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Steve Martin, noted immortal, will receive American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award

Steve Martin sure seems to be collecting a lot of lifetime achievement awards for a guy who has only lived one lifetime.

Last year, he collected an honorary Oscar for his groundbreaking career in motion pictures. A decade ago, he collected trophies from the Kennedy Center Honors and the American Cinematheque. And today, the American Film Institute selected him as the 43rd recipient of their Life Achievement Award for screen work.

Maybe his many honors are due to the fact that he has mastered so many different talents: stand-up, comedic acting, dramatic acting, writing screenplays, writing stage plays, writing novels, picking the banjo… Or maybe the prematurely white hair makes him seem somehow eternal. It’s hard to say.

Or maybe he is eternal.

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'Home': Jim Parsons and Rihanna are the world's last hope for survival in animated alien film

About seven years ago, director Tim Johnson was looking for a good book to read his two sons, aged 5 and 7 at the time. After a recommendation from The New York Times, he stumbled upon Adam Rex’s The True Meaning of Smekday and couldn’t put it down—literally. “The first night I read them two chapters, but I think I ended up reading the whole thing alone in one night,” Johnson tells EW. Now Johnson has compiled an all-star voice cast, including Jim Parsons, Rihanna and Steve Martin to adapt the quirky book into Home, what he calls a “postapocalyptic alien invasion buddy comedy road trip animated movie.”

Animation technology has grown “leaps and bounds” since Johnson directed the cartoon hit Antz back in 1998, and he wanted to show that change. Home is only the second film to be made with the help of an advance animation system created by Dreamworks after How to Train Your Dragon 2. “I feel like I’m working with actors and not technically animation,” Johnson says. “I can talk about intention, motivation and emotion, and the amazing animators are able to do the rest.” An alien species called the Boov with the power to turn off the world’s gravity arrive on Earth and force all humans to evacuate. The story follows a human girl (Rihanna) teaming up with one of the purple aliens, named Oh (Parsons), to try and stop them. That’s right: The world is about to end, and Jim Parsons and Rihanna are our only hope. “Never  a stranger combo has the world depended on for survival,” Johnson jokes.

Besides the title, other changes had to be made to adapt the futuristic and colorful tale. For example: The alien protagonist’s adopted name is J. Lo in the book. But since Jennifer Lopez herself voices Rihanna’s character’s mother in the film, the filmmakers decided to switch things up. “We thought for marketing purposes it might get a little confusing,” Johnson says, adding that the new name Oh makes a little more sense for the character.

“The sci-fi genre can be very narrow and self-imitating and can get stuck in a rut,” Johnson continues. “I wanted to design an alien technology that was really unexpected.” His first rule: absolutely no lasers. So Home’s extraterrestrials not only have the ability to completely turn off the Earth’s gravity—but their weapon of choice also launches bubbles instead of beams. A true sci-fi fan and self-described geek, Johnson hopes that these modern, funny touches can get whole families to see the film together when it opens in March.

Steve Martin denies involvement in rumored 'Father of the Bride 3' (Updated)

If there’s going to be a Father of the Bride 3, someone might want to tell Steve Martin — who played title character George in 1991′s Father of the Bride and 1995′s Father of the Bride Part II.

After rumors about a possible third film — which may or may not involve Matty, the titular bride’s younger brother, getting married to another man — began circulating yesterday, Martin quickly jumped on Twitter to respond to reports saying he was set to reprise his role. According to Martin, he hasn’t seen a script or even been offered a part in the film. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez team up for 'Home'; Plus, Sean Bean, more

• Steve Martin and Jennifer Lopez will lend their voices to DreamWorks Animation’s alien invasion comedy Home, based on Adam Rex’s children’s book The True Meaning of Smekday. Rihanna voices the main character, Gratuity Tucci (or Tip), whose mother (Lopez) was abducted by the Boov (aka aliens). Martin will voice Captain Smek, their leader, who is attempting to force all the humans to relocate to Florida. Jim Parsons will voice a Boov (coincidentally) called J.Lo, who befriends Tip. [The Wrap]

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Oscars: Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin, Piero Tosi to receive Academy's Governors Awards

Angelina Jolie, Angela Lansbury, Steve Martin and costume designer Piero Tosi are the year’s first Oscar winners.

Each has been selected by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to receive the honorary Governors Awards. READ FULL STORY

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