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Who Should Oliver Stone Cast as Edward Snowden?

ShutterstockEdNortonOliver Stone calls the narrative at the center of Guardian journalist Luke Harding‘s tome The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man “one of the greatest stories of our time.” With the announcement that Stone will work closely with the British newspaper to adapt the book into a big-budget Hollywood movie, the next question becomes our headline.

The first name that popped to mind for FishbowlNY is Edward Norton, and not just because he shares the same first name. Yes, Norton is considerably older than the 30-year-old Snowden, but this terrific, fiercely intellectual actor could easily handle that challenge and certainly wouldn’t be the first thespian to portray someone younger on screen. Norton previously starred in Stone’s 1996 drama The People vs. Larry Flynt.

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Of Mice and Men and Expanding an Acting School with James Franco

Gotham magazine online editor April Walloga has a zippy Q&A with Jim Parrack, a Texas-born actor who can currently be seen alongside James Franco in the Broadway revival Of Mice and Men (in previews).

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Parrack was previously based in LA, but he recently relocated to Fort Greene, Brooklyn not just for Broadway purposes but also to watch over a separate new “Brooklyn Lab” endeavor with his Broadway co-star Franco:

“James [Franco] and I both studied at a place called Playhouse West, and the founder of the school asked me to start teaching about four years ago. One of the reasons I wanted to move out here was to extend the school out here [from Los Angeles] and start the Playhouse West Brooklyn Lab.”

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Slate Editor: Please God, Let James Franco Just Be a Creep

As we head into the weekend on the wings of James Franco‘s Live with Kelly and Michael Mea Culpa, FishbowlNY wanted to highlight a favorite bit of media reaction to all this. In case you missed.

Picking up on the suggestion by colleagues that the actor’s Instagram contretemps has some very convenient resonance with Franco’s upcoming theatrical release Palo Alto, Slate assistant editor Katy Waldman posits the equivalent of Dear God… no:

If Franco’s Instagram flirtation is performance, it is deeply, deeply tired. Can celebrities ever really achieve authenticity? Is all the world a stage? What is the value/cost of testing the edges of romantic convention, in a knowing way, for art? What is art? Who am I? God, JF, you were so much more tolerable as the poufy-lipped nothingvillain in Spider-Man.

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James Franco Writes NY Times Op-Ed About Shia LaBeouf Because Everything is Terrible

Here is how you know everything is terrible: James Franco — a man paid millions to play pretend — wrote a New York Times op-ed supporting Shia LaBeouf — another man who gets paid millions to play pretend.

LaBeouf, as you probably know, has taken to behaving like a jackass lately. He started by plagiarizing a comic written by Dan Clowes. Then when he was called out for plagiarism, he plagiarized his apologies. LaBeouf’s antics culminated in a “performance art piece” which involved him staring at people while wearing a bag over his head. In summary: LaBeouf has been acting like a spoiled child. It’s best to just ignore him, because his life isn’t that bad and he’ll (hopefully) realize that eventually.

Franco being Franco, simply cannot do that. Instead, Franco — who is just as annoying as LaBeouf — described LaBeouf’s art as “a young man in a very public profession tries to reclaim his public persona.” Franco added that LaBeouf’s behavior is basically everyone else’s fault but his own:

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Newspaper Runs Buzzsaw Through Latest ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Selection

AdamLevinePeopleIs Houston Chronicle features Web editor Dana Guthrie more of an authority on sexy men than the editors at People magazine? We might need a The Voice-style reality TV show to properly answer that rhetorical, but in the meantime Guthrie – who bills herself on Twitter as a “lover of awesomeness” – has given it her best shot with “19 Men Who Are Sexier Than Adam Levine.”

One aspect that the brief intro to Guthrie’s slideshow fails to mention is the key role here played by the words, “No thanks.” FishbowlNY can only imagine how many times People has begged, pleaded and groveled at the foot of Ryan Gosling‘s reps.

