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12 things we learned from the new 'Freaks and Geeks' oral history


Mark Seliger exclusively for Vanity Fair

Though it lasted only a single season on NBC, Freaks and Geeks is justifiably beloved — for presenting an unvarnished take on adolescence in the Dawson’s Creek era, for perfectly mixing comedy and drama, and for launching the careers of big names like Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, James Franco, Seth Rogen, and Jason Segel. And it’s not only fans who have a special place in their hearts for Freaks — since its cancellation, nearly every member of its cast and crew has said that working on the series was the high point of their career.

That’s a sentiment that’s echoed over and over again in Vanity Fair‘s new oral history of the show, which appears in the magazine’s just-released Comedy Issue (guest edited by Apatow himself). The article also includes plenty of fun facts for those who still love Freaks, such as:


Who should play Harry Osborn in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

Tucked inside the news that Shailene Woodley is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the news that director Marc Webb is also on the hunt for an actor to play Peter Parker’s best friend, roommate, and eventual arch enemy Harry Osborn.

The role of the troubled only son of mysterious and distant mega-conglomerate mogul Norman Osborn was, of course, played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Franco was cast as the rakishly handsome counterpart to Tobey Maguire’s nerdy everyman, but with the new Peter Parker played by the rather rakishly handsome Andrew Garfield, who should fill the shoes of his monied compatriot? Not surprisingly, we have some ideas.


James Franco working on full-length album, duets with Smokey Robinson -- VIDEO

James Franco is full Franco-ing at this point.

Your average everyday actor/writer/Oscar host/corporate pitchman/soap opera star/college student/college professor has yet another feather to add to his hipster hat: Spoken word performer/Motown recording artist.

Franco’s band, Daddy — featuring him and his friend Tim O’Keefe, a classmate at the Rhode Island School of Design — released their first EP, the Motown-flavored MotorCity, last week. After putting out a video for first single, “Love in the Old Days,” Franco is already giving us a little more. He told Billboard that he is working on a full-length album, and also recently dropped another single.

“We have another project that we’re working on. I guess if we complete all the songs it’ll be a full-length album, 10 to 12 songs,” he said. “We’re working on that right now. It’s a little different; the style’s not quite Motown but has a similar vibe.”

The Motown vibe Franco has previously described gains a legitimate touch from Smokey Robinson, who is featured on a remix of the track, “Crime.” Franco added, “[Robinson] just went into the booth and kinda grooved over it. It was great to see a master, somebody who had been doing it for decades and was just one of the best.”

Take a listen to the Daddy/Robinson collaboration below: READ FULL STORY

Now James Franco is directing shoe commercials -- er, 'short films'

You say “potato,” and James Franco says “potahto,” because he’s fancy like that. (Side note: Has anyone ever seriously pronounced the word that way, even in Britain?) You say “actor,” and James Franco says “multihyphenate performance artist with minors in degree collection and Huffington Postery.” You say “shoe commercial,” and, evidently, Franco says “short film” — even though the following clip is totally an ad for Stuart Weitzman booties.

The AP reports that Franco has directed “four vignettes” for the high-end footwear magnate, each of which will debut on the brand’s Facebook page. The videos track model Petra Nemcova as she struts around in Weitzman heels, taking long strides and never allowing herself to smile. (After all, they’re not selling toothpaste.) Though the full “film” won’t be available until Oct. 26, the first installment has already hit YouTube:


The 7 James Franco-iest sentences in his latest HuffPo piece

What’s left to say about James Franco, actor, writer, obsessive degree collector, and secret lover of Japanese body pillows? Not much — which is why when I read Franco’s latest missive in the Huffington Post, I was compelled to just let the actor speak for himself.

Whether you roll your eyes at Franco’s “celebrity deconstructing celebrity” schtick or you’re amused by it, you’ve got to admit the guy has a signature style — even if younger, less pretentious multihyphenates like Joseph Gordon-Levitt are poised to usurp his throne. So until that day comes, let’s just enjoy Franco being Franco, as exemplified in these seven Franctastic quotes from a letter the actor wrote to one of his “writer friends”:

Contemplative Franco
“I am sitting poolside at the top of the SoHo House in New York. The weather is nice, things are going well, and I suppose I have a good life.”

