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Celebritology 2.0: February 27, 2011 - March 5, 2011

Mike Myers and Kelly Tisdale are married

Mike Myers: embracing marriage, in addition to Shrek. (Associated Press) Mike Myers has apparently remarried, wedding Kelly Tisdale, his girlfriend of several years. The pair got hitched five months ago, according to People, but didn't make the news public until now. Confirming the information, first reported by the New York Post, Myers's reps told People that they "were married in a private ceremony and celebrated with family and friends." Myers, 47, was previously married to Robin Ruzan for 12 years, but the two filed for divorce in late 2005; the pair did not have any children. The "Austin Powers" star and Tisdale, who co-founded the New York cafe Teany with her ex-boyfriend, Moby, reportedly began dating shortly after Myers's first marriage ended. They tied the knot last fall in New York. No word on whether their first dance looked anything like this....

By Jen Chaney  | March 4, 2011; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Does Topher Grace, star of 'Take Me Home Tonight,' know his '80s trivia?

This weekend, Topher Grace is totally stuck in the '80s. Specifically, he's stuck in the '80s as star and producer of "Take Me Home Tonight," a new comedy that attempts to take audiences back to the time of skinny ties and Spuds MacKenzie. (Is it a successful attempt? I'll let the Post's Stephanie Merry answer that question in her review.) I spoke to Grace about what inspired him to recapture a time period that he largely spent in elementary school. His explanation and more can be found in this profile. Our conversation also presented a golden opportunity to play a round of '80s trivia. With help from some of the cards from my '80s Trivial Pursuit game, Grace and I went head to head. Watch the video below to see how we did (and hear Grace shamelessly promote his movie.)...

By Jen Chaney  | March 4, 2011; 2:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Adjustment Bureau': How several well-known political figures made their way into the movie

During an early scene in "The Adjustment Bureau," which opens in theaters today, Matt Damon's character, David Norris, converses with several political big shots while campaigning for U.S. Senate. Jesse Jackson. New York Mayor Michael Blomberg, Madeleine Albright. They all show up onscreen, followed a short time later by James Carville and Mary Matalin, who do some political commentary about Norris's political future on a faux CNN show. How did "Adjustment Bureau" director George Nolfi and the film's crew wrangle so many well-known names? During a visit to D.C. -- during which time I spoke with both Nolfi and "Bureau" co-star Anthony Mackie, who is profiled in this Sunday's Style section -- the filmmaker explained it all....

By Jen Chaney  | March 4, 2011; 9:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Charlie Sheen sets new Twitter record; Selena Gomez not punched by a Justin Bieber fan

.bbpBox43114597573599230 {background:url(http://a3.twimg.com/a/1299109335/images/themes/theme1/bg.png) #C0DEED;padding:20px;} p.bbpTweet{background:#fff;padding:10px 12px 10px 12px;margin:0;min-height:48px;color:#000;font-size:18px !important;line-height:22px;-moz-border-radius:5px;-webkit-border-radius:5px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata{display:block;width:100%;clear:both;margin-top:8px;padding-top:12px;height:40px;border-top:1px solid #fff;border-top:1px solid #e6e6e6} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author{line-height:19px} p.bbpTweet span.metadata span.author img{float:left;margin:0 7px 0 0px;width:38px;height:38px} p.bbpTweet a:hover{text-decoration:underline}p.bbpTweet span.timestamp{font-size:12px;display:block} In all sincerity... Thank you Twitter community for the warm reception & the followers that helped get me to 1M in 24 hours!!! #teamsheenless than a minute ago via webCharlie Sheencharliesheen A look at some of the celebrity and pop culture stories on my radar... Charlie Sheen has set a new Guinness World Record by amassing 1 million Twitter followers in 25 hours and 17 minutes. Apparently there is no previous record holder in the category, so Sheen is the first to hold the honor. Yes, this is what winning looks like. (Mashable) From the dept. of things that didn't actually happen: Selena Gomez was not punched by a Justin Bieber fan. Her rep confirms that the rumors, circulating on Twitter and...

