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Mulligan received a best director Oscar nomination in 1963 for "Mockingbird."
The brother of actor Richard Mulligan, he also directed "The Great Impostor," "Love With the Proper Stranger," "Baby, the Rain Must Fall," "Inside Daisy Clover," "Up the Down Staircase" and "The Other." He also narrated "Summer of '42."
Known for his diffident nature and sensitivity toward players, Mulligan directed five different actors in Oscar-nominated performances: Gregory Peck, Mary Badham, Natalie Wood, Ruth Gordon and Ellen Burstyn, with Peck winning the best actor Oscar for "Mockingbird."
He also elicited consistently fine performances from a range of his players, including Anthony Perkins in "Fear Strikes Out," Jennifer O'Neill in "Summer of '42," Robert Redford in "Inside Daisy Clover" and Richard Gere in "Bloodbrothers."
Mulligan earned his »
- By Duane Byrge
It's been a little while since Whoopi Goldberg went sci-fi (we're thinking back to Star Trek: The Next Generation here), but apparently she missed the genre enough to take a stab at her own web series. Goldberg will executive produce and star in a new sci-fi web series Stream that premieres January 15th on FEARnet. Goldberg plays Jodi Quinn, a woman locked up in a psychiatric facility due to a bizarre drug she took years before which causes her to simultaneously experience parts of her life, both past and present. The series is slated for just six episodes, each one at about five minutes, so it's hard to say how much of a story can really develop and get resolved in the thirty minute runtime. Aside from FEARnet's site, the series will be pushed out to distribution partners including Joost, Metacafe, Comcast's Fancast, Veoh and Break. »
- Marc Hustvedt
Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg is creating and will star in a new science fiction mini-series that will be broadcast only online.
Stream will debut on 15 January on Fearnet.com.
Six five-minute weekly installments will follow Goldberg's character coming to terms with her fears.
It won't be the Ghost actress's first venture into the sci-fi world - she appeared in Star Trek: The Next Generation in the late 1980s. »
Before Whoopi Goldberg was in the profession of making Elisabeth Hasselbeck cry, the Academy, Emmy, Golden Globe, and many other awards-winning actor played a good listener. Her role on Star Trek the Next Generation as wise Guinan marked the culmination of a childhood infatuation with Lt. Uhura from the equal-opportunity, original Star Trek series. It also gave Goldberg a status of niche, sci-fi celebrity to accompany her mainstream success. It’s that kind of pedigree that makes for a wildly successful online series (see Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible), and come early next year we’ll see if Goldberg’s popularity on daytime TV and in the science fiction genre can translate to a big audience for a horror/thriller on the web. On January 15, viewers can watch Goldberg star in FEARnet’s latest online original series, Stream. The action unfolds over six, five-minute episodes. Here’s the premise: “Stream »
- Joshua Cohen
In an email to Nikki Finke Jackman said:
“Thirty years ago when I was in Sydney watching Johnny Carson host the Oscars with my family, I never imagined that I’d one day have the chance to be up on that stage myself! I am very grateful to the Academy for giving me this opportunity. And, excited to be working with (Producers) Larry (Mark) and Bill (Condon) on what I know will be a fun and memorable celebration.”
Usually the awards show is hosted by a comedian - in recent years we’ve had Jon Stewart, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock and Ellen DeGeneres and of course Billy Crystal. However, the all important television ratings have »
- Niall Browne
It’s out with the comedy monologues, in with the berserker rages after Hugh Jackman was today confirmed as the host of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony.Yes, you read that right. Hugh Jackman – Wolverine himself – will follow in the footsteps of Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Bob Hope, Jon Stewart et al when he presents the Oscars on February 22.The decision is not as leftfield as it first appears – Jackman hosted the Tony Awards in 2005, and by all accounts did a fantastic job, even bagging a Tony nomination for it the following year.But by hiring an actor – even a renowned song-and-dance man like Jackman – the Academy has signalled its intent to move in a different direction, with new producers, set designer and music director all on board already.Jackman, it is understood, had been slightly reluctant to commit to the job until his role was clearly defined. »
It’s out with the comedy monologues, in with the berserker rages after Hugh Jackman was today confirmed as the host of the 81st Academy Awards ceremony. Yes, you read that right. Hugh Jackman – Wolverine himself – will follow in the footsteps of Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Bob Hope, Jon Stewart et al when he presents the Oscars on February 22. The decision is not as leftfield as it first appears – Jackman hosted the Tony Awards in 2005, and by all accounts did a fantastic job, even bagging a Tony nomination for it the following year. But by hiring an actor – even a renowned song-and-dance man like Jackman – the Academy has signalled its intent to move in a different direction, with new producers, set designer and music director all on board already. Jackman, it is understood, had been slightly reluctant to commit to the job until his role was clearly defined. »
Australian actor Hugh Jackman has been named host of 2009's 81st Annual Academy Awards.
