October 2008 Archives

Another new face hired for Oscars ceremony

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David Rockwell crafted the current home of the Academy Awards show. Now he gets to jump in on Hollywood's big night itself.

Rockwell will be production designer for the Oscar show on Feb. 22, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Thursday.

The 52-year-old architect, who has also handled the set design for ''Hairspray,'' ''Legally Blonde'' and other Broadway productions, joins a team of fresh faces overseeing the 81st Oscar show, led by producer Laurence Mark and executive producer Bill Condon, filmmakers working on the ceremony for the first time.

Coldplay, Leona Lewis added to AMAs

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Coldplay and Leona Lewis have been added to the performance lineup for the American Music Awards. The event will be held Nov. 23 at Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre L.A. Live.

Laughter and fright at the Scream Awards

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Robert Downey Jr. accepts his 2008 Scream Award via a remote video -- with the ex-Mr. Madonna, Guy Ritchie badgering him all the while.


Last Saturday was the ceremony for the annual Scream Awards, a set of trophies honoring mostly horror movies but also now comic book and scifi/fantasy fare, and they just aired on Spike TV.


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Celine Dion's heart will go on to help announce the Grammy nominations on live TV in December. (AP file)


Performers were announced today for the cumbersomely titled "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" concert scheduled to air live at 8 p.m. Dec. 3 on CBS.

British comedian Ricky Gervais, after his funny impromptu gag at the Emmys, became the focal point of rumors claiming he was then going to host the Oscars. This weekend, he told BBC News he's not so sure about that ...

The Grammys are turning a dry nominations announcement into an hourlong TV special.

''The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! -- Countdown to Music's Biggest Night'' will air Dec. 3, CBS announced Thursday. The Grammy Awards are scheduled for Feb. 8 on the network.

Alicia Keys had a leading five nominations for the 2008 American Music Awards, including artist of the year and favorite female artist in both the pop/rock and soul/R&B categories.

Coldplay and the Eagles had four nominations each, while Chris Brown and Lil Wayne received three apiece. They were also contenders for artist of the year, American Music Awards host Jimmy Kimmel announced today.

Since winning best supporting actress for "Girl, Interrupted" in 1999, the Academy has snubbed Angelina Jolie for Oscar nominations. Sure, she was Lara Croft, but she also moved mountains in "A Mighty Heart" ... and she's getting raves for her latest turn in "Changeling."

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Angelina Jolie stars in "Changeling," the tale of a mother's quest to find her son -- and those who won't stop until they silence her.


Are voters really punishing her for her overexposure in the tabloids -- thus keeping that particular shade of limelight away from the regal aspirations of this Oscars exercise -- or have her performances just not quite topped the bar for a trophy nod?

Oscars breaks 50-year ban, will carry movie ads

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Hollywood's biggest annual advertisement for itself -- the Academy Awards broadcast -- now can carry commercials for movies themselves.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences board voted to allow commercials for movies to air on the Oscar telecast for the first time starting with the Feb. 22 ceremony on ABC, academy spokeswoman Leslie Unger said Wednesday.

Another Oscar season dawns, and the land has fewer movie critics than it did last year. Again. As the media industry shrinks, and as layoffs abound, newspapers and other outlets have been letting wires and other broad sources fill in their film criticism offerings. (The Sun-Times' Roger Ebert, however, continues to triumph.) For years, Hollywood has sat idly by, marginalizing the impact of such losses. However, in this intriguing post at EW, based on a recent story in Advertising Age, Gary Susman reports that "the studios are starting to see a correlation between the disappearance of movie critics from newspapers and the slumping ticket sales for the kind of movies that depend on critics to publicize and champion them -- not just art-house movies from independent and foreign-language filmmakers, but also expensive, year-end Oscar hopefuls from the major studios."

Oscar's documentary rules become hot topic

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By STEVEN ZEITCHIK

A controversy is brewing over a change to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' feature documentary rules that has distributors and film festivals crying foul.

Because of the change -- which required a one-week qualifying run in New York by Aug. 31 -- one of the year's most buzzed-about docs, the Israeli animated film ''Waltz With Bashir,'' won't be eligible for the documentary Oscar. A host of executives and festival veterans are calling on the Academy to revise the rule.

Jimmy Kimmel set to host AMAs again

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Thumbnail image for Music American Music Awards.jpgJimmy Kimmel is coming back to provide more laughs for the American Music Awards.

The comedian and talk show host is slated to host the annual event on Nov. 23 live from Los Angeles on ABC. Pink and the Jonas Brothers are among those scheduled to perform.
Kimmel has hosted the American Music Awards four previous times.

Your complete '08-'09 awards-season calendar

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Here they are, all the announcement and awards-show dates that make up the awards season we call The Gold Rush ...

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Your complete calendar of upcoming entertainment awards shows and other related events! To mark your calendar, click here.

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