As a publicity stunt for his March film, “Oz, the Great and Powerful,” James Franco arrived to his interview on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in a hot air balloon. Ugh. Does this bother anyone else? More ▸
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Drake wins his first Grammy on his 10th try, fun. and its Jewish lead singer Jack Antonoff take two Grammys, Mayim Bialik’s 4-year-old son is weaned at last and a Jewish version of “Downton Abbey” is in the offing. More ▸
Actor-turned-everything-else James Franco has a rather interesting art exhibit showing in Berlin till March called “Gay Town,” E Online reports.
And if the name of the exhibit isn’t indicative of how obscure the art is, the press release reveals the paintings, drawings, and sculptures, on display to coincide with the Berlin Film Festival, were made in “hotel rooms, makeshift studios and other temporary locations whilst completing other projects, mainly motion pictures”– which sort of sounds like his art work was made in a haste while Franco was filming, just so he could claim to be an artist.
The press release states Franco’s “Gay Town” explores the important themes that are important to Franco’s artistic persona, with issues that relate to “stereotypes and other societal concerns such as society’s preoccupation with celebrity,” but according to some of the photos surfacing on the Internet, the art just looks bizarre.
Some pieces of art include a painting of Spiderman which reads “F*ck Spidey,” a topless abstract portrait of the artist with the tag line “James the thinker Franco,” and some chicken scratches of paint on a cardboard. Deep, man.
Last night’s thrilling Super Bowl didn’t exactly feature anything Jewish (unless you count the third quarter blackout as a homage to the Plague of Darkness), but there was a pretty respectable presence of Jews and Israelis throughout the night, and in case you actually went to the bathroom during commercial breaks (who does that? that’s what the game is for), here they are:
1. Bar Refaeli kissing a nerd for GoDaddy
A lot was said about this commercial, titled “Perfect Match” for domain company GoDaddy. The lucky nerd is Jesse Heiman, better known for his roles in “American Pie 2″ and “Old School.” It took Heiman and Israeli supermodel Refaeli 45 times until they got the kiss right. More ▸
He’s quite the family man. Actor-turned-everything-else James Franco, who is starring in the upcoming film “Oz: The Great and Powerful,” landed a role for his grandmother, Mitzie Verne, in the March 2013 movie. Franco was granted permission from his producers for his grandmother to make a special appearance at the end of the film, which is… More ▸
James Franco, the man who does everything, had nothing better to do over the weekend than write a poem for President Obama, and the piece of literature is unintentionally hilarious.
Just ahead of the release of his new poetry book next year, “Directing Herbert White,” the Hollywood Talent was commissioned by Yahoo! News to write a poem for Obama’s ceremony. The poem, titled “Obama in Ashville” doesn’t rhyme and isn’t particularly clever, but it features lines like, “finally, I got to shake his hand, he knew me from Spider-Man” and “I went to class and then the little burrito place where they know me.”
A video of Franco reciting his poem hit the internet shortly after he wrote the poem, where he’s filmed rambling off the poem in a dull voice, perhaps equally unimpressed with his linear attempts.
Here’s a full text of the poem: More ▸
The popular 1980s British punk rocker Adam Ant announced he is planning a new biopic, but he has a main problem – he can’t figure out who should fill his shoes. The singer behind “Prince Charming,” “Goody Two Shoes” and “Wonderful,” told the Daily Star that he was considering Jude Law and Jewish actor/renaissance man James… More ▸
Cross “poet” off the small list of things James Franco cannot do. The Jewish over-achiever who is simultaneously an actor, singer, director, student, and novelist is writing a new poetry book. Franco has signed with the small Minnesota publisher, Graywolf Press, to release his first poetry book, “Directing Herbert White.” Up for release in April… More ▸
James Franco is a ridiculous person, and we have proof. Over the weekend, Franco, who is currently in the midst of directing a film called “As I Lay Dying” in Mississippi, took a short break from the Magnolia State and went to Miami with a ladyfriend. The actor-writer showed he can outdo himself by taking… More ▸
This could be the most bizarre story of the day. Actor James Franco attended a class at NYU titled “Directing the Actor.” Well, not exactly attended, since Franco missed 12 out of the 14 classes, since he was too busy cutting his own arm during the filming of the film “127 hours.” The professor, Jose… More ▸