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'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' debuts four-second clip: Dramatic Ape!

The first footage of Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a five-second video cut that looks like a high-budget, dramatic ape-retelling of “Dramatic Chipmunk.” (The clip was first posted to the film’s Facebook page.) But what we can gauge from the footage is a sense of realism missing from the original Planet of the Apes films and Tim Burton’s 2001 ill-advised remake (…and Troy McClure’s musical.) Dude looks like monkey! And a nefarious, shifty-eyed one, at that. Or is this just how he felt watching Rise co-star James Franco’s Oscar hosting duties? Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

James Franco's evil twin joins forces with Stephen Colbert

Leave it to Stephen Colbert to put a damper on the encouraging recent jobs report. According to the Report‘s crack research team, 75 percent of the 200,000 private-sector jobs the nation added in the last month went to one James Franco, Oscar host, incurable student, college prof, and “soaking wet Gucci spokesperson.” “This guy has worked his way around more college campuses than chlamydia,” Colbert ranted. “Nation, James Franco is clearly my Renaissance nemesis, or Rena-nemesis.”

Colbert had a plan to expose his new rival as a fraud — “Why can’t you just take this [success] and run, and turn your life into some slow agonizing yet entertaining downward spiral for the rest of us to watch?” he would later ask — and that included the help of Franco’s evil twin, Frank Jameso. Take a look. READ FULL STORY

James Franco's Twitter account goes dark -- Slacker!

For what seems to be a first for him, James Franco has retired an endeavor. To be fair, it’s only Twitter. But for the man who juggles a multitude of professional, artistic, and personal activities, his online silence is a loss to anyone who enjoyed his eclectic musings or his occasional screeds.

Can we hope that this is some April Fools’ prank? I think not. Because that would be rather lame and disappointingly uninspired for someone of Franco’s artistic ambition. I’m sorry to say he’s gone silent — for the time being.

Hey, NYU students. Tell Prof. Franco to log back on soon.

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James Franco and David Letterman talk bombing at Oscars
James Franco and Bruce Vilanch: All is forgiven!
Bruce Vilanch criticizes James Franco’s Oscar-hosting, Franco feels betrayed: Whose side are you on?
Who should host next year’s Oscars?
Oscar hosts: Did James Franco and Anne Hathaway do a good job?

James Franco talks Oscars bombing with Letterman: 'I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway'

On Friday’s Late Show, James Franco and David Letterman bond over their much-maligned performances as Oscar hosts. Watch a preview below. Franco admits he’s thought about why viewers would think he was “under the influence,” and his best guess: “I love her, but Anne Hathaway is so energetic, I think the Tasmanian Devil would look stoned standing next to Anne Hathaway,” he jokes. Truthfully, he says, he hasn’t played the ceremony back, and maybe he had low energy, but he felt, “I honestly played those lines as well as I could.” Letterman asked Franco why he even cares what people thought. Franco says just because being the best Oscar host ever wasn’t on his list of things to do doesn’t mean he didn’t care or try hard. “But here’s the hypocritical thing,” he says. “Leading up to the Oscars, I couldn’t hear enough about how, ‘Oh, people don’t care about the Oscars anymore. It’s dead. It’s boring. It’s at the end of a long awards season. Who cares about it?’ Well, as soon as you don’t host the way they want you to, they suddenly care, and they won’t shut up about it. Then they can’t hear enough about a show they don’t care about.”  READ FULL STORY

James Franco and Bruce Vilanch: All is forgiven!

Twitter: The cause of and solution to all of life’s problems. Yesterday, James Franco responded to Academy Awards comedy writer Bruce Vilanch’s negative comments about his hosting job with a defensive TwitPic that dared to vaguely insult Bette Midler. But the two semi-enemies have made peace. In a new TwitPic, Franco posts a note he received directly from Vilanch, who explains that he was only joking with the interviewer, and ended up actually trying to defend Franco’s Oscar hosting. “You should never take the gutter press too seriously,” explains Vilanch, “They don’t do their homework and they like to pretend everyone is in a perpetual state of anger and distress.” Over the note, Franco has scrawled his own mea culpa: “Thanks Bruce, sorry for reading stupid blogs.” And with that, the Great Franco-Vilanch war of March 21 and 22 ended. Check back on this blog — which isn’t stupid, we got a B-, which is an A- at Harvard! — later this week for more exciting usages of the word “TwitPic.”

