Jose Angel Santana, a former New York University professor, claims he lost his job after teaching James Franco in his "Directing the Actor" class. The teacher has filed a lawsuit claiming he was "wrongfully terminated."
Santana tells the NY Post he has suffered "public humiliation" since giving Franco a "D." The professor gave the actor a "D" for skipping out on 12 of the 14 classes.
In the legal papers, it states, "In my opinion, they've turned the NYU graduate film degree into swag for James Franco's purposes, a possession, something you can buy."
Santana also claims this would never have happened if he were a caucasian professor.
NYU has denied any wrongdoing ... calling Santana's claims "ridiculous."
James Franco is addressing his poorly reviewed Oscar host performance in the latest issue of Playboy, and he slams the awards show's writers and producers.
"I said to the producer, 'I don't know why you hired me, because you haven't given me anything,'" he tells the magazine. "'I just don't think this stuff's going to be good.'"
Franco notes that his least favorite part of his hosting gig with Anne Hathaway was when he came out dressed as Marilyn Monroe. He says:
"I was so pissed about that I was deliberately going to fall onstage and hopefully my dress would fall off or something -- they couldn't blame that on me; I was in high heels. ... I just didn't want to fight anymore, even when they said, 'You'll come out as Marilyn Monroe. It'll be funny.' Me in drag is not funny ... I just didn't want to argue anymore."
Franco said the awards show literally felt like a sinking ship. "I felt kind of trapped in that material," he said. "I felt, This is not my boat. I'm just a passenger, but I'm going down and there's no way out."
James even said he tried to get other writers involved in the show.
"There were a lot of cooks [writers] who shouldn't have been cooking but were allowed to. There were some cooks my manager tried to bring in, like Judd Apatow, who wrote some very funny stuff that wasn't used."
James Franco is (once again) adding to his long list of career ventures -- a list which already includes Oscar-nominated actor, director, artist, master's degree holder and more. Now, he's a recording artist.
Franco is releasing an EP under the duo Kalup and Franco, which is him and Kalup Linzy, a video/performance artist who frequently performs in drag.
Franco invited Linzy to perform as part of his guest stint on General Hospital.
The EP comes out July 12 and features two songs: "Rising (Both Sides Now)" and "Turn It Up (So We Can Turn It Out)". The duo will music videos for each that will feature "surprise guest cameos."
Check out video of James performing Tina Turner's "Proud Mary" with Kalup in drag after the jump! It's just two Tina fans havin' a good time. Yowza!
James Franco is ready to take on human-like monkeys in the upcoming thriller Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
The Oscar host puts on his serious face as a scientist who finds a drug to help the brain repair itself, and of course, it's tested on an ape. However, a side effect of the drug is increased brain function .... which ultimately creates hundreds of angry, uber-intelligent apes. Looks pretty intense!
Find out when the apes invade theaters ... after the jump.
James Franco is in his third year of graduate school at NYU, and now the 32-year-old actor plans to put on his teaching hat.
The Oscar host has announced he'll be teaching a class on directing at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, according to the NY Post. The class will focus on adapting poetry into short films.
NYU's faculty member John Tintori tells the Post:
â€œHeâ€™s here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students. Heâ€™s incredibly prolific, and that comes from a real work ethic - and thatâ€™s another thing to impart to our students.â€
Find out how many students will be able to enroll ... after the jump.