Check Out Our New Look

Oklahoma Theater Owner Scolds Seinfeld

By | Tuesday February 27, 2007 @ 1:52pm PST

colonial-theatre-1930s-big.jpg

I received this email today from Gene Oliver, of the RKO ALLRED5 movie theater in seinfeld.jpgPryor, Oklahoma. He’s responding to Sunday night’s Oscar diss of cineplexes by Jerry Seinfeld. (Said the comedian: “In movie theaters now, they’re trying to get you to pick up the garbage around your seat. I’m picking nothing up. I’m the one who threw it down. How many different jobs do I have to do?” Then Jerry accused movie theater owners: ”You rip us off on overpriced crap.”) I live-blogged that I thought the theater owners would be pissed. (From the Internet: The Allred is located in downtown Pryor, OK. From its big triangle-shaped marquee to its tiled ticket booth to its blinking light bulbs, it dominates the street. Operational since 1919, the Allred underwent an expensive renovation to put three screens in the main building, and another two screens in an annex.)

Oliver starts: “Hello Miss Finke: I am a theater owner in small town America and read your column every day. My family has been in exhibition since 1933. Thank you for including your statement about Seinfeld and the price of concessions. My theater works on a profit margin of 8-10% and we work very hard to keep movies available to the public. movie_ticket.jpgThe only reason that theaters MUST charge the prices for concessions is to survive. Without concessions there would be NO venues for the exhibtion of film. Without popcorn there would be no industry, it is that simple. There is distribution AND exhibition of films. One does not exist without the other. “It would be helpful if ‘stars’ understood that without concessions they would have nowhere to play their films. It is hard enough to withstand the criticism of our customers who have no idea what it takes to keep a theater profitable. Now they have an advocate who benefits in dollars for the fact that theaters are open at all. Read More »

Comments (0)

Post-Oscar Paramount: J.J. On ‘Star Trek’; Marty/Mick/Monahan Team On Music Biz

By | Tuesday February 27, 2007 @ 11:37am PST

paramountlogo.jpgPost-Oscars Paramount is going announcement crazy today. Guess it’s that studio’s way of over-compensating for Babel‘s Best Picture loss. (Chin up, guys: at least you got the An Inconvenient Truth documentary win.):

martymick.jpgNewly crowned Oscar winner Marty Scorsese will join with Mick Jagger and direct The Long Play, a film set in the world of the music business spanning three decades. Project will re-team Scorsese with The Departed screenwriter Bill Monahan, also fresh from an Academy Award victory. Scorsese, Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce. Film is based on Jagger’s original idea which he and Pearman’s Jagged Films took to Scorsese several years ago. Together they developed the project and brought it to Paramount. Scorsese recently entered into a 4-year, first-look deal with Paramount to direct and produce entertainment across all platforms. Jagger and Scorsese recently collaborated on a Rolling Stones feature length concert documentary shot at The Beacon theater in New York to be released in the Fall.

abramsstartrek.jpgand… Star Trek will return to the big screen under J.J. Abrams. The team behind the film will include Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci (Mission Impossible III) who wrote the screenplay and will executive produce with Bryan Burk. Abrams and Lost co-creator Damon Lindelof will produce. The film begins shooting this fall for a Xmas Day 2008 … Read More »

Comments (0)

Seinfeld Auditioning To Host 80th Oscars?

By | Monday February 26, 2007 @ 3:13pm PST

seinfeld.jpgJust remember, you heard it here first: I predict Jerry Seinfeld will be next year’s Oscar host, and he’ll have the gig for several years. His memorable appearance on the 79th Academy Awards was tantamount to an audition — not just to see if the show liked him, but to see if he liked the show. After all, with his Seinfeld gazillions, he certainly doesn’t have to impress anyone. He looked cool and comfortable onstage, as if he worked that gig all the time. For awhile now, the Academy has been loathe to hire TV personalities with no cinema profile to emcee the reel world’s most important night of the year. But, in Jerry’s case, ABC would be beyond thrilled. Did you notice how Seinfeld made a point of justifying his appearance by reminding the audience that he starred in that Miramax documentary Comedian? (The pic followed his ability, or inability, to put together a new stand-up routine from scratch.) That said, how strange that he didn’t plug his upcoming animated Bee Movie which he’s not only voicing but also producing for DreamWorks. nikkioscarsml2.JPGSo now that he’s officially boasting movie bonafides, he could be cleared to take over as Oscar host. What would be great about Seinfeld emceeing is that he’s the essence of autonomy: he’d ignore the show producers trying to control him and everyone else. … Read More »

