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Readers Mock EW Op Ed

The intention of Darren Franich‘s August 9 Op Ed on EW.com was noble. Using the side-by-side summer 2011 comparison of Fast Five and Transformers: Dark Side of Moon, he wondered whether Hollywood was killing its own movies with excessive amounts of advance hype and carefully calculated Internet leaks.

The only problem is that Franich writes for a website and magazine that rely heavily on this very same hype machine for covers, what’s hot, what’s not, and more. As a result, when he put the question to “Pop Watch” readers, the answers were overwhelmingly negative. Beginning with the very first of more than 100 comments at press time:

joe lucky: Well, it’s a good thing EW doesn’t contribute to the fanboy hype with exclusive first pics or anything.

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LA Comedy Writer Leverages Twitter ‘Fast-Forward Career Button’

There are essentially two kinds of “overnight Twitter success:” the carefully planned, deliberate variety and the purely accidental. In an interview piece today in the Boston Globe, 23-year-old LA transplant Megan Amram (pictured), at 52,000-plus followers and counting, confirms that she belongs to the latter group:

Amram considers herself only semi-computer literate and opened her Twitter account just a year ago, when she dreamed of launching a career writing Broadway musicals. That remains a goal, but for now it’s the new media world, not the old, that’s driving her career and catching the eye of show business insiders.

You may not have heard of Amram, but the Harvard grad is on the LA fast track, working as a staff writer for Disney Channel sitcom A.N.T. Farm and providing material for the 2010 Academy Awards. At Harvard, she wrote a couple of Hasty Pudding playlets, Commie Dearest and Acropolis Now, with collaborator Alexandra Petri, now an opinion writer with the Washington Post.

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James Franco Kisses Off Twitter, Oscar Show Drug Rumors

Leave it to actor James Franco to pick April Fool’s Day as the perfect date for some Academy Awards related spring cleaning.

Per the Hollywood Reporter‘s Mark Cina, he is off Twitter, just a couple of months after creating an account to lead up to the 83rd Oscars telecast. And tonight on Letterman, he deflects all those viewer comments that he must have been high on the 27th of February, suggesting that even the Tasmanian Devil would look “stoned” next to the energizer bunny aura of co-host Anne Hathaway:

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Lady Gaga: 2010′s Top Cover Girl

With five Grammy award nominations, a spot on Time’s 100 most influential people of the year list, and eight MTV Video Music Awards in the past 12 months, Lady Gaga had a wildly successful 2010.  One more accolade that the “Fame Monster” can add to her resume is an undisputed spot atop the 2010 print throne.  According to WWD, an Audit Bureau of Circulations report reveals that Gaga-centric issues sold better than any other celeb and the trend is not expected to slow down in 2011.

Lady Gaga’s July 8 Rolling Stone double issue sold 245,000 copies, nearly three times above the title’s January-September 2010 average.  Gaga’s April 2010 Cosmopolitan was a major hit as well, selling 1.7 million copies and making its mark as the magazine’s leading issue through October.  Lady Gaga was responsible for the year’s second most successful issue of Vanity Fair as her September cover sold 450,000 copies and trailed only Angelina Jolie’s cover.   She also opened 2010 with a bang by appearing in the January issue of Elle, one which held up as their third highest seller through October.

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For Your Consideration: Younger, Better-Looking Oscar Hosts

The analysis has begun with a vengeance as to a) why the Academy has chosen this morning as its latest Oscars telecast hosts the handsome young duo of James Franco (32) and Anne Hathaway (28), and b) whether or not this will help make the moribund program relevant again to younger audiences.

Here at FishbowlLA, we have our own take on this bold choice away from the usual stand-up comic, late night talk show host and Social Security nipping candidates. In no particular order:

- Given that the Oscar telecast usually feels like it lasts about 127 hours, and that watching it sometimes induces the feeling that you would rather gnaw off an arm than sit through till the end, Franco is imminently well qualified.

- Since many attending divas wear Prada, parking Hathaway on the red carpet beforehand for a couple of quick Q&A’s would seem like a perfect, synergistic way to get younger eyeballs to tune in. Especially if Meryl Streep happens to walk by.

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A Glimpse Into Tim Burton’s ‘Wonderland’

USA Today published these stunning images from Tim Burton‘s upcoming film ‘Alice in Wonderland’, currently set to hit theaters on March 5, 2010. Wowza.

