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Tyler Perry Wows in Gone Girl

Even in reviews of Gone Girl that are mixed or negative, Tyler Perry has still been receiving the unequivocal thumbs up.

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Here for example is what less-than-impressed Boston Globe reviewer Mark Feeney wrote:

Playing a high-powered defense attorney, Tyler Perry is smooth, funny and unflappable. Gone Girl would be a lot more entertaining, and probably a lot better, if he and Ben Affleck had exchanged roles.

The choice of Perry by David Fincher is this film’s “greatest coup” (Leonard Maltin, Indiewire); the performance is “unexpectedly good” (Rafer Guzman, Newsday); it’s an “inspired piece of casting” (Tom Carson, GQ). And so on.

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So What Do You Do, SallyAnn Salsano, Television Producer and EP of The Real ?

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If it seems as though there’s nothing on TV but talk shows and reality shows, you likely have SallyAnn Salsano to thank for that. After getting her start as an intern on the iconic Sally Jessy Raphael Show, Salsano launched her own production company and was responsible for bringing some of the most popular — if not controversial — reality shows to air, including Jersey Shore and spinoffs Snooki & JWoww and The Pauly D Project.

But Salsano’s not all about hard-partying coeds. She’s also behind milder programming like HGTV’s Design Star, CMT’s Nashville Star and, most recently, The Real, a fresh, youthful take on the ensemble daytime talk format. These eclectic interests, along with her crazy work ethic, have cemented Salsano’s rep as one of the most sought-after producers in the industry and are indicative of her own tendency to binge on a good TV show or 10. “This business is all the time, and you have to love it,” she says. “It’s not the kind of thing that you get into just because it’ll be fun to pass the time and pay the bills. It literally takes over your entire life, so you have to really be sure this is what you want to do.”

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Former EW Staffer Makes Waves with Cover, New Third Act

EWCoverAffleckThe latest EW cover, with its provocative Ben Affleck-Rosamund Pike morgue pose, has been making major media waves all week ahead of the issue’s arrival on newsstands today. There has also been, intriguingly, a second point of advance outside media focus.

Former EW staffer Gillian Flynn, who wrote the source novel and screenplay adaptation, completely chucked out the book’s third act for the 20th Century Fox fall 2014 release. EW sister publication Time has the details:

Flynn hinted in an interview that the change is drastic. “Ben was so shocked by it,” Flynn told EW. “He would say, ‘This is a whole new third act! She literally threw that third act out and started from scratch.’”

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On the Block Next Week at Julien’s: DiCaprio’s Audition for The Outsiders

This is really intriguing. As part of its next “Hollywood Legends” event April 5-6, Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills will be for the first time selling some slices of videotaped Hollywood casting history. With all sorts of big names in the mix:

Tapes include Leonardo DiCaprio’s audition for the role of Ponyboy in The Outsiders; Brad Pitt, Robert Downey Jr., Keanu Reeves and Dermot Mulroney for Backdraft; Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore, Helen Hunt and others for roles in Jurassic Park; David Arquette, Adrien Brody, Noah Wylie, Ben Affleck and Lisa Kudrow auditioning with Ellen DeGeneres for Mr. Wrong; Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Dempsey and others for A Beautiful Mind; and more.

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Reporter Stephen Battaglio Had No Idea He Was Going to Star in Seth MacFarlane’s Opening Monologue

The lucky film students presenting trophies during last night’s Oscars were not the only “regular” folks to make it into the telecast. There was also of course Stephen Battaglio (pictured), the journalist whose byline adorned a series of fake next-day reviews referenced during an opening bit by host Seth MacFarlane and surprise remote guest William Shatner.

Although the logical assumption would be that Battaglio was in on the gag, the New York-based business editor for TV Guide was in fact blindsided. “I was home watching the Oscars with my wife,” he tells FishbowlLA via telephone, “saw the first version of the review come up and said, ‘Oh, that’s my name!’ It took me a few seconds to absorb, and then I just went with the joke.”

“I went on to Twitter and posted a tweet that said, ‘Yes, I wrote that,’” he continues. “Then it came up a second and a third time, at which point every single electronic device in the home was either vibrating, buzzing or ringing. It was kind of a wild moment to be a part of the media event that the whole world was focused on.”

