James Franco Clearly Unimpressed with Columbia Lectures

This shot of James Franco snoozing through class has been making its way around the Interweb. While Columbia freshman have been losing sleep and getting giddy from the thrill of walking around Morningside Heights with Spiderman’s best friend, it looks like the MFA pursuit has been pretty breezy so far. After all, just a week ago, press releases announced that Franco’s first book, a collection of short stories, would be published by Schribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

In other Franco-Columbia news, further details from last year’s rumors of James starring as a young Allen Ginsberg in the biopic “Howl” have been confirmed. Last year, the New York Observer reported on the role and also Franco following in Ginsberg’s footsteps at Columbia:

According to Hollywood Reporter, the film will focus on the obscenity trial surrounding the 1957 American publication of Ginsberg’s most famous poem, “Howl.”

Hopefully Mr. Franco will not go overboard in his attempts to mimic Ginsberg: if he goes too far he might end up getting kicked out of Columbia, where he enrolled in an MFA program this fall.

Since Franco enrolled in classes at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and Columbia last fall, it’s been a waiting game for him to do something special. The book deal is OK, falling asleep is boring, but interacting with the freshman cats-in-heat would be downright grand. (Obscenity now!) Keep your cell phone cameras ready for his next move.

  • That liberal guy

    Objectively speaking I think I’m better-looking than the guy in this picture and that I’ve seen around Butler.

    And yet I will never come close to creating such frenzy in freshman girls.

  • That liberal guy

    Objectively speaking I think I’m better-looking than the guy in this picture and that I’ve seen around Butler.

    And yet I will never come close to creating such frenzy in freshman girls.

  • @That liberal guy

    Undoubtedly though you’ve been scoped out surreptitiously by many freshman girls and many Columbia gays. If you’re as stunning as you suggest, perhaps even by me! Likely by me. Small world.

  • @That liberal guy

    Undoubtedly though you’ve been scoped out surreptitiously by many freshman girls and many Columbia gays. If you’re as stunning as you suggest, perhaps even by me! Likely by me. Small world.

  • justme

    Columbia would even admit Britney Spears just to get some press. Sad!

  • justme

    Columbia would even admit Britney Spears just to get some press. Sad!

  • @justme

    Harvard admits more celebs than any other ivy by far. Columbia just gets some applicants because of its location, and the university is hardly issuing press releases with each admit. Most celeb attendees at CU fly under the radar, like spike lee’s attendance at a few lit hum classes a few year’s ago. The real person “milking” his attendance for press is franco.

  • @justme

    Harvard admits more celebs than any other ivy by far. Columbia just gets some applicants because of its location, and the university is hardly issuing press releases with each admit. Most celeb attendees at CU fly under the radar, like spike lee’s attendance at a few lit hum classes a few year’s ago. The real person “milking” his attendance for press is franco.

  • Anonymous

    That would be “Scribner,” not “Schribner.”

  • Anonymous

    That would be “Scribner,” not “Schribner.”

  • Uh

    Ginsberg? He can’t play Ginsberg. Ginsberg was homely and schlubby. Maybe Neil Cassady, but actually, no.

    • howl

      Young Ginsberg looks an awful lot like Franco… Obviously not the older version of Ginsberg that you’re probably familiar with

  • Uh

    Ginsberg? He can’t play Ginsberg. Ginsberg was homely and schlubby. Maybe Neil Cassady, but actually, no.

  • For press???

    James Franco went to UCLA so I doubt that his admission was based solely on him being a celebrity. Most of the celebrities that have gone to Columbia hit it big time after their acceptance/graduation, meaning that they got in solely on intellect – as shown by their public standings (examples include Julia Stiles, Maggie Gylenhall, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, etc, all of whom are extremely smart people and great role models).
    Harvard, on the other hand, sends out “likely” letters and even acceptance letters to celebrities. I heard an interview with Hilary Duff a few years back (I think it was on Leno) in which she said that Harvard had sent her an acceptance letter – even though she had never applied!

  • For press???

    James Franco went to UCLA so I doubt that his admission was based solely on him being a celebrity. Most of the celebrities that have gone to Columbia hit it big time after their acceptance/graduation, meaning that they got in solely on intellect – as shown by their public standings (examples include Julia Stiles, Maggie Gylenhall, Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, etc, all of whom are extremely smart people and great role models).
    Harvard, on the other hand, sends out “likely” letters and even acceptance letters to celebrities. I heard an interview with Hilary Duff a few years back (I think it was on Leno) in which she said that Harvard had sent her an acceptance letter – even though she had never applied!