination Isn't Funny

If US is a 'moral force,' it shouldn't laugh at The Interview : David Rogers

(Newser) - In four days, The Interview pulled in $15 million, Sony Pictures says in a press release. That's in the period through Saturday, during which, Sony says, the film was rented or bought two million times online, deadline.com reports. But its success so far isn't something to be... More »

You Can See The Interview After All

Select theaters announce plans to screen it on Christmas

(Newser) - Theaters including the Plaza in Atlanta and the Texas-based chain of Alamo Drafthouse cinemas will show The Interview after all, they announced on Twitter today. Sony Pictures Entertainment pulled the Seth Rogen- and James Franco-starring movie about a plot to assassinate Kim Jong Un after Sony got hacked and threats... More »

What the Hackers Have Done to Hollywood

Given it a reason to stick to 'more predictable fare'

(Newser) - We already know what Mitt Romney thinks Sony should do about The Interview (release it online for free). What do other people think? Pundits are weighing in:
  • At the Verge , Bryan Bishop is with Romney, mostly. He wants to see it put online, stat. "Take the threat of attacking
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Sony Cancels Release of 'The Interview'

Decision comes after major chains bailed on the movie

(Newser) - The Interview won't be released on Christmas Day after all. Sony said today that it was putting the Seth Rogen film on hold in the face of threats from hackers, reports NBC News . Not that it would have been easy to see anyway: Sony's move came after four... More »

Sony Threats: Franco, Rogen Cancel Media Appearances

Move follows alleged hackers' latest message

(Newser) - With the Sony threats taking a dark new turn , Seth Rogen and James Franco have scrapped all media appearances to push The Interview, reports BuzzFeed . That includes scheduled stops on Jimmy Fallon and Seth Meyers' shows, though the pair are still expected to attend a special screening in New York... More »

Leaked Sony Emails Decry 'Irritating' James Franco

Plus, more on Angelina Jolie, Aaron Sorkin, Amy Pascal

(Newser) - Celebrities continue to be embarrassed by the leaked emails coming out of the Sony hack, and the latest victim is James Franco. Franco stars in The Interview, the movie about a Kim Jong Un assassination plot that may or may not be the reason Sony was hacked in the first... More »

Did North Korea Hack Sony Over a Seth Rogen Film?

Country has pledged 'retaliation' if 'The Interview' is released

(Newser) - Sony Pictures was recently hacked, and investigators are looking into whether North Korea might have had something to do with it, insiders tell Re/code . The country has expressed outrage over an upcoming movie starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, which features the pair trying to assassinate Kim Jong Un. North... More »

James Franco's Bald Head Stars at Venice Film Festival

New look is for a new movie

(Newser) - Ah, James Franco. Whether he's working behind the camera or in front of it, it's nice to know that his good looks and slick haircut are always—wait, what? Yes, Franco's coif has been cropped. The now-bald star documented the shave—it's for his upcoming film,... More »

North Korea Complains to UN About Seth Rogen Movie

It's 'undisguised sponsoring of terrorism,' says Pyongyang

(Newser) - North Korea continues to do a fine job of promoting an upcoming flick with Seth Rogen and James Franco. Pyongyang has taken its complaint about The Interview all the way to the United Nations, reports Reuters . In the movie, Rogen and Franco play a TV producer and host who land... More »

Now Franco Has Written a Strange Story About LiLo

He still insists he didn't sleep with her, or her fictional counterpart

(Newser) - As you may recall, James Franco insists all he ever did was make out with Lindsay Lohan, despite the fact that his name appears on a list of hers supposedly showing all the people she's ever slept with. Well, Franco now seems to have doubled down on that, with... More »

16 Celebs' Pre-Fame Fast Food Commercials

Watch these famous actors hawk pizza, burgers, and tacos

(FOX News Magazine) - Much like the rest of us, Hollywood's hottest celebrities spent their formative years stuffing their faces with flame-broiled beef, Enchiritos, and double-cheeseburger pizza. Unlike us, however, those celebrities were stuffing their soon-to-be-recognizable faces for the good of their careers. Before they hit it big, beloved actors such as Michael... More »

11 Celebs Who Bare All* on Social Media

*or, at least, almost all

(Newser) - Lindsay Lohan posted a topless photo to Instagram over the weekend, baring the PG-13 portion of her breasts alongside a male friend at the Cannes Film Festival. It wasn't her first time posting topless photos online—and she's not alone. These 10 other celebrities have also shown some... More »

James Franco Posts Weird Underwear Selfie

Then deletes it, but it will live on nonetheless

(Newser) - James Franco continues to use Instagram in cringe-worthy fashion : Yesterday, he posted a selfie showing him, shirtless and sweaty, with his underwear pulled partway down and his hand edging ... down there. He deleted it less than an hour later, but numerous outlets helpfully preserved it for posterity. Perhaps the biggest... More »

James Franco: Lindsay Lohan Broke Into My Room

Says they made out once, then she basically stalked him

(Newser) - Back in March, In Touch revealed a list Lindsay Lohan supposedly wrote of all the people she's slept with, including James Franco. Yesterday, Franco talked about the list with Howard Stern—and though he denied actually sleeping with LiLo, he did offer up some interesting stories about their relationship,... More »

Franco: Yep, I Tried to Pick Up on Teen Using Instagram

Says he's 'embarrassed' about it

(Newser) - James Franco went on LIVE with Kelly and Michael today and admitted it: Yes, he did indeed try to pick up on a 17-year-old tourist using Instagram. "I'm embarrassed," he admitted. "I guess I'm just a model of how social media is tricky. It's... More »

James Franco May Have Tried to Pick Up 17-Year-Old

On Instagram, no less

(Newser) - A story that is either kind of hilarious or totally gross is making the rounds: It seems James Franco met a 17-year-old tourist in New York City on Tuesday as he was signing autographs after performing in Of Mice and Men, and later attempted—via Instagram—to hook up with... More »

Franco: Shia LaBeouf Is Just Reclaiming His Persona

Probably. But actors have acted out since days of Brando

(Newser) - In retrospect, this was kind of inevitable: James Franco has officially weighed in on Shia LaBeouf's weird behavior of late ... in the New York Times . Yes, in a Times column today, Franco informs us that though LaBeouf's behavior (from rampant plagiarism to wearing a bag over his head... More »

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