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Oscars 2014 review: Who were the real heroes of an endless night?

Despite a terrifically loose Ellen DeGeneres, the first half of the Oscars was the type of slog that makes you wonder if your friends who don’t watch TV are onto something.

Last night got off to a dreadfully slow start — Ellen’s great monologue aside, which included that surprising and just-this-side-of-cruel dig on Liza Minnelli. From the beginning the show was almost fatally crippled by the thick-with-self-regard theme of “Heroes in Hollywood.” That meant puffy, poorly edited montages of  animated heroes, action heroes, and those ordinary among us who commit quiet acts of heroism (you know, average Joes like Abraham Lincoln and Muhammad Ali). Amy Adams spoke for all of us suffering quietly at home when she got caught checking her phone during Harrison Ford’s snoozy line reading of some Best Picture nominees.

The choice to have Bette Midler sing her old weepy “Wind Beneath My Wings” after the In Memoriam montage felt cheap and manipulative. (The segment producers could take notes from the elegance of Bill Murray, whose introduction of Harold Ramis as a 6th Best Cinematographer nominee was as poignant as it was understated.) And I think I speak for parents everywhere who cursed the whole production for holding Idina Menzel’s performance of “Let It Go” until the end after we promised our young children they could stay up and watch. (#John Travolta, you’re a mess.)

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Insert yourself into Ellen's Oscars selfie with new website

Not getting invited to the Oscars is bad enough for us civilians. But it was made even worse last night when Ellen DeGeneres gathered her famous friends for a selfie, and we felt the sharp sting of jealousy: “Why can’t I squeeze into that little spot below Meryl and J. Law?”

But now you can! Thanks to a new website, you can plug your very own selfie into Ellen’s. It’s the best way to fool all your friends into thinking you’re best buds with Brad and Angie. (Disclaimer: no one will actually be fooled. But it’s still fun!)

Check out the website here to “take” your own selfie with the Oscars gang, and see what others have posted so far.

Hidden Gems of the 2014 Pizza Oscars

These Oscars were unusually lacking in memorable reaction shots — perhaps Amy Adams’ quick iPhone-check sums up the whole show?

Below, my quick play-by-play of the Oscars’ (arguably) least significant details: READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Ellen's selfie beats Obama pic for most re-tweeted

The record for most re-tweeted tweet — held by President Obama’s “Four More Years” message on the night of his re-election, has been beaten.

At the Oscars, host Ellen DeGeneres grabbed a bunch of A-Listers for the “best selfie ever,” and tweeted the pic — which now has over 900K  2 million re-tweets, to Obama’s 778k. See both tweets below. READ FULL STORY

Oscars 2014: Ellen DeGeneres' best jokes -- Read 'em here! VIDEO

Despite the rain storms in Los Angeles earlier today, the show must go on! And it has. Kicking off the 86th Academy Awards is host Ellen DeGeneres, who graced the stage for the second time and once again proved why she belongs there. (And not just because she was wearing an amazing sparkly blazer.) Aside from her many awkward pauses and glances that can’t be described in words, here are a few funny highlights from her opening monologue; check back for an updated list of jokes as the night progresses.

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Ellen DeGeneres says 'Miss Congeniality' was 'based on me'

Thought Miss Congeniality was based on the world of beauty pageants? You were wrong — at least, according to Ellen DeGeneres.

In an interview with Parade Magazine, DeGeneres revealed that the 2000 Sandra Bullock comedy was actually inspired by… Ellen. “Miss Congeniality was written based on me,” she said. “When I was getting ready to cohost the Emmys, the writer saw me [on TV] learning how to walk in a dress and heels. My stylist at the time — a man — was teaching me, and it was ­hilarious. The Miss Congeniality writer saw it and thought it was brilliant.”

With this news, I can’t help but imagine what the film would be like if it had been more true to its inspiration. READ FULL STORY

Once upon a time, Ellen DeGeneres made a Super Bowl commercial -- VIDEO

Love sweet, sweet advertising but hate having to sit through boring old football to get to it? You’re in luck, my friend! In advance of Sunday’s big game, Super Bowl commercials keep trickling out online — including, now, Ellen DeGeneres’s fairy-tale-themed spot for Beats Music, which the comedian debuted on her talk show yesterday.

In the ad, DeGeneres plays a music-loving Goldilocks type who sneaks into the Three Bears’ chic urban apartment. Instead of sampling their porridge or rocking in their chairs, she elects to rock out to Mama, Papa, and Cool Teen Bear’s music — though each one she tries is just a little bit off. (Just go with it.) But when Ellen discovers the smooth sounds of Beats, she’s found an app that’s just right for her — which leads to a wild dance party the likes of which haven’t been seen since “What Does the Fox Say?” (or Shrek‘s DVD extras).

And then, after premiering the clip, DeGeneres gives everyone in her audience a new smartphone, just ’cause. Happily ever after indeed!

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Leonardo DiCaprio casually tells Ellen about the time he almost got attacked by a shark -- VIDEO

For most people, having a close encounter with a great white shark would probably be a terrifying experience. For Leonardo DiCaprio, it seemed like just another day at work.

The Wolf of Wall Street star sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show and told the story about when DiCaprio got stuck in a cage with a shark while filming Blood Diamond back in 2006. The conversation started by talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation which the actor started in 1998 to protect endangered species and their eco systems, including sharks. DiCaprio has traveled to numerous places with the organization, including Nepal looking for endangered tigers, but it was during one scuba session with sharks that things got a little choppy.

“They actually said, ‘In 30 years, this has never happened.’ The tuna kind of got stuck on the top of the cage, and the great white leapt out and tried to bite it and went into the cage with me. Half of its body was in and out and I’m flatted down at the bottom. It was this far away and it chomped a few times, but I survived it.”

Watch DiCaprio tell the story below:
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Katy Perry tells 'Ellen' she and John Mayer don't speak at home -- VIDEO

There’s not a lot of “Roar”-ing in Katy Perry and John Mayer’s house.

In an interview on Ellen, Perry revealed that the pair often end up communicating through an iPad to preserve their voices. According to the singer, Mayer’s vocal cord problems have made it crucial that he not speak — or whisper — as much as possible off stage.

“I understood that he couldn’t talk, and the only way he could communicate was through an iPad,” Perry told DeGeneres in her interview (below). “Some days I have to go on complete vocal rest, like no anything, no whispering. Whispering is actually really bad. There’s just a lot of silence in our house most of the time.”
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Miley Cyrus on Liam Hemsworth: 'I'm just letting that chapter kind of close' -- VIDEO

Miley Cyrus is perfectly happy being Single Miley, the singer told Ellen DeGeneres on Friday’s The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth called off their engagement in mid-September. DeGeneres recalled, “So the last time you were here, I threw you an engagement party.”

“Do you want your money back?” joked Cyrus, as clips of male strippers cavorting around her on a November 2012 episode were shown. DeGeneres pointed to the screen and said, “You enjoyed it.”

The host’s penchant for lighthearted banter continued with Cyrus revealing she’s in good spirits following the end of her relationship.

DeGeneres asked, “Is that an awkward thing that all this attention is going on and you’re not with him anymore?”

“It’s not really as awkward ’cause I’m living it and I think people spend more time actually thinking about that than I really do, because I just believe that when a chapter is done, you have to close it and start that new one, and that’s kind of where I am right now,” Cyrus said. READ FULL STORY

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