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Chiwetel Ejiofor top choice for next Bond villain

- April 4th, 2014

Unlike that “Dujardin guy” from 2012’s Oscar winning film The Artist, this year’s big nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor isn’t disappearing from Hollywood anytime soon.

On Friday, Variety reported the 12 Years a Slave star was the top pick to play the main villain in Sam Mendes’ next James Bond installment.

The studio neglected to comment on the potential casting news, but the magazine was able to confirm through sources that scheduling would have to be worked out before an offer could be made to Ejiofor.

If the speculation is true, Ejiofor would star opposite Daniel Craig, who confirmed last year that he would be stepping into the agent’s suits for the fourth time with his Skyfall director at the helms.

Although no plot details have been released, the film is expected to start shooting this summer in order to meet its current Nov. 6, 2015 release date slot.

While some may find it strange to picture Ejiofor as a deranged –and you just know it will be a deranged role -Bond villain after his remarkably uplifting portrayal of Solomon Northup, he’s also no stranger to the darker side of Hollywood.

Before taking on his Oscar nominated roll, Ejiofor played Luke in Children of Men and Victor Sweet in Four Brothers, two downright evil roles.

Whether or not Ejiofor is cast as the bad guy in the latest 007 flick, fans of his work can see him in Craig Zobel’s Z for Zachariah, which is due to release in 2015.

Take our 12-question Oscar quiz

- March 2nd, 2014

Think you’re an Oscar know it all? Take our quiz before tonight’s big event. If you haven’t seen all the Best Picture nominees, you can read all our capsule reviews for them here.

You can also join our live blog, which kicks off at 8:30 p.m. ET over here.

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Tina Fey says ‘no way’ to the Oscars

- February 27th, 2013
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Tina Fey arrives at the 19th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, January 27, 2013. REUTERS/Adrees Latif

After Seth MacFarlane’s tweet there’s “no way” he’ll host the Oscars again, hopes were high that Tina Fey and pal Amy Poehler would take the reins for next year’s shindig.

After their lauded appearance at this year’s Golden Globes, film fans were hoping the duo would bring their barbs to L.A.’s Dolby Theater come next February.

Alas, Fey has dashed fans’ wishes – at least as far as she’s concerned.

“I just feel like that gig is so hard” she told Huffington Post. “Especially for, like, a woman — the amount of months that would be spent trying on dresses alone … no way.”

Fey, who recently wrapped a seven-season run on NBC’s 30 Rock, admitted she had fun hosting the Golden Globes in January, but said there wasn’t even a “one-in-a-million” chance she’ll sign up for Hollywood’s glitziest affair.

“I wish I could tell you there was,” she said.

So, with Tina and Seth out, who do you think should host next year’s Oscars? Could Amy do it on her own? Let us know in the comments.

Seth MacFarlane says ‘no way’ he’ll host Oscars again

- February 26th, 2013
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Oscar host Seth MacFarlane at the 85th Academy Awards, February 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

 

Perhaps it comes as no surprise, but after ho-hum broadcasts featuring Billy Crystal (2012) and James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011), Sunday’s Oscar ceremony hosted by Seth MacFarlane scored its biggest TV audience in three years.

But after a night of jokes that poked fun at Tommy Lee Jones, Chris Brown and Rihanna, “boobs,” Jews in Hollywood, Oscar’s biggest losers and his own hosting legacy, the potty-mouthed brain behind TV’s Family Guy says he won’t be back as Oscar host.

In an exchange with a fan on Twitter early Tuesday, MacFarlane said “no way” when asked whether he’d do another go-round.

 

Personally, I loved MacFarlane’s jabs. They injected some venom into Hollywood’s phoniest night.

You can take a look at some of MacFarlane’s best moments from this year’s Oscars and sound off on who you hope hosts the show next year.

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Our very own Alternative Oscars

- February 22nd, 2013

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If you’re a cinephile, chances are you’ve seen all nine films nominated for Best Picture at this Sunday’s Academy Awards.

But if you prefer a little more oomph when you go to the movies, then you probably aren’t running out to see Amour. Instead, you’re wondering why Oscar ignored Skyfall – arguably the best Bond ever – and Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises.

Come to think of it, where was Mark Ruffalo’s supporting nod for Hulk in The Avengers?

It’s no surprise that the Oscars are highbrow. But what if there was an alternative awards show – one that doled out prizes for the films that keep us on the edge of our seats? One that rewarded films for crafting sequences that literally made our jaws drop.

Ahead of Oscar Sunday, we thought it would be fun to have our own ‘Alternative Oscars.’ One in which we let our readers choose the best action film, action star (male and female) and action film director.

Take a look at our picks, vote and let us know what you think in the comments below.

I’ll be back on Monday to let you know who the winners were in all our categories.

And, by the way, go Argo!