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Seth MacFarlane's Oscar fear: "You can be too old-fashioned" -- INTERVIEW

“We’ve seen in the past it can go both ways,” Seth MacFarlane says of his Oscar hosting duties. “You can be too old-fashioned and you can be too irreverent. Often times that audience isn’t necessarily going to be with you if you go too far over the line.”

For those who love the Oscars, but feel the show needs a little more element of surprise, that line is just short of getting punched out by Meryl Streep.

The new host of the Academy Awards got on the phone with Entertainment Weekly to talk about his plans for the 85th annual show, but far from the barbarian who might storm the gates of Hollywood’s biggest night and unleash Gervaisian hell, MacFarlane sounded more like he wanted to play nice – albeit just a little rough.


New Motion Picture Academy president Hawk Koch on his top Oscar moments, and getting more members to vote for foreign films

When Hawk Koch was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences earlier this week, he made history as the first child of a previous president (Howard W. Koch) to also hold the position. He takes on the job after a period of remarkable change at the Academy, including the rejiggering and then re-rejiggering of the Best Picture category and the announcement of an official Academy Museum of Motion Pictures in Los Angeles. EW chatted with Koch from his Academy office earlier today, where he shared his thoughts on the best Oscars moments of the past few years, his hope for expanding the voting base for the Best Foreign Language Film category, and his own picks for his favorite films of all time. Check out our conversation below:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: You’ve said that the most important thing for you is to get a producer and a host for the Academy Awards. So what have been some of your favorite parts about Academy Awards of the last few years?
HAWK KOCH: I think it was [producers] Larry Mark and Bill Condon’s idea when they produced it — the former Academy winners getting up onstage and looking down on the nominees and telling them what happened to them and what they were feeling and explaining what they felt. I wasn’t as thrilled the next year where we tried to do it a little bit differently, but all the people who had won before — I thought that was great. I really liked Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway dancing. I like a lot of the legacy things, showing the stuff that we’ve done over the years always chokes me up. We now have the honorary awards in a separate dinner, but we really got it right honoring them on the awards show. It really meant a lot I think with Oprah and Dick Smith and James Earl Jones.  READ FULL STORY

The Oscars home is now the Dolby Theatre, and it will be until at least 2033

Since 2002, the Academy Awards have been held in the Kodak Theatre, a vertiginously tall, state-of-the-art venue in the heart of the Hollywood (technically, the Hollywood & Highland Center). And thanks to a deal announced today by the Academy and Hollywood & Highland owners CIM Group, the Oscars will continue to be held at the same venue, just with a new designation: The Dolby Theatre, named after the nearly-50-year-old audio technology company Dolby Laboratories. (UPDATE: Check out an artist rendering of the new Dolby Theater nameplate below.)

“The Academy’s Board of Governors believes that the home for our awards is in Hollywood,” said Academy president Tom Sherak in a statement. READ FULL STORY

Academy says yes to online voting for 2013 Oscars

Don’t say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Wednesday that it will begin using an “electronic voting system” starting with the 85th Academy Awards in 2013. Up until this announcement, the Academy has always collected ballots by mail. Those ballots were then counted by hand by a small team of PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants.

But now the Academy will team with the firm Everyone Counts to develop an online voting system for next year’s Oscars. Over the next year, the Academy will “undertake a rigorous security and user-acceptance testing process.” A chief concern will be ensuring that the system cannot be compromised by hackers. PricewaterhouseCoopers will still be responsible for ultimately tabulating and verifying the results. READ FULL STORY

'Muppets' songwriter Bret McKenzie talks about facing off against Sergio Mendes in the Best Song Oscar race: 'I'm hoping we have a drum battle on the red carpet!'

Because of the 487 hour (approx.) time difference between Los Angeles and New Zealand, Bret McKenzie was asleep when it was announced his Muppets movie tune “Man or Muppet” had been nominated for an Oscar. “My phone was ringing hot,” says the Kiwi and Flight of the Conchords member about discovering the news. “Then I checked my email. I had a lot of emails.”


Megan Fox, Josh Duhamel find long-lost Billy Crystal in new Oscar promo -- VIDEO

How do you lure Billy Crystal back to the Oscar show?

Obviously, you send Megan Fox.

