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Things We Saw Today: Lifetime Greenlit a Michael Jackson Biopic But It Might Not Be That Bad

Maybe.

Lifetime just greenlit a two-hour film based on the singer's finals years and seen through the eyes of his bodyguards.

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James Franco the Latest Mysterious Cast Reveal From Alien: Covenant

And also...there's a toy version of Michael Fassbender's severed head! Did Christmas come early, or what?

James Franco seems to be really good at popping up in places where you wouldn't necessarily expect a James Franco to pop up. The latest place is in the upcoming installment of the Alien franchise, Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant.

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Things We Saw Today: Try Not to Tear Up at Michael Giacchino’s Rogue One Score

Michael Giacchino might've only had four and a half weeks to write the score for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but judging from this highlight he didn't waste a single moment.

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Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter May Star in JT Leroy Biopic

Tag this one #mixedfeelings. You might be familiar with JT Leroy, the author of the 1999 novel, Sarah, which fictioalized "his life" as a trans hustler and drug addict, among other things. Apparently, the entirety of JT Leroy was a fiction, as he never existed. JT Leroy was actually the creation of a cis woman, a musician named Laura Albert, who wrote Leroy's work, and Savannah Knoop, who played him in his rare public appearances. That hoax is now the subject of an upcoming feature.

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Priyanka Chopra Is Kamala Khan in Marvel Avengers Academy; Alison Brie, Dave Franco Also on Board

Over Twitter earlier today, Priyanka Chopra announced that she'll be joining the voice cast of Marvel Avengers Academy as Kamala Khan!

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James Franco, Zola, and the Colonization of Black Twitter

Given the climate we are currently in where gatekeeping women of color in Hollywood is so prevalent, when whitewashing Black actors in films like Gods of Egypt and taking away acting roles from so many actors of color seems to be the status quo, why elect to have yet another white male director tell a Black woman’s story? Where do we go next with allowing marginalized groups to reap the financial benefit of sharing and telling their own stories?

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Stephen King’s 11.22.63 Gets a Release Date on Hulu

The streaming company announced a release date for its adaptation of Stephen King's time-travel thriller 11/22/63, which will be airing in nine hour-long parts starting on February 15th (President's Day).

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What a Story! James Franco to Direct, Star as Tommy Wiseau in Movie About The Room

*flings spoon*

Wiseau will be played by...the exact kind of person Wiseau would probably cast to play himself.

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Review: Just Because You Can See The Interview Doesn’t Mean You Should

I must admit, even before everything happened, I was pretty underwhelmed by what I was watching, and I can’t imagine how audiences who have gone through ups and downs of this release will feel about the actual film - or if they will even care about the quality of the film. It has, apparently, become a symbol for freedom.

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Would You Eat A Salami Made Of 40% Kanye West?

No disrespect to non-human salami.

Soon it may be literally possible to eat the rich. Although at first glance Bitelabs might seem like any internet startup, they're not just your typical group of Silicon Valley biotech gourmands. In their own words, Bitelabs wants to "mix celebrity and animal meats into curated salami blends."

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James Franco Will Direct And Possibly Star In A Movie About The Making Of The Room

You are TEARING ME APART, FRANCO!

In what has to be the weirdest sentence I've ever typed out, James Franco announced yesterday that he will be making a movie based on the making of Tommy Wiseau's The Room. I say that's the weirdest sentence because basically any time you do anything even tangentially related to Tommy Wiseau, you're in for an incredibly wild ride.

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James Franco Joins The Veronica Mars Movie?

Just Go With It

James "I'm in everything" Franco has seemingly landed himself a new gig. A role in the upcoming Veronica Mars movie! But who will he play? 

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The Little Prince Movie Gets Director, Oscar-Winning Actors For Me To Be Worried At

I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

I'm not exactly sure why I'm so worried about this animated adaptation of The Little Prince. It's not like Antoine de Saint-Exupery's classic children's novella is untouched by the hands of film and TV. And there's nothing wrong with adaptation on a basic level. There's just something about the notion of a star-filled version of the notoriously sad book that puts me on high alert. Don't happi-fy this one, Hollywood. That said, the actors involved give me no small bit of hope.

