James Franco to teach film course at NYU

James Franco at the 2011 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Feb. 26, 2011, in Santa Monica, Calif.

(CBS) He's an actor, a short story author, a graduate student and now he's going to be a graduate school teacher.

James Franco will teach a third-year graduate class in adapting poetry into short films at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, according to the New York Post.

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Franco, 32, is the ultimate hyphenated star, but most of his hyphens involve education. In addition to all his Hollywood-ness, he's expected to get an MFA from Tisch in May.

He's also studying for a Ph.D. in English at Yale, and has received a bachelor's degree from UCLA and a master's degree from Columbia (where he denies he fell asleep in class - sorry, future James Franco students).

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If Franco's teaching ability is anything like the rest of his performance art life, the reviews will be mixed. His co-hosting the Oscars effort with Anne Hathaway was widely panned, but he earned a Best Actor nomination for his performance in "127 Hours."

Of course, it's a little early to judge his teaching prowess when he hasn't begun teaching the course yet, which will have a maximum of 12 students.

The chair of NYU's film program, John Tintori, told the Post, "He's here to teach because he really knows something about directing that he can share with our students."

Read the full story here.


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