The Morning Feed: Ricky Gervais Offers Oscar Co-Emcees James Franco & Anne Hathaway Hosting Tips

Drawing inspiration from his much-talked-about hosting duties at last month’s Golden Globes, Ricky Gervais offered awards show advice and some one-liners to Oscars co-hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway via his blog. According to London’s Guardian, Gervais even provided, free of charge, an opening monologue including this bit for Hathaway: “I’m the new Catwoman. The first white woman to play that role since Michelle Pfeiffer. I want it to be an inspiration to all white people everywhere. Your dreams can come true in Hollywood, too.”

Gervais also added that he won’t be watching the Oscars telecast. “I am forbidden to work on the sabbath,” he joked.

While Franco continued to Tweet about his Oscar preparations and tease fans with snippets from his opening segment with Hathaway, 20th Century Fox released its first still from director Robert Wyatt’s Planet of the Apes revival Rise of the Apes starring the Oscar-nominated, 127 Hours star. Response to the image on various sites like Empire continued to be subtle at best, considering it’s simply a shot of Franco as a research facility worker busy at his desk.

With fine-tuning continuing until the “official” March 15 opening for troubled musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, producers for two Spider-Man spinoff shows announced New York openings in tandem with the opening night of director Julie Taymor’s much-delayed Broadway show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, reps for Spidermann, from Jose Bold (stage name of John Osebold), announced an off-Broadway opening of March 13 at the Tank in Manhattan after playing in Seattle to good reviews. Meanwhile, comedian Justin Moran announced a March 14 opening at Manhattan’s Peoples Improv Theater for his no-budget musical The Spider Project: With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility. It might not have been Taymor’s intention but credit her for jump-starting a cottage industry of Spider-Man playwrights and performers.

Two and a Half Men star Charlie Sheen bested the Oscars in the news department yesterday when CBS and Warner Bros. Television announced they would cancel their hit sitcom Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the decision to shutdown the series occurred yesterday after Sheen called The Alex Jones Show and called Executive Producer Chuck Lorre “a clown” and referred to him as “Chaim Levine” (Lorre’s birth name is Charles Michael Levine) and sent a letter to gossip site TMZ that read in part: “Clearly I have defeated this earthworm with my mores – imagine what I would have done with my fire-breathing fists.”

“Based on the totality of Charlie Sheen’s statements, conduct and condition, CBS and Warner Bros. Television have decided to discontinue production of Two and a Half Men for the remainder of the season,” read the joint statement from Warner Bros and CBS.

Sheen’s latest escapades left fans wondering if the hit sitcom was cancelled for good.

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