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Seth Rogen: 'Schlubby Jews Aren't The Problem'

By Anne Cohen

Beware of schlubby Jews with beards.

That’s basically what Washington Post critic Ann Hornaday wrote in an piece that called out frat-boy comedies such as the ones produced by Seth Rogen and Judd Apatow for enabling people like Elliot Rodgers, who killed six people near the University of California’s Santa Barbara campus on May 23.

“How many students watch outsized frat-boy fantasies like ‘Neighbors’ and feel, as Rodger did, unjustly shut out of college life that should be full of ‘sex and fun and pleasure’?” Hornaday wrote. “How many men, raised on a steady diet of Judd Apatow comedies in which the shlubby arrested adolescent always gets the girl, find that those happy endings constantly elude them and conclude, ‘It’s not fair’?”

Rogen, who stars in the newly released ‘Neighbors,’ was the first to respond:

Judd Apatow, known for such staples of the genre as “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express” also chimed in:

Also on Hornaday’s sh*t list: “American Psycho,” James Bond movies and “The Pick-Up Artist.

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So, Zac Efron Went to Rehab

By Anne Cohen

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Zac Efron

Apparently, America’s favorite squeaky clean celebrity spent some time in rehab this year.

According to E!News, the 25-year-old actor completed treatment roughly five months ago for what was initially thought to be alcohol abuse. But sources told TMZ that Efron, set to star as a frat boy in Seth Rogen’s upcoming film “Neighbors,” was actually seeking treatment for cocaine addiction.

“It was common knowledge he was struggling with cocaine,” one source told TMZ. Three other sources backed up the claims and added that Efron liked to “dabble” with popular rave drug Molly.

TMZ also reported that Efron and friends caused over $50,000 in damages at the Skylofts at the MGM Grand in Vegas while on a cocaine rager.

Zac’s rep has yet to comment on the new allegations.

So far though, it seems he’s out of the woods. “He’s healthy, happy and not drinking,” one source told E! News. “He’s taking time to focus on working.”

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Paltrow-Gate

By Anne Cohen

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Gwyneth Paltrow

And then she wonders why people balk at her “normal gal” routine…

One of Gwyneth Paltrow’s Los Angeles neighbors has filed a complaint to the L.A. City Department of Building and Safety, saying that the gate around the actress’ house is too high. The regulation high is six-feet and Paltrow and husband’s Chris Martin is apparently a whopping nine.

The L.A. City Department of Building and Safety confirmed to TMZ that they were on the case. If it pans out, Paltrow would have 45 days to rectify the issue (and build a new gate) and pay a fine of $900 — the equivalent of two of her GOOP-promoted CLEAN 21-day cleanses ($425 for one).

Other Brentwood neighbors include Harrison Ford, Oliver Stone and Courtney Thorne-Smith. Come on, Gwynnie. If they can deal with the unwashed masses peeking into their garden, so can you.

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Why James Franco's Neighbors Are Unhappy

By Anne Cohen

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James Franco

“Actor/director/writer/poet/perpetual student James Franco never rests. And apparently, he doesn’t let his neighbors do so either.

A couple living next door to Franco is complaining about the constant stream of activity flowing in and out of the “Oz The Great And Powerful” star’s Silver Lake home, from which they believe he is running some sort of massive underground production company — add producer to his endless list of interests.

The disgruntled neighbors have called attention to their plight by writing an email, published in Curbed Los Angeles, describing the difficulties of sharing a white picket fence (or gated compound) with the rich and famous.

“At first, my partner and I were pleased to have Mr. Franco living next door,” the email states. “His work in ‘Milk’ and his academic pursuits made us happy he was on our street. That is no longer the case.”

The neighbors go on to write that Franco does not appear to be living in the house, but rather seems to be using it as a place for his employees to crash. “In addition, over the course of the last weeks, the individuals living on the property appear to be running a MAJOR production company out of the house and have also used it for shoots.”

Franco initially said he would be living in the house with producing partner and long-time bestie Vince Jolivette, and intended to renovate. (For pictures of the house/alleged secret office, check out RealEstalker.)

But according to the actor’s neighbors, that is simply not the case. The email adds:

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