Oh, the vanity!

Would you give James Franco money to fund a few movies? Dig deep: For $5,000, you get a small role; $10,000 gets you executive producer status. Franco, the latest celebrity to use crowdfunding sources, is seeking $500,000 through Indie­gogo to make three films based on "Palo Alto," his own book of short stories. Dude, you've surely made 10 times that this month alone!

The final reel

Eddie Redmayne ("Les Misérables") is set to play Stephen Hawking in "Theory of Everything." … Christina Hendricks will star in the 1970s drama "Measure of a Man," based on a young-adult novel. … Tom Hanks will be a struggling businessman in "A Hologram for the King." … Jennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas will star in "The 33," about the trapped Chilean miners. … The third and fourth "Spider-Man" films have been set for release in June 2016 and May 2018. … Ryan Reynolds has bowed out of the "Highlander" remake. … Russell Crowe's directorial debut will be the World War I drama "The Water Diviner."