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'The Interview' Released To Theaters & Video On Demand

December 26th, 2014 1:29pm EST
The Interview
Sony Pictures' controversial comedy "The Interview" was released in a number of theaters on Christmas Day and was made available to stream or download via Video on Demand services on YouTube, Google Play, Xbox Video and Sony's website -- and North Korea didn't attack us.

The movie stars James Franco and Seth Rogen as a couple of smalltime talk-show hosts who land an interview with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and are tasked with "taking him out" by the CIA before their trip to the communist nation.

The North Korean government denounced the film, and shortly after Sony was hacked and ...
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Sony To Release The Interview To Select Theaters Dec. 25; On Demand To Follow

December 23rd, 2014 6:08pm EST
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Sony Pictures has announced that it will release The Interview in a limited number of theaters on Christmas Day, defying the demands of hackers, who call themselves the Guardians of Peace, who broke into the company's network last month and began releasing some of the over 40 terabytes of information they stole.

Following the release of sensitive emails and threats of "9/11-style" attacks on theaters showing the film, Sony backed down and canceled the film's Dec. 18 premiere in New York City, followed shortly after by the cancellation of the release entirely.

The FBI confirmed that the cy...
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Sony IS Going to Release 'The Interview!'

December 22nd, 2014 8:41am EST
Nevermind! Sony IS Going to Release 'The Interview!'
Maybe it was the public bitchslap by President Obama. Or maybe the one from Sean Penn ("we make our nightmares real" are some very apocalyptic words).

But whatever it was that lit a fire under Sony, the change has been made- a representative for the studio has stated officially that "The Interview" will see a release.

Some kind of release, anyway.

On Sunday's "Meet the Press" (via The Hollywood Reporter), Sony lawyer David Boies spoke officially on whether Sony had axed all present and future plans to let audiences see "The Interview."

"Sony only delayed this," Boies revealed on the pro...
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President Obama Screws Up James Franco's Name

December 20th, 2014 9:01am EST
President Obama Has Travolta Moment, Calls James Franco 'James F
President Obama pulled a John Travolta on Friday and mispronounced actor James Franco's name during a speech.

The U.S. leader accidentally referred to "The Interview" star as Joe Flacco, the quarterback of the Baltimore Ravens.

While criticizing Sony Pictures for canceling the release of its film, he commented: “It says something interesting about North Korea that they decided to have the state come out with an all-out attack because of a satirical movie starring Seth Rogen and James Flacco.”

He added, “I love Seth and James.”

Franco stars in the film; however, Flacco responded to the m...
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Sony Receives More Threats Over 'The Interview'

December 19th, 2014 6:52pm EST
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Now that Sony Pictures has given in to the demands of the "Guardians of Peace" and canceled the release of Seth Rogen/James Franco comedy "The Interview," the cyberterrorist group has threatened the company once again, this time demanding that Sony basically destroy everything related to the film.

A new message from the group warns that more private emails and other sensitive materials obtained in their hack of nearly 40 terabytes of data from the company will be made public if Sony doesn't comply. That means no Blu-ray/DVD release, pulling all the trailers for the film from sites like You...
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How Will North Korea React To Texas Theater Showing 'Team America: World Police'?

December 18th, 2014 3:19pm EST
Texas Movie Theater To Show 'Team America: World Police' Instead
UPDATE: "Team America World Police" was set to run in several theaters in place of the now canceled "The Interview"; but, unfortunately, Paramount pictures has put the kibosh on that and pulled the film.

The cyberterrorists have won.

"America, f--k yeah!" That's what a movie theater in Richardson, Texas, has to say about Sony Pictures' cancellatoin of the Dec. 25 opening of "The Interview" amidst terrorist threats, so instead Dallas/Fort Worth area moviegoers will get a free showing of Paramount's 2004 comedy "Team America World Police." Take that, North Korea!

