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This year's meeting on Tuesday night was no exception. At the "Mad Men" final premiere Wednesday night, several board members confirmed that they did discuss the show but not the number of Best Picture nominees--that will be decided this summer when the rules committee has weighed in. While Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are claiming that it is their decision, the news that they are not returning was confirmed today. It's no surprise. Their first Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, boasted great music and great ratings--even if the host was a disappointment. Their second Oscars also boasted great music and a superb host, Ellen DeGeneres, along with great ratings. So the musical duo were asked to produce for a third time, which was not the charm. They allowed rookie host Neil Patrick Harris too much leeway with new writers and the show fell flat in all departments. (Personally, I loved »
- Anne Thompson
Meron also tweeted about the news on Thursday, saying he and Zadan “would like to thank The Academy.”
ending 3 year deal producing #Oscars, its an honor to say "We'd like to thank The Academy" @TheAcademy @craigzadan pic.twitter.com/byNessAaoN
— Neil Meron (@neilmeron) March 26, 2015
The duo have produced for the show for the past three years. On March 7, two weeks after the ceremonies, Zadan hinted at the exit, tweeting, “Hoping that whoever produces the Oscars next year will retain our innovations: TeamOscar program & reading all 24 nom on Oscar nom morning.”
Producing the show is time-consuming, and the duo have plenty on their plate. They had a three-year contract with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which wanted to nail down some continuity, Zadan told Deadline, which first reported the exit.
- Tim Gray
Read More: Louis C.K., Steve Buscemi, Neil Patrick Harris and More Salute New York City at 2014 'Made in NY' Awards To promote the new documentary he's co-producing, called "Check It," Steve Buscemi participated in a Reddit Ama on Monday. According to the actor, the documentary follows, "A gay street gang of 14-22 year olds struggling to survive in the city with the highest Lgbt hate crime rate in the nation. The directors, Dana Flor and Toby Oppenheimer, have been filming this amazing group of kids for the past three years and focus on a point in their lives when they've seen a ray of hope, in the fashion world." Buscemi promoted the film's Indiegogo campaign to help the directors raise funds to finish editing the film. He then answered various questions pertaining to his past films, his roles on television (including his favorites), what he thinks about a "Con Air" sequel and most importantly, »
- Travis Clark
Universal’s “Furious 7” is expected to set box office records when it opens on April 3, with fans eager to flock to multiplexes to bid farewell to Paul Walker. But the film’s star and producer, Vin Diesel, predicts that “Furious 7’s” success won’t be limited to the number of tickets it sells. He says the film will also sweep a certain 2016 awards ceremony.
“Universal is going to have the biggest movie in history with this movie,” Diesel said in a lengthy interview with Variety for this week’s cover story. “It will probably win best picture at the Oscars, unless the Oscars don’t want to be relevant ever.”
Diesel took a breath, before offering his prediction for a second time. “This will win best picture,” Diesel said. “There is nothing that will ever come close to the power of this thing.”
Diesel said he was very pleased with the final movie, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
There.s no doubt about it -- the Oscars need to shake things up after that less-than-stellar ceremony earlier this year. Neil Patrick Harris was as enjoyable as ever, but the ratings were incredibly low and the musical numbers were the only real highlights of the night. (At least, in my opinion they were.) Could someone like, say, the uproarious Kevin Hart turn things around for the 2016 Oscars? The comedian is definitely eyeing the hosting gig. Speaking with Philly.com, Hart made it crystal clear he's looking to succeed Harris as the host of next year.s awards show. There's no 'might' about it; I definitely want to. I'm starting my campaign by just getting everybody to say it... That would be a major accomplishment. Right now, what I've done and the progress that I've made in my career, that's definitely the next major step. Hart has been killing it »
Week in Review rounds up the past week in film news in one easy place. Check back this weekend for round-ups for TV and gaming.
Oh Hai Tommy Wiseau. You’re making something of a comeback, aren’t you? Several months back we reported that you were working on a TV sitcom that you had written, directed, and starred in (naturally) called The Neighbors, but that in the same way that you would start throwing around a football and then completely forget about it a moment later, it seemed like that was just a whim. Sure enough, The Neighbors was picked up on Hulu, and this week you did a Reddit Ama to promote it. Looks like people are finally starting to recognize your genius.
