March 2007 Archives

Nobody burps at the Oscars

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By JOHN ROGERS

LOS ANGELES — Forget who won this year’s Oscars, Grammys and Emmys — there are millions of movie, music and TV fans out there just dying to learn which celebrity burps the loudest.

And they’ll find out, as well as learn the winners in more than a dozen other categories for film, TV, music, sports, books and video games during Saturday’s 20th annual Kids Choice Awards. ...

By LYNN ELBER

LOS ANGELES — Twenty years ago, cable TV finally broke down the Emmy barrier that kept it from competing with broadcasting. Until the 1987-88 TV season, when HBO’s ‘‘Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam’’ was honored, cable channels settled for CableAce trophies.

It’s a different story for today’s newest media — the digital programming available on the Internet and phone — with a handful of Emmys already claimed by Web shows including the charity concert Live 8 on AOL. Whether there will be more honors any time soon, however, is as fuzzy as a black-and-white picture tuned with rabbit ears. ...

Kimmel now hosting ESPYs

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Jimmy Kimmel and NBA star LeBron James have been tapped to co-host the 15th anniversary of ESPN’s ESPY Awards. The two-hour awards show, which honors the best in sports and entertainment, will be taped at July 11 at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland. The telecast is set to air at 8 p.m. July 15.

Presenters added to CMT awards

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Barbara Mandrell, Jason Aldean, Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, LeAnn Rimes, former professional wrestler ‘‘Stone Cold’’ Steve Austin and Taylor Swift have been added to the list of presenters for CMT’s 2007 Music Awards, which will be held April 16 in Nashville. Performers on the show include Carrie Underwood, Dierks Bentley, Keith Urban (performing from Australia), Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland, Toby Keith and Bon Jovi. In an interesting twist, and in addition to casting their vote to determine the night’s winners at CMT.com, fans can choose their ‘‘Flatt Out Fan Favorite,’’ the song that Rascal Flatts will perform to open the broadcast.

Oscars 2008 date set

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The 80th Annual Academy Awards has settled into the late-February time frame that the awards show has now used three times — in 2004, ’05 and again this year. Next year’s ceremony is set for Feb. 24, the last Sunday in February, said Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences president Sid Ganis, who announced the 2008 Oscar calendar Wednesday.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Reba McEntire will return as host of the 42nd annual Academy of Country Music Awards, the organization announced Thursday. ‘‘I’m so flattered,’’ McEntire said in a statement. ‘‘I’m thrilled to be heading back to Las Vegas to help put on the greatest show in country music.’’ The awards will be presented May 15 in Las Vegas, and the show will air live on CBS.

George Strait leads the nominees with eight nominations, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. Vocal duo Brooks & Dunn have seven nominations and Rascal Flatts six. ...

Daytime Emmy noms announced

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Soon-to-retire game show host Bob Barker has a chance to win his 18th Daytime Emmy. He received a nomination today, while the CBS soap opera ‘‘Guiding Light’’ captured a leading 17. Another CBS soap, ‘‘As the World Turns,’’ got 16. ...

Soul Train Awards honor Hudson, too

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By PETER PRENGAMAN

PASADENA, Calif. — Jamie Foxx and Mary J. Blige took best album honors Saturday at the 21st Anniversary Soul Train Music Awards. Foxx won best male album for ‘‘Unpredictable’’ while Blige won best female album for ‘‘The Breakthrough.’’

Chicago's Jennifer Hudson, who last month won a best supporting actress Oscar for the movie musical ‘‘Dreamgirls,’’ was given the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year. After receiving her award, Hudson reflected on her rapid rise to stardom after being an ‘‘American Idol’’ finalist a few years ago.

‘‘I just can’t believe I got the Sammy Davis Jr. award,’’ said Hudson, who also performed during the show. ‘‘I’m standing on the same stage where I made the top 32 of ’American Idol.’ ’’ ...

Howard, Collette blew off Oscars

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Chicago native Terrence Howard tells ContactMusic.com he snubbed the Oscars (despite being announced early as a presenter) to avoid all that fake smiling and posing. "You see people learning to smile on cue, to laugh on cue and to wear what they're supposed to wear. You start off as a celebrated artist and you end up as a celebrity. I don't want to be a celebrity."

Meanwhile, "Little MIss Sunshine" star Toni Collette skipped the big gig to concentrate on, er, her music career.

Al Gore is not an Oscar winner

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Edward Copeland on Film is riled about a common inaccuracy being reported throughout the media. That is: Al Gore did not win an Oscar. HIs director did.

George Strait leads ACM nominations

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — George Strait led the nominees announced today for the Academy of Country Music Awards with eight nominations, including entertainer of the year and top male vocalist. Vocal duo Brooks & Dunn got seven nominations and Rascal Flatts earned six.

By PETER PRENGAMAN

LOS ANGELES — Oscar winners Forest Whitaker and Jennifer Hudson kept their winning streaks alive Friday, while ‘‘Grey’s Anatomy’’ star Isaiah Washington claimed a best actor prize at the 38th annual NAACP Image Awards. ‘‘Ugly Betty’’ took top television honors.

Hudson, a Chicago native and former ‘‘American Idol’’ finalist, garnered a best supporting actress award for her role in the musical ‘‘Dreamgirls,’’ the same category she won at the Academy Awards last Sunday.
‘‘There is nothing like being recognized and honored by your own,’’ said Hudson.

Oscars yanked from YouTube

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LOS ANGELES — Maybe you didn't get to see all of the Oscars. You can always catch the good stuff on YouTube, right?

Wrong. Variety reported that the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has asked YouTube to take down all unauthorized clips from last Sunday's show.

Blame pinned for Jen Hudson's wacko ensemble

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Everyone guffawed when Chicago's Jennifer Hudson appeared on the red carpet wearing a perfectly fine brown Oscar de la Renta dress ... with a crumpled King Tut-meets-"Star Trek" bolero jacket on top. The New York Post's Page Six column reports on the power struggle between two designers that continued up to moments before Hudson was to hit the carpet. A more detailed report is posted at The Envelope, with one source dishing this hilarious account of the tug-of-war: "When Andre found out she was going to wear Cavalli, not Oscar, he totally queened out and started screaming about how he was responsible for getting Jennifer on the March cover of Vogue, how she owed him, and she had to wear the Oscar de la Renta or he would look like a fool." As we learned in "The Devil Wears Prada," it's always the fault of some horrid editor at Vogue.

Buzz already building for Oscars ’08

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Yes, the lessons learned from this year's Oscars are already being used to forecast who'll get nods for next year's awards. USA Today looks at who's got the best shots at the gold. It's also a good heads-up for the hot films coming later this year.