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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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James Franco wrote a short story about Lindsay Lohan and published it

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I don’t even have words for the fact that James Franco – the same one who denied having any sexual relationship/encounter with Lindsay Lohan and called her mental for suggesting such a thing – wrote a short story about Lindsay that he then published on Vice’s website. WHY?

It’s written as “fiction” though in a first-person voice suggesting this could be totally true, and it’s called “Bungalow 89″. It’s awful, and in case you want to take my advice and not read the entire thing, here are a few choice selections:

There was a Hollywood girl staying at Chateau Marmont. She had gotten a key to my room from the manager. I heard her put the key into my front door and turn it, but I had slid the dead bolt and that thing—I don’t know what you call it; it’s like a chain but made of two bars—that kept the door from opening.

She said, “James, open the door.”

Across the room was a picture of a boy dressed as a sailor with a red sailor cap, and except for his blondish hair (closer to my brother’s color) he looked like me.

She said, “Open the door, you bookworm punk blogger faggot.”


My phone rang. She let it ring until I answered.

“You’re not going to let me sleep, are you?”

“Do you think this is me? Lindsay Lohan. Say it. Say it, like you have ownership. It’s not my name anymore.”

Lindsay Lo-han.”

“I just want to sleep on your couch. I’m lonely.”

“We’re not going to have sex. If you want to come in, I’ll read you a story.”

“A bedtime story?”

“It’s called ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish.’”

Do you think I’ve created this? This dragon girl, lion girl, Hollywood hellion, terror of Sunset Boulevard, minor in the clubs, Chateau Demon? Do you think this is me?

I mean, I can’t even go on from there, because it’s just so, so bad. What a crock of shit. This whole thing will probably send Lindsay into another downward spiral, of course, as well. Egads.

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James Franco’s bed shot with Keegan Allen was made to “blow up Twitter”

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James Franco should truly be banned from all forms of social media, as he’s proven time and time again that he just can’t be trusted to use it responsibly. You probably remember that late last month, James decided to post a photo of himself in bed with Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen, with both of them appearing naked (or at least shirtless).  He likes to poke fun at some of the past reports about his sexuality, so I didn’t even think much of this, but of course it got him press, which is presumably what he wanted. Well, not even presumably – it was all for attention.

From E! Online:

“I went to go say hey to him in his dressing room,” Allen told me at the Race to Erase MS benefit for the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis. “There were a lot of people there and I asked him, ‘What’s the way to do the best selfie in bed?’ and he showed me. And then he climbed in really quickly and he was like, ‘Let’s blow up Twitter for a second.’”

First of all, there are so many things that are weird about this. Why in the hell did Keegan Allen want to do a selfie in bed, and why did he need advice on how to do it? Also, what, did James just turn around and say, “Here, I’ll show you! Let’s take off our shirts and hop into bed together!”? It’s all so bizarre.

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