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

4/5/2014 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 ...

James Franco Says He 'Used Bad Judgment' When Hitting On 17-Year-Old Online

4/4/2014 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...

Shining Stars And Falling Stars: David Letterman And James Franco

4/4/2014 1:00pm EDT
Shining Stars And Falling Stars: David Letterman And James Franc
Shining Star: David Letterman - Dave has just announced that his retiring from his CBS show "Late Show With David Letterman" in 2015. The man is 66-years-old and has been a late night television staple for 33 years (including 2015). He has been quite a gem among a sea of late night hosts and will be missed.

Watch his "Late Show" announcement below:

Kudos to David Letterman for putting in such a long tenure at CBS being a great late night host. This guy is so cool that he has a guy parody him on the "Howard Stern Show" called "Evil Dave." That guy seriously does an excellent impres...

James Franco Posts Bizarre Images After Teen Scandal - Is It All A Ruse?

4/4/2014 7:52am EDT
James Franco Posts Bizarre Images After Teen Scandal - Is It All
James Franco made headlines on Thursday for allegedly trying to arrange a rendezvous in a hotel room with a 17-year-old girl. Then he posted some strange images on Instagram, and some are wondering whether his actions are a twisted promotion for his upcoming film "Palo Alto," which centers on a soccer coach who seduces his 14-year-old babysitter.

Earlier this week, a girl named Lucy took a photo of herself with the actor as he signed autographs in New York and asked him over Instagram to tag her in the photo. That's when, the teen claims, Franco began to hit on her.

The teen took screen s...

James Franco Allegedly Hit On A 17-Year-Old, Tried To Get Her Hotel Room Number

4/3/2014 6:03pm EDT
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A 17-year-old Scottish tourist has claimed James Franco tried to arrange a rendezvous in her hotel room and released a series of screen shots from her phone.

A girl named Lucy took a photo of herself with the actor as he signed autographs in New York and asked him over Instagram to tag her in the photo. That's when, the teen alleges, Franco began to hit on her.

In a series of images uploaded to the site Imgur and have since been removed (but saved by GossipCop), Lucy apparently took screen shots of the messages between her and Franco through Instagram. After surprising her by saying hello...

Shining Stars And Falling Stars: James Franco And Kris Jenner

3/28/2014 9:00am EDT
Shining Stars And Falling Stars: James Franco And Kris Jenner
Shining Star: James Franco - James didn't exactly attack Lindsay Lohan for releasing her list of 36 men of whom she had sex, but he took his time to come up with something nicer to say about the situation. While some men may have expressed happiness to be included in such a list, James took the high road and denied any involvement with the troubled actress. For that, we must commend him. If it were anyone else, we're guessing that the words "STD test" and "firecrotch" would've been thrown around.

Falling Star: Kris Jenner - Kris claims that she is being extorted over a sex tape st...

James Franco: I Didn't Sleep With Lindsay Lohan

3/27/2014 8:05pm EDT
James Franco: I Didn't Sleep With Lindsay Lohan
James Franco has called Lindsay Lohan a "liar" for allegedly including him on a list of famous men she's slept with.

Franco was chatting with Los Angeles magazine about his poetry book Directing Herbert White, which includes passages about Hollywood and several celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan.

When asked if he had heard from any celebrities included in his work, Franco said, "I didn't write anything bad about them. And Lindsay herself has told lies about me with her people-she's-slept-with list! So I feel like what I said is much less than what she's said."

It's worth noting that th...

See Seth Rogen's Hilarious Spoof Of Kim Kardashian's Vogue Cover!

3/22/2014 5:00pm EDT
See Seth Rogen's Hilarious Spoof Of Kim Kardashian's Vogue Cover
Seth Rogen is known for mocking his fellow celebrities, and his latest target is Kim Kardashian.

The reality star landed a coveted spot on the cover of the April issue of Vogue (where she's being embraced by rapper fiance Kanye West), and Rogen put his own twist on the picture.

"It had to be done," Rogen tweeted early Saturday morning. The funnyman photoshopped his head on Kardashian's body and put his buddy James Franco's mug on West's body.

This isn't the first time Rogen has taken a shot at the famous couple. Last fall he poked fun of the pair after they appeared in the music video "B...

19 Stars That Don't Mind Getting Naked For Roles

3/12/2014 10:00am EDT
19 Stars That Don't Mind Getting Naked For Roles
One of the greatest dilemmas in becoming an actor or actress is the value in taking your clothing off for a role. Many have clauses in their contracts that state they will not ever do a nude scene (Julia Roberts uses body doubles when a role calls for her to take it all off, and has said, "It's just not my thing.") Still, for as many thespians who will not take it all off, there are just as many who will, and have willfully. Following, in no particular order, are 19 stars that don't mind getting naked for roles.

