The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA La) always throws an entertaining awards party that combines unabashed awards-mongering with flowing drinks and warm hilarity. All were in good supply at the Beverly Hilton Friday night as rookie comedian host Jack Whitehall delivered laughs. "The Brits in 2015 have been killing it," said Whitehall, explaining the slackened stiff upper lip of the Britannia Awards. "We don't pay each other compliments. We don't do flattery. We don't do praise. We don't do emotions." The room roared. Also killing it were award-winners James Corden—the ebullient CBS talk-show host accepted the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, hilariously presented by "Trumbo" star Bryan Cranston—and "Trainwreck" writer-star Amy Schumer, who accepted her Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy from kindred spirit Seth MacFarlane. "She is operating in the »
- Anne Thompson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” director J.J. Abrams said Harrison Ford is “the kind of movie star they just don’t make any more,” while Amy Schumer deadpanned, “I want to thank God; and by ‘God,’ I mean Meryl Streep.”
The occasion was Friday’s BAFTA-la Britannia Awards, with Ford, Schumer and Streep among the six honorees.
Streep, given the Stanley Kubrick Brittania Award for excellence in film, was introduced by Stephen Frears, her director on the upcoming Florence Foster Jenkins pic. He said working with her confirmed everything you’ve heard: “She’s magical.”
The actress in turn praised the “irascibly brilliant Stephen Frears” and said he follows the tradition of people like Kubrick, who was a transformative artist. She said the previous Kubrick recipients were notable and she was “honored to join this distinguished group of men and … (pause) men.”
The 2015 #Britannias honorees – @amyschumer, Sam Mendes, @JKCorden, »
- Tim Gray
“The View” forwent its usual Hot Topics and political commentary in a special Halloween episode Friday, but that didn’t stop guest Seth MacFarlane from cracking a few jokes on some of the ladies’ favorite topics. While each “View” host came out dressed like a Disney villain – Whoopi Goldberg as Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians,” Paula Faris as the stepmother from “Cinderella,” Raven-Symone as the witch from “Into the Woods,” Joy Behar as the queen from “Snow White” and Michelle Collins as Ursula from “The Little Mermaid – the “Family Guy” creator joined them dressed as a lobster. Also Read: »
- Linda Ge
ABC has bought a comedy pitch from writer Spencer Porter (Family Guy, Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears) and Ryan Reynolds’ Ucp-based Dark Trick production banner. Written by Porter, the project is loosely based on Porter’s personal life and relationship with his wife and her family. Jonathon Komack Martin and Blake Goza oversee the comedy for Dark Trick. Porter started his career as Seth MacFarlane's assistant before becoming a staff writer on MacFarlane’s Family Guy. He… »
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Halloween is upon us, and Jimmy Kimmel won the day by wearing a Princess Leia costume - side buns and all. But Wait: Harrison Ford also showed up, and instead of wearing a Han Solo costume, he dressed up as a giant Hot Dog. Obsessed.
Over on "Late Night," Sean Diddy Combs (or as you might remember him, Puff Daddy) talked about the time he fell at the Bet Awards, and he was surprisingly hilarious. In conclusion, Sean Diddy Combs is our new favorite person.
- Mehera Bonner
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts Los Angeles (BAFTA Los Angeles) ceremony will take place on Friday, October 30, 2015 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, at the start of the awards season; the BAFTA Britannia Awards always draws a fair share of Oscar contenders happy to press the flesh. The awards recognize outstanding British and American talent with a strong career connection to the British industry. Joining the show as presenters are "Star Wars" reboot director J.J. Abrams, "Trumbo" star Bryan Cranston, "Sherlock Holmes" star Robert Downey Jr., Brit auteur Stephen Frears, "Brooklyn" Oscar hopeful Saoirse Ronan and comedy writer-director-star Seth MacFarlane. Already announced: veteran Hollywood star Harrison Ford, who not only created Indiana Jones but will soon return as Han Solo in the new "Star Wars" film, will accept the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to »
- Anne Thompson
The first film in Adam Sandler’s four picture deal with Netflix is set to ride into town December 11, and so it goes that Netflix has released the official trailer for The Ridiculous Six. Charting territory similar to Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West, the comedy Western aims to satirize Western tropes and specific Western films, most notably The Magnificent Seven. The story follows outlaw Tommy 'White Knife' Stockburn (Sandler), an orphan raised by… »
31 years ago today, audiences journeyed to the year 2029 then back to the ’80s as a Terminator hunted down Sarah Connor, seemingly an ordinary woman but actually the all-important mother of the leader in the fight for the survival of the human race. “The Terminator” opened in theaters on October 26, 1984. The sci-fi action movie was No. 1 at the box office for its first two weeks in theaters. It has since spawned four sequels, several video games, action figures and theme park rides and was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the American National Film Registry. James Cameron directed the film with a relatively low budget — this was years before he would be the big shot given massive budgets for blockbusters like “Titanic” and “Avatar.” Other notable October 26 happenings in pop culture history: • 1935: Judy Garland, at age 12, first enchanted a public audience of listeners with her voice when »
- Emily Rome
Neil deGrasse Tyson is an astrophysicist, which means he’s smarter than we are.
