Here's an open letter from comedy legend and overly insistent banjo player Steve Martin to fellow comedy legend and occasional cartoon donkey Eddie Murphy, offering some helpful tips for hosting the Academy Awards. (James Franco sent him a letter also, but his just said "Don't do it.") We hope that with Martin's experienced guidance, we'll be seeing more of a Trading Places Eddie Murphy than a Vampire in Brooklyn Eddie Murphy. Or an Adventures of Pluto Nash Eddie Murphy. Or a Daddy Day Care Eddie Murphy. Or a Meet Dave Eddie Murphy. Or a — what's he in next again?

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[ Via Steve Martin]