The Academy Awards have joined forces with Funny or Die to create a star-studded trailer for the coming show, with Fox reuniting with her Transformers costar Josh Duhamel to track down the elusive City Slickers actor for another go-round at the Oscars. See for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

Pharrell Williams on Oscar gig with Hans Zimmer: 'I'm pinching myself'

Oscar-winning composer Hans Zimmer and Grammy-winning songwriter and producer Pharrell Williams will join the Academy Awards telecast as music consultants. It will be the first time both men have worked on the show.

Zimmer is an eight-time Oscar nominee (including for the original scores of Inception, Sherlock Holmes, and Gladiator) and took home the statue for The Lion King. Williams, who considers Zimmer his mentor and has long wanted to collaborate with Oscars producer Brian Grazer, wrote the original score for Despicable Me.

It was during a recent phone call with Zimmer talking about their online music-made-simple venture UJAM that Zimmer said, “Hey, I have this idea. They asked me about the Oscars, and I thought about you. Would you be into it?'” Williams tells EW. “And I was like, ‘H— yeah.’ So he said, ‘Okay, it’s settled. We’ll do it as partners.’ And I said, ‘Okay, cool. let’s do it.’ The rest is history, man. It was in the trades everywhere the next day, and I was like Wow.”

Williams says they’ve already had a meeting with Grazer, but he won’t get into specifics. “I don’t want to lessen the impact of what we’re trying to do, but it’s some really interesting things. I think people will be very surprised… We’ll be writing a lot of music, we’ll be doing what you assume the job entails, but beyond what you would expect. It’s different. It’s an interesting opportunity. [Hans and I] are both other-minded folks. We’re other. We’re not cut from the regular cloth. So we have to do other things.”

The importance of the evening hasn’t escaped him. “I’m pinching myself mentally, like yes, this is real,” he says. “As a child, you always watch the Academy Awards. I never thought I would ever be a part of the show. Literally a part of the show.”

The 84th Academy Awards, hosted by Billy Crystal, will air Feb. 26 on ABC.

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The Oscar mess: Who will bear the brunt of the fallout?

It’s safe to say the past couple of days have not been the movie industry’s finest hour. Over the course of 24 tumultuous hours, the producer chosen for next year’s Oscar telecast, Brett Ratner, resigned amid a firestorm of controversy; his handpicked host, Eddie Murphy, dropped out; and a new producer, Brian Grazer, was brought in to try to quickly clean up the mess.

Given that we’re talking about Hollywood’s most important and exalted event here, the one that is supposed to represent cinema’s highest values and achievements, and it all went kablooey over a few crazy days, there is sure to be some fallout. But who will be most adversely affected by this week’s fiasco going forward? Brett Ratner? Eddie Murphy? The Academy itself? Let’s take them one by one. READ FULL STORY

New Oscar host: Who will Brian Grazer choose?

Now that super-producer Brian Grazer has been named as a producer of this season’s Academy Awards telecast, the obvious question is: Who will he get to host? Oftentimes telecast producers reach out to performers they’ve worked with in the past. So who are the most host-worthy FOBs (Friends of Brian)? Let’s take a look:

Tom Hanks: The two-time Best Actor winner has collaborated with Grazer on four feature films (Splash, Apollo 13, The Da Vinci Code, and Angels and Demons) as well as the mini-series From the Earth to the Moon. He’s a respected Hollywood elder statesman who’s never hosted the Oscars. Hanks might not offer the most irreverent comedy but he’d certainly be a smooth emcee. And he’s a costar in one of this year’s potential awards contenders, Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseREAD FULL STORY

Brian Grazer replacing Brett Ratner as new Oscar producer

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that Brian Grazer (The Da Vinci Code, A Beautiful Mind) will be the new producer of the Academy Awards, the latest development in a wild 48 hours that saw previous producer Brett Ratner resign amid a firestorm of controversy and Eddie Murphy subsequently withdraw from hosting the show this morning. Ironically, Grazer also produced Ratner and Murphy’s latest film, Tower Heist. He joins veteran TV producer Don Mischer, who remained on as an Oscar producer after Ratner stepped down.

“It’s very gratifying to be part of a show that honors excellence in the medium to which I have devoted so much of my career,” said Grazer in a statement. “Don is a legend, and I am excited to work with him.” READ FULL STORY

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