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Neil Patrick Harris Hosting 87th Academy Awards

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows

Someone has graduated to the big leagues. After hosting the Tony Awards and Emmy Awards previously, the 41-year-old actor has been tapped to host the 87th annual Academy Awards. The perfect man for the job if you ask me.

If sometime in the future, Neil Patrick Harris is asked to host the Grammys, he could be the first person to have a hosting EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscars and Tony) to his credit. It’s rare for a performer to win each of those statues, but hosting all events has never been done. If anyone can do it, it’s Harris.

The How I Met Your Mother actor takes over Ellen DeGeneres who hosted last year’s event which was seen by 43 million viewers. It saw ratings rise 6%, becoming the most-watched entertainment broadcast in 10 years. Can he topped those numbers? More importantly, can he outdo DeGeneres’ epic selfie pic?

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan have been recruited to produce the Oscars for the third year in a row. The annual extravaganza will take place Sunday, February 22, at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Do you think NPH is a great choice to host the event? He has a very similar hosting style to Hugh Jackman. I fully expect an extremely gay-centric production. I.CANT.WAIT!!! Watch his video announcement below and weigh in afterward.

watch the announcement after the jump

A Video Tribute To 2014′s Biggest Oscar Snubs

In: Donovan, Movies

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their nominations for the 86th annual Oscars last week. With only a precious few slots available, naturally some will be omitted. The notable snubs including Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford immediately made headlines, but there are plenty other perceived Oscar hopefuls that also didn’t make the cut. Elysium, Pacific Rim and Man of Steel were considered shoo-ins for the technical categories but were ignored. created a video compilation highlighting 2014′s biggest Oscar snubs. Check it out below.

watch the video after the jump

2013 Oscars Will Honor Movie Musicals

In: Donovan, Movies

Typically, the musical numbers during the Oscar telecast are one big snoozefest. Even the producers think so and sometimes combine all the best nominated songs in one big medley to get them over with. Given the lame nominees in some years, I don’t blame them. That’s all about to change this year.

Craig Zadan and Neil Moran are producing the show and from the sounds of it, it’s going to be phenomenal. That is, if you’re a musical nut. They’ve already brought on Adele and Shirley Bassey as part of the tribute to James Bond’s 50th anniversary and enticed Barbra Streisand to perform at the Academy Awards after a 36 year absence. Now comes word a segment celebrating musicals from the past 10 years is on the program. That should come as no surprise given that Zadan produced the movie adaptations of Hairspray and Chicago, plus the classic Footloose and NBC’s Smash. Find out which musicals are being honored below.

find out what other musicals are being honored after the jump

Next to the nominations and the big show itself, the thing I look most forward to is the official poster commemorating that year’s Academy Awards. Usually, they’re on the mark, but they have made a few missteps.

Personally, the 2010 poster featuring hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin sitting on the shoulders of an Oscar statue was cheesy. Same goes for the 2004 creative when they went for a comic book-inspired feel. I much prefer it when they stay true to the Oscar statue and make that the focal point. After all, everyone hopes they walk out of the marathon ceremony holding one.

For the 85th Annual Academy Awards, they commissioned English artist Olly Moss to create the official artwork. He definitely took this honor seriously based on the amount of work he dedicated to the project. He transformed 85 statues to represent each Best Picture winner since 1927. Then he placed all of them on one commemorative poster which you can purchase for $35 over at Check out a few of my favorite transformations below.

check out a few of my favorites after the jump

As part of the upcoming 85th Academy Awards ceremony, everyone’s favorite debonair spy is finally getting his due. The James Bond franchise is receiving a tribute for its 50th anniversary. Complete with an Adele performance. YAY. To promote this salute, 2013 Oscar host Seth Macfarlane filmed a promo with one of the actors who’s played 007. Macfarlane plays bartender and serves guess what to him… a vodka martini of course. Watch the promo below to find out which Bond actor.

