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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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Franco & Hathaway Do ‘Grease’

James Franco posted this 19-second clip of him and Anne Hathaway reenacting the famous “You’re The One That I Want” carnival scene from Grease to his Twitter yesterday. As we all know by now, the two are hosting the Oscars together Sunday night, so I can only assume that this is a behind-the-scenes preview of what will be a pretty epic remake. I’m hoping that it’s part of some huge montage that runs through a variety of everybody’s favorite movie couples, but since I’m already going to get 3+ hours of James Franco on television that night, I’m not going to be greedy.

Are you tuning in to the Oscars on Sunday night? For the films, the Franco or the (unintentional) funny?

This Is What Could Have Happened At The Oscars If Burlesque Hadn’t Been A Horrible Movie

In a perfect world, Lindsay Lohan would actually act in movies, Justin Bieber would spend his days discussing topical issues and politics, and Burlesque would be a film remotely worthy of an Oscar nomination.  Aside from the obvious benefits of such a world (Lindsay’s Linda Lovelace biopic would have been so intense), there’s a specific, special one that we’re going to talk about today, and that benefit is the audio clip above.

If you’re listening to the clip and having trouble figuring out its contents, let me help you out:  it’s James Franco rehearsing a Cher song. It’s beautiful James Franco trying to nail that horrible Cher song from Burlesque so he could perform it at the Oscars in full Cher regalia.  That is a treat that we were going to be given this Sunday, but not anymore.  Since the shitty Cher movie didn’t receive any nominations, the number was cut, as were my hopes and dreams.

What do you guys think about James’ performance?  We’re being denied a true gem in music history, right?

Judd Apatow Gives James Franco Advice on Hosting the Oscars

James Franco is hosting the Oscars this week with Anne Hathaway, but a few weeks back, Judd asked Producers Guild Awards host Judd Apatow to give him some tips.

Considering it sounds like this was recorded before the PGAs, Judd wasn’t able to offer much advice, but he did tell James he’d give him any jokes that went over well during his hosting duties to use for the Oscars, which people actually watch. Let’s hope James stays away from the Gervais-bashing, though.

What’s great about this video is that it’s almost definitely improvised and now that we know how cute James Franco looks like on Skype, it’s like we’re living in a new era of sexual fantasies.