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James Franco Got A Professor Fired for Giving Him A Bad Grade

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Awww, poor little James Franco! He works so hard getting all those degrees, and some mean old professor thinks he can get away with giving him a D! Not so fast, meany pants! Sure, Franco missed 12 classes, and yeah, there were only 14 classes in total, but I bet he worked really, really hard for those two classes! You’re just jealous! I’m glad you got fired!

Yes, this happened. A professor at NYU is claiming that he was fired for giving James Franco a D and also for being Hispanic, and now he’s suing the university:

José Angel Santana — who taught Franco in his “Directing the Actor” class — is now suing the University for his job back, claiming he was wrongfully terminated … because he’s an Hispanic man with the audacity to give Franco a low grade.

When people found out that Santana gave Franco a D, Santana claims he suffered all sorts of public humiliation — at the hands of James Franco … and the University itself, which ultimately fired him … something he claims would never have happened to a white professor.

According to Santana, other teachers played favorites with Franco, including fellow professor Jay Anania … who Franco hired to write and direct the film “Shadows & Lies.”

Santana groused, “In my opinion, they’ve turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco’s purposes, a possession, something you can buy.”

Can you see this happening?  Because I certainly can. Franco’s always been a bit full of himself, and he’s not exactly known for his maturity. It’s completely plausible that he would have the gall to throw a fit for almost failing after missing 12 out of 14 classes, and it’s also completely ridiculous. I’ve had professors that automatically fail students after two unexcused absences, and I thought that was fair. Man, if I was in James’ class, I would be completely pissed that he even got a D. I’d be like “fail that son of a bitch, he doesn’t care, he’s hosting the Oscars.” Ugh.

What do you guys think?

James Franco Is His Biggest Fan’s Biggest Fan

A portrait of James Franco in yarn. Yarn!

Meet Macy Armstrong. She’s 13 years old, she’s Canadian, and she’s pretty much James Franco’s biggest fan. She’s also a mighty talented fledgling artist—her favorite subject is James Franco, natch.

In a sense, Mr. Franco knows all about fan art: during TIFF proceedings on Sunday, Franco visited Toronto to discuss his own Gus Van Sant -inspired art installation, “Memories of Idaho.” (He himself was 13 when Van Sant’s My Own Private Idaho was in theaters.)

And that was when Mr. Franco spied our young heroine, Macy, in the crowd. She was wearing a homemade T-shirt (with Franco’s face emblazoned on it) and carrying a painting, a collage, and a portrait made of yarn (pictured).

“I was holding up my yarn poster for James to see,” Macy wrote afterward, “and he did! He smiled, pointed to it, and jokingly said he wanted to buy it. I just about died!”

Members of the audience giggled, but Mr. Franco wasn’t joking. He had recognized Macy’s work immediately. “I saw that one on the Internet, someone sent it to me,” he continued seriously. “I wanna buy those.”

And despite adorable reports to the contrary, Macy would like to point out that Mr. Franco did not “buy those”—she gave them to him for free! (“I would never make James Franco pay for something if I could help it!” Macy writes on her Tumblr.) Macy! Let James Franco buy your work if he wants to! He can afford it!

Mr. Franco also answered young Macy’s questions during Q&A. Since you were wondering about his cats, he flew Sammy and Zelda to Detroit, where he is filming Oz.

Mr. Franco left TIFF with all three pieces of art, including the collage below. It’s brilliant; it’s like a portrait of a teenage girl’s brain.

A collage of James Franco

James Franco’s Comic Book Rejected on Twitter

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That James Franco has his thumbs in every pie! The aspiring musician, Oscar nominee, and soap star most recently wowed the art world (?) with his bizarre Gucci billboard campaign.

Now Canadian comic book publisher Drawn and Quarterly, which publishes highbrow stuff by artists like Chris Ware, Dan Clowes, and journalist Joe Sacco, tweets that they “just received a submission from James Franco.”

What the…! How the…! Is James Franco trying to get into the comic book scene, too? Really?

Drawn and Quarterly adds that, although they are longtime Franco fans, a James Franco comic might be better-suited to Brooklyn-based hipster publisher Picture Box:

Drawn and Quarterly rejects Franco's submission on Twitter

Um. Did Drawn and Quarterly really reject James Franco’s comic book via Twitter? Ouch.

Oh, Franco! You fly too close to the sun!

James Franco Is Getting Another Degree

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Between being childish on Twitter, getting high, and being remarkably beautiful, I just don’t see where James Franco has the time for higher education.  But somehow he does, and before I let you know about his latest educational endeavors, I’m going to break down all his degrees and college experiences thus far, just for posterity, all right?

- James enrolled at UCLA in the fall of 2006, was allowed to take up to 62 credits per semester (the normal limit is 19) and graduated in 2008 with a degree in English and a GPA over 3.5.

- He then relocated to New York, attending NYU for filmmaking, Brooklyn College for fiction writing, and Columbia for a master’s in writing.  Every now and again he went to a college in North Carolina for poetry.  He received his MFA in 2010.

- Currently, James is working towards his doctorate in English at Yale while taking some time to do some studying at the Rhode Island School of Design.

Ok, that’s all his academic achievements as of right this minute. Except wait – James just got accepted to the University of Houston’s doctoral program in literature and creative writing. He was one of 20 applicants chosen out of 400, which either means that James is a damn good writer or the people over in Houston must really like General Hospital. Either way, I’m going to send James my very best wishes, mostly because I’m still dreaming of a Freaks and Geeks movie and I want James to be in the best possible condition when that day finally arrives.

Aww, Bruce Vilanch Hurt James Franco’s Feelings

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You see that beautiful creation above?  That’s how James Franco deals with his emotions.  Isn’t that sweet?

James posted the picture to his Twitter for a hot minute last night after Bruce Vilanch, Oscar writer and totally recognizable dude, had some words to say about James’ not-so-awesome performance at the Academy Awards:

“He has so many balls in the air, he didn’t get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday,” Vilanch said. “And so we e-mailed a lot. But we had a lot of meetings. He had a bunch of people who were writing for him, and if it had been him alone, it would have been different. But it was him and Anne Hathaway, and they both had to be serviced. So there was a lot of communication beforehand. But he didn’t get there.”

That being said, he didn’t self sabotage. “I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both,” Vilanch said.

Poor James Franco.  Bruce didn’t really say anything too harsh, but I can see where James’ feelings got hurt – he just wants to be the best at everything.  That’s all he’s ever wanted.

I can’t decide what the weirdest part of this story is:  that James Franco feels the need to express himself through MS Paint, that he apparently wasn’t high during the Oscars, or that people are still talking about the Oscars.  Thoughts?

James Franco Does ‘Vogue Hommes International’

James Franco just did Vogue Hommes International and his spread was shot by the creepy-but-fabulous Terry Richardson. It is, predictably, about as delicious as eating a cheeseburger in bed. No half-baked Oscars hosting gig or gender-bending photo shoot will ever get me over this guy. He’s the closest thing we have to a James Dean, you know.

I’m just going to leave these here.

We May Or May Not Have A Picture Of James Franco’s Penis

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Earlier this week, you guys all revealed your love for theorizing about dick.  And that’s fine, that’s healthy, carry on. Specifically, carry on with James Franco.

Before you get your hopes up and your pants down, let me tell you that we’re not sure if this is a penis or not.  It could be a finger, it could be an artfully placed wrist.  I don’t know, that’s why I’m turning to you guys.  So jump on in and let me know what exactly it was that James tweeted last night.

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