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Harris as 87th Academy Awards Host. Good Choice?

15 October 2014 5:35 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Neil Patrick Harris to host Oscar 2015 ceremony Stage, film, and television actor Neil Patrick Harris will host the 2015 Oscars, aka the 87th Academy Awards ceremony, Oscarcast producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today, October 15, 2014. This will be Neil Patrick Harris' first time hosting the show, which in the United States will air live on ABC on Sunday, February 22. As quoted in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences press release, Zadan and Meron are "thrilled" to have Harris host their show, adding that "we have known him his entire adult life" and "to work with him on the Oscars is the perfect storm." As to be expected, Harris' statement reads that “it is truly an honor and a thrill" to be invited to host the 2015 Academy Awards ceremony Now, Neil Patrick Harris is an experienced awards-show host. His credits in the field include hosting the 61st and 65th Primetime Emmy Awards, »

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Neil Patrick Harris Set to Host the Oscars for the First Time

15 October 2014 4:18 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Neil Patrick Harris is finally getting shot at hosting the biggest show of them all -- the Oscars.

Two-time Emmy host and four-time Tony host Neil Patrick Harris is finally getting shot at the biggest show of them all -- the Oscars.

Pics: Nph's Twins Turn Four!

The 41-year-old actor has been tapped to host the 87th Annual Academy Awards on February 22, after which he will be able to cross another item off his bucket list which includes performing with the Muppets, rapping with Snoop Dogg and juggling flaming torches, as seen in the video below.

Co-producer Neil Meron also confirmed the news via Twitter, writing:

we are so Thrilled that @ActuallyNPH will be our #Oscars host this year. Welcome to the #Oscars stage @craigzadan @TheAcademy

Neil Meron (@neilmeron) October 15, 2014

Nph joins a long list of illustrious hosts, which includes Steve Martin, Jon Stewart, Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres. Harris has a hard act to follow, as last »

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5 Burning Questions on Neil Patrick Harris as Oscar Host

15 October 2014 3:15 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In 2010, when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted the Academy Awards, Neil Patrick Harris opened the show with a song-and-dance number and cracked, “I know: What am I doing here?” The audience laughed then, but in the years since, as Harris became the go-to emcee for the Tonys and Emmys, the notion that he’d someday host the Oscars felt inevitable. Still, even though today’s announcement that Harris had scored the big gig came as no out-of-left-field shocker, it did prompt us to ask a few questions. Won’t you indulge us in our curiosity?Could Tina Fey or Amy Poehler now host the Oscars someday?The only thing that had previously held back Harris as an Oscar host — well, besides that time-consuming sitcom he starred in — was the perception that by selecting him, the Academy would be making a “sloppy seconds” pick after Harris had already hosted every »

- Kyle Buchanan

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Neil Patrick Harris to host the Academy Awards

15 October 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Neil Patrick Harris is not just one of those multi-hyphenate performers who could conceivably win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony -- he could also be the first to possibly score an Egot through hosting. The actor has signed on to emcee the upcoming Academy Awards, following his lively stints as host of two Emmy broadcasts and four Tonys, producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan confirmed to EW. The Oscars take place Sunday, Feb. 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, but it won't be his first time on the stage. Harris led a song-and-dance routine to open the show in »

- Anthony Breznican

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host The Oscars

15 October 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Whenever a fantasy list of Oscar hosts is drawn up, Neil Patrick Harris’s name tends to appear somewhere near the top. Fantasy became reality today as producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron made him their choice for the 2015 award ceremony.Harris is a man with a proven hosting record. He’s won plaudits for his work on the Tonys, and while his Emmy hosting gig wasn’t met with as much unalloyed positivity, he certainly didn’t do a bad job. He even appeared at the Oscars to do the opening number in 2010, when Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin hosted (that video is below). It doesn’t hurt that he’s got charm to spare, a talent for friendly, witty comedy and chops when it comes to singing and dancing. He’s probably closer to the Bob Hope or Billy Crystal model of host than some more recent efforts (looking at you, »

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Neil Patrick Harris To Host 2015 Oscars

14 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Neil Patrick Harris has announced that he will host the 2015 Oscars via Twitter, accompanied by a press release by the Academy.

Neil Patrick Harris To Host 87th Academy Awards

“It is truly an honor and a thrill to be asked to host this year’s Academy Awards. I grew up watching the Oscars and was always in such awe of some of the greats who hosted the show. To be asked to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Carson, Billy Crystal, Ellen DeGeneres, and everyone else who had the great fortune of hosting is a bucket list dream come true,” Harris said in a statement.

In his video announcing the news, Harris crossed out “Host the Oscars” at the bottom of a bucket list that included “Have Children” and “Sleep in Cinderella’s Castle.”

