Morning Links: James Franco Takes On Sex, Violence, & the Oscars; Charlie Sheen Passes a Drug Test

● If this is as intimate a moment as we’ll ever share with James Franco, we’ll take what we can get. The Oscars, live from James Franco’s pocket. [WhoSay] ● The night before the Oscars, Franco and Lindsay Lohan did a possibly-nude photo shoot with Terry Richardson. Sources say the photos are for a classed-up take on Madonna’s iconic 1992 Sex, and that Lindsay hopes the naked pics will help people see “the real her, not this drunken, out of control caricature she has become.” [NYD/Mirror] ● And where sex goes, violence may follow. Franco is also working with Harmony Korine on “a violent new art film” that will pit two actual armed L.A. street gangs against each other in an actual street gang fight. There could be actual blood. [Page Six]

● Will an auto-tuned Pitbull be the one to sing the death-throes of the Qaddafi regime? A satirical YouTube clip that sets Muammar’s megalomanic “inch by inch, house by house” speech from last week against Pitbull’s wholly apolitical “Hey Baby” has gone viral, and according to Libyan opposition, when the regime falls, “We will dance to ‘Zenga-Zenga’ in the square.” [NYT] ● Charlie Sheen seems to have passed a RadarOnline-administered drug test, giving us reason to believe him when he makes the claim “I’m on a drug, it’s called ‘Charlie Sheen'” on tomorrow’s 20/20. [Radar/Gawker] ● Suze Rotolo, writer, artist and the girlfriend whose arm Bob Dylan takes on the cover of Freewheelin’, passed away quietly in New York last Friday. Rotolo was said to have been important in shaping Dylan’s politics, and of her, he has said, “Right from the start I couldn’t take my eyes off her.” [Rolling Stone] ● Lil Wayne was searched by DEA agents at the Opa-Loca Airport in Miami and was found clean, as per his probation. Only thirty-two months to go, Weezy! [TMZ]

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