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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An open letter to James Franco

Posted by · 4:32 pm · February 28th, 2011

Dear James, So you don’t think much of the Academy. That’s okay. A lot of us don’t. And after the outcome of last night’s awards — in which capping an inevitable Best Picture Oscar for the safe, stolid stylings of “The King’s Speech” with that extraneous Best Director win for a worried-looking Tom Hooper was […]

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1/27 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Franco on Gervais, Weinstein may cut ‘King’s Speech’ for PG-13, Gurus like it to win

Posted by · 9:19 am · January 27th, 2011

• Steve Pond offers up some random observations of the Oscar nominations announcement. [The Odds] • James Franco weighs in on Ricky Gervais’s hosting job at the Golden Globes. [MTV Movies Blog] • “Unusual number of Oscar nominees feature severed extremities, oral sex.” [The Race]

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WEEKLY WRAP: Globes chatter, Batman buzz, foreign Oscar surprises

Posted by · 6:42 pm · January 21st, 2011

• The Golden Globes did their thing, with Ricky Gervais’s antics drawing more attention than the sweep for “The Social Network.” • David Fincher’s film continued its dominance at the Broadcast Film Critics’ Association Awards, which Kris reported from first-hand. • As if to remind us that there’s more than one film in the race, this […]

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Gervais calls it like it is

Posted by · 8:42 am · January 21st, 2011

Piers Morgan started his new stint filling Larry King’s shoes this week, and last night it was Ricky Gervais across the desk:

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1/18 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Gervais should have been meaner, cut ‘127 Hours’ ending, working class contenders

Posted by · 8:05 am · January 18th, 2011

• Ricky Gervais on Golden Globes hosting controversy. [Hollywood Reporter] • Devin Faraci, meanwhile, thinks the comedian wasn’t mean enough. [Baddass Digest] • Naomi Serviss hearts seeing Michael Douglas at the show. [The Wrap]

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Five things I learned from the Golden Globes

Posted by · 5:37 pm · January 17th, 2011

Appropriately enough for the occasion, I watched last night’s Golden Globe awards in a celebratory alcoholic fog (the night having coincided with a friend’s birthday) so thick it took most of today to sleep it off — hence the apologetically late posting. My memory of the evening’s finer details is therefore about as clear as, […]

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Frontrunners stay strong at the Golden Globes

Posted by · 4:01 pm · January 16th, 2011

Zzzzz…huh?, wha?  Oh… First and foremost, I have to note Ricky Gervais’s work as emcee. Last year’s stint was a bit stale, I thought, but this year the gloves were off. Way off. Which, for whatever reason, I was okay with tonight. The difference between Gervais and Armond White, though, if you want to go […]

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Gervais does Conan

Posted by · 4:07 pm · January 14th, 2010

I haven’t offered any comment on the Conan/Leno/NBC situation because, well, I’m not privy to the particulars.  There’s always more nuance than the usual scapegoating that gets perpetuated by, say, geek media outlets who couldn’t have less of a clue.  I’m a Conan fan before I’m a Leno fan (I’ll be in the audience at […]

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OSCAR TALK: Ep. 8 — ‘This Is It,’ music branch, ‘Invictus’ and ‘Avatar’ trailers, the Best Actor race and more

Posted by · 11:59 am · November 1st, 2009

We have a belated edition of Oscar Talk for you today.  We apologize for the lateness, but what better way to kick back on a Sunday afternoon than with yours truly and Anne Thompson of indieWIRE’s Thompson on Hollywood? In this eighth installment, we actually covered a lot of ground. This week’s topics: • With […]

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10/28 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 10:05 pm · October 27th, 2009

• Rodrigo Perez has details on the “Precious” soundtrack. [The Playlist] • Ricky Gervais to be drunk, unrehearsed at Golden Globes. [Reuters] • Scott Feinberg ponders the Carey Mulligan vs. Meryl Streep debate. [And the Winner Is…]

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10/27 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 8:40 am · October 27th, 2009

• Patrick Goldstein thinks tapping Ricky Gervais as emcee suddenly classes up the Golden Globes. [The Big Picture] • In case you’ve missed it, a thorough and, I’d say, fair profile of James Cameron in 11,000 words. [New Yorker] • Mel Gibson admits the subject of his Oscar-winning biopic “Braveheart” was a “monster.” [The Times]

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Ricky Gervais to host Golden Globe Awards

Posted by · 11:23 am · October 26th, 2009

Okay, this makes much better sense to me, and is a much better fit for Gervais, than the Oscar hosting gig so many fans covet for the comedian.  It was announced today that Ricky Gervais will host this year’s Golden Globe awards ceremony, the first time there has been an emcee for the show since […]

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9/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 7:08 am · September 22nd, 2009

• Peter Bart takes note of two of the season’s leading ladies of the Oscar circuit, unlikely rivals Jane campion and Kathryn Bigelow. [BF Deal Memo] • Eugene Hernandez on the Oscar marathon. [indieWIRE] • Bilge Ibiri compares “The Insider” to “The Informant!” [Future of Classic]

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When will they learn?

Posted by · 3:55 pm · January 14th, 2009

In the gloomiest piece of awards-related news I’ve heard this week, it turns out that this year’s BAFTA awards will be hosted, once again, by the smug talent vacuum that is Jonathan Ross. (“Who?” I hear you American readers asking. Answer: you’re better off not knowing.) I understand that BAFTA hasn’t the budget or the resources […]

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Who should host the Oscars?

Posted by · 4:39 pm · October 24th, 2008

This morning I linked to our friend John Campea at The Movie Blog who offered up a list of 15 possibilities for host of this year’s Oscar festivities.  Producers Bill Condon and Larry Mark are hard at work putting the show’s particulars together (when Condon has a few moments away from that Richard Pryor biopic […]

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10/22 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:33 am · October 22nd, 2008

(Slim pickings this morning.) • Ricky Gervais says he would be reluctant to serve as Oscar Emcee. [BBC] • “The Road” makes it’s official move to 2009, as Patrick Goldstein reports. (By the way, I’ve been hearing the film is terrible.  Gulp…) [The Big Picture] • Peter Knegt profiles “Wendy and Lucy” star Michelle Williams. […]

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9/25 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 5:42 am · September 25th, 2008

• Jeffrey Wells talks with legendary Oscar-winning lenser Gordon Willis about “The Godfather Restoration.” [Hollywood Elsewhere] • Talia Shire discusses same with Alex Simon and Terry Keefe. [The Hollywood Interview] • Nikki Finke shits herself with weird fury over the Condon/Mark Oscar news from yesterday, finally admits she has testicles. [Deadline Hollywood Daily] • Patrick […]

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