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By Chris Kaltenbach and Sun reporter | February 24, 2012
Looking for backstage access to this year's Academy Awards? You've come to the right place. All weekend, I'll be blogging about what is being said backstage, as Hollywood takes the time to pat itself on the back for whatever good work it did in 2011. The fun begins on Saturday, when I'll be attending the 27th annual Spirit Awards, given to movies produced outside the major studios and with limited budgets. Among this year's big contenders is"The Artist," which is also favored in the Oscar race -- meaning this could be the first time ever that the same film has won the Best Picture Spirit and Oscar.
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ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2012
Yes, please Let Billy Crystal do his thing Sure, he may not be the hippiest host, but Crystal's an Oscar-host pro. He knows what he's doing and he's funny doing it. We're hoping for a classic Crystal opening monologue, hopefully one of those song medleys that humorously mentions the major nominees. Or a montage where he's inserted into films Crystal pierced and tattooed in a "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" shout-out? Totally would work. More Muppets We hear Kermit and Miss Piggy are presenters, but why stop there?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 22, 2012
The Oscars are serious — important people making important, relevant, thought-provoking movies about race, marital relations, horses and Owen Wilson seeing dead Parisians. The dresses and jewelry are beyond fancy. The tuxes are bespoke. Sidney Poitier and Steven Spielberg are usually there. Serious stuff. Except this year, Melissa McCarthy is nominated for s---ting in a sink. Nothing against McCarthy; she's hilarious. But in honor of her garnering the rare Oscar-considers-a-comedy-a-real-film nomination, we decided to do our annual Oscar predictions panel a bit differently.
NEWS
February 22, 2012
Casey Wilson stars as abbreviation-happy Penny Hartz on ABC's "Happy Endings. " A former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, Wilson was trained in improv as the acclaimed Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. She has this message for those about to read her Oscar picks: "You're welcome, America. " Sarah Colonna is a roundtable regular and writer for E!'s "Chelsea Lately. " Also series regular and producer on "After Lately," Colonna recently released her first book, "Life as I Blow It. " She frequently opens for Chelsea Handler on the road.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2012
An assessment of Stacy Keibler's attire this awards season reads like a children's bedtime story. Her Snooki-esque poofed hair and simple black dress lacked sophistication at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala on Jan. 7. Her updo and crystal embellished gown screamed "too matronly" at the National Board of Review Awards gala on Jan. 10. But fashion critics said she hit her stride at the Golden Globe Awards on Jan. 15 with...
NEWS
By Heather E. Harris | February 13, 2012
Oscar nominee Viola Davis is featured on the cover of the February issue of the LA Times Magazine. While the article focuses on her work as an actor, mentor and soon-to-be producer, I think the real story is her hair - her natural hair. In a four-picture spread by photographer Ruvan Afanador, Ms. Davis' radiance is undeniable. With the exception of Whoopi Goldberg, this marks the first time, in recent memory, that an A-list, African-American, Oscar-nominated actress has dared to go "bare," so to speak.
ENTERTAINMENT
By David Zurawik and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2012
(UPDATES with final figures and total tune-in through the telecast.) The CBS telecast of the 54th Grammy Awards Sunday was seen by an average audience of 39.91 million viewers, according to Nielsen ratrings released by the network. That's the second largest Grammy average audience in history and the largest audience for the music awards show since 1984. In 1984, TV was on another planet in a pre-fragmented media galaxy. In today's media world, the audience the Grammys drew is huge.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | January 24, 2012
You'll be excused if you get the Oscar nominations for Best Picture mixed up with a best-seller list. Most of the nominees drew their inspiration from the printed page, and I hope one of them wins the prize, to reinforce the value of literature. Here's a look at the nominees, and the books they drew on: -- "Hugo," a charmer adapted from "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick. -- "Moneyball," adapted from Michael Lewis' book about the impact of statistical analysis on major league baseball.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jordan Bartel, b | January 24, 2012
No shock that “Hugo” and “The Artist” dominated this year's Oscar nominations (for a full list, go here . I even wouldn't have been surprised if the dog from “The Artist” had scored a nom. But there were quite a few pleasant surprises and head-scratchers Tuesday morning. A rundown: Surprises “Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close” for Best Picture: The subject matter (Sept. 11) has an unproven movie track record and the reviews ranged from OK to downright awful, but the late-entry drama somehow managed to be among the nine films vying for top honors.
NEWS
January 23, 2012
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