Here's a brand new Oscar-themed episode of Zach Galifianakis's Between Two Ferns that sees him sitting down with nominees Jennifer Lawrence, Naomi Watts, Christoph Waltz, Anne Hathaway, and Amy Adams. It's part one of two and features the best cliffhanger "to be continued" ending ever: "Don't you ever fart on my tits again."
The Wrap reports that The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has announced its list of contenders for its Animated Short Oscar, and amongst the 10 films is "Maggie Simpson in 'The Longest Daycare,'" a 3D animated Simpsons short that was shown prior to screenings of Ice Age 4 this summer. The four-and-a-half minute short was written by Simpsons masterminds Matt Groening, James L. Brooks, Al Jean, David Mirkin, Joel H. Cohen, and Michael Price, directed by David Silverman, and involves Maggie in conflict with her nemesis, unibrowed baby Gerald, at a daycare. This is a chance for Oscar redemption for The Simpsons. The Simpsons Movie was shut out of the Best Animated Feature category in 2008, [...]
Last Night the LA Times reported that Jimmy Fallon was in talks to host and Lorne Michaels was in talks to produce the Academy Awards. This would've been great, if it were true, which is still up in the air. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) ultimately chooses who hosts and produces the Oscars but the Oscars are on ABC, so ABC and Disney get to have a say in that matter. ABC/Disney was none to pleased with the idea of giving the job to the host of a rival's late night show. "When the idea came up of Fallon, we made it clear that we were not [...]
Academy Awards producer Brian Grazer has announced that Sacha Baron Cohen will be on the red carpet dressed as General Aladeen from The Dictator, but he will be "part of the show… as himself." It's a surprisingly civil compromise, considering that just this morning, "Aladeen" was threatening the Academy with "unforeseen and unimaginable consequences." But at the end of the day, everyone involved got exactly what they wanted: lots of free publicity. And that's what's most important.
Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen took some time out of his busy schedule of executions to discuss the Academy's recent disapproval of his plan to attend the Oscars. "Normally I would be impressed by an act of cowardice by a faceless regime,” he said to the Today Show this morning. “But this is personal. I have issued them an ultimatum: They have until midday on Sunday to give me my tickets back. If they do not, they will see and face unforeseen and unimaginable consequences." Who knows what Aladeen's capable of? The only thing clear right now is that his buddy Sacha Baron Cohen sure knows how to [...]