James Franco preps short-story collection

Actor James Franco has reportedly sold a short-story collection to publishing giant Simon Schuster's imprint Scribner.

The news shouldn't come as a surprise. In an interview printed last summer, following the release of his stoner buddy comedyPineapple Express, Franco revealed that he was going to Paris to learn French. "I eventually want to get a Ph.D. in literature, and a lot of the programs want you to be able to read in two languages," Franco said. Franco was an English major at UCLA before dropping out to pursue acting. After his return to school, Franco prepared his honors thesis with talented novelist Mona Simpson (who evidently discovered in adulthood that she was the sibling of Steve Jobs). He now attends Columbia University's MFA writing program and studies filmmaking at NYU.