1. Amy Adams

Although Amy Adams has been in various stages of undress in the ...

James Franco Understands Shia LaBeouf's Actions, Hopes It Is 'Nothing Serious'

2/20/2014 5:03pm EST
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James Franco has written an essay about fellow actor Shia LaBeouf, explaining the Transformers star's recent actions may be an attempt for him to "reclaim his public persona."

In case you need to be caught up, LaBeouf was criticized for the striking similarities between his short film "Howard" and a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. Since then, he has plagiarized apologies, re-posted legal documents sent to him by Clowes' attorneys, and wore a bag over his head emblazoned with the statement, "I am not famous anymore."

In a lengthy article published in The New York Times, Franco ...

Gia Coppola's Directorial Debut, 'Palo Alto'

2/4/2014 9:20pm EST
Gia Coppola's Directorial Debut, 'Palo Alto'
The release date for Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, Palo Alto, has been announced for May 9, 2014. The film stars a stellar cast, consisting of James Franco, Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, Chris Messina to name a few. The film is based on James Franco's short story collection.

Gia is the granddaughter of Academy Award winner Francis Ford Coppola. She is an actress known for All in for the 99% and Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse.

Here is the trailer showing teenage angst and the chaos that ensues.

James Franco Says Selfies Are 'Powerful'

12/28/2013 10:48am EST
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People love taking "selfies" (photographs of themselves) because they depict power, according to James Franco. Posting photos of oneself are particularly empowering for famous people, he told the New York Times.

"Attention is power. And if you are someone people are interested in, then the selfie provides something very powerful, from the most privileged perspective possible," the actor said.

Franco himself is fond of posting selfies.

Earlier this month he uploaded a photo of himself wrapped in just a towel and told his fans he's been trying to get a hard body. He captioned the picture o...

James Franco Bewildered By Brazen Imposter

11/24/2013 2:03pm EST
James Franco
James Franco recently came face-to-face with a European doppelganger who has been posing as the star at the Toronto Film Festival.

The 35 year-old actor had heard there was an imposter at the festival and was stunned when he met him at a party.

Franco explains, "All my friends had been there and they were like, 'Hey, we were at a party last night and we were hanging out with you, ha ha, and they'd send these pictures and it kinda looked like me in the background.

"The next night he was at the same party and... he was saying, 'I'm James'... He came over to me and I was like, 'What's up...

Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale & More Stars Sizzle At LACMA Art + Film Gala - See The Pics!

11/4/2013 2:00pm EST
Kate Hudson
Tons of celebrities stepped out to honor Martin Scorsese at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art + Film Gala on Saturday.

The filmmaker was recognized for helping the museum during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 and for his work on film restoration.

Several stars feted the guest of honor. Kate Hudson looked incredible in a cream colored Gucci gown with a silver sparkling plunging neckline. Kate Beckinsale also looked fab in a light blue, sequined strapless dress.

Leonardo DiCaprio posed with Scorsese, looking dapper in a navy blue suit.

Fergie showed off her post-baby...

James Franco, Nick Jonas Among Those At LAX During Shooting

11/1/2013 11:15pm EDT
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A few famous faces were among the passengers present at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Friday after a gunman opened fire at security officials inside a terminal.

At about 9:30 a.m. local time, an unidentified shooter targeted a Transport Security Administration (TSA) official at a Terminal 3 checkpoint.

Police evacuated the building and surrounding areas, and authorities grounded all flights while they sought the suspect, who was shot and reportedly killed shortly after officers conducted an airport-wide manhunt.

Actor James Franco was sitting on a plane on a runway during th...

'The Mindy Project' Season 2: 5 Spoilers You Need To Know

9/10/2013 2:42pm EDT
The Mindy Project
Last season the Fox freshman comedy, "The Mindy Project" became funniest and most relatable shows on television, thanks to star and exec producer, Mindy Kaling and its incredible cast.  The show ended with Mindy chopping off her hair and flitting off to Haiti with my favorite pastor.  The new season kicks off on Sept. 17 at 9:30pm EST on FOX, so here are five spoilers you need to know...

He put a ring on it.  In a genius parody of the climax of every rom-coms ever made, Mindy beckoned Pastor Casey (Anders Holm) outside his window, accepted his invitation to Haiti and they lived happily...

