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Exclusive: Read James Franco’s New Poetry

Hollywood Dreaming
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Read Franco's poetry about Spring Breakers and Sean Penn, excerpted from his forthcoming book Hollywood Dreaming

The latest project from multi-hyphenate movie star James Franco will be the book Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems, due out Sept. 23, 2014. The book includes snapshots, short stories, essays and poems — including the two excerpted below.

ANGELZ

That was a time we had down in F-L-A.

It was something, like with all movies,

That was special, like a bubble, in which

We all lived, a magic time, where we all

 

Came together. This is how it iz on all filmz

But this one was special, because them girlz

Was doin’ sumptin like this fo’ the first time

And they wanted to be rescued, di’n’ they.

 

At first they was excited, and said yes, yes,

Then they was scared, and pulled back,

Because they waz still loyal to all them fanz

Of theirs, the young wunz, impressionable.

 

But then it changed, once again, when I arrived

Because I waz the electricity that shocked dem

Into place, you see how that happened?

They was hot young things with skillz of sex

 

That I brought to the fore, and galvanized.

 

 

SEAN II

They called you Sean

De Niro because of your

Dedication. An actor

As engrossed in his role

As De Niro, as LaMotta,

You were Spicoli, stoner,

Prophet, entertainer, politico.

 

Smart enough to know

Not to give too much:

That ordering pizza

In class was the move

That would last.

Everyone loves a loser

If he smiles; everyone

Wants to relax.

 

Spicoli, in his dream, won

Surf contests, and had babes

On his arms, and was asked:

“A lot of people expected

Maybe Mark ‘Cutback’ Davis

Or Bob ‘Jungle Death’ Gerrard

Would take the honors

This year.” You said,

“Those dudes are fags.”

 

And when he introduced you

For your nomination for Milk,

De Niro, now your friend, said

He couldn’t believe you

Had been cast in all those

Straight roles, because

In Milk you were such

A fine homo. And when

You and I kissed

On Castro Street, it was for a full minute.

Your beard was like my father’s.

 

Excerpted from Hollywood Dreaming: Stories, Pictures, and Poems by James Franco, published by Insight Editions. Copyright © 2014 James Franco

TIME Television

Darrell Hammond Is Headed Back to SNL As the Voice of the Show

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Actor Darrell Hammond visits the SiriusXM studios on January 23, 2013 in New York City. Ilya S. Savenok—Getty Images

Live from New York, it's Darrell Hammond

Darrell Hammond, the longest-serving cast member in Saturday Night Live history, is returning to be the voice of the show.

Hammond will take over as the show’s announcer after Don Pardo, the host for all 39 seasons of SNL, died in August at age 96. The show’s 40th season begins Sept. 27.

SNL’s Weekend Update segment confirmed the move—first reported by the New York Times and USA Today—in a tweet:

Hammond, the master of impressions, was a cast member from 1995 until 2009. As host, he won’t be expected to replicate Pardo’s announcer voice, Executive Producer Lorne Michaels told the Times.

“He had the greatest run and he’s a completely beloved figure. So I thought: Don’t turn this into something else. That period ended,” he said. “I think it will be good to have Darrell doing his own separate thing.”

TIME Security

Apple: We Can’t Give Your iPhone Data to the Government

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Apple CEO Tim Cook shows off the new iPhone 6 and the Apple Watch during an Apple special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts on September 9, 2014 in Cupertino, California. Justin Sullivan—Getty Images

"We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers."

After dozens of celebrities had their most intimate photos stored on Apple’s iCloud service stolen by hackers and released online, the company used Wednesday’s iOS 8 update launch to defend its concern for privacy and introduce new security measures.

In an open letter posted on Apple’s website, CEO Tim Cook stressed the company’s efforts to keep consumers’ information private and sought to distinguish Apple from how its competitors use personal data.

“A few years ago, users of Internet services began to realize that when an online service is free, you’re not the customer. You’re the product,” Cook wrote, referring to how major websites, such as Google and Facebook, use personal information and personal activity online to tailor advertisements to their users. “But at Apple, we believe a great customer experience shouldn’t come at the expense of your privacy.”

The statement is particularly pertinent after the Sept. 8 announcement of a smartwatch and new apps on the upcoming iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus that represent Apple’s most significant foray into health tracking and mobile payments.

“Our business model is very straightforward: We sell great products. We don’t build a profile based on your email content or web browsing habits to sell to advertisers.”

Apple does have a service that tailors ads based on some of what Apple knows about users, but Cook wrote that the service doesn’t pull data from products like Apple’s health apps or the Mail app.

Cook also addressed allegations that the U.S. government has collaborated with major Internet firms to gather data on users, saying Apple has not allowed access to its servers and has “never worked with any government agency from any country” to allow exclusive access to personal information retained by Apple.

