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Dan Kois declares that the rejection of "Boyhood" on Sunday as Oscar's Best Picture was the Academy's "worst mistake in 20 years." He says we witnessed an "epochal travesty" when the Richard Linklater film lost, which only happens when "a true masterpiece, a movie for the ages, somehow battles its way through the mediocrity" to only lose in the end. He calls the eventual winner "Birdman" a "terrific" movie, but that we will look back to say "how did they let this happen?" Other "epochal travesty" losses over the years have been by "Citizen Kane," "The Graduate," "High Noon," "Goodfellas," "Pulp Fiction," "Apocalypse Now," "Raging Bull," "Raiders of the Lost Ark, and "E.T." Slate -Break- In advance of the "House of Cards" third season debuting Friday on Netflix, a new guide brings you up-to-speed..." »
Documentary filmmaker and actress Jennifer Siebel Newsom founded The Representation Project, a media advocacy group, in April 2011 to call out gender stereotypes. The #AskHerMore campaign, which the group spearheaded, tasked red-carpet interviewers to ask actresses more questions about acting and social causes rather than their fashion. Amy Poehler, Reese Witherspoon and Lena Dunham have been vocal about their support. Newsom, who is behind the 2011 doc Miss Representation, is the wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom.
"We’re more than just our dresses." What a powerful statement for Reese Witherspoon to make on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. Don’t get us wrong, my friend Reese and I both love fashion and want to celebrate the amazing designers who make red carpet couture. But the Oscars are a celebration of the highest achievements in film and that's where the focus should be, regardless of the nominee's gender.
Watch: Why One Woman Behind #AskHerMore Considers Oscars a Big Win »
TV rewind: The Hosts Recap Oscars Big Night & Discuss Best And Worst Dressed on the Red Carpet – The Talk (2/23)Academy Awards HighlightsThe hosts and Kevin Frazier of “Entertainment Tonight” discuss Oscar Awards highlights, from host Neil Patrick Harris to Lady Gaga’s performance. Sharon Osbourne says, “This is the best reinvention that I have witnessed in the last 20 years…She went from a pop star…she went to do the album with Tony Bennett which took her to a whole other level…and now this…it shows this woman is not a one trick pony. She’s a true talent.”The Hosts on Oscars […] »
- April Neale
Three Variety critics agree to disagree about Oscar winners and losers both onscreen and on the Dolby stage.
Peter Debruge: Last year, the Academy made a statement in giving the best picture award to “12 Years a Slave.” This time around, over the course of a spread-the-wealth evening, it was the winners’ turn to speak their minds, and they did so in force, using Hollywood’s prom as a podium to demand equal rights — for women (“Boyhood’s” only winner, Patricia Arquette), for African-Americans (Common and John Legend, accepting “Selma’s” only win), for gays (“The Imitation Game” writer Graham Moore, urging young Lgbt viewers to “stay weird, stay different” as he collected the film’s lone statue), for those with disabilities (both Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne turned the spotlight on talents who achieved while coping with Als), and for immigrants (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, offering a plea on behalf of »
- Peter Debruge, Justin Chang and Scott Foundas
He's a "grown little man!"
Kevin Hart was at the Oscars last night, and as per usual, he was hilarious and adorable.
Post by Entertainment Tonight.
The 5'4 (most everything says 5'4 but at least one site says 5'2) comedian told us that growing up, he knew very early he was going to have to be funny to get by.
"It was either make people laugh or fight," he told Nancy O'Dell. "I couldn't fight, so this was the only option I had."
While it's true Kevin Hart tends to find himself "the short one" in a lot of pictures he takes, it honestly just makes us love him even more.
Pics: Bruno Mars Standing Next To Tall People Will Make Your Day
Here he his next to 6'11 NBA Center Dwight Howard:
His fellow short dude and The Wedding Ringer's [link »
Forget the nominees. Forget the performers. The most excited person at tonight’s Oscars has to be Kevin Hart.
“I can’t even hide it, I think it’s in my face,” Hart told Et's Nancy O’Dell and Kevin Frazier on the red carpet. “This is my first time being at the Oscars. I’m in awe! I’m a kid in the candy story.”
