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Seth Rogen, James Franco, Hugh Jackman and More Invited to Join Academy

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What would appear to be one prerequisite for scoring a membership in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences? Working with Judd Apatow.

Frequent Apatow collaborators Seth Rogen, James Franco, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd and Jane Lynch are among the 134 industry names invited to join the elite Hollywood club this year. As members, they would enjoy voting privileges for all future Oscar ceremonies. (Apatow himself was invited to join AMPAS last year.)

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Jon Hamm Ready to Howl

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Mad Men's Jon Hamm is now going to work for a mad man.

The Golden Globe winner has been cast as defense attorney Jake Ehrlich in the Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl, Variety reports. The film, starring James Franco as the controversial Beat poet, chronicles the ...
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Top Oscar Moments: Tears for a Joker, Million-Dollar Babies and More

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Slumdog Millionaire swept. Kate Winslet finally got hers. Frost/Nixon got shut out. And on it goes. But, as we all know, there are much more to award shows than Oscar winners and losers. Here are our winners and losers from the 81st Academy Awards. Check them out and tell us yours!

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James Franco, Weeds Among Stony Award Winners

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The smell of success had just one source at the Eighth Annual Stony Awards, where James Franco, One Tree Hill's Danneel Harris and more actors, shows and films were honored at High Times Magazine's annual kudosfest.Harris and Franco were honored as Stoner and Stonette of the Year, respectively. Franco was on hand at the Malibu, Calif., event to accept his award, while Pineapple Express costar Gary Cole received the honor for their film, which won for Best Comedy. Other honorees of such high praise included Weeds (Best TV Show) The Wackness (Best Drama) and Super High Me (Best Documentary).Winners' bong-shaped trophies were made of what appeared to be glass, but reports on prize functionality have yet to surface. — Anna DimondRelated:• Weeds, Pineapple Express Vie for Stony Awards read more

James Franco Hosts, Kings of Leon Perform

After the much buzzed premiere featuring Tina Feys dead-on impersonation of Sarah Palin will SNL be able to top themselves this week Not even close Cameron Diaz did make a cameo appearance but I think the only way to top Feys Palin would be to have Palin herself on the show Cold OpeningDarrell Hammond reprises his role as John McCain who is at a recording session for TV campaign ads Bill Hader plays a voice over artist with a gift for sarcastic tones The campaign ads are completely over the top and McCain asks if the facts in the ads are true Kristen Wiig plays an adviser who spins the facts to make McCain Approve of this message Besides Haders sarcastic voice this opening falls flatter than a pancake I get where they were going with it but they couldnt drive it home MonologueOooh James Franco is looking good He talks about moving to NYC to attend Columbia but just as a student not the movie star wink wink Jason Sudeikis comes out as his R read more

Dream Cast Tapped for Howl

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An A-List dream gaggle of actors including David Strathairn Alan Alda Jeff Daniels Mary-Louise Parker and Paul Rudd are attached to join James Franco as Allen Ginsberg in the beatnik biopic HowlThe 1950s-era tale that hopefully will feature lots of tight black clothes berets and drum-beating will focus on the obscenity trial to censor Ginsbergs progressive and controversial book-length poem The project was pitched by the Allen Ginsberg Trust as a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of Howl says The Hollywood ReporterGus Van Sant Good Will Hunting will executive produce the project that will highlight real-life characters including prosecuting attorney Ralph McIntosh Strathairn Judge Clayton Horn Alda prosecution witness Professor David Kirk Daniels radio personality and prosecution witness Gail Potter Parker and literary critic and defense witness Luther Nichols Rudd Telling Pictures documentarians Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman will m read more

Watch Video: Seth Rogen on The Pineapple Express

The comedies just keep on comin for break-out star Seth Rogen And now oddly enough the actor is teaming up with Spiderman 3s James Franco as his partner in comedic crime The duo stars as two lazy stoners huge fans of the rare Pineapple Express strain of weed who wind up getting caught up with some nasty drug lords and are forced to run for their lives And the producer of the summer flick Why its none other than the mighty Judd Apatow of course All aboard read more

FunnyorDie Celeb Resolutions

Celebrity New Year’s Resolutions Looks like the brains behind FunnyorDie are at it again, and you’re in for a real treat with this one because these celebs aren’t holding back when it comes to sharing their resolutions for '08. So what do they want to do to better themselves now that it’s a new year? Let’s see, Will Ferrell would like to stop putting family and life commitments first and start getting a solid 13 hours of sleep. Sean Hayes (with baby in tow) wants to stop having unprotected sex. And for Fergie? Well, to just be “less Fergalicious.” Ok who do you think was funniest? We're big fans of Fergie's delivery!For more great videos, check out our Online Video Guide now! read more

At the Movies: Reese Witherspoon Seeks Bunny Lake

Per Variety, Reese Witherspoon is likely to star in a remake of Bunny Lake Is Missing, a 1965 Otto Preminger thriller about a woman whose daughter goes missing, yet perhaps never existed. Um, Flightplan? That Julianne Moore thing?... Brittany Snow has landed the lead in Finding Amanda, an indie in which a TV exec (Matthew Broderick) tries to save his niece from her life as a Vegas hooker and stripper.... Spike Lee will direct L.A. Riots, a drama based in the racially charged events of 1992.... Per the Hollywood Reporter, James Franco, Frances Fisher and Jason Patric have joined the cast of Paul Haggis' new film.... Dennis Quaid plays an NFL coach in The Express, a biopic of Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis. All together now: Let's go, Orange! read more

At the Movies: Scary Movie Cutie Tries Time Travel

Per the Hollywood Reporter, Anna Faris will play a girl from the future in Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel, a sci-fi comedy in which three social outcasts mess with the time continuum.... Amy Smart and Patrick Wilson are a couple whose idyllic life is upended in Life in Flight.... Per Variety, Martin Lawrence is The Better Man in a dramedy about a single dad and outrageous talk-show host who begins to question his path in life.... Freaks & Geeks reunion alert! (Thanks, Lisa.) James Franco and Seth Rogen are tokers who get caught up with a drug gang in The Pineapple Express. read more

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