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James Franco

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Famous as :

Actor, producer, writer, director

Birth Name :

James Edward Franco

Birth Date :

April 19, 1978

Birth Place :

Palo Alto, California, USA

Claim to fame :

As Daniel Desario in TV series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999 - 2000)

Biography


Recognized as a versatile young thespian with formidable talent in making convincing portrayal of various film characters, James Edward Franco has really penned his name solidly in Hollywood to strive as one of its outstanding stars of the early 21st century. A native of Palo Alto, California who was born on April 19, 1978 to Doug Franco and Betsy Levine Verne, he spent the first eighteen years of his life growing up in this city before headed for Los Angeles to study English at UCLA following his graduation from Palo Alto High School in 1996. Nevertheless, it later occurred to this striking dark-haired guy that the fondness for acting he had developed earlier was really hard to resist so that he decided to leave the university and thus embarked on the journey to accomplish his dream of becoming a fine actor.

Honed his acting skills intensely for 15 months at Robert Carnegie's Playhouse West in North Hollywood, James afterwards earned a supporting role in a TV miniseries of "To Serve and Protect" (1999) and appeared briefly in Drew Barrymore's vehicle, "Never Been Kissed" which also came up in the same year. His name began to make sound when he was included in the regular cast of NBC's series "Freaks and Geeks" (1999-2000) as the show surprisingly gathered critical acclaim along with tremendous fans all around the country despite its short running. With this growing popularity, he then managed to acquire bigger roles in his 2000 big screen features, such as "If Tomorrow Comes" and "Whatever It Takes" in which he first met his girlfriend, Marla Sokoloff, whom he dated for four years.

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James Franco and Seth Rogen Step Out With Bodyguards After 'The Interview' Cancellation

December 18, 2014 09:12:51 GMT

and were spotted stepping out with their bodyguards following the cancellation of "". James stepped out with his large bodyguard while going out for a dinner in New York City on Tuesday night, December 16.
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Robert Redford-Starring Film, Jonah Hill and James Franco's 'True Story' Added to Sundance Fest

December 16, 2014 04:58:19 GMT

The 2015 Sundance Film Festival has added some more titles to the lineups for the upcoming fest. On Monday, December 15, a movie starring and , "", as well as "" which stars and were added to the Premieres section.
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'The Interview' Clip Leaks Online After Seth Rogen and James Franco Addressed Sony Hack

December 16, 2014 03:08:12 GMT

A copyrighted clip from "", a new comedy movie which has been widely speculated to be the one which prompted Guardians of Peace's hacking at Sony Pictures, landed online on Monday, December 15. The short clip posted by Gawker was published alongside some emails between , producer Evan Goldberg and Sony executives in which they discussed the death of Randall Park's character, Kim Jong-Un.
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James Franco and Seth Rogen Attend 'The Interview' Premiere

December 12, 2014 08:39:51 GMT

and are among the cast members of "" who attended the premiere at The Theatre at Ace Hotel downtown Los Angeles. The premiere took place amid the hacking drama which hit Sony Pictures two weeks ago, prompting the studio to tell invited media not to conduct any interviews.
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Video: James Franco and Seth Rogen Address Sony Hack on 'SNL'

December 07, 2014 16:58:16 GMT

got help from when hosting "" over the weekend. They addressed Sony hacking scandal which was initially believed to be North Korea's revenge on the studio due to Kim Jong-un assassination plot in "" before the country denied it.
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James Franco and Seth Rogen's 'The Interview' Salaries Leaked

December 04, 2014 22:41:29 GMT

The latest hack into Sony Pictures' movies vault not only leaked some of the studio's upcoming releases but also exposed internal documents including the salary and took for "". Franco pocketed $6.5 million while Rogen made a reported $8.4 million plus compensation.
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'Saturday Night Live' Promo: James Franco Plans Black-and-White and 3D Edition

December 04, 2014 03:11:32 GMT

, one of the busiest men in Hollywood, will stop by Studio 8H at NBC Studios in New York this weekend to host "". Prior to the gig, he has taped a promo video with the show's regular player Cecily Strong.
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James Franco, Martin Freeman, Amy Adams to Host 'SNL'

November 20, 2014 21:46:26 GMT

"" announces hosts and musical guests for this December episodes. , , and are announced to serve as emcees, while , , and will perform.
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Sneak Peek: James Franco and Seth Rogen 'Naked and Afraid' on Discovery Channel's Show

November 14, 2014 02:35:45 GMT

and get naked in a preview for an upcoming episode of Discovery Channel's "Naked and Afraid". The sneak peek that has landed online shows the two actors meeting for the first time in the woods and getting disappointed as they expected somebody else.
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James Franco Hires 'Fault in Our Stars' Screenwriters for His Tommy Wiseau Film

October 29, 2014 02:45:26 GMT

has hired writers for his film "". TheWrap reports that "" scribes Scott Neustadter and Michael H. Weber are set to work on the script for the movie about Tommy Wiseau.
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James Franco and Seth Rogen Pose Naked on Instagram

October 04, 2014 05:29:11 GMT

has shared a photo of him posing naked with . On Friday, October 3, the actor took to Instagram to share a photo of them standing side by side with no clothes on. In the censored photo, the co-stars in "" can be seen being covered in dirt. "Boom boom, NAKED and Afraid. Me and Seth, in the bush, naked, together. For reals," he captioned it.
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'Tonight Show' Video: Jimmy Fallon Gets Birthday Surprise From Seth Rogen and James Franco

September 20, 2014 06:22:16 GMT

got visits from surprise guests as his birthday present on "" when he turned 40 on Friday night, September 19. The host claimed he had no idea who the surprise guest(s) would be.
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James Franco to Play Serial Killer in 'Rant'

