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Could "Saturday Night Live" be the well in which the producers of the Academy Awards draw their Oscar host talent from? Anne Hathaway and James Franco, each of whom have hosted "SNL" twice -- Hathaway the most recent host, in fact, were hired to host this year's Oscar telecast. Last year's hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, are the two guys who have hosted "SNL" the most. It's an unusual choice -- usually, well-established comedians or comedic talk show hosts like Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Jon Stewart, David Letterman are given the gig. After doing a stellar job hosting the Tonys, Hugh Jackman had the job two years ago (he, too, had hosted "SNL").
Jackman's stint may have given the producers the idea of giving Hathaway the job. In his opening monologue/dance number, he pulled Hathaway up on stage and she stole the show.
The move also seems to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tara the Mom)
Making this year's Oscars feel more like prom than ever before as two of the youngest hosts of the ceremony ever, James Franco and Anne Hathaway have been crowned this year's hosts of the Academy Awards, a post that each could potentially have to abstain from momentarily should Franco be nominated for best actor for "127 Hours" or Hathaway for best actress in "Love and Other Drugs." One would have to go all the way back to 1975 when Goldie Hawn was 30 (and co-hosted with Gene Kelly, Walter Matthau, George Segal and Robert Shaw) to find an Oscar emcee as young as either in this duo. Amazingly, hosting the Oscars wasn't part of the Franco's idea box that he rolled out last year on "Saturday Night Live":
And in Hathaway's case, don't discount the opportunity for a musical number. She showcased her sang her way through a "Frost/Nixon" interrogation at »
- Stephen Saito
Happy day of giving Thanks! Happy day of eating poultry, like we don't eat poultry every day in staggering quantities. Most importantly, welcome to the end of the year, the time when we all pretend like movie goers are divided into two categories: those that care awards season is coming up (Hey, you wanna see The King's Speech?) and those that don't (When's Tron: Legacy coming out, again?). Luckily, I think there's a movie out this week that will satisfy both sides of the film-going public that I'm currently writing about, director Ed Zwick's Love and Other Drugs is in theaters now and managed to be a romantic comedy that didn't make my short hairs stand on end with idiocy... … let's not think about why my short hairs respond to idiocy, let's start with my titular things. Ladies and Gentleman, for your post-gorging reading pleasure, I present 6 Things W »
Anne Hathaway is a genius. And not only for her stellar performance this weekend as host for the second time on SNL, with roles like sexually active Mary Poppins, Prince William’s fiancee Kate Middleton, and an annoyingly awesome Katie Holmes.
We also thinks she's genius for her idea for an as-of-yet imaginary role on Glee.
Last week on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the always lovely Ms. Hathaway confessed that she’d already written herself a part on Glee. She wants to be Kurt’s long-lost lesbian aunt — his mom’s sister — who comes back into his life to help him deal with his sexuality and then sings “You Are Not Alone“ from Stephen Sondheim’s Into The Woods. (In the clip below, start at chapter 3 for Anne's interview.)
Genius, right? Anne clearly spent a long time carefully crafting her character, and I think she did a heck of a job. »
This week marks the release of Disney’s Tangled, a fresh, critically-acclaimed adaptation of the age-old Rapunzel story and the 50th animated feature produced by Disney Animation. But the celebration is bittersweet, accompanied by the news that the studio is moving on from its magical, musical roots.
The La Times ran a piece over the weekend, titled “Disney Animation is closing the book on fairy tales,” lamenting the end of an era and laden with somber quotes about the waning performance of Disney princesses. The outlet focuses on the studio’s decision to rework the movie to a more gender-neutral story after the “poorly performing” release The Princess and the Frog (it made $267M worldwide). Thus, with one perceived disappointment and another hoping to find an audience mere days after Harry Potter’s arrival, the book of fairy tales is closed?
While Disney Animation is supposedly waving goodbye to its cartoon royalty, »
- Jeff Leins
HollywoodNews.com: Michelle Raimo-Kouyate has been named president of production for Sony Pictures Animation, it was announced today by Bob Osher, President of Digital Productions for Sony Pictures Entertainment.
The respected industry veteran joins Spa from Dreamworks Animation, where she was serving as executive producer for the upcoming feature Puss in Boots, a spin-off of the blockbuster Shrek.
