Jon Stewart on Eddie Murphy as Oscar host

Posted by · 8:42 am · September 15th, 2011

I have to be honest and admit that sometimes I forget that Jon Stewart hosted the Oscars. Part of that is because the host is just so rarely memorable (everything that’s not novel starts to become a blur). And Stewart’s done it TWICE, mind. The first time (2006 ceremony), his dry “Daily Show” writers failed […]

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9/7 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Summit’s ‘Better Life’ first screener with a chance, ‘Contagion’ peeps, Murphy reactions

Posted by · 8:06 am · September 7th, 2011

• Pete Hammond reports that Summit’s “A Better Life” is the first screener to go out “from a movie that has any chance in hell of getting a nomination.” [Deadline] • Bryan Alexander talks to the principals of Steven Soderbergh’s “Contagion.” [USA Today] And naturally, everyone has something to say about Eddie Murphy…

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A NSFW night at the Oscars

Posted by · 6:04 pm · September 6th, 2011

In honor of today’s news, my favorite bit from “Raw”:

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(UPDATED with AMPAS press release) Eddie Murphy set to host the 84th annual Academy Awards, official announcement to come

Posted by · 11:46 am · September 6th, 2011

The possibility of Eddie Murphy hosting the Oscars this year first started swirling over the weekend while I was up at the Telluride Film Festival. It was interesting to note that, of the various press and industry people I spoke to about the possibility, most were somewhat positive on the prospect. And the more I […]

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9/6 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Nolte on ‘Warrior,’ southern perspective on ‘The Help,’ Oscar plays out of Telluride

Posted by · 9:50 am · September 6th, 2011

• Nick Nolte talks “Warrior.” [Making Of] • A little southern perspective on “The Help.” [Los Angeles Times] • Greg Wellwood considers who got an Oscar boost at Telluride and who didn’t. [Awards Campaign]

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9/5 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Murphy upside, ‘The Help’ abroad, comparing two ‘Straw Dogs’

Posted by · 7:02 am · September 5th, 2011

• S.T. VanAirsdale looks for the upside in Eddie Murphy potentially hosting the Oscars. [Movieline] • Nicole Sperling writes up Tilda Swinton’s tribute track at Telluride and Toronto. [24 Frames] • Emma Stone and Viola Davis talk about “The Help”‘s appeal abroad. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Eddie Murphy in talks to host the 84th annual Oscars

Posted by · 12:41 am · September 4th, 2011

Ratner strikes, it appears. Nikki Finke has the scoop at Deadline: This Tuesday, a confab is scheduled for Oscar producer Brett Ratner to tell the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences whom he wants to host the Oscars. I’ve learned that Ratner will offer one name to Academy President Tom Sherak: Eddie Murphy. This […]

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8/29 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: ‘Help’ detractors racist?, Stoll on Hemingway, ‘Dangerous Method’ buzz

Posted by · 8:20 am · August 29th, 2011

Welcome to the new season… • “‘The Help’ isn’t racist. It’s critics are.” [The New Republic] • Pete Hammond takes note of indies looking to make Oscar plays this year. [Deadline] • Steve Pond talks to “Midnight in Paris” star Corey Stoll. [The Odds]

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Gervais invited to repeat at Globes — but what about Oscars?

Posted by · 6:38 am · August 29th, 2011

Obviously it’s too early to be concerned about who’s hosting next year’s Golden Globe ceremony. The day before next year’s Golden Globes ceremony would to be concerned about that. But the pre-weekend news that Ricky Gervais has been invited (if not confirmed) to emcee the show, in his typically irreverent manner, for a third straight […]

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Brett Ratner and Don Mischer announced as Oscarcast producers

Posted by · 5:01 pm · August 4th, 2011

Is this the day the earth stood still? Eesh. Via AMPAS release: Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announced today. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row […]

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Oprah tops AMPAS wish list for Oscarcast host(ess)?

Posted by · 2:26 pm · July 8th, 2011

UPDATE (6:40pm): Naturally, the Academy denies all this. Why would they confirm even if it was true? Why kill the suspense now? Anyway… EARLIER: Sasha Stone Twirected (get it? Tweet + directed?) me to a Chicago Sun-Times story that says Oprah Winfrey, fresh off her final daytime talk show stint, could be at the top […]

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On the Academy’s other rule changes

Posted by · 1:48 am · June 15th, 2011

With the big news out of the way, there are a few other annual house-cleaning rule alterations that ought to be addressed. First up, the Best Animated Feature Film category — which seems to get a face-lift in the rule book every summer — will now have anywhere from three to five nominees. As it […]

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AMPAS shakes up the Best Picture scenario

Posted by · 1:29 am · June 15th, 2011

The Academy has added a new twist to the Best Picture category, which was shaken up two years ago with the expansion of the field from five to 10 nominees. According to a late-breaking press release Monday, the organization has elected the field to include anywhere from five to 10 nominees, depending upon what percentage […]

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