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9/19 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Toronto Oscar bounces, threads in ‘Drive,’ adaptng le Carre

Posted by · 8:54 am · September 19th, 2011

• Anne Thompson talks “Rampart” with writer/director Oren Moverman. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Greg Ellwood ponders who got an Oscar bounce out of Toronto. [Awards Campaign] • Simon Kinnear on the clothing designs of “Drive.” [Clothes on Film]

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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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Mo’ money, mo’ problems

Posted by · 3:08 am · June 16th, 2009

Power and money don’t go hand in hand, it would seem. If Forbes’ recent list of the world’s most powerful celebrities — you remember, the one that informed us that Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston wield more power than Barack Obama — was quite amusing, their new ranking of Hollywood’s 20 biggest earners is simply […]

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6/15 Web Round-up

Posted by · 8:54 am · June 15th, 2009

• In case it wasn’t obvious, Paradise Falls from Pixar’s “Up” was inspired by Venezuela’s Angel Falls. [Associated Press via Chicago Sun-Times] • Today’s superhero movies have artistic roots in the UK. [BBC] • Speaking of which, here’s a girl’s guide to Comic Con 2009. [Los Angeles Times] • Anyone else tired of non-news items […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: Bad ‘Hangover’ for new openers and holdovers

Posted by · 1:11 pm · June 14th, 2009

After denying “Up” the bragging rights of a repeat at the top of the box office at the last minute, “The Hangover” has accomplished that feat itself. The R-rated comedy dropped a minuscule 26% to add another $33.4 million to the bank and give it a very real shot at $200 million-plus. That’s a benchmark […]

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How lies stay alive

Posted by · 1:15 pm · February 27th, 2009

It really pisses me off that the LA Times would allow Tom O’Neil to perpetuate falsehoods on his Gold Derby blog without any editorial oversight.  Tom, God love him, just can’t help himself sometimes.  He has to create a controversy where there isn’t one and this two-year-old idea that Eddie Murphy was “furious” over his […]

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“Nine-toe-havinest, limpinest…”

Posted by · 12:18 pm · February 27th, 2009

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Eddie Murphy + Richard Pryor = Oscar?

Posted by · 9:45 am · February 27th, 2009

UPDATE: Condon apparently has said he wants an August 2010 release for the film and Fox Searchlight has agreed to it.  See note below regarding Condon’s desire to stay away from anything resembling an Oscar season. EARLIER: I’ve known about Eddie Murphy being attached to Bill Condon’s Richard Pryor movie for weeks but, you know, […]

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