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Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 12/19/2011

In other news. . . : Louis C.K., James Franco, Maya Angelou and Common

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• In the battle of the media-political banquets, the better-known White House Correspondents’ dinner may have the buzz (next spring’s guest entertainer: Jimmy Kimmel), but the Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association has the edge this year: Comedian Louis C.K. will bring his dark, morose humor to its next dinner on June 8, the group announced Monday. The RTCA gathering is sometimes attended by the president or VP, though last year’s high-ranking politcal speaker was a very witty, pre-scandal Anthony Weiner.

• A former New York University professor is suing the school, claiming the film studies department fired him for giving James Franco a “D.” José Angel Santana told the New York Post the actor — widely gushed over for pursuing multiple graduate degrees — missed 12 of 14 directing classes but that the university wanted only “to curry favor” with the star. NYU officials declined to discuss the suit and told MSNBC it was “regrettable and disappointing” to hear a faculty member discuss a student’s grades in public.

Maya Angelou (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
Maya Angelou might never work with Common again. The 83-year-old poet recited one of her poems for a collaboration with the rapper — but says she didn’t realize he’d use the spoken verse in a song (“The Dreamer”) in which he also casually drops the N-word. Angelou told the New York Post she had never heard him use the word before and that she was “surprised and disappointed.” The hip-hop star said he thought the writer understood they had creative differences on the use of the term, but admitted he didn’t warn her he’d be using it.

Read earlier: Amid media controversy, rapper Common performs at White House, 5/11/11

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