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Brett Ratner Out as Oscar Producer

by Maggie Furlong, posted Nov 8th 2011 7:50PM
Brett RatnerIs Brett Ratner having the worst week ever? This latest news might be the biggest blow in a series of headline-grabbing events for the director: The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that he's officially withdrawn from co-producing the 84th annual Academy Awards.

Ratner's bad week started off with his latest movie, 'Tower Heist,' coming in second place in the box office on its opening weekend, well behind reigning cartoon cat 'Puss in Boots.' 'Puss' snagged $33 million in its second weekend, while 'Heist' underperformed with a mediocre $25.1 million debut. The crime caper comedy reportedly cost around $75 million to make, and marked Eddie Murphy's return to the land of PG-13 movies alongside an all-star cast that includes Ben Stiller.

Ratner made matters worse by using a gay slur while talking about 'Tower Heist' at a Q&A for the movie over the weekend, saying "rehearsals are for fags." The Internet immediately pounced on the comment, landing the already controversial director in even more hot water.

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Why Was Farrah Fawcett Left Out of the 'In Memoriam' Last Night?

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 8th 2010 12:30PM
Farrah FawcettYeah, they screwed it up again. While it's great that they included the biggies in the 'In Memoriam' tribute (Michael Jackson -- not a big movie star but he did 'The Wiz' and it would have been odd if they left him out, David Carradine, Patrick Swayze, Natasha Richardson), and film industry vets (Army Archerd, Horton Foote), they left out some people, too.

What about Farrah Fawcett? Sure, she wasn't a huge movie star, but she was in several movies and a big name. I'm sure that the Academy thought of her but simply left her out because she was "too TV." But she should have been included, just as Bea Arthur, James Whitmore, and Edward Woodward should have been included. (Actually, Whitmore died over a year ago.)

I think fans would appreciate less time given to each person if they included more people in the montage. They also have to stop filming the 'In Memoriam' the way they do, as Danny and others pointed out earlier today. More closeups of the people and the words on the screen (and not a shot of the screen in the theater!), less singer/songwriter singing a sad tune.

Update: the Academy says they "can't include everybody."

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Right Now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Mar 7th 2010 4:09PM
The folks at our sister site, Cinematical, are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

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What's On Tonight: Oscars, 'Amazing Race,' 'Iron Chef America'

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 7th 2010 12:20PM
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Here's tonight's TV lineup (all times Eastern).


  • At 7, ABC has 'The Barbara Walters Special,' followed by the 'Oscars Red Carpet' and The Oscars.
  • CBS has a new '60 Minutes Presents,' then a new 'Amazing Race.'
  • NBC has a new 'Dateline' at 7.
  • FOX has two new episodes of 'Til Death' at 7.
  • At 7:30, Disney has a new 'Hannah Montana.'
  • At 8, GSN has a new 'High Stakes Poker.'
  • TCM has 'The Oscar' at 8, followed by 'The Big Knife.'
  • At 9, Food Network has a new 'Iron Chef America.'
  • HBO has a new 'Big Love' at 9, then a new 'How To Make It In America.'
  • Hallmark has 'Uncorked' at 9.
  • At 10, History Channel has a new 'Ax Men.'
  • At 11:30, E! has the E! After Party: The Academy Awards.'
  • At 12:05am, ABC has a new 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.'
  • At 12:30am, Cartoon Network has a new 'Tim and Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job.'

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Will ABC Let Adam Lambert Into the Oscars?

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 4th 2010 7:29PM
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The Adam Lambert/ABC controversy is one of those things that makes zero sense to me. If you recall, after Lambert kissed a dude and briefly simulated oral sex with someone in his band on the American Music Awards, ABC freaked out and started banning him from their shows. The network canceled appearances on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' and 'Good Morning America,' apparently fearing that the 'American Idol' runner-up wouldn't be able to refrain from nibbling George Stephanopoulos' ear at 7:30 AM. What I don't get is why this is such a big deal: it's as if ABC is operating in a world in which Lady Gaga and her antics don't exist.

Now the big Lambert news is that he may be attending the Oscars, which is airing March 7 on ABC. As Lambert isn't in the film industry, this makes little sense-- except that he may be attending the ceremony with longtime friend Anna Kendrick, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress for her turn in the George Clooney film, 'Up In The Air.'

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David Letterman on the last episode of The Jon Stewart Show - VIDEO

by Bob Sassone, posted Apr 7th 2009 5:02PM
The Jon Stewart ShowLong before he was host of The Daily Show (well, about five or six years before), Jon Stewart hosted a late-night talk show, titled The Jon Stewart Show. It was a good show (first on MTV then syndicated), very casual and rock and roll and young, and probably should have lasted longer, though I guess he wouldn't have gone on to do The Daily Show.

