April 24, 2014

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Seth MacFarlane tapped as Oscar host: How will he do? – ANALYSIS

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Was Seth MacFarlane’s hosting gig on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” an audition reel for the Academy Awards?
If so, it apparently worked, as the “Family Guy” creator (and the driving force behind the smash-hot comedy “Ted”) has been tapped to host next year’s Oscars, according to various reports.
“We are thrilled to have Seth MacFarlane host the Oscars. His performing skills blend perfectly with our ideas for making the show entertaining and fresh,” said co-producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron. “He will be the consummate host, and we are so happy to be working with him.”
Right off the bat, this strikes me as a strange choice. MacFarlane is coming off of a massive summer comedy, but he’s more of a television personality … and an animation guy, at that. He also doesn’t necessarily fit into the “stand-up comedian” route the Academy has gone with past hosts like Chris Rock, Ellen DeGeneres and Steve Martin.
But there’s no denying MacFarlane’s talent as a writer, producer and performer, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued about where he might be able to take the Oscar ceremony (if the Academy loosens the usual reigns).
I dug up a YouTube clip of MacFarlane’s “SNL” monologue, though you can see the whole show on Hulu. For now, what do you think about his hiring as the next Oscar host?
http://youtu.be/NAl5fLOISp0
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Our “Silver Linings Playbook” review
Ben Affleck’s “Argo” scores
Producer Harvey Weinstein
“Lawless” director John Hillcoat
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Stars Galore at Nickelodeon’s 25Th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards

HollywoodNews.com: Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, Victorious, LMFAO, SpongeBob SquarePants, Justin Bieber, Puss in Boots and More Win Coveted Orange Blimps showed up at Nickelodeon’s 25Th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards.
Mega-stars including Katy Perry, Tim Tebow, Taylor Lautner, Big Time Rush, Selena Gomez, Kristen Stewart, LMFAO and Justin Bieber reigned as this year’s favorites, winning top honors at Nickelodeon’s 25th Annual Kids’ Choice Awards live telecast, Saturday, March 31, 8-9:30 p.m. (ET/tape delayed for West Coast). Hosted by international superstar and 10-time KCA winner Will Smith, the awards were broadcast from the Galen Center at USC in Los Angeles where kids’ top choices in television, movies, music and sports were revealed through a flying blimp, silver robot and sword swallower. Smith made an aerial entrance onto the venue by parachuting down from the official KCA blimp, a 246-foot orange airship situated above the arena. After rappelling to the stage and deactivating a booby trap set by a mysterious Creepy Voice determined to stop the show, Smith kicked off the silver anniversary celebration with a performance of “Can U Handle This” and balloons filled with confetti and slime.
First Lady Michelle Obama made her first-ever appearance at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, presenting Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Taylor Swift with this year’s The Big Help Award in recognition of her extensive philanthropic endeavors, including her work with tornado and flood survivors in the United States. The Big Help Award recognizes individuals who take actions to better the world and whose significant impact on their community has inspired kids to do the same.
The star-studded event got off to an immediate sticky start with Halle Berry’s surprise sliming in her audience seat. Looking good in green, Lautner received the ultimate gooey prize for accepting Smith’s challenge to a push-up contest, while presenter Chris Colfer was doused in slime by an exploding blimp at the podium. In an epic battle that had the giants of wrestling literally swimming in the goo, The Big Show took down The Miz in the inaugural KCA Slime Wrestling World Championships. Hosted by Nick’s Jeff Sutphen with WWE superstar Santino Marella serving as referee, the showdown was set in a special ring that slimed the audience each time one of them hit the ropes or the corner posts. Much to his disappointment, Cee Lo Green was [...]

Chris Rock to present at 84th Oscars

HollywoodNews.com: Chris Rock has just been announced as one of the presenters at the upcoming 84th Academy Awards®.
Rock, who was once a host for the show in 2005, will be presenting along with other celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Bradley Cooper and Cameron Diaz.
Rock will next be seen in ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and ’2 Days in New York.’
The Oscars will air on Sunday, February 26th.
Will you tune in?
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Chris Rock weighs in on Tracy Morgan’s homophobic comments

By Kim Palacios
hollywoodnews.com: “I don’t know about you,” tweeted Chris Rock on Friday, “but I don’t want to live in world where Tracy Morgan cant say foul inappropriate sh*t.” The tweet may have been meant to soften the blow of Morgan’s current PR nightmare, stemming from homophobic remarks he made during a Nashville show.
Yet, Rock’s seemingly strong support of Morgon on Friday were dampened by a second (extended) tweet on Saturday, in which Rock took far more than 140 characters to make himself perfectly clear:
“Tracy morgan is a tad off we all know that so when tracy says something i usually don’t take it anymore serious than i would a statement from gary busey or flavor flav .when i first heard the statement i thought it was offensive but it also reminded me of my father saying ill kill you if you ever bring home a white girl but after reading everything tracy said . wow i get it that shit wasn’t called for and i don’t support it at all. now can i please go to the tony awards without getting my ass kicked.”
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David Spade on “Rules” guest stars and Hollywood gossip

