What happened to presenter Andrew Garfield ("The Amazing Spider-Man"), who was scheduled to appear on Sunday's Oscars? He was set to present with "Batkid" Miles Scott (the Make-a-Wish child from San Francisco), but the Academy now says "they had to cut the segment due to production issues." Richard Johnson reported Wednesday that Garfield was very difficult during rehearsals and wanted to change his lines. He then had a tantrum and stormed off, causing the producers to cancel. On Thursday, Garfield's publicist said, "In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honor Miles Scott as the true hero that he is. At some point overnight on Saturday/Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn't work in the ceremony." E! Online.
According to Positive Q Scores, Stephen Colbert is now the top-ranked late night TV host in popularity. The survey polled adults about all 13 men and one woman recently working in the late slots. Following Colbert are John Oliver, Jon Stewart, Seth Meyers, Jay Leno, Andy Cohen, Jimmy Fallon, Craig Ferguson, Chelsea Handler, Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien, David Letterman, Carson Daly, and Arsenio Hall. The Wrap.
Bryan Cranston has been on a real run of awards wins lately for "Breaking Bad" (Emmys, Golden Globes, SAG Awards). Could a Tony Award be next? His new play "All the Way" about President Lyndon Johnson officially opened Thursday on Broadway to great reviews. Mark Kennedy calls his performance "completely irascible" and "one of the highlights of the Broadway season." He adds, "Watching Cranston bully, threaten, feel sorry for himself, compromise, bellow and turn the knife is a hoot, no matter which side of the aisle you sit." Associated Press.
One of the first 2014 films already on next year's Oscar radar is "The Grand Budapest Hotel." In a new video, director Wes Anderson discusses a pivotal scene in which Ralph Fiennes calls upon the Society of the Crossed Keys. That guild of hotel concierges includes characters played by Bill Murray and Bob Balaban. Thompson on Hollywood.
The Academy of Country Music announces the first performers for the ACM Awards airing April 6 on CBS. All nominated this year, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Blake Shelton, George Strait, and Keith Urban will be taking the stage. Bryan and Shelton are also pulling double duty as hosts of the 49th annual event. Taste of Country.
After a long absence, Isaiah Washington is returning to "Grey's Anatomy" for an episode in May. He will reprise his role as Dr. Preston Burke to celebrate the end of Sandra Oh's 10 seasons as Dr. Cristina Yang on the medical drama. His character left Cristina at the altar at the end of the third season. Washington's contract was not renewed after an alleged homophobic slur against co-star T.R. Knight. TV Guide.
You'd be forgiven if you mistook this year's MTV Movie Awards for another stop on the Oscar campaign trail. An unusually high number of prestige films and performances are in contention. Does that mean we can expect fan voters to turn over a new leaf by siding with the academy? Well, maybe not.
Three out of five Female Performance nominees were also up for Oscars: Amy Adams ("Hustle"), Sandra Bullock ("Gravity"), and winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years"). It's four if you include Jennifer Lawrence, nominated by MTV for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" but an Oscar contender for "Hustle."
Four out of the five Male Performance nominees were also cited by Oscar: Bradley Cooper ("Hustle"), Leonardo DiCaprio ("Wolf of Wall Street"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years"), and champ Matthew McConaughey ("Dallas Buyers Club").
The deck is pretty well stacked in favor of highfalutin cinema, but that doesn't mean we'll necessarily see an MTV sweep for "12 Years a Slave." The last time MTV's Best Movie winner was among Oscar's Best Picture lineup was 10 years ago: "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King"won the top prize at both awards.
Leonardo DiCaprio has been a favorite of the MTV Movie Awards over their 22-year history, but he has never done better than this year.
He is up for five awards, the most of any other actor this year -- Best Male Performance, Best On-Screen Duo (with Jonah Hill), Best Shirtless Performance, Best WTF Moment (for his drug-impaired Lamborghini drive), and Best Musical Moment -- all for his role as corrupt stockbroker Jordan Belfort in "The Wolf of Wall Street."