Name-dropping Franco
“During my time there [at Warren Wilson College], Alan Shapiro and Alan Williamson helped me reshape the manuscript a bit, and then Tony Hoagland and Frank Bidart did a lot of heavy editing with me after I got back to New York.”


Even when James Franco is a corporate shill, he's an artist: VIDEO

James Franco is busier/cooler/better than you.

The actor took a break from filming and producing movies, attending and teaching at multiple universities, performing in a soap, and writing a book to star in (and direct, natch) a commercial for Samsung, touting the new Galaxy Note — perfect for multitaskers like Franco!

In the full-length ad, Franco walks through different rooms in a house and gets in on a pillow fight, plays part-time doctor, and solves complicated math problems. Good on the actor for spoofing his image. I, for one, can’t wait for the inevitable three-hour-long director’s cut.

Check out the living art piece/tech commercial below, and explain to me the decision behind the tiger: READ FULL STORY

Shirtless guys? Corgis? Watch new 'Call Me Maybe' videos! -- WATCH

“Call Me Maybe” is the gift that keeps on giving. As if it wasn’t enough that the unofficial music video featured Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, and Ashley Tisdale, there are versions from Katy Perry, Harvard’s baseball team, Donald Trump, and even the leader of the free world.

Today brings the total up two more. We have (shirtless!) Abercrombie & Fitch models dancing all over the world, and, well, a sign that the end of this trend is most definitely near: Corgis. Check out their versions — as well as a round-up of some more of our favorites — after the jump. READ FULL STORY

James Franco disses 'Girls': 'I can't see me in the show'

James Franco has some tough love for Hannah Horvath, Lena Dunham’s struggling New York writer in HBO’s Girls: “Get a f—ing job.”

The Oscar-nominated actor and first-generation F.O.J. (Friend of Judd Apatow, Girls executive producer) took on the polarizing new show in an essay on The Huffington Post titled “A Dude’s Take on Girls.” Franco acknowledged the more familiar criticisms — that the quartet of New Yorkers are privileged, self-absorbed young women who seemingly live in a demographic bubble that doesn’t reflect the racial diversity of the city — but his bigger issue with the show is its portrayal of the male characters. “The guys in the show are the biggest bunch of losers I’ve ever seen,” he wrote. “I know this sorry representation of men is fair payback for the endless parade of airheaded women on the West Coast male counterpart to Girls, Entourage…”

Click below for more. READ FULL STORY

Celebrity commencement addresses: Steve Carell, Jane Lynch, and more

Steve Carell refrained from “That’s what she said” comments, well, almost, (check out 14:10) but the funnyman managed to be both funny and earnest in his remarks to Princeton University grads as their Class Day Speaker yesterday. 

His speech focused on the differences between when he went to college and now, and talked about how much harder he had it, including talking to girls without being able to text them. Instead, he had the pleasure of getting rejected face-to-face. “The point is, I suffered, and you should have to suffer too,” he explained to laughs.

Carell also gave some insight into what social media was back in the day: “We didn’t have Twitter, we used good old-fashioned gossip. If you wanted to talk about someone you could do it face-to-face, right behind their back.”

Check out video of Carell’s remarks, as well as some of our other favorite 2012 celebrity commencement speeches –such as Jane Lynch and James Franco–after the jump. READ FULL STORY

James Franco channels costar Selena Gomez in 'Love Song' cover -- VIDEO

Now that Selena Gomez has announced she’s taking a bit of a break from recording to focus on acting, the door is open for her Spring Breakers costar James Franco to hire himself for yet another job. The Oscar nominee recently released a candid car-jam video that proves he’s just as addicted to Gomez’s candy-coated hit “Love You Like a Love Song” as the rest of us.

From Franco’s soul-penetrating stare to his emotive… ummm… gestures, not to mention the cornrows for his Breakers character, I’m not sure whether to be amused, creeped out, impressed, or all of the above. I am sure, however, that this is one viral video on which you’ll keep hitting re-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat-peat. READ FULL STORY

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