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Judd Apatow to receive special comedy honor from Kristen Wiig at Writers Guild Awards

Kristen Wiig will honor her Bridesmaids producer Judd Apatow with the Herb Sargent Award for Comedy at the Writers Guild of America awards in New York City, the east coast wing of the WGA announced today. The award is named after the veteran TV writer (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Saturday Night Live, The Dennis Miller Show) who was president of the WGA, East for 14 years.

Daytime TV writer Claire Labine (General Hospital, One Life to Live, Guiding Light) will receive the Ian McLellan Hunter Award, given to a writer for their body of work.

The WGA Awards will be held on Feb. 19 at the B.B. King Blues Club in New York City, and at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles. Rachel Dratch is hosting the event in New York, Joel McHale and Zooey Deschanel will emcee in L.A.

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‘Bridesmaids,’ ‘The Descendants’ lead WGA nominees
Joel McHale, Zooey Deschanel to host WGA awards show

'The Artist' wins big at the Directors Guild Awards

The Directors Guild of America announced its annual awards tonight at a ceremony in the Grand Ballroom above the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The Artist‘s Michel Hazanavicius took home the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in a Feature Film. Fellow nominees Martin Scorsese (Hugo) and Alexander Payne (The Descendants) also spoke at the event while accepting their nomination medallions. As is his custom for awards events, nominee Woody Allen (Midnight in Paris) was not present; nominee David Fincher (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo) had to fly to the premiere of his film in Tokyo, Japan, although he did attend the nominee breakfast Saturday morning.

Hosted by Kelsey Grammer, the evening also feted directors for feature documentaries, and TV dramas, comedies, reality shows, made-for-TV movies and miniseries, soap operas, children’s programming, and commercials.

Since 1948, the DGA Award winner for feature film has gone on to win the Academy Award for Best Director every year save for six exceptions, most recently when Rob Marshall took home the DGA Award for Chicago in 2002, while Roman Polanski won the Oscar for The Pianist.

Check out the full list of winners below: READ FULL STORY

Johnny Depp on 'Dark Shadows': Can a vampire get corn stuck in his fangs?

“What I’d like to do with him is maybe stretch him out a bit — in the extreme. Just ever-so-slightly take him a little further, beyond what may be considered… corny.”

Wait, corny?

That’s Johnny Depp talking about his upcoming role as centuries-old, lovelorn vampire Barnabas Collins in Tim Burton’s new take on Dark Shadows.

Remember Dark Shadows? READ FULL STORY

2010 Entertainers of the Year: James Franco on why he's going to so many grad schools

James-FrancoImage Credit: Matt Carr/Getty Images“I’m tired.” James Franco says this as a statement of fact, not as a complaint or an excuse. He has just stepped off a train from New Haven, Conn., where he attends Ph.D. classes at Yale, and is on his way to meetings in Providence. Lately, he has shuttled to and from school, press events for two movies, and a signing for his new book of short stories, Palo Alto. Before that, he premiered shorts he directed at Sundance and Cannes, attended four other graduate programs, guest-starred on 30 Rock (he played himself, though his addiction to a Japanese body pillow was fictional), continued shooting episodes of General Hospital, and debuted a multimedia solo art show. Fortunately, he got a little shut-eye on the train: “At this point, I can sleep just about anywhere.”

The actor is no longer just an actor. He has been collecting hyphens the way other celebrities collect vintage cars or ex-girlfriends. His performance in Danny Boyle’s survival film 127 Hours will likely snag him an Oscar nom (conveniently he’ll already be at the Kodak cohosting the awards show with Anne Hathaway), but it’s just one part of Franco’s big year. The 32-year-old says his transformation into a Renaissance man began around five years ago. “I was 27, 28, and that’s a time in a lot of people’s lives when they start assessing themselves,” he says. Franco had been a recognizable star for years, thanks to his role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-Man franchise. But bad experiences on films made him pause for reevaluation: “Basically I had done a few projects that I just hated. It wasn’t only the final product, it was my approach to the movies, and I knew I had to change something.”  READ FULL STORY

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