James Franco

Film actor James Franco

James Edward Franco is an American actor, filmmaker, teacher, artist, and author. His first prominent role was a lead part on the short-lived cult hit television program Freaks and Geeks; he later achieved recognition for playing the titular character in the TV biographical film James Dean (2001), for which he was awarded a Golden Globe Award. He portrayed Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy.
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James Franco pulled from Vanity Fair issue
CNN - 26 days
James Franco has been erased from the cover of Vanity Fair's annual issue celebrating Hollywood and the Academy Awards.
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Why Did The Oscars Snub James Franco But Not Gary Oldman?
Huffington Post - 27 days
The folly is in thinking Hollywood could ever be anything but selective in its moral judgments.
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At Oscars time, let's snub the snubbing
Chicago Times - 28 days
Well, it’s Oscar season again, time to revel in what makes this award so special and exciting. Ladies and gentlemen, we present: The Snubs! James Franco was snubbed. (“James Franco Goes Surfing Day Before Oscar Snub,” TMZ reported.) “Wonder Woman” was snubbed. (A “major snub,” said Forbes.) Jessica...
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James Franco Wasn't Nominated for an Oscar. One of His Accusers Says We Still Need to Hold Him Accountable
Yahoo News - 29 days
She says she still wants an apology
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SAG Awards 2018: ‘Three Billboards’ Triumphs; #MeToo Gets Stage Time
NYTimes - 30 days
James Franco, who did attend, and Aziz Ansari, who didn’t, lost in their categories on a night when women’s empowerment was a theme.
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Scarlett Johansson Shades James Franco During Her Women's March Speech - UPROXX
Google News - about 1 month
UPROXX Scarlett Johansson Shades James Franco During Her Women's March Speech UPROXX The second, nationwide Women's March took place on Saturday amid the government shutdown and saw the return of Scarlett Johansson, who voiced support last year for Planned Parenthood, in Los Angeles. This year, the highest grossing actress of all time ... Scarlett Johansson Wants Her #TimesUp Pin Back From James FrancoW Magazine Scarlett Johansson Called Out James Franco During Her Women's March SpeechGlamour Scarlett Johansson Calls out James Franco in Women's March SpeechVanity Fair Los Angeles Times -India Today -Independent.ie -The Jerusalem Post all 23 news articles »
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James Franco will attend SAG Awards
CNN - about 1 month
James Franco is not shying away from this weekend's SAG Awards.
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The Carpetbagger: Why James Franco Could Easily Get a Best Actor Nomination
NYTimes - about 1 month
The star of “The Disaster Artist” faces accusations of sexually exploitative behavior, but the news broke after many academy members had already voted.
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Ashley Judd calls James Franco's sexual misconduct allegation response 'terrific' - USA TODAY
Google News - about 1 month
USA TODAY Ashley Judd calls James Franco's sexual misconduct allegation response 'terrific' USA TODAY James Franco's responses to his sexual misconduct allegations have not gone unnoticed by Ashley Judd. In an interview clip with HARDtalk's Stephen Sackur Friday, the actress and vocal supporter of the #MeToo movement praised Franco for being ... Ashley Judd Says James Franco's Response to Sexual Misconduct Allegations Was 'Terrific'Us Weekly Ashley Judd Praises James Franco For The Way He Handled His Sexual Misconduct AllegationsUPROXX Apparently, Oscar Voters Want To Take Their James Franco Votes BackRefinery29 Extra (blog) -LA Canyon News -HuffPost -Daily Mail all 52 news articles »
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Some Oscar voters are having a case of James Franco remorse
LATimes - about 1 month
“Can I change my vote?” That was the question several motion picture academy members were asking after five women accused actor James Franco of inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior in a Times investigation published Thursday. The allegations — two of which showed up on Twitter Sunday,...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of James Franco
    THIRTIES
  • 2015
    Age 36
    In September 2015, Franco announced he would be teaching an eight-part film class to high school students at Palo Alto High School.
    In 2015, Franco was cast in the lead role for the Hulu limited series 11.22.63 which is based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King.
    In April 2015, two of his projects, titled I Am Michael and True Story, were shown at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.