The 40-year-old star - named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive last month - was given the honour by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday.
Jackman, who has never been an Oscar nominee, won a prize at the 2005 Emmys for hosting the Tony Awards the same year.
The X-Men star follows in the footsteps of a line of A-list comedians who've hosted the show, including: Jon Stewart in 2008 and 2006, Ellen DeGeneres in 2007, Chris Rock, Steve Martin, Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg.
The Oscar awards ceremony takes place on 22 February in Los Angeles. »
No Billy Crystal one-liners, no Steve Martin or Jon Stewart wittiness, no Whoopi Goldberg schtick... Not even any Oprah/Uma at this year's Oscars. No, this year's choice for the host of the 81st annual ceremony is none other than... Hugh Jackman? That's right, the man best known as Wolverine in the X-Men series and the romantic lead opposite Nicole Kidman in this year's epic flop, Australia, will be changing things up a bit to host Hollywood's big night.
Producer Laurence Mark told Variety that they are "trying to turn a corner and give the evening more of a nightclub party feel."
It's certainly a big switch for a show that is traditionally hosted by comedians such as the aforementioned Martin, Goldberg and Chris Rock. Should be interesting to see what happens.
Link | Posted 12/12/2008 by Jeff
- Jeff Otto
With record-low ratings year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on Friday have tapped "Australia" star Hugh Jackman to host the Oscars®.He received an Emmy for hosting the 2004 Tony Awards back in 2004 where he showed off his hosting, dancing and singing skills. Laurence Mark and Bill Condon will be producing next year's telecast, broadcast live by ABC from the Los Angeles' Kodak Theater on Feb. 22. Most of the time stand-up comics have landed the part including Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, David Letterman and Jon Stewart, host of the last three awards. »
Stressing over who will host the Oscars has always seemed to me like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic. No matter who hosts, whether its hip-with-the-kids Jon Stewart or 90s artifact Whoopi Goldberg, the ratings are never affected. This year especially seems likely to be host-proof, especially if The Dark Knight scores enough nominations to get people to actually start watching again. So I guess it's time for the producers to start gambling with hosts, now that nobody is looking. Deadline Hollywood is reporting that this year's Oscar host could be announced as early as next Tuesday, and will not be a TV personality or a stand-up comedian. That rules out pretty much everyone who has hosted in recent years-- Stewart, Whoopi, Ellen, Steve Martin, Chris Rock, Billy Crystal or even David Letterman. In fact, you have to go all the way back to 1986, when Chevy Chase, Goldie Hawn »
Even though I could've sworn I remember hearing that Jon Stewart would be back, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hasn't yet officially announced the host for this year's Oscars. However, Hollywood insider Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood has learned that they're choosing "way outside the box" and going with a non-comedian and non-tv personality this year, although it will be someone from the movie business. Finke also reports that they won't have the "traditional segment of joke-telling near the start of the broadcast." It looks like the Academy is really trying to reshape the Oscars this year. If all goes as planned, the official announcement could arrive as early as next week. Since 1940 the Oscars have been typically hosted by a TV personality or comedian the likes of Bob Hope, Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, or Whoopi Goldberg. I'll be very interested to see who they choose this »
- Alex Billington
The organisation announced the awards for the top movie talent of 2008 on Thursday. The board's picks often claim Oscar gold at the Academy Awards.
David Fincher was named Best Director for his new film The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which stars Brad Pitt as a man aging backwards, while Josh Brolin was named Best Supporting Actor for Milk and Penelope Cruz Best Supporting Actress for her role opposite Javier Bardem and Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
Hit sci-fi adventure Wall-e landed Best Animated Feature.
The awards will be handed on 14 January at a gala in New York, which will be hosted by Whoopi Goldberg.