The Canadian-born actor is the perennial name now that comes up each year as the individual who should have been S-chosen. There is also a vocal group that had been lobbying this year for upcoming Man of Sexy Steel Henry Caville.

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Who Should Ellen Dance With at Next Year’s Oscars?

There are so many show-open possibilities that come to mind for Ellen DeGeneres March 2 under the tutelage of telecast producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan. And since Billy Crystal recently reminded just how tense the room is when the host first walks out, FishbowlNY would like to float out the following three options.

1) OPTION ONE – Dance With Everybody: Ellen could get the whole crowd into it, in the same way that Tilda Swinton did this spring at EbertFest in honor of the late Roger Ebert. Ellen dancing up and down the aisles would loosen the Dolby Theatre up, fast.

2) OPTION TWO – Dance With Jack: Nicholson would probably never go for it. But is there a more iconic audience member from the era when Academy Awards broadcasts were watchable? We don’t think so. A brief on-stage jig with the sunglassed one would get things off to a gold-standard start.

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The Oscars Are Now Jimmy Kimmel’s to Lose

Remember that brief March 1 New York Post “Page Six” item? Here’s a quick refresher:

Jimmy Kimmel is already being lined up to host next year’s Oscars, we’re told. One source said, “Jimmy is favored to host the Oscars next year; ABC has been pushing him for the role.” The late-night host already seems a shoo-in for the job after he earned his best post-awards show ratings on Sunday night.

We’ve been saying for several years that the logical host for the annual ABC-TV telecast is the one within walking-commute distance. Now that Seth MacFarlane has confirmed what pretty much everyone in Hollywood already knew, it’s hopefully only a matter of very little time before Kimmel finally gets his outside-the-special-box shot.

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UCLA Student Rates Professor James Franco

Recent LA Weekly intern Brittany Taylor has gifted her Culver City mentors with a really fun little item today: a Q&A with UCLA film school student Nicolas Crucio about what it was like to take James Franco‘s first-semester screenwriting class.

Taylor, also a UCLA student, ended her stint with LA Weekly in January. Franco’s multi-multi-hyphenate reputation now precedes him everywhere; here, it definitely seems like the failed Oscar host and successful-everything-else artiste did not disappoint. From Crucio’s answer when asked what the class was about:

“It’s definitely very experimental and a few people were weirded out by this. [...] The experimental part is we film on two cameras the whole class and the readings. We’ll film the feedback James gives us, the discussions of the readings and movies of the week.

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James Franco Gets Thrust Into a Very Awkward Sundance Analogy

Apparently, there is going to be a lot of sex on-screen as well as off this year at Sundance. At least that’s the Day One decoupage offered by Movie City News head honcho David Poland.

In setting the salacious scene, Poland pays a certain male A-lister the ultimate backhanded compliment (the bolding is ours):

We’ve already seen Gaby Hoffman running around buck naked – and not highly sexualized – in the title role of Crystal Fairy. But just wait til they get a load of dick. James Franco is the finger in the ass of Sundance this year, with two strong pieces.

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David Wild Revisits the James Franco-Anne Hathaway Oscar Disaster

This week’s episode of Allison Hope Weiner’s Lip.tv interview program Media Mayhem is fantastically entertaining. The guest is David Wild, who got a job straight out of college with Esquire magazine, moved on from there to a staff position with Rolling Stone before winding up (with a little help from Steven Spielberg) as a go-to guy for the Emmys, Grammys and various other awards show/celebrity tributes.

One of Wild’s Oscar writing brushes was the year that James Franco and Anne Hathaway co-hosted. Weiner asks Wild for his thoughts on why it went so wrong:

“I cannot explain it other than I felt like it was the worst blind date in show business history. It was the homecoming queen or head of drama club trying hard in the sweetest possible to put on a show, and a guy who for whatever reason I don’t think wanted to host the show. In fact he went on Jimmy Kimmel and announced his intention to be the worst host in Oscar history. So on a certain level, the show was a tremendous success, because he achieved that goal.”

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