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Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski will take on Oscars red carpet

The Olympics weren’t the end of Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir’s fabulous collaboration: The two oh-so-fashionable figure skaters will provide their commentary on the Oscars red carpet this Sunday, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The duo, who brightened up the Olympics with their memorable outfits (and incisive quips) as they commented live on skating events, have been hired by Access Hollywood. Host Billy Bush will interview stars on the actual red carpet as Weir and Lipinski sit in a tower above the crowd, giving their thoughts on the night’s fashions.

But the real question is, what will they wear? Matching flowers in their hairSubtle golden crownsGlitter? Either way, one thing’s for certain: Whatever Lipinski and Weir choose, their outfits are sure to be coordinated.

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ABC orders drama from 'American Hustle' director David O. Russell

David O. Russell is on a streak in the film world, and now he’s going to try his hand at television.

EW has confirmed that ABC has ordered an untitled soapy drama project from the American Hustle director and Erin Brockovich writer Susannah Grant straight to series. The show, described as “an upstairs/downstairs soap centered on a private country club,” will be co-produced by CBS Studios and ABC Studios.

Russell’s American Hustle is currently up for 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture — an award his films Silver Linings Playbook and The Fighter were also nominated for in their respective years.

Oscars exec producer: 'We need to go for comedy' -- EXCLUSIVE

In anticipation of Sunday’s Academy Awards telecast on ABC, EW talked to Executive Producer Don Mischer about host Billy Crystal, what went wrong with last year’s show, and how challenging it is to wrap the show in three hours.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where’s the production at right now?
DON MISCHER: We’re now at the Kodak – we’ve been here since Monday. Things are loading in. We’ve begun to look at how the scenery looks. Things are going well, and Billy is busy really focusing on what he’s doing. He really tackled this job. I’ve worked with Billy for years, and it’s always been the way that he likes to operate. He meets with his writers for four and five hours, three to four nights a week. He’s been doing that since January. He’s really committing to it.

When did you work with Billy in the past?
I directed a show, it was a Saturday night variety show that was hosted by Howard Cosell. I think it was Billy’s first network television appearance. I remember he did a bit about taking home movies in the backyard, a guy who is barbecuing and all of that. It was just really wonderful, and people began to notice him immediately. That show didn’t last long, but of course he then went on to the other Saturday Night Live, and that started what has become a really wonderful career.

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