This is the latest piece of promotional marketing featuring the Family Guy creator. He filmed another vid spoofing Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movie, Psycho. In that clip, he’s in the room beside the shower where Janet Leigh is about to meet her demise. He pounds on the wall, telling them to keep it down because he has a meeting in four hours. Based on these two clips, I have really high hopes that Seth performs well on the live show. Check out both promos below.

check out the promo after the jump

Barbra Streisand Returns To The Oscars

In: Donovan, Movies, TV Shows

It only took 36 years, but Barbra Streisand is returning to the Academy Awards stage to perform. The first, and only time so far, was in 1977 when she performed her Oscar-winning “Evergreen“- the theme song from A Star Is Born. I’m not sure how the producers coaxed the legend to getting back on stage, but I’m extremely thankful. The 85th Annual Academy Awards are going to be epic.

“In an evening that celebrates the artistry of movies and music,” says producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, “how could the telecast be complete without Barbra Streisand? We are honored that she has agreed to do a very special performance on this year’s Oscars, her first time singing on the show in 36 years.”

Seriously, I’m still in shock that Streisand agreed to do this. Why now? Back at the 1997 Academy Awards, her duet with Bryan Adams, “I Finally Found Someone,” was nominated for Best Original Song, but she opted out of performing it. Instead, Natalie Cole was supposed to sing the tune, but fell ill last minute. With only one day of rehearsals, Celine Dion stepped in and blew it out of the water.

With Adele already confirmed to perform “Skyfall” as part of the James Bond tribute to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the spy franchise, and Barbra’s addition, the singing portions of the show are going to be must-see segments. Typically for me, it’s the perfect time for a bathroom break. Check out Barbra’s 1977 performance below, along with Celine’s last minute substitution back in 1997.

check out her 1977 performance after the jump

2013 Oscar Watch: 85th Academy Awards Nominations

In: Donovan, Movies

Let the official Oscar campaigning begin. Even though the race started long before today, with the nominations now revealed, the handshaking and butt kissing to Academy voters kicks into high gear. This is exactly the part Joaquin Phoenix criticized when he slammed the Oscars. Despite that dig, as predicted by him, Phoenix snagged an Oscar nod for his work in The Master. Can he parlay his “unique” campaigning to Oscar glory when the winners are announced on February 24, 2013 at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood?

Oscar host Seth Macfarlane and Emma Stone woke up extremely early today to read out the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Side note: Macfarlane is the first host to announce the nominations since Charlton Heston did double duty back in 1972. As widely predicted, Lincoln dominated with 12 nominations including Best Director, Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor. Coming in second was Life of Pi with 11 nods. Unlike Lincoln, Life of Pi didn’t score any acting nods and their haul came mostly from the creative categories. Check out all the nominations and my commentary including snubs in all the major awards below.

check out all the nominations after the jump

It’s the most sought after award in Hollywood, yet one Academy Award nominated actor told Interview Magazine that he thinks Oscars are “bullsh*t”

I think it’s bullsh*t,” says the actor. “I think it’s total, utter bullsh*t, and I don’t want to be a part of it. I don’t believe in it.” He continues, “It’s a carrot, but it’s the worst-tasting carrot I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. I don’t want this carrot. It’s totally subjective. Pitting people against each other… It’s the stupidest thing in the whole world.” As mentioned, the actor has previously been nominated himself, so he also touched upon that experience saying, “It was one of the most uncomfortable periods in my life… I never want to have that experience again.” To further explain his point of view, he adds, “I don’t know how to explain it — and it’s not like I’m in this place where I think I’m just above it — but I just don’t ever want to get comfortable with that part of things.”

Meanwhile, another actor and sex symbol just told Dujour Magazine that he plans on getting one at some point in his career: “I want to act for the rest of my life. I’ll win an Oscar one day, but I’m in no rush to get there. I don’t care if that takes me 50 years, and I’m old. I just love what I do.” Find out who the two actors are below.

Find out who the actors are after the jump…

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