Apple also said that iOS 8, the newest iPhone operating system, would automatically encrypt data stored on iPhones and protected by your passcode, making it impossible for even Apple to share that information with the government or law enforcement. That encryption rule, however, doesn’t apply to data stored on Apple’s iCloud storage service.

“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” said Apple. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

 

TIME Music

R&B Singer August Alsina Collapsed During His New York Show

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Recording artist August Alsina visits BET studio on September 15, 2014 in New York City. Bennett Raglin—BET/Getty

There's no word yet on the "No Love" singer's condition

R&B singer August Alsina collapsed and fell off the stage during a Monday night concert at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza, E! News reports.

In disturbing fan videos, security personnel are seen gesturing for someone to cut the music and then rushing toward Alsina — BET’s best new artist of the year — after he tumbles into a stunned crowd.

Security brought Alsina backstage, and paramedics later loaded him into an ambulance. The singer was alert enough to wave to fans from the stretcher, TMZ says.

The reasons for the 22-year-old’s collapse, as well as his current condition, are still unknown, E! News says.

The show was the third of four concerts in Alsina’s Testimony Live tour. The last concert is scheduled for Sept. 21 in Kansas.

Just hours before his ill-fated performance, Alsina released the video for “No Love (Remix)” — a duet with rap idol Nicki Minaj.

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Kanye West Hits Back Over Wheelchair Gaffe in Epic Rant

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Kanye West performs live at Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Brisbane, Australia, on Sept. 15, 2014 Bradley Kanaris—Getty Images

And we mean epic

Kanye West has hit back at those who made a big deal of his stopping a concert in Sydney.

At last week’s Sydney show, he castigated two audience members for not standing up and dancing, not realizing that one was wheelchair-bound and the other had a prosthetic limb.

In a disjointed rant on Monday night that knocked everyone from Ben Affleck to Matt Lauer to Whoopi Goldberg, West lashed out at the media for criticizing his behavior, the Daily Beast reports.

The riposte was delivered during his concert in Brisbane, where West is bringing his Australian tour to a close.

“It’s like, ‘Welcome to today’s news, ladies and gentlemen.’ We’ve got Americans getting killed on TV, kids getting killed every weekend in Chicago, unarmed people being killed by police officers,” said West to the Brisbane crowd.

“It makes you just want to reflect on what are the things that are, uh, a little bit more sensationalized.”

Those sensationalized things, he implied, included a big-name rapper mistakenly harassing two disabled concertgoers.

The rest of his address went on in rambling West fashion, with the artist claiming that his music transcended mere news.

“This is real expression. This is real artistry. You know, an artist’s career doesn’t happen in one cycle of news — an artist’s career happens in a lifetime,” he said. “And if you’re a true artist, you’re willing to die for what you believe in,” he continued.

The superstar said he could have tweeted or put out a statement about the wheelchair nonscandal, but chose instead “talk directly” to the audience and “break this s- -t down for real, intelligent people.”

A partial video of the five-minute rant is available on TMZ.

TIME celebrities

David Beckham Wants Scots to Vote ‘No’

"What unites us is much greater than what divides us"

Soccer icon David Beckham has endorsed the No vote for Scottish independence, calling for the U.K. to maintain its “historic bond” ahead of its referendum this week.

“The decision on whether to leave our shared country is, of course down to you, it is not my intention to tell you what to do. Nevertheless, that decision will have a huge effect on each and every one of us in the United Kingdom,” Mr. Posh Spice wrote in an open letter supporting the Let’s Stay Together petition, according to Scottish Daily Mail political editor Alan Roden.

In the letter, which Roden tweeted on Monday, Beckham talks about the pride he felt representing the U.K. during London’s Olympic bid. More than 200 famous Brits and 10,000 citizens have signed the petition.

“My sincere hope is that you will vote to renew our historic bond which has been such a success over the centuries and the envy of the entire world,” Beckham’s letter continues. “What unites us is much greater than what divides us.”

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Cops Detained Django Unchained Actress After 911 Call for Indecent Exposure

LAPD releases statement in response to public complaint by Danièle Watts that she was unfairly treated

Los Angeles police say Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts was detained and handcuffed after the cops received a 911 call about a couple involved in indecent exposure in a car.

On Thursday, Watts posted an account of the incident on her Facebook page, writing that she had not been doing anything wrong when she was approached by the police: “I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” the post reads.

In a statement, the Los Angeles police said a 911 operator received a call that a man and woman were involved in indecent exposure in a silver Mercedes with the car door open. “Upon further investigation it was determined that no crime had been committed,” the statement reads. “Ms. Watts and her companion were subsequently released.” The department says an internal complaint investigation has been launched to look into the incident.