Last year's recipient of the board's Best Film prize, No Country For Old Men, went on to win the Best Picture Oscar at this year's Academy Awards ceremony. »
Goldberg is mystified Cruise has never received the highest acting accolade himself, because he has helped numerous co-stars lift statuettes.
She cites Cuba Gooding Jr's Best Supporting Actor award for his role alongside Cruise in Jerry Maguire; and Dustin Hoffman's Best Actor prize for Rain Man, in which he played the star's autistic brother.
The actress - who won her Oscar for 1990 movie Ghost - says, "People forget what a good actor he is.
"One of the reasons I want to work with him is that he seems to gather Academy Award nominations for the people he works with." »
Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio have done steamy onscreen sex scenes together before, but for their upcoming film Revolutionary Road, they had to pair up in front of Winslet's director-husband, Sam Mendes. "I had a total meltdown," Winslet said at New York City's Times Center on Monday. "Sam was there lining the scene up. I'd get things like, 'Press your hands into his back! No, his back!' You just have to deal with it. Leo was remarkably fine with the whole thing." Mendes, who joined his wife for the TimesTalks conversation about Revolutionary Road, called the scene "a profoundly »
- Emmet Sullivan
O'Donnell, who left the show in May 2007, told reporters Wednesday that Walters "wanted everyone to believe and think and act [as if the women on 'The View'] get along and are really good friends. And you know, that's just not the reality."
Walters responded by taking co-hosts Behar and Whoopi Goldberg to dinner at »
The Oscar-winner received critical acclaim for her part as singer-turned-nun Deloris Van Cartier in the 1992 film.
Now she has developed a stage version of the story, which will open in London next year - but insists she will not be reprising the role.
Goldberg tells the London Evening Standard, "I'm so excited about this. It feels right to bring back Sister Act. But we can't do it the way it was done in the film.
"It's going to be really, really spectacular and we are looking to breathe new life into the piece. I know London has a lot of musicals - but you can't beat singing nuns on stage... (The film) was nearly 20 years ago and it's time for someone equally fantastic to take the role of Deloris. We are looking at a couple of girls at the moment and I know whoever gets the part will be sensational." »
Lots of stars get in the holiday spirit — The Gap Join the Kevin Bacon Movie Club — GiggleSugar Checking in with Parker Foster Aiken — Pink Is the New Blog Diddy disses his decorator — MSN Hot Gossip Don't mistake Hayden Panettiere for Lindsay Lohan — Lainey Gossip Raffaello Follieri isn't doing too well in jail — D-Listed Alessandra Ambrosio and Ana Beatriz Barros bikini photos — Egotastic Eva Herzigova goes topless for Dt magazine — Hollywood Tuna Madonna was a Japanese warrioress in a previous life . . . — Hollywood Rag Monica Cruz is a lady — Idlyitw Hot trends: shameless airbrushing — cityrag Whoopi Goldberg protests Prop. 8 — popbytes Kanye still hates the VMAs — MollyGood Gael García Bernal has it, flaunts it — JustJared »
Whoopi Goldberg is planning another career change - as a documentary filmmaker.
The star's production company Whoop Inc. has signed a deal with Discovery Emerging Networks - the organisation behind the Discovery and Science Channel - to develop a series.
Goldberg, who will work with production partner Tom Leonardis, will have at least one series broadcast by the network, according to Variety.
Goldberg says, "Since I'm really curious about the world, what better place for Tom and me to exercise this interest than at Discovery?"
The actress, who won an Oscar for her turn in Ghost, has worked in most sectors of showbusiness - she garnered acclaim for her roles in film, theatre, and stand-up, and is currently fulfilling co-host duties on U.S. TV chatshow The View. »
The nominees for "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards," which will be hosted by Queen Latifah, were announced this morning -- and fans can now vote for their favorite TV, film and music stars. Among the nominees are 'The Dark Knight,' '27 Dresses,' 'Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull' and 'Iron Man' in the film categories; "Grey's Anatomy," "House," "Samantha Who?" and "90210" in the TV categories; and Rihanna, Carrie Underwood and Alicia Keys are just three songbirds who got the nod. People magazine, in celebration of its 35th anniversary, is teaming up with "The People's Choice Awards" to present the first-ever Favorite Star Under 35. To cast your vote, log on to: www.pcaVOTE.com. "The 35th Annual People's Choice Awards" is the first awards show of the season and will air on January 7, 2009 on CBS at 9 p.m. A complete list of nominees follows: »
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