It’s just been announced that HUGH JACKMAN will be hosting this year’s Academy Award ceremony. Could this vid of him hosting the Tonys be a preview of what to expect?


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In his new film, YES MAN, funny guy JIM CARREY plays a man who challanges himself to say ‘yes’ to everything for a whole year. It’s a return to his comedy roots for CARREY as the role involves physical as well as verbal humor.

We spoke with CARREY a couple of weeks ago and he talked about liking this character because he so identifies with him. Listen in below:

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THIS JUST IN FROM AMPAS:
Beverly Hills, CA –– Hugh Jackman will host the 81st Academy Awards® telecast, producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon announced today.  This will be Jackman’s first time center stage at the Oscar show, although he has previously been a presenter.“Hugh Jackman is a consummate entertainer and an internationally renowned movie star,” said Mark and Condon in a joint statement.  “He also has style, elegance and a sense of occasion.  Hugh is the ideal choice to host a celebration of the year’s movies – and to have fun doing it.”Jackman stars in the current release “Australia,” directed by Baz Luhrmann.  He will next be seen in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” having portrayed the title character in the previous three smash-hit “X-Men” movies.  His other film credits include “The Prestige,” “Flushed Away,” “The Fountain,” “Happy Feet,” “Van Helsing,” “Kate & Leopold” and “Swordfish.”

A native of Australia, Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in “The Boy from Oz.”  He has served as host of the Tony Awards ceremony and won a 2005 Emmy for that assignment.

Jackman’s other stage credits include “Carousel,” “Oklahoma!” “Sunset Boulevard” and “Beauty and the Beast.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2008 will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2009, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live by the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide

 

 


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The death yesterday of legendary model BETTIE PAGE brought to mind a lot of fond memories to those of a ‘certain age’. PAGE always represented the playful side of 50’s cheesecake and never really ventured into the more sordid aspects of the ‘art’.

We spoke with director MARY HERRON about her film, THE NOTORIOUS BETTIE PAGE, (which starred GRETCHEN MOL in the title role) and HERRON talked about how PAGE’S popularity stretched to women as well as men. Listen in below:

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In REVOLUTIONARY ROAD, the new film directed by SAM MENDES and starring LEONARDO DiCAPRIO and KATE WINSLET, the two young actors play a married couple going through hard times during the 1950’s. It’s not the first time they’ve been teamed-up as a couple. In 1997, they were doomed lovers in the box office blockbuster TITANIC.

We spoke with DiCAPRIO a couple of weeks ago and he talked about reteaming with his pal, KATE WINSLET. Listen in below:

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A SNEAK PEEK AT FROST/NIXON

12 Dec 2008 Filed under: VIDEO CONTENT


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BUILDING A BETTER BIOPIC

12 Dec 2008 Filed under: MOVIE REVIEWS

MILK (Focus Features  R  128min.) GUS VAN SANT directs a brilliant cast in the kind of film that awards are made of.

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In his new movie, THE WRESTLER, actor MICKEY ROURKE plays a down-on-his-luck pro wrestler trying to come to terms with his last days in the ring. It’s the kind of role awards are made of and ROURKE is basking in his accolades as ‘the comeback kid’.

We caught up with MICKEY ROURKE a few days ago and he told us that, while the good reviews from critics and fans are nice, it’s the respect of the real wrestling pros that are making it all worth while. Listen in below:

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On this day in 1972, Warner Brothers released producer IRWIN ALLEN’S classic disaster movie, THE POSEIDEN ADVENTURE. Directed by RONALD NEAME and featuring an all-star cast that included GENE HACKMAN, JACK ALBERTSON, SHELLY WINTERS, EARNEST BORGNINE, STELLA STEVENS, RODDY McDOWELL, CAROL LYNLEY and RED BUTTONS, this tale of a capsized cruise ship was a major blockbuster.


