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The Morning Feed: ‘Argo’ Wins Best Picture Oscar, Jennifer Lawrence Wins Hearts With On-Stage Stumble

February 25, 2013
Jennifer Lawrence Oscars Tumble.

Jennifer Lawrence wakes up as Oscars Cover Girl thanks to her Awards Night Tumble.

All the Oscars predictions and odds making are over because, well, the 85th Academy Awards are finally history with first-time Oscars host Seth Macfarlane closing out the sprawling ceremony with a final song with Broadway star Kristin Chenoweth right after First Lady Michelle Obama made a video appearance and helped Jack Nicholson announce the Best Picture Oscar.

Speaking of the Best Picture Oscar, actor/director/co-producer Ben Affleck exits the Dolby Theatre as the night’s big winner with Argo, based on the true story of a 1980 CIA/Canadian operation to retrieve six American diplomats out of Iran, receiving the Best Picture Oscar as well as the Adapted Screenplay Oscar for Chris Terrio and the Film Editing Oscar for William Goldenberg.

It’s worth noting that many awards pundits predicted accurately with the only surprise being Christoph Waltz of Django Unchained beating The Silver Linings Playbook’s Robert De Niro for the Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar.

Still, in terms of capturing hearts as well as minds, Silver Linings star Jennifer Lawrence, winner of the Actress in a Leading Role Oscar, wakes up this morning as the Oscars Cover Girl — The New York Post calls her a “Fallen Star” — thanks to a brief tumble over the ballroom bustle of her Dior Haute Couture dress.

More so than her Oscar win (so predictable), Lawrence leaves the 85th Academy Awards with a boosted sense of grounded-ness and interaction with her growing fan community who now see her as just as clumsy as themselves.

As far as reviews go for Macfarlane, well, I actually think he’s too funny for the Academy Awards, its stale format and conservative core audience. Still, on the business side of the Oscars, the only the side that truly matters, an early ratings report from Yahoo shows ABC’s  85th Academy Awards telecast beating out the 2012 broadcast and delivering the highest numbers since 2007.

Expect Macfarlane’s solid ratings to reduce the sting from audience members still reeling from his opening number “We Saw Your Boobs.”

The Morning Feed: The Dictator Crashes Oscars, while ‘The Artist’ Wins Top Prizes

February 27, 2012

'The Artist' wins the key prizes including Best Picture at the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony.

Monday morning pundits, myself included, point to Sacha Baron Cohen’s red carpet appearance as Admiral General Aladeen, his character from his upcoming comedy The Dictator, as the main highlight of the 84th Academy Awards Ceremony last night in Hollywood. It’s hard to imagine Oscars host Billy Crystal or any of the winners besting Baron Cohen dumping the “reported” ashes of former North Korea dictator Kim Jong Il all over E! host Ryan Seacrest. Still, what’s surprising is just how poorly Crystal performed for his ninth time as host of the Academy Awards telecast and the complete lack of Oscar surprises as the art-house favorite The Artist won key prizes including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role. Want to know the biggest Oscars surprise of the evening? The growing chatter on Twitter that 2011 co-host James Franco wasn’t so bad after all.

 World Book Day is March 1 — any special plans? — and the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England is celebrating by displaying for one day a recently discovered portrait of Jane Austen.

In addition to the pencil drawing of Austen, The Guardian reports that a piece of needlework stitched by the beloved author as a young girl; will also be on display. The sampler, believed to be from 1787, is on loan from a private collector.

The Sundance Institute continued to work on programming for its first ever London edition of the popular independent film fest to take place April 26-29, 2012 at The O2 as a four-day event with an emphasis on American independent film and independent music.

Musician and actor Tricky announced that he would reunite with vocalist and musician Martina Topley-Bird for a April 27 performance of his debut album Maxinquaye in its entirety.

“It is an honor to play the first Sundance London,” Tricky said in a release. “To me, Sundance is like the opportunity Island and Chris Blackwell gave me; a chance for an artist to make their art without compromise for commercial reasons.”

Earlier, Sundance founder Robert Redford announced plans to join musician and songwriter T Bone Burnett for an opening-night dialogue about the role of music in film narrative.