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And the Award for Best Picture Movie Mistake Goes to…

Our pal Jon Sandys, the UK-based webmaster of moviemistakes.com, was kind enough to send us a taste of some of the glorious gaffes gracing this Sunday’s Oscar-nominated films. Django Unchained is the current Best Picture leader with 26 mistakes spotted by website readers while The Avengers ranks as the most mistake-ridden nominee of all with 34 bloopers.

“Mistakes don’t stop them being great films or audiences loving them,” says Sandys, who notes that 1998 Best Picture winner Titanic survived a 260+ tally. “Mistakes are just fun things to notice.” Here are a few of FishbowlLA’s favorite Best Picture slips:

Argo: Ben Affleck is supposedly in 1980 but is shown wearing a Rolex Deepsea Sea Dweller (pictured), which wasn’t released until 2008.

Les Misérables: When Marius (Eddie Redmayne) and Cosette (Amanda Seyfried) are singing in the shot where Marius is brought home and just before the wedding scene, you can see an earpiece in Cosette‘s ear.

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What Will Ted Have to Say at the Oscars About Argo?

Given Argo‘s big weekend wins at the Producers Guild and Screen Actors Guild celebrations, the lack of a Best Director Oscar nomination for Ben Affleck looms even larger.

Still, it could be tricky for show host Seth MacFarlane to slam the director’s branch of the Academy. Those voters will be scattered throughout the Dolby Theatre audience and it would also be unfair to have a camera trained on Affleck and-or Argo producer George Clooney as MacFarlane ridicules their peers for picking a German and a New Orleans indie filmmaker instead. But the foul-mouthed teddy bear also voiced by MacFarlane? That’s a different story.

As recently tipped on an episode of Anderson, Mark Wahlberg and his fellow (furry) king of the R-rated domestic comedy box office rolls will be making an appearance on the telecast. Under that guise, MacFarlane can and probably will let loose on the business of the Best Director category snubs and more.

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Matt Damon Finally Turns the Tables on Jimmy Kimmel

For several years, it’s been the greatest running gag on late night talk TV: Jimmy Kimmel ending a show with the disclaimer, “Apologies to Matt Damon; we ran out of time.” Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, the double-punchline to that bit was finally delivered by Damon. In spades.

With a duct-taped Jimmy in the background, Damon at one point during his commando-host appearance gleefully revealed that Kimmel is a bitter, jealous soul who has auditioned for every one of the actor’s film roles:

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Which is the Bigger Oscar Snub: Ben Affleck or Kathryn Bigelow?

Seth MacFarlane‘s Hitler joke during this morning’s announcement of the 2012 Oscar nominations rippled awkwardly through the AMPAS room. (And brought back memories for FishbowlLA of Ricky Gervais‘ aborted plans to come out for one Golden Globes telecast dressed as the Führer, waving at the crowd “Heil!” style.)

But that was nothing compared to what happened when the nominees for Best Director were announced. The tweets quickly started flying as west coast entertainment journalists rustled up at the break of dawn reeled in the face of the omission of Ben Affleck (Argo) and Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty). Tom Hooper was also passed over in the category for Les Miserables, but that was something a number of pundits had actually been expecting.

The first wave of shocked analysis is floating all kinds of theories as to why Bigelow and Affleck were snubbed. Did accusations of Zero Dark Thirty being “pro-torture” hurt Bigelow? Was all that fawning over Affleck this awards season too much for jealous Academy members to bear?

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Dave Karger Sits Down with Ben Affleck for Episode One of Fandango’s The Frontrunners

Along with this morning’s SAG Award nominations for Best Ensemble and Alan Arkin as Best Supporting Actor, Argo director Ben Affleck is front and center in the debut of Fandango chief correspondent Dave Karger’s original weekly series The Frontrunners.

The significance of The Frontrunners is not the opportunity to hear from a 2012 film awards season contender as people like Affleck are all over the Web. Rather it’s that this particular bit of buzz sits on the Fandango marquee, ready to take advantage of the website’s huge traffic and mobile phone-clicking ticket buyers.

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