April 24, 2014

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Can the Oscars save CNN?

By ROBERT W. WELKOS
It seems that everybody is benefiting from the Oscar season…film festivals, awards shows, broadcast and cable TV networks, entertainment magazines and websites.
So, can the Oscars save ratings starved CNN?
The cable news channel has seen its ratings languishing for some time now.
As Mediate recently reported, “On Valentine’s Day Friday night, CNN’s evening slate of shows had a disastrous night, failing to rate above 66K viewers in the key 25-54 demo from 5-10 p.m. ET. The network was in 4th place across the board during those hours with Anderson Cooper 360 and Piers Morgan Live both at 66K in the demo. Erin Burnett OutFront at 7 p.m. drew just 49K in the demo.”
We’re not saying one is related to the other, but on Wednesday, CNN announced it was kicking off a number of Oscar-related telecasts leading up to the Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, March 2.
On Thursday at 10 p.m. ET, Krista Smith, senior west coast editor of Vanity Fair and a CNN contributor, will host CNN Spotlight: And the Nominees Are? The hour-long show will feature Smith’s interviews with Oscar nominees Amy Adams, Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong’o and Jonah Hill.
Among the revelations Smith unearths:
“Amy Adams reveals that when she signed on to work with David O. Russell again for American Hustle, they didn’t have a script until like a week before,” a press release touting the show states.
The release goes on: “…Jared Leto tells Smith that he stayed in the Dallas Buyers Club character Rayon while filming: ‘I was walking through Whole Foods and I got looks from people and it was a real look of condemnation, of judgment, of disgust. And that was powerful to get to understand. Because I’m sure Rayon and the Rayons of the world get that look all the time—and have to deal with that in a much more real way than I did.”
On Thursday, Feb. 27, at 9 p.m. ET, the cable network will telecast CNN: And the Oscar Goes To? a two-hour special from Turner Classic Movies featuring great moments from 85 years of Academy Awards ceremonies, including never before seen behind-the-scenes ceremony footage from the archives of Hollywood Newsreel.
From Feb. 27 to March 2, CNN will “air live reports, interviews and take an inside at all the big events in and around the industry’s crowning event. From the rolling out of the red carpet to the behind-the-scenes stories [...]

Maureen OHara, Richard Dreyfuss, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien Join Lineup for 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss.
Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.
O’Hara will present the world premiere restoration of John Ford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), while Brooks will appear at a screening of his western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974).O’Brien will be on-hand for Vincente Minnelli’s perennial musical favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. The tribute to Dreyfuss will consist of a double feature of two of his most popular roles: his Oscar®-winning performance in Neil Simon’s romantic comedy The Goodbye Girl (1977) and his Academy Award-nominated role in the music-themed drama Mr. Holland’s Opus (1995).
In addition, the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival will feature a 50th anniversary presentation of Walt Disney’s classic Mary Poppins (1964), plus world premiere restorations of The Beatles’ hit A Hard Day’s Night (1964), the Frank Capra comedy-drama Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936), with Gary Cooper and Jean Arthur; the classic musical Stormy Weather (1943), starring Lena Horne and Godzilla: The Japanese Original (1954). The festival will also host recent restorations of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights (1931) and Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lodger (1927), which will feature the Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra performing their original score for the film.
Among the many previously announced events slated for the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, TCM will honor legendary actor, filmmaker and humanitarian Jerry Lewis with a multi-tiered celebration of his remarkable career. Lewis will have his hand and footprints enshrined in concrete in front of the world-famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX. In addition, Lewis will be on-hand for a screening of one of his most memorable [...]