“We are thrilled to have Neil host the Oscars. We have known him his entire adult life, »

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Glen Campbell’s Goodbye Tour Docu ‘I’ll Be Me’ Flies To VOD

10 October 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Virgil Films has acquired U.S. digital/VOD rights to Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me, a feature-length documentary tracking the country icon and Alzheimer sufferer’s final “Goodbye Tour.” Directed by actor and filmmaker James Keach (Walk The Line), I’ll Be Me gathers a star-studded lineup of country greats and celebrities from Bruce Springsteen, The Edge, Paul McCartney, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Taylor Swift, Steve Martin, and Chad Smith to former President Bill Clinton in appreciation of Campbell, who crooned hits like “Gentle On My Mind,” “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.”

The film will have a limited theatrical run in key markets nationwide late this year before hitting VOD, digital, and DVD in early 2015. Produced by Keach and Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day), the docu should find a wide audience among Campbell fans, who helped propel Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” from an »

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Steve Martin: 2015 AFI Life Achievement Award Honoree

6 October 2014 7:38 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Manuel here with some Steve Martin news.

Did you all hear? Not content with having been pegged for an Honorary Oscar just last year (and a Kennedy Center Honors back in 2007 as well as an American Cinematheque honor in 2004), our favorite silver-haired comedian slash banjo enthusiast has been named the 43rd recipient of the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award. This past June, they feted Jane Fonda, only the eighth woman to receive the honor, a statistic that would look surprising if it only it weren’t so familiar. Did you know women comprised 16% of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on the top 250 (domestic) grossing films of 2013 while females accounted for 15% of protagonists, 29% of major characters, and 30% of all speaking characters of said films? No wonder Reese, Gillian, heck even John Cusack, have been so vocal about this issue lately, following Geena Davis’s example. »

- Manuel Betancourt

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Cinema's darkest and most unpredictable public service workers

6 October 2014 4:51 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The arrival of WolfCop inspires us to take a look back at horror cinema's most unpredictable janitors, doctors, dentists and more...

Can we necessarily trust the dentist who stands over us with a tiny drill in his hand? Isn't the guy who's come round to install our cable television service just a bit too friendly for comfort? And the cop outside in his squad car - isn't he just a little bit, I don't know, hairy?

Some of cinema's darkest, most unpredictable and downright interesting characters often have the most mundane jobs, from teachers to photo developers and taxi drivers to school janitors. It's characters like these we're saluting here - some of them villainous, others strangely likeable despite their dark activities, while others are simply misunderstood.

So here's our pick of the most terrifying public sector workers in horror cinema, inspired by the imminent release of WolfCop - director »

- ryanlambie

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Steve Martin to receive lifetime achievement award by Amber Wilkinson - 2014-10-04 23:35:46

4 October 2014 3:35 PM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Comic Steve Martin will be honoured with the 43rd American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement Award, celebrating his career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, California on June 4, 2015.

Martin began his career writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, winning an Emmy in 1969. He went on to forge a career in comedy before his first film - seven-minute short The Absent-Minded Waiter - was nominated for an Academy Award in 1977. His break-out role came in 1979's The Jerk, which he also co-wrote, and he went on to star in a string of comedy hits, including Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, Little Shop Of Horrors and Planes, Trains And Automobiles.

Chair of the AFI Board of Trustees Sir Howard Stringer said: "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands »

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Steve Martin To Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

4 October 2014 8:15 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Steve Martin will be honored with an award of a lifetime.

It's official, Steve Martin is being acknowledged for having enriched American culture.

Next year, actor, comedian and musician Steve Martin will receive the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award.

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According to the AFI website, the award's criteria are difficult to meet. "The recipient should be one whose talent has in a fundamental way advanced the film art, whose accomplishment has been acknowledged by scholars, critics, professional peers, and the general public and whose work has stood the test of time."

News: George Clooney Is Receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award 

Martin, 69, joins former recipients including Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, Morgan Freeman, Al Pacino, Meryl Streep, Robert De Niro, Barbara Streisand, Harrison Ford, Martin Scorsese and Steven Spielberg.

Watch: Stars Honor Jane Fonda at AFI Tribute

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees, explained »

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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Steve Martin will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The American Film Institute has announced that it will give its most prestigious prize to the iconic comedy actor in June 2015.

A gala will be held in Martin's honour in Los Angeles, at which he will be formally announced as the 43rd recipient of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

The prize was first given away in 1973 to filmmaker John Ford, best known for directing the Westerns The Searchers and Stagecoach.

Jane Fonda, Mel Brooks, Shirley MacLaine and Morgan Freeman are the four most recent recipients of the AFI Life Achievement Award.

Martin has received many other accolades throughout his career, such as an honorary Academy Award and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humour.

His memorable films include The Jerk, Three Amigos, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Father of the Bride.

The actor has also been lauded for »

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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 1:56 PM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Steve Martin is being saluted with this year's Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute.

The AFI announced Friday that Martin would be getting its highest honor for a career in film.

