James Franco

Film Independent Spirit Awards

Indie spirit was alive and well yesterday as stars modestly arrived in the parking lot at Santa Monica Beach for the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

Big winners of the evening included Best Female Lead Natalie Portman for her work in “Black Swan”, Best Male Lead James Franco for “127 Hours”, Best Feature went to “Black Swan” and Best First Feature went to the understated Robert Duvall, Bill Murray and Sissy Spacek drama “Get Low”.

Among the stars who made their way past the waiting crowd of fans were winner James Franco, “Rabbit Hole” producer and actress Nicole Kidman, “The Kids are All Right” stars Mark Ruffalo and Annette Bening, all of which are nominated for awards at tonight’s Oscars!

Art of Elysium Heaven Charity Gala

Plunging necklines, feathers and very, very short dresses were just some of the highlights at last nights star studded Art of Elysium’s fourth annual ‘Heaven’ Charity Gala.

Art of Elysium encourages ‘working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions’…

…and many stars have answered the call and have done it in style.

Nicole Richie looked elegant with a fingerwave hairdo, Milla Jovovich showed off her sexy stems in a lace mini and Leighton Meester got racy with a daring cocktail gown at the California Science Center for the charity event…

Dolce Vita

Eva Mendes, Creative Director of Gucci Frida Giannini, director Martin Scorsese and actor James Franco walk the red carpet at Auditorium Parco Della Musica for the premiere of “La Dolce Vita”, celebrating the release of a restored version 50 years after the Italian movie was first released, during the 5th International Rome Film Festival.

James Franco is the Man of the Year

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Yesterday in Boston, 30-year-old James Franco, who played Harvey Milk’s first love in the new film Milk, received the Man of the Year Award at Harvard University’s annual Hasty Pudding roast. Franco accepted the award and kissed it. While speaking during a press conference, Franco sipped from a bottle of water and seemed very eccentric, constantly rubbing his eyes and face, making faces and closing his eyes. Maybe it was just part of the act?