2/23 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Leo speaks again on Adgate, hosts speak out on show, Burwell on ‘Grit’ score

Posted by · 8:14 am · February 23rd, 2011

• Melissa Leo tells a different story on Adgate: She was doing what Parmount told her to do. [Daily Beast] • Telecast hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway in their first interview on the upcoming festivities. [Hollywood Reporter] • Meanwhile, Tom Sherak tells Susan Wloszczyna we’ll like the style of the show. [USA Today]

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2/4 OSCARWEB ROUND-UP: Entering the final stretch, Hawkes on being the underdog, last ‘Network’ hurrah?

Posted by · 7:51 am · February 4th, 2011

• Pete Hammond on campaigns entering the final stretch, voters with ballots in hand. [Deadline] • Anne Thompson discusses Oscar voting procedures and more with AMPAS president Tom Sherak. [Thompson on Hollywood] • Jen Yamato talks being the underdog with “Winter’s Bone” star (and Oscar nominee) John Hawkes. [Movieline]

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Who the Oscars really benefit

Posted by · 1:36 pm · February 22nd, 2010

People get so wrapped in the seasonal mechanics of the Oscars, it’s easy to forget that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences actually has a purpose beyond the doling out of awards. It is, after all, an academy: an nonprofit organization dedicated both to preserving and developing American filmmaking. The LA Times’s Christy […]

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2/11 Oscarweb Round-up

Posted by · 9:10 am · February 11th, 2010

• John Lopez digs into the preferential voting system in intense depth.  Maybe nothing you haven’t already read.  And I’m kind of over it. [Little Gold Men] • Charlie Wilson — yes, that one — has left us to our own wars. [Variety] • Penelope Cruz says “thanks, no thanks” to Lars Von Trier, opts […]

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AMPAS chief Sherak promises “more fun” Oscars

Posted by · 6:00 am · November 15th, 2009

As a former Fox chairman with a background in marketing, it’s unsurprising that Tom Sherak, who recently replaced Sid Ganis as president of the Academy, wants to bring a more populist approach to the Oscars. In this LA Times interview, he makes it clear that the primary objective of the move to 10 Best Picture […]

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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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Hanks was AMPAS’s first choice for President, search is on for telecast talent

Posted by · 3:47 pm · August 22nd, 2009

I stumbled onto this item over at Deadline Hollywood Daily earlier this afternoon.  Apparently Tom Hanks, who was elected First Vice-President of the Academy earlier this week, was the group’s first choice for the top spot.  In fact, Tom Sherak, who was ultimately elected president, is the one who nominated Hanks in the first place. […]

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8/21 Web Round-up

Posted by · 7:34 am · August 21st, 2009

• How many days did Bill Murray re-live in “Groundhog Day?” [Chicago Tribune] • Screenwriter Roberto Orci to receive Imagen Awards’ Norman Lear Writer’s Award. [Variety] • David Poland sits down with three more Super Movie Friends to talk “Inglourious Basterds.” [The Hot Blog]

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Tom Sherak tapped as new AMPAS president, Hanks first vice

Posted by · 11:41 pm · August 18th, 2009

With Sid Ganis on his way out as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the search for a replacement has come to an end.  Tom Sherak, a representative of AMPAS’s Executives Branch, has parlayed his seven-year stint on the Board of Governors and a one-year go at treasurer into the new […]

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