“Michelle is an extraordinarily talented executive who loves both the art and artistry of animation and understands that superior storytelling must always come first,” said Osher. “Michelle and I worked together for many years at Miramax. She earns the respect of her peers through her leadership and is someone who candidly speaks her mind. Because of her extensive experience in both live action and animation, she is the perfect choice for this position, especially as we produce both all-cg features and hybrid productions like The Smurfs. We have an outstanding slate »
- Linny Lum
We know what you’re thinking: is Jake Gyllenhaal’s naked butt about to tear his new relationship with Taylor Swift apart? Reportedly Love & Other Drug’s star Gyllenhaal will not be taking his lady love Swift to the movie’s premiere. Allegedly the couple has yet to enter the Bone Zone, and Jake wants to wait before showing Taylor the goods, i.e. ruining all other men for her forever. Aw, that’s so sweet of Jake to be protective of her like that! We didn’t think the movie looked appropriate for children either. Then again, if we were Taylor, we’d be pissed that everyone in America gets to see our new boyfriend in his glorious, well-tailored birfday suit before we do! A source claims, “Jake is making no secret that he spends most of the film naked. In fact, you get to see so much of »
- Halle Kiefer
Update: Theo Stevenson (pictured) was selected as the most horrid boy. Horrid enough, at least, to play the title character in Horrid Henry: The Movie. If you saw Fred Claus, he played the 6-year old version of Santa. The "Horrid Henry" books are about the boy who leads The Purple Hand Gang in battling the tyranny of adults. Anjelica Huston (When in Rome, Queen Clarion in the "Tinkerbell" DVDs) will play Miss Battle-Axe, "ER" star Parminder Nagra (Ella Enchanted) will be Miss Lovely and Richard E. Grant (Penelope) will play a rival headmaster. Wild Child director Nick Moore has scheduled filming to last seven weeks and is planned to be released this summer in 3D.
Horrid Henry is the second most popular book character in the United Kingdom (first would be Harry Potter). The books have sold 16 million.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
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In the story, a 10-year-old boy is being handed off from his father to his stepfather for the weekend, but the handoff goes wrong, and the boy gets lost. The father and stepfather, who have never gotten along, are forced to work together to find their son.
Panay recently set up at Disney an untitled baseball pitch from "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" scribe Allan Loeb with Bradley Cooper attached to star. Panay is producing that dramedy with Loeb and his Scarlet Fire Entertainment partner Steven Pearl.
Craig, repped by Original Artists, has made a name for herself in the family film business. She worked on "Ella Enchanted," starring Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy, and "Ramona and Beezus," starring Selena Gomez, »
- By Borys Kit
The Secret of Moonacre wants to be a fantasy, a family movie, and a story of female empowerment and destiny. They had so many things in their favor including Bridge to Terabithia director Gabor Csupo, a child actress with a feature already under her belt, a screenplay based on The Little White Horse, and the king of camp Tim Curry. The production had the resources and stellar cast to make this film exactly what they wanted, which makes the resulting film The Secret of Moonacre even more disappointing.
In The Secret of Moonacre, Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) is sent off to Moonacre to live with her uncle Sir Benjamin Merryweather (Ioan Gruffudd) when her father dies. She is accompanied by her quirky tutor Miss Heliotrope (Juliet Stevenson). When they arrive, Sir Benjamin is a poor host to say the least. He is annoyed by Maria’s questions and forbids »
- Rachel Kolb
Fairy tale stories have been told and retold for generations - so how do movie makers get their adaptations so wrong? Here are our suggestions...
Even though Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood is the freshest example to date, popular fairytales, fables, and folklore have been told and retold (and retold again) in films for decades. The communal nature of these stories and the bond to the material creates a collective acceptance to passing them on from generation to generation and through various reiterations.
But in a world where films get remade multiple times and sequels are put into production before their predecessors are released, fairy tales both beloved and unexamined are likely to be milked for new movies. Films like Red Riding Hood, Maleficent, and another live action Cinderella are already in the works.
The likely path will see these movies relying on the audience’s familiarity and fondness for »
135 filmmakers and executives have been invited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences to join its ranks. Recent Oscar nominees and winners such as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz have been invited to join; but even "Saw's" Tobin Bell and "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana received invites.
New members will be "baptized" in an invitation-only reception in September at the Academy's Fairbanks Center for Motion Picture Study in Beverly Hills.
Here's a complete list of the 2010 invitees:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 135 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitation will be the only additions in 2010 to the Academy’s roster of voting members.