Hackers believed to be...
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Sony Gives In To Terrorist Threats, Cancels 'The Interview'

December 17th, 2014 9:11pm EST
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Executives at Sony Pictures have officially canceled the release of James Franco and Seth Rogen's controversial comedy The Interview over threats of terrorism.

The movie studio received a message on Tuesday saying that if the film wasn't pulled from theaters there would be 9/11-style terrorist attacks on theaters that were running the film.

Although the United States Department of Homeland Security dismissed the threats as not credible, Sony first canceled the New York City premiere of the film, scheduled for Thursday night, and Rogen and Franco pulled out of all promotional appearances i...
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Hackers Threaten 9/11-Style Attacks Over 'The Interview'

December 16th, 2014 9:56pm EST
Sony Hackers Threaten 9/11-Style Attacks On Movie Theaters That
UPDATE: The New York City premiere of the film, planned for Thursday night, has been canceled amid the threats from the "Guardians of Peace."

The hacking group calling themselves Guardians of Peace have issued a new warning over the upcoming James Franco/Seth Rogen film "The Interview," threatening that "the world will be full of fear" if Sony Pictures releases the film as scheduled on Christmas Day.

The group promised a "Christmas gift" over the weekend and have now revealed that the "gift" will invoke terror on the scale of September 11, 2001.

The Guardians of Peace have warned m...
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From Nude Photo Leaks To Murder-For-Hire: Top Celebrity Scandals Of 2014

December 5th, 2014 3:55pm EST
Top 10 Celebrity Scandals Of 2014
It's that time of year again. We're looking back at the past 12 months and analyzing the biggest celebrity scandals of 2014. Not all of the following stars were caught for bad behavior - some were victims of terrible crimes.

1) One of the most shocking scandals of the year has to be the ongoing sexual assault allegations against Bill Cosby. Nearly 20 women have came forward (so far), claiming the former "Cosby Show" star sexually assaulted them, with more than half saying he drugged them in the process.

Cosby has never been convicted of sexual assault and has declined to discuss the alle...
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How Much Did Rogen & Franco Make For 'The Interview'?

December 4th, 2014 6:19pm EST
Seth Rogen & James Franco's 'Interview' Salaries Leaked By Hacke
Hackers who targeted Sony Pictures have revealed Seth Rogen and James Franco's salaries for making "The Interview." The pair earned $6.5 million and $8.4 million, respectively, according to Bloomberg.

On a side note, Britney Spears' ex-husband Kevin Federline, who makes a cameo in the film, took home $5,000 for his work on the comedy. The leaked documents also include $250 alotted for a "table of weed, coke, pills and panties."

The hackers call themselves "The Guardians of the Peace" and began attacking Sony Pictures late last month, leaking watermarked copies of "Fury" and "Annie." The g...
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James Franco And Seth Rogen Nude On Instagram!

October 6th, 2014 11:55am EDT
James Franco And Seth Rogen Nude On Instagram!
Actor James Franco loves to be nude. He also loves to hang out with buddy Seth Rogen. Put those two together and you have the latest in a series of posts from the actors where they almost show their stuff to the world. You can see the series of photos on Franco's Instagram account.

Franco and Rogan's latest stunt involved a series of photos of the duo cavorting in the wild, with a comment from Franco that reads,"See if me and seth can make it, NAKED and AFRAID!!!! Wtf?! You'll see........"

The two buddies are notorious for pushing boundaries. One of their favorite targets has been Kanye...
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James Franco Debuts His Creepy Bald & Tattooed Head At The Venice Film Festival

September 5th, 2014 5:46pm EDT
James Franco Debuts His Creepy Bald & Tattooed Head At The Venic
Some guys look sexy with bald heads. And then there's James Franco. The actor walked the red carpet at the Venice Film Festival on Friday with a clean shaven head emblazoned on the back with a fake tattoo of Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Cliff.

Franco shaved his locks for the upcoming film "Zeroville," which centers on a man named Vikar who is obsessed with film.

