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Oscar Ratings Down, But Still Respectable

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 28th 2011 2:00PM
Anne Hathaway, James Franco, OscarsThe final numbers are in: Despite lukewarm reviews, the 2011 Oscars telecast managed to attract around 37.6 million viewers last night.

The 83rd Academy Awards was down nearly 10 percent from last year's broadcast, according to Vulture. The three-hour show, hosted by young 'uns Anne Hathaway and James Franco, earned a 24.6 household rating/37 share on Sunday night, down from last year's 26.5 rating but still beating both the 2008 and 2009 telecasts.

Still, it seems the Academy's "younger hosts = younger viewers" theory paid off. According to Variety, the show was down just 5 percent in the 18–34 demographic.

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HBO Passes on Diane Keaton, Ellen Page Pilot, FX Orders 'Powers' Pilot and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:07PM
Diane KeatonIt appears Diane Keaton won't be making her TV series debut this season.

According to Deadline Hollywood, HBO passed on its Keaton-starring comedy series, 'Tilda,' loosely based on Deadline blogger Nikki Finke. The show would've followed a powerful but reclusive writer but fell apart despite high-profile names like Keaton, director Bill Condon and producer Alan Poul aboard.

Ellen Page and Jason Patric were also booked to co-star.

In other TV news ...

The latest in comic-to-TV-show news: FX ordered a pilot of 'Powers.' Based on the graphic novel series of the same name, the show follows "two homicide detectives who investigate cases of people with extraordinary abilities." [Entertainment Weekly]

Melissa Leo has apologized for dropping the F-bomb during her Oscars acceptance speech last night. The Best Supporting Actress's flub was the first F-bomb in the history of the Academy Awards. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Shonda Rhimes' previously untitled P.R. pilot has gotten a name and another lead actor. 'Damage Control,' as it's now called, will star Tony Goldwyn as the president. [THR]

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Aaron Sorkin Admits He Doesn't Use Facebook on 'The Early Show' (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 28th 2011 10:45AM
Aaron Sorkin Admits He Doesn't Use Facebook on 'The Early Show'Despite his Oscar win for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'The Social Network,' Aaron Sorkin isn't necessarily an avid user of Facebook. On 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on CBS), Sorkin said he created a Facebook account for research purposes while working on the movie, but took it down soon afterward.

"I'd barely heard of Facebook," admitted Sorkin. "I'd heard of it, but I'd heard of it the way I'd heard of a carburetor. You know, I can't pop the hood of my car, point at it and tell you what it does."

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Oscars 2011: 'In Memoriam' Recognizes Dennis Hopper, Lena Horne But Forgets Corey Haim (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Feb 28th 2011 5:30AM
'In Memoriam': Halle Berry Honors Lena Horne at the OscarsThis year's "In Memoriam" feature provided a sober moment in the middle of 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM ET on ABC) to remember those in the industry who passed away last year. As Celine Dion sang 'Smile', images of editors, directors, composers, designers, publicists and producers flashed on a screen.

Tony Curtis, Gloria Stuart, Leslie Nielsen, Lynn Redgrave, Pete Postlethwaite and Dennis Hopper were among the actors honored. Halle Berry then offered a special thanks to African-Americann entertainer Lena Horne. But where were Corey Haim, Peter Graves and Betty Garrett?

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The PS22 Chorus and All the Oscar Winners Close out 'The Academy Awards' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 2:02AM
PS22 Chorus and Oscar Winners, 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'Viewers who hung around through the Best Picture speeches for 'The Kings Speech' at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) were surprised with a special treat to wrap up the broadcast. In years past, things tend to wrap quickly after that final speech. Sometimes, the show has ended along with the speech.

This year, though, there was a special musical number by the PS22 Chorus, an internationally popular 5th- and 6th-grade chorus out of Public School 22 in Graniteville, Staten Island, in New York. Since 2006, the chorus has been gaining more and more notoriety thanks to director Gregg Breinberg's online promotion of them.

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Colin Firth Wins Best Actor Oscar for 'The King's Speech' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:25AM
Colin Firth wins Best Actor Oscar for 'The King's Speech,' 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'As widely expected, there was virtually no contest in the Best Actor category at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards.' After picking up Oscar gold for both Screenplay and Director, Colin Firth was a virtual lock in his second consecutive Lead Actor nomination.

Last year he went home among the many who are just happy to have been nominated for their work, while this year he picked up the Oscar for his portrayal of King George VI in 'The King's Speech.'

"I have a feeling my career's just peaked," he said in opening his acceptance speech. While his role was of a man who struggled with a stammer that affected his ability to give speeches, Firth showed no such problems.

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This Year's Oscar Ceremony Works Despite Mismatched Hosts

by Maureen Ryan, posted Feb 28th 2011 1:16AM
The annual Academy Awards telecast is always going to be something of a slog. No matter what films are nominated, no matter who the hosts are, there are always going to be parts of the ceremony that drag (especially in that middle hour, which feels as though it lasts 90 minutes or more).

Yet Sunday's telecast on ABC was about as painless as these things get, relatively speaking. James Franco and Anne Hathaway didn't necessarily make a brilliant splash as co-hosts -- Hathaway seemed determined to overcome Franco's sodden, wooden presence through sheer perkiness -- but they acquitted themselves respectably.

All in all, the telecast, which saw crowd-pleasing yet thoughtful fare like 'The King's Speech,' 'The Social Network' and 'Inception' winning big, had a classy, low-key vibe. The tributes to film history were gracefully done, there were a few entertaining speeches and it was fun to watch the parade of gowns (including Hathaway's glam costume changes).

