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Many of the races at Sunday (March 2) night's Academy Awards seem pre-determined as the ceremony is about to begin. Those guys from "My So-Called Life" and "True Detective" seem like locks. Etc. However, Best Picture is wide open. So let's hope that adds drama, while Ellen DeGeneres adds comedy. Click through and join my 2014 Oscars Live-Blogging. And comment below! 8:25 p.m. Et. So how many times do we figure Jennifer Lawrence is going fall down on tonight's Oscars telecast. Five? 10? Twice that many if she wins? Actually, if she wins, Lupita Nyong'o fans are going to be tripping her. Not Lupita, though. She's too classy for that. 8:27 p.m. There are dozens of people in the HitFix office right now, but I'm hiding out in my office, because I'm dedicated to you, the readers. Because I'd just keep eating lasagna if I were with the main group. Also, »
- Daniel Fienberg
Speaking about the film, DeGeneres told Parade: "Miss Congeniality was written based on me.
"When I was getting ready to co-host the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My stylist at the time - a man - was teaching me, and it was hilarious. The Miss Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant."
She added: "Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently reminded me that I beat her out of that. I got the part and Jen Aniston didn't! »
Ellen DeGeneres may be on top of the talk show game, but did you know she beat out Jennifer Aniston for a movie role?In an interview in the March 2 issue of Parade magazine, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" host revealed that she scored the supporting role in 1999 comedy "EdTV, " despite some very stiff competition from the former "Friends" favorite."She recently reminded me that I beat her out of that," she tells the mag. "I got the part and Jen Aniston didn't! That'll probably be the only time that happens."A year after stealing that role from Aniston, DeGeneres says she helped inspire one for another rising starlet: Oscar winner and current nominee, Sandra Bullock. "'Miss Congeniality' was written based on me," the 56-year-old revealed. "When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My »
- tooFab Staff
Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston may have taken vastly different career paths in Hollywood since their sitcom star days, but both collided in 1999 when auditioning to play a reality television producer in “EdTV,” and DeGeneres proudly declares in a new interview that she won that friendly battle. “Jen Aniston is my friend and she recently reminded me that I beat her out of that,” DeGeneres told Parade. “I got the part and Jen Aniston didn’t! That’ll probably be the only time that happens.” See photos: 40 Actresses Over 40 Who Are Still Conquering Hollywood (Photos) A year after stealing a role from Aniston, »
- Greg Gilman
Ellen DeGeneres and Jennifer Aniston don't often go up for the same movie roles—but when they vied for the same part in 1999, it was DeGeneres who scored the supporting role in EdTV. "She recently reminded me that I beat her out of that," the TV host recalls in the March 2 issue of Parade magazine. "I got the part and Jen Aniston didn't! That'll probably be the only time that happens." Given that the two are still friends, it's hard to imagine Aniston holds a grudge. And it's not like she wasn't busy that year: in addition to filming Season 6 of NBC's Friends, the actress also played Joanna in the satirical comedy Office Space and voiced Annie Hughes in the animated movie The »
Right now, here's what's on Ellen DeGeneres's actual to-do list: 1. Star in a talk show adored by millions. 2. Work with her wife, Portia de Rossi, on major renovations to their new home. 3. Stay calm about hosting the Oscars, which will be seen by nearly everyone on the planet, on March 2. 4. Remove throw-up deposited by Augie, Portia and Ellen's new rescue dog, from de Rossi's sweater (he gets carsick). At 56, she's taking it all in stride, and that has come with riding out bumps in life's road. DeGeneres sat down with People's Elizabeth Leonard to share a little wisdom about »
- Ellen DeGeneres, with Elizabeth Leonard
It may not be to most actors’ tastes, but Matthew McConaughey is sounding oddly happy about his smaller paydays.
“For the first time in my career, I lost money! No joke!” the actor says.
Then again, McConaughey has reason to smile; his choice to reject big mainstream movies, ultimately in favor of gritty roles in independent films, represents a dramatic career shift –— and has garnered widespread recognition — for the 44-year-old Texas-born father of three.
His performance in “Dallas Buyers Club,” as the real-life Ron Woodroof, a homophobic good ol’ boy who became a health crusader after being diagnosed with AIDS, smuggling life-saving drugs into the U.S. for himself and fellow patients, has earned him top honors at the Golden Globes and SAG awards, and brought him his first Oscar nomination.
It is one of several complicated characters that McConaughey has boldly portrayed recently — from the hard-edged drifter in “Mud »
- Jenelle Riley
Matthew McConaughey has proven himself to be quite the versatile actor, as evidenced by the Dallas Buyers Club actor's very busy award season. In addition to being a dramatic superstar, McConaughey has been a romantic charmer, a rugged adventurer, and a lot of things in between. This week, I'm celebrating one of my favorite talented Texans. Can you match the picture to the title? Question 1 of 5 ? Name that movie: EDtv Contact Surfer, Dude We Are Marshall »
- Maggie Pehanick
The Golden Globes weren't the only TV program packing major star power on Sunday night. While Matthew McConaughey was busy accepting the award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Drama for his amazing turn in Dallas Buyer's Club, his new drama True Detective was debuting on HBO. Talk about pulling double duty! The series, which spans 17 years and costars his longtime friend and Edtv costar Woody Harrelson, who recently starred in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, centers on two extremely different Louisiana detectives working together on a grisly murder investigation. At the 2014 Winter TCA Press Tour in Pasadena, McConaughey and Harrelson took the stage to talk about their decision to »
Matthew McConaughey's transition - his "McConaughaissance," if you will - from rom-com stalwart to serious dramatic actor has been one of the more delightfully implausible career arcs we've seen. And if the eyes are the windows to the soul, then movie posters must be the windows, to what could be called a career's "elan vital." With this in mind, as McConaughey's latest project True Detective ramps up for its Sunday night premiere on HBO, here's a look at this surprising arc, illustrated through the posters to his films. Affable, grinning, and not yet in the practice of displaying his full body in posters, »
- Alex Heigl
10 items from 2014
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