The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held »
Oscar winner Indian sound recordist Resul Pookutty has been invited to join the coveted Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences as a member. Along with Resul the invitation has been extended to 135 film professionals from around the globe that includes Christopher Walts (Inglorious Basterds) and Jacque Audiard (A Prophet). Resul was awarded an Oscar last year for Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire.
Members of the academy vote for the annual academy awards.
The Academy’s membership policies would have allowed a maximum of 180 new members in 2010, but as in other recent years, the several branch committees endorsed fewer candidates than were proposed to them. Voting membership in the organization has now held steady at just under 6,000 members since »
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 135 filmmakers and executives -- including such recent Oscar nominees and winners as Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Mo'Nique, Carey Mulligan, Jeremy Renner, Gabourey Sidibe and Christoph Waltz -- to join its ranks.
The Academy issued its annual invitation list Thursday.
The actor's portion of the list ranged from genre favorites like "Saw's" Tobin Bell to "Avatar's" Zoe Saldana, from "Sopranos" star James Gandolfini, whose film credits include "In the Loop" and "Get Shorty" to rising leading man Ryan Reynolds, who's appeared in "The Proposal" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine."
An international sampling of directors made the cut: Among them France's Jacques Audiard, Argentina's Juan Jose Campanella, Denmark's Lone Scherfig and, from the U.S., Lee Daniels and Adam Shankman, the latter of whom co-produced the last Oscar show.
- By Gregg Kilday
We have found some pretty cool concept art for Dorothy of Oz, an upcoming 3D animated musical feature based on the classic L. Frank Baum children’s novels. The voice cast is led by Glee’s Lea Michele as Dorothy Gale, with the likes of Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart supporting. I’ve always been a fan of early glimpses into the animation process: check out a comparison of the sketch of nine different characters and the actor who will bring them to life after the jump.
Here’s the official synopsis:
There is trouble in Oz and Dorothy is needed! With Glinda’s help, she and Toto return to Oz. Joined by her old friends the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Lion as well as exciting new characters, Dorothy sets out on a perilous journey to stop the crafty Jester from using the power of »
- Brendan Bettinger
HollywoodNews.com: The Los Angeles Film Festival has announced its jurors for the festival that kicks off today at L.A. Live.
Weekly film critic Ella Taylor. The documentary jury is comprised of director/actress Karen
Chinese), and film critic and journalist Robert Abele. Writer/performer Sandra Tsing-Loh
(solo show “Mother on Fire,” novel If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now), actor Andrew
American Crime, Ella Enchanted) round out the shorts jury.
“I’m so excited to have all these great talents join us at the Festival this year,” said Artistic
Director David Ansen. »
Manhattan, New York (X17online) - Anne Hathaway will be channeling Cinderella for her next role in the movie, One Day. The actress is set to play a working girl who finds love with a charming guy played by Jim Sturgess. Hathaway has already played a princess-type character in the past with movies like Ella Enchanted and The Princess Diaries. One Day is based on one of England's best-selling novels by David Nicholls. The movie will be directed by Lone Scherfig and is set to start filming this summer. One Day is expected to hit theaters next year. »
New York (AP) — Anne Hathaway is stepping into a new Cinderella story. The star of "Ella Enchanted" and "The Princess Diaries" will appear in the film adaptation of David Nicholls' popular novel, "One Day," about a working-class woman's romance with a charming rich man, played by Jim Sturgess ("Across the Universe"). The movie, which begins filming this summer, will be directed by Lone Scherfig, an Oscar nominee for "An Education." The project was announced Tuesday by Focus Features and Random House Films, which have a joint partnership. "One Day," a No. 1 best-seller in England, was released Tuesday as a »
- AP Staff
The upcoming 3D animated film Dorothy of Oz has made a very smart casting decision by having Glee star Lea Michele provide the lead voice in their animated-musical family film. It’s not just smart because Michele is an amazing singer. It’s smart because Glee is one of the hottest shows on television right now and studios should be rushing to pick up any star from the show as fast as possible. The actor or actress won’t be able to open a movie on their own, but if paired with the right project and with a fairly talented ensemble, it could really help garner attention to a project.
The fairly talented ensemble backing up Michele includes Oliver Platt, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, and Patrick Stewart. The film is also launching an interactive teaser website at dorothyofoz.com. Hit the jump to check out the press release. And for »
- Matt Goldberg
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