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James Franco On His Album And Nakedly Putting Himself Into His Art

James Franco On His Album And Nakedly Putting Himself Into His Art (photo)

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James Franco is not content just acting in half a dozen films a year, portraying a serial killer on “General Hospital,” writing books and having art shows, all while getting his PHD at Yale — he’s also ventured into music with performance artist pal, Kalup Linzy.

The two met at an art exhibition in 2009, in Miami, where Franco was struck by what Linzy was doing. The prolific actor told the Guardian that he “had one of those moments where you see art or read a book and it strikes you as a spirit that’s akin to yours.” Franco got Linzy a cameo on “General Hospital,” and the two have since been collaborating on a bunch of admirably weird things they describe on their facebook page as a place “where dreams, art, music, films, soap operas, real life, and performance art collide.”

“[Linzy] has given me a lot of confidence, showing me how you can boldly and nakedly put yourself into your work,” Franco said of his musical collaborator. The duo drop their EP “Turn It Up” produced by DJ/rupture, July 12th on Dutty Artz. There have been a bunch of videos of these two floating around doing their thing, including one (below) of Kalup and Franco performing a big band version of CCR’s “Proud Mary.”

And here’s a clip of these two soulmates doing a song called “Broken,” featuring Linzy crooning, It’s Broken / It’s bleeding / It’s fallen, while underneath it Franco does this tortured/hilarious spoken word thing, This pain in me has arrested me / You don’t need love, Making fun of me, Making fun of me.

“Broken” by Kalup and Franco

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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