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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

Mark Wahlberg and CGI costar Ted to present at the Oscars

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The total Seth MacFarlanification of this year’s Academy Awards telecast is nearly complete. The Family Guy creator is hosting the ceremony Feb. 24, where Norah Jones will also perform “Everybody Needs a Best Friend,” an Oscar-nominated original song MaFarlane co-wrote for his summer comedy hit Ted.

Now the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has confirmed that Ted star (and two-time Oscar nominee) Mark Wahlberg will present an award on Oscar night — alongside the animated bear who gave that film its name, who is voiced, naturally, by MacFarlane. READ FULL STORY

Q&A: New 2013 Academy Awards producers hint at next year's show: Music! Emotion!

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Powerhouse Chicago and Smash producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron knew for years they wanted to produce the Academy Awards. Appropriately, in fact, The Bucket List co-producers had it on their own bucket list. Check!

Named on Thursday by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as producers of next year’s 85th annual awards ceremony, Zadan and Meron hinted to EW.com their hopes for the telecast (an emphasis on music and personal emotion), set to air live Feb. 24 on ABC. The lifelong musical lovers – Meron just watched a favorite, West Side Story, on Blu-ray the other day – have produced dozens of film, TV and theater projects ranging from 2002 Oscar winner Chicago, NBC Broadway TV show Smash, Broadway revival How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and 2007’s Hairspray and Footloose remakes. Zadan co-produced 1984’s beloved original Footloose. The pair has been nominated for eight Emmys, but no Oscars.
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This year's Academy Awards were so scrappy, eager to please, and not all that funny they were like something from the 1970s (and I mean that as a compliment)

oscar-hostsImage Credit: Gabriel Bouys/AFP/Getty Images“We are at war.” With that stately declaration, a rapid-fire reel of the 10 Best Picture nominees began to unspool, with crisply edited power, just before the presentation of the crowning honor at last night’s Academy Awards ceremony. The speaker was Colin Firth, and the words came right out of The King’s Speech — in fact, it was the king’s speech, directly from the film’s soundtrack, his final, deliberately spoken, non- stuttered exhortation to stand up to your enemies at a time of conflict. The clips from all the nominated films bore out that defiant warrior spirit, whether it was the dueling brothers of The Fighter or the clashing talking heads of The Social Network or the domestic combatants of The Kids Are All Right or the embattled playthings of Toy Story 3 or the hero of 127 Hours facing down his rocky predicament or the heroine of Winter’s Bone standing up against her community of varmints. READ FULL STORY

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