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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

James Franco explains 'why actors act out' in 'New York Times' essay about Shia LaBeouf

James Franco has been known to make some dubious professional choices, from acting on General Hospital at the height of his career to his ill-received gig co-hosting the Oscars alongside Anne Hathaway. So it’s no surprise that he can relate to Shia LaBeouf’s recent string of bizarre behavior — ever since the Transformers star was accused of plagiarizing his short film HowardCantour.com back in December — and Franco put that empathy into a New York Times essay that went online Wednesday night.

“This behavior could be a sign of many things, from a nervous breakdown to mere youthful recklessness,” Franco writes. “For Mr. LaBeouf’s sake I hope it is nothing serious. Indeed I hope — and, yes, I know that this idea has pretentious or just plain ridiculous overtones — that his actions are intended as a piece of performance art, one in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” READ FULL STORY

James Franco has a Valentine's Day card for you

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Most cheesy Valentine’s Day cards featuring a celebrity or movie character are made by people impressed with how they can force movie phrases into pickup lines. (Here’s looking at you, Bellatrix Lestrange.)

Today, James Franco took out the middle man and made his own corny/sleazy card, uploading the above photo to Instagram alongside the message, “I’m down for 127 hours with you, girrrrrrrllllllll (boyyyyyyyeeeee).”

Never forget: James Franco was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar for 127 Hours. Also never forget: He hosted the Oscars that year, something he would probably like you to forget.

While I appreciate that Franco doesn’t discriminate in his V-Day lovin’, I can’t help but wonder: Is 127 Hours really the best film of his for sex puns? He cuts off his own arm at the end of that movie! No thank you. Surely there are better Valentine’s Day messages based off Franco movie titles. Just off the top of my head, James, we’ve got: READ FULL STORY

Nominated for Nothing: 'Spring Breakers'

The film: Four lady-friends are bored with their town. They do what any bored college student would do: Rob a diner and use that money to go down to Florida for their spring break. Once in the state of Florida, the girls get into some trouble and are bailed out by Alien (James Franco), a self-described “gangster with a heart of gold.” Both Alien and the girls share a love of being total weirdos and going on violent power trips, and we see how far some of them will go to have fun. READ FULL STORY

James Franco discusses Super Bowl commercial, Broadway debut, and... his Dennis Rodman connection? -- VIDEO

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Everyone knows James Franco is a busy man. Upcoming projects include the Broadway play Of Mice and Men, the comedy The Interview with Seth Rogen, and Queen of the Desert with Nicole Kidman, among others. And come Sunday, he’ll be able to add yet another line to his resume: Super Bowl commercial star.

Franco – along with comedian Rob Riggle – will be featured in a spot for the Ford Fusion Hybrid. The ad features Franco in the last 60 seconds of the spot, doubling the excitement and energy of Riggle’s first segment. “Rob will be playing himself in part of it, and then I’ll be playing a version of Rob in the other part,” Franco explained to EW. “Super Bowl commercials are almost like little movies nowadays. …In the ad, a lot of the little things in Rob’s portion will have doubles in my portion, but everything will be much grander. He has a chihuahua, I have a Bengal tiger.”

Check out a tease of Franco and the tiger below:
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James Franco and Chris O'Dowd in 'Of Mice and Men' on Broadway: See the poster

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Surely one of this spring’s most interesting new productions on Broadway is the forthcoming revival of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men, starring James Franco and Chris O’Dowd in their Broadway debuts.

Take a look above at the new poster for the classic play, which also stars Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester (as Curley’s Wife) and Tony winner Jim Norton (as ranch hand Candy) in the production helmed by award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro. In the poster, Franco and O’Dowd are front and center in their iconic roles as George and Lennie (respectively), two migrant workers in search of a better life during the Great Depression. The revival will mark the first time in 40 years that Broadway will host Steinbeck’s masterpiece about the American dream; the first Broadway production opened in 1937, and the first revival ran in the 1974-75 season.

Of Mice and Men will begin previews on March 19, 2014 at the Longacre Theatre, with opening night set for April 16 and the limited engagement set to conclude on July 27.

Leighton Meester to make Broadway debut in 'Of Mice and Men' with James Franco and Chris O'Dowd

Leighton Meester is going from the Upper East Side to the California country.

The former Gossip Girl starlet has joined the cast of the upcoming Broadway revival of Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck’s literary classic about migrant field workers who seek new prospects of success and the American dream during the Great Depression. Previously announced stars James Franco and Chris O’Dowd will also make their debuts as George and Lennie.

Meester will play Curley’s wife, the beauty-obsessed youth who tempts the duo while also incurring the jealous wrath of her hard-headed husband Curley. Additional casting for the roles of Curley and ranch hands Slim, Candy, and the Boss (among others) have not yet been announced.

Tony winner Anna D. Shapiro (August: Osage County) will take the reins and direct the production, the first on Broadway in 40 years. The play will bow on March 19 at the Longacre Theatre, with official opening night set for April 16. Move quickly though: This limited engagement is strictly ending on July 27.

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