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Wait, James Franco is doing *what* with a Ouija board?

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This just in regarding the Ministry's supernaturally attractive crush James Franco: Though Monday's Halloween festivities are long over, the actor is still getting in touch with the spirit world.

It's been announced that the "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" star, always the performance artist, will drop by the upcoming NYC Performing Arts Festival, where he'll attempt to communicate with the late playwright Tennessee Williams.

Via Oujia board.

For an audition.

It's an unconventional route to landing a part, but we appreciate James' otherworldly ambition. 

Franco and other actors will participate in a performance installation, in which they'll utilize the popular game dial to ping Williams, and then each audition for a part in "The Glass Menagerie."

Franco will be hitting up the spirit for the role of the Gentleman Caller. We'll be anxiously waiting to view this casting on art site Paddle8 after the performance.

For those interested in Franco's upcoming work in the realm of the living: His backside just got its first magazine cover, and he's just joined the cast of controversial director Harmony Korine's "Spring Breakers," where he'll play a rapping alien (you heard us) alongside Emma Roberts and Selena Gomez. 

Wonder which board game he used to land that gig.

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Photo: James Franco unveils his new film "Sal" at the Austin Film Festival in Texas on Oct. 23. Credit: Jack Plunkett / Associated Press



James Franco, a sex tape and a grandma -- sorry, Conan

James Franco has a sex-tape story

James Franco is enjoying a considerable summer hit with "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," but on Conan O'Brien's show Tuesday the actor recounted a less successful filmmaking venture: the sex tape.

Franco and a former girlfriend did experiment in the amateur genre, he confessed to the flame-haired host.

"When I was young, it's not like I went down to Van Nuys and tried to break into the porn industry," he said. "I just got a video camera, and my girlfriend and I decided to film ourselves and watched it back and said, yeah, well, let's never watch that again."

So, O'Brien pushed, what exactly went, um, wrong with the tape? Franco explained that he wasn't nailing the performance element he felt was required.

"Those people in the pornos, they are great performers ... they're selling it to an audience," he said. "Just like, you know, let's say my grandma can...." 

Can what? We'll never know, as Conan promptly jumped out of his chair and hid. We imagine in the fetal position. See the clip, below.

 

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Photo: James Franco in New York before a "Late Night With David Letterman"  appearance Aug. 1. Credit: Charles Sykes / Associated Press


James Franco, Freida Pinto swing by 'Planet of the Apes' premiere

James Franco, Freida Pinto, Tom Felton and Rupert Grint premiere 'The Rise of the Planet of the Apes'

James Franco,  Freida Pinto and Tom Felton hit the red carpet for the Los Angeles premiere of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday.

In the Rupert Wyatt-directed prequel, Franco plays scientist Will Rodman, who is enlisted to seek a cure for Alzheimer's disease and tests a possible antidote on a chimpanzee named Caesar.

However, by increasing the chimp's intelligence, it begins to exceed that of his human counterparts -- ultimately leading to a rebellion of rogue genetically enhanced apes in modern-day San Francisco. The film is a reboot of the 1968 sci-fi classic that brought forth four sequels, Tim Burton's 2001 remake and several television shows. Click the pics for more photos from the "Planet of the Apes" premiere.

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/la-et-rise-planet-apes-premiere-pictures,0,7473862.photogallery "The Adventures of Tintin" and "Lord of the Rings" actor Andy Serkis plays Franco's test subject-turned-pet-turned-threat in the newest "Apes" film and attended the premiere with his family.

Pinto, the "Slumdog Millionaire" and "Immortals" star, plays primatologist Caroline Aranha in the film, and walked the red carpet in an asymmetrical green dress.

Her "Apes" costar, "Harry Potter's" bad boy Tom Felton, traipsed the red carpet in a dapper three-piece suit with a neat pocket square. Felton's "Potter" nemesis, Rupert Grint, also joined him, wearing a T-shirt with "I (heart) Tom Felton" scrawled on it and effectively upstaged a few of the film's headliners.

Felton plays a cruel caretaker at a compound built for apes. "The Green Hornet" actor Jamie Harris, whose father played Albus Dumbledore in the first two "Harry Potter" films, plays his coworker, Rodney, who is much more sympathetic to the apes at the compound.

"Dexter" and theater actor John Lithgow, who plays Franco's Alzheimer's-stricken father, Charles Rodman, and David Oyelowo, who appears in the upcoming film "The Help," made their way to the premiere as well.  Oyelowo plays Steven Jacobs in "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and brought his wife, Jessica, to the opening.