The award will be given at a tribute in Los Angeles next June. The gala ceremony will be aired for a third year on the TNT network and by its sister channel, Turner Classic Movies.

The 69-year-old Martin followed initial stardom as a standup and TV performer with his debut feature film, The Jerk, in 1979.

His many other films include Pennies from Heaven, Three Amigos!, Little Shop of Horrors, Father of the Bride, Roxanne, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels.

Previous award recipients include Al Pacino, Warren Beatty, Mel Brooks and Jane Fonda.

Martin, who has been touring with his bluegrass band and won a Grammy for his collaboration on an album with Edie Brickell, hasn't appeared on the »

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AFI to honour Steve Martin

3 October 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The comedian and entertainer will collect the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 4, 2015.

Steve Martin is an American original,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI’s board of trustees. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution.

“His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award.” 

Martin began his career writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, winning an Emmy for his efforts in 1969.

Successive TV appearances led to a breakout film role in The Jerk, spawning a long career in features that brought global recognition.

Celebrated roles include »

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AFI to honour Steven Martin

3 October 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The comedian and entertainer will collect the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 4, 2015.

Steve Martin is an American original,” said Howard Stringer, chair of the AFI’s board of trustees. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution.

“His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award.” 

Martin began his career writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, winning an Emmy for his efforts in 1969.

Successive TV appearances led to a breakout film role in The Jerk, spawning a long career in features that brought global recognition.

Celebrated roles include »

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Steve Martin Will Receive AFI Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Funny-man Steve Martin will receive the AFI Life Achievement Award at a gala tribute in Los Angeles on June 4, 2015. The tribute special will air on TNT, followed by encore showings on Turner Classic Movies. This wonderful evening annually tributes Hollywood's greatest — in June 2014, the prize went to Jane Fonda, and Mel Brooks the year before. Steve Martin has received an Emmy, four Grammys, a Kennedy Center Honor and an Honorary Oscar throughout his seasoned career as an actor, comedian, author, playwright, screenwriter, producer and musician. Onscreen, he will next be seen -- or heard, rather -- in DreamWorks' animated feature "Home" in Spring 2015. »

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Steve Martin to receive AFI life achievement award

3 October 2014 9:46 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

The American Film Institute will honor comedian, actor, and writer Steve Martin with their 2015 lifetime achievement award. It will be presented next summer on June 4. -Break- Martin has now completed the trifecta of career acheivement awards for film, having received an honorary Oscar last November and the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007. Related: Kennedy Center Honors select Al Green, Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin In making the announcement, AFI board of trustees chairman Howard Stringer said, "Steve Martin is an American original. From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us like an arrow in the head. AFI is proud to present him with its 43rd Life Achievement Award. »

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'The Wonder Years'' long-awaited DVD set: 300 original songs included, 14 omitted

3 October 2014 9:31 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Wonder Years’’ long-awaited DVD set: 300 original songs included, 14 omitted Distributor Time Life was able to secure songs like the Joe Cocker intro “With A Little Help From My Friends" for the DVD release, which was held up for years due to song rights. But Time Life has released a list of the 14 songs it couldn’t get, including songs from The Doors, Blood, Sweat & Tears and Neil Young. However, 10 songs from Bob Dylan were secured, and it was thanks to him that other rights-holders came aboard. Plus: A limited edition DVD set autographed and shaped like a miniature school locker will sell for $500. “Gracepoint,” “A to Z” and “Bad Judge” debut to low numbers Meanwhile, “How to Get Away with Murder” hung on to much of its impressive debut audience. David Simon to reunite with “The Wire” cast members at PaleyFest NY Joining him on Oct. 16 will be Wendell Pierce, »

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AFI To Honor Steve Martin With 43rd Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 9:26 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute’s Board of Trustees, announced today the Board’s decision to honor Steve Martin with the 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the highest honor for a career in film. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015.

The 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award tribute special will return for its third year on TNT when it airs in June 2015, followed by encore presentations on sister network Turner Classic Movies (TCM).

Steve Martin is an American original,” said Stringer. “From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck with us »

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Steve Martin to receive AFI Life Achievement Award

3 October 2014 9:17 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Everyone loves Steve Martin. Everyone used to like him when he was pumping out comedies in the '80s, but now everyone loves him. He has the awards to prove it. American Film Institute announced today that Steve Martin will receive the organization's 43rd AFI Life Achievement Award, the "highest honor for a career in film," according to a press release. The award will be presented to Martin at a gala tribute in Los Angeles, CA on June 4, 2015. "Steve Martin is an American original," said Sir Howard Stringer, Chair of the American Film Institute's Board of Trustees. "From a wild and crazy stand-up comic to one who stands tall among the great figures in this American art form, he is a multi-layered creative force bound by neither convention nor caution. His work is defined by him alone, for he is the author – and a national treasure whose work has stuck »

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