By Jen Chaney  | March 3, 2011; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Celebrities, Charlie Sheen, Daily Mix, Justin Bieber, Pop Culture  
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'Blade Runner' revisited

"Blade Runner" may become a sci-fi franchise, nearly 30 years after its original release. The production company Alcon Entertainment has reportedly obtained the rights to the film about a man (Harrison Ford) seeking to terminate human replicants. Rather than simply remake the original, however, the heads of the studio say they are looking to launch possible prequels and sequels to the movie, based, like seemingly all sci-fi films, on a short story by Philip K. Dick. The original was set in a then-distant future 2019, which raises the question: How far into the future would a new "Blade Runner" narrative take place? Another question: Is this a good idea? Even if it's not, does it matter if fans grouse about it since studios will probably continue to exploit great films and try to make them new again? And here's one more question that at least one actress is probably...

By Jen Chaney  | March 3, 2011; 8:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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The Kim Kardashian song: Go ahead. Find something good to say about it.

It's so easy to criticize Kim Kardashian's new song "Jam (Turn It Up)." For starters, It's been autotuned so severely that it may have turned Kardashian's actual vocals inside out and back again. Yet she still sounds off-key. For another thing, its lyrics appear to have been penned by a third-grader who is writing a short story about what adults do when they go clubbing. Also, It makes Ke$ha sound like the Bob Dylan of party pop. Look, I could do this all day. And apparently so could everyone on the Internet, since the song has been blasted online since it made its debut Wednesday on Ryan Seacrest's radio show. Here's what's harder to do: come up with something positive to say about Kardashian's foray into music. Can you manage it? Give it a shot by trying to post a genuine compliment in the comments section. Here, I'll start....

By Jen Chaney  | March 2, 2011; 10:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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How much is Justin Bieber's hair worth? $40,668. Roughly.

Justin Bieber and his (former) locks of love. (Associated Press) Justin Bieber's hair has sold on eBay for a reported $40,668, according to People magazine. Yes, that's the same hair he recently cut, and subsequently donated to Ellen DeGeneres, who in turn auctioned it off as a benefit for the Gentle Barn, an animal rescue organization. The identity of the lucky bidder is unknown at the moment. And what said bidder plans to do with the hair also remains unknown. (Maybe sell it on eBay for $81,336 and immediately double his/her money?) This much is clear: You can still get access to Bieber hair courtesy of this fabulous doll, which will retail for a far more affordable $17.99 in stores later this year....

By Jen Chaney  | March 2, 2011; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Charlie Sheen: Does he win any points for honesty?

Sheen: nuts or in some crazy way, a poster boy for candor? (AP) New York Magazine's Vulture blog can read your mind. And it knows that you're a little conflicted about this whole Charlie Sheen debacle. In a post called "The Argument You're Having With Yourself About Charlie Sheen," writer Willa Paskin ping-pongs back and forth between the angels and devils currently residing in our hearts regarding Sheen. On one hand, we find his unpredictable, over-the-top behavior hilarious. We forward his tweets to our friends and now punctuate all ridiculous comment with the word "winning." Schaden and freude have never gotten along so famously. On the other hand, the whole thing is sad. All the media coverage (yes, our own included) is simply enabling him to continue acting like a lunatic. And in the process, he's potentially hurting numerous people -- father Martin Sheen, his children (recently taken out...

By Jen Chaney  | March 2, 2011; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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Lindsay Lohan does first post-rehab interview and sounds remarkably self-aware

Lindsay Lohan has given her first post-rehab interview to Extra. In it, she sounds contrite, self-aware and focused on turning around her career. No, seriously, she does. During the brief appearance, the first of two parts, the actress talks about her focus on maintaining sobriety and her desire to get back on a movie set. She realizes, however, that the second goal won't be achievable until she can convince filmmakers and casting directors that she's insurable again. "I think that will come in time, where I'll be in the position to say that," she said, "because I don't think I am right now." "I don't want that to be what I'm known for anymore, the tabloid stuff," she later added. "I don't want that." Honestly, despite the fact that she's facing potential jail time in that grand larceny case, this could not be a smarter time for Lohan to...

By Jen Chaney  | March 2, 2011; 2:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Charlie Sheen has arrived on Twitter

Can anything good come of this?