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Randy Newman Wins Original Song Oscar: 'I Want to Be Good Television So Badly' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 28th 2011 12:47AM
Randy Newman wins Oscar for Original Song 'Toy Story 3,' 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'Randy Newman didn't expect to win an Oscar for Best Original Song at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC). "My percentages aren't great," he said. "I've been nominated 20 times and this is the second time I've won."

That win came in 2002 for the movie 'Monsters, Inc,' while this was another Pixar collaboration: 'Toy Story 3.' He performed the song 'We Belong Together' earlier in the show, and said it was indicative of his desire to be "good television."

Unfortunately, he was advised by the Academy that "it's not really good television to take a list out of your pocket and thank a lot of people."

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Billy Crystal Introduces Bob Hope's Return to Hosting the Oscars (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 11:52PM
Bob Hope returns to host 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'With the power of today's technology, we can experience things that just wouldn't otherwise be possible. The modern era's favorite Oscar host presented just such an opportunity at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) by allowing us a glimpse into a world where Oscar's all-time favorite host could preside again.

Billy Crystal came out and slid easily into the hosting position, cracking jokes about the show running long and poking fun at his own Hollywood leading man looks.

He told a story about a connection he shared with 18-time Oscars host Bob Hope at the Academy Awards. Crystal was hosting and Hope shared a special gesture with him on-camera, and then a different one off.

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The Academy Awards Auto-Tunes the Movies (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 11:41PM
'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Auto-Tunes the Movies (Oscars 2011)Auto-tune has made a huge impact on the face of modern music. Now, thanks to 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC), we can see how that technology that can turn anyone into a "singer" could have an impact on the movie industry.

Just as studios are going back and turning all their favorite films into 3-D films by adding that technology to them, we now have the ability to turn them into musicals as well. To showcase this new technology, with tongue planted firmly in cheek, James Franco introduced the year in movie "musicals."

We got feature songs from 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I' and 'Toy Story 3,' but the most memorable for many fans is probably the feature about Taylor Lautner not owning a shirt from 'The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.' Don't worry, Bella doesn't seem to mind.

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Christian Bale Wins Best Supporting Actor for 'The Fighter' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 11:04PM
Christian Bale wins Oscar for Supporting Actor, 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards'In the acting categories, 'The Fighter' started off strong at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC). After Melissa Leo took home an Oscar for Supporting Actress, and dropped the f-bomb all over the stage -- we think it's because she was smitten by Kirk Douglas -- the Supporting Actor Oscar went to her co-star, Christian Bale.

While he did open his speech with the expression, "Bloody hell!" he promised to keep it at least cleaner than his co-star did. "I'm not going to drop the f-bomb like she did," he said of Leo. "I've done that plenty before."

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Oscars 2011: James Franco Takes Stage in Drag, Anne Hathaway Sings to Hugh Jackman (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:43PM
Anne Hathaway and James Franco in drag at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011We're not sure if Anne Hathaway ever truly planned a musical number with Hugh Jackman for 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC), or if she just decided to give him grief about not doing one for no particular reason, but her impromptu song did set up James Franco's most memorable outfit of the night.

Hathaway sang her number in a very nicely tailored tuxedo, so Franco decided to continue the gender bending by coming out in a rather ill-fitting pink dress.

"Oh wow!" Hathaway said when Franco came out. Her reaction was so genuine we suspect this may have been a surprise for her as well. Or maybe ... acting!

"You got to wear a tuxedo, so I wore this," Franco explained. "The weird part is I just got a text message from Charlie Sheen."

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Kirk Douglas Charms Everyone; Melissa Leo Gets Too Excited and Drops an F-Bomb (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:24PM
Melissa Leo drops the f-bomb at 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011The Best Supporting Actress award has become notorious in Oscars history for unexpected moments, and 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) proved no different. First, they brought out Kirk Douglas to present the award, and he proved that, at 94 years old, he's every bit the charmer he was during his film career.

"She's gorgeous!" he said upon seeing Oscars co-host Anne Hathaway, "Where were you when I was making pictures?"

He then gave Hugh Jackman grief for laughing, saying that everyone in Australia seems to think he's funny. "Colin Firth is not laughing," he told Jackman. "He's British."

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James Franco and Anne Hathaway Take Dream Tour of Nominated Films for Oscars Intro (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 27th 2011 10:01PM
Anne Hathaway & James Franco invade 'Black Swan' - 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' Oscars 2011While 'The 83rd Annual Academy Awards' (Sun., 8:30PM on ABC) is a celebration of movies, it has become a television spectacle as well. And no sequence has become more anticipated than the opening number, which often features elaborate stunts or musical numbers.

With this year's hosts -- Anne Hathaway and James Franco -- coming from the world of movies themselves, there was a lot of anticipation as to how they might interpret this tradition. They did so by sticking to what they know best. They brought us into the movies.

More specifically, they decided to use the technology of 'Inception' to step into the dreams of Alec Baldwin to learn how to be the best hosts they can be.

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James Franco Wants a Shot at Anne Hathaway (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 25th 2011 11:45AM
James Franco Wants a Shot at Anne HathawayDuring an interview on 'Good Morning America' (weekdays, 7AM ET on ABC), James Franco asks fellow 2011 Academy Awards co-host Anne Hathaway if she plans to get married soon, because, he says, he was hoping for a "shot" at her himself.

Franco says he was excited to co-host with Hathaway because he was hoping to strike up a romantic relationship. But, alas, he realized she already has a boyfriend. "One of the reasons I was excited about Anne hosting is I, you know, thought maybe I had a shot. And then I realized there's a boyfriend around. So, those dreams have been shot," he said.

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