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James Franco: 'I Was Raised as a Cat Person' | James Franco

James Franco: 'I Was Raised as a Cat Person'

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.

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See James Franco in His Graduation Cap and Gown | James Franco

James Franco Wears His Graduation Cap and Gown

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.
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James Franco's Close Encounter at an N.Y.C. Art Gallery | James Franco

James Franco's Close Encounter at an N.Y.C. Art Gallery

Originally posted 05/11/2011 06:00AM

• An artist himself, James Franco perused the work at Aaron Young's Built Tough opening at the Bortolami Gallery in New York City. The actor was athletically attired in a black baseball cap, black jacket and black jeans. He was in a fantastic mood, grinning from ear to ear as he walked right up to the exhibition. The affectionate actor also hugged various gallery attendees before studying the work upclose.

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James Franco's Close Encounter at an N.Y.C. Art Gallery | James Franco

Caught in the Act!

Originally posted 05/11/2011 06:00AM

• An artist himself, James Franco perused the work at Aaron Young's Built Tough opening at the Bortolami Gallery in New York City. The actor was athletically attired in a black baseball cap, black and blue jacket and black jeans. He was in a fantastic mood, grinning from ear to ear as he walked right up to the exhibition. The affectionate actor also hugged various gallery attendees before studying the work upclose.

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James Franco & David Letterman Swap Oscar Horror Stories

Originally posted 03/31/2011 04:20PM



Who bombed the worst at the Oscars?

Former hosts James Franco and David Letterman debate that very issue on Friday's Late Show on CBS.

"It was horrible," says Letterman, 63, of his 1995 appearance. "I was so bad that they talked for a while about shutting down the motion picture industry. … I was God awful."

But this year's host Franco, 32, argues that at least no one accused Letterman of being on drugs.

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POLL: Anne Hathaway & James Franco as Hosts: Thumbs Up or Down?

UpdatePosted 02/28/2011 08:00AM

Anne Hathaway & James Franco as Oscar Hosts: Thumbs Up or Down?

Originally posted 02/27/2011 09:20PM

Was it all a dream?

No, this year's first-time Oscar co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco opened this year's ceremony in spoof of the year's top movies, leading with Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception ... and stepping into Alec Baldwin's dream, narrated by Morgan Freeman.

The evening's two hosts then dipped into The Social Network, The Fighter, True Grit, The King's Speech and Black Swan, with Hathaway performing "The Dance of the Brown Duck."

Finally ending up on the stage of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre, Hathaway and Franco then joked with audience members, including Franco's grandmother, who exclaimed, "I just saw Marky Mark!"



Tell us: Did you enjoy this start of the 83rd Oscars?

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Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know (But Should!) About Hollywood's Big Night

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Oscar Trivia: What You Don't Know (But Should!) About Hollywood's Big Night

Originally posted 02/27/2011 06:00PM

Breathlessly awaiting the 83rd Academy Awards ceremony Sunday? Questions about the Oscars keeping you up at night: Who will be the next fashion stunner (or trainwreck) on the red carpet? Will The King's Speech beat The Social Network for Best Picture? And when was the last time an actor like 127 Hours nominee James Franco managed to co-host the ceremony and win an Oscar on the same night?

Never fear, PEOPLE has you covered. As for that last question – It was 1959, when co-host David Niven won Best Actor for Separate Tables. It's just one of many little-known facts revealed in Red Carpet Trivia Live, the live online game launching on PEOPLE.com during the Oscars Sunday night.

The game will offer a stream of questions and fun facts about the presenters and nominees as they appear on TV. Here's a chance to brush up on some trivia in advance with five things you may not know about Hollywood's golden night.



1. The red carpet runs through a mall
The Oscars may be the only major awards show held in a shopping mall. The home of the Academy Awards, the Kodak Theatre, is tucked away in the middle of Hollywood & Highland Center, just past an Aveda store and an Auntie Anne's Pretzels.

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James Franco, Natalie Portman Take Home Spirit Awards

James Franco, Natalie Portman Take Home Spirit Awards

Originally posted 02/26/2011 08:30PM

James Franco can breathe a tiny sigh of relief.

The Oscar host, who is also nominated for Best Actor at Sunday's show, already won a best actor award this weekend – at the Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday.

"I just went through film school at NYU and finished my thesis film, so independent film means a lot to me," said the actor, who was nominated for his role in 127 Hours as real life adventurer Aron Ralston, who had to sever his own arm when he got trapped under a boulder in 2003.

Natalie Portman, the heavily favored frontrunner for Oscar's Best Actress award, took home the Spirit award for female acting for Black Swan, which also won for best picture and best director for Darren Aronosky on Saturday.

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Anne Hathaway & James Franco Do Grease's 'You're The One That I Want'

Originally posted 02/23/2011 05:50PM



Is James Franco the one that Anne Hathaway wants for the Oscars?

Apparently so, as the Academy Awards co-hosts reenact the iconic carnival scene ("You're The One That I Want") from 1978's Grease in a YouTube clip that the Oscar-nominated actor posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

In the 19-second video, Franco slicks back his hair a la John Travolta's Danny Zuko and Hathaway shakes her tush – clad in the skin-tight leather pants made famous by Olivia Newton-John's Sandy Olsson.

Will this homage to Grease be included in their Oscars telecast? You'll have to tune into the 83rd annual Academy Awards, airing live Sunday, Feb. 27, at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC, to find out!
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Does James Franco Have Anne Hathaway's Oscar Vote?

Does James Franco Have Anne Hathaway's Oscar Vote?

Originally posted 02/23/2011 04:15PM

James Franco will be pulling double duty at this year's Academy Awards, as both a host and a nominee.

So will fellow emcee Anne Hathaway show him some love by throwing her vote his way for Best Actor in 127 Hours?

Unfortunately for Franco, she's not saying.

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