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Billy Crystal: ‘The Oscars Need To Change’

March 19th, 2011 10:00am EDT
Billy Crystal
Actor Billy Crystal is considering a return to the Oscars stage for a ninth hosting stint after receiving a warm reception as a guest presenter at the Academy Awards last month.

The funnyman hasn't hosted the Oscars since 2004 and has turned down subsequent offers to take charge of the ceremony, claiming it's too much work.

Discontent with this year's Academy Awards, hosted by Anne Hathaway and James Franco, led many of Hollywood's hottest stars to campaign for Crystal's return to the stage as next year's host.

And now the 63-year-old When Harry Met Sally star admits he's contemplating t...
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Oscar Producers: 'James Franco & Anne Hathaway Personify Next Generation Of Hollywood Icons'

November 30th, 2010 11:09am EST
James Franco & Anne Hathaway
It's that time of year again--time to announce the Academy Award host. I hear the groans already. Before you fire off a letter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, you need to understand one thing. The Academy does not choose the host, it is the job of the Executive Producers to find the perfect host for the show. Did you stare at the TV screen hoping for a laugh from Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin last year? Blame Adam Shankman and Bill Mechanic. Were Jon Stewart's two trips to the host podium a bore for you? Well, that was a Gil Cates decision twice over.

Yesterday, Anne H...
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Jason Segel Scores A Star-Studded Cast For 'Muppets' Movie

November 16th, 2010 10:30am EST
Jason Segel
Funnyman Jason Segel's upcoming Muppets movie is turning into a star-studded venture - Jack Black, Amy Adams and Zach Galifianakis have all reportedly landed roles.

The comic has co-written the script and takes on the lead in the Disney film, based on the original Jim Henson tales involving beloved characters Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and Fozzie Bear.

And he's recruited a string of Hollywood heavyweights, including Black, Adams and Galifianakis, to head up the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Billy Crystal, Chris Cooper and Jean-Claude Van Damme are also said to be making...
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Ten Annoying Things About Award Shows

January 14th, 2010 9:30am EST
Ten Annoying Things About Award Shows
Award Show season kicked off this week with the 36th Annual People's Choice Awards. The People's Choice Awards and upcoming award shows like the Golden Globes are a prelude to the biggest award show of the year - The Academy Awards. While the Academy Awards is the biggest award show, it is also the most boring award show on television. From long acceptance speeches to award categories viewers could care less about, there are several annoying things about the Oscars and many award shows in Hollywood. And the nominees are:

1. Long and unprepared acceptance speeches

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Nine Actors Who Played Real-life Baseball Players

October 19th, 2009 11:00am EDT
Gary Cooper
With the baseball playoffs in full swing, it's time to take a look at actors who have stepped up to the plate and taken on the challenge of portraying a real-life hardball legend. While there have been many great movies and portrayals about diamond life (Kevin Costner in "Bull Durham" springs to mind), a select few actors have hit the field in fact-based baseball films.

Gary Cooper as Lou Gehrig

In the revered biopic "The Pride of the Yankees," Cooper steps into the shoes of the Yankees icon and deftly handles all the off-the-field developments (diagnosis of ALS, "Luckiest Man Alive"...
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The Best & Worst Of Julia Roberts

March 27th, 2009 9:26am EDT
Mary Reilly
As one of the highest paid actresses in the world, it is no surprise that Julia Roberts has a long and varied career to admire. She started out as a romantic comedy charmer, and she has done several of them even after her vast popularity, but eventually Roberts moved into more dramatic filmmaking and huge box office hits.

She was the first actress to be on the cover of Vogue, and she is undoubtedly considered one of America's Sweethearts, so much so that she actually starred in a movie of the same name! Beautiful, intelligent, well spoken, and hard working, Roberts has been in a numbe...
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Cliffs Notes For Chick Flicks

March 3rd, 2009 2:51pm EST
The Notebook
Ever wonder what your wife is talking about when she mentions "that scene" from When Harry Met Sally? Or why your female co-workers start giggling when they refer to Bob in cubicle 8 as "Mr. Big"? Do you feel you're missing out on some cornerstone of pop culture, but just can't bring yourself to sit through all those tear-jerkers with a box of Kleenex and a carton of Jamoca Almond Fudge?

