For the currently ongoing second season of her OWN show, Oprah’s Next Chapter, Oprah has, so far, interviewed such notable and headline making celebrities as Justin Bieber, David Letterman, Lance Armstrong and, most recently, Beyoncé. Only Hollywood Vulture has a sneak peek at Oprah‘s next big interview.
Hosting the Oscars is a fool’s errand, no matter how skilled the performer. Any attempts to add fresh elements to the show don’t change the fact that the fundamental structure of the ceremony always remains the same. As do the complaints that it’s overlong, tacky and not funny. For every beloved repeat host like Billy Crystal, there’s been one time hosts such as David Letterman, Chris Rock and Ellen Degeneres to name just a few.
And while each of them had tough critics, none had to deal with the level of feminist outrage that Seth MacFarlane inspired with his hosting gig. Read more…
This Was The Best/Worst Oscars Ever: Love It Or Hate It, Seth MacFarlane’s Hosting Gig Inspires Strong Opinions
For the opening of this year’s Oscars, William Shatner playing Captain Kirk, from the Star Trek series, traveled from the future to show Seth Macfarlane reviews of his hosting gig from the next day. One headline proclaimed, “Worst Oscar Host Ever.” Read more…
Brutal honesty wasn’t the best career move for Megan Fox. She was let go from the Transformers films in 2010 in response to her public criticisms of director Michael Bay. Her transgressions included saying the Transformers films required only 7% of her acting range and comparing Bay’s directing style to Hitler. Luckily for Fox and fans of her work with Bay, he doesn’t appear to hold a grudge. In a very brief message on his blog he announced that she is on board for a reboot of TMNT otherwise known as The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Looks like this is a score for actors expressing their opinion honestly and not being intimidated by powerful people.
Snow White Speaks: Eileen Bowman Breaks Silence About Taking Part In The Most Ridiculed Opening Number In Oscar History
For any up and coming actress the chance to make a splashy debut as the star of a song and dance routine at the Academy Awards sounds like a dream come true. For Eileen Bowman that became a reality when she was chosen to play Snow White at the 61st Academy Awards on March 21, 1989. The dream quickly turned into a nightmare when the opening was critically savaged and became the subject of such vitriol that Paul Newman, Gregory Peck, Julie Andrews and Billy Wilder signed an open letter that said:
It is neither fitting nor acceptable that the best work in motion pictures be acknowledged in such a demeaning fashion.
Kelly Clarkson Blasts Clive Davis’ New Memoir, Says He Told Her She Was A “Sh*tty Writer”: Howard Stern Defends Clarkson
In his new memoir, The Soundtrack of My Life, former Arista records president Clive Davis‘ reveals, among other things, that he’s bisexual. That revelation has received little attention compared to some of the other anecdotes in the book dealing with the high profile musicians that he’s worked with over the course of his career. Davis tells that Kelly Clarkson hated two songs that would go on to become her biggest hits.
William Shatner Speaks His Mind Again: Calls J.J. Abrams, “A Pig” After Taking On ‘Star Trek’ And ‘Star Wars’ Franchises
William Shatner is no stranger to speaking his mind to the press. In 2008, when he found out he wasn’t invited to his former Star Trek co-star George Takei‘s gay wedding, he expressed his disappointment to a reporter. He said:
Finally at the age of, I think, 70, he decides to come out of the closet and say, ‘I’m gay.’ Like, who cares? Be gay. Don’t be gay. That’s up to you, George.
The rant, in which he labeled Takei, “psychotic,” and, “sick,” was posted on YouTube.
And now, in a recent interview with Movie Fanatic, he tells it like it is once again. The veteran actor said he is far from pleased that J.J. Abrams will be taking on the Star Wars franchise. Read more…
Helena Bonham Carter & Dominic West To Portray Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton In New BBC Biopic
The Netflix Experiment Continues: Partners With Ailing Dreamworks Animation To Create Original Series
The ongoing Netflix experiment to create original programming continues with the latest announcement that it will partner with Dreamworks Animation to create a series for kids. Turbo F.A.S.T. will be based on their upcoming animated film Turbo which is currently scheduled for a July release. The announcement follows the premieres of Netflix exclusives such as Lillyhammer and more recently David Fincher‘s House of Cards starring Kevin Spacey. For Dreamworks, the goal is to diversify beyond full length features. The studio’s current adoption of a make or break business model relying on the box office take of its mega-budget animated releases has led to instability and constantly changing fortunes. Read more…