Comments (0)

UPDATE: 39.9 Million Watch 79th Oscars

By | Monday February 26, 2007 @ 1:25pm PST

oscar1.jpgUPDATED: *According to news reports, ratings for the 2007 Oscars improved a little over last year’s telecast. An average of 39.9 million people watched the 79th annual Academy Awards on ABC last night. That’s an improvement of 1 million viewers over last year’s Oscar telecast. The show ran about 3 hours and 50 minutes — the longest Oscarcast since the 2002 show, which stretched over 4 hours. Despite the ratings bump over last season, it still fell a couple million viewers short of the ’04 and ’05 Academy Awards shows. ABC is also trumpeting improved ratings among younger viewers. The benchmark adults 18-49 rating for this year’s show was 14.0, up just a tenth of a point from last year’s 13.9. In the smaller group of adults 18-34, though, the awards improved from 12.0 in 2006 to 12.9 Sunday, the best in that demographic since 2002. Ratings in all the adult-women demos were up too. The 39.9 million viewer average makes the Oscars the most-watched entertainment broadcast of this season. The season premiere of American Idol, at 37.4 million, was the previous leader. ABC says about 74.8 million people watched at least six minutes of the broadcast. Cut that down to one minute, and the number rises to 87 million….*

I still hope this doesn’t encourage the Academy to repeat this year’s production: early results show better ratings for this year’s Oscars. … Read More »

Comments (0)

The Award For Most Oscar Mentions… Goes To Endeavor!

By | Monday February 26, 2007 @ 4:29am PST

nikkioscarbox.jpgI heard Alan Horn’s name (Warner Bros.). And Brad Grey’s name (Paramount, along with John Lesher’s at Paramount Classics). But one merciful first of this Oscars broadcast was that hardly any lawyers or agents were thanked this time around. There’ll be hell to pay come Monday morning for that oversight, trust me. Agencies will raise their commissions to 20%. Lawyers to 10%. Endeavor.jpg(Manicurists to 5%.) The first agent mention went from Little Miss Sunshine‘s screenwriter Michael Arndt to Tom Strickler at Endeavor. Congrats, but now the gentile has to bring bagels for everyone at the Wednesday motion picture meeting. Meanwhile, a CAA motion picture lit agent jumped off the roof. Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel received the Oscar thank-you from Marty Scorsese. So it’s Endeavor’s night! That thud you just heard was Bryan Lourd, Kevin Huvane and Richard Lovett at CAA pushing Rand Holston off the planet.

Comments (0)

Why Marty & ‘Departed’ Won Four Oscars

By | Monday February 26, 2007 @ 4:10am PST

martyoscar.jpgThere’s no great mystery as to why The Departed won Best Picture and Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Film Editing. It was a terrific film. It made a lot of money so the public liked it enormously. It had classy actors and a crackling script. Marty Scorsese was the sentimental favorite going into this contest. And, well, a comedy never wins Best Picture. And Academy members either loved or hated Babel. Despite what the Oscars pundits tell you, this isn’t rocket science: all a motion picture needs to snag the award is for about 1,300 voters to feel passionately enough about it and mark their nikkioscarbox.jpgballot accordingly. This year, the Oscars weren’t sending a message, political or otherwise. They simply went with the best picture, which happened to be a gangster tale this year. I went back to my LA Weekly column, written right after the Oscar nominations came out on January 23th, to see what I had conjectured. And it still rings true. Doubting Clint Eastwood’s ability to win yet again, I opined, “So the Academy pries the viewfinder from his liver-spotted hands and picks from younger generations to make that walk to the podium. Yes, Marty Scorsese qualifies, even at age 64. leo.jpgSince … Read More »

Comments (0)

