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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:
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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.”
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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

James Franco to guest on 'The Mindy Project'

James Franco can add “doctor” to his ever-growing résumé.

Or, at least, he’ll play one on TV. Franco will guest-star on the first two episodes of The Mindy Project this fall, EW has learned. He’ll portray Dr. Paul Leotard, a charismatic and popular doctor who replaces Mindy while she is in Haiti on a volunteer mission with her pastor boyfriend. “A former professional fashion model, Dr. Leotard radically altered his career goals after he accidentally walked off a runway at fashion week and was saved by a pregnant woman. From that day forward, he devoted himself to helping pregnant women and immediately applied to medical school,” a press release announces.

Sounds like Dr. Reed and Dr. Castellano are going to have some competition for Official Office Dreamboat. The second season of The Mindy Project will premiere Tuesday, Sept. 17.

James Franco will be roasted for Comedy Central

James Franco managed to choose a surprising new project once again: The actor-director-writer will be the guest of honor at Comedy Central’s next roast, EW has confirmed.

“If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated, incessant creative risk taker in different media, he’d be the perfect person to roast.  Oh well… I suppose we’ll just have to make do,” Kent Alterman, president of content development & original programming for Comedy Central, said in a release.

“I’ve dreamed about this Roast for as long as I can remember,” Franco added.

The roast, which will be taped in August and will air Labor Day, won’t be all the Franco on the network that weekend; Comedy Central has also acquired the rights to the Franco-directed documentary, Francophrenia, about Franco’s stint on General Hospital (playing a character named, what else?, Franco). Francophrenia will air immediately following the roast on Comedy Central’s digital and VOD platforms.

Rapper Riff Raff to parody James Franco on 'One Life to Live'

In what might be the most meta event in the history of daytime TV, rapper Riff Raff will appear on an upcoming episode of One Life to Live as a shady Miami art dealer named “Jamie Franko,” an obvious nod to Oscar-nominee James Franco’s own appearance as an artist on General Hospital. Adding another layer of self-referential fuel to the fire, Riff Raff has claimed that Franco’s character in the controversial movie Spring Breakers is based on him — a charge Franco has (kind of) denied. READ FULL STORY

Steve Burton to leave 'General Hospital'

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After playing little-rich-boy-turned-hitman-with-a-heart-of-gold Jason Morgan on General Hospital for 21 years, Steve Burton is calling it quits. He told TVGuide.com that “it’s been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family. I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all. But it’s time to go.” He says his last tape date is Sept. 25, after which he’ll head to his new spread in Tennessee with his wife and two kids.

Reps for GH have declined to comment, but sources close to the show say that Burton’s words stand on their own, that it was well-known that he was thinking about leaving for some time now, and the details of his exit, including any possibility of recasting, are still being worked out. Jason is a hub character who affects many other story lines.

Burton tweeted to his fans Tuesday morning: “Morning. Just wanted to thank all of you for your support over the years. You are amazing. It’s been an incredible 21 yrs of my life.THANK YOU” READ FULL STORY

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