Snoop Dogg, Edward Norton Compete in 'Words With Friends' Tournament for Charity

11:58 AM PST 09/27/2012 by Jennifer Exley
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Jonah Hill, Eva Longoria and Kristen Bell are also involved in the competition running through Oct. 3.

Zynga and American Express have teamed up to create a celebrity Words with Friends tournament. The tournament features eight stars vying for a chance to win $500,000 for a charity of their choice. The star-studded lineup includes Snoop Dogg, Edward Norton, Kristen Bell, Sophia Bush, John Legend, Jonah Hill, Eva Longoria and Boston Celtics’ forward Paul Pierce.

The tournament starts Thursday and runs through October 3. The first match is between with Snoop and Hill, and proceeds will go to the charity of the winner's choice.

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Fans can watch the matches live or can join one of the celebrity’s teams. Any game that is won during that time goes to the celebrity’s total. For the less word-savvy philanthropists, donations can be made directly to one of the celebrity’s charities through CrowdRise.com, a fundraising site created by Norton.

Probably one of the most famous celebrity Words enthusiast, Alec Baldwin, who was famously kicked off a plane for playing the game, is not part of the tournament. "Next year, for sure, if I have any say in it," Norton told the Associated Press (va CBS News). "I'm going to win this year, so adding him to the mix next year will make it interesting for me."

The Bourne Legacy actor graduated from Yale University with a history degree.

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