Finke Final: I Bear The Scars Of Oscars

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 10:51pm PST

nikkioscarsml2.JPG

I’ll remember this 79th Academy Awards show as a mostly black-and-white amateur hour shot in the style of the 1950s. I feel compelled to ask whether the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences is aware that the world now has color television? Where James Taylor singing Randy Newman’s song “Our Town” from Cars performed on a bare black stage with just a piano and a guitar. ellenoscars10.jpg(At the very least, Sweet Baby James could have taken off his shirt and shown some middle-aged eye candy.) Where Ellen was performing shadow puppets behind a white screen to simulate a lame joke about Snakes On A Plane. (Looked more like Lobsters On A Plane To me. I’ll be seeing those shadow-puppets in my nightmares tonight.) Where the monologue and the commentary ignored topical jokes ranging from Bald Britney to that other dead blonde bimbo, Anna Nicole Smith. As a friend emailed me, “this was like a Reagan era show.” That was the low-tech level of this year’s broadcast. Which makes me wonder in disbelief why the very rich Oscar telecast seriously stinted on tonight’s production values. For chrissake, it didn’t even spring for a translator for lifetime achievement award winner Ennio Morricone, leaving poor Clint Eastwood to make sense of all that Italian. Tell me: Did Bernie The Accountant abscond with the show’s hefty budget? It was lacking in razzle-dazzle. It had no trash and flash. Halfway through this snore-fest, ABC was about to voluntarily pay the FCC $500,000 just to make Beyoncé’s boob pop out.

Nor did Sacha Baron Cohen appear. Asked to be a presenter, he said he would do it only if he could be in character as Borat. But the Powers-That-Be said, “No way,” thus eliminating what surely might have been an oasis of humor in a desert of mediocrity. Morons. (Click here for my live-blogging of the Oscar telecast.)

sherry.jpgIn summary, it was the night that the Academy finally killed off what used to be its show-stopper of a movie awards. The problem is that I and the rest of America are the ones who bear the scars of Oscars tonight, while Hollywood skips out the next morning to the doctor’s office for an emergency round of Botox. (Will someone please send me the name of Sherry Lansing’s plastic surgeon? He did a fab job. Or maybe people just look great when they’re no longer brow-beaten by Viacom’s Sumner Redstone.) Well, I say enough is enough. Who isn’t sick of getting stuck sitting through an ass-killing show that runs on and on beyond reason with no entertainment within it to speak of? Or waiting a full 15 minutes for even the first film clip to be shown? As a comedian friend told me: “If this goes on any longer, they’re going to be reporting next weekend’s Friday night box office, the obituary package is going to be out of date, and the ballots will be going out for next years’ awards.” Frustration echoed by this emailer: “If they show another montage, I think it should be of people killing themselves while watching the Oscars.” Read More »

Comments (0)

Finke Wrap: Live-Blogging The Oscars

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 4:41pm PST

nikkioscarsml.JPG Erroll Morris’ interviews of the nominees kicks off the show. And it lays a huge egg. The package is too inside. And the TV viewing audience has no idea who most of these people are. When, oh when, is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences going to stop being so “insider” on their telecast. How, in the world does a quirky piece like this endear movies to the world audience? It doesn’t!

Standing are the 177 Oscar nominees scattered around Hollywood’s Kodak Theater. Here comes Ellen in maroon velvet pantsuit and white wingtips. Without a tie, she looks like she’s in a lounging outfit. I’m still waiting for her to crack a few jokes, any jokes. She’s pointing out how this is the most international Oscars ever. “I think I see a few Americans — the seat fillers. Nobody can fill a seat like an American.” She points out that only the British know they’re going to win.

martyoscar2.jpg“It’s my job to relax you and put you at ease…. I can’t even imagine what you people are going through… But don’t worry about that. What you should worry about is there are a billion people watching you.” (I don’t think that’s true anymore!)

Now comes the audience-pointing segment of the host’s monologue. Ellen picks out Abigail Breslin and Peter O’Toole (“He’s been nominated 8 times, but, Peter, third time is the charm.”) She points out that “Al Gore is here. America did vote for him and…” HUGE APPLAUSE … “it’s very complicated”. So now they’ve broken the ice of the first political joke of the night.

Now Ellen’s dancing with a tambourine while a large gospel choir group goes up and down the Kodak Theater aisles. (Hey, pundits, I thought she wasn’t going to dance?) And the reason for this is… well, there was no point to it. Truly, in whose mind is it that this is a funny, smart or cool way to open the Oscars? Fifteen minutes in, and we’re just glimpsing our first film clip. And by trying not to be controversial, Ellen wound up being pablum. It was a truly forgettable performance. And that’s far worse than being awful.

It’s going to be a looooooong night. Already, the commercials are better than the show.

