Apparently James Franco didn’t think the Oscars were very funny either

Apparently James Franco didn’t think the Oscars were very funny either (photo)

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The Oscars this past year were lambasted, because instead of being merely unfunny, they were aggressively so, due in large part to the off-putting excitement of Anne Hathaway and the completely disinterested demeanor of her co-host James Franco. Luckily, Franco recently spoke to “Playboy” and explained that the lousy show was totally not his fault.

As picked up by the Huffington Post, Franco started off by saying, “It’s hard to talk about because it’s like assigning blame – not a fun thing to do.” He then followed up his assertion by getting right into assigning blame.

One of the most uncomfortably terrible gags at the 83rd Academy Awards saw Franco dress up like Marilyn Monroe. But the bit was originally supposed to see the actor throw on Cher drag and attempt to sing like her, a gimmick that was scuttled after Cher failed to get nominated for her role in “Burlesque.”

Franco tells “Playboy,” “I was so pissed about that I was deliberately going to fall onstage and hopefully my dress would fall off or something – they couldn’t blame that on me; I was in high heels.” Instead of pulling off what would have surely been a hilarious pratfall, however, Franco instead decided to go the more tasteful route, flashing a hipper-than-thou smirk and derailing Hathaway’s overenthusiastic mugging.

Oh! Waitaminute, our mistake: Franco’s overly sedated performance wasn’t just a result of not caring, it was actually his choice as an ACTOR. “As far as having low energy or seeming as though I wasn’t into it or was too cool for it, I thought, Okay Anne is going the enthusiastic route,” Franco explained, “I’ve been trained as an actor to respond to circumstances, to the people I’m working with, and not force anything. So I thought I would be the straight man and she could be the other, and that’s how I was trying to do those lines.”

And in case you’re still not convinced that Franco’s Oscars performance absolutely wasn’t his fault, you’ll be relieved to find out that the show, in fact, was actually great! “After the show everybody was so happy,” said Franco, “and Bruce Cohen, the show’s producer, hugged me and said ‘Steve Spielberg just told me it was the best Oscars ever!”

HuffPo’s rundown of the Franco interview is definitely worth a read, as the actor also gets into Judd Apatow being hired to write jokes for the Oscars, and his connection to a “Gay Rapist” story in the New York Post.

What do you think? Was Franco the victim of circumstances, or did he just give a lousy performance? Leave your comments below or on Twitter or Facebook.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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