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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

First look at Zach Braff (and company) in Woody Allen's 'Bullets Over Broadway' musical -- EXCLUSIVE

Woody Allen’s beloved 1994 crime-comedy caper Bullets Over Broadway is making the big leap to the real Broadway stage in a world premiere musical, helmed by five-time Tony winner Susan Stroman (The Producers).

Here’s why you ought to be excited: Stroman has enlisted a truly dazzling cast of stage veterans to join Scrubs alum Zach Braff in his Broadway debut. Braff plays David Shayne, a naïve playwright who finds himself embroiled with the mob when a gangster’s talentless girlfriend (Masters of Sex’s Heléne Yorke) tramples into the cast of his Broadway show. Joining the onstage fun are Marin Mazzie as the alcoholic Helen Sinclair, Brooks Ashmanskas as gluttonous leading man Warner Purcell, Nick Cordero as interfering gangster Cheech, Vincent Pastore as deep-pocketed mafioso Nick Valenti, Lenny Wolpe as producer Julian Marx, and Betsy Wolfe as David’s neglected girlfriend Ellen.

EW’s got the first exclusive photo of the cast all spiffed up in full costume (designed by Tony-winner William Ivey Long, no less) plus your sneak peek at video from behind the scenes of the glitzy photo shoot, introduced by Braff. One thing is quickly apparent: Bullets Over Broadway will have no shortage of the old school glamour that made Allen’s much-loved movie such a visual treat.

Zach Braff helps out in adorable proposal -- VIDEO


In between his busy schedule of funding films with Kickstarter and preparing for a role on Broadway, former Scrubs star Zach Braff took some time to help a fan propose to his girlfriend.

While some people orchestrate epic productions or choreographed lip-dubs, singer-songwriter Matt Hulbert went a different route. Hulbert had his girlfriend Janice sit in front of a computer to watch a homemade video he made with some family and friends — with a special appearance from Braff.

I don’t want to give too much away, but let’s just say that Hulbert pretty much nails the whole proposal thing. Check it out below:

Zach Braff to headline Broadway's 'Bullets Over Broadway' musical this spring

Don’t speak! Better yet, sing! Which is precisely what Scrubs and Garden State star Zach Braff will be doing as the male lead in Woody Allen’s musical adaptation of his hit 1994 comedy Bullets Over Broadway, marking Mr. Braff’s Broadway debut.

The production, about a young 1920s playwright (Braff) struggling to keep sane amidst a cavalcade of temperamental actors, gangsters and producers all giving their two cents on his first major production, will also feature theater vets Betsy Wolfe (The Last Five Years), Brooks Ashmanskas (Martin Short’s Fame Becomes Me), Lenny Wolpe (The Drowsy Chaperone), Hélene Yorke (Grease) and The Sopranos’ Vincent Pastore (in the Chazz Palminteri role one would have to guess). No word yet on who will play the role of Helen Sinclair, the boozy grande dame role that won Dianne Wiest her second Academy Award ,but whoever it is, you can certainly count on a Tony nomination for the lucky individual next year.

Kickstarter: The Backlash begins

Among the projects that have recently launched campaigns on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter are an animated short called Samurai Chinchilla, a low-budget zombie film called I Am Alone, and a short film called Necrophilia: A Love Story, which is about exactly what it sounds like. But odds are you haven’t heard of any of those. What you probably have heard is that actor Zach Braff—inspired by the wildly successful Kickstarter campaign to fund a Veronica Mars movie—just raised nearly $2.5 million on the site in a few days to direct a follow-up to his 2004 movie, Garden State, titled Wish I Was Here. Such is the power of celebrity. READ FULL STORY

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