Stepping away from my conversation with Mr. Wiseau for a moment, if you’ve ever actually gotten an opportunity to attend a late night screening »
- Brian Welk
What will happen when board members review this year's Oscar ceremony on March 24? Committee members from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will be forced to address the "lukewarm" reaction from the audience and a large 16% drop in the ratings. They will be tasked to critique the script, musical numbers, running time, host Neil Patrick Harris, and producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, making suggestions and changes for next year. Some members also want to weigh in on the expansion to a larger number of Best Picture nominees, but that is not currently on next week's agenda. Past president Sid Ganis "always said it was an experiment" and that the "rules are always flexible and always changeable." Variety -Break- Fox freshman drama series "Empire" ends its first season with its highest ratings yet. The soapy show starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard brought in 16.5 million viewers for the Wednesday night fin. »
Throughout Glee‘s six-season run, many a Slushie has been thrown — literally and figuratively — in the face of McKinley High’s bright-eyed students.
Even though Sue Sylvester may be the first name that comes to mind when thinking of New Directions’ foes, Rachel Berry & Co. have encountered plenty of other adversaries. (Neil Patrick Harris really can’t resist a good musical number, can he?)
PhotosGlee‘s Top 10 Divas, Ranked: Which McKinley High Star Reigns Supreme?
On the eve of Glee‘s swan song — when each character on the Fox series will, hopefully, get his or her own happy ending »
At its upcoming March 24 board meeting, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences is expected to conduct a serious post-mortem on the Feb. 22 Oscar show, which drew lukewarm reaction from the audience and a significant 16% drop in ratings from last year.
In fact, the only panel scheduled to present its findings to the board next week is the committee that reviews the content of the show, including the script, musical numbers and running time.
But this likely won’t be the meeting where other major changes are discussed, like altering the number of best-picture nominees or Ko’ing specific categories.
The rules committee, which looks at awards fundamentals, like the number of best-picture contenders and whether to introduce new categories (such as the long-in-discussion one for casting directors), is expected to share its observations at subsequent board meetings in the next few months.
However, one member said privately that a »
- Tim Gray
The luck of the Irish! Some of your favorite Hollywood stars are already getting the party started for St. Patrick’s Day on this lovely Tuesday. The festive holiday is all about rocking green, so Bella Thorne took to Instagram to share a sexy snapshot in her favorite green "Kiss me, I’m Irish" crop top. Paris Hilton also got in on the fun, posting a series of photos wearing a green sequin top hat with a striped top. Neil Patrick Harris celebrated the big day by capturing his adorable twins, Harper and Gideon, decked out in their own green garb. "Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Look out for leprechauns!," he captioned the cute candid, which shows his kids wearing giant glasses and hats. Meanwhile, the Kardashians celebrated St. Patty's day -- and brother Robert Kardashian's 28th birthday -- with tons of throwback pics. Check out the gallery above to see more holiday selfies, »
- tooFab Staff
Nearly 18 years ago, Ellen DeGeneres made television history when she announced on her sitcom that she was gay. Now, the queen of daytime is about to change the landscape again with the new NBC comedy One Big Happy.
News: Ellen DeGeneres Thinks She Would Want Kids, But Will She?
Ellen executive produces the show, which follows the unconventional family of Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), Luke (Nick Zano) and Prudence (Kelly Brook). Lizzy, who is a lesbian, wants to raise a child with Luke by her side. Lizzy discovers she's pregnant just after Luke elopes with a free-spirited British girl (Prudence) -- and with that a new kind of family is born.
"It's a really funny show that people will love," Ellen said.
According to Kelly, Ellen is wearing multiple hats behind the scenes of the show, including warm-up comic.
"She comes on set and she warms the crowd up before we go on, which sometimes »
Jimmy Fallon, Anna Kendrick, Jennifer Lopez, and more will compete on the series Lip Sync Battle, President Obama talks pot legalization, Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx spark dating rumors, and more celebrity news.
Spike TV’s Lip Sync Battle will be the best thing on TV ever. [BuzzFeed] You should stop asking President Obama to legalize pot now. [MTV] Are Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx dating? Does anyone else think this is super random? [People] Kevin Hart prefers to call himself as a “comedic rock star” rather than a “comedian.” [Splitsider] See how Neil Patrick Harris and your favorite celebs celebrated St. Patrick’s Day. [E!] Big Ang shows off her St. Patty’s pride. [VH1] True story: this guy crowdfunded a trip to Miami to crash his girlfriend’s spring break.
[Photo Credit: Spike] »
- Taylor Ferber
Three hour-long “dramas” may have the last laugh after all.
Though among the Primetime Emmy Awards’ rule changes for 2015 was the definition of a drama as a program “with an average length of approximately 60 minutes,” the appeals process that came with that shift thus far has allowed for three exceptions: The CW’s Jane the Virgin, Fox’s Glee and Showtime’s Shameless will be able to compete as comedies.
