2/1 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Wolverine, Iron Man to present, ‘Superman’ snub “reverse McCarthyism,” Franco’s class

Posted by · 8:27 am · February 1st, 2011

• Greg Ellwood shrewdly notes potential motive to announcing Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) first as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. [Awards Campaign] • Tom Hooper and Geoffrey Rush respond to the notion of cutting “The King’s Speech” to appease a PG-13 rating. [Inside Movies] • “Master Class: Editing James […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: ‘Fighter’ bows, Jackman bows out, Best Picture questions

Posted by · 4:40 am · November 13th, 2010

• David O. Russell’s “The Fighter” unspooled at the AFI Fest. Kris was impressed and later reported from a Q&A with the film’s stars. • This week’s Off the Carpet column pondered the presence of money-spinners in this year’s Best Picture race. • The Long Shot, meanwhile, wondered if that very race is currently looking […]

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Jackman turns down Oscar hosting gig

Posted by · 6:03 pm · November 7th, 2010

With the season now unshakeably upon us, it’s time to dust off the annual conversation topic of who should host the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony. I am prompted to do so, of course, by Deadline’s recent scoop that 2009 host Hugh Jackman — the first choice of new Oscarcast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer […]

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11/5 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:07 am · November 5th, 2009

• Anthony Breznican on the opening of “A Christmas Carol” and the early holiday grab. [USA Today] • Dissecting “Amelia”‘s troubled road to the screen. [Hollywood Reporter] • Hugh Jackman gives newly tapped Oscar hosts Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin his blessing. [Vulture]

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10/30 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:03 am · October 30th, 2009

• Brian Lowry on how The Ten is an Oscarcast producer’s nightmare. [Variety] • With Hugh Jackman out, Jeff Wells thinks the Oscars need to skew younger with their host. [Hollywood Elsewhere] • The producers of “London River” launch a deserved Oscar campaign for Brenda Blethyn, despite still lacking US distribution. [Notes on a Season]

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Jackman turns down Oscar gig

Posted by · 5:38 am · October 30th, 2009

As the annual guessing game of who will host the Academy Awards continues to go in circles, there’s at least one name we can remove from consideration: a certain Mr. Hugh Jackman. Variety confirms that the previous Oscar emcee was invited to repeat, but “quietly” turned down the opportunity sometime in the last few weeks, […]

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Fixing the Oscarcast … get your ideas in early

Posted by · 6:43 am · October 26th, 2009

With the 2009 Oscar telecast a little over four months away, it may seem a tad premature for the annual round of “how-to-save-the-show” suggestions, but it’s really the best time — now that Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic have been handed the reins, they’ll be drawing up plans immediately. So the LA Times’s Mary McNamara […]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Oscar prods, Gotham nods, ‘Amelia’ clods

Posted by · 9:08 am · October 24th, 2009

• The Academy finally named the producers for next year’s Oscar telecast, first-timers Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. • All of which added weight to the speculation that Hugh Jackman might return as host. • The Gotham Awards provided the season with its first set of nominees, though it inspired more talk for its omissions. […]

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10/21 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:56 am · October 21st, 2009

• Pete Hammond joins the speculation that yesterday’s Oscarcast producer announcement bodes well for a Jackman repeat. [Notes on a Season] • Nathaniel Rogers is awed in the presence of Tilda Swinton at the New Yorker Festival. (Where, apparently, “Michael Clayton” was never mentioned. Huh.) [Tribeca Film] • David Poland brands the Gotham Awards “meaningless” […]

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Hugh Jackman, Oscar host: take two?

Posted by · 12:41 pm · October 17th, 2009

UPDATE: Anne Thompson has now posted this story (which she’s been working on a while) in full with — imagine that — sourced information. EARLIER: Over at Deadline Hollywood Daily, Nikki Finke conveys what we all know: that AMPAS brass would love a do-over of last year’s Oscarcast and have already approached Bill Condon and […]

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Martin and Fey: the obvious choice

Posted by · 1:05 pm · October 8th, 2009

It seems the annual spitballing over who will/should host next year’s Academy Awards ceremony has already started. Sasha Stone has compiled a list of her own preferred men (and women) for the job, while Kris has other ideas. (More seriously, his Kevin Spacey suggestion last year remains one I’m completely on board with.) Meanwhile, Kris […]

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9/23 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:51 am · September 23rd, 2009

• Hugh Jackman speaks out on his Emmy win and whether he’d return as Oscar host. [Vulture] • “A Serious Man,” Colin Firth the big winners in a Toronto critics poll. [indieWIRE] • Mary Pilon sits down with activist and star of “The Cove,” Ric O’Barry. [Speakeasy]

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P.T. Barnum and ‘Showman’ — Hugh Jackman’s Oscar shot?

Posted by · 9:45 pm · August 3rd, 2009

I don’t know why this came to mind so quickly.  There is no director yet and the screenplay is yet to be hammered out, but I couldn’t help but wonder, with the announcement of the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman on Earth,” whether Hugh Jackman might finally find himself in the awards hunt for […]

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The Academy opens the doors to 134 new members

Posted by · 10:56 am · June 30th, 2009

The headline says it all.  After bringing in 105 new members last year, the Academy has just announced a new list of 134 names to join their ranks. Actors include Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Jeffrey Wright (woo-hoo!), James McAvoy, Casey Affleck (who should have been brought in after his 2007 nomination), James Franco, Michael Cera […]

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Writer Chris Claremont talks Wolverine

Posted by · 12:36 am · May 1st, 2009

“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” opens nationwide today but it dropped just a little earlier across the pond. Owen Vaughan at The Times of London has put together a nice dissection of the Wolverine character with comic writers Len Wein and Chris Claremont in mind but I really wish Wein had participated because the entire piece is […]

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REVIEW: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (**)

Posted by · 6:36 pm · April 29th, 2009

After weeks of bad press following an unanticipated work print leak and rampant speculation that the film was likely to be D.O.A., both financially and creatively, the best thing one can say about “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” is that it wasn’t as awful as expected.  But positivity hits a brick wall after that concession. In a […]

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SUNDAY CENTS: ‘Obsessed’ impressed

Posted by · 6:09 pm · April 26th, 2009

America liked it and they put a ring on it. Beyonce’s new thriller “Obsessed” topped the domestic box office this weekend with $28.5 million, adding another impressive performance to the budding actress’s career. Impressive box office performance that is. Whether or not Beyonce truly and gracefully inhabits the character of a woman forced to kick […]

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This is the best we can do?

Posted by · 9:39 am · February 23rd, 2009

I’d love to see some great, hi-res photography from backstage at last night’s Oscar ceremony.  But somehow, this terrible quality AP photo is the best we can do:

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