News Nuggets: Looking back at Billy Crystal’s best Oscar moments

Looking back at Billy Crystal‘s best Oscar moments: “The funnyman has hosted eight (count ’em, eight!) previous shows and came to the rescue this year when producer Brett Ratner self-immolated and host Eddie Murphy subsequently bailed out. By now, you know his style — hack, adorable, dadish — but let’s take a few minutes to honor the Academy’s consummate emcee. From Gollum impersonations to ‘Titanic’ digs, above are Crystal’s best Oscar hosting moments ever.” MOVIEFONE

New twist in Bret Michaels lawsuit against the Tony Awards: “… ‘defendants CBS Broadcasting, Inc., Tony Awards Productions, White Cherry Entertainment, Inc. and others involved in producing the 2009 Tony Awards, where Rock Star Bret Michaels sustained life-threatening head injuries, filed a Third Party Complaint in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York against third-party Rock of Ages Broadway LLC’ … ‘This is a desperate act. The producers of the Tony Awards and their co-defendants cannot credibly deny that they almost killed Bret while he was performing with the cast of “Rock of Ages,” so instead they are trying to point the finger elsewhere,’ said Alex Weingarten, managing partner of Weingarten Brown LLP, counsel for Bret Michaels.” BROADWAY WORLD

Oscar-nomineeMichael O’Connor discusses his costumes for “Jane Eyre“: “It’s a pivotal, intimate moment in the film when Jane (Mia Wasikowska) wakes a sleeping Rochester to save him from the flames in his bedroom. ‘I think there was talk of [Michael Fassbender] doing the scene in the nude. But we didn’t know about “Shame,” at the time,’ O’Connor laughs. ‘I imagine he could have been persuaded.'” EW.COM

Kenneth Branagh discusses being inspired by Laurence Olivier: “He was unquestionably the dominant figure in the British acting scene when I started acting. He was the epitome of this combination of a classical actor, a great film star and a national institution. The first time I ever encountered Olivier though was seeing Peter Sellers on TV doing an impression of his piping strangulated tenor. I remember impersonating Sellers impersonating Olivier the next day in the school playground. One was aware even then of what a complete and all-pervasive impact Olivier had on all elements of the profession.” DEADLINE

Michael Douglas added to the list of Oscar presenters: “Douglas won an Oscar for his lead performance in ‘Wall Street’ (1987) and a Best Picture award as a producer of ‘One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest’ (1975). His film credits include ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,’ ‘Solitary Man,’ ‘You, Me and Dupree,’ ‘Traffic,’ ‘Wonder Boys,’ ‘Falling Down,’ ‘Fatal Attraction’ and ‘The China Syndrome.'” REUTERS

Richard Rushfield discusses Oscars with our very own Tom O’Neil: “We talk of the Oscar race and marijuana madness this week on the podcast of the downfall of civilization. I talk of the he state of the Oscar race and tales from the Awards trail of tears with Tom O’Neil, editor of Gold Derby, one of the media’s most reknowned Oscar pundits. Hillel Aron stops by to talk about his LA Weekly cover story on the chaos unleashed across Los Angeles wrought by the conflicting medical marijauna regulations.” RUSHFIELD BABYLON

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