Also spotted: "Grey's Anatomy's" Loretta Devine, "Franklin and Bash" actress Claire Coffee, "Las Vegas" and "Fired Up!" actress Molly Sims.

 "The Rise of the Planet of the Apes" hits theaters Aug. 5.

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Photos, from top:  Freida Pinto and James Franco. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters.

Tom Felton points out Rupert Grint's T-shirt. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images


James Franco preps a music project: 'Turn It Up' EP

James Franco A James Franco update comes Thursday from our Department of Things That Totally Make Sense: He's now embarking on a music career.

Not satisfied with being an Academy Award-nominated actor, Academy Awards show host, English and writing student, author and conceptual and video artist, Franco and his self-kissing dreaminess will now take on the music biz, Pop & Hiss points out.

An EP titled "Turn It Up" will hit in July, courtesy of Franco and his frequent art collaborator Kalup Linzy. A sample of one their tracks, "Broken," is available here.

Linzy has previously participated in Franco fare including that "Three's Company" installation at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Will you keep company with a musical Franco? Tell us your thoughts in comments. 

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Photo: James Franco at the 2011 Santa Barbara Film Festival. Credit: Phil Klein / Associated Press.


'Your Highness' star Danny McBride and wife are expecting a baby

"Your Highness" star and co-writer Danny McBride has announced that he and his wife Gia Ruiz are expecting a baby.

"I got married last October," McBride said on Conan O'Brien's show Wednesday. "I wasted zero time. Three months later I knocked my wife up. It happened very quickly."

That would make his wife about three months pregnant, according to super-rudimentary Ministry calculations.

"I had never impregnated anyone before," the 34-year-old actor quipped. "So I didn't really realize that what they teach you in health class is actually true. That's all it takes."

When Coco asked the sex of the baby, the "Eastbound and Down" star suggested in his own humorous way that it's a boy.

"We've been told that it's either a three-legged girl or ... we either have a marathon runner or a porn star," he joked.

When this Ministry writer offered McBride congratulations during a Hero Complex live chat Thursday, he joked, "Nardine! Thank you ... we will name the baby after you." (This Ministry writer is now considering alternate careers as a marathon runner or porn star.)

'Your Highness' premiere photos: Danny McBride and James Franco McBride, who plays retired baseball player-turned high school coach Kenny Powers in the HBO comedy "Eastbound and Down," stars in the upcoming stoner comedy with James Franco and Natalie Portman. It is directed by McBride's film school buddy David Gordon Green who with McBride came up with the concept for the film.

"The idea for the movie honestly started out as a joke," he told O'Brien. "We would come up with just titles of movies and we'd quickly figure out what the movie was and if the movie wasn't good you had a drink or something like that. And 'Your Highness' was born that way ... It's about a prince who gets stoned and fights dragons. And 10 years later we have Natalie Portman and James Franco -- Oscar-nominated and winning actors."

Click the pic for more photos from the premiere.

Green said the movie was influenced by various '80s genre films including "Barbarian Queen," "Hawk the Slayer," "Labyrinth," "The Sword and the Sorcerer" "Fire and Ice" and "Barbarians" among others.

But McBride told O'Brien he had a different idea for the film.

"We could make this look like it was 'Lord of the Rings' and make it look beautiful but at the end of the day it's just one giant ... joke."

"Your Highness" hits theaters Friday.

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Photo: Danny McBride and James Franco pose together on the red carpet at the "Your Highness" premiere Friday. Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images


James Franco, Oscars writer Bruce Vilanch tweet and make up

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


James Franco gets Oscars hosting advice from Judd Apatow

James Franco gets Oscar hosting advice from Judd Apatow For James Franco's upcoming Oscar hosting gig, ponder the elite hosts before him who could offer sage advice: the likes of Billy Crystal, David Letterman, Whoopi Goldberg and Alec Baldwin.

But no. Franco instead has turned to former collaborator Judd Apatow for some helpful tips, as the funnyman and prolific producer just took a turn at hosting the Producers Guild Awards.

Engaging in a hilarious, adults-only Skype chat (see it here if you're an adult with a sense of humor), Judd suggests that James should follow the traditional method of writing jokes about the content of the year's nominated films -- you know, like oral sex. Apatow references this major, ahem, trend in flicks such as "Blue Valentine" and "Black Swan."

