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Celebrity Photos of the Week: The importance of being Franco

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Why looky here, it’s Jon Hamm! Looking good at the L.A. premiere of the new Disney movie Million Dollar Arm, which he desperately hopes will make the public forget all about Mad Men and accept him as a genuine movie star.


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Since he plays a baseball scout in the new movie, Hamm saw the chance to distance himself once and for all from his Mad Men persona of priapic ad man Don Draper by throwing a pitch for the crowd. How could that possibly go wrong?


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Damn, why does that keep happening?


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Also at the Million Dollar Arm premiere was Mickey Dolenz, best known as the drummer of the sixties super-group The Monkees. He’s still a believer

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And hey, isn’t that Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell at the same premiere? Isn’t it great that a formerly edgy alt-rocker can fit right in with the crowd at a Disney movie?

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Jon Hamm makes a mental note to burn all his old Jane’s Addiction albums

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Meanwhile in New York, Sting took his wife Trudie Styler to the premiere of the Showtime series Penny Dreadful and tactfully chose not to remind her that she wore the same outfit to their St. Patrick’s Day party


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At the same event, Timothy Dalton issued an open challenge to Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery and any other former James Bond stars to an arm-wrestling match. He’d probably beat them all


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And here we have Josh Hartnett, looking considerably older than his actual age (35). Dude, if Ben Affleck got over those cruel reviews for Pearl Harbor, so can you


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Now back to L.A., where Rumer Willis lured her mother Demi Moore to the premiere of Palo Alto with the promise of whip-its. Hey, whatever gets her out of the house

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Naturally, all eyes were on James Franco, who wrote the book that inspired Palo Alto and also takes the lead role in the movie. And as omniscient ruler on Planet Franco, that means he gets to snuggle with any and all females in his vicinity, even the young ingenue Emma Roberts. It’s good to be Franco


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And were those tiny beads of sweat we saw on Franco’s forehead when he was flanked with Roberts and Palo Alto director Gia Coppola? There’s only so much Franco to go around, you know


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By the time the threesome turned into a foursome, with the inclusion of Palo Alto cast member Zoe Levin, our hero’s heart was beating like a jackrabbit and the crowd began wondering when he was going to start sending out inappropriate texts. How much can one Franco take?


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Security! Security!

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And now we take you back to New York, where Gary Sinise performed a charity concert and ignored the audience’s repeated chant of ‘Lieutenant Dan, you got new legs!’

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But the most telling snapshots of the week were in Los Angeles, where Beau Bridges spoke glowingly of Sally Field on the occasion of her getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s not a good sign in Hollywood when Beau Bridges is the only person you can get to say nice things about you

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An even bleaker sign: When your only other celebrity friend is Jane Fonda and she spends the entire ceremony perfecting her Cruella de Vil impression

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But sadly, that’s how it went that day for Sally Field, a two-time Oscar-winner and formerly sought-after actress who waited glumly on Hollywood Boulevard all afternoon for people to show up


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‘You don’t like me?’ wailed Sally. ‘You really don’t like me?’

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'Ah, get on your bike, Norma Rae. Draper coming through...’

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