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Oscar Countdown: Sherak On Kodak Theatre’s New Name, Show Ratings And Star Power

By | Wednesday February 22, 2012 @ 12:57am PST
Pete Hammond

Word is CIM,  the landlord for the Hollywood and Highland complex where the Oscars are held has asked the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences NOT to announce on air that the awards are coming from the Kodak Theatre. Instead the Academy opening announcement will say it is being broadcast live from Hollywood and Highland Center in Hollywood, California.  “That is what the landlord has asked us to do and we are gonna do it,”  said Academy President Tom Sherak during a pre-taping  of KABC’s local public affairs show, Eyewitness Newsmakers (airing this Sunday). CIM has been trying to find a replacement for Kodak which won the right last week to back out of their multi-million dollar naming agreement for the theatre in which the Oscars and other events such as Cirque Du Soleil’s  Iris  take place.

When I spoke to Sherak over the weekend to discuss progress for this year’s show he re-emphasized the Academy has nothing to do with who will take over the name of the theatre except for veto rights . He told me they would never hold back approval as long as it’s not some completely inappropiate name that would clash with the Academy’s image. In other words don’t expect to hear , “Live from the Hooters Theatre , welcome to the Academy Awards”.   Sherak also reiterated his previous statement that as of now the Academy is  only currently negotiating with CIM  regarding where the Oscars will be held … Read More »

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Uggie Collars The Gold For ‘The Artist’ As Canines Vie For Best In Shows

By | Monday February 13, 2012 @ 11:11pm PST

Deadline contributor Diane Haithman filed this report.

Despite some earnest lobbying by director Martin Scorsese, the little dog from The Artist tonight snatched the Golden Collar Award for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film away from the big dog in Scorsese’s Hugo. That’s right — scene-stealer Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier who barks silently in The Artist, proved that at least for dogs, the cute comic canine tends to win out over a serious actress like Blackie, who portrays the scary Doberman guard dog who hounds the children in Hugo.

This has indeed been a big year for dogs, if not a year for big dogs, in movies. The other nominees in this category included Denver, who played Skeletor in 50/50, Hummer as Dolce in Young Adult; Cosmo as Arthur in Beginners. Uggie was a dual nominee: he also played Queenie in Water For Elephants. It’s hard to say whether Hollywood was paying much attention to Dog News Daily’s First Annual Golden Collar Awards until Scorsese started a catfight. Read More »

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‘The Artist’ Canine Scene Stealer Uggie Is Latest Star Heading To Golden Globes

By | Saturday January 14, 2012 @ 6:50pm PST
Pete Hammond

Forget Clooney, Pitt, DiCaprio, Gosling. Uggie is coming to the Globes. That’s right, the Golden Globes has gone to the dogs. The scene stealing Jack Russell terrier who played Jack, faithful companion and co-star to silent screen star George Valentin in The Artist, just recently returned from a London publicity tour. Today he learned he has been credentialed for red carpet and ballroom access at Sunday night’s star-studded show where The Artist is nominated for a leading six awards including Best Picture – Comedy or Musical. Uggie isn’t a nominee himself. The HFPA doesn’t have a category for anyone with more than two legs – yet – but he is sure to steal the spotlight from all those bejewelled stars walking the red carpet and crowding the Beverly Hilton International Ballroom. What will Ricky Gervais make of this?

Actually I am told it wasn’t easy to get the hot ticket for the pooch. The Globes have been overwhelmed with requests they can’t fill due to seating limitations of the ballroom which has room for only about 1200 people. And Uggie’s trainer had to have a credential too. Not only did he have to have his photo taken for the badge but then they required a photo of Uggie for his badge too.

Perhaps that is so Cosmo, the Jack Russell terrier who starred opposite front running Best Supporting Actor nominee Christopher Plummer in Beginners, can’t try and crash the event himself.

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‘The Artist’ Dog Uggie & Joey The ‘War Horse’ Hit Awards Campaign Trail In London

By | Wednesday January 4, 2012 @ 12:18pm PST

It’s a real dog-and-pony show in London this week as two award-season favorites trot out their animal stars in high-profile fashion for the UK press. The London premiere of Steven Spielberg’s War Horse on Sunday will welcome Joey the “Hero Horse” who’ll stroll the red carpet at the Odeon Leicester Square. (On a side note, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, aka William and Kate, will also be there.) More than 280 horses — many hailing from the UK — were used in the film, while the premiere-attending Joey currently resides in stables about an hour outside London. There, we’re told, he enjoys spending his days eating hay, being groomed and going out for a gallop. The other four-legged star who’ll mug for the cameras this week is biz veteran Uggie, from The Weinstein Co’s The Artist. The 9-year-old Jack Russell will make media appearances on the BBC and at a special Artist screening for Dogs Trust. I’m told he arrived today and handily made it through UK immigration before settling down at a central London hotel.

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