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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.
Originally posted 03/31/2011 04:20PM
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!"
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.
Originally posted 02/27/2011 02:55PM
Place your bets in the Oscar pool, nuke the popcorn and break out the bubbly – it's time again when the world's biggest names vie for acting accolades and fashion-plate plaudits.
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.
Originally posted 02/23/2011 05:50PM
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.
Originally posted 02/18/2011 10:40AM
Originally posted 02/09/2011 07:15PM
Port Charles has an Oscar nominee in its midst! Well, sort of.
James Franco, who's up for an Academy Award for his work in 127 Hours, is returning to ABC's daytime drama General Hospital as performance artist Franco.
The actor, who is also hosting the Oscars with Anne Hathaway, will appear the soap on episodes airing Feb. 25 and Feb 28 (at 3 p.m. ET) to "wreak havoc" on the fictional town of Port Charles, according to a release from ABC, and to "make an important phone call to his nemesis Jason Morgan" (played by Steve Burton), who appears in a behind-the-scenes shot with Franco.
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