Vulture is pleased to bring you, for perhaps the first time in world history, news about something James Franco isn't doing: Backstage at last night's 2011 Nightlife Awards at Town Hall, we ran into Bruce Vilanch, who this year will write jokes for the Academy Awards for the 22nd time. We badgered him for hints on what we could expect during February 27's Oscar ceremony, and though he couldn't spoil any of the bits we will see, he did tell us about one that won't make the cut: "We had a great bit where James Franco was going to come on as Cher and be interrupted by [the real] Cher," he told us. "But the song ["You Haven't Seen the Last of Me," from Burlesque] wasn’t nominated, and so she’s not coming." So telecast producers will find other ways to fill the space. 127 Hours star Franco and co-host Anne Hathaway will "sing and dance ... together and separately. And maybe even with other people," says Vilanch. "I'm trying to find something James Franco is bad at. And he does it all with one arm — he really is Method. He actually got rid of his arm."
Most Viewed Stories
Comedian Doug Stanhope Says Amber Heard Is Blackmailing Johnny Depp
John Oliver Asks, ‘How Is This Not a Thing?’; Consequently, He Has Several Intense Responses to Several Great Things That Don’t Exist But Should
How Mindy Kaling’s Subtle, Cunning Lies Affected B.J. Novak’s Psyche While Filming The Office
Game of Thrones Recap: Moral Victories
Meet Randyll Tarly, Game of Thrones’ Newest Terrible Father
That Time a Baked Sound Engineer Changed Eminem’s ‘Stan’ Forever
Begin Again Director Shades Keira Knightley Nine Ways to Sunday
Veep Recap: People Hate Women
Maybe Think Twice About Filming Adele at Her Concert, Because She Will Call You Out, and Things Will Get Awkward
Silicon Valley Recap: Grand Opening, Grand Closing
Latest News from VultureIf You've Ever Wanted to See Bruce Springsteen and Bono Perform 'Because The Night' Together, Today's Your Lucky Day
Sing it, boys.Who Ya Gonna Call For Praise of the Ghostbusters Reboot? Dan Aykroyd!
He has some clout.Dwayne Johnson Cast as Doc Savage, Who is Basically if Indiana Jones and The Rock Had a Baby, Though Sadly That Will Probably Not Be His Origin Story
The man of bronze himself.Maybe Think Twice About Filming Adele at Her Concert, Because She Will Call You Out, and Things Will Get Awkward
Who the hell brings a tripod to a concert, anyway?Here's What Kanye's Yeezus Vinyl Would've Looked Like
Very minimalist. Very chic.Watch The Fundamentals Of Caring Trailer and Help Paul Rudd Help You Help Yourself
Keep on lorrying.The Carmichael Show Season Finale Recap: Making Sitcoms Great Again
Carmichael wraps up a strong season by mixing the political with the personal.The Name's Bond, Jane Bond — Emilia Clarke Throws Her Name Into the Mix For a Female 007
With Leo as her leading man.You Know You Aren't Getting Out Of Bed Today, So Please Enjoy These Stormtroopers Dancing To 'It's Raining Men' On Britain's Got Talent
Let the vogue be with you.Nicolas Winding Refn and Elle Fanning on Neon Demon, Fanning's Physical Beauty, and a Knife-Wielding Keanu
"We are The Sex Pistols of cinema. We are punk rock in all its glam in vulgarity."
In the interest of innovation.Game of Thrones Recap: Moral Victories
Yes, a girl has a name.That Time a Baked Sound Engineer Changed Eminem’s ‘Stan’ Forever
“My bad man … you wanna hit this?”Comedian Doug Stanhope Says Amber Heard Is Blackmailing Johnny Depp
"Coupled with a picture of his wife with a bruise, he was murdered on social media."Report: Someone Robbed Kanye West’s Creative Studio, But Everything Is Going to Be Okay
Roughly $20,000 worth of equipment was taken from his Calabasas headquarters, according to TMZ, but no important info was compromised.Veep Recap: People Hate Women
The nation's economy has been crumbling this entire time! Did you notice?Penny Dreadful Recap: Sweet Devotion
Let's try to figure out what it all means.The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly Parents of Game of Thrones
At once achingly familiar and terrifyingly unreal.Silicon Valley Recap: Grand Opening, Grand Closing
Jared is a veritable sex machine.Meet Randyll Tarly, Game of Thrones’ Newest Terrible Father
Guess who's coming to dinner.