The actor is in Italy for "The Sound and the Fury," which he directed and is screening at the famous festival. He received the "Glory to the Filmmaker Award" by festival organizers.

He posted a collage of his new look whil...
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Going Blonde!

August 12th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
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James Franco is showing off his new blonde hair, which he received in preparation for a role as former gay rights activist Michael Glatze. Check it out below.

"That late 90s bleached look," Franco wrote alongside a photo he posted on Instagram with his lighter hair. Franco will play the lead role in Gus Van Sant's Michael, about Young Gay America magazine co-founder Michael Glatze.

In 2007, Glatze made headlines for revealing he had become straight. In an editorial on WND, he wrote in part, "Homosexuality, delivered to young minds, is by its very nature pornographic. It destroys impress...
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Christmas In North Korea

August 8th, 2014 12:39pm EDT
The Interview
All the free publicity given to upcoming comedy The Interview has apparently made it popular enough to get a Christmas release.

The film, originally slated for an October 10 release, will instead hit theaters on Christmas Day, according to a press release. There it will face fierce holiday competition, including R-rated comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2 and Disney's ensemble musical Into the Woods.

Rory Bruer, Sony president of worldwide distribution, said in a statement, "The combination of Seth, Evan and James is pure comedic magic. In our early screenings of The Interview, we’ve seen tha...
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How Would You Describe 'Castaway' In One Second?

July 29th, 2014 11:38am EDT
James Franco Tries To Describe 'Castaway' In One Second On 'Toni
James Franco and Jimmy Fallon are very competitive guys, so when Jimmy invited James onto The Tonight Show he had to make him play a game.

James immediately questioned the host's trustworthiness when Jimmy described "5-Second Summaries," during which one of them will try to describe a movie in five seconds without using a word in the title. "Don't.. not guess just because you want to win," Franco said, "... because you beat me last time with the skee-ball thing. I don't want to lose again." Back in 2011, when Jimmy hosted Late Night, he and James played life-sized skee-ball with the audien...
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James Franco Congratulates Little Brother On 'Dating' Zac Efron In Instagram Photo

July 27th, 2014 10:45am EDT
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James Franco pranked his younger brother Dave by posting a phony photo on his Instagram account suggesting the 29-year-old actor is in a relationship with Hollywood heartthrob Zac Efron.

The This Is The End star uploaded an image of a bogus article from a gossip website with the headline 'Zac Efron Dating Neighbors Co-Star Dave Franco'.

The elder Franco captioned the image, "Effron and My brother, dating!!!!!! Congrats, boys! I'm so happy for you!!!"

The fake photo was taken from a fan's Instagram account and had been augmented to look like a real gossip article.

Dave Franco recently st...
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The 5 Best Kanye West Parodies Of All Time

June 27th, 2014 12:30pm EDT
kanye west kim kardashian parody
Kanye West is bigger than ever. Kanye made his big break when he produced and lent his vocals to Jay-Z's 2001 album The Blueprint, but for many he exploded onto the scene with his debut album The College Dropout in 2003.

Since then he has become one of the best selling artists of all time, racking up 21 million albums sold worldwide. This, one top of the 21 Grammy Awards he has won, makes him a force to be reckoned with in the music world. But even huge artists like Kanye West aren't free from parody. Here are the 5 best Kanye West Parodies of all time.

South Park- Fishsticks

It goes ...
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Kim Jong Un Officially Condemns James Franco And Seth Rogen For 'The Interview' (But He's Going To Watch It Anyway)

June 23rd, 2014 12:00pm EDT
Kim Jong Un Officially Condemns James Franco And Seth Rogen For
That's right folks - the supreme leader of the glorious "People's" Republic of North Korea is officially angry with the two stars behind the upcoming action-comedy The Interview.

Kim Jong-un has been the butt of many, many jokes since his father Kim Jong-il passed away. In fact, with all the emerging horror stories coming out of escaped 'citizens' (more like prisoners) the entire country has quickly become a very sad political joke and a blemish on southeast Asia in general.

