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Have you ever wondered how the Academy Awards gets written every year? Bruce Vilanch is the man to ask. Starting as a writer on the broadcast 25 years ago, Vilanch has been the annual show’s head writer since 2000. What he specifically writes varies from host to host, but ultimately, everything you see on the telecast goes through him. Below, in an interview with Vanity Fair writer Mike Sacks, Vilanch dishes on trying to make celebrities seem funny, the “cock joke” that Steve Martin refused to tell, and why exactly James Franco, Ellen DeGeneres, and David Letterman each bombed as hosts of the Oscars. The conversation is an excerpt from Poking a Dead Frog, Sacks’s new book of interviews with notable comedy writers such as Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, and Adam McKay,which he put together as a follow-up to his similar 2009 collection, And Here’s the Kicker. You can »
- Mike Sacks
Sorry, Stephen Colbert.
“30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” alum Tracy Morgan spoke with Matt Lauer on NBC’s “Today” this morning ostensibly to promote his new movie “Rio 2,” but really to officially throw his hat in the ring for the latenight gig.
Why does Morgan think he’d be a good choice?
“We’ll shake the game up. I think Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he told Lauer.
Morgan has even thought about his ideal guests (“Bruce Vilanch or the black dude from Magnum P.I.”), his signature sign off ( “Who’s coming with me? I don’t know where I’m going but who’s coming with me?”) and his band (” It might be Drake one night. It might be Sly and the Family Stone one night …”).
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- Whitney Friedlander
Tracy Morgan stopped by the Today show Thursday morning, where he told Matt Lauer he’s launching a new campaign: To become CBS’s next late night host. “Jimmy Fallon needs some competition,” he explained. Hold up, everyone. Let’s not dismiss this too quickly — Morgan’s show sounds amazing.
The band: “It would be different every night. It might be Drake one night, it might be Sly and the Family Stone .”
Ideal guest: “Bruce Vilanch…or the black dude from Magnum P. »
- Erin Strecker
Pro tip, hunties: It’s not very elegant for a lady to spit… unless she’s spitting beats, that is.
On the next episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race, airing Monday night at 9 p.m. Et on Logo, the queens are tasked with reading while rapping, and they have some serious guest judges to impress. In an exclusive clip below, hip-hop divas Eve and Trina see one team of queens — including Adore Delano, whose experience under the American Idol spotlight fails her when it really counts — werk their way through the beat-dropping challenge.
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- Lanford Beard
When Turner Classic Movies (TCM) kicks off 31 Days of Oscar®, the network’s annual celebration of the Academy Awards® in February, it will be embarking on one of the most ambitious and comprehensive editions of the month-long festival yet.
Each night’s primetime lineup from Feb. 1 through March 3 will be devoted to showcasing all the movies nominated in a particular category in a given year. Meanwhile, daytime programming will focus on specific categories, with winners and nominees from multiple years.
TCM’s 31 Days of Oscar is one of several events celebrating the network’s 20th year as a leading authority in classic film. Making the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Oscar even more spectacular will be the world premiere of And the Oscar® Goes To…, a brand-new documentary tracing the history of the Academy Awards, slated to premiere Saturday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. (Et/Pt). CNN Films will encore the documentary onThursday, »
- Michelle McCue
The upcoming Silent But Deadly is getting ready to drop some more horrific retirement palace humor on you, and we've got the details and the artwork. Dig it!
From the Press Release
Indican Pictures announces the release of its hilarious new comedy, "Silent But Deadly," starring a Golden Globe and Emmy nominated cast. The star-studded cast includes Dawn Wells ("Gilligan’s Island"), John Tartaglia (Shrek The Musical), Lee Meriwether (Catwoman), Rip Taylor (Jackass The Movie), Bruce Vilanch ("Hollywood Squares"), Kiersten Warren ("Desperate Housewives"), and Jacqui Holland (Dead Ringer) with Martin Kove (Karate Kid) and David Proval ("The Sopranos").
“The title alone made us laugh, but when we watched the film, it not only delivered over-the-top humor but was filled with great performances! This cast possessed perfect comedic timing, and there is nothing more ridiculously funny then a bunch of old people transforming into 'Rambo-like' avengers!” said Randolph Kret, VP of Indican Pictures. »
- Uncle Creepy
6 items from 2014
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