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Spotlight: James Franco's Charity Work

James Franco is an American actor, writer, comedian and musician.

During an Inside the Actors Studio interview in 2012, Franco explained to the audience, “Helping people – that’s the key to life, the key to happiness… As an actor, you can get wrapped up in yourself and your career…A little secret is one of the greatest ways to break that is to stop thinking about yourself for a second.”

He credits Kirsten Dunst with introducing him to the joy of helping others. Dunst suggested he spend time volunteering with her chosen charity, The Art of Elysium, and the experience changed his life.

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James Franco has supported the following charities:

826 NationalAmerican Foundation for AIDS ResearchArtists for Peace and JusticeCommunities in SchoolsDonorsChoose.orgFree Arts NYCHillsidesThe Art of Elysium Read more about James Franco's charity work and events. Related articles Hollywood Domino Attracts Stars On Both Sides Of AtlanticCelebrities
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James Lipton (‘Inside the Actors Studio’) recalls extraordinary Emmy win and which Hollywood star burst into tears [Exclusive Video]

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James Lipton (‘Inside the Actors Studio’) recalls extraordinary Emmy win and which Hollywood star burst into tears [Exclusive Video]
“That was extraordinary! It did take a long time and was the sweet 16th nomination when we won the Emmy,” recalls James Lipton about his first victory for “Inside the Actors Studio” at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony in 2013. In our recent interview (watch the exclusive video above), he adds, “I was sitting […]
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Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89

Jeanne Moreau, Star of French Film Classics, Dies at 89
Acclaimed French actress Jeanne Moreau, whose films include such masterpieces as “Jules and Jim” and “Diary of a Chambermaid,” has died. She was 89.

The mayor of the Paris district in which Moreau lived confirmed her death.

French President Emmanuel Macron called her “a legend of cinema and theater … an actress engaged in the whirlwind of life with an absolute freedom.” Pierre Lescure, president of the Cannes Film Festival, tweeted: “She was strong and she didn’t like to see people pour their hearts out. Sorry, Jeanne, but this is beyond us. We are crying.”

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Moreau was honored with a 1965 Time magazine cover story, rare for a foreign actress, and was compared to such screen greats as Garbo and Monroe. Since her rise to prominence in the mid-’50s, she epitomized the tenets of the French new wave, boasting a womanly sexuality and a fierce independent spirit. Orson Welles,
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Seven Bucks Prods. Boosts TV Development Team With New Executive Hire (Exclusive)

Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, is amping up their team, bringing on a new VP of development, Variety has learned exclusively.

Former MTV and Bravo exec Chelsea Friedland has been tapped for the position of vice president of development, in which she will oversee the development of new scripted and unscripted television projects. She will also work closely with the company’s digital arm, Seven Bucks Digital Studios, to identify long form opportunities in the digital space.

“Our Seven Bucks TV slate is growing at a rapid pace and we’re thrilled to have someone like Chelsea, who understands both our vision and body of work, join as we continue to expand,” said Johnson and Garcia in a joint statement. “We have some exciting projects on the horizon our global audience will love, and look forward to having Chelsea help bring those projects to life.”

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Seven Bucks Productions hires Chelsea Friedland

Friedland joins as vice-president of development as Seven Bucks aims to bolster television development slate.

Seven Bucks Productions, co-founded by Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, have announced that Chelsea Friedland has joined as vice-president of development.

Friedland will be oversee the development of scripted and unscripted television projects and work closely with Seven Bucks Digital Studios, the digital arm of Seven Bucks Productions, to identify long-form opportunities in the digital space.

Prior to joining Seven Bucks Productions, Friedland served as the director of development for Red Bull TV, part of the first team responsible for creating original content for Red Bull’s Ott platform.

Friedland was also the senior director of development and production for MTV, where she worked on the reality series Are You The One?, and developed Nev Schulman’s spinoff, Suspect.

Before MTV, Friedland served a long tenure at Bravo, developing and producing series such as What What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, [link
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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Says Woody Allen 'Loves to Talk About Sex'

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Watch: Scarlett Johansson Says Woody Allen 'Loves to Talk About Sex'
Woody Allen is often described as a man of few words — but Scarlett Johansson knows exactly which topics get him talking.

In a clip shared exclusively with People, the Rough Night actress tells Inside the Actors Studio host James Lipton that the 81-year-old director didn’t have “much interest” in talking to her about her roles while they worked together on projects, yet “he talks a lot.”

“About food? Dinner?” Lipton asks, to which Johansson quips: “Oh, any old thing — loves to talk about sex, people’s relationships, neurotic behaviors, wonton soup. All kinds of stuff.”

