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Mel Brooks basks in love and jokes at AFI Life Achievement Award event

Robert De Niro and Morgan Freeman never worked with Mel Brooks, and the Oscar winners came to a ceremony in his honor to let him know they resent it.

Brooks received the American Film Institute’s 41st Life Achievement Award Thursday, and Freeman and De Niro were among a galaxy of stars who paid tribute to the man behind Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and The Producers.

Martin Short opened the program with a song-and-dance routine set to a medley of melodies from Brooks’ films.

“The word genius is used a lot in Hollywood, so I might as well call Mel one,” Short said.

Billy Crystal, Amy Poehler, Sarah Silverman, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, Cloris Leachman, David Lynch, Larry David, and Carl Reiner also honored the 86-year-old filmmaker at a private dinner at the Dolby Theatre that had the energy of a good-natured roast.

“We are going to miss you so much, Mel,” Kimmel said. “You were one of the greats. Rest in peace, my friend.” READ FULL STORY

'Movie 43' premiere portraits -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

Movie 43 — the anything goes, R-rated romp that features your favorite A-listers doing unspeakable things to and with each other — had its premiere last night. The movie, a series of shorts directed by 12 different directors headed up by Peter Farrelly, is in theaters Friday.

“This thing started 10 years ago with Charlie Wessler,” Farrelly previously told EW. “He wanted to do a Kentucky Fried Movie-type movie but he wanted all different writers, all different directors for every scene, and all different actors. He also had the foresight to realize that things have changed since Kentucky Fried Movie and attention spans have diminished greatly, so he knew we’d have to have some kind of wrap-around holding those shorts together.”

Check out exclusive pictures from the premiere below — and never look at a turkey baster (or Chelsea Handler) the same way again. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: 'Iron Man 3' lands new villain. Plus: Kate Beckinsale, Morgan Freeman, Anthony Hopkins, Annette Bening, Larry David, Jane Fonda

• Morgan Freeman is in talks to join the increasingly impressive cast of the older-men-on-a-bachelor-party-bender comedy Last Vegas, starring Michael Douglas and Robert DeNiro. [Deadline]

• Helena Bonham Carter and Kathy Bates have joined The Young and Prodigious Spivet, an English-language coming-of-age road film from Amélie director Jean-Pierre Jeunet, about a precocious 12-year-old boy (Kyle Catlett) en route from Montana to the Smithsonian Museum. Jeunet cowrote the script with regular collaborator Guillaume Laurant. [Variety]

• Larry David is in talks to star and Greg Mottola (Superbad) is in talks to direct an untitled comedy. Seinfeld and Curb Your Enthusiasm scribes Alec Berg, David Mandel, and Jeff Schaffer penned the screenplay, but the film will reportedly be partially improvised. [THR]

Check out project news for Anthony Hopkins, Annette BeningKate BeckinsaleNick NolteJane Fonda, Joel EdgertonJohn Cusack, Max Greenfield below:  READ FULL STORY

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