Well fear no more, because we've done the couch work for you - with this quick reference guide you'll never again be left scratching your head during a heated Julia Roberts/ Sandra Bullock debate.

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Mega Oscar Diary

February 23rd, 2009 9:22am EST
Sean Penn
Before we get started on the Mega Oscar Diary, let's go to a few random ramblings from the cadre of pre-shows around the dial:

-Philip Seymour Hoffman's hat probably came with a matching set of fingerless gloves.

-Those who were unable to see the Los Angeles CW affiliate's pre-show missed this exchange.

-The CW's Female Host: What is the role you'd love to do next. If you could do anything following 'The Wrestler' what would it be?

-Mickey Rourke: (Slowly eyes her up from head to toe with a knowing smile and walks off.)

-I know a lot of people care about fashion, ...
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Are The Academy Awards Out of Touch With Modern Audiences?

February 20th, 2009 9:18am EST
Academy Awards
Sunday, February 22, 2009, will mark the 81st Annual Academy Awards, but does anyone really care? Last year's telecast was one of the lowest rated in history, pulling in only 31.76 million viewers despite it being the 80th celebration of Oscar. This year producers are trying to reverse the trend. Yet it seems the more they try to fix the ratings slump, the more critics worry that the Oscars are simply out of touch with modern audiences.

It's not just young viewers who have moved on to more enjoyable awards shows like MTV and People's Choice. Academy members over the age of 60, who make...
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Ricky Gervais Tipped As 2009 Oscars Host

September 26th, 2008 7:30pm EDT
Ricky Gervais
British comedian Ricky Gervais is hotly tipped to host next year's Academy Awards. Gossips claim new Oscars bosses Laurence Mark and Bill Condon were impressed with The Office creator's laugh-raising stint at Sunday's Emmy Awards, and they want to audition him for the Oscars.

A source tells EW.com, "The buzz around town is that Ricky should host the Oscars."

Previous Oscars hosts have included Whoopi Goldberg, Steve Martin, Jon Stewart and Billy Crystal.

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Our 10 Favorite New York City Films

September 25th, 2008 10:20am EDT
Spider-Man 3
New York City has been a focal point of art, music and movies for generations. And why not? It is a city full of life, culture and excitement. Trend setting and worldly, the city that never sleeps has been a big influence in Hollywood. Check out our 10 favorite New York City movies. This is not a list of the top 10 movies filmed in New York but a list films that make the city the leading lady!

10. Sex and The City

Like the HBO series before it, this new blockbuster gives a great deal of its success to the city that made it. This film not only shows all sides to the city but ev...
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The Most Underrated & Overrated Woody Allen Films

August 29th, 2008 11:58am EDT
Woody Allen
This month, Woody Allen returned with his best film in years. The mesmerizing love triangle that is "Vicky Cristina Barcelona" takes Allen back to his world of thematic comedies of love that he first cultivated in the mid-70s. It has all the classic Allen touches like his stylized adult dialogue and self-examining humor.

It's a pleasure to see the Woodman operating again at full form after a decade filled with "Scoop", "Hollywood Ending" and films of that nature. This return to brilliance can't help but make a fan re-explore Allen's films of year's past.

When doing so, you're ce...
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Worst Dates In Movies

June 16th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigalo
First dates are always awkward. Between not knowing what to say, fumbling with the check when it arrives at the table, or wondering whether there will be a kiss at the end of the night, these situations are ones people can't wait to overcome. Sometimes first dates can be disastrous from the start, and you hope to God you never see the other person again, that is if you don't die of utter embarrassment right there on the spot.

Hollywood loves to over emphasize situations and showcase things that probably would never happen in real life; at least you hope they'll never happen to you! He...
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The 'That Guy' Encyclopedia, Letters L Through Z

May 29th, 2008 10:45am EDT
Danny Trejo
Throughout cinematic history, there has been a plethora of actors that, for some reason or another, never become a household name. So here is a cheat sheet of sorts, a brief encyclopedia on "That Guy." Part Two: Letters L-Z. If you missed the first installment, you can check it out here.

