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ABC SELECTS ITS LATE-NIGHT STAR TO HOST EMMYS

March 27, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

The major television networks, which take turns each year presenting the Emmy awards, now appear to be selecting their late-night personalities to host them — giving each one the opportunity for primetime exposure. It’s ABC’s turn this year,an on Monday it said that Jimmy Kimmel, whose midnight talk show continues to improve in the ratings […]

DON’T PUT THE CARTER BEFORE THE LORAX (Updated)

March 12, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

What could have been more mortifying to Disney executives than for its $250-300 million live-action/CG blockbuster John Carter to be beaten by — gasp! — an animated feature, the second week of one at that. But that is what occurred this weekend, as John Carter opened with an estimated $30.6 million and Universal’s Dr. Seuss’ […]

THREE FILMS DEBUT; ALL EXPECTED TO FLOP

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Three new films are opening domestically this weekend, and all of them together may not earn as much as the second week of The Lorax is expected to earn on its own. They are the big-budget sci-fier John Carter, the Eddie Murphy comedy A Thousand Words, and the thriller Silent House, starring Elizabeth Olsen. Even […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: A THOUSAND WORDS

March 9, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Except for the fact that his latest movie will almost certainly turn out to be a flop, Eddie Murphy emerges virtually unscathed from the scathing reviews that A Thousand Words is receiving. Michael Phillips in the Chicago Tribune calls him “a first-rate talent stuck in yet another third-rate piece of blech.” The title of the […]

TV REVIEWS: THE GOLDEN GLOBES

January 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

In the end, the TV critics concluded, Sunday night’s Golden Globes telecast amounted to yet another letdown, not so much because of the choice of winners — best drama: The Descendants; best comedy or musical: The Artist — but because of the commonplace performance of host Ricky Gervais. All of the critics had sharpened their […]

OSCAR UNAFFECTED BY ECONOMIC DOWNTURN

November 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite deteriorating ratings in recent years, next February’s Oscar telecast commands the same price for a 30-second commercial as it did a year ago, about $1.6-1.7 million, according to Advertising Age, which cited “a person familiar with the tone of negotiations.” This year’s Oscarcast attracted 37.9 million viewers, down from 41.7 million tuned last year. […]

IN WAKE OF OSCARS HAVOC, INDUSTRY OFFERED HELP, SAYS SHERAK

November 11, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Motion picture academy president Tom Sherak maintains that the turbulence of the past week, which saw both the co-producer and host of next year’s Oscar telecast resign, will have no effect on the production of the telecast itself. Referring to the departure of Brett Ratner and Eddie Murphy, Sherak told Deadline.com: “If this happened in […]

BILLY CRYSTAL WILL HOST THE OSCARS AGAIN

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Acting with fast-forward speed, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has struck a deal with Billy Crystal to bring him back for a ninth time to host the Oscars. “Am doing the Oscars so the young woman in the pharmacy will stop asking my name when I pick up my prescriptions. Looking forward […]

OSCAR THE GROUCH TO HOST THE OSCARS?

November 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In a radio interview more than 35 years ago, the late Jim Henson and Frank Oz discussed the possibility of doing a Muppets sketch in which Oscar the Grouch would host — what else? The Oscars. Now, a number of websites are suggesting that something just like that could come to pass. With the departure […]

REPORT: BRIAN GRAZER TO REPLACE BRET RATNER AS OSCAR CO-PRODUCER

November 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Just one day after Brett Ratner resigned under pressure as co-producer of next year’s Oscar telecast, the motion picture academy has struck a deal with Brian Grazer — himself an Oscar winner for 2001’s A Beautiful Mind — to replace him, TheWrap.com reported today (Wednesday). An official announcement is expected to be made on Thursday, […]

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