But he does have some ulterior motives: “This is a testament that you’re going in the right direction,” he explained. “This is that one step. The next step is to come back and host.”
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It wouldn’t be a bad choice either. Et asked Hart how he got so funny and his »
Couples who dress together stay together?
While Tom Ford's show brought out celebrities in droves on Friday night in Los Angeles, the real trend there was love.
Look no further than these three celebrity couples who sat by side in the front together to see Tom Ford present his Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear Collection.
Singer Miley Cyrus and her college beau Patrick Schwarzenegger have been getting cozy since last November, and they have taken romantic trips to Hawaii, Nashville and Miami. For Tom Ford, they got dressed to the nines in Los Angeles.
Right next to them, Scarlett Johansson with her husband Romain Dauriac are newlyweds, and it looks like Scarlett just can't keep her hands off of her French journalist beau. The couple recently welcomed a baby girl name Rose, but she has yet to make a public appearance.
The movies have been screened. The votes have been cast. And now everyone in Hollywood is sitting around, twiddling their thumbs, and waiting for Sunday night’s Oscars to find out whose “Academy Award Nominee” title will officially become “Academy Award Winner.”
Here are our predictions for the night’s biggest awards:
Who Everyone Thinks Will Win: Consulting Oscar predictions from trades like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, and Deadline, as well as Buzzfeed, IndieWire, and The L.A. Times, the overwhelming consensus is that Birdman will win.
Who We Think Will Win: But we’re still going with Boyhood. Both films are true feats of cinema and, as such, have pretty much split awards season down the middle, but we favor heart to spectacle in the end.
The Dark Horse: Making »
There are roughly 900,000 tribute pieces online this week about the 1985 John Hughes film "The Breakfast Club," and I understand the motivation. If you were the right age when the film was released (I was 15 at the time), that movie felt like a lightning bolt right to the face. Hughes treated teenagers like they were actual people with complex emotional lives worthy of respect, and while that would seem to be a logical approach to writing about any character, it certainly didn't feel average when he did it. He wrote about that secret world of teenagers with what felt like laser accuracy, and he basically created an entire industry of movies that tried to tap into that same audience. So certainly, there is much to celebrate when looking back at that particular film, but when I went to look at a list of the films that came out in 1985, a year »
- Drew McWeeny
It is hard to believe that on Saturday the Independent Spirit Awards will be celebrating their 30th anniversary in that giant tent erected each year on the Santa Monica beach. I remember as a young producer of movie coverage at Entertainment Tonight attending one of the earliest Spirits gatherings in 1988 at the 385 North Restaurant on La Cienega Boulevard. It was so intimate they actually sat me at a table near the stage with Jodie Foster, Meg Ryan and her then-husband De… »
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
The Entertainment Tonight vault is packed with more than 30 years of covering the Oscars red carpet. Some of the stars we might see there on Sunday's red carpet are no stranger to the big night.
The media mogul was first nominated in 1986 for Best Actress in a Supporting Role for The Color Purple. When Et caught up with Lady O, Stedman was her date and she was rocking shoulder pads made for the '80s, showing no signs of nerves.
"I am relaxed," the then 32-year-old said. "I'm here to have a good time, really. Where's the shrimp? I'm ready!"
CBS has named Lisa Ammerman as VP of talent booking, the net announced Thursday.
In her newly created position, Ammerman, a former “Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” producer and casting producer on “Survivor” and “The Amazing Race,” will develop customized and strategic publicity opportunities for talent utilizing CBS’ portfolio of entertainment, news and talk shows including James Corden’s upcoming “Late Late Show,” “The Late Show With David Letterman” (soon to be Stephen Colbert’s), “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Insider,” “CBS This Morning,” as well as other platforms.
Chris Ender, exec VP of communications for CBS Corp., commented, “Lisa comes to the position with a diverse producing background and outstanding relationships with artists and representatives in all areas. She will be an additional strategic resource for CBS programs, a company ambassador to the talent community and a facilitator for creating mutually beneficial booking packages for everyone.”
Before her time on CBS shows, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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This Monday, fashion spectators from all over the world flooded Grand Central Terminal for Zac Posen‘s Fall/Winter 2015 showing at New York Fashion Week. Rihanna, Katie Holmes, and Mary J. Blige were sitting front row, and watched as stunning garments hit the runway with beautifully sleek hair and makeup to match.