Stubborn General or Muslim, Harry Lennix

Lennix played Lock, the unbelieving general in Matrix Reloaded and Revolutions. He appeared in short bursts in TV shows such as Diagnosis Murder and ER before a longer stay on Commander in Chief. He played a Moor in Titus and a Muslim in 24. He is currently s...
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'American Idol' Gives Back, And Michael Johns Is Eliminated

April 11th, 2008 9:07am EDT
American Idol
Tuesday night came and went. Host Ryan Seacrest introduced eight singers and three judges. Each performer chose an inspirational song to sing. As fast as it started, it ended. This week's "American Idol" could not compare to the hype and significance of Wednesday night's success of "American Idol Gives Back."

Why focus on Tuesday night's performances when one of the most popular reality shows dedicated two and half hours to raising money for poverty in the United States and Africa. Celebrities from all parts of the world displayed their compassion and generosity through their part...
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The 10 Greatest Cast Members Of 'Saturday Night Live'

April 7th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Eddie Murphy
Live from New York, it's Saturday Night! These seven words have been shouted from Studio 8H of Rockefeller Center since Lorne Michaels created "Saturday Night Live" in 1975. The original name of the show was simply "Saturday Night" because at the time ABC had a show entitled "Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell."

Choosing 10 of the show's best cast members is not a task to be taken lightly. We looked at what qualities go into making a perfect cast member as opposed to just picking performers who went on to greater fame after they left the show (though sometimes this happened anyw...
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Bravo Announces Returning Franchises & New Series Additions

July 16th, 2007 1:22pm EDT
Heidi Klum hosts Project Runway
Bravo just announced a slate of returning franchises and new series additions, as well as a network first a live finale for "Top Chef 3 Miami." The remaining chef'testants, along with the viewers at home, will await the ultimate decision in real-time from this season's judges' table host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, judge Gail Simmons, and "Queer Eye's" culinary expert Ted Allen.

Additionally, Bravo announced plans for a fourth season of "Top Chef," which will shoot in a new culinary hotbed Chicago with casting currently underway.

Building upon the success of the net...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 14

March 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Michael Caine
Happy Birthday to "Billy Elliot" star Jamie Bell (1986), Hanson keyboardist Taylor Hanson (1983), "American Pie" actor Chris Klein (1979), TV actress Catherine Dent (1965), Minnesota Twins hero Kirby Puckett (1961; d. 2006), "Weekly Top-40" deejay Rick Dees (1950), comedian Billy Crystal (1947), movie director Wolfgang Petersen (1941), prolific screen legend Michael Caine (1933), music producer Quincy Jones (1933), and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein (1879; d. 1955).
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Starpulse Top 10 of 2006: #9 Gone But Not Forgotten

December 25th, 2006 9:00am EST
Peter Boyle
2006 was a great year in the entertainment world; however, let us not forget those who entertained us for generations but have moved on. We look back on those entertainers and cultural icons who left us in 2006 to pay our respects...

Jazz, R&B and pop singer Lou Rawls, lost a two year fight with brain and lung cancer (1/6). He was 72. Prolific film star of the 50s, 60s and 70s and star of such hits as Alfie and The Poseidon Adventure, Shelley Winters at age 85 (1/14). 60s soul star Wilson Pickett, who brought us such hits as Mustang Sally and In The Midnight Hour age 64; of a heart a...
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TV Land Special Counts Down TV's Most Memorable Quotes

November 23rd, 2006 3:02pm EST
Billy Crystal
TV Land counts down "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" in a week-long look at the memorable sayings from cartoons, television series, commercials and news programs over the past 60 years like Donald Trump's (The Apprentice) "You're fired" to Billy Crystal's (Saturday Night Live) "You look mahvelous!" to Walter Cronkite's "And that's the way it is."

