The first on-air promo with Oscar hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway has arrived, and it shows the two of them “preparing for every possible Oscar emergency.” The highlight, obviously, is when he tackles her as she begins to have a wardrobe malfunction. Watch it below. Does it get you excited for their hosting gig? It did me. I’m curious what their playful energy will yield. And I’m suddenly hoping they continue the traditional bit of placing the host(s) in the Best Picture nominees. (Which would be easy for 127 Hours.) How would The Social Network have looked if Franco had starred in it? How would Black Swan have been different had it been Hathaway instead of Natalie Portman? I’m genuinely curious. I’d love to see them give us an actual taste of it before hitting us with the comedic twist. What’s your dream bit for these two now? If you need inspiration, here’s your full list of Oscar nominees. READ FULL STORY »
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- James Franco, Michael Shannon, and Benicio Del Toro have all joined The Iceman. The film — which is based on Anthony Bruno’s The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer and Jim Thebaut’s documentary, The Iceman Tapes: Conversations with a Killer — centers on a contract killer (Shannon) who would freeze his victims. Del Toro will play the killer’s boss, while Franco plays his mentor, named Mr. Softee. I think we have a soundtrack!
- High sci-fi(ve)! Sony has acquired Neill Blomkamp’s futuristic Elysium, which stars Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and District 9 star Sharlto Copley. [Deadline]
- Rosie O’Donnell is set to host one-hour special with OWN following the May premiere of Becoming Chaz, a documentary centered on Chaz Bono.
- Toast Mia Wasikowska’s busy 2011! The actress is circling both the Prohibition-centric The Wettest County in the World — starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy — and Stoker, which follows a teen whose uncle suddenly and mysteriously appears following her father’s death. [Variety]
- Distributor-less, nevermore: Relativity Media has announced that it has acquired rights to The Raven, the thriller centered on Edgar Allen Poe starring John Cusack.
- HBO and Bryan Singer have optioned Bye, Bye Life: The Loves and Deaths of Bob Fosse, a biography of the legendary choreographer. This will be the second Fosse biography brought to life — Fosse chronicled his own story in 1979′s All That Jazz. Encore? [THR]
- Dawn Olivieri (Heroes) will star alongside Don Cheadle in Showtime’s House of Lies, about a less-than-honest management consultant. [Deadline]
- GK Films has picked up The Man’s Guide to Love, a comedy pitch inspired by themansguidetolove.com, which features love advice via man-on-the-street interviews. ‘Cuz if anyone knows anything about love, it’s the guy in the skeleton costume. In January. [Deadline]
James Franco on 'Kimmel': '127 Hours' actor talks Oscar hosting gig -- and the one job he didn't get (hint: Team Edward v. Team Jacob v. Team Franco?)
James Franco — soon-to-be Dr. Franco (“for the signatures,” of course, according to the actor) — appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night to chat school, 127 Hours, and his upcoming surprise stint hosting the Oscars. So how did his latest resumé builder come about? “I never thought I would do it,” said Franco, who is pals with ceremony producer Bruce Cohen, who produced Milk. “About two weeks ago he called up and said, ‘I got it. I got it. I know what I want you to do … I want you to host.’ That was a shock. And at first my immediate reaction was like, well, no. I mean, I can’t! But then I thought, well, of course I have to do it. It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime thing.”
According to Franco, the timing was everything as well. Not only does the ceremony not conflict with the actor’s finals at Yale, but the 32-year-old Franco thinks his youth will only serve as a benefit. “I think it’s better to do when I’m young,” he said. “It’s not like it’s publicity or a push for my career, or like, get people to remember me after I’ve like faded away or something like that … It’s really for the experience.” (Hey, if there’s anything we know about TV actor/film actor/soap opera actor/student/teacher Franco, it’s that he likes new experiences.) Aside from discussing his possible nomination — he thinks hosting while nominated will “be taking the pressure off” — Franco also admitted that he has yet to even meet co-host Anne Hathaway. But never fear, the two have texted: “We’re text message buddies. We have good text chemistry.” Watch the four-part interview after the jump.
Bonus fun fact: Franco told Kimmel that he had asked former Oscar producer Bill Condon if he could appear in the The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, which Condon is directing. Condon’s answer? “He turned me down.” Well, that bites. READ FULL STORY »
Barbara Walters has revealed eight of the 10 people on her Most Fascinating list, and as usual, it’s a puzzling mix. The list includes:
Justin Bieber: I really hope he sings a version of “Baby” in which he replaces the word “baby” with “Barbara.” Barbara, Barbara, Barbara, oooooh! That would indeed fascinate me.
Sandra Bullock: Agree! The whole first half of 2010 was Sandra Bullock time. Also, everyone loves her.
LeBron James: Was that ESPN special “fascinating” to you?
Jennifer Lopez: Hm.
Kate Middleton: Agree. A new, real-life princess. How fascinating.
Sarah Palin: This is her third year in a row on the list. For someone who despises the “mainstream media,” she sure gets a lot of coverage.
Betty White: It might seem like ages ago that Betty White hosted Saturday Night Live, but that was technically this year!
The cast of The Jersey Shore: Oy.
Usually ABC reveals nine people before the show airs, leaving just the numero uno most fascinating person a mystery, but I guess this year they want to build extra intrigue into the Dec. 9 airing.
So who does that leave us with? READ FULL STORY »
Two of this year’s award season darlings look like being the James Franco-starring 127 Hours and the Natalie Portman-starring Black Swan. As it happens, Franco and Portman will be seen together next spring in Your Highness, a movie that I don’t think it’s rude to suggest has little hope of currying a whole lot of favor with Oscar voters. Instead, judging by the new red band trailer you can find after the jump, the movie is firmly aimed at people who believe that watching the foul-mouthed offspring of Pineapple Express and Monty Python and the Holy Grail would be a splendid way of spending a couple of hours. Certainly, it features more things unsuitable for young eyes and ears than I could shake a pair of coconut halves at.
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