James-Franco  by Michael Aushenker

James Franco is certainly trending on Hollywood’s collective search engine.
The prolific young actor is frequently depicted as Tinseltown’s Renaissance man, earning him a reputation that saw slacker comedy buds Seth Rogen, Jonah Hill and Aziz Ansari poking fun last month during a Comedy Central roast that there isn’t much Franco won’t do.
The Academy Award-nominated actor (for Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours”) has not only starred in six movies out or due out this year alone, he’s also produced and directed a film of his own, played a role on “General Hospital,” spent time in college as a student and an instructor, written novels and short stories and poems, displayed paintings at museums in New York and L.A., raised funds for numerous charities and is slated to host “James Franco Presents,” a TV show chronicling his adventures in the art world.
Add keynote speaker to the list.
In a Live Talks L.A. speaker series gig billed “An Evening with James Franco,” Franco will discuss his latest novel, “Actors Anonymous,” and how the heck he does it all on Sunday evening at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica.
So far, 35-year-old Franco’s been having a good year. “Oz the Great and Powerful,” in which he starred as the titular wizard, grossed nearly half a billion dollars worldwide. He made waves as a rap-obsessed gangster in the controversial film “Spring Breakers,” starred as an exaggerated version of himself in the sleeper hit “This is the End” and is slated to make his Broadway debut in a revival of John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.”
As if all of this is not enough, there’s likely more Francomania to come. As The Argonaut’s editorial intern swooned recently, the best thing about James Franco may be his younger brother, rising star David Franco. This is certainly not the end.
Michael@ArgonautNews.com

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