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.
James Franco is not happy with Oscar writer Bruce Vilanch, and he's making it well-known via Twitter. Franco tweeted "Bruce, he let me down" in addition to a photo of the two men with the following words scribbled on it:
"James fu**ed up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy. I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!"
The war of words began after Vilanch said the following to New York Magazine ... criticizing Franco's hosting performance:
"I don't think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of ... I don't know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But 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. A funny thing happened ... ' Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories."
The 32-year-old actor is currently studying for a PhD in English at Yale, and also taking classes at the Rhode Island School of Design.
Co-host James Franco didn't bring his A-game to the Oscars last night, and when it came time to attend his own after party, he completely bailed!
Seth Rogen, Kevin Spacey and several other stars showed up to his bash at the Supper Club, and Us Weekly reports that Franco didn't even bother dropping by to say hello! The actor boarded an plane to NYC immediately after the ceremony, and he even had the audacity to post pictures from the airport on his Twitter page with the caption, "It was fun! Have to be back to class."
And we weren't the only ones who thought Franco totally failed as a host! Of his totally uninspired job, The Hollywood Reporter remarked, "The 83rd Annual Academy Awards will likely be remembered as the night James Franco couldn't act like a host...Anne Hathaway at least tried to sing and dance and preen along to the goings on, but Franco seemed distant, uninterested and content to keep his Cheshire-cat-meets-smug smile on display throughout."
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