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Stars Raising Money for Charity with Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge

ABC/RON TOM(NEW YORK) -- Eva Longoria, Jonah Hill, Kristen Bell, Edward Norton, John Legend and Snoop Dogg have signed up to participate in the first-ever Words With Friends Celebrity Challenge.

The social gaming company Zynga, American Express and the fundraising website CrowdRise have recruited the stars and other celebrities to help raise money for various charities.

Fans can join a celebrity’s team to help raise money for a charity of the star’s choosing.  Gameplay kicks off Thursday and runs through Oct. 3.  At stake is a chance to win a slice of $500,000 for charity.  Winners will be announced on Oct. 4.

By joining the game, participants earn points when they play as many words as possible on the Words With Friends game during the team tournament.  The higher the team's rank, the more money it earns for its chosen charity.  Fans who enter at least five words are automatically entered in the "Play a Celebrity Sweepstakes" to play a game against their team's celebrity leader.

Longoria will be raising money for her self-named foundation which fosters entrepreneurship among Latina women, while Hill and Bell will be working to benefit Harlem Grown, which raises money for the New York City parks and education departments.

Legend will be raising money for his Show Me Campaign, which fights poverty, while Snoop Dogg will be earning money for his Snoop Youth Football League.

“Zynga knows a thing or two about social gaming, and it's awesome to see them using that knowledge to engineer impact,” says Norton, who founded CrowdRise.

Players can download the gaming app for free on Android and Apple smart phones and Apple's iPad, iPod and iPod touch.

To learn more about the fan challenge, visit

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"21 Jump Street" Opens Nationwide Friday

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Jonah Hill puts a new spin on an old TV show when his latest movie, 21 Jump Street, opens Friday.

Inspired by the 1987-1991 series of the same name that starred Johnny Depp, Hill and Channing Tatum play immature cops who are transferred into a program in which they go undercover at a high school to investigate a drug ring.

The action-comedy co-stars Brie Larson, Ice Cube, Rob Riggle and Nick Offerman.  It also features appearances by Depp and another 21 Jump Street original cast member, Holly Robinson Peete.

21 Jump Street, the only film debuting in wide release this weekend, is rated R.

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Jonah Hill Wanted to be a Rapper in High School

C Flanigan/F​ilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Jonah Hill says he wanted to be a rapper just like Eminem when he was a teen in high school. 

In an interview with Parade magazine to promote his new movie, 21 Jump Street, Hill recalls, "I had bleached hair and wanted to be Eminem badly!"

Hill's Jump Street co-star, Channing Tatum recalls his high school days, saying, "I played football and wore a letterman jacket a lot. But I could not wait to get out of high school. When graduation day came, I could not get out fast enough. It wasn’t a bad experience; it wasn’t just something I enjoyed."

When asked if anything surprises him about today's teenagers, Hill says, "This is going to make me sound 150 years old, but it's technology. They live their lives through Facebook and stuff. And I don’t live my life through that at all. I prefer talking."

The pair portray undercover cops who pose as teenagers to track down a high school drug ring.  21 Jump Street opens nationwide March 16.

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Jonah Hill Sheds Clown Image -- and Pounds

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- If you saw Jonah Hill in his Oscar-nominated role in Moneyball -- or on a talk show lately -- it may be hard to believe he’s the same actor who played the overweight, wisecracking teenager in Knocked Up and Superbad.

Yes, some time has passed since those movies, but mainly Hill has reinvented himself. Or, as he told ABC's Bill Weir in an interview for Nightline, he grew up.

“I’m almost 30 years old -- I’m not a foul-mouthed seventeen-year-old kid who’s trying to get laid. … I’m an adult man who takes his work really seriously,” said Hill. “I’m an actor, I’m not a comedian, I never was a comedian.”

After Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek, Hill started declining comic parts, a risk that paid off in his well-reviewed turn as Yale-educated statistics nerd Peter Brand in Moneyball.

Along with growing up, Hill has slimmed down.

“It was just mostly diet,” said Hill. “I wish there was some crazy thing that I did, like a pill or a genie or something, but it was, unfortunately, I went to see a nutritionist, and he told me what to eat to change my habits and stuff … I found that Japanese food was very helpful to me.”

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Jonah Hill Turns Birthday into Charitable Cause

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- For his 28th birthday, Jonah Hill is asking fans to make a donation to the U.N. Foundation's Nothing But Nets program, which supplies insecticide-treated bed nets to African nations battling malaria. You can make a donation at

Hill said in a statement, "I want everyone to dig deep into their pockets and cough up $10. $10 sends a bed net to kids in Africa. I hate mosquitoes. I hate malaria more. I love birthdays and I love anyone who donates $10 for my birthday. If you donate $30 I will love you three times as much.”

Hill turned 28 on Tuesday. He was recently nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in Moneyball.

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'Forbes' Names Stars Under 30 Who Are 'Reinventing the World'

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- What do actors Jonah Hill and Jaden Smith have in common with NBA star LeBron James?  Well, according to Forbes magazine, the three are part of a group of talented individuals under the age of 30 who are reinventing the world.

The magazine polled its readers and several panels of industry experts to compile its first-ever “30 Under 30” list of tomorrow's brightest stars, none of whom have hit the big 3-0 yet.  Thirty people who are "making a difference" and who "matter" were chosen in each of 12 industries.

In entertainment, those who made Forbes' list include Hill, Smith, James, Community star Donald Glover, Jane Levy of ABC’s Suburgatory, 14-year-old Hugo actress Chloe Grace Moretz, Oscar-nominated Winter’s Bone actress Jennifer Lawrence and Shailene Woodley, who stars in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager and most recently opposite George Clooney in The Descendants.

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Brad Pitt Consoles Suicidal Actor at 'Moneyball' Screening

Eric Charbonneau/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Following a special screening of Moneyball in California on Sunday, Brad Pitt was faced with a distraught man during a Q&A session with hundreds of fans, says Us Weekly.

A struggling actor told Pitt and co-star Jonah Hill that he was battling suicidal thoughts alone in his car earlier that evening, but the film had given him "a renewed sense of hope."  

Pitt reportedly got "choked up" as the man opened up to the gathered crowd. But, according to a witness, the star didn't flinch: "He said, 'Look, man, life is up and down, it's a vicious cycle, but you have to go through it and deal with that.'"

Pitt continued, “You can be down, but then you come back up again, and every failure can lead to success.” As he left the theater he even stopped to talk with the distraught fan to offer him some more words of encouragement.

In Moneyball, Pitt portrays real-life Oakland A's general manager Billy Beane, who built a playoff team using computer-generated analysis to acquire its players.

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Jonah Hill Splits from Girlfriend

C Flanigan/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- Superbad star Jonah Hill has called it quits with his girlfriend Jordan Klein, according to Life & Style.

Hill, who recently lost a whopping 40 pounds, had been dating Klein since 2008 when they met while both attending high school in Santa Monica.

An insider told Life & Style, "They decided to break up, although everyone thought these two would be heading toward marriage."

Hill's most recent film is the Brad Pitt baseball flick Moneyball.

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