But leave it to Hollywood to turn what might be considered a serious problem into a comedy. And there are few actor...
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James Franco And Seth Rogen Try To Kill Kim Jong Un In 'The Interview' Trailer

June 12th, 2014 1:00pm EDT
The Interview
It must have been pretty easy to sell this film to movie studios. "James Franco and Seth Rogen head to North Korea to assassinate Kim Jong Un. Hilarity ensues." Now we have our first peek at the upcoming comedy The Interview thanks to a new trailer.

The Interview follows Dave Skylark (James Franco), who hosts a tabloid TV show Skylark Tonight. When he is informed North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un watches his show, he lands an interview with Kim and is subsequently drafted by the CIA to assassinate him. Now Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapoport (Seth Rogen) are left with high tech gadgets...
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James Franco Writes Short Story About Not Sleeping With Lindsay Lohan

June 10th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
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James Franco has written a fictionalized short story describing the night he turned down Lindsay Lohan when she tried to have sex with him.

Back in May, Franco was forced to deny allegations he had sex with Lohan after a list of men written by the actress leaked to press. Many believe the list kept track of Lohan's sexual conquests, and Franco was on it.

Franco told Howard Stern at the time, "I don't know what to say other than we were at this hotel during a very dark period of her history and I think she liked, it seemed pretty damn clear that she liked me. She even broke into my room on...
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James Franco On Revealing Photos: 'It's What The People Want'

May 9th, 2014 4:03pm EDT
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James Franco has defended himself against critics of his revealing Instagram photos, explaining the pictures are "for my fans."

Franco was Late Show with David Letterman last night when the topic came up of a recent photo he uploaded. The picture featured Franco in his bathroom with his hand down the front of his underwear.

"To me it's just a fun thing. You know, it's something I don't put a lot of thought into," he explained. "But it gets a lot of attention, I have a lot of followers."

After showing the photo of Franco revealing himself, Letterman said, "James, honest to God, why?... ...
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Do These Hollywood Actors Look Better Or Worse With Facial Hair?

May 7th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Do These Hollywood Actors Look Better Or Worse With Facial Hair?
Facial hair can make a man look sophisticated or like a slob. Charming or a creep. Dozens of A-list actors in Hollywood have tried a beard on for size, so tell us – do these guys look better or worse with their facial hair?

For Argo, Ben Affleck made like a hockey player and kept a beard for "the playoffs," AKA awards season. He shaved it off at an Oscars after-party when his film won Best Picture.

George Clooney, like Ben Affleck, grew a "producer beard" while Argo was striving for awards. He also rocked just a moustache for a bit, but for the last year or so he's been clean-shav...
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James Franco Shares Risque, Semi-Nude Photo On Instagram

May 2nd, 2014 9:01pm EDT
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James Franco shared a very racy photo of himself on Instagram Thursday evening, but he quickly deleted the image after being criticized over it.

Despite the take-down, the image still spread around the internet like www wildfire, and you can check it out on the next page (because it's kinda nsfw).

In the suggestive shot, Franco stands before a mirror holding his iPhone up while sweaty and in his underwear. The front of his boxer briefs is pulled down and his hand covers part of his manhood.

The actor has been known to take lots of selfies and post them to instagram, including several shi...
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James Franco: 'I Have Never Had Sex With Lindsay Lohan'

May 1st, 2014 3:00pm EDT
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James Franco admits he once kissed Lindsay Lohan, but he vehemently denies sleeping with the actress despite being included on a list of her sexual conquests.

Back in March, In Touch Weekly published a handwritten list of Lohan's 36 lovers, many of whom are well-known celebrities.

During an interview with Howard Stern, Franco described an incident with Lohan several years ago, but says she's "delusional" when it comes to who she had sex with.

