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Oscar Improvements Suggested

In today’s LA Times, Patrick Goldstein, that brick-throwing radical, suggests that the Oscar producers are too old, too stuck in variety shows and that recruiting some fresh ideas from ESPN or FOX Sports might save the broadcast “event”.

We think forget sports, and look at reality shows.

Why not have the Best Song nominees warbled by the Best Actor nominees, ala American Idol?

Screenwriters can try their luck at acting out their scripts.

Editors should recut each other’s movies into very short YouTube films.

And new hosts? Why not Sarah Silverman and Margaret Cho with Gary Busey working the red carpet? Other than the whole good taste issue.

Cinematical’s Chris Campbell has some intriguing ideas as well, but his readers are livid:

these have to be some of the most stupid suggestions i have ever heard… and i am soooooo trying to take them as the joke i pray for them to be.

Whatever. The Movie Blog has some suggestions below, but boy, do they need an editor–this is slow.

Watch the Box: FOX Makes Money on SuperBowl, Holds 24

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CEO Rupert Murdoch said Fox has already sold 95% of its ad inventory for the Super Bowl and is getting as much as $2.7 million for some ad spots –a new record. During the same earnings call with Wall Street analysts, News Corp. COO Peter Chernin ventured that the strike will most likely be fiscally positive as the company could save money on shooting pilots and in other areas. (This could have been said to intimidate the strikers, of course.) Overall company revenues were up 19% to $7.1 billion.

American Idol, which is not a WGA show, returns in January. But 24–even though half the episodes are done–isn’t on the schedule. Fox said it wants to ensure that series–now in its 7th season–will have a continuous run to the finale.

American Idol Highlights Jordin Sparks Right to Win?

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If the other networks were smart, they’d get Ken Levine to counter-program American Idol. Why? Read:

Six months from now it all begins again…Kids who in a few weeks will be asked to perform live for thirty million people can’t remember the words to “Rockefeller Skank” when singing for three.

Levine picks his highlights of the season.

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Malakar Malarky Over: Sanjaya Out

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The party’s over for American Idol hopeful Sanjaya.

Ken Levine’s feeling a little rueful.

Marilyn Porter is filled with joy.

CelebSlam predicts a bright future.

PopSugar lets out a sigh of relief.

Latoya West
counts the ways she’ll miss him.

LA Times Reporter Stalks American Idol Fans

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Not content with Richard Rushfield’s harassment of an innocent child, the LA Times sends Deborah Netburn on a trip to Riverside in search of Ashley Ferl, the American Idol crying girl.

Nothing happens. Didn’t talk to her. Talked to colorful local characters. Found teenager who claims to know Ashley. Drove back, wrote story.

FBLA wonders if this story is meant to remind readers how dull local news can be.

And of course, Ashley wasn’t hanging around boring old Riverside. She went to New York to beon the Today Show.

The Crying Girl on American Idol: Richard Rushfield Cheers Her Up

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American Idol introduced the country to the crying girl. Richard Rushfield introduced himself to her, and discovers that she’s a 13 year-old from Riverside named Ashley. She likes Sanjaya, Melinda, Gina and Jordin.

Rushfield tries to bully her in to picking just one, but she’s too tough for him. TWOP called her Little Miss Sobshine. FBLA wonders if maybe she was a Kinks fan and was crying at what Sanjaya did to that song. Ray Davies, he ain’t.

Nancy Flanagan is a music teacher, and she thinks American Idol is just dreadful. She’s also discovered that people can be rude. Maybe she likes Sanjaya, too because we can’t explain why he’s still around.

Sanjaya Malakar: Are Indian Call Centers Controlling This American Idol?

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FBLA isn’t sure who started this, but Tabloid Baby, Blogging Stocks and Buddy TV agree that Sanjaya Malakar stays on American Idol because of Indian call centers. Speed dialing, globalization, etc.

Uber Desi has a post that seems mighty suspicious. Vote For The Worst also claims Sanjaya as their own.

Hula-hips Sanjaya seems like the David Cassidy/Nick Carter of the new world order to us.

Joe Francis Wants Antonella Barba–Offers Quarter Million

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Should Antonella Barba getted voted off American Idol tonight, she can console herself by going wild with Joe Francis, according to TabloidBaby.

Francis offered her $250,000 to host the video series. More than Playboy. Francis says:

There’s a little Girls Gone Wild in every woman and this should be embraced as a positive, not a negative.

Buy a Wonka Bar, Go to American Idol/Be on American Idol, Go to Playboy

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Wonka Chocolate bars, which seem to exist only in 99 cent stores, are offering the chance to win a trip to Hollywood and tickets to the American Idol Finale. You don’t even have to try the chocolate and graham cracker confection to win, if you’re nervous about seeing your dentist, although Paula’s enough to rot anyone’s teeth.

In semi-related news, Antonella Barba might get her own golden ticket in terms of a Playboy spread. Will she get naked? As for her singing, she reminded Simon Cowell, he was wrong about Jennifer Hudson.

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In The Trades: Real Life, Re-Makes, Real Weird

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Shirley McLaine and Olympia Dukakis reteam in a black comedy Poor Things, to be directed by Ash Baron Cohen (brother o’ Borat). They’ll play two con-artist women who befriend and murder homeless men in order to collect their life insurance policies. Paul Pringle reported the real story in the LAT. The NYT isn’t the only true-life story source in the world, just the only Man-Date source.

Harold Ramis is on board to direct Atlanta, CBS’s comedy pilot about a couple who meet cute at a funeral. Scott Winant might replace Brett Ratner as director of ABC’s drama pilot Women’s Murder Club, starring Angie Harmon. Ratner is too busy doing whatever to Rush Hour 3.

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The Weinsteins, Sydney Pollock and Anthony Minghella are all good for another three years. Pollock and Minghella’s production company, Mirage, will re-make The Lives of Others, the Oscar-winning German film about the Stasi, as well as I Don’t Know How She Does It and The Amulet of Samarkand, both based on the novels. Minghella will direct a tv pilot based on The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books, too.

America’s Next Top Model had its best premiere ever, and gave the CW its best night yet with 5.4 million viewers overall. American Idol won the night with 29.6 million viewers overall. If Idol fans had their own country, it would be larger than North Korea. And even weirder. (And what if Idol-nation had nukes? Yikes!)

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