“Time will tell how it works but we’re coming in very small,” Redford said at the time of the initial Sundance London announcement. “I’ve wanted to come to London for a long time and it was a question of how and when. It could only happen if there was someone who wanted us.”

The Morning Feed: As Fans and Colleagues Celebrate Elizabeth Taylor’s Legacy, Westboro Baptist Church Pledges to Picket Her Funeral

March 24, 2011

Soon after rapper Chris Brown apologized for his destructive behavior after his Tuesday appearance on Good Morning America (GMA), co-host Robin Roberts offered an olive branch to the loose cannon musician and an invite back to the popular morning show.

“We wish him the absolute best and we’ve extended the invitation to him and I sure hope that he takes us up on it because we’d love to have another chat with him,” anchor Robin Roberts told The New York Post.

Earlier, Brown apologized for his actions explaining that he needed to let off steam after Roberts asked him about beating up former girlfriend and musical artist Rihanna.

A word of advice to Brown: if you return to GMA, you’re going to be asked more about the assault charge so be prepared and don’t break any more windows.

Singer Elton John dedicated a song in her memory at a Pittsburgh concert and numerous actors and artists celebrated the legacy of Hollywood legend Elizabeth Taylor who passed away yesterday at age 79 after battling congestive heart failure.

Westboro Baptist Church’s Margie Phelps, daughter of church pastor Fred Phelps, stood out from the praise and gratitude for Taylor’s work on and off-screen by announcing plans to picket Taylor’s private funeral.

According to The New York Daily News, Phelps began mobilizing her conservative flock via Twitter.

“They cuss her in hell today,” Phelps tweeted. “Westboro will picket funeral!!”

Phelps never confirmed why Westboro was picketing Taylor’s funeral although pundits speculated it was for the Hollywood star’s longtime support for the gay community and AIDS research specifically.

The Weinstein Company confirmed that a PG-version of the Oscar-winning movie The King’s Speech, director Tom Hooper’s period drama about King George VI or “Bertie” trying to overcome a lifelong stammer in order to inspire his people in a time of war, would open in theaters April 1 and replace the original R-rated version.

“The action enables those to whom it speaks most directly, young people who are troubled by stuttering, bullying and similar trials, to see it,” TWC president of theatrical distribution and home entertainment Eric Loomis told The Hollywood Reporter.

Colin Firth, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as King Georgve VI, and co-star Geoffrey Rush remained against the PG-13 version.


The Morning Feed: Sean Penn Shouts Out Support To Charlie Sheen!

March 5, 2011

Embattled Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen wrapped up his headline-making week in grand fashion with news of a possible TV show on Mark Cuban’s HDNet cable channel. Sheen also explained on Philadelphia’s Wired 96.5 The Chio & Shila Show his fondness for porn stars.

“They boil my tiger blood like a microwave on meth, Sheen said on-air. “They have this magical presence that just makes you feel alive and focused, Jealous, much, everybody?”

Luckily for Sheen, girlfriend Rachel Oberlin, better known as porn actress Bree Olson, returned to his house after briefly moving out yesterday.

On the side of bad luck, Warner Bros retained law firm Munger Tolles & Olson to battle Charlie Sheen over any future lawsuits.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest chapter on the Charlie Sheen lunacy involved actor Sean Penn defending the Two and a Half Men star after inviting Sheen to join him on a relief mission in Haiti.

“Charlie is one of the very few public peope who cannot be accused of using the media to his own benefit,” Penn said.

Oscar Week came to a close with poor ratings and poorer reviews for awards show co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway. More movie prizes were passed out last night via the NAACP Image Awards. According to The Los Angeles Times, Tyler Perry’s drama For Colored Girls was named best film with Perry also picking up the outstanding director prize and For Colored Girls actress Kimberly Elise winning the supporting actress award. Samuel L. Jackson won the best supporting actor award for his work in Mother and Child.

Susanne Bier, who won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for her Danish drama In a Better World, continued her winning ways with news of casting Pierce Brosnan in her upcoming romantic comedy All You Need Is Love.

“It’s a tender story with a much lighter atmosphere than my previous works, enough with conflicts,” Bier told London’s Independent.

