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James Franco Hits Back At Oscar Writer Bruce Vilanch

Posted on Tue Mar 22, 2011 09:05 AM PDT


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.

Do you think Vilanch should have kept his mouth shut about Franco's performance?



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