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 11:28 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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In praise of Hailee Steinfeld, the picture of poise at the Oscars

The most recent entertainment news cycle has been a particularly negative one. Christina Aguilera was arrested for alleged public drunkenness. Charlie Sheen is cracking up at a speed so rapid, we need a jet-pack to keep up with it. Americans everywhere -- at least the ones that lurk on the Internet -- have (understandably in most cases) blasted James Franco’s inability to generate a modicum of energy while hosting the Academy Awards. It's enough to make a person start to lose faith in celebrities altogether. (I know, you already did that years ago when John Travolta signed on to star in "Stayin' Alive." Whatever. Just play along.) Well, here's someone to give us all a little hope for the future: Hailee Steinfeld. And while she may have lost the best supporting actress Oscar to Melissa Leo on Sunday night, she still came out a winner for looking adorable and handling...

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 2:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  Awards Season, In Praise Of..., Oscars  
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Charlie Sheen meets 'A Charlie Brown Christmas'

Perhaps you're getting fatigued by all these Charlie Sheen interviews. To be fair, it is hard to keep track of them without the assistance of a Microsoft Outlook calendar, a personal assistant or, preferably, both. So in lieu of again watching Sheen explain himself, his behavior or why he's a rock star from Mars, just watch Sheen's commentary in the form of a Charlie Brown cartoon, courtesy of "Jimmy Kimmel Live." (Side question: Does this make Snoopy the equivalent of a live-in goddess?) Via Buzzfeed...

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Melissa Leo on the f-bomb: Kate Winslet made her do it

Melissa Leo shows up on Ellen DeGeneres's show today and discusses her recent Oscar win as well as the f-bomb that accompanied it. (Helpfully, DeGeneres put out a swear jar. Just in case.) Leo says that Kate Winslet -- her co-star in HBO's upcoming movie, "Mildred Pierce" -- is partly responsible for her Oscar speech slip-up. The "Titanic" star "curses like a sailor all the time," Leo says. Of course, Leo is joking as far as that blame is concerned. But perhaps it's worth noting that even the allegedly potty-mouthed Winslet somehow got through her Academy Awards acceptance speech without uttering the queen mother of all bad words....

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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Christina Aguilera arrested; Charlie Sheen disses John Stamos; Justin Bieber celebrates a birthday

Christina Aguilera reportedly was arrested in L.A. last night on a charge of public intoxication. Her boyfriend, Matthew Rutler, also was arrested on a DUI charge. Charlie Sheen says John Stamos does not have what it takes to replace him on "Two and a Half Men." "I love him. I like John, but he doesn’t have what I have and the show sucks if he’s on it," Sheen reportedly says in a new Access Hollywood interview. A report on E! Online has revived rumors that CBS may be pursuing Stamos and asking him to step in. Also, in another interview this morning, Sheen tells "Today" that the "goddesses" who live with him don't judge him. Then he proceeds to judge people who have expressed concern for him on the Internet. Meanwhile, Sheen's longtime publicist Stan Rosenfeld resigned yesterday because he feels he's "unable to work effectively as his publicist." You...

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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Dancing With the Stars 2011: Kirstie Alley, Ralph Macchio join cast

The cast of the 12th season of "Dancing With the Stars" was announced last night. And it's fair to say that the most talked-about contestant could be Kirstie Alley, who, when asked why she decided to join the cast after turning down requests during previous seasons, was unable to come up with an answer. "I don't know, pass that to someone else," she said. Already deflecting and acting flaky during the press conference. That's a fabulous sign. Also joining the cast this season: Ralph Macchio (who will undoubtedly be subjected to numerous "wax on-wax off" jokes); Wendy Williams; Sugar Ray Leonard, who hopefully will do some sort of climactic dance-off against Dicky Eklund of "The Fighter" fame; Hines Ward of the Pittsburgh Steelers; Chelsea Kane; Kendra Wilkinson; wrestler Chris Jericho; rapper Romeo; and "Loveline" host Mike Catherwood. Not as intriguing as last season. But on the plus side, there's...

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 9:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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John Hughes and the art his movies inspired

Yesterday was a day of great significance for anyone who ever admired Andie Walsh, reviled Steff and wanted to hang out at Traxx. Feb. 28, 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of the release of "Pretty in Pink," the teen classic written by John Hughes about a thrift-store-chic girl (Molly Ringwald), a pastel-preppy guy (Andrew McCarthy) and the pompadoured geek (Jon Cryer) who wants to drive them apart. In honor of that anniversary, as well as the genius of John Hughes in general, I recently visited to Gallery 1988, a Santa Monica, Calif., art gallery currently hosting the exhibit "The Road to Shermer: A Tribute to John Hughes." The exhibit features paintings, posters, drawings and mixed media creations inspired by Hughes's films, from "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" to "The Breakfast Club" to "Planes, Trains and Automobiles." And yes, "Pretty in Pink" is well-represented, too. Watch the video below to see some...