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Watch James Franco Get Utterly Schooled Trying to Out-Geek Stephen Colbert On Tolkien [VIDEO]

Questions! Questions That Need Answering

James Franco was on The Colbert Report last night to promote Oz the Great and Powerful. And the Oz portion of his interview is fine. But if you skip to 5:19 you can see the good stuff: Franco tried to tried to trip up Colbert—who is the biggest Tolkien geek Peter Jackson has ever met, if you'll remember—with a question about The Silmarillion. The result is hilarious. James Franco, you sweet summer child. One does not simply challenge Stephen Colbert on his Tolkien knowledge. (via: MTV Movies Blog) Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Pinterest, & Google +?

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Casts Jason Clarke As Its New James Franco

Officially Official

We already knew that James Franco probably wouldn't be facing off against any damn dirty apes in Matt Reeves' Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the sequel to 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. And now we know who'll be fulfilling the role of ostensible-lead-because-they're-human-but-really-we-all-know-Andy-Serkis-is-the-star-here: Zero Dark Thirty's Jason Clarke.

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Get Ready to Feel Old: The Vanity Fair Freaks and Geeks Reunion Photoshoot

Olden Lore

I don't want to be the bearer of bad news, but there are children born after the final episodes of Freaks and Geeks aired, following a fan campaign to get three unaired episodes onto television, who are probably already preparing for their Bar and Bat Mitzvot. Look... I'll just leave you with some of the pictures from Vanity Fair's photoshoot. There are lots more at their gallery, and they've also got a bunch of never before seen set pictures, a history of the show from the actors and creators, and creator Paul Feig explaining what would have happened in the never-made season two.

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Watch The First Trailer For Oz: The Great And Powerful

All this has happened before...

A lot of new footage is being premiered at Comic-Con this weekend in San Diego. Some of it will be delivered to the masses post-con, some won't, and plenty will even though it's not supposed to. But what we have here is the first look from Disney at director Sam Raimi's dive into the world of L. Frank Baum, Oz: The Great and Powerful. The film stars James Franco as Oz himself, Mila Kunis as Theodora, Rachel Weisz as Evanora, and Michelle Williams as Glinda. You won't see the Scarecrow, Tin Man, or Cowardly Lion in this film apparently but you will see Raimi's pal Bruce Campbell (just not in this trailer) and the 1973 Oldsmobile. Oh and, don't adjust your monitors. (via Blastr)

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Things We Saw Today: Two Guys, A Marriage, & A Comic Shop

Things We Saw Today

Congratulations are in order for Ohio couple Scott Everhart and Jason Welker who tied the knot yesterday at Midtown Comics in New York City. The two had their first date at a comic-related event so it only made sense to get married in front of a wall of comics. All Astonishing X-Men #51 to be exact. (via The Advocate

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Good Message For the Kids: Teach Girls to Survive Zits, Teach Boys to Survive Frostbite

Natural Disasters

So, we're not going to get too outraged over this because it's ridiculous. But let this be a guide to what not to buy the grade-schooler in your life. Ryan North at What Are the Haps came across these books in a bookstore -- in the year 2012 -- and provided a list of the chapters contained within both the "Girls Only" edition as well as the "Boys Only" one. If you're thinking that both books provide children of both genders useful survival skills in the face of actual emergencies ... you are about half correct. Unless you consider "becoming rich" an emergency. (Spoiler: "How to Survive Becoming Rich" is in the girls' book. Good to know the author has faith that girls can become rich, but only in a way that causes them severe psychological problems.)

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A Hanukkah Miracle: Bruce Campbell Is Back in Oz: The Great and Powerful!

And All Was Right With the World

If you were disappointed last month to hear that dashing man-about-town/cult favorite Bruce Campbell was cut from Sam Raimi's upcoming Oz: The Great and Powerful, we have some very excellent news to share with you! Apparently, the scene that was cut is back in, and now we will see yet another "pivotal" Campbell cameo in a Sam Raimi movie. It's better than Christmas, because Hanukkah is already here! A Hanukkah miracle, indeed!

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