Following crowd-funding campaigns from “Veronica Mars” and Zach Braff, James Franco is trying to raise $500,000 to bankroll a trilogy of movies.
Franco on Monday night started a campaign on Indiegogo, a crowd-funding alternative to Kickstarter that allows people to keep the money they raise even if the project doesn’t come to fruition. Franco isn’t trying to direct the films; he’s raising money so that a collection of young filmmakers can adapt his 2011 short story collection, “Palo Alto.”
Franco pledges to donate any profits from the films to Art of Elysium, a nonprofit that encourages entertainers to visit children with serious medical conditions. Levels of contribution range from $10 for copies of the screenplays to $10,000, which gets dinner with Franco and an executive producer credit.
Furlong pleads not guilty to assault
“Terminator 2” star Edward Furlong has been charged with assault after a May 21 incident in which his girlfriend called police and reported he attacked her. Deputy District Attorney Linda Loftfield said Furlong pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday.
Furlong already has two pending misdemeanor battery cases. He allegedly violated a restraining order when he returned to the victim’s West Hollywood home. He’s also accused of damaging a laptop and photo equipment.
In March, the 35-year-old actor was sentenced to six months in jail for violating his probation in a 2010 case for violating a similar restraining order.
Furlong is being held on $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is set for July 1.
Olympic champion Louganis to wed
Former Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis plans to get married this fall. People magazine says the 53-year-old Louganis will marry paralegal Johnny Chaillot.
The four-time gold medalist is the only man to win consecutive Olympic titles in springboard and platform diving – in 1984 at Los Angeles and 1988 at Seoul.
After his diving career ended, Louganis revealed he was gay in 1994 and announced he was HIV-positive a year later.
Louganis is helping Olympic hopefuls as an athlete mentor for USA Diving. He’s also been featured as a coach on ABC’s reality diving competition “Splash.”
The birthday bunch
Actress Gena Rowlands is 83. Singer Spanky McFarlane (Spanky and Our Gang) is 71. Actress Phylicia Rashad is 65. Rock singer Ann Wilson (Heart) is 63. Actress Kathleen Turner is 59. Singer-dancer Paula Abdul is 51. Actress Poppy Montgomery is 38. Actress Zoe Saldana is 35.
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