The Academy’s decision reads in part:
The nine-member panel, which includes five industry leaders appointed by »
Happy St. Patrick's Day! Celebs like Neil Patrick Harris, Katie Holmes, James Franco and more are taking to Twitter and Instagram today to celebrate the luck of the Irish. "Happy St. Patrick's Day! Look out for leprechauns!" Nph shared this morning with an adorable photo of his twins Harper and Gideon all dressed in green. Meanwhile, Sarah Michelle Gellar shared a hilarious sexy photo of herself in St. Patrick's Day-inspired clothes with the caption, "Is there a such a thing as #FlashbackTuesday? #HappyStPatricksDay." Read on for more spirited celebrations from Ellen DeGeneres, President Barack Obama, Zoe Saldana and more! »
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Neil Patrick Harris and more have taken to Twitter to wish fans and followers a Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Happy St. Patrick’s Day Gellar showed off her Irish spirit with the above photo of herself celebrating wearing a green one-piece and flaunting a green clover. “Is there such a thing as #FlashbackTuesday? […]
The post Sarah Michelle Gellar And More Celebs Celebrate St Patrick’s Day On Twitter appeared first on uInterview. »
- Olivia Truffaut
On St. Patrick's Day everyone could be named Patrick! Because when you're drunk, it's just easy to use one nickname for every cutie in the bar. There are some sexy stars we'd like to honor this St. Patty's, though. Not because they're all Irish or all got their starts in Leprechaun films. It just seems as good a day as any to celebrate all the Hollywood hotties named "Patrick." There are quite a few! From McDreamy to Miley Cyrus' gorgeous beau, these are the Patricks we'd Love to share a green beer with! 1. Neil Patrick Harris: 2. Patrick Dempsey: 3. Patrick Wilson: 4. Sean Patrick Thomas: 5. Patrick Stewart: 6. »
This week Neil Calloway looks at box office statistics from around the world…
Earlier this week Flickering Myth reported on the Motion Picture Association of America Theatrical Market Statistics with the headline “Transformers: Age of Extinction officially better than The Lego Movie…” it was true of, course, in terms of audience appeal; Michael Bay’s film having the more ethnically diverse audience in terms of people who saw it in the Us.
The report is a survey of what people watched at Us cinemas, and the global box office in 2014, and well worth a read if like me you’re into figures about the gender share of top grossing films and how many cinema-goers own a smartphone.
The first thing worth noting is that Us box office includes money made at cinemas in Canada, just as the UK box office includes the Irish box office figures; something I dare say »
- Neil Calloway
Talk about a group of cuties! Maybe it was the hint of Spring in the air, or maybe it was just a really cute week, but celebrity tots really played it up for their parents' cameras this week, showing off their adorable style and winning smiles. We spied Neil Patrick Harris goofing around with his twins, Tori Spelling's tots getting ready for a Hollywood premiere, and Busy Philipps paying a visit to the mouse in charge with her oldest child. Click through to see this week's cutest celeb-tot candids - all shot by Mom or Dad - and don't forget to follow Popsugar Moms on Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter! »
Now that we know that "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" star Andy Samberg will be hosting this year's Emmys, talk has turned to whether he will be nominated as well. After all, the last nine Emmy emcees have been contenders at these kudos too. And Samberg did win the Golden Globe last year for the first season of this Fox laffer. -Break- Our forum posters have been debating his chances of reaping a Comedy Actor bid. FNLFan89 details the nominations of the nine most recent hosts. 2006: Conan O'Brien (1 nomination) Variety Series Writing ("Late Night with Conan O'Brien") 2007: Ryan Seacrest (1 nomination) Reality Competition Program ("American Idol") 2008: Reality Hosts (1 nomination each; 2 for Heidi Klum) Reality Host (all 5); Klum - Reality Program ("Project Runway") 2009: Neil Patrick Harris (1 nomination) Comedy Supporting Actor ("How I Met Your Mother") ...' »
Producer Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story, Glee, American Crime Story) is known for creating some of the edgiest, sexiest, boundary-pushing television, but he also has a soft side. Et was at home with Ryan where his husband David Miller and their children Logan and Ford see the more sensitive side.
News: Watch the Cast of Glee Slay Their Final Live Performance!
"I thought I was going to be the biggest hardass ever," Ryan told Et's Nischelle Turner. "I am shocked to tell you that I am the opposite. I am the biggest pushover. I'm the biggest softie."
Helping Ryan and David get off to a good start with their kids is Hollywood's baby whisperer Luiza DeSouza. Her list of clients include Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves as well as Cindy Crawford and Rande Gerber.
"Celebrities, when I work with them, they don't look like celebrities," Luiza told Nischelle. "They look like any parent."
"What Luiza did »
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