James Franco Responds To Gay Rumors: 'I Wish I Was Gay'

9/10/2013 8:26am EDT
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James Franco is entirely not bothered by rumors about his sexuality and even joked he wishes he liked men.

Referring to his recent comedy roast and the jabs thrown at him, Franco told The Daily Beast: "Great! Bring on the gay jokes! Because these aren't insults at all. I don't even care if people think I'm gay, so it was like, 'Awesome!' I mean, I wish I was ... I wish I was gay."

The 35 year-old, who is currently single, explained he finds it difficult to reconcile the public image of himself with his private life, but has accepted he is always going to be the subject of speculation.


James Franco Undergoes Roasting From His Hollywood Friends

8/26/2013 3:30pm EDT
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On Sunday night, Seth Rogen, Bill Hader and Jonah Hill led the vulgar tributes to their friend James Franco as the actor was 'roasted' in California.

The 35 year-old actor was the butt of all jokes at the Comedy Central Roast as his cronies mocked his film flops, his sexuality and his much-maligned co-hosting performance with Anne Hathaway at the 2011 Oscars.

Rogen, who served as master of ceremonies, held nothing back as he picked on his Pineapple Express co-star, quipping, "He once told me he worked for 36 hours straight, which I didn't believe. The straight part, of course."


James Franco Launching Weekly Art Show In November

8/22/2013 12:24pm EDT
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James Franco is set to return to the small screen this fall to host a new art show on cable TV network Ovation.

The actor, who is never short on work, will both executive produce and host "James Franco Presents", a weekly hour-long show that will "explore Art everywhere in our lives."

Franco teased the news on Monday and Tuesday via Instagram, with images of his face superimposed on classic masterpieces, including a revamp of the Mona Lisa a la Marcel Duchamp's L.H.O.O.Q. with the message "New TV Series about art Duuuh"; and a take on one of Vincent Van Gogh's self-portraits.

On Wednesda...

Blu-ray Review: 'Spring Breakers'

7/10/2013 10:00am EDT
Spring Breakers
Hot girls, hot times and...robbery?  We’re checking out the new to Blu-ray flick "Spring Breakers" out now from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.  The party gets reviewed below.



   Title: "Spring Breakers"

   Grade: 2

   Cast: James Franco, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Benson

   Director: Harmony Korine

   Rating: R

   Runtime: 94 minutes

   Release Company: Lionsgate Home Entertainment



The Flick: "Spring Breakers" writer/director Harmony Korine has always been a little off center.  From his controversial script for "Kids" to the oddnes...

James Franco Pokes Fun At Lindsay Lohan Hookup Rumors In New Comedy 'This Is The End'

6/14/2013 11:07am EDT
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James Franco once had a chance to hook up with troubled star Lindsay Lohan, but says he turned her down because she had "issues."

The two stars crossed paths at Los Angeles' celebrity hotspot Chateau Marmont, where Lohan had been living and Franco was staying while his home was being renovated.

During an interview with Sirius radio shock jock Howard Stern in March, the Oz The Great and Powerful star revealed that nothing happened between the two, despite advances from Lohan.

"She was having issues even then, so you feel weird," Franco said. "Honestly, she was a friend. I've met a lot of ...

James Franco Recreates Hitchcock's 'Psycho' For London Exhibition

6/6/2013 5:38pm EDT
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James Franco has donned a blonde wig and a dress to pose as actress Janet Leigh from classic horror film Psycho for an upcoming exhibition in London.

The actor-turned-artist, who now shows his artwork around the world, is preparing to make his gallery debut in Britain. this month and he has revealed the multimedia exhibition will be themed around Alfred Hitchcock's famous 1960 thriller.

Franco has recreated the iconic Bates Motel neon sign, and shows footage from the Hitchcock classic as part of a creepy installation, and he has even dressed up as Janet Leigh to recreate scenes from the...

'As I Lay Dying' Trailer: James Franco Attempts To Film The Un-Filmable

5/15/2013 3:37pm EDT
James Franco
The first trailer for James Franco's adaptation of William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying" has arrived, and the swirling, punctuated scenes may explain why it has taken 80 years for someone to attempt to adapt the classic story.

Faulkner's story follows the death of Addie Bundren and her family's odyssey to honor her wish of burying her in the town of Jefferson, Mississippi. The difficulty in telling this story on screen is that Faulkner wrote it through the view of 15 different characters over 59 chapters, using his "stream of consciousness" technique: each character appears to be jotting dow...

