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Neil Patrick Harris to visit 'Actors Studio' before Academy Awards -- exclusive

Neil Patrick Harris will be James Lipton’s guest on Feb. 12 when Inside the Actors Studio premieres its 21st season. It’s fortuitous timing for Bravo, as Harris will be hosting the Academy Awards on Feb. 22. It will be the actor’s first solo sit-down on the show, though he did join the cast of How I Met Your Mother on the program last spring.  READ FULL STORY

What are Tom Hanks, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt doing in Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscar special? -- FIRST LOOK

On Sunday night, Hollywood will tip its hat to itself once again, this time as the finest in film are feted. But underneath that giant hat is a lot of hair that needs to be let down. And down it will come on the 9th annual Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Oscars special, which will feature oodles of celebrities poking fun at themselves/the entertainment industry in some grandly orchestrated comedy bit. Past specials have featured such star-stuffed segments as the Hottie Body Hump Club, the Handsome Men’s Club, Movie: The Movie and its sequel, Movie: The Movie: 2V.

This year’s spectacle boasts plenty of marquee names, including past Kimmel conspirators like Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, Martin Scorsese, and Gary Oldman, and newcomers like Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres, Chris Hemsworth, Liam Hemsworth, Christoph Waltz, Ben Kingsley, Mandy Patinkin, Abbie Cornish, Barkhad Abdi, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Seth Rogen, Morgan Freeman, Andy Garcia, Queen Latifah, Anjelica Huston, and alleged Star Wars villain Adam Driver, among others.

What is the theme of Sunday’s gag? The word is mum. But here are three photos to get you guessing. The first (above) seems to put Mr. Hanks on a quest of some sort. (For overhead lighting? To crack a Da Vinci-esque code? Or is this just an elaborate way into another Toddlers & Tiaras spoof? ) The second photo has Ms. Zeta-Jones — no stranger to a song-and-dance routine — dressed up as the Tooth Fairy. In related dental news, the third photo shows Mr. Gordon-Levitt in the throes of a painful extraction. Or perhaps he is starring in a Marathon Man reboot. READ FULL STORY

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.


Amy Poehler and Tina Fey talk Golden Globes plans and why they wouldn't want to host the Oscars

Now that the Golden Globes nominees have been revealed (Congrats, American Hustle! Wait, where is Mad Men?), we can start to wonder what returning hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey are scheming for next month’s ceremony. Here’s what they told EW about the big night: READ FULL STORY

Oscar producers on 'Boobs Song': You missed the joke

The producers who oversaw Seth MacFarlane’s highly-rated — but also heavily criticized — stint as this year’s Oscar host said lots of people “missed the joke” when the comedian broke out into the “Boobs Song” at the top of the telecast on ABC.

The tune, which made fun of actresses like Charlize Theron, Kristen Stewart, and Kate Winslet for exposing their breasts in movies, was one of the most lambasted parts of the telecast and prompted criticism from the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis and Geena Davis. “It was not about the women that were mentioned; the song was about him being a bad host and him being a juvenile, which was why he was a bad host,” Craig Zadan told The Hollywood Reporter. READ FULL STORY

Parents group protests Oscars host Seth MacFarlane


With Seth MacFarlane named next year’s Oscars host, a parents group is renewing its longtime campaign against the envelope-pushing writer-producer-actor.

The Parents Television Council is asking its members to file Federal Communications Commission complaints against Sunday night’s premiere episode of MacFarlane’s American Dad, which airs on Fox. The PTC accuses the episode of a graphic verbal and visual reference to oral sex and ejaculation (see photo) while airing at 8:30 p.m. in some parts of the country, “when there are millions of children in the audience.”

“Is the man that the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has selected to host next year’s Oscars telecast, following in the footsteps of such Hollywood legends as Bob Hope and Johnny Carson?” asked PTC president Tim Winter. READ FULL STORY

Date of 2013 Oscar telecast announced

Time already to plan your Oscars 2013 screening party?

ABC announced today that the 85th Academy Awards will air on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013. The nominations will be announced on Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The ceremony will take place at the Hollywood & Highland Center in Hollywood and will be televised to more than 225 countries.

And yes, it’s waaaaay to soon to find out who will produce and who will host.

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Academy says yes to online voting for 2013 Oscars

Oscars ratings rise, but Grammys shined brighter

UPDATED: Did Billy Crystal rescue the Oscars?

Even with few box-office heavyweights in contention for top categories, Sunday night’s 84th Annual Academy Awards telecast rose slightly in the ratings from last year.

ABC’s awards coverage delivered 39.3 million viewers, up 4 percent from 2011, according to the network. In the adult demo, the show received an 11.7 rating, off a tenth from 2011. The program out-delivered three of the past four Oscars telecasts and ranked as ABC’s most-watched program in two years.