What the heck is Nicole Kidman wearing around her neck? The top of her red gown looks like it’s trying to strangle her. Read More »

Comments (0)

Academy/ABC Lied About Starting Time

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 4:38pm PST

nikkioscarsml2.JPGHey, weren’t the Oscars supposed to start early this year? 5oclock.gifThat’s what the official Academy Awards website kept saying. That’s what the ads said. So basically, the public was lied to! With the show starting 30 minutes later than expected, it’s doubtful that people on the East Coast are going to stay up to see the end. S when people were predicting this would be the longest Oscarcast ever, they were inadvertently including this half-hour “bonus.” Lying to an audience is not the best way to start off.

oscarsmilling.jpgInstead, there’s this puff stuff. ABC’s Road To The Oscars 2007 begins with a cute CGI piece starring the Happy Feet penguins and squeezing sight gag references to Borat, Cars, Little Miss Sunshine‘s yellow van and star Abigail Breslin. Then come the Red Carpet interviews with Chris Connelly hosting. Leonardo DiCaprio calls Marty Scorsese ”my favorite filmmaker in the world”. Steve Carell claims that, after being in that damn bus all those weeks, “Greg Kinnear has horrible body odor.”

What’s with all the actresses wearing flamenco costumes as evening dresses? Penelope Cruz, Reese Witherspoon, Cameron Diaz (who’s still a brunette post-Justin Timberlake), etc. I saw one estimate that it would take something like $35,000 to get dolled up for the Red Carpet – grooming, hair, makeup, jewels, dress … Read More »

Comments (0)

Pre-Oscars: Joan Rivers Disses Deneuve

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 4:28pm PST

Joan Rivers is sounding sane, although someone has given Melissa a thingamajig to “illustrate” the Red Carpet activity. So, on your TV screen, all you see are white scrawl marks. Will Smith’s son, who starred with him in The Pursuit of Happyness, will be presenting tonight, Will tells Joan. Clearly Rivers is trying hard not to piss off the stars as they make their way down the line of microphones. After E! and after the TV Guide channel, where could she and Melissa go if they blow this gig, right? I still say the classic Joan Oscars performance of all time was when Rosa Parks was coming down the Red carpet. And, unable to think of a single thing substantive to ask her, Joan asked this civil rights icon: “Who Are You Wearing?” (Parks answered, “I bought my dress in a department store.”) Joan interviewing Babel director Alejandro González Iñárritu. Joan asks him, nikkioscarsml2.JPG“Who’s the one person here you’d like to work with?” Iñárritu says ”Catherine Deneuve. Joan’s response is, ”Well, she’s very, very snotty.” Ay-yi-yi. Uh-oh, discussion by Melissa about Hollywood’s short Jews. On second thought, Joan and Melissa can find work next on local cable access.

Comments (0)

DHD UPDATE: Back Up & Live-Blogging

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 4:12pm PST

nikkioscarlge.JPG

Comments (0)

DHD UPDATE: TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 3:55pm PST

DHD is having technical difficulties. Please bear with us.

Comments (0)

Don’t Piss On Hollywood Today, LA Times!

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 2:52pm PST

oscarprep1.jpgHere it is, the Sunday of the Oscars, and the one day of the year that Hollywood deserves a free pass. The rest of the Los Angeles Times is covering every inch of the Academy Awards (including great photos like these from Al Seib). But the Opinion pages prove just how out of touch this newspaper is with the city and the industry that primarily pays its way. The front page of the op-ed section features two negative pieces about movies and the Oscars. The first is written by New York-based professional snarkster Joe Queenan, who doesn’t understand Hollywood in the least. He compares the Oscars unfavorably to the Grammys when we all know that corruption within the music industry is so prevalent that it makes the movie machers look like celibate nuns. Queenan asserts that the Oscars don’t celebrate the most popular movies, but even amateurs have been gassing about that for eons. This isn’t exactly fresh, or daring thinkspeak. nikkioscarsml2a.jpgAnd to point out that Jack Black will make more from one movie than Helen Mirren will make in her entire career is churlish, and beside the point. The other article purporting to offer a deeper look at the current state of the movies is penned by New Yorker and frequently insightful author about Hollywood Neal Gabler, who unfortunately this time around argues that movies don’t matter anymore. … Read More »

Comments (0)

Pre-Oscars: E! Starts Boobs Coverage…

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 1:41pm PST

scarlett-joha.jpgE! Entertainment has started its usual insipid but slick coverage of the Academy Awards. (And just think, I could have been part of it. Gag.) Now the hosts are plugging Victoria’s Secret bras — a custom one, with their names embroidered on them, give to the five Best Actress nominees. This sounds like a made-up reason to use the word “cleavage” 800 times.