David Letterman Banned 'Spring Breakers' Director From 'Late Show'

3/27/2013 2:07pm EDT
Spring Breakers
David Letterman hasn't banned many people from appearing on his talk show, but that's what he was forced to do when he witnessed what Spring Breakers' director Harmony Korine was doing backstage.

While talking to Spring Breakers star James Franco, the actor revealed that Korine had been on the show to promote his previous works and was listed for a fourth appearance, only to be bumped from the show. Franco had heard that Korine "pushed" Meryl Streep backstage and was kicked off the show.

"Harmony is a very sane guy now -- a great artist and great person to work with. But I think he had a ...

James Franco Tells Howard Stern He Turned Down 'Friend' Lindsay Lohan

3/26/2013 1:47pm EDT
Lindsay Lohan & James Franco
James Franco has admitted he rejected Lindsay Lohan's romantic advances a few years ago because he was concerned about the actress and feared she was "having issues."
During a recent interview with radio host Howard Stern, Franco opened up about their friendship, revealing they got to know each other while they were both staying at Los Angeles' Chateau Marmont Hotel.
Stern pressed Franco about the details, asking him, "You turned down sex with Lindsay Lohan, didn't you?"

Franco answered: "Oh, gosh. Poor Lindsay. I haven't talked to her in a while... We were friends... I met her through...

James Franco Reveals He Made A Sex Tape With Marla Sokoloff

3/26/2013 12:32pm EDT
James Franco Marla Sokoloff
James Franco has revealed the sex tape he made as a teenager was with actress Marla Sokoloff.

The Spring Breakers star has previously admitted making a saucy bedroom film when he was a young man, and he has now confirmed the other participant was former The Practice star Sokoloff.

Franco dated Sokoloff for four years after they made 2000 movie Whatever It Takes together, and he insists their sex tape wasn't "made for public consumption."

He tells radio host Howard Stern, "It was with my girlfriend... She's an actress. She's married now... I'll say (her name) because it wasn't anything ...

James Franco Was Jealous Of 'Spider-Man' Co-Star Tobey Maguire, Had Crush On Kirsten Dunst

3/16/2013 8:02am EDT
Spider Man 3
Working on the set of "Spider-Man 3" was challenging for James Franco because he had a crush on Kirsten Dunst, who was dating their co-star Tobey Maguire.  Franco was also jealous of the attention Maguire received from director Sam Raimi.

In a new Playboy interview with Raimi, who was also his "Oz the Great & Powerful" director, Franco confronted the filmmaker for showering Maguire with attention and virtually ignoring him while making the 2007 film.

Franco also confesses he had feelings for leading lady Dunst.
He says, "I felt you gave Tobey Maguire so much attention during Spider-Man ...

8 Stars Attending SXSW

3/13/2013 2:20pm EDT
Selena Gomez
Starstruck? Find out which celebrities are attending the South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals March 8-17 in Austin, Texas. The SXSW features seven separate festivals including: music, film, interactive, gaming, trade show, music gear and flatstock. In 1987, only 700 people showed up. In 2013, 300,000 are expected to attend, generating $190 million in revenue for the city of Austin. Here's who you can expect to see if you're attending the event.

1. The Brave and Daring: Selena Gomez

Selena can do it all: act, sing, design clothing and enthrall us all with her charms. Beyond her p...

'Oz The Great And Powerful' Star James Franco Joins Walk Of Fame

3/8/2013 8:53am EST
James Franco
On Thursday, James Franco received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was honored with the 2,492nd sidewalk plaque at a special ceremony, where guest speakers included Seth Rogen and Franco's “Oz the Great and Powerful” director Sam Raimi.

Raimi joked about his leading man for his wide-ranging interests in writing, painting, acting and lecturing, saying, "Working with James over the years, I've learned many things about him. James is a teacher, a poet, a sculptor, an actor, a director, a writer, a producer, a basket weaver - the thing goes on and on for days! Seems like we're always ...

James Franco To Make Broadway Debut In 'Of Mice And Men'

3/7/2013 5:19pm EST
James Franco
Actor James Franco is set to make his Broadway debut in an upcoming adaptation of John Steinbeck's novel Of Mice And Men.

The Your Highness star will play intelligent field worker George Milton, who travels around California in search of work with his mentally disabled best friend, Lennie Small.

Franco announced the news during an appearance on The Colbert Report, but few other details were available as WENN went to press.

The multi-talented hunk was originally slated to make his stage debut opposite Nicole Kidman in a 2011 production of Sweet Bird of Youth, but the project never came...