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    In July 2015, a former Gawker employee admitted on his Twitter account — in now deleted posts — that he was pressured to write a series of articles about "the Gay Rapist", and lead readers into believing the man was Franco.
    In a March 2015 interview with Four Two Nine magazine, Franco again opened up about his sexuality, commenting that it is not who you have sex with that defines your sexuality, but instead how you act. "In the twenties and thirties, they used to define homosexuality by how you acted and not by whom you slept with.
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    In 2015, Franco had an official Bar Mitzvah ceremony, presided over by a rabbi.
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    In other forms of media, a Chicago-based theater company, Under the Gun Theater, developed a show inspired by and titled after Franco. The 2015 production of Dear James Franco used, parodied and deconstructed letters penned to or by celebrities.
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    While working at the establishment, he would practice accents on customers, an experience he remembered nostalgically in a 2015 Washington Post editorial ("McDonald’s was there for me when no one else was").
  • 2014
    Age 35
    In June 2014, Franco performed in the BC/EFA benefit Broadway Bares
    In April 2014, Franco presented at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Easter Bonnet Competition with Leighton Meester and Chris O'Dowd, after raising donations at his Broadway show Of Mice and Men.
    He received unwelcome attention in April 2014 for trying to set a date with a 17-year-old girl from Scotland in New York (age of consent in New York is 17) via social media.
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    In April 2014, the literary publisher Graywolf Press issued Franco's first collection of poetry, Directing Herbert White.
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    In February 2014, Franco wrote an article in The New York Times in support of the metamodernist performance art of Shia LaBeouf, describing LaBeouf's project as one "in which a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona".
    In December, Franco starred in the controversial Sony comedy thriller, The Interview, a film which played a central role in the real world diplomatic relations between the United States and North Korea as they related to the 2014 Sony hacking incident.
    In February 2014, Franco was announced as the director and co-producer for The Masterpiece, the film adaptation of actor Greg Sestero's non-fiction book, The Disaster Artist, which talks about the making of the film The Room.
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    In 2014, he made his Broadway debut in Of Mice and Men.
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  • 2013
    Age 34
    A24 films began a campaign in September 2013 in support of a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for Franco's performance.
    Child of God was selected in official competition at the 70th Venice Film Festival, an official selection to the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and an official selection to the prestigious 51st New York Film Festival.
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    In April 2013, Franco received the Ally Award at the 15th annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival.
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    In March 2013, it was announced that Franco was set to make his 2014 Broadway stage debut in the role of George in a revival of John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men.
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  • 2011
    Age 32
    He confirmed their separation in an interview for Playboy magazine's August 2011 issue, saying that his interest in education got between them.
    After meeting on the set of Whatever It Takes, Franco dated co-star Marla Sokoloff for five years. He was later in a relationship with actress Ahna O'Reilly, until 2011.
    In a 2011 interview, he stated:
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    In April 2011, Franco autographed a T-shirt that would be auctioned off through the Yoshiki Foundation, with the proceeds being donated for Japanese tsunami relief.
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    On March 31, 2011, the actor took part in "An Evening with James Franco", a Washington D.C. dinner benefit for 826DC, a non-profit foundation created to help neighborhood students reach their goals, as well as provide after-school literature programs and workshops that encourage them to improve their writing skills.
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    In January 2011, at the Art of Elysium Heaven Gala in Los Angeles, Franco was honored for his work at the hospital, receiving the Spirit of Elysium accolade.
    He launched his first European art exhibition in 2011 at Peres Projects in Berlin.
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    It was announced in March 2011 that Franco will teach a fall semester course on modifying poetry into short films to ten to twelve third-year graduate film students at NYU.
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    The actor opted against watching the 2011 Academy Award nominees' being announced (where he was a top contender) in favor of attending class. "I'm not gonna miss class to go and presume that I'm going to be nominated, but if you want to bring out a camera crew to Yale and wait and see if I get nominated, I'd be happy to step out of class and say I'm very grateful", he commented.
    On January 26, 2011, Franco and the Harvard Lampoon released a satirical video on prominent comedy website Funny or Die mocking his last-minute cancellation.
