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Franco cancels UB gig, 'Humans of New York' creator to fill in

A late change of plans has been announced for the finale of the University at Buffalo Distinguished Speakers Series, the school announced Wednesday.

Actor-filmmaker James Franco has canceled his April 29 appearance due to a "professional conflict," according to a UB News release, and will be replaced by "Humans of New York" creator Brandon Stanton. Stanton's talk will be at the same time and place as Franco's original booking, 8 p.m. April 29 in Alumni Arena.

For those who'd already purchased tickets to Franco, the Distinguished Speakers tickets page directs the following: "Ticket refund requests should be directed to the original point of sale (such as Alumni Arena Box Office,, before 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28. Series subscribers should contact the Alumni Arena Box Office (716-645-6666)." Further ticket transfer details, specific to UB students, can be found here.

Franco, known for his breakout performance in "Freaks and Geeks" and his roles in the "Spiderman" trilogy and "Pineapple Express," was the undergraduate student choice speaker, booked by the University at Buffalo Undergraduate Student Association. The movie star has also published a collection of short stories, "Palo Alto," and performs in a band called Daddy.

Booking Stanton on short notice is an impressive replacement, as the author of New York Times best-seller "Humans of New York," a collection of interviews and photo portraits of regular New Yorkers, should be familiar - or at least relatable - to the student population. Stanton's rise to a spot on Time's "30 People Under 30 Changing the World" list is evidence of his prowess as a blogger, photographer and social media maven.

General admission tickets to Stanton's talk run for $32, while tiered seating costs up to $65. Ticket info here.


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