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The Oscars® were no enormous shame, a few good jokes, no great shocks

I’m a big fan of Ellen DeGeneres and her understated, often brilliant humor. This was most evident when she hosted the 2001 Emmy Awards after the horrific events in New York and Washington that year. The show was postponed twice, and when it finally aired a couple of months later[...]

Kirk and Anne Douglas are our Heroes

HollywoodNews.com: Who doesn’t love Kirk Douglas? He’s the greatest. Three time Oscar nominee Kirk is a hero. He’s recovered mightily from a stroke, has written several books. At 95, he’s a role model. He and his wife Anne gave $990,000 to charities last year, worthy causes, from their Douglas Charitable[...]

Oscars: Billy Crystal Was Far From His Best

By Michael Russnow HollywoodNews.com: The Academy Awards was a lot better than last year’s offering and generally moved along pretty well. However, Billy Crystal’s performance was mixed. Sometimes he was spot on and in other instances resorted to forced humor that missed its mark. After Morgan Freeman’s opening we saw Billy in[...]

Oscars: Bale Locked Out, Portman’s Baby Dance: Highlights From the Winner’s Circle at the 83rd Academy Awards

By Beck/Smith Hollywood HollywoodNews.com: Colin Firth is looking forward to doing a lot of cooking, as he’s found it’s “a very good way to decompress.” Natalie Portman is looking forward to staying “in bed, not having to do my makeup or hair, keeping my sweats on and relaxing.” [...]

Oscars: Last Night’s Show Was Mediocre

By Michael Russnow HollywoodNews.com: The Academy Awards on ABC opened very well. Okay, not so original, inserting Oscar hosts into nominated film clips, but it was fun. Plus, considering the question mark of having non-comedian movie stars James Franco and Anne Hathaway as hosts, it seemed to dispel the notion[...]

2011 Oscars bridge the gap between old and new

By Kim Palacios hollywoodnews.com: From Tom Hanks giving a history lesson on the Best Picture/Best Cinematography/Best Art Direction trifecta, to the appearance of Kirk Douglas as the second presenter, the Academy Awards are bridging the gap between old and new. This year’s producers chose shorter vignettes for nominated[...]

Sony launches innovative ‘Classics By Request’ program

By Sean O’Connell Hollywoodnews.com: Have you ever wanted to raid a studio’s vault and order the movies you want on DVD, instead of waiting for execs to decide which titles they were going to release? Well, we’re a little closer to that dream becoming a reality. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment just opened[...]

John Cusack protests Fox News, supports Ground Zero Mosque

HollywoodNews.com: In a bold Tweet, actor John Cusack slammed Fox News Channel to his 209,000 followers on Sunday: “I am for a satanic death cult center at Fox News HQ and outside the offices of Dick Armey and Newt Gingrich — and all the GOP welfare freaks.” Cusack’s all-capitals one-liner[...]

Spielberg bestowed highest honor

Steven Spielberg was presented the America’s Democratic Legacy Award, which is the Anti-Defamation League’s highest honor. Director Abraham Foxman highlighted Spielberg’s creation of the USC Shoah Foundation, which has recorded over 52,000 Holocaust survivor stories. ADL reports that Foxman stated, “Your masterpiece, ‘Schindler’s List,’ literally changed the way we teach[...]