Umm… Jodi Arias “body-slam” testimony reenacted on HLN

The trial of Jodi Arias – who claims self-defense in the killing of her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander – reaches week 10, and HLN continues its coverage featuring expert analysis of the testimony.
As the defense attorney conducts the re-direct of Ms. Arias this week, HLN anchor Vinnie Politan, HLN law enforcement expert Mike Brooks, and pro wrestler David Otunga, dissect her testimony of the night of the murder and her claim of being body-slammed, with a reenactment.
Please see below link to clip of reenactment:

Courtesy of HLN
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Anderson Cooper’s talk show not renewed for another season

HollywoodNews.com: Anderson Cooper is going to have some free time on his hands as his daytime talk show has been canceled after two seasons.
‘Anderson Live’ will be wrapping up production after it completes its second season, states UsMagazine.com. The final episodes will reportedly air through summer 2013.
“I am very proud of the work that our terrific staff has put into launching and sustaining our show for two seasons,” Cooper said about the experience.
It is rumored that the show was canceled due to poor ratings. He will continue to host his CNN show ‘Anderson Cooper 360.’
What do you think about the show being canceled?
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Kris Jenner allegedly in talks for daytime talk show

HollywoodNews.com: It sounds like viewers might soon be seeing even more of Kris Jenner as it is rumored that she is in talks for her very own daytime talk show.
Jenner is reportedly working with Twentieth Television on the idea with possible plans to do a summer test run on FOX stations next year, states RadarOnline. A spokesperson for the FOX stations only commented, “Everyone wants to do a test with the Fox TV stations.”
Jenner has guest co-hosted a number of talk shows before as she stepped in on ‘The Talk’ and the fourth hour of the ‘Today’ show.
Would you watch her talk show?
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“The Sessions” set to open one week earlier than expected – OSCARS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Ben Lewin’s “The Sessions” has been pleasing crowds since the Sundance Film Festival, where it took home the Audience Award and a Special Jury Prize, then competed for the fest’s Grand Jury Prize. After a strong showing at the Toronto International Film Festival, “Sessions” has decided to get in front of mainstream crowds a week earlier than planned.
Lewin’s film, about a handicapped man (John Hawkes) hoping to lose his virginity to a sex therapist (Helen Hunt), will now open in limited release on Oct. 19 – one week earlier than the announced Oct. 26 date, Deadline reports. This will give the film a limited-release debut to continue building on the buzz before it finally goes wide in most major markets.
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Any why not? The film’s finished, and has been collecting positive reviews for the honest portrayal of sexual curiosity. Hawkes and Hunt each give stellar performances in difficult roles, while William H. Macy brings levity and insight as Hawkes’ parish priest, a soundboard for the man’s complicated emotional journey.
Here’s the latest trailer for “The Session,” Fox Searchlight’s main Oscar player which is expected to score nominations is several key categories. Are you happy you can watch it a week earlier? Let us know below:

Read more of our exclusive Awards coverage:
Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” scores
Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat
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Disney Media and Academy extend Oscar® telecast agreement

HollywoodNews.com: Disney Media Distribution and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have extended their agreement for DMD to distribute the annual Academy Awards® telecast internationally through 2020, Tom Sherak, Academy president and Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, announced today. The previous agreement had been set to expire in 2014.
“Disney Media Distribution has been successful in securing distribution around the world for the Academy Awards and we’re thrilled to extend this partnership,” said Sherak. “The Oscars are an international event beloved by a global audience. It’s a testament to the magic of Hollywood.”
“We are excited to be able to extend our agreement to deliver the world’s biggest celebration of entertainment to audiences around the globe,” said Sweeney. “We look forward to building on the foundation of our relationship with the Academy, and working together to reach new audiences on new platforms in the years ahead.”
This past February, a worldwide audience of hundreds of millions experienced the Academy Awards in more than 225 international territories via a variety of both traditional broadcast outlets and new emerging video-on-demand and online streaming platforms.
In 2011, the Academy and the ABC Television Network signed a domestic rights agreement which also extended their contract through 2020.
Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2012 will be presented on Sunday, February 24, 2013, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.
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ABOUT THE ACADEMY
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is the world’s preeminent movie-related organization, with a membership of more than 6,000 of the most accomplished men and women working in cinema. In addition to the annual Academy Awards – in which the members vote to select the nominees and winners – the Academy presents a diverse year-round slate of public programs, exhibitions and events; provides financial support to a wide range of other movie-related organizations and endeavors; acts as a neutral advocate in the advancement of motion picture technology; and, through its Margaret Herrick Library and Academy Film Archive, collects, preserves, restores and provides access to movies and items related to their history. Through these and other activities the Academy serves students, historians, the entertainment industry and people everywhere who love movies.
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MTV Movie Awards Are Back!