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Bruce Vilanch criticizes James Franco’s Oscar-hosting, Franco feels betrayed: Whose side are you on?
Who should host next year’s Oscars?
Oscar hosts: Did James Franco and Anne Hathaway do a good job?

Bruce Vilanch criticizes James Franco's Oscar-hosting, Franco feels betrayed: Whose side are you on?

Reactions to James Franco’s Oscar hosting gig were generally mixed, ranging from “Is he stoned?” to “Am I stoned?” to “Oh, I get it, he’s meta-hosting” to “Who’s that weird dude creeping on the nice girl from The Princess Diaries?” Eminent Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch vehemently denies that Franco was on any drug (besides extreme sleep deprivation), but he still has some stern critiques for Franco’s hosting. Vilanch tells Vulture, “He didn’t get there. I don’t think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it… It’s outside of those guys’ comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, ‘Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.’”

Franco tweeted a response, since removed from his Twitter account, saying “Bruce, he let me down” and featuring a graffiti’d photo of the host and the writer, with Vilanch saying: “James f—ed up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy. I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!” Oh no, an Oscar host is feuding with Bruce Vilanch! It’s like watching Mom and Dad fight, except Mom and Dad are actually funny! READ FULL STORY

James Franco in 'Your Highness': Best medieval-length hair ever?

Looking at the new character posters for Your Highness, I was struck most by how surprisingly hot James Franco’s hair looks at that length. It’s the perfect volume: More than he had in Pineapple Express, less than he had in Tristan + Isolde. Well done.

I’d need to see the film before making such a bold statement as this, but I’m thinking this could be the best medieval-length hair in cinema history. Or perhaps it’s just a tie between Franco and Viggo Mortensen on a good day in the Lord of the Rings trilogy. I’m open to a debate.

See the new posters feature Your Highness‘ costars Natalie Portman and Danny McBride below. READ FULL STORY

Oscar Hosts: Did James Franco and Anne Hathaway do a good job?

franco-hathawayImage Credit: A.M.P.A.S.For 20 years, the Oscars were hosted by comedians, and most of those comedians were Billy Crystal. The awards shook up that format in the last couple of years, first getting song-and-dance-and-everything man Hugh Jackman to host in 2009, then pairing funnyman Steve Martin with actor Alec Baldwin in 2010. Last night’s Oscars featured the biggest departure from formula, with emphasis-on-young actors James Franco and Anne Hathaway MC-ing the ceremony. The hosts clearly decided to go for an Odd Couple-ish chemistry, with Franco looking very reserved while Hathaway redefined bubbly. EW’s Ken Tucker thought they were marvelous — check out his full review of the telecast — but how do you think they did? Vote in our poll after the jump, and then tell us your thoughts on the pair in the comment boards! READ FULL STORY

Oscar Twitter stats: James Franco feels the online love/wrath

James Franco may not have won the Best Actor Oscar, or the hearts of Oscar watchers (save our Ken Tucker), but according to Tweetbeat, which tracks the most talked about things on Twitter, he was by far the most tweeted about personality during last night’s Academy Awards. Of the estimated 400,000 Oscar-related tweets logged — half as many as the Super Bowl — 21,117 of them involved the actor/cohost. Anne Hathaway was the second most mentioned person with 14,530 tweets — though users were kinder to her than Franco. See the full Top 10 list below, along with other fun stats such as: the Top 3 most tweeted designers during the red carpet, the moments that caused “unexpected spikes of tweets” (hello, Melissa Leo!), which films were referenced the most (and whether those sentiments were positive or negative), and who Kirk Douglas bested… READ FULL STORY

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