By Jen Chaney  | March 1, 2011; 1:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Oscar party scene: Hitting the Governor's Ball and the Elton John party

The scene at the Elton John party. (Jen Chaney) After nearly four hours on the Academy Awards red carpet and four more in the press room, party isn't necessarily the first word that comes to mind. (Pillow is one. Vacation is another.) But this is the Oscars, for heaven's sake. And party -- or at least watch other, more famous people party -- is what must be done. The Post's Dan Zak and Amy Argetsinger navigated their way through the elite throngs at the Vanity Fair party, while I dropped by the Governor's Ball and hit the end of Elton John's annual Oscar viewing event. Here's what was seen and heard on my end of the Oscar party circuit....

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 6:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Until we meet again...

I'm not big on goodbyes, so I'll keep this short. Exactly five years ago -- the day after the 2006 Academy Awards -- Celebritology burst into life on washingtonpost.com. I'm not sure where those five years went, but a lot has happened. Mel Gibson became a bad guy. Michael Jackson, Anna Nicole Smith, Heath Ledger and far too many others died far too young. Tom Cruise married Katie Holmes. Britney Spears went country nuts, then made a major comeback. Lindsay Lohan (need I say more?). The blog has gone places I never anticipated (a glossary?), places I miss very much ("Lost") and has experienced a much-needed renaissance since Jen, already a friend, joined me as a blogging partner last year. My life, too, has changed in the past five years. I have more gray hair. I actually watch "Idol" now (clearly, I'm no longer any kind of hipster) and I...

By Liz Kelly  | February 28, 2011; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (25)
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The Academy Awards red carpet: Seeking equilibrium in the midst of glamour-madness

TV fails to capture other red carpet realities. It's frenetic. It's loud. And for the reporters, it's incredibly cramped, so cramped that at one point on Sunday afternoon, it honestly seemed like a brawl might break out.

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 1:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The James Franco/Anne Hathaway 'Grease' routine: Now it can be seen

The Travolta/Newton John sendup ended up on the cutting-room floor, but now, thanks to the modern marvel of the Internet and Oscar's savvy post-show marketing, we can all watch Anne and James meet at the Shake Shack.

By Liz Kelly  | February 28, 2011; 1:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Charlie Sheen's TV tour -- it's on; Willow Smith launches second single

Charlie Sheen is a hot, stinking mess ... Willow Smith debuts new single ... James Franco skips his own post-Oscar party ... Scarlett Johansson's Oscar date? Her agent, Joe Machota ... Video surfaces of designer John Galliano declaring "I love Hitler" ... Rihanna and Ciara battle it out on Twitter ... Chris Brown is now a blond. Rumor Mill: Mel Gibson to be charged with domestic violence, per TMZ....

By Liz Kelly  | February 28, 2011; 12:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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The Oscars and the foregone conclusions syndrome

Colin Firth, clutching the Oscar we all knew he would win. (AP) At this year's Academy Awards, there wasn't one genuine surprise. "The King's Speech" won best picture, as pretty much every prognosticator predicted. Colin Firth was named best actor. We knew that was going to happen. Natalie Portman won an Oscar, too. Which we also knew. Even the sight of James Franco in drag felt like something we'd all seen before. Because, well, we had. So have the Academy Awards become too predictable, just a formal, fancy way to call out a list of Hollywood winners that were already foregone conclusions?...

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Could Billy Crystal host the Academy Awards again? It's a possibility.

Billy Crystal, back on the Oscar stage. (AP) When Billy Crystal made his appearance during this year's Academy Awards, he got a standing ovation. Clearly, his Hollywood colleagues love to see him grace that stage, a place where he feels very much at home. (Certainly, it must be said, more at home than James Franco often seemed last night.) So is there a chance he could host again? Based on what Crystal told me last night at the Governor's Ball, it's also not entirely out of the question. Related coverage: The actors' Oscar acceptance speeches: Who said it best? Complete Oscar coverage in Celebritology The Post's Hank Stuever assesses the telecast...

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 10:25 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Video: Zachary Levi at the Academy Awards: 'Very surreal but a dream come true'

Read what he had to say about his performance.

