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James Franco Gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- James Franco was honored with the 2,492nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

The versatile actor was accompanied by his mother, along with his Oz the Great and Powerful director Sam Raimi, Seth Rogen, and other friends and family.

Franco said he never expected the honor when he moved to Los Angeles from Northern California: “You'd see the stars, and it just seemed like it was something that was part of the city, and you'd never crack that, it's just part of Hollywood history, and it's still baffling that my name will be there.”

His star is located in front of the El Capitan Theatre, near the Jimmy Kimmel Live! studio.  Franco joked that Jimmy Kimmel can shine his star every day.

Oz the Great and Powerful is now in theaters.

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James Franco Says "Oz" Isn't a 'Wizard of Oz' Remake

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- James Franco stars as Oscar Diggs in Oz The Great and Powerful, out Friday. Appearing Wednesday on ABC's Good Morning America, the actor said the new 3D Disney film is much more than a remake of the iconic Wizard of Oz film.

"[The producers] did it right because they're not trying to remake the Judy Garland film, but they're respectful of the Land of Oz that everyone knows and loves so there's the yellow brick road and Emerald City and witches and flying monkeys," Franco told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. "But the protagonist is not a boy version of Dorothy or anything like that...He's anything but an innocent young girl. He's a con man. He's a charlatan."

Franco's character is a so-so magician, who finds himself in the Land of Oz and is forced to decide if he uses his power to become a good man.

While on GMA, Franco also weighed in on Seth MacFarlane and how he did hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards in February. Franco did the honors with Anne Hathaway in 2011.

"I didn't really see it, but I've seen clips. And, he's great!" Franco said. "He's a funny guy and if he was born to do anything, it was that."

Disney's Oz The Great and Powerful hits theaters in 3D on Friday. To celebrate the release, Franco will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.


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James Franco Recites Poem in Honor of Presidential Inauguration

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- James Franco put his own stamp on Monday's celebration of the presidential inauguration with a poem he composed for Yahoo! News.

Yahoo! News commissioned work from critically-acclaimed poets in addition to Franco, who is set to release a book of poetry next year.

The actor's contribution is titled "Obama in Asheville," though, he notes in the poem, it was he who was in the North Carolina city at the time he wrote it.  A five-minute video of Franco reciting the poem in a monotone voice in a dimly-lit room is posted on the Yahoo! News website.

As he reads his work, Franco recalls meeting President Obama at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, writing, "He knew me from Spider-Man.  I asked him for advice.  I was scheduled to give the commencement speech at UCLA and there were some undergraduate knockers against me.  He had been denied the usual honorary degree by Arizona State because he hadn’t accomplished enough, so I wondered how he dealt with detractors.  He smiled his smile and said, 'Humor.'"

Franco later ponders what it would be like to act in a film about Obama.

He wonders aloud, "All I would need to get down, aside from the outer stuff, and I know that’s important -- is his essential kindness, I’d let the writer put in all the political crap."

The poem concludes, "What would really put the role over would be the goodness at its core.  That’s what will be remembered.  Yes, his race, no one will forget.  But the soul too.  I’d win the Academy Award if I just captured that."

The Twitter-verse hasn't been kind to Franco, with several people on the microblogging site calling his poem the worst they'd ever heard.

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James Franco Says He Wasn't Trying to 'Diss' Justin Bieber with Video

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(PARK CITY, Utah) -- James Franco has explained why a video he posted of himself “serenading” female friend Ashley Benson by lip-synching to Justin Bieber’s “Boyfriend” disappeared quickly from his WhoSay page recently.

Speaking to E! at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on Saturday, the 127 Hours star said, “I was asked to take it down by some people.”

Franco didn't say who asked, but insisted it wasn't Bieber.

Bieber didn’t contact me, but I don’t think he was too happy,” he said.

In the clip, which went viral, Franco was seen dressed like Bieber with a sideways cap and a hoodie.

The actor insisted the video was not an attempt to offend the singer.

“I wasn’t trying to diss him,” said Franco.

Sources tell E! that Bieber never saw the Franco video.

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Lindsay Lohan Stars in James Franco-Directed R.E.M. Music Video

Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for amfAR(NEW YORK) -- Meet the star of R.E.M.'s latest music video: Lindsay Lohan.

The clip, directed by fellow actor James Franco, features dark, blurry and distorted images of Los Angeles, including of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Roosevelt Hotel and the city's ever-present traffic.

Lindsay pops up two minutes and 20 seconds into the video, wearing a sexy black dress for a photo shoot.

Franco made the video as part of R.E.M.'s Collapse Into Now film project, which is transforming each song on the group's 2011 album of the same name into a short film.

Franco was assigned two songs to direct: "Blue" and "That Someone Is You."

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Will Kristen Stewart Rebound with James Franco?

Michael Tran/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- While some reports had Kristen Stewart trying to patch things up with her jilted ex-boyfriend Robert Pattinson, says Stewart is getting close to actor James Franco.

The gossip site reports the pair ran into each other at a hotel during the Toronto Film Festival last week, and a "smitten" Franco hit it off with the younger actress.

"There was a lot of flirting and Kristen was overjoyed by the attention she was getting from James, who was gushing over her...and was full of praise for her latest movie, On the Road," a source told the site.