By Fred Topel
HollywoodNews.com: David Spade has been a gossip king since he started doing his Hollywood Minute on Saturday Night Live. Now he’s transformed his sarcastic humor into a career, with memorable characters in shows like Just Shoot Me and movies like Tommy Boy. Now he’s doing it on CBS’s Monday night comedy Rules of Engagement. Spade spoke with the media in a conference call to dish the dirt on upcoming guest stars and the Hollywood scene.
Q: Is this sarcastic persona timeless or will you have to retire it at some point?
DS: It’s funny because you spend your career trying to find some sort of angle or some sort of voice. I did it at Saturday Night Live. To get on the show you need something. Farley was the fat guy. Adam was singing songs. Chris Rock was angry. I couldn’t find anything so what surfaced was kind of sarcastic, this kind of whatever I do. The funny part is the rest of your career you fight that and try to do something different. At some point I realized I don’t do that much different so that was the other problem. The skirt chasing guy like I did on Just Shoot Me, now I’m trying to make it slightly different, older version, a little beat up. I think I just fall into these things. This was Adam Sandler’s idea because this show was already up and running. I had done a sitcom before obviously. I was up for doing one again. It was a little sooner than I thought but when you get handed a script that’s funny, a pilot’s already shot and a network that likes it, it turned into why don’t I do this? Not knowing I’ll do it for five years but I think the next time around I do something, I will try to change up a little bit. It’s hard to get work in this town, you know. It’s hard to have a career. I’m lucky to be here and then on the other hand, of course you want to change it up a little bit. But on the show, you can’t while you’re locked into the show so I just make it the funniest I can do it every week. I think we have some pretty good shows with it, with everyone interacting.
Q: Rules of Engagement hasn’t been critically acclaimed but people like it. [...]

This Week In Movies – “Megamind,” “Due Date,” “For Colored Girls”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third time this year Dreamworks Animation has scored strongly at the boxoffice in their continuing challenge to Disney and Pixar to top the ‘toon parade. “Megamind,” a really funny twist on the superhero genre featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey , Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill scored an estimated $47.7 million to lead all comers, following in the footsteps of DWA’s early 2010 hits, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After” which between them have earned over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. One of the distinguishing secrets to the success of the Dreamworks formula, if there is one has been in the voice casting of their animated movies. Using comedians in key roles has provided those stars with film vehicles for some of their best work. It’s a conversation I had with DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg recently in which we both said it’s interesting that stars like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld. Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and others have had some of their biggest box office and critical success going the ‘toon route. I told him I thought Will Farrell’s work as the inept villain-turned-hero, “Megamind” was the best thing I have ever seen him do in movies to date and Katzenberg agreed there is something about the animation process that frees these great comedy talents to really let loose and deliver. I caught up with Katzenberg at DWA’s DVD release party for “How To Train Your Dragon” where he also mentioned that the company is now beginning work on a sequel and has a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” coming in 2011. A sequel to “Megamind” would also seem to be a no-brainer if it continues to perform at the boxoffice this holiday season and its A- Cinemascore rating bodes well for that happening even with intense upcoming competition from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1″ and Disney’s Thanksgiving ‘toon release, “Tangled.”

Sunday morning I also got the opportunity to moderate a Q&A at the DGA with Zack Snyder, the director of another of the Fall’s animated entries, “Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole,” a stirring beautifully made 3D adventure based on a series of well-known children’s books. Snyder who made his first foray into animation with the picture [...]

Adam Sandler: 15 years after ‘SNL’, he’s still top dog at the B.O.

HollywoodNews.com: There’s usually a life expectancy for a “Saturday Night Live” alum at the box office, however, Adam Sandler is showing signs of beating that.
With his summer sleeper “Grown Ups,” about to chalk up $160 million, the comedian is seeing his best run at the B.O. in more than a decade.
The Los Angeles Times analyzes the comedy’s gross:
That’s four times its opening-weekend take, a very high multiple that indicates word of mouth on the film about high school friends who reunite in middle age has been unusually good.
Sandler hasn’t enjoyed a multiple that good on any of his trademark PG-13 comedies since 1998′s “The Waterboy” and 1999′s “Big Daddy,” both of which had box-office performances nearly identical to “Grown Ups.”

