And a whole lot more ...
"Jonah Hill is " set to make his directorial debut with one of the nuttiest-sounding scripts we’ve heard of in a long time. The Superbad actor is currently in talks to helm The Kitchen Sink, which has been described around town as The Breakfast Club meets Zombieland. Why? Well, the plot follows a bunch of high school kids who are attacked by zombies. While they're on the run, the zombies are then attacked by vampires. Before aliens land on Earth, and everybody has to band together to fight them."
So they could ... speak
"Helena Bonham Carter
"The witty and fun Helena Bonham Carter won a BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress recently. Her speech looked and sounded like this."That extemporaneous, but efficient vibe was sorely lacking at the dais last night. While Melissa Leo clamored about nothing using four-letter words, Ms. Carter would’ve seized the moment with a few quips, a few thank-yous, and a joke about how she could never play the white swan. That extemporaneous, but efficient vibe was sorely lacking at the dais last night. While Melissa Leo clamored about nothing using four-letter words, Ms. Carter would’ve seized the moment with a few quips, a few thank-yous, and a joke about how she could never play the white swan."
The telecast was down 12 percent from last year
Though the Oscar Telecast was clearly trying to "young it up," their strategy didn't work out as planned.
According to TheWrap, not only did less younger viewers watch, but less viewers in general. Last year's "Hurt Locker," "Avatar" show-down fared much better.
Here's more from TheWrap:
"Younger hosts didn't help this year's Oscars hold on to younger viewers, according to preliminary ratings.
"Sunday's show scored an 11.7 rating in the ever-desirable 18 to 49 demographic, down 12 percent from last year's 13.3, according to the initial numbers. Total U.S. viewers slipped 10 percent to 37.6 million, and the show lost viewers for the first time since 2008.
"It also slipped slightly among 18 to 34 year olds -- the demographic of hosts Franco, 32, and Hathaway, 28."
Josh Brolin may team with Tim Burton for the classic story
If you've not seen the Charles Laughton or Lon Chaney version (Anthony Quinn also played Quasimodo), then get to those classics, first. For now, keep Brolin and Burton in mind.
Here's more from ComingSoon:
"Brolin is teaming with screenwriters Kieran and Michele Mulroney to develop an idea of his that features a new take on Victor Hugo's 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame.' Variety is reporting the deal and suggesting that Tim Burton could be in early talks to direct.
"With the story dating back to 1831, 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame' "has been adapted dozens of times across film, television, radio, and for the stage (including in musical and ballet versions). Set in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the novel tells of Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback who dwells within and who falls in love with a dancing Gypsy, Esmeralda.
"Specifics of the project are unknown and, while it is likely that Brolin would appear in the film, it is unclear whether it would be in the part of Quasimodo. Burton's involvement is even less certain as, even if he's interested, still has a number of projects already on the table, including finishing work on Frankenweenie before moving into Dark Shadows and a potential attachment to Monsterpocalypse and Maleficent.
The movie star pases away at 89
One of the great movie stars has left us -- Jane Russell, a woman notable for her comedic talent, chemistry with Robert Mitchum and yes, of course, her significant measurements. Measurements that made Howard Hughes design a bra for her.
She made an iconic, controversial splash with a film the famed aviator/movie producer, Hughes put together -- "The Outlaw" -- made in 1941 but released a few years later due to censorship issues surrounding Russell's bust line. Yes, it was different times back then. But even looking at photos of her now. Wow. I'll just state the obvious to say, she is sexy. But she was quite a "gal" and a great friend to Robert Mitchum, who loved her no-nonsense sass, her smarts and clearly, just hanging with her, working with her. And if Mitchum (one of the coolest men who ever lived) vouches for her, well, come on. She had to be wonderful.
After her "Outlaw," (an interesting movie, not a classic, but beautiful to watch, especially for Miss Russell), she made "Paleface" and "Son of Paleface" with Bob Hope and, among other RKO pictures, some slightly bizarre, but terrific noir's with Robert Mitchum, the terrifically unhinged "His Kind of Woman" (1951) and "Macao" (1952). But her most famous role was playing the brunette gentlemen allegedly don't prefer, but prefer to marry, in Howard Hawks' "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," opposite Marilyn Monroe.
Rest in Peace, Jane Russell. And please readers. Watch and enjoy this tremendous woman.
Best Picture and ... it's over!
-- And he's announcing the nominees ...
-- OK ... Mr. Spielberg ... one of them is ready for their close-up.
-- Best Picture Winner! "The King's Speech"! Easy! I suspected this would win and though the film is very nice, wonderfully acted and touching, it didn't deserve the win. "The Social Network" should have taken home the golden boy. And it will go down in history as such. But congratulations to "The King's Speech" and all the other winners.
-- As for the show ... what a mixed bag of awkward, nice, well intentioned, New Hollywood trying to be Old School but Old School coming off edgier (Billy Crystal, and a risen-from-the-dead Bob Hope were fresher and actually killed), Franco checking out of the show with a clear, pained "I can't believe I decided to do this" smile, and then, genuinely moving moments, a beautifully crafted Best Picture montage, even if tilted toward the King (it made me want to see all of the movies again -- even the one's I didn't like as much), a missing Bansky (monkey mask!), an ever present and incredibly awesome Christian Bale (a shout-out and link to Dickey. Bale was the King of the speech tonight), topped off by the old chestnut "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" sung by the PS22 children's Chorus.
In all, as much as I hoped for these co-hosts, and especially Franco, this was an awfully off-kilter Oscars. Hathaway tried, but was abrasive. And Franco, how's he going to spin this one? I can only hope that the tireless multi-tasker who finally looked, well tired got a lot of backstage footage before he starts his gang movie with Harmony Chorine -- perhaps some of this will fit in there?
