I’m not usually a betting man, but if I was, I’d have wagered a lot of money on the proposition that Seth MacFarlane would not be hosting the Academy Awards in 2014. Whatever you thought of his performance as host — I’m one of the rare pop-culture observers who didn’t hate him, and even kind of liked him — the way that the media pounced on his “Look, Ma, no taste!” preening had a definitive, hanging-judge finality about it. In the days following the 2013 Oscar ceremony, the outpouring of indignation from media and entertainment pundits over MacFarlane’s deliberately shameless quips about Rihanna and Jews in Hollywood and Abe Lincoln’s assassination, not to mention the song-and-dance sequence (“We Saw Your Boobs!”) that instantly became the most reviled Oscar production number since Rob Lowe cavorted with Snow White…well, let’s just say that the media, as it so often does, effectively spoke with one voice, and what that voice said is: “You, Seth MacFarlane, have crossed a line that you shouldn’t have crossed. Your hosting gig was a scandalous embarrassment, or at the very least a bombastic and offensive mistake. We know that you stepped over the line, because we’re the people who draw the line. If you want to direct another potty-mouth comedy like Ted, be our guest, but as far as the Academy Awards go, consider yourself excommunicated.” READ FULL STORY »
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Watch out Miss Piggy! In the new Muppets sequel, Muppets… Again! (shooting now in London), funnyman Ricky Gervais plays the evil sidekick to the main villain, Constantine. This morning Gervais tweeted this photo of himself grabbing Miss Piggy and Kermit the Frog under his coat (we can only assume he is holding them hostage). READ FULL STORY »
What happens when David Brent meets Fozzie Bear?
We’ll find out when Disney’s sequel to The Muppets hits theaters. Gervais confirmed rumors via Twitter today that he will play the lead in the new film, a European adventure that is also set to star Ty Burrell as a bumbling Interpol inspector. Here’s Gervais’s tweet:
Casting Net: Ricky Gervais in talks to star in 'The Muppets' sequel. Plus: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Eddie Redmayne, Berenice Bejo
• Ricky Gervais, sure to lend his feisty brand of British snark, is in talks to star alongside Kermit, Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets gang in the sequel to 2011′s The Muppets, EW can confirm. Gervais would play off of Modern Family Ty Burrell‘s Interpol inspector in the Europe-set comedy. James Bobin, who helmed the previous Muppets film, is back to direct from a script he co-wrote with Nicholas Stoller. Stoller co-wrote The Muppets with Jason Segel, and directed him in this year’s The Five-Year Engagement. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
• Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) and Noomi Rapace (Prometheus) are in talks to headline Animal Rescue, directed by Michael R. Roskam from a script by Dennis Lehane based on his own short story. The film circles around the story of a bartender in Boston who saves a dog and is targeted by the dog’s former owner, while a mob-related crime plot also plays out. Given Hardy and Rapace’s equal ability to take on intense, physical parts, their pairing would create amazing friction, alongside direction by Oscar-nominated Bullhead helmer Roskam. [Variety] READ FULL STORY »
That lively, star-filled ode to film and television the Golden Globe Awards will take place on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2013, announced the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, dick clark productions and NBC on Tuesday.
The 70th annual awards show will air live on NBC from its annual home at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Nominations will be announced at 8 a.m. EST on Thursday, Dec. 13. The deadline for Globe submissions is Nov. 2, and the deadline for nominations ballots to be mailed to HFPA members is Nov. 29.
The Globes, produced by Dick Clark Productions in association with the HFPA, is long considered the lighter toned, boozier sister to the Academy Awards. This past year’s Globes telecast, hosted by snarky, sassy Ricky Gervais, averaged 16.9 million viewers. The show is viewed in 160 countries worldwide.
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