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WITH THANKS TO MARC BERMAN’S PROGRAMMING INSIDER:


TV Tidbits:
Notes of Interest

Lauren Graham to Headline ABC Sitcom:
Former Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham will star in an untitled ABC comedy about a self-help guru who teaches women how to live a stress-free life but does not follow her own advice. This will actually be Graham’s fifth sitcom, with appearances to-date in short-live half hours Conrad Bloom (NBC, 1988), Good Company (CBS, 1996), Townies (ABC, 1996) and M.Y.O.B. (NBC, 2000).

The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards…And the Nominations Are…:
HBO led the television pack of the just announced Golden Globe Award nominations, with 22, including five for freshman drama In Treatment, and multiple nods for the recently introduced True Blood, Entourage and made-for movies Recount and Bernard and Doris. Next was Showtime, with eight, including sitcoms Californication and Weeds; dramas Dexter and The Tudors; and made-for An American Crime. AMC’s Mad Men was also on the ballot with three nominations, including Best Television Series - Drama, and Jon Hamm and January Jones in the lead acting categories.

NBC topped the broadcast networks with six nominations, including sitcoms 30 Rock and The Office, and prior winner Mariska Hargitay of Law & Order: SVU for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama. ABC received five nominations, including Sally Field and Rachel Griffiths for Sunday drama Brothers & Sisters. Fox had three (for House and 24: Redemption), while CBS’ sole nomination was for How I Met Your Mother’s Neil Patrick Harris as Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television. The CW was not recognized.

Notably missing from the ballot was ABC critic darling Pushing Daisies, and the majority of top-rated network shows, including CBS’ CSI, NCIS and The Mentalist; and Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.

The 66th Annual Golden Awards will be presented live on NBC on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2009 at 8 p.m. ET.

Best Television Series - Drama:
Dexter (Showtime)
House (Fox)
In Treatment (HBO)
Mad Men (AMC)
True Blood (HBO)

Best Television Series - Comedy or Musical:
30 Rock (NBC)
Californication (Showtime)
Entourage (HBO)
The Office (NBC)
Weeds (Showtime)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made-For Television:
A Raisin in the Sun (ABC)
Bernard and Doris (HBO)
Cranford (PBS)
John Adams (HBO)
Recount (HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama:
Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters, ABC)
Mariska Hargitay (Law & Order: SVU, NBC)
January Jones (Mad Men, AMC)
Anna Paquin (True Blood, HBO)
Kyra Sedgwick (The Closer, TNT)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama:
Gabriel Byrne (In Treatment, HBO)
Michael C. Hall (Dexter, Showtime)
Jon Hamm (Mad Men, AMC)
Hugh Laurie (House, Fox)
Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors, Showtime)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Comedy or Musical:
Christina Applegate (Samantha Who?, ABC)
America Ferrera (Ugly Betty, ABC)
Tina Fey (30 Rock, NBC)
Debra Messing (The Starter Wife, USA)
Mary Louise Parker (Weeds, Showtime)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy or Musical:
Alec Baldwin (30 Rock, NBC)
Steve Carell (The Office, NBC)
Kevin Connolly (Entourage, HBO)
David Duchovny (Californication, Showtime)
Tony Shalhoub (Monk, USA)Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television:
Judi Dench (Cranford, PBS)
Catherine Keener (An American Crime, Showtime)
Laura Linney (John Adams, HBO)
Shirley MacLaine (Coco Chanel, Lifetime)
Susan Sarandon (Bernard and Doris, HBO)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television:
Ralph Fiennes (Bernard and Doris, HBO)
Paul Giamatti (John Adams, HBO)
Kevin Spacey (Recount, HBO)
Kiefer Sutherland (24: Redemption, Fox)
Tom Wilkinson (Recount, HBO)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television:
Eileen Atkins (Cranford, PBS)
Laura Dern (Recount, HBO)
Melissa George (In Treatment, HBO)
Rachel Griffiths (Brothers & Sisters, ABC)
Dianne Wiest (In Treatment, HBO)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Mini-Series of Motion Picture Made for Television:
Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother, CBS)
Denis Leary (Recount, HBO)
Jeremy Piven (Entourage, HBO)
Blair Underwood (In Treatment, HBO)
Tom Wilkinson (John Adams, HBO)


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