He’s also a darling of late-night talk shows — thanks to his affable manner and gift for translating science into normalspeak — which means he’s way cooler than we are.
So naturally, we leapt at the chance to talk with him in his office at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, where he is director of the Hayden Planetarium. Our excuse? The return of his Emmy-nominated, science-by-way-of-comedy National Geographic Channel series StarTalk, which kicks off Season 2 on Saturday (11/10c).
Below are some highlights from the conversation, »
“I like to think that in ‘StarTalk,’ a guest has the occasion to reveal his or her inner geek,” Tyson told Variety. “It’s something that may be suppressed in other interview circles, but here it can be manifest without hesitation.”
“I conduct the interviews not knowing where they will go,” Tyson said. “There’s a thread we can pick up on and we craft what parts of that interview would best serve a science conversation to be developed further in studio with an academic guest.”
He and Wilmore talked about the science of humor and what makes certain people funnier than others »
- Jacob Bryant
Fox will air a TV special celebrating some of the most iconic animated characters of all time, the network announced Thursday. “TV’S Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special” will honor the 40 most beloved and groundbreaking animated stars who have influenced generations of fans, broken down barriers with irreverent social commentary and, most importantly, made us laugh. The special will profile Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny, Homer Simpson, Bart Simpson, Stewie Griffin, Donald Duck, SpongeBob SquarePants, Scooby-Doo and others. See video: 'The Simpsons' Teases 'Treehouse of Horror' Couch Gag From 'Ren & Stimpy' Creator Additionally, the following »
- Joe Otterson
“Back to the Future” has die-hard fans all around the world (a fact probably more evident today, on the long-awaited October 21, than on any other day). And the beloved comedy sci-fi flick has no shortage of famous fans. Among those famous fans are “Being Human” and “Battlestar Galactica” actor Sam Witwer, “Hatchet” writer-director Adam Green and “iCarly" alum Jennette McCurdy, whose latest project is the Netflix series “Between.” All three told HitFix a bit about why they adore the 1985 movie about a 17-year-old kid and his tale of temporal displacement. McCurdy watches “Back to the Future” on her birthday every year, and one year she had an Enchantment Under the Sea-themed birthday party. “I even play the soundtrack in my car if I’m driving around on my birthday,” she said. The 23-year-old actress has a slew of “Back to the Future” collectables, including Marty and Doc bobbleheads, a DeLorean keychain, »
- Emily Rome
This will mark the second time that Rock has taken to the stage on Hollywood’s famous evening, after hosting the 77th annual Academy Awards exactly a decade ago. On this occasion, the actor will host the 88th Oscars, and in an official statement, producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin welcomed Rock’s appointment with open arms, stating that his “comedic voice has really defined a generation.”
Making the news official, Rock then posted the following photo via his personal Twitter account.
Look who’s back. #Oscars. pic.twitter.com/7TkkrDpSJM
— Chris Rock (@chrisrock) October 21, 2015
He’ll have a job to do, though, considering that last year’s show marked a steep 16% decline in viewing figures, with studio executives »
- Michael Briers
A familiar face will return to the Oscars stage to host next year: Chris Rock. ABC will broadcast the ceremony live from Hollywood at 7 p.m. Est on February 28th.
The comedian, who also acts, writes, produces, directs and makes documentaries, last led the show in 2005. "Welcome to the 77th – and last – Academy Awards," he joked at the beginning of his monologue that year.