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Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter

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Lunch: Dishing on the Oscars & Obama

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— DIANE CLEHANE

As I’ve been reporting for weeks, it was SRO at Michael’s today as the movers and shakers, undeterred by the unsettling economic news, were out in full force plotting their next big move — or looking for a safe place to land. On the menu today: plenty of talk about President Barack Obama‘s speech last night and the Oscars. There was a strong consensus that one was a big winner, while the other got surprisingly mixed reviews. While everyone in the audience on Oscar night thought Hugh Jackman killed, plenty of folks here were less than impressed. “Movie people don’t like Broadway,” sniped one Hollywood insider. “And it was too Broadway.” Okay then…

Everyone I talked to about President Obama’s speech felt his oratory skills are nothing short of amazing and that he struck just the right tone where he basically told us its time to pay the piper and think of our children’s future. Personally, I was impressed at his unflappable ability to mix his formal and seemingly off-the-cuff remarks with ease — and he didn’t even blink when he forgot to follow protocol and let House Speaker Nancy Pelosi introduce him. She had to stop him mid-sentence, but he never faltered. Talk about cool under pressure. But here’s what wowed the women in the dining room — his affectionate introduction of the First Lady Michelle Obama and her mouthing, ‘I love you’ back to her smitten husband. “They’re marriage is obviously hot,” one divorcee told me. I’m telling you, no one wants to admit it, but that’s what people are really talking about.

As for the president’s remarks, “Inspirational but realistic,” is how one media summed things up. Others were scratching their heads asking why Wall Street wasn’t feeling the same way. More than one person said, “With everyone feeling a little bit hopeful, I don’t get why the market is down.” (It had dropped by more than 100 points by lunch). A question for the ages, no doubt.

On a much lighter note, I asked the always dapper Dr. Gerald Imber what he thought of the Botox-ed beauties on Oscar’s red carpet. But this plastic surgeon to the stars never cuts and tells — “I didn’t watch,” he confessed. He laughed when I asked him why he’d pass up the chance to admire his handiwork and did offer his assessment on why movie stars make better plastic surgery patients than mere mortals: “They come in with headshots saying, ‘I’ve changed a little here, I want to fix this here.’ They know what they want. There’s no whining.”

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. The ‘Imber Gang’: Dr. Gerald Imber, Jerry Della Femina and Andy Bergman. Here’s a fun fact: A little birdie told me that Andy wrote the screenplay for Blazing Saddles. Now you know…

2. Hallmark honcho Henry Schleiff with two other well-dressed fellows

3. No one puts a lunch together like ‘The Mayor’: Joe Armstrong, Glamour editrix Cindi Leive, George Stevens and Kerry Kennedy. I was thrilled to meet George (who was sporting a very patriotic red, white and blue shirt and tie ensemble). He’s the man behind the television broadcast of the Kennedy Center Honors and the amazing broadcast of the concert on the Mall in celebration of President Obama’s inauguration. Kerry and I met once before at a lunch given by Henry Schleiff in this very dining room, where we talked about her then yet-to-published book, Being Catholic Now. I was so fascinated by her interviews with the likes of Bill Maher and Gabriel Byrne (who spoke about being abused by a priest) that I got through the terrific tome twice. Today the conversation was all about how stirring and inspirational the group found the president’s speech last night. “It made me proud to be an American,” Kerry told me. And we both totally melted over the young school girl who was seated next to the First Lady having written to the White House looking for aid for her school, which is in a serious state of disrepair. “I had tears in my eyes,” said Kerry. She wasn’t the only one…

4. An early-arriving Matt Blank who chatted with Joe and I before The New Yorker‘s David Remnick and Lisa Hughes joined Showtime’s head honcho for lunch. I was happy to reconnect with Lisa. Way back when, she was my sales rep at Self when I was the marketing honcho for a fashion company. I knew then that Lisa was destined for big things at Conde Nast, and she’s risen through the ranks like the pro she is. Well done and congrats!

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Complete Golden Globe Nominations

frostnix3.jpg“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” lead the nominations in the top categories for the 66th Golden Globe Awards, chosen for drama, actor, director, screenplay and score.

“Frost/Nixon,” “The Reader,” “Revolutionary Road” and “Slumdog Millionaire” rounded out the pics in the drama category, chosen by the 80-plus members of The Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.

In the dramatic acting categories, Leonardo DiCaprio, Frank Langella, Sean Penn, Brad Pitt and Mickey Rourke received noms among actors, while Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Kristin Scott Thomas were singled out in the actress category.

“Wall-E” received three nominations, including best animated feature and best song and score in the music categories.

The Globes are considered a bellwether for the Academy Awards. Awards are scheduled to air Jan 11 on NBC from the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills.

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BEST FEATURE – DRAMA
“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
“Frost/Nixon”
“The Reader”
“Slumdog Millionaire”
“Revolutionary Road”

BEST FEATURE – COMEDY
“Burn After Reading”
“Happy-Go-Lucky”
“En Bruges”
“Mamma Mia!”
“Vicky Cristina Barcelona”

ACTOR – DRAMA
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Revolutionary Road”
Frank Langella – “Frost/Nixon”
Sean Penn – “Milk”
Brad Pitt – “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”
Mickey Rouke – “The Wrestler”

ACTRESS – DRAMA
Anne Hathaway – “Rachel Getting Married”
Angelina Jolie – “Changeling”
Meryl Streep – “Doubt”
Kristin Scott Thomas – “I’ve Loved You So Long”
Kate Winslet – “Revolutionary Road”

More Nominations Below:

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