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James Franco Is An NYU Graduate!

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What a big day it must have been for him!

Check out this shot of James Franco in full cap and gown during the graduation ceremony for New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, at which he was in a graduate program for filmmaking (above)!

Congratulations, sir!

We're sure that you're a seasoned pro at this sort of thing by this point, but it's still an amazing accomplishment!

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Jodie Foster To Give Up Acting, Wants To Direct Science Fiction Flick

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We guess she wants to focus on directing from now on!

Jodie Foster, who just finished up taking the directorial reigns on the upcoming Mel Gibson drama, The Beaver, has revealed that she wants to give up acting for good, and has even signed on to direct a new science fiction film!

She explains:

"I've reached that point where I don't want to act very much anymore. I am much more interested in holding off on acting, after 45 years as an actor. It's a long period of time to do the same thing. [Her new science fiction project] There's a family element to it, but it's much more a genre movie. I'd like to do that because that's a world I live in as an actor but I've never really gone to as a director. It's not anywhere close to being ready. [I don't write], so that always puts me at the mercy of some enormous talent that comes out of the woodwork that somehow has the same obsessions as me."

Well, seeing as she's set to appear in the film Elysium, we're relieved to know she's not giving up acting all-together, but think it's great that she's continuing to expand beyond her comfort zone and direct a genre piece!

Keep up the good work, gurl! We're excited to see your career progress down this path!

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Steven Soderbergh To Retire From Filmmaking


Say it ain't so!

Director Steven Soderbergh says he's quitting filmmaking.

After he finishes his next two movies, Liberace, starring Michael Douglas, and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring George Clooney, Soderbergh says he will be moving on.

When asked why he wants to leave films behind, Soderbergh responded:

"It's just time. When you reach the point where you're like if I have to get into a van to do another scout I'm just going to shoot myself, it's time to let somebody else who's still excited about getting in the van, get in the van.

For the last three years I've been turning down everything that comes my way. You're not gonna have Steven Soderbergh to kick around anymore."

Wow, sounds like some bitter grapes. The guy has made many popular films including the Ocean's Eleven series and Erin Brockovich so we hate to see him go…but it seems like he just doesn't have the passion for it anymore.

Oh well. Let's hope he changes his mind.

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So Much For Ocean's Fourteen! Steven Soderbergh Retiring

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But, where will we go for understated comedic performances by Matt Damon and George Clooney???

After his upcoming thriller Contagion and a couple of other projects, director Steven Soderbergh plans to retire.

Here's what Matt Damon had to say about his frequent collaborator's decision to leave the filmmaking game:

"He's retiring, he's been talking about it for years and it's getting closer.

He wants to paint and he says he’s still young enough to have another career. He’s kind of exhausted with everything that interested him in terms of form. He’s not interested in telling stories. Cinema interested him in terms of form and that’s it. He says, 'If I see another over-the-shoulder shot, I’m going to blow my brains out.'

After this movie we’re doing Liberace next summer with Michael Douglas, and then he might do one more movie after that with George [Clooney], and then after that he’s retiring."

An unexpected career move, but it's def important to follow your passion.

And who knows? Maybe after five or ten years of painting, Steven will return to us to make another mainstream film with Sasha Grey.

Lots of luck, bb!

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