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James Franco, Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch tweet and make up

March 22, 2011 |  6:49 pm

James-franco-bruce-vilanch Hey, James Franco, what a difference a tweet makes.

On Monday the brooding actor, artist and college student sparked some online drama by expressing some colorful thoughts on Bruce Vilanch -- the Academy Awards show writer who recently gave some, um, feedback on Franco's performance as host.

"I don't think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it," Vilanch said in an interview, per our sister blog Awards Tracker.

"The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened ... ' Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories," Vilanch mused.

Franco then used his Microsoft Paint magic to doodle criticism on an Oscar-rehearsals photo of himself and Vilanch -- which the actor then shot into the universe via Twitter.

Showbiz fight! But only for a few hours.

Come Tuesday, Franco whipped out his paint brush once again, but this time drew a white flag: He tweeted a screen shot of an e-mail allegedly from Vilanch, who used the standard "I was taken out of context" explanation.

And all was right in the universe again.

We've said it before -- the Ministry is really about bringing families together. 


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-- Matt Donnelly 

Photo: James Franco at the 2011 Independent Spirit Awards. Credit: Danny Moloshok / Reuters