The actor said: "I don't know what to say other than we were at this hotel during a very dark period of her history and I think she liked, it seeme...
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James Franco Paints Seth Rogen Naked, Shares Them Online

April 24th, 2014 6:00pm EDT
James Franco & Seth Rogen
Is James Franco and Seth Rogen's bromance going a little too far? Franco has a new artistic endeavour, and his muse is his "Pineapple Express" co-star.

Franco has depicted Rogen in a series of nude paintings. He shared a few on Twitter, writing: "Seth Rogen nude paintings - get ready!!! Theyre coming!!!"

The images show Rogen stretched out naked on a bed with the words "Big Bear" and kneeling over as he looks through his legs with the caption "Seth At Play." Over 40,000 people have "liked" the image.

Last November, the pals filmed a spoof of Kanye's West's "Bound 2" music video, which de...
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Tribeca Film Festival Picks: James Franco's 'Palo Alto' And 'Electric Slide'

April 24th, 2014 11:05am EDT
Tribeca Film Festival Picks: James Franco's 'Palo Alto' And 'Ele
Tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival sees the long-awaited premiere of James Franco's Palo Alto, as well as Electric Slide, an L.A. send up about a real life bank robber who did it with style. You can check out my Starpulse reviews below:

Palo Alto - 6pm, SVA Theatre

The answer to James Franco’s recent internet hoax that went viral is finally upon us, and that answer is tonight’s premiere of Palo Alto, a film based on a book by Franco of the same name. Suburban, middle-class California teenagers coming of age . . . you know what you’re getting: some pretty faces, a lot of drinking, ill-a...
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James Franco Calls Theater Critic A 'Little Bitch' Following Review

April 17th, 2014 7:35pm EDT
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James Franco wasn't afraid to tell New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley how he felt about his review.

Brantley gave Franco's Broadway performance in Of Mice and Men three-and-a-half stars out of five, saying Franco is "often understated to the point of near invisibility" and is "begging for a camera's close up."

Franco took to Instagram to share his disapproval of the review, posting a link to a positive piece from Variety and writing, "Sadly Ben Brantley and the NYT have embarrassed themselves. Brantley is such a little bitch he should be working for Gawker.com instead of the pap...
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10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Education

April 5th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
10 Celebrity Brainiacs Whose Careers Took A Backseat To Educatio
Who says you can't have the best of both worlds? Tell that to this fine group of celebrities, who took a leap of faith and followed their hearts towards their college campus of choice. While some did not finish, the tenacity to try and further their education in an industry where many choose another path is commendable.

The following 10 celebrities did just that, and had many different ways to achieve their goals. We also gave honors to the celebrities that had a resume of outstanding academic achievement - so keep an eye out for our praiseworthy (but completely arbitrary) Latin honors!

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Rumor Patrol: James Franco's Viral Stunt, David Letterman's Replacement, More

April 5th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
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You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

James Franco's Viral Stunt: As you have probably heard by now, Franco is embroiled in a scandal after he allegedly sent texts to a teenage girl who was visiting New York with her parents. However, many believe the whole story is a stunt to draw attention to his independent project Palo Alto, which follows a man in an relationship with a younger girl.

Verdict: False. Unfortunately for Franco, we really ...
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James Franco Says He 'Used Bad Judgment' When Hitting On 17-Year-Old Online

April 4th, 2014 9:29pm EDT
James Franco Says He 'Used Bad Judgment' When Hitting On 17-Year
Actor James Franco is embarrassed for hitting on a teenage girl online and blames "bad judgment" for his actions. The star tried to arrange a rendezvous in a hotel room with 17-year-old Scottish tourist Lucy Clode, and she posted the conversation from her phone on Instagram.

At one point, Franco asked: "How long will you be in New York? You're 18? Who are you with? You have a bf?" She answered, "Nearly 18, my mum and not if you're around."

The pair met after he performed in a Broadway play in New York City. They connected later through the photo sharing website.

The media pounced on t...
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