Stewart -- who reportedly seemed nervous in some of her first public appearances since news broke of her affair with Snow White and the Huntsman director Rupert Sanders -- apparently looked fine alongside Franco.

"She seemed at ease in his company, and he was certainly making her laugh.  She was wearing a huge grin on her face," the source said.

The spy told Radar that James eventually traded numbers with the actress and, "asked her out for dinner." 

The source said Stewart, "initially said no, but is mulling over the idea.  She knows she has to move on now following her break up with Rob," and, "James definitely wants to see Kristen again."

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James Franco Sued by Former NYU Professor

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The bitter spat between actor James Franco and his former New York University instructor Jose Angel Santana got a little nastier Tuesday when the ousted professor sued Franco for defamation, calling him “a bully,” according to the New York Post.

Santana contends that Franco made “disparaging and inaccurate public statements” about him after he gave the Oscar-nominated actor a “D” for only attending 2 of 14 classes during the spring 2010 semester, according to court documents.

“Whoever was in Clint Eastwood’s chair at the Republican National Convention was more present than Mr. Franco was in my classes,” Santana told The Post, referring to Eastwood’s speech last week at the RNC with an empty chair meant to represent President Obama. “He uses the bully pulpit of his celebrity to punish anyone who doesn’t do his bidding.”

He taught “Directing the Actor II.”

The former professor slapped NYU with a wrongful termination lawsuit in December, blasting the university for isolating him and eventually firing him after he gave Franco a “D.” Santana said Franco, 34, was not punished for embarrassing the university publicly and was instead given passing grades by other professors even though he rarely attended classes.

After Santana was fired, Franco, who taught a directing class at NYU last fall, told reporters that he didn’t think the class was worth his time.

Franco said Santana was fired for being a bad teacher and was only using his name to get attention. NYU has not said why it fired Santana but has denied the claims in his lawsuit, which the school has called “ridiculous” in previous statements.

“He’s not going to win the lawsuit and he’s not going to get hired at another institution,” he said. “It’s ridiculous. And I’m teaching at NYU, so what does that say?”

Santana is suing for an unspecified amount in damages, according to the New York Post. His lawyer Matthew Blit did not respond to numerous ABC News requests for comment.

Franco’s publicist has not returned a request for comment.

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James Franco Serving as "Playboy" Contributing Editor

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It's yet another title that James Franco can add to his growing resume.  The actor, professor and visual artist is now acting as a contributing editor for Playboy magazine, E! reports.

The 34-year-old will debut his column, titled "Francophile," in the magazine's July/August issue.  Franco interviews Marina Abramovi, "the grandmother of performance art," for his debut column, with the two chatting about "space, energy and magic," reports E!

This isn't Franco's first foray into journalism.  He currently contributes to The Huffington Post.

The July/August issue of Playboy is on newsstands now.

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Javier Bardem, Others to Receive Stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame

FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has announced the names of the celebrities who will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2013.

At a press conference on Friday, actress and recent Walk of Fame star recipient Marg Helgenberger revealed that Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, James Franco, Ron Howard and Helen Mirren will all receive their stars next year.  Also from the world of movies, makeup artist Rick Baker is set to be honored.   

Others chosen from among hundreds of nominees in the running to have a permanent place on the Walk of Fame are television stars Simon Baker, Bryan Cranston, Ellen DeGeneres, Jane Lynch, Matthew Perry and Katey Sagal.

Honorees from the live stage include actress Olympia Dukakis and magicians Penn & Teller.

David Green, chairman of the Walk of Fame selection committee, said in a statement, “The Walk of Fame will bring everlasting memories of star power, talent and popularity to the millions who visit Hollywood each year and which will shine even more light on the entertainment capital of the world.”

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Professor Fired After Giving James Franco a D, Suit Says

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- A former New York University professor claimed in a lawsuit that his decision to give actor/poet/artist/director/academic James Franco a D grade in a “Directing the Actor II” class during the spring semester of last year contributed to his being fired, according to a copy of the suit posted on TMZ.

Jose Angel Santana filed suit against the school in New York State Supreme Court, claiming a build-up of racial discrimination, and ultimately his decision to give Franco a D, led to the professor’s ouster.

“The school has bent over backwards to create a Franco-friendly environment, that’s for sure,” Santana, 58, told The New York Post. “The university has done everything in its power to curry favor with James Franco.”

According to court documents obtained by TMZ, Santana said he gave Franco a D after the 127 Hours star missed 12 of 14 classes.

“Upon information and belief, though Franco’s attendance and participation were similar in his other classes at NYU, most professors other than Dr. Santana gave Franco high grades,” court documents stated.

Franco spoke to the media about receiving a D in an acting class, however the lawsuit alleged the actor’s comments were “misleading and inaccurate” and caused the school to side with Franco and oust Santana.

Santana also alleged that Franco received good grades despite alleged poor attendance, because he hired one professor to write and direct a film and gave the film department chair a cameo in one of his films.

NYU spokesman John Beckman told E! the claims were “ridiculous” and that the school had not yet seen the lawsuit.

“Beyond that, it is regrettable and disappointing to see a faculty member -- former or otherwise -- discuss any student’s grade for the purpose of personal publicity,” he said.

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