Don’t expect any future Oscar nominations but fans celebrated the news in Empire of Milla Jovovich and director/husband Paul WS Anderson re-teaming for Resident Evil 5. Sony confirmed the release date September 14, 2012 for the latest in the franchise based on the popular video game without any firm details on script or cast.


The Morning Feed: Charlie Sheen Ends Media Blitz, Surrenders Twins to Police

March 2, 2011

Some tabloid editors cried, others breathed a sigh of relief, after Two and Half Men star Charlie Sheen called an end to his recent media blitz that included last night’s hour-long interview on ABC’s 20/20 and a story in The New York Post featuring live-in girlfriends Rachel Oberlin, better known as porn actress Bree Olson and NatalieNattyKenly, a former nanny and cover girl for the pot magazine Cali Chronic X.  Maybe Sheen planned to exclusively use his newly established Twitter feed to communicate all thoughts and feelings to the world including reaction to losing custody of his twin boys to ex-wife Brooke Mueller.

Battling Sheen in the professional meltdown category was former Dior Chief Designer John Galliano who lost his job at the historic fashion house after news of his anti-Semitic and racist comments directed at a couple in Paris and video of him declaring admiration for Hitler. Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman, who has an endorsement contract with Dior for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance, publicly condemned Galliano and stated that she would not work with him.

London fashion editors continued to express disbelief at the video that showed Galliano drunkenly slurring to strangers that he “loved Hitler” and Jews should have “all been gassed” but only designer Patricia Field promptly came to his defense, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with a posting on her Facebook page.

“People in fashion, all they do is go and see John Galliano theater every season,” Field wrote. “That’s what he gives them. To me, this was the same except it wasn’t in a theater or in a movie. John Lives in theater. It’s theater. It’s farce. But people in fashion don’t recognize the farce in it. All of a sudden they don’t know him. But it’s OK when it’s Mel Brooks’ The Producers singing ‘Springtime for Hitler.’”

The publicity budget for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two just shot up thanks to star Daniel Radcliffe’s commitment to the latest Broadway revival of How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. According to The New York Post, Warner Bros. bought out the whole theater for the nights Radcliffe would have to miss shows in order to publicize the final Harry Potter extravaganza for a reportedly $500,000 expense.

On the subject of summer blockbusters, fan boys and girls swooned over the new image of January Jones and Kevin Bacon from X-Men: First Class at Empire Magazine. Jones, looking very Pussy Galore as villainous Emma Frost in a white jumpsuit, and Bacon, channeling Rock Hudson in a pinstriped suit as Hellfire Club leader Sebastian Shaw, continued the wave of positive publicity for what’s looking to be the most stylish of this summer’s superhero movies. X-Men: First Class hits U.S. cinemas June 3.


The Morning Feed: Natalie Portman Condemns Dior’s John Galliano for Anti-Semitic Remarks

March 1, 2011

The volatile Two and Half Men star Charlie Sheen made more headlines yesterday via his media blitz of interviews in response to CBS pulling the plug on his hit sitcom due to his offset actions and remarks. TMZ continued to be ground zero for the latest Sheen sound bites including remarks about polygamy, his girlfriends and calling Hugh Hefner an “amateur.”

Christian Dior Chief Designer John Galliano (pictured left with actress Natalie Portman), recently suspended by the fashion house, matched Sheen in the offensive comments category with news of his anti-Semitic and racist comments directed at a couple in Paris.  Galliano also was seen on a video declaring his love for Hitler.

Still basking in the glow of her Oscar for Actress in a Leading Role, Black Swan lead Natalie Portman broke ties with Galliano and publicly condemned his remarks according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“As an individual who is proud to be Jewish, I will not be associated with Mr. Galliano in any way,” Portman said in a statement.

Portman has an endorsement contract with Dior for Miss Dior Cherie fragrance.

Poor reviews greeted the Dancing with the Stars (DWTS) Season 12 announcement that introduced Kendra Wilkerson, Kirstie Alley, Wendy Williams, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ralph Macchio, Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward and model Petra Nemcova, Chelsea Kane, radio personality Mike Catherwood, Romeo and WWE wrestler Chris Jericho as its upcoming contestants when the show returns March 21. Then again, critics’ complaints have yet to stop DWTS fans from watching.

