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James Franco to Publish His First Novel | James Franco

James Franco to Publish His First Novel

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.
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VIDEO: How James Franco Faked It with a Chimpanzee | James Franco

How James Franco Faked It with a Chimpanzee

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."

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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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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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