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George Clooney Greets Fans Outside the Oscars (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 8th 2010 7:30AM
82nd Annual Academy Awards, George Clooney, FansAlways the gracious movie star, George Clooney showed his fans some love by greeting them outside the 82nd Annual Academy Awards (Sun., 6PM ET on ABC) last night. And we're not talking just a few waves either. This was outside the event on the street, where fans were packed up against a fence.

You know what? Clooney is awesome. He knows the fans are what make or break a star, and not only that, he just seems like a really nice, down to earth guy. We love you, George!

Watch the video after the jump.

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Oscars Telecast Suffers From Expanded Best Picture Field

by Scott Harris, posted Mar 8th 2010 1:03AM
When the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last year that they would be expanding the Best Picture field to 10 films for their 82nd annual awards, the reaction was immediate, as pundits and cinephiles debated whether the move would dilute the importance of the awards. Slipping through the cracks, though, was how the change would affect the broadcast and the ceremony itself.

Well, now we know, because the ramifications were seen early and often throughout the show, which aired last night on ABC. While producer Adam Shankman wisely used the change as an excuse to emphasize the films and the performances themselves -- something viewers were clued into from the first moments, when this year's crop of Best Actor and Best Actress nominees gathered on the stage to kick off the ceremony -- the inclusion of extended clip packages for nominees and testimonials from fellow actors led not only to one of the longest broadcasts in recent awards show memory but also to the removal of several Oscar staples, including the Best Song performances.

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Josh Groban and Ellen DeGeneres' Ode to the 'Oscars' (VIDEO)

by Jane Boursaw, posted Mar 5th 2010 8:15PM
Ellen DeGeneres, Josh Groban, OscarsSometimes Oscar bits work, and sometimes, they end up like the one on 'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' (weekdays, syndicated), in which Josh Groban and Ellen DeGeneres sang an ode to the Best Picture nominees.

Good effort, guys, and we appreciate the attention to detail, like dressing Groban up like a Na'vi from 'Avatar' and having him croon to characters from the Best Picture noms.

Still, you'd better keep your day jobs. Years from now, you'll look back on this as one of those "what was I thinking?" moments.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates Added to Oscar Roster

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 3rd 2010 9:00AM
barbra_streisand_vanity_fair_with_cameraThis week they started revealing some of the stars who'll be presenting at Sunday night's Oscar broadcast on ABC, and at the top of the list were three former Oscar winning actresses, Barbra Streisand, Charlize Theron and Kathy Bates. Also on the roster will be Queen Latifah, Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta.

Nikki Finke's Deadline.com column has a major spoiler about the opening of the show. If you don't want to know, avoid the last paragraph below.

There's an interesting angle on Barbra Streisand's appearance on the show. Speculation is that Streisand will be presenting Best Director, which insiders say is a lock for Kathryn Bigelow.

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Oscars Held Hostage in Another Cablevision Dispute

by Gary Susman, posted Mar 2nd 2010 12:00PM
Some three million cable subscribers in three states may miss Sunday's Oscar telecast on ABC, thanks to a subscriber-fee dispute between New York's WABC-TV (and its parent company, Disney) and Cablevision over fees the broadcast station wants to collect from the cable service provider.

On Monday, New York City's WABC began telling Cablevision customers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut that it would pull its signal after midnight Sunday morning if a deal isn't reached by then. Cablevision, in return, issued a statement warning customers that ABC now wants to charge for what it used to give away for free, and that Cablevision customers might have to cough up an extra $40 million a year if ABC gets its way.

The threatened blackout follows two similar episodes earlier this year, including one involving Cablevision, but it probably won't be the last, as broadcast networks and basic cable channels are demanding a bigger share of cable subscription fees.

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What to Watch: March 1 - 7

by Stephanie Earp, posted Mar 1st 2010 2:02AM


The Academy Awards - Sunday March 7, 8 pm, CTV/ABC


Most years, there are five best picture nominees and I've usually seen one or none of them. This is due in part to the fact that the noms are usually released in theatres about five minutes before the ceremony, and the fact that I'm a lazy bum who never goes to theatres. But this year there are ten nominees in this category. Guess what? I've seen one of them. Go 'Inglourious Basterds'! As far as I know, you are totally the best picture!

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March 2010 Premiere Dates And Finales

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2010 10:00AM
Dancing with the Stars / Nip/Tuck
Now that Olympic fever has subsided, it's time to look ahead to a March filled with many returning favorites, including ABC's 'Dancing with the Stars,' NBC's 'The Apprentice,' and Comedy Central's bad boys of 'South Park.' The month also offers both 'The 82nd Annual Academy Awards' on ABC and NCAA Basketball's "March Madness" on CBS.

March kicks off with one of the most controversial premieres of the year. After a dismal performance in primetime, Jay Leno returns to 'The Tonight Show' (Mon., March 1 at 11:35PM on NBC) desk he temporarily vacated for Conan O'Brien. Make sure you don't miss a moment of the biggest premieres and finales in March.

Check out our full list of highlights after the jump.

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Wha? Oscar Broadcast to Feature a DJ?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Feb 26th 2010 8:02PM
The Oscar shows have long had a problem attracting the younger crowd, or at least the part that doesn't spend every waking moment organizing the AV club's equipment cabinet. So this year they have tried to "hip it up."

The Academy has hired DJ Joel Madden to serve as the ceremony's "house DJ" for the broadcast.