The New York Times reports that that year's broadcast attracted 42.2 million viewers, making the ratings for this year's show, which attracted 37.3 million people to tune in, »
The host will do a bang-up, professional job but he’ll be hemmed in by the format – and, like every Oscar host, must now face the Amy/Tina factor
Chris Rock is coming back to host next February’s Oscars, and it’s something of a high-risk move both for him and the Academy. Neil Patrick Harris seemed like a good idea at the time, and so did Seth MacFarlane. Yet they both disappointed: MacFarlane infuriated everyone with crass sexist humour. Harris was better, and everyone loved him for the game way he strode out on stage in his underpants, in homage to the famous moment in that year’s hit Birdman. But the ratings were down. In this era of frenzied social media comment, the Oscar host gig can create indelibly bad moments in your CV that it never used to in the era of Billy Crystal or Bob Hope. »
- Peter Bradshaw
The yearly endurance test known as the Oscars often relies heavily on the host to keep an audience from falling asleep, flipping to something else, or tuning in at all. And each year, the Academy tries something a little different to keep things interesting. They went edgy with Seth MacFarlane a few years ago and that turned out badly, so they switched gears, with Ellen DeGeneres and Neil Patrick Harris providing mainstream, comfortable, if not entirely memorable duties on the stage. So what's the plan for 2016? Well, Chris Rock is returning to host, over a decade since his turn in 2005. Producers David Hill and Reginald Hudlin teased last month they might go down the road of having a pair of hosts, but it seems those plans didn't pan out. Rock is a great choice, and as you can see from his 2005 opening monologue below, he's not afraid to take jabs, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chris Rock hosted the 2005 Oscars to wide acclaim and healthy ratings. So it makes sense that new show producers Reginald Hudlin and David Hill have tempted him back to the big stage for next year’s event. The Oscars have proved to be a tricky assignment in recent years – experiments such as having Seth MacFarlane host haven’t turned out that well and even experienced event Mc Neil Patrick Harris couldn’t quite make the show sing last year. Of course, it can sometimes depend on the films nominated, the stars who show up and the quality of the various segments in between the awards (plus how long the whole thing runs over time). Originally reported by comedy site Robot Butt, the initial idea was to pair Rock with another host – Amy Schumer, whose HBO comedy special Rock recently directed, was approached but turned the idea down – and now he »
Variety reported on Tuesday that the comedian was in serious talks to return to the awards show. He previously hosted the Oscars in 2005.
“Chris Rock is truly the Mvp of the entertainment industry,” said Hill and Hudlin. “Comedian, actor, writer, producer, director, documentarian — he’s done it all. He’s going to be a phenomenal Oscar host!”
The veteran comedian takes over as Mc after Neil Patrick Harris hosted last year’s telecast, which drew the show’s lowest ratings in six years — down 16% from the previous year’s Oscars.
In an interview with Variety last month, Hill and Hudlin said they were eager to give the ABC telecast a fresh look.
“The challenge is to make it entertaining so it doesn’t seem like a lesson, so the audience »
- Stuart Oldham
Chris Rock is in serious talks to host the 88th Academy Awards, Variety has learned, with an official announcement expected shortly.
A spokesman for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences declined to comment.
Rock is no stranger to Hollywood’s biggest event of the year, having previously hosted the Oscars in 2005. The veteran comedian has also worked with new Oscar co-producer Reginald Hudlin, who directed the pilot of the Rock’s popular but now defunct TV series “Everybody Hates Chris.”
On Sept. 1, the Academy named Hudlin and David Hill as producers of next year’s ceremony after ratings sharply fell 16% for the 2015 telecast, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. In an interview with Variety that day, the producing duo said they had already begun discussing potential hosts, looking at the possibilities of a solo performer or a combination of people for the duties.
Hill is a longtime veteran of live TV, »
- Tim Gray
On Oct. 21, Universal Home Entertainment will host a red-carpet screening at Lincoln Center of “Back to the Future,” wrapping a week-long celebration tied to the day shown on Marty McFly’s time-machine DeLorean car. It’s a pretty impressive array of activities, considering the movie started out with nobody wanting to make it.
Bob Gale, who scripted the 1985 original with Robert Zemeckis, told Variety this week that they spent years trying to get it made, but most studios thought it was too tame, saying “very nice, very sweet, but take it to Disney.” However, when they finally met with Disney, execs thought it was too racy, nervous about Lorraine’s attraction to Marty McFly (who’s her son, though she doesn’t know it because he’s visiting from the future).
The reason he sets the DeLorean to Oct. 21, 2015? It’s the day 30 years in the future when the Cubs »
- Tim Gray
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