London’s Guardian reported that Renée Zellweger agreed to a third Bridget Jones’s Diary movie after being promised that she will not need to gain weight for the role.

Awards Weekend coverage began to fade away with gossipy tales from the after-parties. The New York Post reported on a heart-to-heart talk at the Vanity Fair bash between exes Taylor Swift and Jake Gyllenhaal. Anne Hathaway had trouble getting into the Governors Ball (she was fumbling for her ticket). Veteran actress Joan Collins, 77, had to be taken from the Vanity Fair party in an ambulance because her dress was too tight. Justin Bieber’s mother let the teen singing sensation stay up late for the Vanity Fair Oscar party. True to his rebel reputation, James Franco skipped the parties and flew out of town.



The Morning Feed: ‘King’s Speech’ Rules Oscar Night

February 28, 2011

Awards Weekend came to a close this morning with a flurry of after-party tweets criticizing the work of Oscar co-hosts Anne Hathaway and James Franco, although the 127 Hours star received a pass from fans for appearing in drag as Marilyn Monroe and making a Charlie Sheen joke.

All its awards campaign momentum paid off for The King’s Speech, director Tom Hooper’s period drama about King George VI or “Bertie” trying to overcome a lifelong stammer in order to inspire his people in a time of war.

The King’s Speech collected four major Oscars at the 83rd Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Director, original screenplay and lead actor for Colin Firth’s performance as Bertie (pictured left, Firth accepting his Oscar).

“I have a feeling my career has just peaked,” Firth said on-stage after accepting his Oscar. Behind the curtain, Firth made a point to criticize distributor The Weinstein Company for releasing an alternative version of the film with a PG-13 rating and its profanity muted out of a key scene.

“I don’t support it,” Firth added backstage to The Los Angeles Times. “I think the film has integrity as its stands. I think that scene belongs where it is. I think it serves a purpose.”

Oscar pundits noted that The King’s Speech became the biggest Oscar victor since The Silence of the Lambs and the first British film to win Best Picture since Shakespeare in Love. The Oscar steamrolling by The King’s Speech became even more exceptional when you compared it to other films like True Grit, which lost on all of its ten nominations.

Inside Job co-directors Charles Ferguson and Audrey Mars won the Best Documentary Feature Oscar for their film about the recent financial meltdown and Ferguson brought a much-appreciated jolt of political reality to the razzle-dazzle when he reminded the crowd that “not a single financial executive has gone to jail.”

Franco landed a good-natured joke at Charlie Sheen’s expense during the show but Sheen continued to best the Oscars in the news department. The New York Post reported on Sheen’s dueling interviews this morning on NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America where the embattled Two and a Half Men star announced on ABC his intention to sue CBS for $320 million for “mental anguish” after the network pulled the plug on the show for his off-the-set antics. Meanwhile, during his Today interview on NBC, Sheen said he expected a raise to $3M per episode to return to the hit sitcom because of all that he’s been though during the controversy.

In one of his best sound bites from today’s morning show interviews, Sheen said I’m “tired of pretending I’m not a total, bitchin’ rock star Mars.”

Nothing at the Oscars, not Christian Bale momentarily forgetting the name of his wife during his acceptance speech for actor in a supporting role for his work in The Fighter, or Melissa Leo dropping the “F” bomb during her acceptance speech for actress in a supporting role, also for The Fighter, came close to Sheen’s colorful sound bites.


The Morning Feed: Bill Murray Puts Damper on ‘Ghostbusters 3′ (Again)

February 23, 2011

The will-he-or-won’t-he saga involving Bill Murray giving his thumbs-up to the latest script for Ghostbusters 3 took a dive yesterday during a call-in by the veteran comic to The Howard Stern Show.

“I only made one sequel and it was Ghostbusters 2 and it didn’t end up the way it was presented,” Murray told Stern. ‘I haven’t read it (script) yet,” Murray added. “It’s not the foremost thing in my mind right now so I don’t think about it.”

Steve Carell continued to make post-The Office plans with ongoing talks to join Meryl Streep in the David Frankel comedy Great Hope Springs. Carell made bigger news via The Hollywood Reporter with his intentions to turn serious and headline the drama Dogs of Babel about a linguistics professor who finds his wife dead in their backyard and attempts to teach their dog to speak in order to find out what happened to her.