September 12, 2014 07:59:26 GMT

is adapting novel ": The Oral Biography of Buster Casey" from "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk. He is eying to play the main character named Buster "Rant" Casey, the leader of an urban demolition derby. Pamela Romanowsky is in talks to write and direct the pic.
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James Franco Shoots His Film 'Zeroville' at Venice Film Festival

September 06, 2014 05:26:08 GMT

turned his Visionary Award ceremony at the Venice International Film Festival on Friday, August 5 into a film shoot. He accepted the Glory to the Filmmaker prize at the event, and used the occasion to shoot a scene for his new movie "".
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Pics: James Franco Goes Completely Bald for 'Zeroville'

September 05, 2014 08:30:32 GMT

went completely bald as he's preparing for his next movie role in "". The 36-year-old actor shaved his head on Wednesday, September 3 and revealed his new look in Instagram pictures, which documented the hair transformation.
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First Clip Released for James Franco's 'The Sound and the Fury'

September 02, 2014 03:06:24 GMT

's adaptation of William Faulkner's novel "" releases its first clip via Deadline. The scene is between and Scott Haze who feud over how the teenage girl dresses for school and how he's determined to rule her.
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James Franco and Jimmy Kimmel Put Interesting Twist on Ice Bucket Challenge

August 19, 2014 09:12:00 GMT

Many celebrities have taken Ice Bucket Challenge by being poured with a bucket of ice on their heads. and chose to take the challenge a little bit different from usual.
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Lindsay Lohan Responds to James Franco's Bizarre Short Story

August 16, 2014 06:11:23 GMT

has commented on 's bizarre short story "Bungalow 89". A few months ago, Franco shared the short story which centers on some encounters with a character, a "damaged" actress named Lindsay. The story was written after he was mentioned in Lohan's sex list published by In Touch.
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James Franco to Host 2014 MTV VMA Special as His Character in 'The Interview'

August 15, 2014 07:12:19 GMT

is tapped as a host for an upcoming special ahead of 2014 MTV Video Music Awards. The actor will channel his inner Dave Skylark, his talk show host character in comedy "", for the event. He will chat with , and .
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James Franco to Receive Innovation Award at Venice Film Festival

August 09, 2014 00:35:54 GMT

has made himself familiar to the Venice Film Festival. The multi-tasking actor will be handed the annual fest's prestigious Jaeger-Le Coultre Glory to the Filmmaker later this year for his effort in innovating contemporary cinema.
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Kim Jong Un Assassination Movie 'The Interview' Moved to Christmas Day

August 08, 2014 00:38:01 GMT

"" would head to North American theaters on Christmas Day instead of October 10. Sony announced on Thursday, August 7 that the controversial action-comedy movie would like to benefit from the holiday season.
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James Franco Slams 'Homophobic' Story About Him and Scott Haze

August 07, 2014 06:50:22 GMT

slams a story about his relationship with actor Scott Haze, calling the piece "homophobic scoop." The actor/director took to Instagram on Wednesday, August 6 to call out a gossip site for their report, writing, "GAWKER - always getting the cutting edge, homophobic scoop!!! Go see CHILD OF GOD in theaters and see me direct my live-in boyfriend, SCOTT HAZE!!! Love you SCOTT!!!!"
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James Franco's Mystery Woman at LAX Is Revealed

August 06, 2014 08:58:50 GMT

was spotted arriving together with an attractive blonde woman at LAX on August 3. It's now confirmed that the mysterious woman is Los Angeles-based model Erin Johnson.
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Kim Jong Un Complains to U.N. About Seth Rogen and James Franco's Movie

July 10, 2014 04:41:42 GMT

Kim Jong Un files U.N. complaint over Hollywood comedy "". The film which is due October 10 this year stars and as a talk show host and his producer. They are heading to North Korea and plotting to kill the country's leader.
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James Franco to Direct His First Off-Broadway Play

June 17, 2014 02:32:30 GMT

Multi-tasking actor is adding theater director to his resume. He will make a directing debut in an off-Broadway play, Robert Boswell's "The Long Shrift", at the Rattlestick Playwrights theatre in New York this summer.
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James Franco Pens Short Story About Late-Night Sexless Hours With Lindsay Lohan

June 10, 2014 15:02:17 GMT

In response to 's persistent statement that she had sex with him, gives a detailed account of what really happened between him and the troubled former child star. He writes a short story called "Bungalow 89" after a cottage area at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles.
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James Franco Defends Risky Underwear Selfie

May 09, 2014 18:02:50 GMT

explained the "provocative" selfie that shows him reaching his hand inside his underwear nearly exposing himself. During a visit to the "", he said he took the nearly-nude photo and posted it on Instagram just for fun. "It's what the people want!" he said.
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James Franco Shares 'Super Selfie' With Zac Efron, Seth Rogen

May 05, 2014 07:48:31 GMT

apparently is trying to best ' all-star selfie at the Oscars. The actor took to Instagram over the weekend to share a photo of him being surrounded by actor friends such as and among others at the backstage of his play, "Of Mice and Men". Standing in the middle of the group, the 36-year-old star captioned the photo, "SUPER SELFIE!! Ellen eat your heart out! BACKSTAGE OF MICE AND MEN!!!"
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James Franco 'Only Kissed' Lindsay Lohan, Calls Her 'Delusional'

May 01, 2014 08:21:39 GMT

insists he never had sex with . Speaking to , the multi-talented star addressed LiLo's former lover list, saying, "I never had sex with Lindsay Lohan." He added, "I will swear on my mother's life that I never had sex with her."
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James Franco to Make Cameo in 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'

April 29, 2014 08:36:13 GMT

is going to make an appearance in "". Director Matt Reeves has confirmed to Collider that the actor, whose character died in the previous installment of the film, will briefly reprise his role as Will Rodman in the sequel.
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