Or ... speaking of past Oscar Hosts and Bob Hope, maybe they need to give Mr. Warmth, the brilliant Don Rickles a shot. To cleanse your palette from tonight's evening, here's some real hosting duties:
The Big Show
-- I seriously, incredibly, entirely dislike how the Lifetime Achievement Awards are doled out. A separate ceremony for Kevin Brownlow, Francis Ford Coppola, Jean-Luc Godard and Eli Wallach (and the legend, Godard, who avoided the whole thing, as we would except)? Really? Give these guys time to make a speech for heaven's sake. I want to see what they have to say! Eli Wallach was in, among other fine movies including "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly," "Baby Doll" people. "Baby Doll." Remember when Stanley Donen won? Not a dry eye in the house when the "Singin' in the Rain" director did a little soft shoe on stage. But again, have you seen "Baby Doll"? These "young" people up there, those two thinking they're pulling off the edge, need to check out Elia Kazan's masterpiece. Here's a refresher in some daring dialogue. Case in point: Eli Wallach is cooler than any youngster on stage.
-- James Franco looks embarrassed. This is so odd. How is he going to spin this one? And again, Franco, think of Eli Wallach. By the way, Eli Wallach also made a cameo in one of the year's best pictures, snubbed by the Academy, Roman Polanski's "The Ghost Writer."
-- Jeff Bridges is a class act. I'm glad they got rid of the counsel ready to be beamed back up by Scottie vouching for the Best Actor and Actress nominee, and though Jeff Bridges is kind of lecturing here, it's still a vast improvement from the PTA Meeting of past.
-- Best Actress Winner! Natalie Portman! In spite of some critical split takes on her performance and the movie, "Black Swan," it was nearly a consensus that Natalie Portman was bravura as fragile, crazy ballerina Nina. Her dedication, which feels so real, is staggeringly touching. And her winner's speech is genuinely sweet. And a special note to Mike Nichols.
-- Sandra Bullock is making it look so easy. Charming. Gracious. Casual. Come on Oscar hosts. Take a cue. I love how she addresses James Franco: "James ... you are the reason children get picked up late from school because their mothers are home watching 'General Hospital.'"
-- Best Actor Winner! Colin Firth for "The King's Speech." Oh ... he's flat out wonderful with his acceptance speech: "I have a feeling my career has just peaked." What is with the entire cast and crew of "The King's Speech"? It's enough that the movie makes everyone in the theater blubber, but it seems that the players overcame their own real life obstacles. Or perhaps it just feels that way. Colin Firth is going to make me misty for Tom Ford for chrissakes (I have no idea why -- Tom Ford is fabulous, but not a person I cry over), and then ... Harvey Weinstein? Oh, you are a brilliant actor Colin Firth. Bravo. (Jesse Eisenberg should have won, by the way).
The Big Show
-- More Bob Hope. This is wonderful. Seriously. More "old" hosts. And he just announced Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. I'm being a bit hard on the current hosts, I know. Again, it's not entirely their fault given their material (Vilanch!) is so stale. But, please. Just get the "Bob Hope of Oscar's past" to host the rest of the affair. Also, why didn't they pull this joke out of his arsenal -- the Kodak Theater could use a political zinger about now:
-- Wait. I'm waiting for the Vatican Warlock Assassin for Christopher Nolan ... come on "Inception" winners ...
-- I'm so glad "The Social Network" just won for Best Editing. A beautifully written, perfectly interconnected story that makes it look all so easy and doesn't draw attention to its editing seems quite rare to win. It also makes me wonder if "The King's Speech" may not be the new sure thing?
-- Franco is actually almost being funny. "How to Train Your Dragon," etc. euphemisms. I mean, if he's doing this because he actually knows it's a bad joke (Vilanch!). But maybe not. At this point, I can't tell with Franco. His heart isn't in it. He's thinking of his 12-hour movie with Gus Van Sant right about now ...
-- So ... some of these musical performance were lovely (Paltrow was a bit flat, however) but I'm rooting for Randy Newman because, I'll admit it, I want to return to my childhood. And his song, though it ain't no "Short People," is the most memorable. And ... he just won! Congratulations Randy Newman. 20 nominations! And this is his second win? That's crazy. I feel like he did (or should have) won like, ten times by now. Odd.
-- This just in: Melissa Leo apologizes for dropping the "F" Bomb during her acceptance speech. From People: "Speaking backstage to reporters afterwards, Leo said, 'Those words – I apologize to anyone if they offend. There's a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular. I really don't mean to offend, and probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word.'" Oh my.
-- The In Memoriam reel. Oh. These always get me. I have to stop for a moment because it's just too much to take in. This was an especially bad year -- we lost some legendary talents. Here's just some in the role call: Tony Curtis, Gloria Stuart, Sally Menke, Leslie Nielsen, Claude Chabrol, Pete Postlethwaite, Patricia Neal, George Hickenlooper, Robert Culp, Lynn Redgrave, Peter Yates, Anne Francis, Arhtur Penn, Susannah York, Ronald Neame, Jill Clayburgh, Irvin Kershner, Dennis Hopper, Dino De Laurentis, Blake Edwards, Kevin McCarthy and Lena Horne. Celine Dion's restrained version of "Smile" is a lovely touch. The song, originally composed by Charlie Chaplin was first performed by Nat King Cole. A highlight of the evening (and I can't believe I'm stating this about Celine Dion). However ... the reel missed Eric Rohmer, Corey Haim, John Forsythe, Betty Garrett, Fess Parker, Harold Gould, Peter Graves and Eddie Fisher. And I certainly hope Tura Satana and Maria Schneider make it next year's reel ... unless they forgot them as well. How can you forget these women? Any of these talents? This makes me sad too.