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James Franco Mutilates Himself In The Name Of Art

More high art on the way from Mr. James Franco. For his latest project, he is participating in a group art show called “Rebel,” a nod to “Rebel Without a Cause.” Part of the Venice Biennale and promoted by MOCA, the show is being described as a “fracturing [of] the themes and events housed within the original film and reframing them in an unresolved conceptual amalgam.” Whatever that means. Gotta love high art speak. Can anyone translate? Anyhow, James’ solo contribution is an homage to the late actor, Brad Renfro, who died of a heroin overdose in 2008, his co-star in the movie “Deuces Wild.” It is a documentation (both on photo and film) of James having Brad’s name carved into his right arm with a switchblade. I can’t tell if this sounds like artistic genius or bloated indulgence. I guess I’d have to see it. Either way, it’s pretty hardcore for James to walk around with a dead friend’s name carved into his arm. [LA Times]
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Oscar: That Forgetful 80-Year Old

“Don’t you forget about me,” were the memorable words sung by Simple Minds at the end of The Breakfast Club. The Oscar producers must have missed that flick because they forgot more than a few people last night. Like Whoopi Goldberg, who lamented on The View that she was left out of the “Past Hosts” montage. Whoopi is at least lucky she can speak up for herself, unlike Brad Renfro who recently passed away at 25-years old. The star of Apt Pupil and love interest in Ghost World was nowhere to be found amongst those honored in the Oscar’s memorial reel. And he was not the only one forgotten. Actor Allen Melvin, known for his role as Sam the butcher on The Brady Bunch, and Academy Award nominee Roy Schneider, who starred in movies such as Jaws and All That Jazz, were also conspicuously missing. When MTV asked the Academy about it, a representative said, “We’re just not able to include everyone.” Classy! Just like Gary Busey, another tragedy of the night. Busey, whose recent press photos are mug shots, was caught on E!’s red carpet pre-show attacking Jennifer Garner with a kiss to the neck. Check out the clip above. Yuck! It begs the question — who invited him? Because if there’s room for Busey, the Academy should find away to include those who are actually deserving. [MTV News] Keep reading »

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