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Seth Rogen asked Judd Apatow, not James Franco, for Spirit Awards hosting advice


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Seth Rogen has a lot of reasons to be excited for the early months in 2012. His critically acclaimed dramedy “50/50” has earned him his first Golden Globe nomination (he acted as a producer on the film and it’s nominated for Best Picture), he’s both hosting and nominated for the upcoming Spirit Awards, and he just held his first charity event on Friday to support the Alzheimer’s Association.

While he’s had a lot on his plate, Rogen has still taken the time to talk to some of his famous friends and get advice for his first major hosting gig. IFC caught up with Rogen at his Hilarity for Charity green carpet and asked him if he’s chatted about the upcoming event with any of his buddies who already have experience at major film awards shows like, say, James Franco.

That suggestion sent Rogen into a bout of his recognizable laughter. “No, I didn’t,” he said.

Rogen admitted that he hasn’t asked many people for advice regarding the awards show, which airs on IFC on February 25 at 10/9c. The person he did talk to the most about the gig was fellow Hilarity for Charity attendee Judd Apatow.

“Judd said just try to be yourself and try not to be mean. That’s not my thing. That wouldn’t work very well,” Rogen said. “My feelings get hurt easily so I wouldn’t want to do that to people.”

As an actor best known for his roles in “Knocked Up,” “Pineapple Express” and “The Green Hornet,” Rogen’s films aren’t quite known to be awards show material. This being awards show season, he seemed genuinely enthusiastic when congratulated for his Golden Globe and Spirit Awards nominations.

“It’s exciting!” he said with another token laugh. “Usually this time of year is very boring for me.”

Watch Seth Rogen host the 2012 Spirit Awards on Saturday, February 25 at 10/9c on IFC. And while you’re tuning in, don’t forget to log into chat with our movie experts LIVE via IFC Sync, presented by Capital One.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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