That should definitely be a hit with the loose, hip, prestigious academy. Franco then asks Apatow to send him all the hit jokes from his own hosting duties to be repurposed on the Oscars telecast. 

"If something works just a little bit," Apatow says, "we can give it to Anne Hathaway." 

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Photo: James Franco, right, careens toward Oscar-hosting success with sassy, savvy advice from Judd Apatow, who directed "Pineapple Express," starring Franco and Seth Rogen, left. Credit: Dale Robinette / Columbia Pictures.


Vanity Fair Hollywood issue arrives in time for Oscar [video]

Vanity-fair-hollywood-issue

This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom.

 Just as April showers bring May flowers, the Vanity Fair Hollywood issue means that Oscar is right around the corner — and the magazine has once again recruited the biggest stars in film to ring in the awards.

Who will you see on the magazine rack? Academy Awards show hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco are featured in the first part of a multi-panel cover, with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds joining them.

Anthony Mackie finds himself in a Jennifer Lawrence and Olivia Wilde sandwich as the talented bunch put their best faces forward along a clubhouse bar in a shot styled with old-school showbiz glamour. Jesse Eisenberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt get Mila Kunis as some sexy topping in a little black number, while Robert Duvall surfaces behind the bar.

New "Spider-Man" Andrew Garfield perches by Rashida Jones (who is, naturally, feeding a lion cub with a bottle), along with "Country Strong" and "Tron: Legacy" stud Garrett Hedlund and the original "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," Noomi Rapace

Check out a clip of the shoot below, and tell us your thoughts on the Hollywood issue in comments.

For the record, 2:51 p.m.: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified Jennifer Lawrence as Dianna Agron. 

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Photo: The stars of the 2011 Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue. Credit: Norman Jean Roy / Vanity Fair.


James Franco has a sex tape, Colin Firth rules on the throne

Oscar nominees James Franco and Colin Firth

James Franco has a sex tape, or at least at one point had a sex tape, or has, you know, made a sex tape, he let slip recently during a panel discussion with other Oscar hopefuls ahead of Tuesday's nominations.

"I think if anybody who has made a home sex tape knows, what feels best doesn't always look best," he said. "I remember when I was 19 doing that, and then watching it back and thinking, oh, that looks horrible.

"So ... you have a lot of respect for those actors in pornography, because they are really not just doing it, they're really selling it."

Wait, what kind of panel discussion was this, anyway?! MTV's "Skins," anyone? Never fear, Franco, up for lead actor for his performance in "127 Hours," was just shooting the breeze for Newsweek, discussing with Annette Bening, Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Natalie Portman and Michelle Williams what it takes to pull off a good screen kiss, among other things.

"It's not just the kiss that feels best, it's an image," he said. "Something different is happening if it's a good kiss."

Fellow lead actor nominee Firth, however, addressed a bit of the underlying preposterousness of an acting career.

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Sundance Film Festival: James Franco and his 'Three's Company' installation

James Franco at the Sundance Film Festival

James Franco hit Park City, Utah, this weekend for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, where the actor and upcoming Oscar host had no movie to promote -- but rather an interesting art project involving Janet, Chrissy and Jack.

Franco conceived an art installation at Main Street's Chefdance space, interpreting the raw human drama of '70s sitcom "Three's Company," wherein he re-created the characters' living room.

"There's a brown chenille couch for you to sit on, wicker coffee tables, fake plants and three faux bedroom doors where oh-so-many hijinks, blonds-are-dumb jokes and is-he-gay-or-isn't-he innuendo played out," Awards Tracker said of the space.

A Friday night party saw the likes of Eliza Dushku and Rick Fox, Anton Yelchin, Michael Rappaport and John Salley coming through for the experience.

Plenty of blond wigs were on hand to invoke some Suzanne Somers magic (which Franco himself partook in). Artist and filmmaker Carter, Franco's frequent collaborator, served as DJ.

At one point, Carter called Franco up to the stage to hype the crowd, and the "127 Hours" star seized the opportunity for some freestyle.

"James jumped up and just started singing," an onlooker told us, dropping lyrical gems like, "'I thought you found love, I thought you were love. You are not love. You are just a good ... you're a hot mess.'"

Do we smell a Franco trip-hop concept album coming? Give us your thoughts on keeping "Company" with the actor in the comments section below.

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Photo: Carter, left, and James Franco don blond wigs at the actor's "Three's Company" art pop-up in Park City, Utah. Credit: Tiffany Rose / Chefdance


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