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James Franco is the star of a new coloring book

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Tired of regular coloring books, full of boring things like princesses and dinosaurs? Mel Elliott has just the one for you, then: a James Franco coloring book.

Inspired by Franco’s varied and selfie-filled Instagram feed, Elliott put together a book of black-and-white Franco depictions so people can bring the actor to life with the help of colored pencils. There’s James Franco in Bed with Coffee, James Franco as Spring Breakers‘ Alien, James Franco in Drag—essentially, it’s a look at Franco’s many selves. READ FULL STORY

James Franco and Seth Rogen frolicked naked in the woods together

In 2008, James Franco and Seth Rogen co-starred in Pineapple Express, one of the greatest movies ever made. In 2014, they continue to spite the world by not making a sequel to that modern classic, though their bromance did continue in last year’s This Is the End. Instead, they tease us by hanging out together all the time, sometimes while outdoors and completely without clothes.

The duo posted a number of Instagram photos together as they frolicked naked in the woods with multiple mentions of the phrase “Naked and Afraid” in the captions, strongly suggesting that the two will be appearing on the Discovery Channel show of the same name. READ FULL STORY

A poem for James Franco, in honor of his poetry

This morning, Time debuted two new poems from renowned poet—sorry, actor—sorry, graduate student—sorry, who knows what anymore—James Franco. The pieces come from Franco’s new book, Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems.

The first, “Angelz,” is about Franco’s experience filming Spring Breakers. (In the second stanza, he even seems to start writing in character as gangster Alien, using “z” instead of “s.”) The second poem is an ode to Franco’s Milk co-star Sean Penn.

There’s really only one way to respond to this brave* new work—which is why EW has composed a poem for Franco in his own style. READ FULL STORY

Soon you'll be able to see James Franco in 'Of Mice and Men' on screen

The hit Broadway production of Of Mice and Men is galloping to a close this Sunday. But the very idea of James Franco and Chris O’Dowd playing iconic ranchhands George and Lennie will live on forever, as National Theatre Live has announced plans to film and internationally broadcast the Anna D. Shapiro-directed revival.

Of Mice and Men—which also stars Gossip Girl alum Leighton Meester, True Blood alum Jim Parrack, and stage veteran Jim Norton—will be the first Broadway show filmed by the company. Screening dates will be announced later this year.

National Theatre Live’s M.O. is to film productions—typically the starrier, more memorable ones based in the UK—and screen them in cinemas and on digital platforms. The company began in June 2009, broadcasting Helen Mirren’s Phedre, and has since preserved War Horse, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller in Frankenstein, and Tom Hiddleston’s Coriolanus, among dozens of others.

Of Mice and Men opened on Broadway at the Longacre Theatre on July 20, and became the first production of the spring to recoup its full investment after twelve weeks.

Now James Franco is directing a play

For his next trick, James Franco reached into a raffle bin and pulled out “Direct a Play.”

The multi-hyphenate entertainer (and rabble rouser) will direct an Off-Broadway  version of Robert Boswell’s The Long Shrift, about a man recently released from jail after being accused of rape as a teenager.

The production, part of the 20th anniversary season of the Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre, will star Scott Haze, Ahna O’Reilly, Brian Lally, Allie Gallerani and Ally Sheedy. Haze has appeared in several of Franco’s film projects, including the upcoming Child of God. The Long Shrift will run July 13 through Aug. 23. READ FULL STORY

James Franco wrote a short story about Lindsay Lohan

They say to write what you know, and that’s exactly what James Franco is doing — though he’s not using the word in the biblical sense. Because, in his latest short story, Franco wants to make one thing clear: He did not have sexual relations with Lindsay Lohan. Well, probably.

This whole “did they or didn’t they?” thing (which, yes, everyone should be exhausted by) started when somebody stole the “Sex List” Lindsay Lohan wrote in rehab. For the record, Lohan didn’t confirm that the list contained previous paramours — only that she wrote it. Perhaps it was actually a list of people Lindsay thought were friends, but can’t stand any longer?

Anyway, after the list’s release, Franco went on Howard Stern and said that while he and the actress used to be friendly, they never had sex — even though she totally wanted to. According to Franco, he was a Good Guy who could tell she wasn’t okay, so he wouldn’t let their relationship get physical. (He did, however, write poetry about Lohan that was published in a collection called Directing Herbert White this spring.) The End.

Of course that’s not really the end. Franco’s latest Good Guy move is penning a short story focused on Lohan called “Bungalow 89.” The piece, published in Vice, combines pretension and overwhelming sadness: “Once upon a time a guy, a Hollywood guy, read some Salinger to a young woman who hadn’t read him before. Let’s call this girl Lindsay. She was a Hollywood girl, but a damaged one.” READ FULL STORY

After James Franco's 'Spring Breakers 2' slam, producers fire back

James Franco talks a lot about artistic integrity and vision. But there are at least a few people who are publicly calling BS on the actor: The producers he slammed for making a sequel to Spring Breakers without his consent.

Let’s rewind: Earlier this month, production company Wild Bunch announced it was working with Muse Productions, which was behind the first film, on Spring Breakers: The Second Coming. “It’s not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original,” said Wild Bunch co-chief Vincent Maraval. The follow-up, written by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and set to be directed by Jonas Akerlund (Spun, Small Apartments), will chronicle a new group of partyers battling an extreme militant Christian sect attempting to convert them.

On Wednesday, Franco — who starred as wannabe thug Alien in the first film – slammed the idea of a sequel on Instagram, saying it was being done without the blessing of him or Spring Breakers writer/director Harmony Korine. READ FULL STORY

James Franco slams 'Spring Breakers 2': 'It will be a terrible film'

After posting a nearly nude selfie and trying to pick up a young fan, James Franco has taken to his Instagram account once again to make a statement.

But this time it’s an actual written statement regarding the sequel to Franco’s film Spring Breakers. Clearly, James doesn’t think the film should be made at all, saying it is being done without his or director Harmony Korine’s consent. Spring Breakers: The Second Coming will follow a new group of partyers battling an extreme militant Christian sect attempting to convert them. In a statement, production company Wild Bunch said that the film is “…not a direct sequel, although there are allusions to some of the characters in the original.”

Read Franco’s full Instagram statement below: READ FULL STORY

James Franco explains nude selfies to Letterman: 'If you don't want to see it, don't follow me'

And now for another installment of Being James Franco.

While on Letterman Thursday night, Dave naturally asked him about all the weird stuff — like nude Seth Rogen paintings — Franco’s been posting Instagram. After pulling up Franco’s own infamous nude-ish selfie, Letterman spoke for us all, asking, “Honest to God, why?”

Franco had an interesting response: “Instagram isn’t something I put a lot of thought into,” he began. (Duh.) He then explained he’s doing it all for his fans: “I didn’t ask you to look at it! It’s what the people want! If you don’t want to see it, don’t follow me.”

If only it were that simple. READ FULL STORY

James Franco posts almost-nude selfie on Instagram, deletes it

Today in James Franco news: The actor posted a suggestive selfie on his Instagram… and then quickly deleted it.

Franco’s no stranger to selfies — if you follow him on Twitter or Instagram, you know that he posts a variation of him lounging around in bed shirtless basically every day. But this one had the added element of his boxer briefs pulled down slightly so he could rest his hand on his, uh, Green Goblin.

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