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President Obama called James Franco “James Flacco”

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Everyone is talking about Sony’s decision to bow to the demands of the Guardians of Peace hackers by not only canceling the release of the Seth Rogen and James Franco comedy The Interview, but to delete every sign of the movie’s existence online, deleting its official website, trailer, etc.

We all have our opinions on the situation, even President Barack Obama. He thinks the whole thing is a bit of a mess. I mean, who gets upset over a movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco? Yeah, you heard me right – Joe Flacco… the Baltimore Ravens quarterback? Yikes. That’s right, Obama confused these two men when discussing the North Korea fiasco:

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I mean, we all make mistakes, right? At least John Travolta probably feels a little less alone these days…


James Franco doesn’t smoke pot, apparently

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If James Franco isn’t the highest motherfucker alive 95% of the time (his BFF Seth Rogen excluded), then the sky isn’t blue and the grass isn’t green. What else could explain half the shit he does? His Smiths-inspired album?  A Lindsay Lohan-inspired short story? I mean, the list goes on and on.

But yeah, apparently James Franco doesn’t smoke weed – or so he says. In an interview with Seth on Howard Stern‘s Sirius XM radio show yesterday, James swears he never smokes, at all, and hasn’t in a long, long time because “there’s just no need”. Why, because his brain functions like a terminally stoned person’s anyway?

James also said that if he were to smoke, he likely “couldn’t function” and instead, he just lets Seth get him high by proxy, which… whatever. How much BS is this story, do we think?

If you’d like to listen to the whole thing, here ya go:

P.S. Franco’s performance as the crazy stoner in Pineapple Express was also apparently just acting, but if that’s the case, this dude deserves an Oscar, like, 8 years ago.

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James Franco is releasing an album inspired by The Smiths

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James Franco truly is a modern renaissance man, a jack of all trades. Is there nothing he can’t do? In addition to his acting work, writing, and visual art, he’s now a singer-songwriter and he’s releasing an album inspired by The Smiths (and an accompanying film, as well). Joy!

From Pitchfork:

James Franco has a band with Tim O’Keefe, his former art school classmate. They’re called Daddy, and they’ve just announced Let Me Get What I Want, an album/film inspired by the Smiths.

It is not, however, a straight-up cover of the Smiths classic. In Franco’s newest book of poetry, Directing Herbert White: Poems, there are two sections titled “Poems Inspired by Smiths’ Songs”. (Which is exactly what you think it is.) Franco and O’Keefe decided to write songs around those poems, using Franco’s words as the lyrics. So: “This Charming Man” is a song based on a poem based on a song, as are all of the songs on Let Me Get What I Want. Make sense?

Most amazingly, they got former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke to play on every song.

The album will be out in 2015, and every song will be accompanied by a video that, when watched in sequence, adds up to a single story. Each song is also accompanied by a painting by Franco.

Huh. I feel like James Franco has too much time on his hands and I don’t really know what’s up with him.

Anyway, here’s the video for ‘This Charming Man’:

James Franco tackled a dude after a Lana Del Rey concert held in a cemetery

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Lana Del Rey did a concert at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last Friday night, for some reason (of course she did), and everyone was having a grand old time, listening to faux-morbid music in a graveyard. That is, until James Franco tackled a photographer who, of course, wants to sue him now.

From TMZ:

James Franco took down a photog while leaving the Lana Del Rey concert Friday night in Hollywood … this according to the paparazzo — who now wants justice.

Franco attended the LDR show at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery and based on the pics it looks like James may have just been joking around when it happened.

The photog obviously wasn’t playing around though … he went into an LAPD office Saturday morning to file a report — claiming he’s got broken equipment and a minor back injury.

We’re told police will pass the case onto detectives this week.

James is insane, so he probably was playing around. But hello, you’re famous. Broke photographers will exploit your ass for any amount of cash. I can’t imagine there was any real injury in any way there, but that won’t keep this guy from taking it to court anyway to try for some easy money.

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James Franco does the #icebucketchallenge with no pants on

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Can someone tell me seriously what the fuck is wrong with James Franco? Like, this dude is taking the “fly your freak flag” thing to a whole other level, and I for one am not pleased.

Apparently Selena Gomez challenged James to do the ice bucket challenge, and he obliged… only without wearing any pants, with only a piece of paper covering his nasty ass genitals. This guy needs to stop… immediately.

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Is James Franco a movie thief?

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James Franco is a lot of things: an actor, writer, scholar, ~artist~, weirdo, creep… but is he a movie thief? According to a young chap named Cyril Humphris, yes.

From TMZ:

Short story … Franco has a new movie — “Bukowski” — which is about to be released … it’s about Charles Bukowski, a famous fiction writer who died the year O.J. killed Nicole.

Enter Cyril Humphris, who owns the rights to Bukowski’s autobiography.  Cyril says back in 2009 he gave Franco the right to create a screenplay based on the book, but the option expired a year later.

Cyril says Franco’s movie is clearly based on the autobiography … in other words, he ripped Cyril off.

But Franco says in new legal docs Cyril is full of crap.  Franco says he was inspired by Bukowski’s writings and independently came up with the idea for the movie.

Sorry, dude – if you option the rights to a movie on Bukowski, let those rights expire and then decide to do a movie on Bukowski, you did not come up with that on your own. You used material you began developing when you optioned that book, thereby making it directly derivative and you need to pay up.

Here’s what I don’t quite understand: James is not broke. He is not some D-List actor with no money to honestly fund his projects, so why be an asshole? Re-option the screenplay and everyone will be happy and you won’t be an asshole. End of.

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