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James Franco hits Sundance tomorrow night, but not in the usual way.

Last year, Franco was here with “Howl,” the opening night film in which he brilliantly played Alan Ginsberg.

This year he’s back with “Three’s Company,” a kind of psychedelic take on the late 70s sitcom that starred John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Joyce DeWitt.

Franco and pals have kind of reinvented and filmed the first three episodes of ‘Three’s Company.” The resulting video will unveil tomorrow night as part of Sundance’s New Frontiers as the main element of an art installation. There’s a rumor that Richard Kline, who played the main characters’ pal Larry, will attend. A “secret” party is set to follow on Main Street in Park City, up the hill from the former Miners Hospital.

Sadly, the Ropers–the late great Norman Fell and Audra Lindley–are unavailable. But I’m told that partygoers may be asked to don wigs and other paraphernalia to recreate the “Three’s Company” vibe.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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