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Originally posted 11/14/2012 11:10AM
Nostalgic fans of Dorothy, Toto and witches (both good and bad) will soon get to revisit the wonderful world of Oz – this time in a new film from Disney that takes viewers back in time before the beloved wizard behind the curtain found his magical groove.
Disney released its trailer for the ambitious prequel Oz The Great and Powerful, which stars James Franco as Oscar Diggs, a small-town circus magician who is swept away in a cyclone to ... somewhere over the rainbow. Diggs thinks he's found fame and fortune in the magical kingdom until he runs into trio of witches who doubt he's the wizard they were hoping for and expecting.
Signing on as witches for the 3-D movie, directed by Sam Raimi and set for a March 8 release, are Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams, who will play Glinda, the good witch of the original classic, The Wizard of Oz.
Originally posted 10/24/2012 08:40PM
James Franco wants everyone to know he's not that much of a ladies' man.
The actor, 34, took to the Huffington Post Wednesday to address reports that he's been dating some of young Hollywood's hottest ladies, including his Spring Breakers costar Ashley Benson.
A source tells PEOPLE that Franco and Benson have been "hanging out and having fun for a while."
Originally posted 04/26/2012 06:00AM
Following her weekend getaway with Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis has a brief stopover in Las Vegas Tuesday to promote her upcoming film Oz the Great and Powerful at the CinemaCon Festival.
Joined at the festival by costar James Franco, Kunis "looked cute," according to an onlooker, who noted her short skirt and heels. (Kutcher was not present in Sin City, however.)
Later that night, Franco was spotted at Tao Asian Bistro, where he grabbed dinner with three female friends. For the meal, they enjoyed some sea bass, lobster wantons and fried rice with Chinese sausage.
Originally posted 04/10/2012 04:45AM
Originally posted 02/27/2012 01:00AM
Considering that last year's Oscars were so thumpingly bad – co-host James Franco behaved as if he'd been taken out of the freezer, left on the counter and unevenly thawed – last night's broadcast was a welcome relief.
The strength of the show ultimately rests on the heat of the biggest contests – I doubt Americans were on the edge of their seats wondering whether the cosmically inscrutable Tree of Life could score an upset over the French silent The Artist – but the production looked great and flowed well.
Billy Crystal was hosting for his ninth time, brought on after Eddie Murphy dropped out in November, and it felt no different from his seventh, eighth or (if one were to project) fifty-seventh time.
Originally posted 01/09/2012 05:55AM
James Franco may be filming his new movie, The Iceman, in Shreveport, La., but the actor is also sampling the local cuisine. The actor (and author) and some friends from the movie set were spotted enjoying Italian food at Ristorante Guiseppe. "He was really having fun," a source tells us. "They loved the ribeye steak; it's fried, Italian style, with rosemary." Jane Bokun
Originally posted 01/04/2012 05:30AM
Actor, producer, graduate student, Oscars host. He's had plenty of titles. And now James Franco is set to add one more: novelist.
Franco, 33, has sold his first novel, Actors Anonymous, loosely based on his life, to Amazon Publishing, the New York Observer reports.
The book was acquired by Amazon fiction editor Ed Park, a founding editor of The Believer, whose move to Amazon in September caused a buzz in literary circles.
While this is Franco's first novel, it's not his first work of fiction. He released a book of short stories, Palo Alto, back in June, published by Scribner.
– Tim Nudd
Originally posted 08/05/2011 07:15AM
Whether it's getting his doctorate or hosting the Oscars, James Franco is up to the task.
In his new movie, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, the multi-hyphenate, 33, might have pulled off his biggest stunt yet – playing make-believe with a virtual chimpanzee.
"I still don't understand how you guys did that," Jimmy Kimmel said during Franco's Tuesday appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. "I know it's CGI and all that stuff, but it is amazing how those chimpanzees can talk and stuff."
"Yeah," Franco said. "Well, it wasn't real."
Originally posted 06/17/2011 07:45AM
James Franco: Actor, director, grad student, author – cat guy?
Franco is such a cat guy, in fact, that the multi-hyphenate shows up to black tie events with cat hair on his clothes.
"You can see some of their hair," he told reporters at the amfAR Inspiration Gala in New York on Tuesday.
Originally posted 05/18/2011 03:00PM
James Franco has graduated – again.
The 127 Hours actor, who has spoken of his love of all things school-related, looks proud as he stands in a blue gown among a sea of other students at his graduation from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts on Monday.
Franco, 33, has attended a handful of universities, and previously graduated from UCLA with an undergraduate degree in English in June 2008. He also enrolled in an MFA writing program at New York's Columbia University, and then continued his studies in a Ph.D. program in English at Yale.
And school is still on the agenda – the actor is set to start teaching at NYU in the fall.
– Sara Hammel
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