Star Scoop: James Franco On Self-Obsession, Justin Timberlake’s ‘Mirror’ Image, Write Carly Rae Jepsen’s Next Song

By  March 20, 2013

There is no one way to define Oz the Great and Powerful lead James Franco. He’s an academic, college professor, musician, filmmaker, and of course, actor. In his newest role—Bullett magazine cover star—Franco gives his own perspective on his public image as a jack of all trades with an affinity for works outside of Hollywood’s limelight. “Who knows, maybe a part of it has to do with self-obsession,” Franco said. “But it’s also about using this weird thing that is a public persona as raw material for creative projects.” [Bullett Media]

Prepare for the most heart-warming, touching, tear-jerking music video you’ve seen in a while. Justin Timberlake dropped visuals from his second The 20/20 Experience single, “Mirrors” today, dedicated to his grandparents, William and Sadie. Grab a tissue before watching the Floria Sigismondi-directed clip! [VEVO]

Carly Rae Jepsen wants you to call her… really! The Canadian pop star has joined forces with Coca-Cola for its “Perfect Harmony” campaign that will let fans of American Idol help write her next single. Tonight, the intro to Jepsen’s next single will be released and the people will get to vote on what her next line should be, culminating in a full tune by May 14th. Tune in to Idol tonight on FOX at 8:00 p.m. EST to get in on the action. [MTV]

Adele may already be working on a song for the next chapter of James Bond, but fans of the 007 franchise will have to wait three years to hear it in the film. The 24th installment of the series is in pre-production with no named director—yet—and Daniel Craig likely to retain the role of Bond. [Guardian]

Who’s the lucky guy taking Kate Upton to prom? It could be 17-year-old senior Jake Davidson, who asked the VOGUE cover girl with a video invitation. And apparently, his offer didn’t go unnoticed. Upton announced via Twitter that she’ll take the Los Angeles native up on his offer, as long as her schedule permits. [ABC News]

Laura Dern may have won a Golden Globe in 2012 for her performance as Amy Jellicoe on Enlightened, but HBO has decided to cancel the show after two seasons. Fans of the melodramatic series haven’t given up easy though; they’ve taken to social media to lobby for Netflix to continue the series online, à la Arrested Development.  [Salon]

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg scored big with her first book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, selling 140,000 copies in its first week. Now, the high-selling read about women accepting challenges and assuming positions of power in the workplace, has 400,000 additional copies in print. [Yahoo News]