05:17 PM EDT 04/19/2014
Originally posted 03/03/2014 08:05AM
There is a story that Marlon Brando, when agreeing to play Jor-El in the 1978 movie Superman, suggested that he simply supply the voice, while Jor-El on camera would be played by a suitcase or a bagel.
I've sometimes thought this would be a wonderful solution to the annual challenge of finding someone to host the Oscars. Just a bagel and a voice, year after year. It would instill a degree of ritual and mystery while also saving on production and styling costs. It would be like Her, only it would be a carbohydrate.
However, for now, the Academy needs to keep Ellen DeGeneres on the short list of stars who really know how to manage this glamorous beast.
Originally posted 03/02/2014 11:30PM
She started off with lotto ticket consolation prizes and promises of pizza (she delivered!), but Ellen DeGeneres came to the Academy Awards with a different mission: earn the most re-Tweets ever.
Originally posted 03/02/2014 11:25PM
It's like Chekhov always said: Never make a joke about giving pizza to celebrities in the first act if you're not going to actually give the celebrities pizza in the third act.
Originally posted 03/02/2014 09:30PM
Ellen DeGeneres is generally thought of as the anti-Ricky Gervais. She's a friendly, inoffensive choice to host an awards show, who is sure to leave everyone with warm and fuzzy feelings ... right?
In her opening monologue at Sunday night's Academy Awards, Ellen bared her claws, leaving no nominee unspared. The mood may have been a little sharper than Oscar producers expected, but there's no denying that Ellen gave one of the better Oscar monologues in recent memory.
Below, the host's best zingers, ranked.
Originally posted 03/01/2014 06:50AM
Ellen DeGeneres says her whole life has been inspired by movies, with comedies like Woody Allen's Take the Money and Run and Steve Martin in The Jerk informing her trademark rambling comedy, and others like Oliver! and Born Free turning her on to musicals and a love of animals.
Originally posted 02/28/2014 04:10PM
From the red carpet to the ceremony to the after parties, PEOPLE will bring you all the Academy Awards action. For the ultimate Oscar experience, grab your remote, your iPhone – even your laptop – and get behind-the-scenes access and witty commentary from Instagram (peoplemag) and Twitter (@peoplemag) while you watch Hollywood's biggest night.
Originally posted 02/25/2014 11:40AM
From picking the perfect host to throwing the hottest after party, Executive Editor JD Heyman gives insight into what it takes to pull off Hollywood's biggest night
Originally posted 02/25/2014 11:40AM
From choosing the host to throwing the hottest afterparty, PEOPLE's JD Heyman reveals what it takes to pull off the big event
Originally posted 02/24/2014 05:45PM
Bethenny Frankel is happy to have a break.
The reality star and Skinnygirl mogul wrote an open letter on her website to address her talk show's cancellation, and says that although she enjoyed aspects of the show, including her staff and crew, she felt restricted by the format and is happy to get some breathing space.
"I felt a bit diluted, filtered and somewhat constricted," Frankel, 43, says. "I am a free spirit. My late father (a horse trainer) used to say, 'She is a mustang. You need to let her run.'"
"So to answer how I feel, I am relieved. What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break."
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