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'SNL' takes on Ferguson in cut sketch

News anchors have a tough job: They have to pretend like everything’s great when usually it’s, well, not. But Cecily Strong and Kenan Thompson give up on pretending in a cut Saturday Night Live sketch where the two play St. Louis morning show hosts distressed by what’s going on in nearby Ferguson.

At first, Thompson and Strong try to read off some lighthearted weekend news about fun runs and concerts but decide to cut to their traffic reporter, played by Leslie Jones, who appears onscreen just to say traffic’s bad. Later on, they cut to her again—but this time Jones is in Chicago, not St. Louis. “I am not coming back!” she says once Strong notices where she is. “We should have done that,” Strong and Thompson somberly reply.

James Franco, Saturday’s host, also appears as a guest on the show named Daryl Wilson who goes on a cringe-worthy rant about being a victim. The entire sketch is an awkward, apt comment on racism in America and how we cover that racism—as well as a fine five minutes of comedy. READ FULL STORY

James Franco wishes for a sandwich and goes to class in 'SNL' promos

James Franco is hosting Saturday Night Live this weekend and, naturally, he’s juggling a lot—he’s making a quick stop to take a class at Yale and shoot a film. Maybe that’s why when he gets one Christmas wish, he wishes for a sandwich. With his busy schedule he probably couldn’t make it to a deli.  READ FULL STORY

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams to close out 'SNL' year

James Franco, Martin Freeman, and Amy Adams will be the final three Saturday Night Live hosts of the year, NBC announced Thursday. Franco will host the Dec. 6 show with Nicki Minaj as musical guest.

The following week, Hobbit and Sherlock star Freeman will be accompanied by Charli XCX. Adams will host the final show before Christmas Dec. 20 with musical guest One Direction, so look out for screaming teens around 30 Rock that week. READ FULL STORY

James Franco re-enacts film scenes for fun, postmodernism in 'Making a Scene'

AOL Original’s new series Making a Scene with James Franco debuts this Wednesday, and it features James Franco doing what he does best: art-like mini-projects that require more than a sentence to explain. Despite a title that sounds like something dry and conversational and hosted by James Lipton, the 10-episode first season actually showcases Franco & Co. taking a variety of famous scenes from famous movies, mashing them up, and staging the result. The key is that they won’t have total control over what they’ll be enacting.

“The idea was to turn over some of the creative process to the audience and to chance,” says Franco. “We didn’t pick the scenes, we asked people on the internet to send us their favorite scene from any movie. So we just tallied it up and got the most popular ones, things from Titanic, Beetlejuice, When Harry Met Sally…

Franco spins a wheel and away they go, mixing, say, Napoleon Dynamite with Pulp Fiction or putting an obstructionist spin on things by forcing them to re-imagine a scene in a different genre or genres. “For one we picked two genres—horror and porn—and then we spun the wheel and we had to turn it into a scary pornographic movie,” says Franco. Check out the trailer below and see exclusive photos from the series.







AOL picks up Web series from James Franco, Steve Buscemi

AOL has tapped a diverse lineup of celebrities to contribute to its original programming slate, ordering 12 new Web series from the likes of James Franco, Steve Buscemi, and Zoe Saldana.

At its NewFront presentation Tuesday night in Brooklyn, the company showed a commitment to short-form programming with a roster of 16 mostly unscripted programs with episode lengths of 10 minutes or less. The one exception is Connected, AOL’s first long-form series, which is slated for a 20-episode initial run of half-hour episodes. It follows five seemingly unconnected New Yorkers as their individual stories are woven together.

But star power is the strength of this AOL Originals lineup. New celebrity-focused series include Making a Scene with James Franco, during which the actor and his pals talk about some of their favorite films and re-create iconic scenes; previously announced Park Bench, featuring Buscemi striking up conversations with famous friends — as well as strangers — on the streets of New York City; and My Hero from executive producer Saldana, which allows celebrities to pay a surprise tribute to someone who inspired and changed their lives. READ FULL STORY

LAX shooting: Celebrities live tweet from scene

The shooting drama at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday resulted in a surreal influx of live reporting from the most unlikely combination of celebrities: From The Bachelor host Chris Harrison to members of Discovery’s Mythbusters gang to actor James Franco. Even the filming of the final season of AMC’s Mad Men was apparently disrupted.

A gunman open fired in the airport this morning, killing a TSA agent, according to CNN. A suspect was taken into custody after being pursued through Terminal 3.

