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James Franco appears on LIVE with Kelly and Michael on April 4, 2014, and responds to a controversy in which a 17-year-old girl, Lucy Clode, posted an Instagram chat between the two that shows him flirting with her. He said he was embarrassed about it. - Provided courtesy of WABC

James Franco has broken his silence about a recent report that said he flirted with a 17-year-old Scottish girl on Instagram, saying that he is "embarrassed" and "used bad judgment."

The 35-year-old actor made his comments on the syndicated morning show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael" on Friday, April 4, two days after the reported exchange, which went viral. The news also comes ahead of the release of his new movie "Palo Alto," which shows his character romancing an underage girl. The film is set for release in May -- the same month the Scottish teen, named Lucy Clode, turns 18.

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James Franco appears at a press conference for the film Homefront on Nov. 17, 2013. - Provided courtesy of MUNAWAR HOSAIN /startraksphoto.com

James Franco analyzes Shia LaBeouf's recent behavior in a new op-ed featured in The New York Times.

The piece, which is titled "Why Actors Act Out, was printed in the newspaper on Wednesday, Feb. 20. In it, Franco brings up LaBeouf's plagiarism controversy, the time the 27-year-old actor wore a paper bag on his head at the Berlin Film Festival and LaBeouf's participation in the #IAMSORRY art exhibit.

Leighton Meester films the movie Like Sunday, Like Rain in New York on Sept. 17, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Ken Katz / Startraksphoto.com

Leighton Meester, who famously played New York socialite Blair Waldorf on the CW show "Gossip Girl," will make her Broadway debut in a 2014 revival of the play "Of Mice and Men," joining James Franco and Chris O'Dowd.

The story is based on John Steinbeck's 1937 novel, which focuses on migrant ranch workers George and Lennie. The two travel west across the United States in search of jobs during the Great Depression. Franco will play George, while O'Dowd will take on the role of Lennie. Meester is set to play the wife of their boss' son, Curly, and gets cozy with Lennie.

Natalie Portman appears in a scene from the movie Your Highness. - Provided courtesy of Universal Pictures Natalie Portman joins Danny McBride in a new medieval comedy, 'Your Highness,' from the director of 'Pineapple Express.'
James Franco and David Letterman discuss the banning of Harmony Korine during a taping of the Late Show with David Letterman on March 26, 2013. - Provided courtesy of AP / CBS / Worldwide Pants Incorporated

Harmony Korine -- banned from "David Letterman"? The talk show host has cleared up rumors with James Franco about the backstage shenanigans of the 'Spring Breakers' director, which involved Meryl Streep, a push and a rifled purse.

"I heard he was banned from the show," said Franco, who portrays a drug and arms dealer in Korine's recently released film, during a recent episode of "The Late Show with David Letterman."

Seth Rogen speaks at James Francos Hollywood star ceremony in Los Angeles on March 7, 2013. - Provided courtesy of OTRC

James Franco had another occasion to celebrate before Friday's release of his newest film, Disney's "Oz the Great and Powerful" -- a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The 34-year-old actor was joined at the Thursday ceremony by his mother Betsy and brother Dave as well as the movie's director, Sam Raimi, and friend and frequent co-star Seth Rogen, who appeared with him in the 1990s series "Freaks and Geeks" and the 2008 stoner film "Pineapple Express." The actor took the opportunity to showcase his standup comedy skills, delighting much of the crowd.

Actor James Franco (R), his brother Dave Franco (L) and his mother Betsy Franco (C) attend a ceremony honoring James Franco with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on March 7, 2013 in Hollywood, California. - Provided courtesy of Alberto E. Rodriguez/WireImage

See photos of James Franco's Walk of Fame star ceremony where he posed with his mom and brother Dave Franco on March 7.

"Pineapple Express" co-star Seth Rogen was there as well as "Oz the Great and Powerful" director Sam Raimi. "Oz the Great and Powerful" hits theaters on March 8.

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Seth Rogen speaks at James Francos Hollywood star ceremony in Los Angeles on March 7, 2013. - Provided courtesy of OTRC Seth Rogen jokes around at co-star James Franco's Hollywood star ceremony on March 7, 2013.
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James Franco speaks at his Hollywood Walk of Fame star ceremony on Thursday, March 7, 2013. - Provided courtesy of OTRC James Franco speaks at his Hollywood star ceremony on Thursday, March 7, 2013.
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James Franco appears in a TouTube video posted on director Travis Mathews YouTube page on March 4, 2013. - Provided courtesy of youtube.com/user/TravisMathewsP

James Franco says an Australian government ban on several public screenings of the gay film "I Want Your Love" over "explicit sexual activity" is "silly" and "embarrassing."

The 34-year-old actor made his comments in a video posted on the official YouTube page of his colleague and the movie's American director, Travis Stewart, on Monday, March 4.

L to R: Selena Gomez, Vanessa Hudgens, Rachel Korine and Ashley Benson appear in a scene from the 2013 movie Spring Breakers. - Provided courtesy of Muse Productions / Annapurna Pictures

A blonde Vanessa Hudgens, a gold tooth-capped James Franco, a cover of Britney Spears' Baby One More Time," coeds in bikinis and women kissing are just some of the highlights of the upcoming raunchy R-rated action film "Spring Breakers," as seen in a trailer released on January 17.

The movie was directed by Harmony Korine and stars Hudgens, fellow Disney Channel alum Selena Gomez, "Pretty Little Liars" star Ashley Benson and the director's wife Rachel as a group of college students who get into more than just your typical spring break hijinks.

A witch appears in a poster for Disneys 2013 film Oz the Great and Powerful. - Provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

A new official poster for the new Disney film "Oz The Great and Powerful" has been released and shows what fans of the "Wizard of Oz" franchise have been expecting eagerly -- an image of a witch.

A spokesperson for the studio told OTRC.com on Wednesday, December 19, that the identity of the person, who sports green skin and a black, pointy hat and corset dress, will not be identified for now.

James Franco and Ashley Benson participate in a photo call and press conference for the film Spring Breakers at TIFF Bell Lightbox during the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday Sept. 7, 2012 in Toronto. - Provided courtesy of AP / Evan Agostini / Invision

Looks like James Franco didn't fall run off with his "Spring Breakers" co-star .

The 34-year-old actor has slammed reports that he is dating 22-year-old Ashley Benson. According to Radar Online, the pair were romantically linked and it was rumored that Benson broke up with Justin Bieber's best friend Ryan Good to pursue the relationship.

Michelle Williams talks about Oz the Great and Powerful at San Diego on July 13, 2012. - Provided courtesy of Disney

Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis joined director Sam Raimi at Comic-Con in San Diego on July 13 for the "Oz: The Great and Powerful" panel. Williams dished to reporters before the panel that she felt very lucky to be a part of the production and considered it a family film.

"I felt very lucky to be included in that group and also to put ... it's nice to put a little good back into the world," she said in an interview provided by Walt Disney Pictures, the film's studio. "I think it really is, at its heart, a family movie and I was excited to be a part of that."


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