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    On February 27, 2011, he and Anne Hathaway hosted the 83rd Academy Awards.
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    In January 2011, the actor screened his multimedia project entitled Three's Company The Drama, in which he merges video and art to update the former sitcom, at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.
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  • 2010
    Age 31
    In May 2010, he was cast to star in Rupert Wyatt's $93 million budgeted Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a reboot of the Planet of the Apes series which was released on August 5.
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    It was given a limited release starting on November 5, 2010. 127 Hours centered on Ralston trying to free his hand after it became trapped under a boulder in a ravine while canyoneering alone in Utah and resorting to desperate measures in order to survive, eventually amputating his arm.
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    On October 19, 2010, Scribner published a collection of short stories, Palo Alto, by Franco.
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    In June 2010, James Franco presented his first solo exhibition, "The Dangerous Book Four Boys", presented at The Clocktower Gallery in New York City.
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    Another of his short movies, The Clerk's Tale, was screened in competition at the Hamptons Film Festival at the end of 2010.
    His short films as director The Feast of Stephen and Herbert White were both presented within Maryland Film Festival in May 2010.
    In summer 2010, the fictional Franco from General Hospital held an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, while the real Franco held an exhibit at the museum based on his experiences on the soap opera.
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    Franco began 2010 by making an appearance on the sitcom 30 Rock where he played himself and carried on a fake romance with Jenna Maroney (Jane Krakowski) in a scheme concocted by their respective agents.
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  • 2009
    Age 30
    He was selected as the commencement speaker at his alma mater, UCLA, and was to speak at the ceremony on June 12, 2009.
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    In late 2009 he joined the cast of the daytime soap opera General Hospital on a recurring basis.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2008
    Age 29
    On September 20, 2008, he hosted the sketch comedy show Saturday Night Live (SNL), and a second time on December 19, 2009.
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    In 2008 he also appeared in two films by American artist Carter, exhibited at the Yvon Lambert gallery in Paris.
  • 2007
    Age 28
    Among his other 2007 projects were Good Time Max, which Franco wrote, directed and starred in.
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    Franco co-starred with Sienna Miller in the low-budget independent film Camille, a dark fantasy dramedy about a young newlywed couple and Interview, where he appears in a voice only role, both 2007 movies that were ignored by audiences and critics alike.
  • 2006
    Age 27
    Also in 2006, he made a cameo appearance in the romantic comedy The Holiday.
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    He then completed training for his Private Pilot Licence in preparation for his role in Flyboys, which was released in September 2006; the same month, Franco appeared briefly in The Wicker Man, the remake of the seminal horror film.
    In 2006, Franco co-starred with Tyrese Gibson in Annapolis and played legendary hero Tristan in Tristan & Isolde, a period piece dramatization of the Tristan and Iseult story also starring British actress Sophia Myles.
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  • 2005
    Age 26
    The following year he made and starred in the black comedy The Ape and the 2005 war film The Great Raid, in which he portrayed Robert Prince, a captain in the United States Army's elite Sixth Ranger Battalion.
  • 2004
    Age 25
    The success of the first Spider-Man film led Franco to reprise the role in the 2004 sequel, Spider-Man 2.
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  • 2002
    Age 23
    He next starred in Sonny, a 2002 release in which he was directed by fellow actor Nicolas Cage, whose involvement had attracted Franco to the film.
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    Franco achieved worldwide fame and attention in the 2002 superhero film Spider-Man, when he played Harry Osborn, the son of the villainous Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) and best friend of the Spider-Man (Tobey Maguire).
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  • 2001
    Age 22
    He was subsequently cast as the title role in director Mark Rydell's 2001 TV biographical film James Dean.
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  • 1999
    Age 20
    He found guest roles on television shows but his first break came in 1999, after he was cast in a leading role on the short-lived but well-reviewed NBC television series Freaks and Geeks, which ran for 18 episodes and was canceled due to low viewership.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 17
    He graduated from Palo Alto High School in 1996, where he acted in plays.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1978
    Born
    Born on April 19, 1978.
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