Watts says she was merely kissing her partner, Brian James Lucas, when the police approached them asking for identification. Lucas gave the police his ID, but Watts refused to hand over hers in the belief that she’d done nothing wrong. The police subsequently handcuffed Watts. According to Lucas’ account on his Facebook page, he believes the police thought Watts was a prostitute.

“It’s not a crime to be fully clothed showing public affection in our car,” Watts said in an interview with CNN Monday. “It’s my right and my pleasure to enjoy myself… I don’t feel like I should be ashamed about it.”

Watts told CNN she was “humbled by the experience” of having her story told to the world.

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A Statue of Amy Winehouse Has Been Unveiled in London

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A statue of the late Amy Winehouse is unveiled in Camden Town on September 14, 2014 in London, England. Dave J Hogan — Getty Images

The sculpture was unveiled on what would have been the late songstress’s 31st birthday

English soul, R&B and jazz singer Amy Winehouse has been immortalized in bronze three years after her death at the age of 27, with the unveiling of a life-size statue of her on Sunday in Camden, North London, the BBC reports.

The statue, created by sculptor Scott Eaton, portrays the iconic artist with a hand on her hip and a red rose in her signature beehive hairdo. Eaton told the BBC that his sculpture intended to capture her “attitude and strength, but also give subtle hints of insecurity.”

The unveiling took place on Winehouse’s 31st birthday, in the presence of her parents, relatives and fans. Her father Mitch said that seeing the statue was “incredibly emotional” and that Eaton had done an “amazing job in capturing her.” He also said his daughter had been “in love with Camden,” and that fans associated the district with her.

Winehouse, who struggled with alcohol and drug abuse, was found dead at her London home in 2011. Her death was attributed to accidental alcohol poisoning.

[BBC]

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Cops Detained Django Unchained Actress for ‘Showing Affection’

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Actress Daniele Watts attends the People StyleWatch Denim Party at Palihouse on September 20, 2012 in West Hollywood, Calif. David Livingston—Getty Images

The partner of Daniele Watts says he suspects the LAPD thought she was a prostitute

Django Unchained actress Danièle Watts says she was detained and handcuffed by police officers near Studio City, Calif., after “showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place,” according to a Thursday Facebook post she wrote the day the incident took place.

Watts, who has also appeared in Showtime’s Weeds and FX sitcom Partners, had been kissing her partner, Brian James Lucas, when two officers approached them and asked for identification. Lucas offered his ID when asked, according to his own Facebook post about the exchange, but Watts, who was on the phone with her father and believed she had done nothing wrong, refused and was consequently handcuffed and detained in the back of a police car.

Lucas wrote in his account that, based on the questions police asked, he believes the police mistook Watts for a prostitute and contended that race was a factor (she is black, he is white). He also included a photograph of a cut he says Watts sustained from the handcuffs.

“As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong,” Watts wrote. “I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!”

California law does not require people to show identification to police if they’re simply walking down the street, according to Steve Meister, the legal analyst for CBS affiliate KCAL9. But if police do have reasonable suspicion, they are allowed to detain someone in order to identify them. The LAPD declined to comment to CBS and did not respond to requests for comment from Entertainment Weekly.

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Is Beyoncé Pregnant Again? Jay Z Drops a Hint

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Beyonce performs during the On the Run tour at the Stade de France in Paris on Sept. 12, 2014 Myrna Suarez—Parkwood Entertainment/WireImage

Rapper reportedly changed "Beach Is Better" lyric from "I replace it with another one" to "'Cause she pregnant with another one"

Jay Z sparked rumors Friday that his wife Beyoncé may be pregnant with a second child, after reportedly changing the lyrics to one of his songs while on tour in Paris.

While performing “Beach Is Better” on his On the Run tour in Paris, the rapper reportedly replaced the lyric “I replace it with another one” with “‘Cause she pregnant with another one” according to People.

If it’s true Jay Z did change the lyrics on the song, it would seem to be a pretty heavy hint that Beyoncé is pregnant with a little brother or sister for 3-year-old Blue Ivy: tabloids widely picked up the rumor and the Internet was abuzz Saturday with speculation about another Bey-by.

Reps for the couple didn’t immediately respond to People’s query about whether Beyoncé is indeed pregnant, and it’s not clear whether or not Jay Z even changed the lyrics to his track. Without clear audio proof — though an Instagram post has an alleged recording — the rumor might just be wishful thinking posted on social media by some starry-eyed audience member.

But it wouldn’t be the first time the couple has made an onstage announcement about their family. Beyoncé broke the news about her first pregnancy at the VMAs in 2011.

[People]

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