Johansson, 29, has starred in
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Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson Gets Candid About Growing Up in a Low-Income Family: 'We Were Living on Welfare'

Exclusive: Scarlett Johansson Gets Candid About Growing Up in a Low-Income Family: 'We Were Living on Welfare'
Scarlett Johansson is opening up about about being raised in a low-income family.

Related: Scarlett Johansson Calls Out Social Stigmas Surrounding Female Sexuality: ‘It’s Almost Forbidden’

The 32-year-old actress gets candid about living on welfare as a kid, telling James Lipton on Thursday's episode of Inside the Actors Studio how she was brought up.

"We were living on welfare, we were on food stamps," Johansson says in a clip from tonight's episode. "My parents
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Scarlett Johansson talks Black Widow on Inside the Actors Studio

Scarlett Johansson has revealed new details about her role as Black Widow in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, during an appearance on Bravo’s Inside the Actors Studio. In one clip from tonight’s episode the star, the highest-grossing female actor of all time, reveals how when she first saw the catsuit she had to wear it totally freaked her out. She tells host James Lipton the prospect of wearing such a revealing and figure-hugging item was “daunting”. Lipton says: “You have described the first time you saw the catsuit as a bit of a freak-out moment. Why?” She says: “What do mean why?...read more
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Every Adorable Thing Jim Parsons Has Said About His Longtime Love (and Now Husband!) Todd Spiewak

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Every Adorable Thing Jim Parsons Has Said About His Longtime Love (and Now Husband!) Todd Spiewak
Congratulations are in order to Jim Parsons and Todd Spiewak — they’re married!

A rep for Parsons confirmed to People on Sunday that the Big Bang Theory actor tied the knot with graphic designer Spiewak after more than 14 years together. On Monday, Parsons took to Instagram to share an adorable photo of their Saturday nuptials at the Rainbow Room, keeping the caption short and sweet with just the date and a simple heart emoji.

Parsons, 44, quietly came out in a May 2012 New York Times profile that matter-of-factly described him as “gay and in a 10-year relationship.” At the time, Spiewak’s identity wasn’t disclosed,
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Bravo Renews 14 Series; Orders 'Million Dollar Listing,' 'Southern Charm' Spinoffs

Bravo is gearing up for its parent company's annual upfront presentation.

On Thursday, the cabler handed out renewals to 14 unscripted series, while greenlighting six new projects including spinoffs of Million Dollar Listing and Southern Charm, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Renewed series include five iterations of the widely popular Real Housewives franchise, including Orange County, Atlanta, New Jersey, Beverly Hills and Dallas. Also returning are Vanderpump Rules, Shahs of Sunset, Flipping Out, Don't Be Tardy, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, Married to Medicine, Summer House and Emmy winner Inside the Actors Studio.

That slate joins already renewed scripted series Imposters...
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Cuba Gooding Jr. Breaks His Silence on His Father’s Death as He Returns to Work One Day Later

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Cuba Gooding Jr. Breaks His Silence on His Father’s Death as He Returns to Work One Day Later
Cuba Gooding Jr. is staying strong.

The American Horror Story actor was spotted Friday on the Toronto set of his new film, Life in a Year, just one day after the death of his father, Cuba Gooding Sr.

Sporting a bright blue jacket, black pants, and grey sneakers, the Oscar-winner was seen with his costar, Jaden Smith, looking in good spirits as they walked and talked together.

Life in a Year follows the story of a 17-year-old boy who sets out to give his girlfriend an entire life after discovering that she is dying. Cara Delevingne will portray Smith’s girlfriend.
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Cuba Gooding Sr., 70s Singer and Father to Cuba Jr., Dead at 72: Report

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Cuba Gooding Sr., 70s Singer and Father to Cuba Jr., Dead at 72: Report
Cuba Gooding Sr., a popular soul singer in the 1970s and father of Academy Award winner Cuba Gooding Jr., died Thursday, reports TMZ. He was 72.

Gooding Sr. was found slumped over in his silver Jaguar, which was parked on a street in Woodland Hills, CA, according to the report. TMZ says the fire department responded to the scene and attempted CPR, but could not resuscitate him.

Gooding Sr. was the lead singer of the band The Main Ingredient, which was best known for the hit song, “Everybody Plays the Fool.”

He was married to wife Shirley Gooding twice; they separated
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Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’

Exclusive: An Oral History of 'Girls' Fan and Cast Favorite: ‘Welcome to Bushwick aka the Crackcident’
Dubbed a millennial’s answer to Sex and the City when it premiered, Girls proved itself to be much more than that. Created by Lena Dunham, the show started out as a spotlight on a group of 20-something women -- Hannah (Dunham), Marnie (Allison Williams), Jessa (Jemima Kirke) and Shoshanna (Zosia Mamet) -- who were as lost as they were indignant about perceived notions of what it means to be an adult, with Hannah proclaiming herself to be a voice of a generation in the pilot episode.