Harrison tweeted from nearly the beginning of the action, “Somethin crazy goin on at LAX right now. Terminals shut down & cops w guns drawn!” and then TSA just shut the doors in lockdown. Shooting over at Terminal 3 … Police very polite but guns drawn & very serious about clearing the streets on the top level of LAX. Everybody very calm & respectful… Incredible response by LAPD & airport authority. This place was locked tight w precision quickly. God bless first responders!.”

Franco was sitting on a plane at the airport when the shooting took place, and posted on Instagram: “At #lax Some s–tbag shot up the place.”

Fox Sports analyst Bill Reiter tweeted: “First came the gunfire. Then people including me hiding our seats. It felt very Columbine. A new kind of fear, at least for me” and “It’s weird how in that moment time could be so fast and so slow at the same time. My God.” READ FULL STORY

'Mindy Project' season 2 first look: James Franco and Mindy Kaling face off -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

When The Mindy Project returns for its second season, a lot has changed. Mindy (Mindy Kaling) is in Haiti, and Dr. Paul Leotard (James Franco) has taken her place at Shulman & Associates. And when she gets back to New York, Mindy goes toe-to-toe with the handsome and well-liked doctor to regain her spot in the practice.

We learn about this development and much more in this exclusive three-minute-plus featurette, which includes new footage from season 2 and interviews with Kaling, Franco, Chris Messina (Danny), and more. Take a look:

Comedy Central to livestream James Franco roast

Watching a TV program on an actual television? That’s so passé — especially for any fan of modern-day renaissance man James Franco.

Thankfully, Comedy Central is coming to the rescue by livestreaming Franco’s upcoming roast on multiple platforms — including its website, mobile site, and Xbox 360 app CC:Stand-Up. The network announced today that it also plans to play a special “social version” of the roast as an encore, complete with “real-time tweets and Facebook posts on-screen.”

First Look: James Franco on 'The Mindy Project' -- VIDEO

Is it possibly for anyone to out-cute Mindy Kaling? Well, if that person is James Franco, then yes.

The evidence lies in the exclusive promo below, which is your First Look at Franco’s upcoming two-episode guest stint on the sophomore season of breakout comedy The Mindy Project.

Franco plays a charismatic (duh) doctor who filled in for Mindy while she was in Haiti on a volunteer mission.

Franco kicks off what’s going to be a star-filled season on Mindy. Timothy Olyphant, Adam Pally and Glen Howerton are all set for guest spots in the new season, which kicks off Sept. 17 on Fox.

Aziz Ansari, Andy Samberg added to James Franco roast -- EXCLUSIVE

Comedy Central is turning up the celebrity heat on its roast of James Franco: Parks and Recreation star Aziz Ansari and SNL vet/Brooklyn Nine-Nine star Andy Samberg have been added to the roster of comedians and actors who will take their best shots at the thespian/director/writer/producer/Oscar host. The network previously announced that Jonah Hill, Bill Hader, Nick Kroll, Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman will serve as roasters, while Franco’s This is the End/Pineapple Express/Freaks & Geeks co-star Seth Rogen emcees the festivities as Roast Master.

The Comedy Central Roast of James Franco will be filmed Aug. 25 and airs Sept. 2 at 10 p.m.

The network’s roast specials, which began in 2003, have celebrated/ridiculed the careers of celebs such as Pamela Anderson, William Shatner, Charlie Sheen, and Roseanne Barr.

James Franco announces new TV series 'James Franco Presents'

James Franco: The Artist strikes again.

Tuesday night, the actor uploaded a picture of himself over a Vincent van Gogh self-portrait on Instagram, alongside the message, “New show, with me, and a bunch of crazy stuff. Announcement tomorrow.” READ FULL STORY

Bill Hader and Jonah Hill headline roast of James Franco

Bill Hader, Jonah Hill, and Nick Kroll will take aim at James Franco at the next Comedy Central Roast, to be hosted by Seth Rogen. Comedy Central announced today that the trio will join Natasha Leggero, Jeff Ross, and Sarah Silverman on the dais for the Aug. 25 taped event that will air on Sept. 2 at 10 p.m.

Seth Rogen will be Roastmaster for James Franco roast

Expect a ton of Freaks and Geeks jokes.

Seth Rogen will be Roastmaster of the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, Rogen tweeted today. “I will be “Roastmaster” at the #FrancoRoast on @ComedyCentral. It’s to help promote the Russian release of “This Is The End.”

Comedy Central also sent out its own tweet, “We’re pleased to announce @SethRogen as Roast Master for the #FrancoRoast, airing Labor Day!”

While no preview featuring the This Is The End costars together has surfaced, yesterday Comedy Central put out an ad featuring James Franco getting punched in the face by a mysterious arm. Perhaps that hand was Rogen’s? READ FULL STORY


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