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Efron and friends on

In a new comedic Web video, Zac Efron hosts a star-studded pool party that dissolves quickly when his rude uncle arrives.

The High School Musical heartthrob did the video for, the comedy video Web site co-founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. It features cameos of seemingly half of young Hollywood and a few veterans, too.

Making appearances are Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens, Justin Long, Lance Bass, Queen Latifah and Carmen Electra.

The video, posted Wednesday, was rapidly turning viral, with more than 193,000 people viewing it as of early afternoon.

'Mad' for songwriter

An obscure singer-songwriter deserves at least some of the credit for a rare standing ovation by American Idol judge Simon Cowell.

Adam Lambert's haunting performance of the Tears for Fears song "Mad World" is an arrangement by Gary Jules, who covered the 1980s hit on his 2001 album, Trading Snakeoil for Wolftickets. Jules' version, recorded with producer Michael Andrews, was featured in the cult movie Donnie Darko the same year.

The song topped the charts in Britain in 2003 but is little known to U.S. listeners.

Lambert has emerged a front-runner on the popular Fox network competition. The 27-year-old actor is known for his daring performances and vocal range.

He was the last singer to perform on Tuesday's show.


Playboy founder Hugh Hefner, 83

Actor Dennis Quaid, 55

Actress Cynthia Nixon, 43

Actor-singer Jesse McCartney, 22

Actress Kristen Stewart, 19

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