Oscar week activities continued to heat up with Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Hudson joining the roster of Oscar presenters and the before-awards-night parties starting in full force tonight. Still, the biggest Oscar tale revolved around the mysterious British street artist Banksy and whether he’ll show in support of his Best Documentary nomination for his debut feature film Exit Through the Gift Shop.

According to London’s Guardian, Bruce Davis, Executive Director of the Academy Awards, refused Banksy’s recent request to appear in disguise at Sunday night’s Oscars ceremony.

“The fun but disquieting scenario is that if the film wins and five guys in monkey masks come to the stage all saying, ‘I’m Banksy,’ who the hell do we give it to?” Davis explained.

Jennifer Aniston made headlines via a Madrid red carpet arrival for her movie Just Go With It by displaying a new haircut, a shoulder–length bob.

People called the cut “sexy” which means it was far better reviewed than her current comedy co-starring Adam Sandler.

7 Days of Oscar: James Franco is Oscar Host and Possible Winner

February 22, 2011

I’ve written James Franco’s lead joke to be delivered as he takes the stage with Anne Hathaway as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards Sunday night.

Staring deep into the teleprompter, Franco smiles and says, “People think that standing here hosting the Oscars is nerve-racking and wonder how I can possibly keep it together. Well, after cutting off my arm as rock climber Aron Ralston in my movie 127 Hours, standing here with Anne feels easy and breezy.” Franco then winks, pulls out a pocketknife and pliers and recreates the harrowing scene from his Oscar-nominated film.

It could happen. Really. In a year where Franco is busy doing just about everything — directing a documentary about SNL, purchasing the rights to Stephen Elliot’s book The Adderall Diaries via his production company Rabbit Bandini and creating visual arts installations in addition to acting in big-budget features as well as indie films — it makes sense for the 32-year-old actor to co-host the Oscars and stamp the ceremony with his irreverent spirit.

In director Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, nominated for a Best Picture Oscar among others, Franco delivers some of his best work as Ralston, an energetic twenty-something whose weekend excursion in the Utah canyons turns deadly when his arm becomes trapped against a half-ton boulder.

For Franco, nominated for Actor in a Leading Role, he continues to credit Ralston for not only inspiring his performance but also making it possible.

“The first time I met Aron in L.A. he brought a tape that had all the videos he made in that canyon,” Franco said, speaking earlier at the Toronto International Film Festival. “That’s gold for an actor. I got to see him in that situation…when I saw him in those videos he had no idea he was going to get out. It was incredibly powerful.”

Of course, there are no guarantees that Franco will win an Oscar. If he does, nobody will criticize his victory. His performance is that exceptional.

The Oscars, co-hosted by Franco and Hathaway, air 8 p.m. EST Sunday on ABC.

The Morning Feed: Minnie Driver to Headline CBS Pilot ‘Hail Mary’

February 22, 2011

Fans of the short-lived FX drama The Riches (myself included) woke up to news today of actress Minnie Driver returning to TV to headline the CBS pilot Hail Mary. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Driver signed on to play a suburban Atlanta housewife who partners with a hustler to solve crimes. Fingers crossed that Driver’s latest TV stint lands on the fall schedule.

Reps for the longstanding video rental giant Blockbuster once again confirmed how much the entertainment biz has changed by putting the once mighty, Dallas-based company up for sale. According to The Los Angeles Times, Blockbuster went on the sales block after its creditors failed to agree on a recapitalization plan.

Plans for Oscar weekend continued with the announcement of street closures in the area surrounding the Kodak Theatre. On the entertainment side of the event, Scarlett Johansson and Russell Brand joined the roster of Oscar presenters.

London’s Guardian reported that Poppy Montgomery, of the CBS drama Without a Trace, agreed to play JK Rowling in the TV film Strange Magic, about the famous author’s transition from a single mom on benefits in Edinburgh to the creation of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Pop star Britney Spears made the tabloids with snaps of a recent fishing trip with her young sons but TMZ reported the bigger news of Spears earning $500,000 for product placements including the dating site in her Hold It Against Me video. Reviews of the song have been positive but not half-a-million positive.