Over the course of six seasons and 62 episodes, the HBO series expanded its world to include as many men -- Adam (Adam Driver), Ray (Alex Karpovsky), Elijah (Andrew Rannells) and Desi (Ebon Moss-Bachrach) -- as there were women while addressing issues of adulthood, addiction, rape, sexism and idealism.

More: The Cast of 'Girls' Looks Ahead to Final Season and a Long Goodbye

Every season, fans followed
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13 Little-Known Facts About Goldie Hawn That Every Fan Should Know

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13 Little-Known Facts About Goldie Hawn That Every Fan Should Know
We all know Goldie Hawn for her infectious laugh, her unapologetic sense of humor, and her résumé stacked with iconic film roles, but there's a lot about the Hollywood family matriarch and Academy Award winner that you might not be aware of. From the career she might have had to why it took her and longtime partner Kurt Russell so long to get together, we've rounded up all the nuggets of trivia any Goldie fan should know. She almost ditched acting to be a country singer. Can you imagine a world where instead of filming movies like Overboard and Private Benjamin, Goldie was belting it out onstage at the Grand Ole Opry? In 1972, she recorded a country LP for Warner Brothers called Goldie, with the lead single titled "Pitta Patta." Although she had the help of country icons Dolly Parton and Buck Owens on the album, she ended up picking Hollywood over Nashville.
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Lena Dunham and co-stars reminisce all-things Girls on Inside the Actors Studio

Lena Dunham and co-stars Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams reminisce all things Girls on Inside the Actors Studio with James Lipton tonight — before the final season starts on Sunday. The cast of the HBO show join Lipton as they talk about their favorite moments, and what it was like making the series. They ladies also reveal lots of details about their own personal lives — including some facts they didn’t know about each other. At one point Zosia Mamet leaves the other ladies stuns when she reveals that her grandfather on her mother’s side was the playwright Russel Crouse,...read more
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The Girls Cast is Visiting Inside the Actor’s Studio: SNL Skit Has to Follow

The cast of Girls have been doing their farewells this week. Allison Williams was the most recent member to “move on” from the show by coloring her hair blond. But I just found out that the cast is going to be on Inside the Actors Studio tonight on Bravo. Host James Lipton chats with the cast which will include creator-star Lena Dunham, Jemima Kirke, Zosia Mamet and Allison Williams. Apparently on the episode Williams showcases her singing chops; and Mamet reveals an ancestral anecdote. It doesn’t seem that any male cast members will make an appearance so we’ll have

The Girls Cast is Visiting Inside the Actor’s Studio: SNL Skit Has to Follow
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Top Video Game Designers Share Their Insights In New Web Series

A new web series is giving its viewers a peek into the world of game design. The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (Aias) has announced Game Makers, in which notable developers share the tips that have led the to the top of their industry.

The developers featured in Game Makers range from bigwigs like Metal Gear Solid’s Hideo Kojima to indie darlings like Journey’s Jenova Chen. Across the show’s ten episodes, its guests will discuss everything from design to story writing to the future of the industry. The Game Makers trailer gives off a bit of an “Inside the Actors Studio for gaming” feel in terms of how thoroughly its interviewees describe the process of game design.

“The landscape of storytelling in games has changed over the past few years,” said The Game Makers’ series creator and director Jennie Kong in a press release. “Video game and
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That Time Police Came While Cuba Gooding Jr. Did an Iconic Jerry Maguire Scene

That Time Police Came While Cuba Gooding Jr. Did an Iconic Jerry Maguire Scene
Cuba Gooding Jr. will show James Lipton the money. And by that, obviously, we mean spill the tea on his career when he stops by Inside the Actors Studio on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. The Oscar winner will dish all things The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Jerry Maguire and more, including getting his start as a young break-dancer in Los Angeles and how he convinced Ryan Murphy he was the only one right for the part of O.J. Simpson. Plus, look for Gooding Jr. to dish on what it's like working with other A-list talent such as Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Robin Williams, Robert DeNiro and Sarah Paulson. In the clip above, Gooding Jr. tells Lipton about a particular crazy time shooting Jerry...
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Viola Davis talks to James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio

This week Inside the Actors Studio features an interview with actress and producer Viola Davis. The star of stage and screen chats about the challenges she has faced during her career and the places and people she drew inspiration from. She also talks about some of her many performances and looks back on some of her achievements. Davis has appeared in dozens of roles on stage, TV and on the big screen. Her most famous include the likes of as Ruby McCollum in Everybody’s Ruby and her Tony winnning performance as Rose Maxson in the revival of Fences. On TV she most...read more
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