Despite racking up a dozen nominations over the years, DiCaprio has only won twice: Best Male Performance for "Titanic" (1998) and "The Aviator" (2005).
Will his luck change at this year's kudos on April 13?
Hollywood darling Jennifer Lawrence earned an impressive four nominations at this year's MTV Movie Awards, more than any other woman: Best Female Performance and Best Fight for "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" and Best Kiss (with Amy Adams) and Best Musical Moment for "American Hustle."
And both her films number among the five nominees for Best Movie of the Year.
Is Lawrence destined to sweep this year's awards on April 13?
The upcoming remake of "Annie" just unspooled its first trailer which looks (and sounds) promising. This updated version of the 1977 Tony Award winner for Best Musical has Oscar nominee Quvenzhane Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") as the winsome orphan and Oscar champ Jamie Foxx ("Ray") as her benefactor.
Also on hand is Cameron Diaz as the hard-hearted Miss Hannigan, foster mother to a brood that includes Annie. Dorothy Loudon originated the role on Broadway and won the Tony over, among others, Andrea McArdle, the little girl who first belted out "Tomorrow."
While Wallis may not possess as fine a set of pipes as McArdle, she sure is charming in the first trailer for the flick which is Columbia's big Christmas release. (Below, watch the trailer and let us know what you think in the comments section)
"Grace of Monaco" was tipped to be a strong Oscar contender in 2013 but the Weinstein Company delayed its release till this spring. Watch the first trailer for the film below.
The biopic stars Oscar winner Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, who left Hollywood behind in 1956 at the height of her career to marry Prince Rainier of Monaco. The film follows the pair during a crisis in their marriage in the early 1960s when the prince (played by Oscar nominee Tim Roth, "Rob Roy") could lose his land to France.
This certainly looks like the perfect vehicle for Kidman to nab her second Best Actress trophy -- it’s a biopic that combines Old Hollywood lore with European royalty.
The third episode of the All-Stars edition of "The Amazing Race" includes one of the most physically demanding challenges ever in the 24 seasons of the show. Which of the nine remaining teams will be eliminated, and which will win the bragging rights of being first to the mat?
This Sunday sees the airing of “Welcome to the Jungle,” with teams trekking through the Malaysian jungle. They must ride a roaring river on homemade rafts. Who will shoot the rapids and who will shoot themselves in the foot?
One team has trouble with a taxi in an encounter reminiscent of their last time on the race. And another struggles to the finish line, but do they make it in time?
Two films that were snubbed at Sunday's Oscars -- "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" -- each reaped eight bids for this year's 23rd annual MTV Movie Awards. (See the complete list of nominations here.)
Jennifer Lawrence, who reaped a Supporting Actress Oscar bid for her scene-stealing performance in "American Hustle," also headlines "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," which earned seven nominations, including a Best Female Performance bid for Lawrence who won this award last year for the first film in this franchise. Lawrence and "American Hustle" co-star Amy Adams vie for Best Kiss.
"We’re The Millers" reaped six bids, including a Best Shirtless Performance nod for Jennifer Aniston, who played an ex-stripper in this raucous summer comedy.
Nominations for the 23rd annual edition of the MTV Movie Awards were announced on Thursday (March 6). These kudos will take place on Sunday April 12 at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles and will air across the MTV family of channels live at 9 pm ET, with a tape delay for the West coast. Late night talk show host Conan O'Brien ("Conan") will preside over the festivities. (Read full report on nominations here.)
BEST FEMALE PERFORMANCE
Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Jennifer Aniston – “We're the Millers”
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Jennifer Lawrence – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Lupita Nyong'o – “12 Years a Slave”
BEST MALE PERFORMANCE
Bradley Cooper – “American Hustle”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave”
Josh Hutcherson – “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”
Matthew McConaughey – “Dallas Buyers Club”
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