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Posted Tuesday 4/24/18 at 1:57AM EDT
Paul Feig thinks a Freaks and Geeks musical "will happen one day"
Revelations from a screening of A&E's Freaks and Geeks: The Documentary include tidbits like how hard it was to write for James Franco and how easy it was to get much-derided NBC executive Garth Ancier to talk for the film. In the documentary, Freaks and Geeks creator Feig also discusses his hope to see a musical based on his beloved series. "I’ve been saying for 15 years I so wanna do the Freaks and Geeks musical," he says. "I just have to write the book for it, but I think it will happen one day because it’s just sitting there, waiting to be done. A musical number of a dodgeball game, come on!" ALSO: Freaks and Geeks alum Jerry Messing reflects on becoming a meme.
Posted Thursday 4/19/18 at 6:51PM EDT
Chip Gaines' 40th birthday gift to Joanna Gaines: Reaching 1 million Twitter followers
"This is 40. And I like it," Fixer Upper's Joanna Gaines, pregnant with her fifth child, tweeted in honor of her 40th birthday today. Chip Gaines got his wish fulfilled of having his wife reach 1 million followers, tweeting this morning: "I'm a complete @twitter nerd. I'll admit that! & this is sooo superficial & DUMB, but.. I'd really like to see @joannagaines hit 1M followers on her bday. Kindof a #Twitterverse gift to her.. One more thing, for every new follower she gets today. I'll donate 1$ to @StJude. GO!" ALSO: Joanna Gaines shares a birthday with James Franco, who also turns 40 today.
Posted Tuesday 4/10/18 at 7:15PM EDT
James Franco's Hollywood Walk of Fame star defaced
Somebody wrote "Douche" in red marker over Franco's Walk of Fame star for Franco. The Deuce star was accused in January of multiple instances of sexual harassment.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
Sharon Stone defends James Franco against sexual misconduct claims
Stone told Marc Maron on his podcast "I'm appalled with what's happening with" Franco, her director on The Disaster Artist. She says of The Deuce star: “I got to say I worked with him, I know him, he’s the loveliest, kindest, sweetest, most elegant, nicest man. Most kind friend, lovely professional. I’m absolutely appalled by this.”
Posted Tuesday 3/06/18 at 7:31AM EST
James Franco spotted filming The Deuce
Franco was seen filming Season 2 of his HBO series on Monday after opting not to attend the Oscars. Even though Franco wasn't personally up for an Academy Award, the screenplay for The Disaster Artist was, losing to Call Me By Your Name.
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 1:51PM EST
The Deuce has no Plan B: Writing staff is working on Season 2 scripts with James Franco's characters integral to the plot
Despite lingering sexual misconduct allegations against Franco, Variety's Cynthia Littleton reports that the HBO drama is set to begin filming Season 2 in a few weeks with the actor still on board as the star and executive producer. "At present," Littleton reports, "The Deuce writing staff is at work on scripts for the second season in which Franco’s characters of Frankie and Vincent Martino are integral to the plot. A source close to the situation said there was no alternate plan for storylines should Franco be forced out." In January it was reported that HBO was taking a "wait-and-see" approach with regard to Franco's future with the show.
Posted Monday 2/12/18 at 6:58AM EST
The Deuce writer: James Franco "of course" will be part of Season 2
At Sunday's Writers Guild Awards, Deuce writer Megan Abbott was asked about Franco's status in wake of his sexual misconduct scandal.
Posted Friday 1/26/18 at 1:34AM EST
Vanity Fair digitally removed James Franco from its Hollywood issue cover following sexual misconduct allegations
"We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him," a Vanity Fair spokespesrson says of scrubbing The Deuce star from the Annie Leibovitz photo shoot.
Posted Tuesday 1/23/18 at 2:19PM EST
James Franco’s accusers speak out on GMA
"Please just apologize," said Violet Paley in a joint interview this morning on Good Morning America with fellow accuser Sarah Tither-Kaplan. "James abused his power by exploiting the non-celebrity women that he worked with under the guise of giving them opportunities," said Tither-Kaplan.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 11:51PM EST
Was it unfair of E! to ask Alison Brie about brother-in-law James Franco on the SAG Awards red carpet?
Some on Twitter were outraged that Brie would be asked about James Franco’s alleged sexual misconduct just because she’s now married to her brother Dave Franco.
Posted Monday 1/22/18 at 1:40PM EST
Aziz Ansari was a no-show, but James Franco did appear at SAG Awards
Ansari, nominated for best actor in a comedy series, lost to William H. Macy at the SAG Awards. Ansari didn’t attend the ceremony that came eight days after he was accused by a date of sexual misconduct. Franco did attend, but skipped the SAG red carpet. Franco’s sister-in-law, Alison Brie, was asked about the accusations, responding: “I obviously support my family and not everything reported has been fully accurate. But of course now is a time for listening and that’s what we’re all trying to do.”
Posted Wednesday 1/17/18 at 10:38AM EST
James Franco will reportedly attend the SAG Awards
Entertainment Tonight reports that Franco is set to make an appearance at Sunday’s SAG Awards, which would be his first awards show appearance since several women accused him of sexual misconduct. (He was a no-show last week's Critic's Choice Awards.)
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
The James Franco allegations show the BS actresses have to deal with to make it
The Los Angeles Times story in which five women accused Franco of “inappropriate or sexually exploitative behavior” while he was their acting teacher or mentor, shows just how vulnerable young actresses without any clout are, and how they're often treated as disposable, says Adam Epstein. “In addition to highlighting how cruelly difficult being a young actress can be,” he says, “the accusations reveal how abuse in Hollywood takes many forms, including some that are disguised as ‘art.’”
Posted Friday 1/12/18 at 5:54AM EST
James Franco’s grilling at the hands of Stephen Colbert and Seth Meyers shows how much late-night has changed in the #MeToo era
“In previous eras,” says Alison Herman, “a host like Meyers would be much more unambiguously on the side of his fellow public figure rather than his skeptical audience. Smoothing over scandal, after all, is part of the image-burnishing job. The fact that late-night hosts are even in this position speaks to the growing reach of Hollywood’s anti-harassment groundswell, which began with Weinstein, a man whose influence had finally waned enough for accusations not to be immediately suppressed. The movement has since spread to encompass celebrities still enjoying the spotlight and the protection it affords — so much so that they’re asked to answer for alleged indiscretions at the same time as they’re attending fancy galas and fronting multibillion-dollar enterprises.”
Posted Thursday 1/11/18 at 8:13PM EST
HBO is reportedly taking a wait-and-see approach when it comes to the James Franco allegations
HBO executives woudn’t comment today beyond David Simon’s statement about having no issues with The Deuce star, according to Variety. “Sources said executives are closely watching the response to the (Los Angeles) Times’ report,” says Variety. “Franco’s future on the show likely hinges on whether more victims come forward with allegations of work-related misconduct.” ALSO: Franco won a Critics' Choice Award Thursday night, but didn't show up to the ceremony.