16 items from 2011
This news will come as a crushing disppointment to many – Billy Crystal is set to host the 2012 Academy Awards. Not that there’s anything wrong with Mr Crystal (though, let’s be honest, his best days are way behind him), but after Eddie Murphy stepped down from the gig earlier this week, the Internet was abuzz with speculation over whether The Muppets would host. It’s safe to say that Jim Henson’s Muppets would have been a far more interesting – and we dare say entertaining – choice for the show. This news follows not only the departure of Eddie Murphy, but also Brett Ratner, who was tipped to produce.
This may, of course, had been very wishful thinking, but would have been perfectly timed considering the upcoming release of The Muppets, the troupe’s long-awaited return to the silver screen (November in the Us, and February in the UK). However, »
- Tom Fordy
We should thank our lucky stars. Because of the immediate exits by ex-producer Brett Ratner and ex-host Eddie Murphy, we now will have a host that truly belongs on the Oscar stage, no other than the super-funny Billy Crystal!
Producer Brian Grazer was given the Oscar producer crown yesterday and today, he and Don Mischer have announced that Crystal will be back to doing what he does best -- hosting the Oscars! Good! The Academy should just stick with him as host for future telecasts. (Read the Academy press release after the jump)
This will make Crystal's ninth time as host, and he should just remain there on the Oscar stage for he's truly a golden choice!
Here's the full press release from the Academy about Crystal's involvement:
What a difference a week makes. During his visit on Jimmy Kimmel (video) last Thursday to plug his new film Tower Heist, Eddie Murphy spritely remarked on how pleased he was to be the host of the upcoming 84th Academy Awards. Now he and former producer of the show, Brett Ratner, are out and new producer Brian Grazer and returning host, Billy Crystal, are in. Prior to the press release below, it was Crystal (@BillyCrystal) himself who tweeted the announcement:
Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward to the show.
For many who have watched the Oscar Forever (hand) and obsess about it year round (hand), bringing Crystal in was probably the best and only way to clean up the brouhaha from this week. For many, the return of favored “son” Crystal as host is very welcomed. »
- Michelle McCue
Beverly Hills, CA – Producers Brian Grazer and Don Mischer have announced that Billy Crystal will serve as host for the 84th Academy Awards. “I’m thrilled to welcome Billy back to the Oscar® stage,” said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Tom Sherak. “He’s a comic legend and Oscar icon, and it feels good to have him back where he belongs.”
Commented Grazer, “Like so many others, I’ve been eager to see Billy host again. It’s very gratifying that he agreed to do it with Don and me at the helm.”
Said Mischer, “With Billy, we’re moving forward with one of the greatest hosts in Oscar history. His return to the Oscars® is, in a sense, a celebration.”
This will mark Crystal’s ninth time as host. Only Bob Hope has hosted more Academy Awards presentations, with 19 ceremonies between 1940 and 1978. Crystal last hosted the »
Stunning actress Kate Winslet is on the cover of the latest issue of Harper's Bazaar, and she's more graceful and comfortable with herself than ever.
In the candid interview with the fashion mag, Winslet discusses being twice divorced and her modern role as a parent to her two kids, Mia, 11, and Joe, 7.
See Hollywood's Biggest and Brightest Shine as Cover Stars
Kate's first marriage was to Jim Threapleton, which yielded daughter Mia Honey. The couple »
American star Elizabeth McGovern is thankful she decided to settle in England, insisting older actresses find it much easier to land work away from Hollywood.
And the Downton Abbey star is adamant she has no regrets about focusing on working in Europe - because she hasn't come under pressure to have cosmetic surgery.
She tells Britain's Daily Mirror, "It's a mystery to me. As far as I can see women who have facelifts don't look younger, just weirder. You see them on screen with these tight, little porcelain faces - then the hand goes up to the face and it looks like it belongs to an alien. I find it really freaky.
"Still, I think it's better in England and in Europe in general where women are allowed to age and still get work - whereas in Hollywood it tends to be a different story.
"There are exceptions, like Meryl Streep. She's one of few actresses of a certain age that a movie company are prepared to build a film around. But it's a long way from the days of Bette Davis and Joan Crawford when mature women were celebrated on screen." »
The reality TV wedding of the year proved to be extremely lucrative for Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, with the couple earning a whopping $17.9 million in deals related to their "I do's" on E! -- the network that helped make Kardashian a household name.
