Dance audition photos here.
The NY Times’ Michael Cieply talks to Bill Mechanic and Adam Shankman – here is a bit from the article:
‚ÄúHow do we get rid of things nobody notices?‚Äù is Mr. Shankman‚Äôs description of Mr. Mechanic‚Äôs favorite question about the show. One such cut: What the two of them describe as introductions of introductions, something Mr. Mechanic found, in an intensive review of the last 13 shows, can add 15 minutes to a broadcast.
Unlike last year‚Äôs telecast, when the producers Laurence Mark and Bill Condon built their show around a loose description of the movie-making process, this ceremony will have no narrative. ‚ÄúThere‚Äôs no unifying theme,‚Äù Mr. Mechanic said.
I find the “it’s too long” complaint a lazy complaint. People tune into the Oscars for the same reason they money to see epics. They want it to be that long because otherwise it blends into the rest of the shortened and “zippy” awards shows and it thus, lacking in drama. If the Oscars have to dumb themselves down that much their value is going to diminish as a result. Just saying. More after the cut.