James Franco is getting way into the singing and dancing required for his Oscar co-hosting duties on February 27th. “This weekend we did shoot some of the pre-tape sections. Anne Hathaway and I did some dancing, some choreographed dancing, and I recorded some vocal tracks,” he said. “I had a great coach. He pulled it out of me. It really makes me want to do a musical on Broadway.” James is also excited that he’ll be able to bring his Grandma, of Funny or Die fame, to the soiree. “That’s one of the nice things about being the host is you get to invite a bunch of people,” he said. “So [my family is] all coming. Grandma is coming and she might just be on camera.” [OK Magazine]
Which brings us to an important question: while James is hosting, he’s also nominated for Best Actor in “127 Hours.” Has an Oscar host ever won a little golden guy? Keep reading »
It’s easy to name stars who won the Oscar for Best Actress and went on to see their relationships go belly up—Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, Halle Berry, Hilary Swank, Reese Witherspoon, Kate Winslet, and of course last year’s winner, Sandra Bullock. There sure seems to be some sort of Oscar Curse going on. But scientists from the University of Toronto wanted to see if was scientifically legit or just paranoia. After crunching the numbers, they found that of the 265 married women who have been nominated for Best Actress from the beginning of the modern Oscars in 1936 to the present, 159 of them got divorced. That’s a whopping 60 percent. Keep reading »
The early bird catches the worm. And the Oscar nominations telecast, which went down at 5:30 a.m. this morning when I was happily dreaming that I could fly. “The King’s Speech” cleaned up as expected with 12 nods and “True Grit” followed with 10 noms. After the jump the nominees for the biggest awards. Keep reading »
Hooray! Award season has begun! On Sunday, the Golden Globe Awards will be handed out in Hollywood and I couldn’t be more excited. The Globes are my favorite award show of the season. While the Academy Awards have more “prestige,” I could fast-forward through about 90 percent of it. (Ditto for the Emmy Awards, which never fail to put me in a catatonic state.) No, the Golden Globes are the best and I’ve got five super solid reasons why. Keep reading »
Commence the countdown to the Oscars: there are 59 days until February 27, when James Franco and Anne Hathaway will show us if they were the right picks to host the 2010 Academy Awards. And though the awards show is two months away, people are already speculating about who will walk away with a golden little man this year.
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Dear James and Anne,
Congrats on that whole “hosting the Oscars” thing. We suppose it’s kind of a big deal, though probably not for you two, what with your mega-blockbusters, and nude scenes and simultaneous quadruple master’s programs. Still, hosting The Academy Awards can be a tricky proposition–it’s a slow-moving, oft long-running show of self-gratuitousness–THAT WE LOVE TO PIECES! So we’ve decided to offer some tips and tricks to make your Oscars the best they can be. Keep reading »
Amelia, I will not be liveblogging the Oscars this year: Mr. Overexposure himself, James Franco, will be co-hosting the 83rd annual Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. Maybe we’ll get lucky and he will get stuck under a boulder and cut his arm off onstage? I kid, I kid. But seriously, James Franco is damn near impossible to avoid these days. He just published a book, his new movie “127 Hours” is out, he does performance art dissecting “Three’s Company,” he’s posing in drag on the covers of magazines, and he’s apparently a grad student at, like, five different colleges simultaneously. (I am exaggerating, but not by much.) While that is wonderfully productive, he’s really just a not-terribly-interesting thespian whose forté is acting like a stoner. Anne Hathaway, at least, can sing, dance and act, which are qualities that might come in handy for an Oscars host.
I’ll be skipping this year’s Oscars, I’m afraid. I’ll learn all I need to know next season on “The Rachel Zoe Project” as Rachel freaks out over Anne’s dresses, I’m sure. [People] Keep reading »
Natalie Portman is gorgeous. And smart. And funny. And forever the quirky girl of every man’s dreams after her Shins-playing role in “Garden State.” And according to early reviews of “Black Swan,” Natalie may soon also be an Oscar winner. The flick premiered last night at the Venice Film Festival, and reviewers’ opinions of the movie as a whole seem to vary. But they all seem to agree that Natalie is amazing as Nina, a ballerina teetering on the edge when her company’s artistic director doesn’t believe she has the depth to play both the White Swan and the Black Swan in a reinterpretation of “Swan Lake” and brings in another dancer for the darker Black Swan part, Lily, played by Mila Kunis. Apparently, Natalie has been talking to director Darren Aronofsky about this part for almost a decade. Keep reading »
Ever since the Facebook campaign to have Betty White host “Saturday Night Live” worked, new groups keep popping up calling for her to host the Oscars as well as make appearances on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Glee.” Personally, I like the idea of our favorite “Golden Girl” doing battle with Sue Sylvester on “Glee.” But I’d rather not see her on “Dancing with the Stars”—going on that show is basically an admission that you are a washed-up celeb that no one cares about. Plus, I’d hate to see Betty hurt herself while busting some crazy moves.
That said, there are quite a few shows out there that could benefit from a little Betty. After the jump, our wish list. Keep reading »