What do the secretive men inside the Daft Punk helmets actually look like? Chris Lee profiles the duo, which won Sunday’s top Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Frenchmen Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo speak fluent English and work inside the Jim Henson complex in Hollywood. Since 2001, they have refused to appear in public without their robot disguises, but at a Grammy after-party they took off their helmets and celebrated with a celebrity crowd including Beyonce, Jay-Z, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and Jared Leto. L.A. Times.
The rumors are not true that there will be a four-hour director’s cut of “The Wolf of Wall Street” on Blu-ray. Oscar-nominated director Martin Scorsese edited down a much longer rough cut to the three-hour version currently in theaters. Without yet announcing a release date, Paramount says that “there is not a director’s cut version of the film for home entertainment and the film will be released as seen in theaters.” In addition to directing, the movie is also an Oscar nominee for Best Picture, Best Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Best Supporting Actor (Jonah Hill), and Best Adapted Screenplay. Rope of Silicon.
Celebrating its 75th anniversary, “The Wizard of Oz” will be featured with a special segment on this year’s Academy Awards ceremony. A 1939 Best Picture nominee, the classic film starring Judy Garland was defeated for the top prize by “Gone with the Wind.” The movie did win two Oscars that year, for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Over the Rainbow”). Show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said, “We are delighted to celebrate the birthday of one of the most beloved movies of all time at this year’s Oscars.” Thompson on Hollywood.
Singer, songwriter, and activist Pete Seeger dies Monday at age 94. Rocker Bruce Springsteen described him as “the father of American folk music.” In his career, he popularized such songs as “This Land Is Your Land,” “We Shall Overcome,” “If I Had a Hammer,” and “Turn, Turn, Turn.” Among his many influences were Springsteen, Joan Baez, Dave Matthews, Rufus Wainwright, John Mellencamp, and Arlo Guthrie. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a Kennedy Center Honors. USA Today.
Bruce Dern will receive the Modern Master Award at the Santa Barbara Film Festival on February 8. After being snubbed by the Oscars, Emma Thompson will no longer accept that award, so Dern earns the festival’s top honor instead for his film career. During this awards season, Dern has been nominated for his role in “Nebraska” at the Oscars, SAG Awards, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and Critics Choice. Previous recipients of this honor have included Jeff Bridges, Michael Douglas, Clint Eastwood, Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, and Christopher Plummer. Hollywood Reporter.
NBC cancels freshman comedy “Sean Saves the World.” The Sean Hayes comeback show has struggled in the Thursday ratings after airing 12 episodes. It has been paired with another first-year program, “The Michael J. Fox Show,” but both have not performed well. At the TCA meetings last week, NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt said, “Creatively, we think they’re good shows, and we’re really unhappy that we can’t find an audience for them in those time periods.” Deadline.
Kevin Spacey will be honored by the Museum of the Moving Image with its annual New York City tribute. The two-time Oscar winner will be feted April 9 by his friends and colleagues in an evening that will include scenes from his films. Other past honorees have included Tom Cruise, Robert De Niro, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Steve Martin, Julia Roberts, and Steven Spielberg. Broadway World.
The Musicians Hall of Fame inducts 12 new members at a Nashville ceremony Tuesday. Covering many genres, the living inductees are Randy Bachman (The Guess Who), Jimmy Capps (country musician), Buddy Guy (blues), Peter Frampton (rock), Will Lee (bass player), Barbara Mandrell (country), Corki Casey O’Dell (rhythm guitarist), and Velma Smith (country guitarist). Posthumous inductees are Ben Keith (pedal steel guitarist) and Stevie Ray Vaughan (rock). Huffington Post.