According to The Post, exclusive photo rights for the reality nuptials were sold to People magazine for $2.5 million. The main chunk of their multi-million payout will come from a two-part special, »
The reality wedding extravaganza of the year between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries will take place under tight security at a $20-million Montecito estate on Saturday. The tents are up and private helicopters will patrol the skies during the grand celebration, which is being compared to the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.
The 500+ A-list guests will wear black or white, the bridesmaids green, and Kim is said to have three different Vera Wang gowns on hand. »
The first couple to walk down the aisle is Kim and Kris, who are reportedly inviting more than 500 guests to their picturesque Montecito, Calif. location on August 20.
The reality star is said to have two Vera Wang dresses for the big day, one for the ceremony and reception. St. Pucchi »
Will Smith is courting Men in Black III co-star Emma Thompson to write the screenplay for a remake of Annie that would star his daughter, Willow. A spokesperson for Thompson confirmed a New York Magazine report that talks were underway, though a role in front of the cameras does not appear to be in the cards for the actress. The Oscar-winning writer (Sense and Sensibility) and writer/star of the Nanny McPhee films plays Agent Oh in next summer’s Men in Black sequel.
- Jeff Labrecque
Lest you think James Franco is the only busy bee in Hollywood, please direct your attention toward Martin Scorsese. The Oscar winner has no less than three films lined up for the foreseeable future, and the most high profile one just got a most high profile producer: Scott Rudin has signed on to produce Scorsese's long in development Frank Sinatra biopic at Universal. Scorsese -- who has Hugo Cabret coming out for Thanksgiving -- will likely direct Silence and The Wolf of Wall Street (with Leonardo DiCaprio) before tackling Ol' Blue Eyes. [Deadline] »
Let me tell you, Oscar organizers. Even “young people” aspire to old-time Hollywood Glamour with a capital G.
But it wasn’t just the professionalism that wasn’t on the podium — there wasn’t enough big A-List power on the red carpet, »
- Jennifer Murray
12:34 to the Oscars! Different actors reveal their Oscar picks!
The Oscars is about to start!!!!
I know I'm a sucker for Oscar montage! I am I am!
So James Franco and Anne Hathaway are doing a Billy Crystal type of open where they are melded into the famous scenes of the Oscar-nominated films. So Alec Baldwin was the surprise guest! Is Billy Crystal going to show up?
I kind of like the "True Grit" bit!
Morgan Freeman...another surprise guest!
Aw..."Back to the Future! »
Grab your snack plates and your beverages, and put your pencils down. That’s right, the 2011 Academy Awards (hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco) are about to begin — and the time for last-minute tweaks to your Oscar Ballots has passed. (You know you’re just guessing at Best Documentary Short anyway, although Killing in the Name sounds like a winning kind of title, no?) So click through past the jump starting at 8:30 p.m. Et for my running commentary (keep hitting refresh — newest comments will show up at the top) and then head to the comments section to add your own opinions. »
- Michael Slezak
Getty Actress and Oscar host Anne Hathaway
Who will win best picture at the Oscars this year? Will “The King’s Speech” reign supreme? Will it be Annette or Natalie? Will we see a lot of red on the carpet, as predicted?
These are some of the questions yet to be answered as we head into tonight’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards, to be broadcast on ABC starting at 8 p.m. Et/ 5 p.m. Pst. Speakeasy will be live-blogging the event starting at 6:30 p. »
- WSJ Staff
From red-carpet thrillers to insider accounts, the Guardian's film critic hands out his gongs to the best Oscars literature out there
Partly because Academy Award madness is almost upon us, partly because like all former PhD students I love a good reading list, and partly out of sheer nerdiness, I have compiled an arbitrary list of the top 10 Oscar-related books. This has involved the incidental pleasure of hanging out in the Humanities One reading room of the British Library, and also in the library of the excellent and under-appreciated Cinema Museum in Kennington, south London.
1) Robert Osborne – 80 Years of the Oscar: The Official History of the Academy Awards (2009)
A hefty, celebratory, coffee-table slab of a book, packed with stats and pictures like a book about sport. Very much the approved, authorised version.
2) Mason Wiley and Damien Bona – Inside Oscar: The Unofficial History of the Academy Awards (1977)
Notionally "unofficial" but in »
- Peter Bradshaw
16 items from 2011
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