And yet, the Oscars were outshone in one respect: CBS’ mega-rated Grammys coverage earlier this month pulled a slightly bigger audience than the usually dominant Academy Awards, and totally stomped the Oscars in the adult demo. The music awards show, likely boosted by the death of Whitney Houston, had 39.9 million viewers, just barely edging out Sunday’s program. If last night’s viewership tally is sustained in Nielsen’s national ratings release tomorrow, it will mark the first year the Grammys drew a larger crowd than the Oscars since Nielsen started its current ratings system in 1992. Among adults 18-49, there was no contest: Grammys had a 14.1 rating to Oscars 11.7.

Here’s how the Oscars have fared in recent years: READ FULL STORY

Oprah joins Jimmy Kimmel's post-Oscar special

Oprah Winfrey is the latest celebrity to join Jimmy Kimmel’s seventh post-Oscar special.

ABC made the announcement Thursday.

Winfrey is making a rare late-night appearance at a time when her year-old cable channel, OWN, is trying to attract viewers after a rocky start. She’s been more visible on the channel as well, with a new weekly series, Oprah’s Next Chapter.

Billy Crystal, who is hosting the Oscar ceremony, will help kick off Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards. Nominees Meryl Streep, George Clooney and Martin Scorsese will be among the stars on hand.

A performance by Coldplay will wrap up the show.

Kimmel’s Oscar-night special has yielded comedy pieces that became online sensations, including one with Sarah Silverman and Matt Damon and “Handsome Men’s Club” featuring Matthew McConaughey and Sting.

The Oscars will air from a Hollywood theater Feb. 26 at 8:30 p.m. EST, with Kimmel’s show to follow the awards and local newscasts.

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Oprah draws fire for asking Nielsen viewers to watch OWN instead of Grammys
Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation to launch this month, with the support of Oprah
Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls celebrates first graduates

'Oscars Red Carpet Live' names all-star team of hosts

Robin Roberts, Tim Gunn, Louise Roe, Nina Garcia, and Entertainment Weekly‘s managing editor Jess Cagle will host ABC’s Oscars Red Carpet Live, the hour-long pre-show before the 84th Academy Awards on Feb. 26. Roberts, Gunn, and Cagle are returning for the third time, while Garcia and Roe will be making their Oscar debuts. “We couldn’t be more excited to be working with this red carpet team,” said pre-show executive producers Charlie Haykel and Juliane Hare, in a statement. “Each brings something unique and different that will contribute to the show’s overall dynamic and creative direction.”

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EW Special Coverage: Oscars 2012

Jonah Hill to host 'Saturday Night Live'

Adding to his ongoing list of accomplishments, first-time Oscar nominee Jonah Hill will host Saturday Night Live for the second time in his career. A source close to the show confirmed that the Moneyball star will host the March 10 episode.

But before Hill returns to the stage at Studio 8H, his 21 Jump Street costar Channing Tatum will beat him to the punch, hosting this weekend’s new episode, with musical guest Best New Artist Grammy nominee Bon Iver.  (Zooey Deschanel, another SNL first-timer like Tatum, will have her go on Feb. 11.)

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Oscar nominations: Meryl Streep, Jonah Hill, and more speak out about their nods
‘Moneyball’ star Jonah Hill on awards season consideration: ‘I think I’m still shell-shocked’
Jonah Hill announces ’21 Jump Street’ wrap

Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel to host Critics' Choice Movie Awards on VH1

It’s always good to get two-thirds of Human Giant back togetherRob Huebel (The Descendants) and Paul Scheer (The League), who starred in the 2007-08 MTV sketch series with Aziz Ansari (Parks and Recreation), have been tapped to host the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards on VH1, the Broadcast Film Critics Association announced today. The Critics’ Choice Awards — along with the Screen Actors Guild Awards — is considered to be among the best predictors of an Academy Award nomination. The ceremony will air live on Jan. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and indie pop act Fitz and the Tantrums will serve as the house band.

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Oscar ads: What's the value of the 2012 show?

“Just how valuable is Bill Crystals to the Oscars?

ABC is about to find out, as it has opted to charge up to $1.7 million per 30 second spot for an ad in the annual telecast, according to Ad Age. Though it may seem like a rich price to peddle products during the mammoth show, that’s actually on par with what ABC charged during last year’s (dreadful) telecast, when Anne Hathaway and James Franco hosted the festivities. The show ended up averaging 37.9 million viewers, down from the previous year when The Hurt Locker dominated in front of 41.7 million people. READ FULL STORY


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