Building on the success of 2005's "The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments," "The 100 Greatest TV Quotes & Catchphrases" gives viewers a look inside the origins of some of pop culture's most remembered and repeated catchphrases. The 100...
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Film and TV Stars Give Extraordinary Performances on Lullabye Compilation

April 24th, 2006 10:00pm EDT
Elton John
Who wouldn't want Hollywood's biggest stars to sing them to sleep? Some of the most surprising voices in Hollywood, accompanied by musicians of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, lend their talents to a new album, "Unexpected Dreams: Songs from the Stars," to be released by Rhino Records on April 25. It's the perfect soundtrack for quiet evenings at home, with your children…or without them.

The CD features 14 spellbinding tunes by composers including Elton John, Billy Joel, Sade, Bob Dylan and Lennon/McCartney, beautifully sung and lushly orchestrated. A portion of the proceeds will be...
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Celebrity Birthdays, March 14

March 14th, 2006 3:00am EST
Michael Caine
Happy Birthday to "Billy Elliot" star Jamie Bell (1986), Hanson keyboardist Taylor Hanson (1983), "American Pie" actor Chris Klein (1979), TV actress Catherine Dent (1965), Minnesota Twins hero Kirby Puckett (1961), "Weekly Top-40" deejay Rick Dees (1950), comedian Billy Crystal (1947), movie director Wolfgang Petersen (1941), prolific screen legend Michael Caine (1933), music producer Quincy Jones (1933), and Nobel Prize-winning physicist Albert Einstein (1879; d. 1955).
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Jon Stewart To Host Oscars

January 5th, 2006 12:28pm EST
Jon Stewart
Jon Stewart has been selected to host the 78th Academy Awards telecast, making it his first stint as Oscar host. According to producer Gil Cates, "My wife and I watch him every night. Jon is the epitome of a perfect host — smart, engaging, irreverent and funny."

Academy President Sid Ganis echoed Cates' enthusiasm. "I'm very excited," he said. "Stewart is a superb choice — witty, current, intelligent and charming. What a terrific addition to our roster of great hosts!"

The host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Stewart has transformed “The Daily Show" into one ...
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Broadway Hits It Big in 2005

December 28th, 2005 10:45am EST
Brooke Shields starred in Chicago
The League of American Theatres and Producers, Inc. has reported that Broadway has grossed a record-breaking $825 million in New York for the 2005 calendar year -- the highest grossing calendar year in history for Broadway. This figure is up 10.2 % from the 2004 total of $749 million.

Factors for this year's success include:

1. An impressive list of celebrities took a turn on Broadway this year, demonstrating all-around excellence in performance categories. Among the highlights: Alan Alda (Glengarry Glen Ross), Christina Applegate (Sweet Charity), Hank Azaria (Monty Python's Spam...
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Charlize Theron, Oprah, Luke Wilson & More on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'

November 30th, 2005 9:50am EST
Charlize Theron
Coming up on The Late Show With David Letterman:

Nov. 30: Actress Charlize Theron; New York Times columnist/author Maureen Dowd

Dec. 1: Oprah Winfrey; musical guest Bonnie Raitt

Dec. 2: Actor Luke Wilson; rodeo champion Billy Etbauer

Dec. 5: Actor Billy Crystal; musical guest Ryan Adams

Dec. 6: Madonna; musical guest Melissa Etheridge

Dec. 7: Actress Catherine Zeta-Jones; musical guests Antony & the Johnsons

Dec. 8: Actress Jennifer Aniston; musical guest 50 Cent

Dec. 9: Kid Scientists; actor John Cusack; musical guest Brad Paisley

Dec. 12: Act...
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Guests on The Late Show With David Letterman

November 1st, 2005 10:20am EST
Check out this list of upcoming guests appearing on The Late Show With David Letterman:

Tuesday, Nov. 1: Style guru Martha Stewart; musical guest Gretchen Wilson; musician Buckwheat Zydeco

Wednesday, Nov. 2: Actor Orlando Bloom; musical guest Alicia Keys

Thursday, Nov. 3: Actor Bruce Willis; musical guests Santana

Friday, Nov. 4: Actor/comedian Billy Crystal; musical guest Ryan Adams

Monday, Nov. 7: Actress Jennifer Aniston; musical guest 50 Cent

Tuesday, Nov. 8: Actor Matthew Broderick; actress Teri Garr

Wednesday, Nov. 9: Actress Kelly Ripa; musical gues...
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