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Originally posted 02/24/2008 10:30AM
With the Writers Guild of America strike finally over and Jon Stewart tinkering with his opening monologue, the 80th annual Academy Awards is expected to offer plenty of high wattage glamour on Hollywood's big night.
Originally posted 02/22/2008 12:30PM
Currently one of awards season's sexiest men, Oscar nominee Javier Bardem had to cope with a major challenge on the set of No Country for Old Men: his Prince Valiant haircut.
"He hated it and loved it," the movie's hair stylist Paul LeBlanc tells PEOPLE. "But he would say that once I did his hair, he could become the character. Javier is a true actor and got into the character sublimely."
The cut, inspired by paintings of medieval knights, generated buzz among cast and crew.
"On set, everybody would look at [Javier] and say, 'My God, what is that?'" LeBlanc says. "Josh Brolin told him at one point, 'You ain't gonna [score] for three months.' "
Originally posted 02/22/2008 09:40AM
Marion Cotillard says she the attention she's gotten from Hollywood – not to mention the Academy – is beyond her wildest dreams. "I wouldn't even have imagined being with my French movie in the United States, which is a country of cinema," the 32-year-old Oscar nominee for La Vie en Rose tells Elle magazine in its March issue. "I'm living a dream I didn't dare to have."
Up next for the French star, a turn in a movie adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Nine with some more Hollywood hotshots, including Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz.
Originally posted 02/21/2008 12:05PM
George Clooney is already practicing his "it's an honor just to be nominated" speech, telling Time magazine in a new interview that he doesn't have a shot at beating out Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor at Sunday's Academy Awards.
"For me, it's like being Hillary Clinton," says the Michael Clayton star. "If it weren’t for Barack Obama, it would have been a very good year." Adds Clooney: "I thought Daniel Day-Lewis had the best performance of the year."
Over the years, Clooney has played many roles: actor, director, peace activist. But one role he really relishes is Oscar forecaster. Apart from his own race, the actor handicaps other major categories, boasting to Time that he's never lost an Oscar pool. Just how accurate are his picks? That will be determined on Feb. 24. But one thing is certain – Clooney's pretty humble when it comes to his film, Best Picture nominee Michael Clayton.
Originally posted 02/20/2008 07:50PM
Likely to be in a tux when he assumes his emcee duties at Sunday night's Oscar ceremony, Jon Stewart was recently found unshaved and sporting army boots in the nether regions of Hollywood's Kodak Theatre – prepping for the job ahead.
"This is an exercise in battle stations," the Daily Show host, who just survived the three-month writers' strike, tells The New York Times about his upcoming weekend job. "In some ways it allows your mind to be in that fight-or-flight mode the whole time: 'Okay, we're mice being chased by a cat. Let's just do it.' "
Originally posted 02/16/2008 11:00AM
Charlize Theron may have reflected '20s-style Hollywood glamour in the stunning beaded gown she wore to the 2004 Oscars, when she won as Best Actress for Monster – but this year she plans on something completely different.
At least that's what the South Africa-born actress, 32, revealed Friday at the Dublin International Film Festival, where her director and actor boyfriend Stuart Townsend's new movie, Battle in Seattle, premiered, reports Britain's Press Association.
Originally posted 02/14/2008 03:00PM
Last year's Academy Award acting winners Helen Mirren, Forest Whitaker, Jennifer Hudson and Alan Arkin will be put to work this Feb. 24 Oscar night – as presenters.
So are Jessica Alba, Patrick Dempsey, George Clooney, Miley Cyrus, Katherine Heigl and Nicole Kidman, according to Academy president Sid Ganis and Oscar telecast producer Gil Cates, now that the big show is back underway.
Cate Blanchett, Josh Brolin, Steve Carell, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Colin Farrell, Harrison Ford, Jennifer Garner, Tom Hanks, Anne Hathaway, Jonah Hill, Dwayne Johnson, James McAvoy, Queen Latifah, Seth Rogen, Martin Scorsese, Hilary Swank, John Travolta, Denzel Washington and Renée Zellwegger are also due to stand as presenters at the Kodak Theatre podium during the course of the ceremony.
Originally posted 02/13/2008 08:30AM
The votes are in.
After 100 days on the picket lines, members of the Writers' Guild of America voted overwhelmingly – 92.5 percent in favor, to be exact – to accept a deal with producers.
Hollywood scribes are expected to get back to their keyboards Wednesday.
The agreement – which still needs to be formally ratified – removes the boycott threat that had been looming over the Feb. 24 Oscars.
"I am ecstatic that the 80th Academy Awards presentation can now proceed full steam ahead," Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which organizes the ceremony, said in a statement.
Originally posted 02/11/2008 04:45PM
Barbara Walters has unveiled the latest batch of celebs who will get grilled (or lightly peppered, at least) on the 27th edition of her Oscar-night special – starting with reigning teen idols Miley Cyrus and Juno Oscar nominee Ellen Page.
Also on tap for the show? Indiana Jones himself, Harrison Ford, and Ugly Betty's Vanessa Williams. The special will air on ABC Sunday Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. ET (and after the Oscars on the West Coast).
Originally posted 02/10/2008 05:00PM
The strke is over... sort of.
Staggered by the cancellation of the Golden Globes and fearful that the same fate could befall next months Oscars, Hollywood producers have agreed to give striking writers a piece of the profit that their work might make over the Internet, thus ending the strike that has played havoc with the Los Angeles economy and left television awash in reruns and reality shows for more than three months.
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