It’s a lovely day here in Southern California. No rain (after a few days of wet weather), bright sun turning to cloud cover, which should help cool down the Red Carpet. Temperatures around 60 degrees. Just perfect for outdoor activity. Like keeping your boobs inside your Victoria’s Secret bra. I can’t wait for the next E! product placement.

nikkioscarsml2.JPGNow E! is talking about “spanks”, the derriere enhancement undergarments. Claims Jessica Biel wears them. Host saying, “and I suspect Rachel Weisz wore this spank at last year’s Oscars.” Before and after shots. I’m getting creeped out. And there’s any wonder that women and girls across America suffer from body image issues?

Comments (0)

Oscar Spoilers Update: Weekend Changes

By | Sunday February 25, 2007 @ 11:55am PST

OSCAR TELECAST SPOILERS WARNING: Please don’t read further if you wish to be surprised tonight… I have just found out that, after posting here “My 8 Spoilers On Oscar Telecast” very early Friday morning, some of the plans for tonight’s Academy Awards show have changed. I’m told these alterations were made over this weekend because the changes weren’t popular. But I’m told that, at the time I wrote them, my spoilers were correct.

nikkioscarsml2a.jpg1. Yes, the three amigos — Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas — will give out the Best Director award. No one has disputed this. Amd its amazing to me that the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and the trades didn’t know this or report it.  (And the LA Times boasts about having someone covering the rehearsals full-time!) Though I do think it’s naive for Oscar pundits to draw the conclusion that, therefore, these directors’ pal Scorsese has won the award. The decision to invite these three presenters was made well in advance of counting final ballots. *Done.*

2. That Tom Cruise is giving the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian award to Sherry Lansing is also correct. I’ve since been made aware that Slate.com reported this on February 20th. I never saw the item. Before I posted, the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times never reported the info, and the trades never reported the info as well. *Done.*

3. Yes, it was planned that the three Dreamgirls – Beyoncé, … Read More »

Comments (0)

Oscar Diller Thriller: Picnic Of The Moguls

By | Saturday February 24, 2007 @ 11:11pm PST

diller.jpg carter1.jpg

Ostensibly, it’s in honor of Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter. But if you ask me, Barry Diller’s annual Oscars picnic today, complete with four buffet stations, is the ultimate mogul meet’n'greet. Sure, on Friday night, Bryan Lourd’s party got the stars (but would it kill him to actually serve dinner?) and Ed Limato’s got talent and execs and Ari Emanuel’s got two tents’ worth of celebs and studio heads. And tonight Jeffrey Katzenberg’s got money ($50,000 a ticket to benefit the Motion Picture Home), which is why Clint Eastwood, Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Rick Fox, Serena Williams and Alan Horn put in an appearance at the Beverly Hills Hotel pool where the cabanas were taken over by McDonald’s, L’Oreal, Lexus, and Target. But Diller’s luncheon sur l’herbe (VIPs sitting at picnic tables with a careless let-them-eat-cake air) was filled with cashmere polo-shirted raw power — and a few has-beens for comic relief. I’ve sleuthed out who was there this afternoon between 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., and even I’m impressed. Let’s put it this way, I’m told Jann Wenner’s eyes looked like they were going to bug out of his head — if, for no other reason, than that he was small fry among all the Big Media bigwigs. nikkioscarsml2.JPGBut super-casual gatherings like this also come with pitfalls: Jeff Zucker probably didn’t want to run … Read More »

Comments (0)

Live-Blogging The Indie Spirit Awards…

By | Saturday February 24, 2007 @ 2:02pm PST

nikkioscarnf.jpgLive from Santa Monica, the 2007 Independent Spirit Awards, with comedian Sarah Silverman hosting, was not as lively nor as funny nor as nutty nor as hoochie-mama as in past years… even with Sharon Stone presenting. What a shame.

Fox Searchlight's Little Miss Sunshine

WRAP-UP: Little Miss Sunshine won Best Feature and Best Director and Best Supporting Male and Best First Screenplay. Half Nelson won Best Female and Best Male. The Road to Guantanamo Bay won Best Documentary. Pan’s Labyrinth won Best Cinematography. Quinceanera won the John Cassavetes Award. Sweet Land won Best First Feature. Thank You For Smoking won Best Screenplay. Friends With Money won Best Supporting Female. The Lives Of Others (Germany) won Best Foreign Film. For all the winners, see below:

LIVE-BLOGGING: Sarah Silverman intros with a filmed piece. She says this year she hasn’t seen any of the movies so she can remain impartial, referring to Pan’s Labyrinth, “What’s a labryrinth? Speak English.” Does a riff about how studios won’t fork over money for pics with a “talking vagina” so that’s why they go indie. Pretty lame intro, in my opinion. Sorry, but she ISN’T funny even when she uses various anatomical references and swear words. Going to be a long two hours.