HollywoodNews.com: Fans will fall in love with their favorite movies from the past year all over again and get a first-look at films to come when MTV returns to the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, CA for the “2012 MTV Movie Awards.” The 21st annual award show will air LIVE on Sunday, June 3rd at 9PM (ET/PT). MTV also announced that this year’s telecast will be executive produced by Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves for the first time.
Known as one of the most outrageous and distinctive televised award shows, the “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will feature its trademark individuality and irreverence. Fusing the network’s musical core with the wonder, scale and energy of the movie-going experience, the telecast is set to provide more laughs, surprises and one-of-a-kind moments with Hollywood’s biggest stars gathering to honor fan-favorites from the past year and beyond.
“Just as Jesse has done with our ‘Video Music Awards’, we know he’ll infuse this year’s ‘Movie Awards’ with creative, musical and cinematic elements that fully tap into the sense of awe our audience experiences in a movie theater,” said Stephen Friedman, President of MTV. “In his inspired hands, this year’s show will be re-imagined to deliver a telecast that reflects our audiences’ favorite films, music and stars.”
The “2012 MTV Movie Awards” will be available to a potential viewing audience of more than 1.2 billion people via MTV’s global network of more than 60 channels reaching nearly 600 million households around the world as well as through syndication. In addition, its convergent programming & content will reach the entire interactive community, via MTV’s more than 200 digital media properties around the world.
Jesse Ignjatovic of Den of Thieves has served as executive producer for the “MTV Video Music Awards” for the past five years, including the “2011 Video Music Awards” that scored MTV’s biggest audience in the network’s history.
The “2011 MTV Movie Awards” delivered a 3.9 rating among P12-34, averaging 4.5 million viewers, and its largest audience among teens since 2004 – a 5.4 rating overall, and whopping 8.3 rating among female teens.
The show kept its tradition as Hollywood’s most atypical and irreverent awards show, with host Jason Sudeikis providing laugh-out-loud moments, a surprise appearance by Justin Bieber, a naughty-but-nice presentation by Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis, GENERATION AWARD winner Reese Witherspoon providing a message of female empowerment, and the stars of the night’s big winner “The Twilight Saga: [...]

Lauren Conrad talks best and worst Valentine’s Days

HollywoodNews.com: Lauren Conrad may be single for this Valentine’s Day, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t had some pretty memorable ones in the past.
Conrad, who has been linked to Kyle Howard, Derek Hough, Brody Jenner and a few other men over the years, recently revealed her best and worst of the romantic holiday, states UsMagazine.com.
“I decided to surprise him with dinner at his favorite restaurant. Before dinner, I went and decorated the table — I set up all my presents and had a whole night of festivities planned. I had him meet me at the restaurant and when he showed up…he was drunk!” Conrad revealed about the worst Valentine’s Day.
But they haven’t all been bad as she also had a date who once set up a romantic, private picnic for the two.
What’s your ideal Valentine’s Day?
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Khloe Kardashian interviews Kyle Richards for first Dallas radio show

HollywoodNews.com: Khloe Kardashian is back to radio – this time in Dallas – and she spoke with other reality TV stars on her first day back on the air.
Khloe had ‘Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ star Kyle Richards as a guest on her Mix 102.9 for her show, The Mix Up With Khloe, states UsMagazine.com. And it seems children were all the women wanted to talk about.
“I would love to have two more [kids]. I would be so proud to say I have six,” Richards commented about being open about wanting a bigger family.
However, she will first have to convince her husband: “It makes my husband nervous, because he says it depends on our AMEX bill each month.”
Do you think she will have more kids?
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