After the jump is footage from the last episode, where David Letterman was the guest. Letterman doesn't do many talk shows, so Stewart probably immensely appreciated the fact that he'd take the time to do his last one (probably one of the reasons why Stewart looks up to Letterman to this day). Letterman talks about Paul Newman, why getting canceled doesn't mean you're a failure, and hosting the Oscars (which is funny, considering Stewart would do the same thing years later).

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Ricky Gervais won't host the Oscars

by Bob Sassone, posted Oct 21st 2008 3:20PM
Ricky GervaisRemember when we all watched the Emmy Awards several weeks ago and wondered why they didn't just have Ricky Gervais host the damn thing since we all agree that getting five reality show hosts to host it was a pretty bad idea? Well, Gervais has actually been approached to host another awards show, The Oscars, but he has turned it down.

Gervais tells BBC News that his agent has been approached about him hosting the telecast but that he would be too scared to do it. Besides, they would probably want him to stick to a script and not let him adlib as much as he would like to.

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Is Justin Timberlake the right star to host the Oscars?

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 3rd 2008 3:05PM
Justin GlobesHe's no Johnny Carson or Bob Hope or Billy Crystal, but pop star and former boy band fave Justin Timberlake could be the next star to host the Academy Awards. The Oscars are still months away, but the Academy is already contemplating a way to make the show more Nielsen worthy.

Last February's show, hosted by The Daily Show's Jon Stewart (he also hosted in 2006), celebrated the 80th anniversary of the Oscars but was a ratings dud. It was the worst Oscars ever, in terms of Nielsen ratings, even though it had a 21.9 rating and 33 share.

Many people blame those dismal numbers on a disinterest among viewers in the films that were in contention last year, including heavy dramas No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, Michael Clayton, which seemed to have little appeal to mass audiences.

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What's On Tonight: 60 Minutes, The Wire, The L Word, Jimmy Kimmel

by Bob Sassone, posted Feb 24th 2008 4:01PM
  • Jon StewartAt 7, CBS has a new 60 Minutes, then a new Big Brother.
  • ABC has the Barbara Walters Special at 7, followed by The Oscars.
  • The CW has a new CW Now at 7.
  • At 9, PBS has a new Masterpiece.
  • Food Network has a new Ultimate Recipe Showdown at 9, then a new Iron Chef America.
  • HBO has a new episode of The Wire at 9, then a new Russell Simmons' Def Comedy Jam.
  • Showtime has a new L Word at 9.
  • Also at 9: VH-1 has a new Rock of Love with Bret Michaels, followed by new episodes of Scott Baio is 46...and Pregnant and My Fair Brady.
  • At 11:45, Cartoon Network has a new Aqua Teen Hunger Force, then a new Squidbillies.
  • At midnight (or whenever the post-Oscars news is over), there's a new Jimmy Kimmel Live, with Ben Affleck, Jon Stewart, and Mary J. Blige.

Check your local TV listings for more.

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Oscar, Oscar, Oscar: the show will go on despite the strike

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 17th 2008 3:37PM

OscarDon't worry, all you fans out there who throw Oscar night parties and love the 8 hour long red carpet specials: the show is a go.

For a while there, it looked like the Oscars might be in danger of going the route of the Golden Globes (ugh), especially since the Writers Guild of America wasn't going to give the show a waiver during the strike, but they've come up with a plan. Two plans, actually. One idea is to just do the show as usual (with some changes, of course), and another idea would be "industry heavyweights writing their own speeches and presenting the awards." Though I wonder if those same heavyweights wouldn't want to do that since they support the writers. Also, how will the red carpet look if several stars boycott or go in the back door?

I also wonder how this will affect Jon Stewart. He's already irritated some by doing The Daily Show during the strike, and now he's going to host the Oscars too?

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TV critic doesn't "get" Jon Stewart

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 31st 2006 4:53PM

Jon StewartHey, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not quite sure that I like seeing Jon Stewart as host of The Oscars, but that has nothing to do with whether or not he's "right" for the job. I just don't want to see Stewart be perceived as a bad host because I like the guy so much (like Letterman - Letterman was a fine Oscar host but history is twisted and says otherwise).

But Richard Huff over at the NYDN says that not only does he not understand why Stewart was picked to host the awards show, he doesn't "get" Stewart at all. He's tried to watch The Daily Show and doesn't find Stewart funny, and doesn't understand why he's gotten all the accolades from critics.

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And I Quote: the best one-liners of the week

by Bob Sassone, posted Jan 6th 2006 5:32PM
  • Jon Stewart"Although, as an avid watcher of the Oscars, I can't help but be a little disappointed with the choice. It appears to be another sad attempt to smoke out Billy Crystal." - Jon Stewart, on being the new host of The Academy Awards.
  • "I don't know why, but don't ever say that phrase to me again." - Jason, to Bobby, doing laundry and asking, "can I piggy-back on your load?", on Four Kings
  • "Why do I have to pay $35 to get into my own house?" - Top 10 Things Elvis Would Say If He Were Alive Today, on The Late Show With David Letterman.

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