Now Sarah is addressing the audience “live from a tent. The porn awards were in a buildings…” Goes into a riff about indie film awards vs. adult film awards. Praises the crowd of indie filmmakers present. “If a bomb went off, there would be nobody left to make a documentary about it.”

halfnelsona.jpgAbout Little Miss Sunshine she says, “I have a joke for this. It starts with, ‘The last time I was in a van with five strangers…” and it ends with “…crack a window.’”

Uh-oh, Silverman has just gone way over the line. Referring to a German movie that’s nominated, she’s just made a joke about raping Ann Frank. (That’s a favorite subject for Silverman, who clearly was too lazy to prepare any new stuff for the awards show. Like she actually had something better to do.) Nervous scattered laughter. Same when she says, “Go easy on the political statements. ‘Oooh, there’s a genocide in Darfur. What the fuck is a Darfur? My feeling is, if Steven Spielberg hasn’t made a movie about it, we don’t need to worry about it.” This is the best punchline she could come up with?

Now the awards are starting to be given out: Read More »

Comments (0)

Cage’s ‘Ghost Rider’ Revs To #1, Leaving Carrey’s ‘The Number 23′ In Its Exhaust

By | Saturday February 24, 2007 @ 12:47pm PST

Jim Carrey stars in New Line Cinema's The Number 23This weekend’s box office won’t get much publicity — not with the Oscars happening on Sunday night. Based on Friday’s gross receipts, still on top after one week out is Marvel/Sony’s comic book caper Ghost Rider, which should speed to a very strong $18.5 million weekend in 3,620 theaters. (Can’t you smell the sequel, Nic Cage? Don’t blow it by over-negotiating.) Left in its exhaust was New Line’s poorly reviewed pulp thriller The Number 23, which probably will open to only a $14.5 weekend from 2,759 venues. Though its filmmakers kept trying to deny the bad buzz, they now can’t dispute that Jim Carrey’s appeal, especially as dramatic star, is played out. Fox’s movie version of its hit cable series Reno 911: Miami debuted in 3rd with a weekend estimate of $11 mil from 2,702 playdates. One week old Walden/Disney’s Bridge To Terabithia should get the usual kiddie bounce and probably end up #4 with weekend total of $13.5 mil in 3,500 theaters. DreamWorks’ Norbit with Supporting Actor Oscar nominee Eddie Murphy is still alive in 5th place entering its third week Mary Birdsong , Niecy Nash , Wendi McLendon-Covey , Robert Ben Garant , Thomas Lennon , Kerri Kenney-Silver , Cedric Yarbrough and Carlos Alazraqui star in 20th Century Fox's Reno 911: Miami in theaters with an anticipated Fri-Sat-Sun weekend take of … Read More »

Comments (0)

UPDATE: My 8 Spoilers On Oscar Telecast; Don’t Read If You Want To Stay Surprised

By | Friday February 23, 2007 @ 3:46am PST

nikkioscarbox.jpg SUNDAY AM UPDATE: I have just found out that, after posting this Friday morning, some of the plans for tonight’s Academy Awards show have changed. (Click here for latest.) I’m told that some of these alterations were made over this weekend because the changes weren’t popular. But, at the time I wrote them, my spoilers were correct.
WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD: Few things in Hollywood are more fun than revealing the surprises which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have planned for the 79th Oscar telecast. Especially because AMPAS is such a bunch of tight-asses. So here come the secrets. But, remember, don’t read further if you want to stay unspoiled until Sunday night:

Few things in Hollywood are more fun than revealing the surprises which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have planned for the 79th Oscar telecast. Especially because AMPAS is such a bunch of tight-asses. So here come the secrets. But, remember, don’t read further if you want to stay unspoiled until Sunday night:Few things in Hollywood are more fun than revealing the surprises which the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences have planned for the 79th Oscar telecast. Especially because AMPAS is such a bunch of tight-asses. So here come the secrets. But, remember, don’t read further if you want to stay unspoiled until Sunday night:1. This first secret is big. Huge. Gigantic. It’s that Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppola, and George Lucas together will be presenting … Read More »

Comments (0)
More Deadline | Hollywood »