James Franco's Oscar confessions in full context

Apparently a lot of people still irked at James Franco and now wish he’d shut up altogether. That’s why I’m happy to post the entire interview to provide another outlet for him talk about his experience as much as he damn well wants to. I trust that anybody...
Posted On 03 Apr 2011

Letterman & Franco's Oscar Nightmare Support Group

Who better to consult about navigating the three stages of Oscar Host Grief? (“A modicum of embarrassment, a period of numbness, and finally, righteous defiance.”) Letterman’s sage advice: “What the hell do you care?” Exactly. (via Brad Brevett at...
Posted On 31 Mar 2011

Bill Maher skewers the Oscars

“What a week, right, people? I mean this week, Americans turned on their televisions and were witness to a pathetic disaster slowly unfolding. And then after the Oscars were over…” New Rule: Colin Firth has to admit that he’s not a human being, but a robot...
Posted On 05 Mar 2011

How to Rescue the Oscars

What’s a good rescue strategy do we think for the Oscar telecast? ¬†It seems they’ve tried lots of new techniques to spruce things up – some complete disasters (having the winners in the tech categories stand up in the audience – what hath god wrought),...
Posted On 03 Mar 2011

Josh Brolin & Javier Bardem's censored Oscar kiss

Turns out there might have been some memorable moments at this year’s Oscars after all. We just didn’t get to see any of them. When Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin came appeared to present the Best Screenplay awards, Movieline noticed a long and awkward cutaway to the...
Posted On 02 Mar 2011

Caption This!

1.____________________________________________ (readers who can’t bear to make a joke about Tom Hooper can find two alternate photos to caption, after the cut.)
Posted On 28 Feb 2011

Okay Fine, but What About the SHOW?

I heard a lot of grumblings that no one liked the 83rd Oscar telecast. ¬†See, I come from a different perspective on that. ¬†I actually like it when it’s bad. ¬†I like it when it chunders on and on and lasts all night. I like it when they accept that they will never be cool...
Posted On 28 Feb 2011

Whether it's the Real Sorkin or Not…

This comment was left last night by maybe Aaron Sorkin.  We never quite know, do we.  One could always be punking me.  But if so, Sorkin or (oval or any other shape) a person pretending to be Sorkin: I apologize for crashing the conversation but now that the envelopes have...
Posted On 28 Feb 2011

"Your Bloody British Fetish": Hollywood's U.K. myths

UK author and historian Dominick Sandbrook voices his own dismay that “the Redcoats have conquered Hollywood,” once again: The success of “The King’s Speech” is not the only example of what looks like a creeping Anglicization of American culture....
Posted On 27 Feb 2011

The State of the Race: One More for My Baby, One More for the Road

As we close out Oscars 2010, with an an ending predicted but not yet determined, it’s starting to feel a little … off. ¬†Something feels weird about the potential win for Best Picture. ¬†There feels to me to be a lot of heat around The Social Network. ¬†I know this...
Posted On 27 Feb 2011