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Originally posted 03/07/2010 11:45PM
After Neil Patrick Harris brought down the house with a musical number heralding the arrival of this year's Academy Awards co-hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin, the guys wasted no time cracking up the audience – and picking on the night's biggest names.
Nobody was safe – not Meryl Streep, Zac Efron nor Matt Damon – from Baldwin and Martin's repartee. Here are some of the duo's best lines:
"[Best Actress nominee] Gabourey [Sidibe] and I have something in common: In our first movies we were both born a poor black child." – Steve Martin, joking about his beloved comedy The Jerk
"She was so pleased to be nominated with him, she sent him a beautiful gift basket with a timer." – Steve Martin, on Best Director winner Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker), who was nominated against her ex-husband, James Cameron (Avatar)
Originally posted 03/07/2010 09:00PM
Music and laugher kicked off the 2010 Academy Awards from Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. In a non-traditional first, the show actually opened with the 10 Best Actor and Actress nominees introduced alphabetically before escorts rose from the audience and guided them to their seats.
Then the fun began.
Neil Patrick Harris, who hosted the Tonys and Emmys last year, delivered the show's opening musical number, "No One Wants to Do It Alone," essentially setting the stage for hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin – who spent their opening dialogue poking fun at the top nominees who had just been seated.
"There's that damn Helen Mirren," said Martin – prompting Baldwin to say, "Steve, that's Dame Helen Mirren."
Originally posted 02/16/2010 03:00PM
For Gabourey Sidibe, it's not Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin co-hosting the Oscars. It's Navin R. Johnson and Jack Donaghy.
Being new to the movie business, Sidibe, 26, a Best Actress nominee for Precious, knows most actors through their movie and TV characters – and is especially excited to see Martin, having been a big fan of the 1979 vehicle that launched his movie career, The Jerk.
"My mom has a crush on Steve Martin, and we used to watch The Jerk pretty much every day. And so I'm really excited that this show will be hosted by Jack Donaghy [Baldwin's 30 Rock character] and the Jerk," Sidibe said Monday at the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in L.A.
Originally posted 11/16/2009 03:45PM
Hosting the Oscars for the first time? You won't see Alec Baldwin sweat – yet.
"I am doing it until they change their mind," Baldwin, 51, said at the film Academy's Governors Awards over the weekend. "I do have some preparations, but it is a secret."
Besides, he says, he won't be up there alone. The Emmy-winning star of 30 Rock is co-hosting with Steve Martin, 64, who's done it twice.
"It is all on Steve," joked Baldwin. "Steve Martin has done this before, while for me it is the first time. All the pressure is on Steve Martin."
Originally posted 11/03/2009 07:00PM
The search is over – and the Oscars are counting on two wild and crazy guys to host the 82nd Academy Awards.
Let the banter begin: "I am happy to co-host the Oscars with my enemy Alec Baldwin," says Steve Martin, who will share the stage with the 30 Rock actor.
"I don't play the banjo but I'm thrilled to be hosting the Oscars – it's the opportunity of a lifetime," says Baldwin.
Originally posted 08/07/2009 11:00AM
While John Hughes's The Breakfast Club, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Home Alone proved to be both box-office powerhouses as well as culturally significant landmarks, his sudden death from a heart attack Thursday is proving equally noteworthy, for the shockwaves it is sending throughout the acting community that he helped to launch.
Known as the "Brat Pack" – a term coined in a 1985 New York magazine feature on the then-rising Hughes and the cast of his coming-of-age comedies – the writer-director-producer's stable of fresh-faced performers included such now-household names as Sean Penn, Steve Carell, Macaulay Culkin, Matthew Broderick, Jon Cryer, Charlie Sheen, Molly Ringwald, John Cusack, Emilio Estevez, Andrew McCarthy, Anthony Michael Hall and Ally Sheedy, among others.
While Pretty in Pink star Ringwald recalled Hughes, 59, as "an important part of my life," and Ferris Bueller himself, Broderick, considered him "my friend," others remember the filmmaker as follows:
Originally posted 05/20/2009 09:50AM
The latest musician to grace the stage at the Grand Ole Opry? None other than country music star ... Steve Martin?
The Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer will perform songs from his first music album The Crow – New Songs for the Five-String Banjo, which was released Tuesday. And he won't go it alone: Martin will be joined onstage by an all-star band including Vince Gill and Amy Grant.
But Martin's banjo picking is no fad – his good friend John McEuen (who produced the album) says of Martin and the upcoming gig, "The audience will find out he's a musician disguised as an actor."
– Rennie Dyball
Originally posted 02/15/2008 10:40AM
Video courtesy Late Show
In case you missed it, Martin Short appeared on David Letterman's Late Show this week, and the TV host presented Short with a recent PEOPLE.com photo of the comic and Steve Martin, both in their bathing suits, splashing about in the waters of the Caribbean. (Their "bromance" followed that of Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson.)
"What are you inferring?" asked Short. "I don't want to embarrass you," Letterman replied, and Short clarified: "We're good friends. We vacation together. We've been known to bathe together."
– Stephen M. Silverman
Originally posted 01/09/2008 01:00PM
Another "Bromance" blooms, with longtime pals Steve Martin and Martin Short (right) enjoying their Baywatch moment together on St. Bart's in the Caribbean, splashing around just like buddies Woody Harrelson and Owen Wilson (left) were also doing this month in Hawaii. Back in 1983, Martin and Short starred together (with Chevy Chase) in Three Amigos. So, where's the third?
Originally posted 12/03/2007 04:30PM
This year's recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, which were handed out in a glittering ceremony last night in the nation's capitol, is quite the list of luminaries. Making up the talented quintet are: Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Academy award-winning director Martin Scorsese, singer supreme Diana Ross, actor-comedian Steve Martin and pianist-conductor Leon Fleisher, whose story of losing the use of his right hand was told in the 2007 Academy Award-nominated short subject documentary, "Two Hands."
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