That’s amazing for a “SNL” alum who left the show 15 years ago in 1995. Typically due to waning tastes in comedy, and the emergence of fresh “SNL” talent on the screen, young male moviegoers turn their back on the titans. Recently, that hasn’t been the case as audiences turned their noses up to “MacGruber” starring current SNLers Will Forte and Kristen Wiig. The May comedy tanked making $8.5 million. A similar situation occurred with 2007′s “Hot Rod,” an Andy Samberg vehicle which only made $13.9 million at the August B.O.
It’s all a testament to Sandler’s strength as an actor, writer and producer. He knows the guffaws which moviegoers want. Like Stallone, who assembled, vintage action stars in this weekend’s No. 1 film, “The Expendables,” Sandler brought together his old “SNL” buddies Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and David Spade – making it more of a must-see film. Sony and Relativity Media, who financed “Grown Ups” spent from $70-$80 million on the film and it’s set to turn a decent profit.
Arguably, Chevy Chase’s hot streak at the B.O. lasted for 13 years after he departed the hit NBC sketch show in 1976. Chase hit his B.O. high with 1989’s “Christmas Vacation” ($71.3 million) before his grosses slid him into character actor work. Bill Murray also enjoyed a 13-year ride as a B.O. star after leaving “SNL” in 1980. 1993’s “Groundhog Day” ($70.9 million) was his last star comedy vehicle that did well before they crashed and he morphed into a highly coveted absurdist arthouse star which nabbed him an Oscar nom for 2003’s “Lost in [...]

Jimmy Fallon talks challenges of Emmy, ‘Tonight Show’ hosting

HollywoodNews.com: When it comes to a potential future as a “Tonight Show” host, “Late Night” yakker Jimmy Fallon isn’t jumping up and down for the job.
Speaking to journalists at a TCA panel for “Late Night” and the 62nd primetime Emmys, the Hollywood Reporter overheard Fallon exclaiming, “The one thing I’ve learned from [Conan O'Brien and David Letterman] is hosting ‘Late Night’ is a one-way ticket to not hosting ‘The Tonight Show.’”
Fallon, however, will be hosting the upcoming Emmy telecast.
Commenting on the upcoming gig, Fallon said, “I want the TV Academy to be happy, I want [producer] Don Mischner to be happy…I don’t want to make anybody uncomfortable.”
Some award show hosts in the past, who also had their own talk series, have earned a reputation for rubbing celebrity audiences the wrong way. Both David Letterman and Chris Rock failed to earn feathers during their previous Oscar host jobs.
“You have to relate to different people as well,” Fallon said about appealing to both TV and industry crowds at the Emmys, “I gotta get you to laugh and you to laugh and you to laugh — they don’t all laugh the same thing.”
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Ben Stiller’s ‘Tower Heist’ almost ready to go

By Roger Friedman
HollywoodNews.com: After many unofficial announcements it looks like “Tower Heist” is almost ready to go.
The Brett Ratner directed picture will star Ben Stiller and be produced by Brian Grazer.
Way back when this was embryonic, “Tower Heist” was set in Trump Tower in New York. It was going to have a mostly black cast with Eddie Murphy and Chris Tucker.
But time changes everything in Hollywood deals. Now the tower is “like the Trump Tower” but not exactly it as we don’t want to give anyone ideas. And now Stiller will head a multi-cultural cast. It’s possible Tucker, a Ratner regular, will still be part of the pack. Chris Rock might also be in the mix.
Ratner tweeted overnight that the pic was on, and Grazer was in charge. Everyone’s been waiting for a finished screenplay, so that may be done as well.
As I reported before, this won’t be just any heist movie. There’s a purpose to this project that will make the thieves heroes.
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Chris and Malaak Rock auctioning themselves off for charity

By Marilyn Beck and Stacy Jenel Smith
HollywoodNews.com: Want to go on a double date with Chris and Malaak Rock – enjoying courtside seats at a New York Knicks game? The Rocks are offering themselves and the choice BBall tickets up for auction to the highest bidder. It’s part of the couple’s latest effort on behalf of their Journey For Change: Empowering Youth Through Global Service organization — with those items, and others, up for grabs at www.charityfolks.com.
Journey For Change sends inner city youth on trips to South Africa, where they become involved in service work themselves. Malaak tells us she’ll be heading out with their second group Aug. 18 – and the kids will be sharing their experiences via video and blog on the MTV and Nickelodeon websites, in addition to her Angel Rock Project site.
Malaak has been involved in work on behalf of direly impoverished families led by orphans and “grannies” of South Africa since the Rock family visited there years ago. Then, she says, “because my husband is so committed to helping those kids in Brooklyn where he grew up, the idea came to me of bringing the two together.”
The result is their charity, which “takes kids from the receiving end of aid to the giving end of service, and lets them see how good that feels,” says Malaak.
According to her, the 30 12-to-15-year-olds who went on the first Journey for Change expedition two years ago are still involved in service and advocacy work on behalf of the families they met while on their trip. “To be introduced to third world poverty – kids living 10 to a shack, with no electricity or running water. It was a shock for those kids who’d spent their whole lives thinking they had it worse than anybody, ultimately realizing they were blessed by being American and living in the U.S. It was amazing and also difficult for some.”
The Brooklyn adventurers bonded with their South African counterparts, playing music and dancing together. They also had the opportunity to go out on safari and see rhinos, elephants and zebras. Says Malaak, “It was extraordinarily life-changing for them.”
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