By Jen Chaney  | February 28, 2011; 9:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Kirk Douglas: The highlight of the 'young, hip' Oscar broadcast

Sunday's Oscar broadcast was not, in the words of our own Hank Stuever, the youth revolution promised by the hot young hosting pair of James Franco and Anne Hathaway. (Which has us wondering -- will next year's show attempt to skew even younger with, say, Justin Bieber and Natalie Portman's baby hosting?) Despite all the young blood, some of the night's best moments were delivered by card-carrying AARP members -- one-time Oscar fixture Billy Crystal, a CGI clip of Bob Hope and a deliciously feisty Kirk Douglas, who basically stole the show. If you missed it, here's a clip of Douglas's segment, in which the 94-year-old screen legend gets more laughs in three minutes than James Franco got all night:...

By Liz Kelly  | February 28, 2011; 9:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
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Oscar's best and worst dressed: Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett wow for totally different reasons.

This year's Oscar ceremony was underwhelming in myriad respects. One of them was fashion. This year's crop of gowns failed to produce even one buzzy fashion trend. And wiith considerably less bling on the red carpet, 2011 may just go down in history as the year that Oscar fashion was a bit of a yawn. Still, there were some standouts -- both stunners and stinkers -- worth a second look. Best dressed The insouciant Gwyneth Paltrow in utterly stunning Calvin Klein (which totally made up for her off-key on-stage performance), host Anne Hathaway's red carpet look: a dress from the Valentino archives (though we loved her in most of her gazillion on-stage gown changes, too), Helen Miren in drop-dead gorgeous grey Vivienne Westwood and a slimmed down Jennifer Hudson in Versace. Worst Dressed The usually fashion forward Cate Blanchett in a homely concoction from Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Helena Bonham...

By Liz Kelly  | February 28, 2011; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (46)
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The actors' Oscar acceptance speeches: Who said it best?

Portman and Firth, newly minted Oscar winners. (AP) The four Oscar-nominated actors expected to win in their respective categories -- Melissa Leo, Christian Bale, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth -- all did just that tonight. But each one delivered a different sort of speech. Melissa Leo looked awestruck, dropped an f-bomb, then closed by noting that "It's about selling the movies and respecting the work." Christian Bale thanked his alter ego, Dicky Ecklund, and got choked up while acknowledging his wife's support. Natalie Portman cried, thanked her parents and noted that her next role, as mother, is her most important one. And then there was the impossibly British Colin Firth, who opened by noting that "I have a feeling my career's just peaked," and ended by saying "Now if you'll all excuse me, I have some impulses to attend to backstage." So who said it best? Poll time, Oscar...

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 11:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
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Tom Hooper wins best director for 'King's Speech'

Tom Hooper has just been named best director at the Academy Awards for his work on "The King's Speech." One can't say it was unexpected, since he won the same honor from the Directors Guild of America. But many still expected David Fincher to pull it out for "The Social Network" even if the Facebook movie ultimately lost best picture. This could turn into one of the more debated wins of the night. And, probably, another excuse for complaints about Christopher Nolan's snub in the same category. You know. Just because. What do you think if Hooper's win? Weigh in now....

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 11:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Christian Bale in the Oscar press room: another fine performance

Christian Bale is new to this whole Academy Awards process. He made that clear, in most charming fashion, when he entered the press room to undergo the gauntlet of post-Oscar-win questions. Why are you all holding up signs? he wanted to know. They're numbers, he was told, so the Oscar press room bosses can decide which reporters to call on. It's sort of like an auction. Do you win anything? Bale asked, puzzled. But he pressed on. When a reporter from People, who happened to be wearing a bowler hat, stood to ask a question, Bale complimented his head wear. Then he asked: "Have you been drinking?" The reporter played along. He said he had. Then it got better....

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 10:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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James Franco in drag: Oscar fail?

Oscar host/nominee James Franco channeled Marilyn Monroe (and Madonna) when he walked on stage in a fuschia gown and blond wig. It may have been a first for the Academy Awards, though not for Franco -- who has done this sort of thing before. More than once. But, in the context of tonight's Oscar broadcast, was there really a point? Or was it just another naked (or thankfully not-naked) bid to woo "young, hip" viewers?...

By Liz Kelly  | February 27, 2011; 10:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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Live tweeting from the Oscar press room

Our own Jen Chaney is in the press room and tweeting as this year's Academy Award winners make their way backstage to face the press scrum. Follow her below and send your comments with hashtag #oscarspotting:...

