April 16, 2014

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EXCLUSIVE: Academy Pres. Tom Sherak: First came the boo’s, now the applause

BY ROBERT W. WELKOS
Tom Sherak chuckles as he recalls the story.
One day last year, he walked into his favorite restaurant, The Palm, where he knows everyone and everyone knows him, and suddenly noticed his friends were booing him.
“What did you do?!” they exclaimed. “How could you do this?!” screamed a long-time pal and famous producer, who will go unnamed.
They were reacting to a controversial decision by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to scrap the decades-old practice of selecting five best picture nominees and go back to an earlier period when the Oscars listed 10 best picture nominees.
Fast-forward to last week and Sherak said he walked into the same restaurant only this time his friends applauded him.
They were responding to mostly favorable reviews after the list of 10 pictures was announced by Sherak and actress Anne Hathaway before a worldwide television audience.
Since being named president of the Academy in August, Sherak said he has learned one lesson: “I’ve learned that you need to be a good listener,” he said. “You listen to all the good stuff and the complaints.” It’s especially important to listen to the complaints, he added, “because you learn to make stuff even better.”
Sherak, a former partner at Joe Roth’s Revolution Studios and a one-time distribution chief at 20th Century Fox, said the expanded list of best picture nominees has had its desired effect: “Jack Black said to me, ‘Any publicity is good publicity.’ People are now debating (the best pictures). Is it good? Is it bad? Is it stupid? Is it crazy.”
Had the Academy not taken action, Sherak said, it risked becoming a “dinosaur.”
Sherak believes that boosting the Academy Awards TV ratings is vital if the Academy is to keep generating money from the show to pay for its various nonprofit film efforts.
“Ratings are always a concern,” he said. “Ratings are a big thing.” He noted that the night of the Oscars there are really two events taking place on the TV screen: the awards themselves, where the best filmmakers and actors are honored, and the Oscar show itself.
This year’s show, which airs March 7 on ABC, is being produced by Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic.
“They came up with a line which we put on our Oscar poster: ‘Expect the unexpected,’” Sherak said.
The show will be co-hosted by Alec Baldwin [...]

Sandra Bullock nominated for dreaded “Golden Raspberry Award”

Sandra Bullock has been voted a Worst Actress nominee for the Golden Raspberry Awards for her role in “All About Steve.” Other nominees in the nominations are Michael Bay’s “Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen” and Will Ferrell’s comedy “Land of the Lost,” which both picked up 7 nominations each. Other films in the “Worst Picture Nominee” field are “All About Steve,” “Old Dogs,” and “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”
The Razzie awards will take place the night before the Oscars at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater in Los Angeles.
Below are the full list of nominations:
Worst Picture:
“All About Steve”
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of The Lost”
“Old Dogs”
“Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen”
(AKA “Trannies, Too”)
Worst Actor:
All Three Jonas Brothers, “The Jonas Brothers Concert Experience”
Will Ferrell, “Land of the Lost”
Steve Martin, “Pink Panther 2”
Eddie Murphy, “Imagine That”
John Travolta, “Old Dogs”
Worst Actress:
Beyonce, “Obsessed”
Sandra Bullock, “All About Steve”
Mylie Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: the Movie”
Megan Fox
“Jennifer’s Body” and “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Sarah Jessica Parker, “Did You Hear About the Morgans?”
Worst Supporting Actor:
Billy Ray Cyrus, “Hannah Montana: The Movie”
Hugh Hefner (as Himself): “Miss March”
Robert Pattinson, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Jorma Taccone (as Cha-Ka), “Land of the Lost”
Marlon Wayans, “G.I. Joe”
Worst Supporting Actress:
Candice Bergen, “Bride Wars”
Ali Larter, “Obsessed”
Sienna Miller, “G.I. Joe”
Kelly Preston, “Old Dogs”
Julie White (as Mom), “Trannies, Too”
Worst Screen Couple:
Any Two (or More) Jonas Brothers, “The Jonas Brothers 3-D Concert Experience”
Sandra Bullock & Bradley Cooper, “All About Steve”
Will Ferrell & Any Co-Star,_Creature or “Comic Riff,” “Land of the Lost”
Shia LaBeouf & EITHER _Megan Fox OR Any Transformer, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”
Kristen Stewart & EITHER Robert Pattinson OR Taylor Whatz-His-Fang, “Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Worst Remake, Sequel or Rip-Off:
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra”
“Land of The Lost”
“Pink Panther 2” (A RIP-OFF OF A SEQUEL TO A REMAKE)
“Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen”
“Twilight Saga: New Moon”
Worst Director:
Michael Bay, “Trannies, Too”
Walt Becker, “Old Dogs”
Brad Silberling, “Land of the Lost”
Stephen Sommers, “G.I. Joe”
Phil Traill, “All Abo
Worst Screenplay:
“All About Steve,” Kim Barker
“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” Stuart Beattie and David Elliot & Paul Lovett
“Land of The Lost,” Chris Henchy & Dennis McNicholas
“Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen,” Ehren Kruger & Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
“Twilight Saga: New Moon,” Melissa Rosenberg
Worst Picture of the Decade:
“Battlefield Earth” (2000)
NOMINATED FOR 10 RAZZIES / “WINNER” OF 8 (INCLUDING WORST DRAMA OF OUR FIRST 25 YRS)
“Freddy Got Fingered” (2001)
NOMINATED FOR 9 RAZZIES / “WINNER” OF 5
“Gigli” (2003)
NOMINATED FOR 10 RAZZIES / “WINNER” OF 7 (INCLUDING WORST COMEDY OF OUR FIRST [...]