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Geena Davis calls Seth MacFarlane's Oscars disrespectful and 'tone-deaf' towards women

Academy Award winner Geena Davis on Monday waded into the ongoing controversy over this year’s Oscars ceremony by saying host Seth MacFarlane’s routine was disrespectful to women, particularly the performers who were being honored.

The Thelma & Louise star said MacFarlane’s much-criticized routine last month overshadowed the win of an animated film with a strong female character.

“It’s a shame that that triumph was enveloped in an awards ceremony containing disrespect for women,” Davis told members of the California Assembly during a ceremony in Sacramento. “But it helps illustrate how tone-deaf we can still be regarding the status of women.”

She commended Brave, which won best animated picture, as setting a positive example for girls. READ FULL STORY

This year's Academy Awards: a lively, occasionally uneasy mixture of snark and sincerity

I’m someone who respects tradition, so in writing about the Academy Awards, I generally make a point of referring to them at least once — usually in my opening sentence — as, you know, “the Academy Awards.” But now I’ve learned that I shouldn’t even do that: The official, marquee title of the event that ABC broadcast to a billion viewers on Sunday night was “The Oscars.” (Barbara Walters must have been thrilled.) Which may make you think that the show has taken on a new, casual spirit. In certain ways, it has. The host, Seth MacFarlane, threw his barbed tomahawks, treating the Oscars as his own free-form joke writer’s playroom. MacFarlane, a maestro of misanthropic snark, knew that he’d been engaged to push the how many powerful people in the audience can we insult to their faces? tradition of Ricky Gervais to the breaking point, and he happily complied. He tossed prickly insults at Quentin Tarantino, Amour, Harvey Weinstein, Daniel Day-Lewis’ vocal performance as Lincoln, and — thank you! — Entertainment Weekly. But he also framed the whole thing as a self-conscious stunt in which the question of whether or not he was “going too far” became the perpetual theme of his comedy. READ FULL STORY

Oscar honcho on First Lady, Meryl Streep's blunder, and song for the losers

How did the producers manage to keep the First Lady’s involvement in the ceremony a secret? Why didn’t Meryl Streep open the envelope for best actor? Did Host Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth actually know the identity of the losers before they wrote that snarky ode to them? We asked Director Don Mischer to answer some of our burning questions about Sunday’s telecast of the Academy Awards.

When did they book Michelle Obama to reveal the Best Picture winner? “That happened about two weeks ago and we kept it all a secret,” Mischer told EW. “There were just a few of us who knew. We had a code name for it… Operation Florence. Nobody on our crew knew until Sunday afternoon before we went on the air.” READ FULL STORY

Oscars: Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd, and more presenters announced

Fans of Wanderlust, your Oscar moment is here. Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd have been announced as presenters at this year’s Academy Awards. A press release confirming the news also announced Oscar-winning Michael Douglas and Jamie Foxx as presenters.

The four will join previously-announced presenters such as Melissa McCarthy, Liam Neeson, John Travolta, Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, Mark Wahlberg, Ted, and cast members from The Avengers, among others.

The Oscars, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, air this Sunday on ABC.

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Oscar host Seth MacFarlane went in search of some college kids who thought they could change the movies, and is going to jumpstart their careers by handing them Oscars.

Of course, they’ll have to immediately hand them to someone else. But still …

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Amanda Seyfried eyeballing Seth MacFarlane's comedy Western

Amanda Seyfried may soon be joining Seth MacFarlane’s wild west show.

The Ted filmmaker, Family Guy creator and soon-to-be Oscar host will be shooting (so to speak) the gunslinging comedy A Million Ways to Die in the West later this spring, and Seyfried is in talks to play the girl who dumps his timid pioneer farmer.

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Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer to present at the Oscars

No surprise here, but now it’s official. Last year’s acting winners Meryl Streep, Jean Dujardin, Octavia Spencer and Christopher Plummer will present at this year’s Academy Awards ceremony.

“We are honored to have Meryl, Octavia, Christopher and Jean, last year’s Oscar winners in each of the acting categories, return to the Oscar stage,” said Oscar show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron in a statement.

This isn’t the only bit of presenter news lately: Earlier, Mark Wahlberg confirmed he would be presenting alongside the animated bear, Ted.

The Academy Awards, hosted by Seth MacFarlane, air Feb. 24.

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Seth MacFarlane serves up a martini for James Bond in Oscars promo

Seth MacFarlane, what a lucky guy. He scores a gig hosting the Oscars and a job making drinks for James Bond. Or at least, he briefly plays bartender in a commercial that promotes the Academy Awards’ planned tribute to the British spy.

Following up his first round of commercials promoting the Oscars, in this latest ad, MacFarlane appears opposite Pierce Brosnan’s Bond from 1999′s The World Is Not Enough with the help of a little computer magic.

Warning, humorless Bond fans: MacFarlane’s irreverent humor in the following ad may break down your image of 007 as a constantly cool and suave. Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Oscars: Norah Jones to get warm and fuzzy with 'Ted' theme

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Norah Jones will sing the jazzy Everybody Needs a Best Friend from the stuffed-bear comedy Ted on the upcoming Oscar telecast, the producers have announced.

The tune, which is up for Original Song, was co-written by Academy Awards host (and Ted filmmaker) Seth MacFarlane — so when producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron revealed last week that Adele would be crooning her nominated song from Skyfall, it was easy to assume this number would be part of the telecast as well. READ FULL STORY

Mark Wahlberg and Ted to appear at Oscars -- VIDEO

Ted versus Stewie? It could happen at this year’s Academy Awards.

After over a 218 million dollar domestic box office take, it’s no surprise that the R-rated bear has fans. And apparently Academy members – and Oscars viewers — are going to get a second round of inappropriate hijinks. On a segment of Anderson Live airing Friday, Mark Wahlberg confirmed that he and Ted will be part of the Oscar telecast this year, which of course is being hosted by Ted creator/voice Seth MacFarlane. Jokes about the Best Actress nominees by the teddy bear with no boundaries? All but a guarantee.

Ted fans also have another reason to celebrate: Wahlberg confirmed MacFarlane was working on a script for a Ted sequel, which Wahlberg will be involved with.

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