Producer Adam Shankman said he wanted the show to have more of a party atmosphere. Does that mean there will be a birthday clown and a "Pin the Tail on the Fellini" game too?

[via TV Tattle]

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Sacha Baron Cohen Was Considered as Oscar Host

by Allison Waldman, posted Feb 19th 2010 3:03PM
sacha_baron_cohen_headshotThe history of the Academy Awards telecast has been generally a pretty traditional show. You've had historic moments of bad taste like Rob Lowe dancing with Snow White, bizarre musical opening numbers from the likes of Lucie Arnaz and Liza Minnelli -- not together -- and, of course, great highs like most of the Billy Crystal musical medleys of the Best Oscar nominees.

This year if Billy were there, his medley would be about 20 minutes long to include all ten nominated movies! They'd have needed an oxygen tank in the wings to revive him after that.

But here's a wickedly wild idea that might have set the Oscars into to fierce wilderness of 'oh-my-God' TV. The Oscar producers were toying with the idea of having Sacha Baron Cohen host the show. Yep, believe it. Producers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic were on NPR's 'Fresh Air' with Teri Gross, and they said when they contemplated shaking up the broadcast, they thought of 'Borat.'

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Barbara Walters: This Year's Oscar Special Will Be the Last

by Jenny Hollowell, posted Feb 15th 2010 4:22PM
Barbara Walters announced on 'The View' today that this year would be the last for her annual Oscar night celebrity interview special.

"ABC has asked me to keep doing these specials as they have been so successful -- and I'm thrilled we have such great stars and have such a wonderful show -- but to be honest, I feel like I've 'been there, done that,'" Walters said.

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Barbara Walters To End Oscar Specials This Year

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 15th 2010 2:30PM
Barbara WaltersOK, all at once: "Nooooooooooooooooooo!" Barbara Walters says that this year will be the final year that she has an Oscars special. Walters says that while she loves doing the specials and ABC is happy with the ratings the specials get, she feels that they are a little "been there, done that." The last one will air on March 7.

It must be hard to keep a show like that going anyway. I mean, there are approximately 37 entertainment news shows on every single night now (plus 24 hours of celebrity coverage on E! and on the web) and as the years went by her interviews with celebrities weren't as important or newsworthy. Now everyone asks a celeb "what type of tree would you be?"

Fear not, Barbara Walters fans. She's going to continue as one of the panelists on 'The View' and she will continue her annual 'Barbara Walters Chooses The Most Painfully Obvious People For Her 10 Most Fascinating People List (Plus A Couple of Head-Scratchers)" specials.

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'So You Think You Can Dance' Star To Appear on Oscars

by Michael Pascua, posted Feb 11th 2010 9:15PM
'So You Think You Can Dance' Season Six contestant LegacyHaving connections pays off for 'So You Think You Can Dance' contestant Jonathan "Legacy" Perez. Zap2it has confirmed that Legacy will be a part of the Academy Awards, dancing with The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers. He received the position after he helped 'SYTYCD' judge Adam Shankman with the audition process. Shankman is producing the Oscars with Bill Mechanic.

Unlike the Emmys, which have an Outstanding Choreography category, having dancers on the Oscars feels out of place. The five songs nominated for Best Original Song don't have any place for breakdancers, so my only guess is that the show will open with a flashy performance. Legacy hasn't provided any solid details to how he will be involved.

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Hamish Hamilton to Direct 82nd Academy Awards

by Rebecca Paiement, posted Nov 19th 2009 11:18AM
The 82nd Academy Awards isn't until March 7 -- but the show is already beginning to take shape.

According to Variety, Hamish Hamilton has been tapped to direct the upcoming ceremony. This will make him only the fifth man in 38 years to have been selected by the producers from a group of finalists. Among the finalists were Roger Goodman, who directed the show last year.

Hamilton, 43, is a British director who has achieved major success working with music artists Britney Spears, U2 and Stevie Wonder in concert specials. He also directed the MTV Video Music Awards, and will run the halftime show at next year's Super Bowl XLIV.

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Here's who turned down the Oscars gig

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 4th 2009 6:31PM
OscarAllison told you yesterday that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin will host the Oscars in 2010. But you probably guessed that others were considered too, right? Three of the people below turned down the gig. Can you guess who they were?

  • Tina Fey
  • Robert Downey, Jr.
  • Will Ferrell
  • Whoopi Goldberg
  • Jay Leno
  • Ben Stiller
  • Sean Combs
  • Kristin Chenoweth
  • Jerry Seinfeld
  • me

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Adam Shankman, the dancing Oscar producer

by Allison Waldman, posted Oct 21st 2009 11:29AM
Oscar_statuetteMaybe they'll change the name of this year's Academy Awards to So You Think You Can Win An Oscar? Or maybe it'll be Oscar, You Should Be Dancing. What else can we expect now that Adam Shankman has been assigned to produce the Oscar broadcast... with Bill Mechanic. The Bill Mechanic part is almost like fine print. (Or that cute kid Brick on The Middle who whispers under his breathe in a funny, creepy way. "Mechanic...")

The story here is Adam Shankman. He's a director/choreographer and dancer. He's a judge on the current season of So You Think You Can Dance. His biggest credit is Hairspray, one of the few movie musicals that has made it to the big screen and was a bit hit in the last decade. Shankman should bring movement, energy and -- perhaps -- dance to the Academy Awards?

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