The key makeup artist for Zac Posen’s show is Kabuki, a living legend and the mastermind behind fashion shows for Jeremy Scott, The Blonds, August Getty, and more. And designers aren’t the only ones on Kabuki’s roster — he’s also worked with megastars like Michael Jackson and Kylie Minogue. More recently, Kabuki is responsible for the makeup behind Katy Perry‘s “E.T.” music video, as well as Rihanna‘s “Where Have You Been.”
When prepping for fashion week shows, Kabuki says that most designers schedule a test day so he can look »
- Kameron Mack
February is known as a sweeps month of major events, with the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars annually making life difficult for the competition on their respective Sundays. This year, NBC filled out the month’s other Sunday very nicely, as its “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” delivered near-Grammy numbers itself and almost single-handedly carried the network to a weekly victory in young adults.
The Peacock was running fourth in the 18-49 demo until Sunday night’s special but ended up winning with a 2.1 rating, followed by ABC (1.7), CBS and Fox (both 1.5) Univision and TNT (both 1.0), according to Nielsen estimates for the Feb. 9-15 frame. CBS rolled in total viewers, this time by about 1.5 million over runner-up NBC (9.3 million vs. 7.8 million).
The first full week of the February sweep, meanwhile, saw some strong performances in syndication (see below), with “Wendy Williams” and “Dish Nation” setting series highs and several entertainment magazines hit season bests. »
- Rick Kissell
This is the view I will have on Sunday from the bridge over the Oscars' red carpet when I appear as a commentator during the "Entertainment Tonight" live pre-show on the Pop Channel with Nancy O'Dell, Kevin Frazier and Brooke Anderson. I snuck over to the Dolby Theater on Wednesday to check out preparations for the red carpet and took some snapshots with my iPhone despite cries of "Excuse me, sir, but you can't take that photo" from tut-tutting security goons and academy budinskies. They weren't bugging dozens of other people pointing cameras and clicking, so why should I heed them? -Break- I shouldn't ... and I didn't. Thus you can enjoy clicking through the photos below of the scene outside Hollywood & Highland where Hollywood Boulevard has been shut down to create the red carpet promenade four days before the Oscars. »
Near daily news about NBC News anchor Brian Williams’ conflation of facts caused more viewers to tune in to syndicated entertainment magazines the week ending February 8. Magazine leader Entertainment Tonight (3.8 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, up 9% week-to-week) clocked its strongest numbers in four weeks. TMZ (2.3, up 10%) notched a new season high , and Access Hollywood (2.0, up 11%) matched its best score of the season, while Extra (1.8, up 20%) logged… »
Melissa Rivers has signed on with “Entertainment Tonight.” The 47-year-old TV personality and producer will conduct a series of interviews for the syndicated entertainment news show. Her first sit down will be with upcoming Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris, in an interview set to air on Thursday. See Photos: Joan Rivers’ ‘Fashion Police’ Replacement? 11 Funny, Fashionable and Ballsy Candidates “I’ve known Melissa for a long time. She is a producer, a celebrity, a fan and a friend. Melissa’s ability to connect with people is matched only by her wit, curiosity and warmth,” Brad Bessey, executive producer of “Et, »
- Travis Reilly
The final challenge was to put together an advertisement for Universal Studios' Wizarding World of Harry Potter and have a viewing party to collect money and promote vacations. Leeza's team was working to raise money for Leeza's Care Connection, while Geraldo's group was working to collect funds for his charity Life's Worc.
Leeza's team had less obstacles and was able to get $324,000 from »
After a whole season of Geraldo Rivera confirming our suspicions that he's kind of the worst, former Entertainment Tonight anchor Leeza Gibbons managed to take it all in the season finale of Celebrity Apprentice. While Geraldo managed a respectable $146,000 in vacation packages along with the line, "I've shown that an old guy can still get it up," Leeza totally smoked him by raising $324,000 with some help from Olivia Newton-John and a song from Xanadu. Of course, the final challenge wasn't the only factor in determining the winner. Both Geraldo and Leeza had the chance to plead their case in front of Donald Trump, and neither one was afraid to play a little dirty. Leeza stressed the fact »
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