By Liz Kelly  | February 27, 2011; 9:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb in Oscar acceptance speech

Well, there may not be a best actress Oscar curse, but there is now officially a cursing best supporting actress. Melissa Leo, who won for her role in "The Fighter," was so overcome by her win that she dropped the F bomb during her acceptance speech. Which may just be a first for the Academy Awards. And in the press room after stepping off stage, Leo admitted the Kodak Theater and a live broadcast was probably not the appropriate venue for the f-bomb. "Those words, I apologize to anyone they offend," said Leo, as tweeted by our own Jen Chaney. "There is a great deal of the English language in my vernacular." Kathy Griffin's 2007 Emmy acceptance speech was cut from the broadcast when the comedienne said, "A lot of people come up here and thank Jesus for this award. I want you to know that no one had...

By Liz Kelly  | February 27, 2011; 9:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (84)
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Oscars 2011: How the opening number looked from James Franco's perspective

Our Oscar co-host just tweeted video that shows what it looks like to walk onto the Academy Awards stage. "The Social Network" Oscars: all about putting you in the action, via the Internet....

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 9:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oscars 2011: James Franco and Anne Hathaway opening sequence -- love it or hate it?

The Academy Award opener referenced "Inception," "The Social Network," "The Fighter," "Back to the Future," Morgan Freeman's smooth narration and the fact that Alec Baldwin takes Ambien. Among other things. It didn't reinvent any Oscar traditions, but it was funny; the "True Grit" eye patch moment got one of the bigger laughs in the press room. But what did you think? A strong start, or more of the same old, same old? Vote in the poll below....

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 8:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Oscars 2011: Live tweets from the red carpet

Update, 9:25 p.m. EST: Read the partial list of Oscar winners so far It's Academy Awards Sunday. And that means the time has finally come to throw on that dress, slide on those moderately high-heeled shoes and park on the red carpet for an evening of ultra-high-wattage star-gazing, fashion assessing and insightful question-asking. (Sample: "How does it feel to be here tonight? And, in a related question, who are you wearing?) Actually, some of you suggested some great red carpet questions in the blog, on Facebook and via our #oscarspotting Twitter hash tag. I'll aim to post some of the best ones on the Oscar red carpet in just a few hours. Follow my tweets from the scene on twitter.com/celebritology, or right here in the blog. Two notes: The twitter stream will pull in all items with the #oscarspotting hashtag, including tweets from others, so bear that in mind. Also,...

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 2:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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The Rolling Stone Oscar party: Five things learned on the scene

Rolling Stone magazine hosted its pre-Oscar party last night at Drai's Hollywood in the W Hotel. Fruity Skyy vodka drinks were served. The Roots provided outstanding musical entertainment. And a number of celebs -- "Glee's" Jenna Ushkowitz, Max Adler and Harry Shum, Jr., Aaron Sorkin, Kate Walsh and Old Spice ad man Isaiah Mustafa, to name a few -- showed up to party in a dark club while images of this year's Academy Award nominees flashed on various TV screens. (By the way, when you're in a bar listening to hip-hop, the sight of Jesse Eisenberg in his Zuckerberg-style hoodie looks surprisingly gangsta.) During my time at the party, I learned five extremely important* things, one of which is covered in the video of Shum, Jr. below. Here's the list. 1. Harry Shum, Jr. of "Glee" helped choreograph last year's signature dance number for the Academy Awards. The guy who...

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Spirit Awards 2011: John Waters, Eva Mendes and more from the scene

At Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, "Black Swan" won declared the best picture. Natalie Portman was named best actress. James Franco walked with a trophy for best actor. And a multitude of exceptional famous people nearly froze to death, thanks to freakishly cold Southern California weather and some robust breezes off the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, where the ceremony was held. As noted in a previous post, the brisk temperatures and (possibly the fatigue of one too many Oscar-season interviews) compelled many celebs to skip the Spirit Awards red carpet. But a few people stopped to chat. The always game John Waters, for example, was happy to share his thoughts about the Oscars/Spirit Awards overlap: And, as you'll see after the jump, both Eva Mendes and "The Kids Are All Right" director and co-writer Lisa Cholodenko had something to say about what the Spirit Awards mean to them. Related coverage:...

By Jen Chaney  | February 27, 2011; 12:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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