May 12, 2010

Betty White's next gig: Hosting the Oscars?

Posted: 11:00 AM ET

by Stephen M. Silverman

Is Betty White the new Neil Patrick Harris?

Not content with her stellar performance on last weekend's Saturday Night Live, fans have launched a new Facebook campaign to place White at the podium come next year's Oscar night.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 9,200 members have jumped on the "Betty White to Host the Oscars" bandwagon. (Nearly 12,000 members, if one counts all the Betty White Oscar Host Facebook pages so far.)

White, 88, landed the SNL hosting gig after a fervent Facebook campaign by her legion of fans. Given her popularity and good reviews for last Saturday's performance – not to mention the fact she helped deliver the 35-year-old NBC show's best ratings in 18 months – this new crusade might attract even larger numbers.

Should the Motion Picture Academy not bite, a secondary, somewhat less vocal (for now) Facebook campaign is also underway, for White to host the primetime TV Emmys.

What do YOU think - should Betty White host the Oscars?


Filed under: Academy Awards • Betty White • Entertainment

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March 10, 2010


Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Exclusive! Corey Feldman on the tragic death of his long-time friend and former co-star, Corey Haim. The duo were virtually inseparable in the ‘80s. How did Feldman react to the actor’s death?

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And, Corey Haim’s former girlfriend and co-star Nicole Eggert. When did she last have contact with him?


Farrah Fawcett’s photo was noticeably absent from this year’s Academy Awards In Memoriam segment. The Academy defends that she was better known as a TV star. Should she have been included in the Oscar tribute to those who died?

Longtime friends Alana Stewart, Dick Van Patten, and Candy Spelling weigh in!

Do YOU think the Academy should apologize?

Filed under: Academy Awards • Larry King

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March 8, 2010

Larry King Live Monday!

Posted: 07:10 PM ET

Jesse Ventura's back and he's got something to say about health care, jobs and conspiracy theories. What he says the government is covering up and keeping from you!

Plus! Oscar-winning director Roger Ross Williams. His microphone was hijacked last night after his big win! We know he had a speech prepared – so tonight’s his chance to give it!

And! We will take you behind the scenes at Sir Elton John's annual Oscar party!!

The Oscars are over! What did YOU think?

Filed under: Academy Awards • Politics

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Farrah Fawcett Missing From Oscars Tribute

Posted: 07:06 PM ET

By Jocelyn Vena

On Sunday night during the "In Memoriam" segment of the Oscars telecast, a number of Hollywood's finest were remembered, including Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze, Brittany Murphy and Ron Silver. But fans were quick to point out that "Charlie's Angels" star Farrah Fawcett was not included in the montage.

Fawcett's longtime partner, Ryan O'Neal, told People magazine in a statement, "There is no comment other than we were disappointed that she was not included."

But O'Neal isn't the only celebrity upset by the oversight. "No Farrah Fawcett in the memorial tribute? Major fail," Roger Ebert tweeted following the show.

Hollywood icon Jane Fonda also chimed in on Twitter: "Where was Farrah Fawcett? She should have been included #oscars #FAIL."

Filed under: Academy Awards

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Tonight on LKL: The Acceptance Speech You Didn't Hear

Posted: 05:07 PM ET

Tonight, an LKL exclusive!  Roger Ross Williams will deliver the acceptance speech he didn't give last night.

It’s what many viewers are calling the Academy Awards' “Kanye moment.”

The win for best documentary short took an odd turn when the film’s producer, Elinor Burkett, grabbed the microphone away from director-producer Roger Ross Williams during the acceptance speech.

Burkett told that the pair have had some issues which she said resulted in Ross no longer speaking to her and her being shut out of events surrounding the Academy Awards.

Burkett would not be denied, however, when it came time to accept the Oscar and she was soon behind Williams when he hot-footed it to the microphone.

Their film, “Music by Prudence,” follows Prudence, a disabled woman in Zimbabwe whose voice has been described as hauntingly beautiful. Part of the strife, Burkett said, was a disagreement over whether the movie should focus on Prudence or the entire band of which she is a part, Liyana.

For his part, Williams told Salon that he was the only one who should have been allowed to speak, and that Burkett was removed as producer a year ago – a point she's sued over.

"The academy is very clear that only one person can speak. I own the film. She has no claim whatsoever," he said. "She has nothing to do with the movie. She just ambushed me. I was sort of in shock."

Bruce Vilanch, head writer for the Oscars, told CNN that because the director ran down so fast, when the (slower) producer of the film finally got down there she was ready for her turn at the microphone.

Burkett said Williams' elderly mother used her cane to block her from following him to the podium.

Filed under: Academy Awards • Larry King Live

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Before They Won Best Picture....

Posted: 12:25 PM ET

...we had the cast, and Academy Award winning director of "The Hurt Locker" on LKL.

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Your complete list of Oscar nominees and winners!

Posted: 08:25 AM ET

Below is a complete list of the 82nd annual Academy Awards winners and nominees.

Best picture

• "Avatar"
• "The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]
• "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
• "Up in the Air"
• "Inglourious Basterds"
• "Up"
• "The Blind Side"
• "District 9"
• "An Education"
• "A Serious Man"


• George Clooney, "Up in the Air"
• Jeff Bridges, "Crazy Heart" [WINNER]
• Colin Firth, "A Single Man"
• Morgan Freeman, "Invictus"
• Jeremy Renner, "The Hurt Locker"


• Meryl Streep, "Julie & Julia"
• Sandra Bullock, "The Blind Side" [WINNER]
• Gabourey Sidibe, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
• Helen Mirren, "The Last Station"
• Carey Mulligan, "An Education"

Supporting actor

• Matt Damon, "Invictus"
• Woody Harrelson, "The Messenger"
• Christopher Plummer, "The Last Station"
• Stanley Tucci, "The Lovely Bones"
• Christoph Waltz, "Inglourious Basterds" [WINNER]

Supporting actress

• Vera Farmiga, "Up in the Air"
• Mo'Nique, "Precious" [WINNER]
• Anna Kendrick, "Up in the Air"
• Penelope Cruz, "Nine"
• Maggie Gyllenhaal, "Crazy Heart"


• Quentin Tarantino, "Inglourious Basterds"
• Kathryn Bigelow, "The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]
• James Cameron, "Avatar"
• Lee Daniels, "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire"
• Jason Reitman, "Up in the Air"

Animated feature

• "Up" [WINNER]
• "Coraline"
• "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
• "The Princess and the Frog"
• "The Secret of Kells"

Original screenplay

• "The Hurt Locker" [WINNER]
• "Inglourious Basterds"
• "The Messenger"
• "A Serious Man"
• "Up"

(Check out the rest here!!)

Filed under: Academy Awards • Entertainment • Hollywood

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February 25, 2010

Larry King Live Tonight!

Posted: 04:00 PM ET

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President Obama and GOP leaders clash on health care reform! The heated debate continues with Democrat Howard Dean and Republican Bill Frist! Did today’s summit accomplish anything?

Plus, the director and star of the Oscar-nominated movie ‘The Hurt Locker’ are here! Kathryn Bigelow and Jeremy Renner take us into the dangerous and deadly world of explosives.

And, get the latest on the tragedy at SeaWorld! Why some say this will happen again! Jack Hanna will be here. He knew the trainer who was killed! And, Bob Barker’s plea to set the whales free.

Do YOU think killer whales should be kept in captivity?

Let us know!

Filed under: Academy Awards • Health Care

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