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James Franco sued for violating film rights with Bukowski movie

Who owns the rights to an autobiography?

That seems to be the question in the center of a lawsuit against James Franco and production company Rabbit Bandini, accusing them of violating film rights for Franco’s upcoming film Bukowski, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cyril Humphris is accusing Franco of infringing on Charles Bukowski’s semi-autobiographical novel Ham on Rye, which Humphris claims he owns the film rights to. Franco has asserted in the past that the film is based on Bukowski’s childhood and not the novel, despite the similarities. The lawsuit states Franco’s film “borrows the novel’s themes of childhood loneliness; adolescent self-consciousness; the failures, hypocrisy, and cruelty of adults; and, in an unflinching depiction, the crude interest teenage boys take in sex.” It also claims that entire scenes and pieces of dialogue had been taken from the book. READ FULL STORY

James Franco and other celebs who just can't stand criticism

James Franco does not take criticism of his work lightly. Currently starring in Of Mice and Men on Broadway, the actor was quite displeased with the review New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley gave the revival. Though Brantley’s assessment was not excessively negative — he even complimented Franco’s talent at one point — the actor posted an incensed response to the review on Instagram, calling the critic “a little bitch.” The post has since been deleted.

Brantley responded to the criticism much more diplomatically than Franco. “I like Franco’s work on film a lot, and he didn’t disgrace himself on stage,” the writer told the New York Observer. “I hope he returns to Broadway some day. And of course he’s entitled to say whatever he likes about me, as long as it’s not libelous, and somehow I don’t think ‘little bitch’ qualifies.”

Franco is hardly the first celebrity to lash out over hurt feelings and bad reviews. Last year, Brantley was the target of another famous actor appearing on Broadway, Alec Baldwin. The NYT critic panned his show, a revival of Orphans, and Baldwin shot back with a bitter essay on the state of modern theater on The Huffington Post. READ FULL STORY

James Franco rants about 'New York Times' review on Instagram

When the New York Times didn’t give James Franco the glowing Of Mice and Men review he wanted, the actor took to his favorite hangout, Instagram, to express his displeasure.

The show opened Wednesday night on Broadway, with Franco starring as George opposite Chris O’Dowd’s Lennie. It seems Franco spent this morning reading over reviews — including Times theater critic Ben Brantley’s evaluation. Although Brantley didn’t outright insult Franco, or even write anything overwhelmingly negative — in fact, he complimented Franco’s talent, but noted that the star is “often understated to the point of near invisibility” in the play — Franco still wasn’t pleased.

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Seth Rogen hosts 'Saturday Night Live' this weekend: Talk about it here!

You know what’s weird? Though tonight marks Seth Rogen’s third stint as SNL host, I realized before writing this post that I couldn’t remember a single sketch he’d done during either of his previous turns. Maybe that’s because it’s been a surprisingly long time since Rogen graced the SNL stage; the last time he was on, he was promoting 2009’s Observe and Report. (The first time he hosted was another era altogether; the 2007 episode featured jabs at Kevin Federline, Senator Larry Craig, and multiple MacGruber sketches.)

More likely, though, it’s because Rogen’s hosting style isn’t particularly flashy. In movies, he gravitates toward genial, laid-back sensitive bro types; in his past stints on SNL, he’s done much of the same, give or take a pair of Muppets sketches that had him donning a big, furry suit. (Dear Internet: Why is “Muppets Hit & Run” not available anywhere online? This is a travesty!) Rogen isn’t much of an impressionist, or an insanely energetic, up-for-anything quintuple threat type — he’s more of a Jason Sudeikis-esque everyguy, but nerdier and schlubier and more likely to talk about being Jewish. (And he’s hosting just in time for Passover — what a mensch.)

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James Franco talks Instagram scandal on 'Live! With Kelly and Michael': 'I'm embarrassed' -- VIDEO

When news broke that a Scottish teenage girl posted text message exchanges with James Franco on Imgur, we thought the photos could be fake. James Franco, 35, wouldn’t really try to hook up with a 17-year-old, would he? Would he?

Turns out, he would.

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Is this crazy James Franco story a viral campaign for his new movie?

On April 1, a selfie-loving Scottish teen named Lucy apparently went to see James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in Of Mice and Men on Broadway — or, at least, waited outside the production’s stage door to meet Franco and O’Dowd after the show. Evidently, she got what she came to see… and then some. [Update: Lucy posted photos and videos of the two actors on her Instagram account, including one in which Franco asks her to tag him. She's since deleted her account.]

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'Of Mice and Men': Chris O'Dowd on laughing with James Franco and killing Leighton Meester (on stage)

You recognize him from Bridesmaids, The IT Crowd, Family Tree, Girls and plenty more, but Irish comic Chris O’Dowd has switched gears for his latest role.

He’s playing Lennie, the gentle half of a pair of migrant ranch workers who lead John Steinbeck’s classic Depression-era novella Of Mice and Men. In the newest Broadway revival of the play, O’Dowd makes his Broadway debut opposite James Franco (as the pragmatic George) and Leighton Meester (as a seductive, nameless flirt) in the Anna D. Shapiro-directed production, which opens April 16 at the Longacre Theatre.

Above, check out an exclusive first look at one of the most famous scenes in the play, wherein Lennie and Curley’s wife share a fateful moment in a barn loft. Below, O’Dowd chats with EW about the nerves behind his Broadway debut and how he clicked with Franco and Meester. READ FULL STORY

Spoofed again: James Franco and Seth Rogen do Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's Vogue cover -- PHOTO

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James Franco and Seth Rogen may have found a second career in spoofing Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.

First, the long-time friends released that hilarious, shot-for-shot parody of West’s “Bound 2″ music video — the one featuring a topless Kardashian straddling her fiancé on a motorcycle, remember? — back in November. Now, the actors have tackled the Vogue cover that declares “Kimye” the #worldsmosttalkedaboutcouple. Franco posted this Photoshopped image to Facebook on Friday:

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Before 'Need for Speed,' Aaron Paul proved he would do 'Whatever It Takes' to win our hearts

Step aside, Tobey Marshall — Floyd is the Aaron Paul character that revs me up.

Though the Need for Speed star is more famous these days for Breaking out variations on the word “bitch” and playing the Dice Game on The Price Is Right, in my heart he’ll always be the teenage no-goodnik from 2000’s Whatever It Takes.

Witness Paul in all his millennial, Wolverine-haired glory: READ FULL STORY

James Franco reflects on Broadway debut: 'I have a good life'

James Franco seems to have hit a rare stride in life — that is, he’s found happiness. That’s right: The laid-back thespian who epitomizes an off-beat brand of Hollywood cool has settled into a stage where life is “good.”

It’s not exactly what one might have expected from the characteristically aloof Northern California native, but Franco shared plenty of surprises at a TimesTalks event on March 7 in New York City, offering insight on everything from life, film, and even academia. Taking the stage to discuss Of Mice and Men — Franco’s Broadway debut — with co-star Chris O’Dowd, the 35-year-old actor dropped a few interesting and laugh-out-loud gems worth sharing. READ FULL STORY

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