James Franco at SBIFF

FRANCO IN PERSON: Direct from the Office of Get Those Tickets Now comes word that Mr. James Franco, "General Hospital" cameo-maker and friend to the Museum of Contemporary Art, will be appearing at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The date is Saturday, Jan. 29, and he'll be accepting the festival's Outstanding Performance award for "127 Hours." You can find more info on tickets/details at the SBIFF site. A ticket is $70.

SEEING "127 HOURS": Haven't seen this based-on-a-true-story, Danny Boyle-directed, canyon-centered drama yet? James Franco's grandmother has a message for you. We can say there's some strong language in it, but, let's be honest: the good lady looks like she isn't one for mincing words, and we support the non-mincing of words when it comes to art, squeamishness, and grandmas having their say.

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