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OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

JAMES FRANCO (Oscar Diggs, aka Oz) reunites with director Sam Raimi for their fourth project together after playing the role of Harry Osborn in the "Spider-Man" trilogy.

Franco earned an Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead as well as nominations for an Academy Award, a Golden Globe Award and a Screen Actors Guild Award for his starring role in Danny Boyle's critically acclaimed Best Picture Oscar nominee, "127 Hours." Prior to that, his performance as Scott Smith alongside Sean Penn's Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's Oscar-winning "Milk" garnered him an Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his role in David Gordon Green's comedy "Pineapple Express." Franco also starred as poet Allen Ginsberg in Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's "Howl."

In addition, Franco starred in Ryan Murphy's "Eat Pray Love" alongside Julia Roberts, and was part of an all- star ensemble cast in Shawn Levy's comedy "Date Night." He also starred in "Rise of the Planet of the Apes," "Nights in Rodanthe," "In the Valley of Elah," "The Dead Girl," "An American Crime," "The Great Raid," "The Company," "City by the Sea" and "Deuces Wild." Franco will soon be seen starring in "Child of God," "This Is The End," "As I Lay Dying," "The Third Person" and "True Story."

On television, he starred in the critically acclaimed series "Freaks and Geeks" and in the title role of the TNT biopic "James Dean," which earned him a Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television. He also received nominations for a Primetime Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award for this memorable performance.

In addition to his work in front of the camera (which the California native began to pursue while an English major at UCLA), Franco wrote, directed and starred in the features "Good Time Max" and "The Ape." "Herbert White," a short film that he wrote and directed, starring Michael Shannon, debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010. "The Feast of Stephen," also written and directed by Franco, won the Teddy Award for Best Short Film at the 2010 Berlin Film Festival, where it had its international premiere. He also produced "Kink," a documentary that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Additionally, Franco directed "Saturday Night," a documentary about the weeklong production of a "Saturday Night Live" episode, which originally premiered at Austin's SXSW Festival in 2010, and another project, "The Clerk's Tale," which premiered at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. Franco wrote and directed a biography of poet Hart Crane called "The Broken Tower," which premiered at the 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival. Another project, titled "Sal," depicts the last day in the life of Oscar-nominated actor Sal Mineo. The film debuted at the 2011 Venice Film Festival, with additional screenings at film festivals in Austin and Boston.

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